Eliza has her first (very unsmooth) official day at Grey-Sloan Memorial, Meredith searches for Alex, Owen searches for Amelia, and a man gets his face sliced off from an ice skate blade. Let’s get to it.
Meredith and Maggie are looking online to check on Alex’s case to see whether or not he took the plea bargain. Meredith tells Maggie the case number, and it comes up that he is serving 30 years to life. Maggie had typed in the number wrong. Alex’s case really has been suspended indefinitely, which they assume means that he took the plea bargain.
The attending are still against Eliza taking over the residency program, and are upset that Webber seems to have changed his mind about wanting to take her down. He simply wants to change the way they take her down, stating, “We need to make her want to leave because she’s failing.”
Ben apologizes to Jo for Alex going to prison, and she is rude to him. (We don’t see Jo too much in this episode, but it is made clear that she is distraught over Alex and she refuses to talk about it.)
Stephanie sees Eliza rearranging things on the surgery schedule board and low-key freaks out. Bailey doesn’t allow anyone to touch her board, and Eliza is standing here doing whatever she wants. Bailey walks up, sees Eliza rearranging things, and says “one less thing for me to do.” Stephanie leaves so that Bailey and Eliza can talk. All of the attendings still hate Eliza, and Bailey can tell. Eliza says that it’s always this way, but that she’ll win everyone over ‘OR by OR. Attending by attending’ until they realize that she is the best thing that has ever happened to them.
Webber tries to play nice (more like a frenemy than nice, though) by bringing Eliza a coffee, but she declines because she doesn’t drink coffee because she doesn’t need caffeine. He walks away, annoyed at the rejection, and throws the coffee in the trash.
Murphy updates Arizona on a pregnant woman who is in labor and on her way to the hospital. Murphy has the woman and the man who is driving the woman on a video chat on her tablet. “This woman is super having a baby right now”
Jackson, April, Maggie, and Webber meet to look at a petition all of the attendings have signed. Webber says his new plan is to lock Eliza out. Have each attending refuse to let Eliza in their OR. Jackson isn’t excited to undermine Bailey, but Webber assures him that this isn’t a Bailey problem and that they are doing what is best for the hospital.
Owen goes to Meredith’s house to ask if she has seen Amelia. In the midseason finale, Amelia left Owen a note saying that she’s leaving him. Amelia had realized that she doesn’t want to have kids, whereas Owen has always wanted children. Meredith didn’t even know Amelia was missing and tells Owen that she doesn’t have time to worry about this because she has to find Alex.
Arizona continues talking to the pregnant woman, Mindy. Her contractions are three minutes apart and they are two blocks from the hospital. Her water had broke in the taxi, and she feels like she’s squishing the baby’s head. Arizona tells her to lay back and put her feet up on the dashboard. Right after she does, a car smashes into them. Arizona, Murphy, Ben, and some other doctors rush outside to the accident which happened right in front of the hospital. Everyone is still alive, but there are injuries. Ben checks Mindy out and can tell her feet were on the dashboard based on her injuries, which makes Arizona feel incredibly guilty, since she had told Mindy to do that.
After Mindy is carted into the hospital, an injured man calls after her. The man is Mindy’s husband, and he was driving the car that crashed into her taxi. He had been rushing to get to the hospital so he wouldn’t miss the birth of their child.
Arizona is doing a work up on Mindy. The baby’s heartbeat is good and the baby is ready to come out, but Mindy isn’t fully dilated. Mindy asks if her husband is here, and Arizona just kind of ignores it. While looking at her scans, Arizona tells the other doctors that Mindy’s pelvis is broken, trapping the baby’s head.
Owen and Stephanie check on Mindy’s husband, Bryan Wallace. Owen asks Stephanie if she’s on neuro service today, which she is. Since Amelia is the leading neurosurgeon, he’s hopeful that Stephanie would have seen or heard from her, but Stephanie tells him that she got an email saying Amelia is taking a few days leave.
Eliza bops down to scrub in for Riggs’s valve replacement surgery, but he had just finished it. She had written the surgery schedule, so she knows it was supposed to be starting right now. Nice move, Riggs. The plan to block Eliza from the OR is off to a nice start.
