The story in our voice-over this week is recounting an old story where a king, who knew a civil war was about to take place, sent one son to fight for the north and one son to fight for the south. That way, there would be a better chance that one would survive. We see a montage of divided households – April and Jackson, Catherine and Webber, Owen and Amelia.
Maggie startles Amelia awake to ask for a favor. Amelia assumes she means her laundry, but Maggie actually wants Amelia to come back to work to clip an aneurysm in the brain of a nun. Sister Agnes needs open heart surgery, but the operation can’t be done until that aneurysm is clipped. Maggie promises that she’ll make sure that Owen doesn’t see her, and Amelia reluctantly agrees.
With Meredith back as chief of general surgery, April has adjust to her loss of power. Riggs walks in and says that Meredith folded by taking her job back. She tells him that Webber asked her to come back, which is not folding. When he leaves, Alex tells her that if she wants to be with Riggs, she should just be with him, but she says she doesn’t.
I don’t know who thought it would be a good idea for DeLuca to be on Alex’s service. I would say that DeLuca deserves a good, well-rounded education, but Alex is not the only surgeon in pediatrics, so it actually does make no sense for the hospital to shove the two together. Standing alone together in an elevator, Alex asks if they’re “cool.” DeLuca seems a little baffled that Alex would ask that, but says they’re cool.
Webber demands that Bailey buy new mattresses for all of the on-call rooms (which is where he’s been sleeping while fighting with Catherine). Catherine overhears this and tells Bailey to tell Webber that if he wants to sleep soundly, he should go home to his wife at night. After Catherine and Bailey both walk off, Arizona approaches Webber and asks if he’s okay. He doesn’t like that everyone knows what Catherine did to him. He says that as long as Eliza is here, it’s going to stay bad. He feels as if he has lost the support of almost everyone. Since he hasn’t had a place to stay other than the on-call room, Arizona offers to let Webber come stay at her apartment. He calls her a good friend, but doesn’t want to impose.
Jackson is scolding Meredith for coming back to work and weakening their position by making it look like she’s on Eliza’s side now. She argues that they don’t have a position if Webber is asking them to stop. Maggie points out that the problem isn’t Eliza – it’s that Eliza has proved that her program is good. Jackson is still livid, stating that his mother is not the only Avery in the hospital.
Catherine and April look at some abdominal scans, and everything has cleared up for their patient. April talks about how hard own has been living with Jackson recently. They’re living together, though divorced, because it makes things with their baby, Harriet, but every other aspect is too hard right now. April is also having troubles at work, feeling demoted. Catherine advises her to not feel embarrassed, but proud that she was who Bailey turned to when the hospital needed someone.
Alex and DeLuca check out a murmur in a newborn baby’s heart. The parents flip a coin to decide on a name – heads August, tails Leo. Aaaaaand it’s heads. Hi baby Gus.
Jackson confronts his mother that he is the voice of the Avery Foundation on the board of this hospital. Jackson had originally refused this position, so Catherine finds it a little ridiculous that he’s enforcing it now. The representative is only supposed to help guide the hospital in its decisions. He reminds her that she set this whole thing with Eliza and Webber in motion, and that it was unacceptable to do, based on rank and file. From now on, he’s going over her head and straight to the governing board.
While Catherine tells April about about Jackson suddenly claiming himself as the representative on the board, April shows that she has read up on the foundation and possibly even knows more about it than Jackson does. Catherine tells April that she should check out the Avery trauma center in Chicago, which does things much differently than Grey-Sloan.
A man is wheeled in by medics. A deep-fried turkey went wrong when the propane tank exploded and blew shrapnel everywhere. His family has minor injuries, but he’s severely burnt and his bowel has been eviscerated.
Alex and Riggs (who is there for a cardiovascular consult) are checking out Gus’s lab report. Riggs says to get baby Gus on the transplant list immediately, but Alex says they’re going to do a Norwood. Riggs doesn’t think he could survive a full reconstruction, but Alex doesn’t think he could survive waiting for a newborn donor heart.
Rodney and Pam, children of the man who was the turkey fryer’s victim, come into the hospital with Rodney’s fiancé, Jim. Pam is very vocal about her anger towards Jim, who was the reason the deep fryer was there. Rodney has burns, but not nearly as bad as his father’s.
Webber, Catherine (why are you still here? You were only here for a consult. Very rude that you’re sticking around and causing Webber to sleep on cots at the hospital), Jackson, and April are all checking out Rodney and Pam’s father, trying to decide which operation to do first. Ben is annoyed at all of the bickering lately and goes to book an OR. Still bickering before the surgery, Ben comes up with a plan of who should work on what when, and April says it should work, and they do that, even though it came from an attending. Yay Eliza’s program! (Reminder that Ben was an anesthesiologist for years before he went back to school to become a surgeon, so he does have much more experience than the other residents in his class.)
Amelia finishes the surgery and is excited to be back, though she is still nervous about seeing Owen. She makes Maggie check the hall before she walks out.
