Alex faces Meredith and Maggie’s interrogation once they find out he isn’t in prison. It quickly goes into a flashback from when Alex went to take the plea bargain. Alex is sitting, waiting for his lawyer, when DeLuca storms in and declares that he is dropping the charges. John Kirby, the deputy prosecuting attorney, informs him that he won’t be able to do that because the state is now pressing charges on Alex. DeLuca changes his story and says that when he testifies for this case, he’ll tell ‘the real truth,’ that he started the fight and that it was just as much his fault. (Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie.) Alex tried to ask him why he would do that for him, but DeLuca leaves without a word to Alex.
Catherine is in town (You remember Catherine – Jackson’s mother and Webber’s wife who urged Bailey to hire Eliza and basically push Webber (her own husband) out of his job behind his back. What a swell gal.) and conferring with Bailey about how badly the whole Eliza thing has been going over, specifically how none of the attendings showed up for the meeting she called at the end of the last episode to send a message. Catherine says Bailey needs to send them a message right back and refers to herself as a dragon that Bailey can call and unleash at any time. After Catherine walks away, Bailey retorts to herself that she, also, is a dragon.
Webber greets his wife, and Catherine asks how things are going with Eliza. He says it’s good with just a few bumps in the road, and they part ways, with a grim look on Catherine’s face. (I can’t imagine being in a marriage with such terrible communication and all of this hiding, but maybe I’m young and naïve.)
Meredith and Stephanie are looking at a chart, prepping for a gallbladder ultrasound. They walk by Eliza who says she is going to be teaching in Meredith’s surgery today. Meredith flat out rejects her, without any kind of excuse.
Jackson, Arizona, and Maggie catch up on some gossip including if anyone knows if Eliza has been fired yet, Alex not being in jail, and where the rest of the attendings stand with the direction of the new residency program. Jackson tells Maggie that they can check what side Riggs is on when he’s done talking to her mom, which majorly confuses Maggie. When they try to explain that her mom is visiting (from Hawaii), she asks, “Why is no one making any sense?” before turning around and seeing her mom. She hugs her mom and asks her if she’s okay. Maggie seems embarrassed that her mom had talked to her friends and annoyed that her mom didn’t tell her she’d be visiting. The reason for the trip turns out to be a consultation with Jackson for some kind of plastic surgery.
Owen comes to the ER and asks Jo “what do we have?” outside of Trauma 1. She’s all flustered and confused and she yawns as she says “trauma patient in Trauma 1.” He asks how long she’s been working, and when she says 36 hours, he sends her home. Inside Trauma 1 is a patient wrapped in razorwire, which makes her want to stay, but Owen tells her to go home once again.
Bailey calls Meredith into her office to talk about her refusal with Eliza earlier. When Meredith makes it clear that she will continue to block Eliza from the OR, Bailey suspends Meredith and sends her home immediately. Word gets around about this, and everyone is shocked.
Webber talks to the neighbor (a woman named Grace) of the woman wrapped in razorwire. She says that the woman, Annie, was very private, and as soon as she and her husband moved in, they started building a wall around their house. Even when Grace tried to bring them cupcakes, the husband (who is now deceased) simply yelled, “We have guns!” Annie always took her newspaper inside at the same time everyday, so when Grace saw the newspaper still lying out later that day, she peered over the fence and saw Annie in the razorwire and made sure she got to the hospital. Webber says Annie would likely have died if Grace hadn’t found her.
Owen tells someone to page cardio for a consult because Annie is in danger of losing her leg. She had been out cold when brought in, but she starts waking up, and is, of course, freaks out, making the situation worse for herself. She wriggles around violently until she passes out again, and then DeLuca starts clipping the wires with wirecutters.
Ben talks to his wife about what’s churning on the rumormill. That she suspended Grey (“Grey got herself suspended”) and that Alex isn’t in jail because DeLuca dropped the charges. Ben can’t stop smiling because he kind of set the whole thing in motion. It’s clear to him that DeLuca has a thing for Jo, and Jo desperately didn’t want to have to testify in court, which was why Alex was taking the plea. Both men trying to do what they can to protect her.
