Well, this is it. Grey’s is finally back from hiatus. After months of waiting, we get no answers for anything.
The episode starts with a recap, reminding us about all of the Karev drama, but there’s no Alex in the entire episode, and it solely follows Bailey, Arizona, and Jo as they travel to a women’s prison to check on a pregnant 16 year old inmate, Kristen, who is notoriously violent and whose baby has a “vampire mass” feeding off of it. Bailey is very negative about the visit, and she looks down on the outdated equipment.
When they get to the prison, the guard pats them down as protocol. For the first time in quite a while, we see Arizona’s prosthetic leg. Kristen’s lawyer, Amanda, gets them their badges. Amanda is kind of intense, but dealing with prisoners and prison workers, you have to be. She warns them that Dr. Eldredge isn’t happy with our surgeons coming to the hospital, and explains that ‘special treatment’ riles everyone up.
Kristen went to court in order to gain access to advanced care for her baby. When they visit with Kristen, Kristen attacks Dr. Eldredge for not allowing her to have an extra pregnancy snack, which results in her being handcuffed to the bed.
Dr. Eldredge’s finger was broken, and it disgusted Bailey that she took care of it herself.
Before they can perform the procedure they need to perform, the doctors need to manually rotate Kristen’s baby inside her womb from the outside. Kristen is confused because she thought she would be having her baby today by induced labor, but the plan is just to do this procedure. Kristen explains that once she has this baby, her mother will be adopting it, and her mother and the baby will come to the prison to visit when they can, but we soon find out that her mother has other plans.
Arizona is called down to the lobby of the prison hospital, where Kristen’s mom is. She also thought the baby would be born today. She makes it very clear that once this baby is born, Kristen won’t see it again.
While walking around the hospital unit, a patient calls to Bailey for help.
Jo has to rotate Kristen’s baby with her hands on Kristen’s stomach. While she does this, she tells Kristen a little about herself so that Kristen will open up. Jo talks about how she once helped a guy she liked rob a convenience store. Kristen tells her that her life wasn’t anything like that, and she grew up in a perfect neighborhood with a perfect mom, and now her baby, Ellie, will get that life.
Bailey expresses her annoyance in the lack of care and stinginess of medical supplies in the prison. Eldredge shows Bailey the supply room and how little the state gives them.
The doctors act weird around Kristen after finding out her mother’s plans to adopt the baby and abandon Kristen. Kristen can tell they’re lying to her, but doesn’t know about what. She freaks out that her baby isn’t okay while they’re separating the “vampire baby” from Ellie, and then her water breaks
Arizona tries to get Kristen’s mom to be there for the delivery, but she refuses, saying that she doesn’t even know Kristen. They never say why Kristen is in prison, but they hint that it’s really bad.
Arizona comes back to a very dilated Kristen, who is asking about her mom. Kristen thinks Dr. Eldredge is keeping her mom from her and she demands that she has the right for her mom to be here while she’s in labor. Jo gives in and tells her that her mom is in the lobby but doesn’t want to come up.
Kristen just wants her mom, but Bailey grabs her hand and says that they are there for her.
Arizona updates Kristen’s mother on the baby’s condition. Ellie, who is now named Hannah by her adoptive mother, will stay in the hospital a few days and then can go home. Arizona has attitude toward the mother, and asks, “If this one makes a mistake, will you leave her, too?”
On the car ride home, Bailey addresses the elephant in the episode: Alex took a plea deal on his assault charges. Everyone in the car is emotional, and Jo has them stop the car to vomit.
Nothing in this episode does anything to advance the plot, but I suppose it’s nice watching doctors be doctors. Hopefully this week, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled drama.