Meredith calls Maggie to update on her inability to find Alex at any prison. Arizona looks at the scans for Mindy to figure out their plan of action.
Ben checks out the driver of the taxi and orders a head CT. The driver is a very likable man and all he’s worried about is Mindy.
Jo asks Ben if Eliza is starting today because she thinks she saw her earlier, but Ben doesn’t know anything, despite being married to the chief. A couple of guys in hockey uniforms come in all bloody. The injured one is severely injured with his face peeling off as a result of being stepped on with ice skates. Ben pages plastics.
Arizona tells Mindy that they are scheduling a c-section right away because she is bleeding internally, which is bad for both her and the baby. Mindy asks if her husband would be allowed in the operating room. Maggie argues that it’s too severe and he should stay out, but Arizona (feeling guilty that Mindy has these injuries because she told her to put her feet up on the dashboard) agrees to letting him be there. The plan is to let him be there for the birth and the rush him out when they start the repairs.
As Ben continues his check up on the taxi driver, the taxi driver talks about how well the day had been going. He had suggested that Mindy sit in the front seat so she could recline and be more comfortable as he rushed her to the hospital. He had felt like a hero, and now it’s like everyone is dying.
On the other side of the curtain, Jo is seeing the less injured hockey player. She seems to be annoyed with the man for the other man’s injuries. Ben follows her when she walks off and asks her if she’s heard anything about Alex, but she isn’t very nice toward him.
Meredith visits a jail to try to get information on Alex. They tell her to go on the website. When she says that she already tried that, they take the information she has, but since she doesn’t have his social security number, they can’t do anything.
Eliza tries to get into Arizona c-section, pushing Murphy to do the operation, since that’s her big push with the new residency program. Eliza refers to Mindy as ‘my student’s classroom,’ and Arizona reminds her that the patient is a human and that this is an emergency, refusing to let Eliza in her OR.
Owen catches Stephanie printing out scans to get a neuro consult ‘on the phone,’ which raises his suspicion that Stephanie has been in contact with his wife.
Jackson and Ben are tending to the hockey player whose face got cut off. Eliza comes in and pushes that Ben should do the surgery as a great way to learn. Jackson shuts this idea down immediately. This surgery is on his face, and honestly, Eliza, would you want an inexperienced surgeon operating on your face? I do see Eliza’s point – if he doesn’t do it, when will he learn? Maybe she’s even right. But it just seems to risky.
Mindy gets prepped for the c-section and she notices her husband’s face has injuries. When she asks what happens, Bryan apologizing, making it clear to Mindy that he is who crashed into her taxi. Right at that realization, Mindy is put under for surgery.
Eliza confronts Webber about everyone blocking her from the OR and asks if there was a problem with how she had done the board. He said it seems passive-aggressive that she wrote in lowercase letters. When they’re done talking and Webber walks away, Eliza realizes he had taken the marker for the board with him. Who’s passive-aggressive now?
After the baby is out of the mother, machines start beeping like crazy, and the surgeons rush to operate on Mindy’s internal injuries. To add to Bryan’s stress, the baby hasn’t started crying yet because it’s having a little trouble breathing. Arizona orders someone to get Bryan out of there.
Stephanie rushes home to show Amelia Bryan and the driver’s CT scans. Stephanie expresses her discomfort with lying to Owen about not knowing where Amelia has been. Amelia doesn’t want to face Owen because she knows he will try to fix what is wrong in their relationship, but he can’t fix this. To ‘fix’ it, he’d have to give up what he really wants. She says Amelia can stay longer, but that she should go to the store because she ate Stephanie’s last yogurt.
The taxi driver (will he ever get a name?) flags down Ben because the hockey player next to him (will he ever get a name?) is ‘breathing funny.’ Ben discovers that he dropped a lung. He starts calling out what he needs assist with to other doctors and nurses and asks where Jo is.