April brings the gossip that “Bailey took out Grey” to Jackson, Arizona and Webber. They’re all shocked. With her name on the hospital, they thought Meredith was practically untouchable (also a few of these attendings still own part of the hospital, don’t they? And they’re on the Board, aren’t they? Why don’t they have any say in anything? Maybe I just don’t understand how hospitals work). They think Amelia might have also been suspended because she’s been gone for a few days and no one knows why. (She’s taking a leave of absence.)
April asks Catherine if she’s in town to put a stop to Bailey from keeping Eliza employed here, since Webber is Catherine’s husband. Catherine says that what’s happening is neither her business nor April’s business.
Maggie apologizes to Riggs for her mother, though he found her delightful, and stresses about how she’s going to introduce her mother to Webber. (For those of you just tuning in, Maggie is the biological daughter of Ellis Grey and Richard Webber, who was given up for adoption on the east coast without Webber’s knowledge. Maggie moved to Seattle to work at the hospital her mother had worked and met Meredith, her half-sister, and eventually found out that Richard Webber was her father. Her adoptive mother is obviously who is in this episode. Her adoptive mother and father divorced years ago, much to Maggie’s disdain, and her mother moved to Hawaii.) Riggs tells Maggie that it’s going to be okay.
There was really no reason for Maggie to stress because she walks into the lounge and sees that her mother and Webber have already met and made plans for dinner that night.
Bailey reinstates Alex’s job as head pediatric surgeon and makes him promise that he’ll never do anything like this again. After he promises, he expresses his disapproval of Bailey suspending Meredith. She tells him to get out of her office before she changes her mind and doesn’t let him come back.
Maggie accompanies her mother to her plastic surgery consultation with Jackson and repetitively says that her mother is beautiful as she is and doesn’t need any work. Her mother says that it’s about wanting to look beautiful naked. Maggie says ew and leaves with the promise of a text once she’s done. Her mother tells Jackson that Maggie had told her that he is the best there is, and her doctor in Hawaii couldn’t help her. She wants to see if he can do anything about something that looks like discoloration, contusions, or something along those lines on her upper breast. Jackson looks concerned as her goes to examine it.
Annie gets prepped for surgery, and while Owen and Riggs scrub in, Owen tells Riggs that Amelia left him and that he thinks she’s staying with Stephanie.
Arizona makes passive aggressive comments at Eliza while Eliza rearranges the schedule board and then confronts her about getting Meredith suspended. Eliza, confused, turns around and confronts Bailey, saying her job is hard enough without everyone hating her for getting Meredith suspended.
In the OR, Catherine suggests that Stephanie lead the bladder repair, following the structure that Eliza wants for the residency program. April is still baffled that Catherine is so supportive of this change that goes against her own husband. After the surgery April says that what the attendings did was take a stand, but Catherine tells her that she shouldn’t be proud, but embarrassed. This stand that they’re taking is derailing the entire hospital.
There’s a lot of work that needs done on Annie. She’s losing her leg, and there are many other repairs. Owen’s arm was cut by the razorwire, so he’s sitting this surgery out, but instructing DeLuca. Maggie jokes about him using Eliza’s method, and then asks DeLuca why he changed his mind about pressing charges. Riggs changes the subject by asking everyone what they think Annie is hiding behind the wall she built around her house. (Side note: Riggs works in cardio. Isn’t amputation done by ortho? If Callie hadn’t left, this would have been her job. Did they never replace her? Was there no other surgeon in this field at this hospital? I need to talk to someone about this.)
Jackson has Maggie’s mom’s biopsy results, and she has inflammatory breast cancer. He tells her that it’s an aggressive cancer that presents itself as skin reactions rather than lumps. He says he’ll be able to refer her to oncology specialists in Hawaii and, since she’s Maggie’s mom, he’s more than happy to travel to her for surgery. (This seems like a lot of information for a plastic surgeon to have on cancer, but 1. He didn’t know he was going to be a plastic surgeon until Mark took him under his wing. He got a fully rounded education, and 2. As a plastic surgeon, he has seen plenty of breast cancer patients for reconstructive surgery.) They decide that they’ll tell Maggie over dinner tonight.
