On a day in which Cristina's focus was meant to be on her clinical trial patients and data to support her potential nomination for the Harper Avery award, good news arrived that a heart was available for one of her patients on the transplant list. As Cristina prepped her patient and her patient's family for the surgery, Owen found himself unexpectedly taking care of the younger sister of Cristina's patient. What her parents initially hoped was simply a bad case of the flu turned out to be the beginning symptoms of what had caused her older sister's heart to fail. The cause of both sisters' symptoms remained confounding for Owen and Cristina as they banded together to figure out a diagnosis and treatment plan.
It was heartening to see Cristina go into surgery, trusting Owen to work with their patients' family to determine what factors in their family history might have brought on symptoms for both girls at the same time. We saw Owen and Cristina troubleshoot the situation together, trusting each other, relying on each others' instincts, working together to help this family. When their initial attempts turned up no data to back up either a family predisposition upon which to pin their diagnosis nor any viral cause for their patients' symptoms, Cristina and Owen went back to the drawing board. Their quest grew more urgent when they noticed the youngest child in the family also seeming to have developed symptoms. The ease with which Owen and Cristina worked together is something we will hopefully see more of in future episodes as they put their skills toward additional diagnostic options for this family.
Elsewhere in the hospital: A visiting pediatric surgeon with a different philosophy on medicine gave Alex Karev a new perspective; Jo Wilson learned the allure of orthopedic surgery as a way to channel her rage; Derek Shepherd's repeated assertion that he never got sick was proven false as he fell victim to the flu on the same day he'd convened a roundtable of fellow researchers; Arizona Robbins made it through her day before growing ill; Callie Torres found herself compelled by the idea of mentoring Jo's orthopedic skills; Richard Webber continued mentoring the residents until he also fell ill; the residents played a game of tag you're it for scut work; Meredith Grey spent the day in surgery before ultimately delivering Derek's speech for him; Miranda Bailey found herself treating an emergency immune-suppressed patient with April Kepner; and it turned out that Jackson Avery was a terrible patient.