NOTE: Grey's Anatomy 1401 & 1402 aired as the 2-hour season 14 premiere
Grey's Anatomy returned in a big way this week with two hours that picked up right where the previous season set us down. Not only will Owen Hunt fans be pleased with the high-profile storyline at which he's the center - his long-thought deceased sister returned from being held hostage in Iraq - but we also got to see more of Kevin McKidd's directorial flair in the season opener's second hour.
We met Megan and saw that she's smart and funny and prepared to prank her brother Owen practically before she was off the helicopter used to transport her to McChord AFB near Seattle. And since she's inadvertently stepped into a Grey's triangle, it seemed a good plan that she was also willing to take baby steps when it came to reacquainting herself with Nathan. And, of course, while both men took leave from work to be fully involved in Megan's care, Amelia seemed freaked out by all the potential Hunt family bonding that was to come and retreated into surgeon mode. Meanwhile, Meredith became Megan's surgeon and all around favorite person, even though she was bound to find out that Meredith was also the 'significant' person Nathan has been seeing. And if that weren't enough family drama, it seemed Megan planned to return to Iraq as soon as possible because, wait for it, she planned to go back for the child she adopted while being held hostage. Yep, it's complicated.
Once Meredith began the testing required to take Megan into surgery, Owen found himself on the wrong end of his sister's questioning about Nathan's relationship status. Both he and Meredith wisely kept their mouths shut and focused on the medicine. Nathan meanwhile, expressed his concerns to Meredith about her role in Megan's care. Meredith, a la Amelia, assured him she was fine thank you and that he should let her do her job. Oh, and speaking of romantic entanglements, when Megan asked why Meredith was on a first name basis with her mom, she learned the surprising information that Owen had been married twice during his time in Seattle. But at least this time relationship gossip got us to Megan telling Owen to put his guilt at not searching harder for her in his back pocket and to get on with the work of living instead.
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Things got predictably weirder and more tense as we saw Owen inform Teddy that Meredith and Nathan had been involved until they got the call that Megan had been found alive. When Teddy told Meredith in no uncertain terms that it was inappropriate for her to be Megan's surgeon when she didn't have the full story about her relationship to Nathan, Amelia got all sisterly and informed Teddy she should back off. Teddy, never one to pull punches, proceeded to tell off Amelia about her lack of interest in her husband's well being during this whole process. The one saving grace of this bickery scene was that Meredith found time to show Teddy Cristina's latest published article, complete with the camera flashing to a pic of Cristina with the article, which reminded this writer of my favorite Owen Hunt wife.
And in a grown up move, Meredith told Megan the truth about having been with Nathan. She deftly sidestepped Megan's response ' do you love him? by referencing the one great love of her life - Derek - instead. It soon seemed the two women had come to an understanding as Meredith continued on with Megan's treatment. Unfortunately we wouldn't see the initial surgical success we'd hoped for because while Meredith could perform the grueling and lengthy surgery, there wasn't enough viable tissue to allow her to close the incision. Which broke everyone's heart but allowed Owen a chance not to answer Teddy's question about where in the heck his wife was hiding herself.
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Not surprisingly, in the second hour of tonight's premiere we saw that Megan's recovery would be long and painful. At least here we saw her family gathered around her and even Meredith's post-surgery pity fest quickly morphed into a new surgical plan that even Teddy could endorse - an abdominal wall transplant. Oh, and by the way, this surgery has only been successfully performed twice so leave it to Meredith Grey to strut her stuff!
This tricky approach divided the Hunt family as Megan wanted to move forward immediately over the concern of both her mother and brother Owen. At the same time that Teddy endorsed Meredith's gutsy approach, she also saw the potential of such a surgery's success leading to something from which many other injured veterans could benefit. A use was soon found for the awkward sub-interns we met in the previous episode as they were set loose on finding a transplant match for Megan's next surgery.
Once a transplant option was found, Jackson signed on to help Meredith undertake the surgery which Teddy continued to argue for against Owen's dogged concern for his sister. Feeling helpless in the face of such uncertainty about Megan's health, Owen, Nathan, and Teddy worked the phones and their military connections to try to get Megan's adopted son brought to America. The freneticism of this scene seemed so real as these three people, who clearly love and support Megan, were doing whatever they could to support her.
Soon, though, it was Owen would need support as his sister, mother, and Teddy all cornered him about the state of his marriage to Amelia. After the three women each took a turn pointing out the flaws in his marriage and his approach to it, we learned the true topic - that Megan wanted Owen to take care of her adopted son should anything happen to her. Of course, any Owen Hunt fan knows Owen's urge to be a parent and that this was a sure way to get him on board with getting his own house in order.
This story seemed poised to take awkwardness to new heights when Nathan got down on one knee to propose, once again, to a teary Megan only to have the camera's close up on the ring be interrupted by Meredith arriving to announce they'd found a donor. Nathan wilted as he looked between the two women in his life, before carefully closing the ring box. Megan's gaze turned steely as she confirmed that she was ready for this next step in her recovery.
Owen seemed to have taken in his friend and family's concerns, but his fumbled attempt to take them to Amelia was met with an icy response. She assured him that she didn't need to be fixed, no matter what he or his family or Teddy had to say, and that rather than divert further attention toward the topic she would prefer to spend her time making medical miracles happen. Amelia wheeled her patient into the OR at the same time that Meredith began Megan's next surgery, which turned out to be a huge success. Cue happy family - Megan asking for time alone with Nathan and Owen stepping outside to celebrate Megan's good health with Teddy.
And well, each scene that followed lead to more uncertainty in the Hunt family story. Owen took his dissatisfying interaction with Amelia into commiserating with Teddy before fumbling into kissing her. Teddy stepped back and said they should focus on being each others' best friend rather than take his grief and regrets over his marriage into what would amount to cheating on his wife. Similarly, we learned that Megan turned down Nathan's proposal, citing his continued feelings for Meredith. No surprise, Meredith hit emotional overload and walked away rather than discuss it further with Nathan. Meanwhile, Amelia took her surgical high to Carina's research which put her into an MRI machine. Yup, that 'beautiful tumor' she later saw up on the screen was her own.
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