Meredith fusses about while Alex gets ready to go down to the court to set a trial date. Meredith has the day off anyway and offers to go with him, thinking it’d be good for the court to see that Alex has people in his corner. He declines her offer and goes alone.
Waiting in line at court, Alex meets a pregnant woman, there to contest a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign. Alex notices a rash on her hands and tells her to get that checked out. When she says she can’t afford to go to the doctor, she tells her that he works at the free clinic.
Maggie is raving about the new resident. She brings the girl over to meet Arizona, and things get really awkward really fast when Arizona sees that the resident is Leah Murphy. She and Murphy had an affair after all of the problems that the effects of the plane crash had on her marriage.
Arizona walks up to Webber, yelling at him for hiring Murphy back. She reminds him that he fired her for being an incompetent surgeon. Webber’s wife, Catherine Avery, questions why he’d give Murphy a second chance. Webber explains that Murphy has improved a lot since leaving Grey Sloan.
The pregnant woman, Veronica, shows up at the clinic, and is chatty while Alex looks at her hands, neck, eyes, etc. She tells him that she and the baby’s father, Jeremy, have been just friends since they were kids. They made a pact to have a baby together if they were both alone at 40. Instead of conceiving the baby through science, they conceived the natural way, making things awkward between the two of them. Even Jeremy just trying to hold Veronica’s hand freaks her out. She mentions that she’s lost weight, and that isn’t a good sign to Alex.
A father and son arrive in ambulances after a car crash that was caused by the father’s road rage. The surgeons check them out in the OR. The father needs surgery, but the son is likely fine, aside from needing stitches.
Catherine meets with Bailey, unhappy that Alex is still a doctor on their staff. A doctor with a felony assault working at their hospital doesn’t look good. Bailey iterates that Alex is a good doctor and that his career shouldn’t be over due to this one mistake. From Catherine’s view, Bailey’s tendency toward leniency isn’t good for the hospital. If Bailey doesn’t take steps to replace Alex, Catherine will do it herself.
Owen tries to comfort Amelia after the negative pregnancy test, but she keeps acting weird around him. He asks if they can talk for a minute, but she just says, “There’s nothing to talk about.” (Which personally makes me cringe because I can recognize that that’s a thing I do too. Hey weirdo, just talk about it.) Amelia not wanting to talk about something is weird because Amelia always talks too much about everything. (She feels deeply and you know she’s gone through a lot in life. I know that much of the audience could possibly find Amelia extremely annoying due to how much she feels and the way she reacts to things, but I find her emotions to be really beautiful.) Amelia blurts out “Why the rush?” They were barely engaged and are now only barely married. She thinks maybe they should take some time to just live as the two of them.
Bailey talks to Webber about Catherine’s ultimatum. Neither Bailey nor Webber like the implication that either of them are/were lenient chiefs of surgery. They discuss how Webber was fair and believed in second chances.
Alex had been paging Bailey to consult with his pregnant patient in the clinic. He specifically wanted Bailey because of her expertise and he wants the best care for Veronica. He finds her in the hospital, walks up to her and yells at her for not responding. Bailey tells him that this is not the day to be yelling at her, since, unbeknownst to Alex, Bailey has been considering whether to fire him or fight for him to stay.
Jo, on Bailey’s service, tells Veronica that weight loss coupled with rashy hands is a red flag. They looked at her MRI and she has a mass on her pancreas.
Ben, Jackson, and April discuss road rage while operating. They agree on what is okay and not okay to do on the road (Swearing and giving them the finger is okay as long as no one else can see it, but honking only makes crazy people go more crazy). DeLuca suggests that they not do anything at all.
Eating lunch, Arizona asks Alex if Maggie told him about the new resident. Maggie doesn’t see what their problem with Murphy could be. As she sees it, the hospital needed another resident after Blake left, and Murphy is good. They both rat each other out to Maggie, saying that they both had slept with her.
Cut to Stephanie and Jo filling DeLuca in on Murphy’s past: from mistakes in the OR, to almost bringing down the hospital in a sexual harassment suit. Murphy overhears them talking about her, so she sits down at their table to make them feel awkward.
Bailey, Alex, and Jo look at the scans and see that Veronica has advanced pancreatic cancer. They try to come up with a plan of action. Bailey suggests neoadjacent chemoradiation, resect, more chemo. Jo reminds her that the patient is pregnant and that the baby couldn’t survive all of that. Bailey is going to suggest that Veronica terminate her pregnancy. Alex doesn’t think this is the best option for the patient, since this baby was very much planned. Bailey tells Alex that he is on very thin ice, and that they will be going with her recommendations.
Robbie, the boy who was in the car accident with his father, is sitting in a room. Amelia walks in and tells him that his father is out of surgery. Robbie is crying, saying that his mother is probably scared. Amelia tells him that it’s okay if he’s feeling scared too. In the middle of their conversation, Robbie starts seizing. Amelia rushes him to the OR, saying his AVM must have ruptured.
April updates Robbie’s father that Robbie is in surgery. He babbles to April about how Robbie had asked him if he would take him to buy a comic book, which was no longer a common occurrence for the two of them now that Robbie is 12. He thought it was going to be a good day. He explains what had happened in traffic. Someone cut him off, and he got so pissed off that he tried to chase after the other car. He hit a slick spot in the road, and the drove into a wall. Robbie’s mom finally gets there and gently asks what had happened.