Owen and Riggs update Annie on her condition once she’s awake. She had been taking the razorwire down when she fell into it. She starts into her story about how she and her husband didn’t trust people. The wall made them feel safe. After he died, the whole thing felt like a prison. She decided to take the wall down. “I feel like one of those animals who chewed their leg off to get out of a trap. But I got out! I finally got out.”
Alex is sitting outside when DeLuca leaves the hospital after his shift. Alex finally gives him the apology he’s deserved this entire time. DeLuca lets out his frustration over Alex only now apologizing. They worked together for months after the assault, and he never said anything. He knew why Alex had attacked him, and understood where he was coming from, and if Alex had talked to him, all of this would have went differently because DeLuca is a good, understanding guy. Curiosity gets the best of him, and Alex asks him why he changed his mind. “Jo’s been through enough,” he replies. Though Jo typically would say that she’s pretty good at taking care of herself, DeLuca thinks she shouldn’t have to.
When Maggie comes home and Meredith tells her that her mom is here, Maggie’s annoyance and embarrassment over her mother grows even deeper, even though Meredith says she loves her mom. In the kitchen, her mom sets the table for herself, Maggie, and Jackson. Maggie, who hadn’t heard about the cancer yet, openly acts terribly toward her mom. When her mom asks her when Maggie became so selfish, it becomes really clear really quickly that Maggie is still upset about her parents’ divorce. Maggie’s mom asks Jackson to leave, and once he’s gone, her voice is saturated with attitude, saying how she couldn’t breathe until she left Maggie’s father, and now she’s the person she finally wants to be. She grabs her coat, gives Maggie a hug, and leaves without telling Maggie about the cancer.
Bailey calls April into her office and says that it’s ‘tough decision time.’
Eliza tells Arizona that she thinks Bailey might be starting to think that she isn’t worth all of this trouble, and she might lose her job. When Arizona shows no sympathy, Eliza says that she thinks Arizona would be terrified because they would be able to date if Eliza were fired. (Eliza supposedly had job offers from a few different hospitals when Bailey hired her. Why would she stick around if she loses this job?)
Webber asks Catherine on her opinion of the tie he picked out for his dinner with Maggie and her mother because no one told him it was canceled yet. As Catherine ties it for him, she complains about how April wouldn’t stop talking about Meredith’s suspension today. He asks her if she thought it was the right call, and she responds that Bailey needed to send a clear message, which shows whose side she’s on. (Not only is Catherine on Bailey’s side, but she basically handed Bailey this side and told her what to do if she wanted to stay Chief.) Catherine says they shouldn’t talk about this right when Webber is getting ready for his dinner, and right as she says that, Webber gets a text saying that it was canceled. (I know she had a lot of her mind, but it’s honestly so inconsiderate that Maggie’s mom didn’t tell Webber that she couldn’t do dinner after all.)
Murphy and Stephanie bring Jo pizza, beer, and gossip. Jo asks where Ben is, but Stephanie thought he wasn’t to be trusted, since he’s married to the chief. They start their strategy session by listing who all is against Eliza and trying to obstruct their education, saying “Karev probably will be too,” to which Jo says, “Karev? Karev’s in prison.”
Maggie gets in bed with Meredith and Alex, who are watching a nature show about bears, (Let me take a second to comment on the fact that Meredith had said she’d be upstairs binge watching TV. I was expecting some leading television drama on Netflix, but I guess random shows on the nature channel can count.) and complains about her mom while eating her mom’s lasagna out of the pan. Meredith and Alex check their phones and see an email saying that a new interim chief of general surgery: April. (At this precise moment, I forgot that Owen is the chief of trauma surgery again, and that April is just an attending in the same field.)
Owen heads over to Stephanie’s apartment and tries to get Amelia to open the door. He quickly gives up and tells Stephanie to let her know he’s not leaving (before immediately leaving. I know, I know, he means he’s not leaving her and that their marriage is still important to him).
Jo goes all the way over to Meredith/Maggie/Alex’s house, gives Alex a hug, and leaves. After everything that has happened, I’m not sure if I still want Alex and Jo to work things out or if I want to see them both move on and find happiness elsewhere. (Possibly Alex with Meredith and Jo with DeLuca?) I’ll let the show writers decide this one for me.