Arizona orders Murphy to check on the baby, who is now in another part of the hospital. Murphy thinks the baby is ‘tanking.’ Alex usually would have been the pediatric surgeon, but since he’s presumably in prison, Barton is the consultant, which Arizona scoffs at. Arizona is still riddled over guilt about Mindy’s injuries, and Maggie reassures her that this wasn’t her fault.
Unsatisfied with Barton being on the case, Arizona scrubs out, leaving Maggie to work on Mindy, and rushes to pediatrics to check on the baby. Stating that the baby is too sick to move, they decide to work on the baby right there.
Stephanie updates Owen that Bryan’s CT scans came back clear and he’s free to leave. When he asks who her consult was, she lies and says ‘Dr. Morton,’ but then slips up and says ‘she’ when Morton is a man.
Rib fractures punctured the lung of the hockey player. Eliza, once again, tries to get into the OR, this time with Webber. She expects him to come up with some excuse on why she can’t, but instead he tells her that he’d love to have her join them.
As they operate, Webber and Eliza talk about hockey, but it quickly becomes a metaphor for the fight between the two of them.
After the surgery, Bailey asks Eliza how her battle for change has went today, to which Eliza responds “Change doesn’t happen overnight.” Bailey decides she needs to call a meeting to talk to her attendings about Eliza’s presence, which Eliza asks her not to do.
Owen updates Bryan on Mindy and the baby. They’re not yet sure if Mindy will wake up, and the baby is in surgery, so it’s a scary time of uncertainty for Bryan. He tells Owen and Stephanie about his day, saying he was in a baby store, buying a little hat, when he got the call. He’s worried he won’t have a wife or baby within a few hours or days, and he’s worried that if Mindy wakes up, she won’t forgive him for the accident.
All of this talk about wives makes Owen confront Stephanie once again, just asking to know if Amelia is okay and sober, which Stephanie says she is. He leaves it at that, but also asks that she tell Amelia to come home.
The attendings (sans Webber) all received an email from Dr. Bailey calling for an emergency meeting.
While showing Bryan his baby, who had just had a successful surgery, Arizona decides to tell Bryan that Mindy’s injuries were so severe because she had advised Mindy to put her feet on the dashboard. Bryan is very understanding and knows that Arizona was only trying to help. Bryan blames himself for everything that has happened, and Arizona offers him the same absolution he gave her: he was only trying to get to the hospital to be there for the delivery. In result of this interaction, they both seem on their way to forgiving themselves.
Bailey and Eliza wait for the attendings, but they don’t show up. Webber walks in, and Bailey asks him where everyone is. After asking Eliza to give them some privacy, Bailey asks Webber why he’s doing this. He had already admitted to liking Eliza’s approach, so Bailey doesn’t understand the problem and calls Webber ‘butt-hurt.’ Webber responds that Bailey is forcing a change that nobody asked for and that people are angry about the change and how she has treated Webber lately.
Unnamed taxi driver has been lingering around the hospital because he wants to know how the family is doing. Ben tells him ‘it’s still a question mark.’ The guy kind of mopes off, but then Ben tells him that he had saved the life of the hockey player in the bed next to him, who unknowingly had internal bleeding. He leaves the hospital very happy and satisfied.
Eliza thanks Arizona for letting Murphy do as much as she did today, taking it as a sign that Arizona is on board with Eliza’s methods.
Ben tells Jo that she need to talk to someone about what she’s going through because she’s not okay. She says she doesn’t need his sympathy.
Arizona comes home and sits on the steps. Her roommate, DeLuca, comes down to check on her. She admits that she misses Alex, and DeLuca looks confused.
Maggie asks Meredith if she’s found anything out about Alex, but she didn’t. Then Meredith asks Maggie if Owen found Amelia. “Amelia? Where’s Amelia? Where is everybody?” Meredith continues on to her room, sits on her bed, and Alex pops up. While Meredith has been searching for him all day, Alex has been at home, in her bed.
Meredith finding Alex in her bed? Are we close to Merlex becoming canon?
The way DeLuca was acting in the midseason finale had me predicting that he was going to drop the charges because he cares about Jo, and based on his reaction to Arizona missing Alex in this episode, he must have. I suppose we’ll find out the full story on the next episode.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC as part of the TGIT lineup.