DeLuca sees Jo and Alex talking, which looks a little suspicious. Just that morning, DeLuca and Jo were talking about Alex setting the court date. Jo had mentioned that she and Alex never see or talk to each other, as if their relationship never happened.
Bailey tells Jeremy and Veronica and the cancer and how the best option is to terminate the pregnancy. Veronica asks how long she would live if she does the treatment. When Bailey says that she wouldn’t even live another full year, Veronica decides that she wants to have the baby and then try to do treatment. Jeremy, afraid to lose his best friend, but trying to be the voice of reason, tells her that the doctors are saying that without treatment, she won’t even live long enough to deliver the baby. Veronica sees her options as death and more death. Alex blurts out “What about a whipple?” upsetting Bailey. She tries to poke holes in his suggestion, but Alex has responses for everything. He thinks this might help keep her alive long enough to deliver a healthy baby.
Bailey takes Alex into another room to yell at him. He yells right back, saying that he knows he overstepped, but that this patient deserves to have this option. Once again, Bailey tells Alex that he needs to know his place.
Murphy tells Maggie and Riggs her story after leaving Grey Sloan. She worked hard and became the best. During a cardiac rotation, she found an article written by Maggie, which led to her finding more. These articles made it clear to Murphy that she is meant to be in cardio, and she returned to this hospital so that she could have the opportunity to work with Maggie. Maggie and Riggs both talk about how no one liked them when they started here. The only friend that either of them had was April, because April likes everybody.
Veronica asks Bailey why they aren’t doing the surgery that Alex mentioned. Bailey responds that it’s a very risky procedure. Veronica points out that she is already going to die within a year, so she really doesn’t have anything to lose. Bailey tells her that by the time she gives birth to their baby, the cancer will have grown unchecked for six months, and she’d likely die. The woman goes into this daydream of Jeremy raising their child and the future that those two would have. Even if she dies, she’ll have brought something good into this world. With Bailey’s options, all Veronica can see is death. She’s not looking for a guarantee. She’s looking for a chance.
Bailey fills Jeremy in on what to expect with the whipple. After she leaves, Jeremy is freaking out to Alex about raising this baby on his own and losing his best friend. He worries he’ll be a terrible dad and forget his child somewhere, like the hoodie he can’t find. Alex says that the trick is just to show up for your kid.
Robbie died during surgery. Amelia tells Robbie’s parents that he went into cardiac arrest on the table and is gone. The mom tells the dad that he should have been the one to die.
In the doctors’ lounge, Alex asks Amelia if she wants to talk about it. She opens up about how she had a son. Her baby was born without a brain, and died 43 minutes after his birth. She donated all of his organs, and it almost killed her to let him go. No one in her family ever knew about this. She thinks that Owen will hate her if she tells him. He wants a family so badly, and was so excited when Amelia had thought she might be pregnant. She tells Alex that as she waited for the pregnancy test results, she felt like she was dying. When they found out she wasn’t pregnant, Owen’s heart broke, but Amelia felt relieved.
Arizona apologizes to Murphy for how she acted earlier. Murphy comments on how impressive it is that Arizona went into fetal surgery.
Leaving the hospital, April is still crushed over Robbie’s death. He had seemed completely fine earlier in the day. He stood there talking to his dad, and all seemed well. She double checks to make sure Harriet is secure in her car seat before she and Jackson pull out of the parking lot.
Jo tries to talk to DeLuca, but he says that they shouldn’t discuss the case anymore. He tells her that he saw her talking to Alex earlier, and that she had picked a bad guy when she started dating Alex. He hurts her and others, and DeLuca doesn’t like seeing the two of them together.
Instead of talking to Owen, Amelia continues to act weird around her husband. She stays late for work, blowing him off for dinner.
Bailey tells Catherine that she is not firing a doctor as good as Alex. She says that she likes working in an environment where surgeons are taught to learn from their mistakes and are awarded some kind of human decency. Catherine says that she can keep Alex on staff. She sees a bigger issue now. After overhearing Arizona tell Webber that Leah Murphy didn’t deserve a second chance, Catherine started looking into all of the second chances given by this hospital to its surgeons. “Why do they need second chances in the first place?” she wonders. Seattle Grace (recently known as Grey Sloan Memorial) was a top teaching hospital. How was it possible for Murphy to fail so badly here, but excel elsewhere? Catherine decides that there must be a fundamental flaw in the way that they are educating, and says that she and Bailey will need to work on fixing it. Webber is in charge of that program, and it’s implied that Catherine may end up firing her husband.
At home, Alex tells Meredith that he wants to start doing Waffle Sundays every week until he goes to jail. It’s important to him. He also tells her that she needs to be nicer to Amelia. Meredith says, “but she talks so much,” and Alex simply replies, “so let her.” They’re family, and he wants them to act like a family.
I’m hoping that Amelia will open up about her lost baby to Owen and her sisters. It’s not good to keep that trauma all to yourself, girl! If Catherine fires Webber, what will that do to their marriage? Will we ever even see Veronica again? The show doesn’t often check in on patients from past episodes. I’m hoping we get to know what happens, though.
Only three episodes until the midseason finale. Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c!