Alex and Riggs explain the options to the parents, and start passive-aggressively arguing over why theirs is the smarter option. The transplant would only be one operation as opposed to three that take place over the first three years of Gus’s life, but who knows if a donor heart will get to him in time. The mother just asks them to tell her what they should do, because the options are just confusing her. The dad thinks the transplant would be the better option while the mom thinks maybe the Norwood. They decide they need to take some time to think about it. Going behind Alex’s back, Riggs tells DeLuca to call UNOS to put Gus on the donor list in case the parents decide that’s what they want to do.
Alex complains to Meredith about Riggs being a jerk.
Stephanie freaks out with excitement when she sees Amelia and tells her how much she’s been wanting to work with her under Eliza’s program. Amelia makes it clear that she’s trying to hide from Owen and asks Steph to check if the ER is clear to walk through, but Stephanie refuses to get dragged into Amelia’s marriage again. Before walking off, Amelia excitedly urges Amelia to come back.
Eliza runs into Arizona on the stairs and asks how big Arizona’s stove is because she wants to make her pierogi. She then speaks Polish, which, of course, Arizona does not understand. “Once you get a taste of my dumplings, you will not want others.”
While operating, Catherine and April make plans for their trip to Chicago. Confused about what they’re talking about, Jackson asks if they’re taking a vacation. She informs him that they will be visiting the Avery trauma center in Chicago, and that she’s gotten the two of them Hamilton tickets (hopefully a night that Wayne Brady is playing Burr).
Jo is eating what I assume is the most watered down yogurt in the world when she realizes that DeLuca is in distress. She asks what’s wrong, and he tells her that the attendings he is working with have given him conflicting orders. She says that she knows he’ll make the right choice. Jo leaves, and DeLuca picks up his phone to call UNOS.
Amelia sneaks around the hospital halls. When she sees Owen, instead of hiding, she walks right up to him and his newly arrived patient who needs a neuro consult.
Interrupting April’s rant about why Eliza Minnick is a good thing for this hospital, Jackson interjects “Dr. Webber makes artists here. Dr. Minnick makes robots.” As a resident, Jackson watched and watched and watched and watched Marc’s flawless technique, which made Jackson able to perfect it himself. “Even if Minnick’s program was good, the way you two went about implementing the entire thing had zero respect for the history of this institution, certainly no respect for Dr. Webber.” Jackson continues to attack his mom for this decision, but she cuts him off to say that his name and title isn’t everything, and somehow manages to make “you are an outstanding surgeon” sound like an insult. Soon they realize there is no more they can do for the patient at this time, and they close him off and take him to the ICU.
While examining the man from the ambulance, Owen tells Amelia that he didn’t know she was back. She claims that she had just stopped in for floss (apparently she can’t sleep without it, and apparently she also can’t go to the store and buy some). Stephanie walks in and Owen tells her to page someone from neuro if Catherine isn’t actually back, since it seems that this patient’s recovery will be an uphill climb. She tells Stephanie to give her the head scans she brought in, indicating that Amelia is actually back.
After a surgery filled with bickering, Webber had reconsidered and takes Arizona up on her offer to stay with her. Having made date plans with Eliza, Arizona feels incredibly awkward. She tells him what is technically true – she has a date tonight. She offers to cancel, but Webber says that she should go on the date and just tell him about it tomorrow.
Maggie sees Amelia and says “You’re still here!” right in front of Owen, who now knows that Amelia was lying about coming in for her floss.
Meredith pulls Riggs into a room to ask him why he’s being a jerk. She gives a long speech that could be summed up with the chorus of Wannabe by Spice Girls. He takes her spiel as an admittance that the two of them could possibly someday have a relationship. (I kind of hope that that’s what she’s saying, and that she isn’t just straight up manipulating him.) He says that his way is the better way and leaves.
April and Jackson update the turkey fryer man’s family. Jim tries to be upbeat through everything, hoping to have not just completely ruined his relationship by killing or seriously injuring his fiancé’s father. Pam does not at all want him around. Pam silently pleads with her brother, and Rodney asks Jim to leave, saying that all he can think of when he looks at him is what has happened to his father. To be fair, though, all Rodney can think of when he looks at anything right now is his father. Heartbroken, Rodney’s fiancé (ex-fiancé?) leaves.
While scrubbing in, Owen confronts Amelia about what Maggie had said. She admits that she came in earlier that day as a favor to Maggie, but that this was her first time back at the hospital. He asks if she had planned on seeing him at all, and she says no. He tells her that she should probably leave, but she refuses to, and says that he can page someone from trauma to take his place if he can’t work with her.
Eliza goes to meet Arizona for their date (again, why are you doing this at the hospital if you are trying to keep it a secret?) but they are both extremely tired and decide to rest their eyes for a minute.
DeLuca gets a call from UNOS saying that there is a donor heart that is a perfect match for Gus. Alex is furious that they put Gus on the donor list without even telling him.
After their failed surgery (the man from the ambulance had originally seemed like a ‘lost cause’ but they wanted to try anyway), Owen asks Amelia if she wants to be married to him. I wasn’t sure what her response would be, but she said yes. She just has been putting off the fight they’re going to have. He 100% wants kids and she 100% doesn’t want kids, so someone is getting what they want (a very bittersweet victory, I’m sure) and someone is losing.
Alex consults with Maggie because he doesn’t trust Riggs. Since Gus’s heart could be reconstructed performing the Norwood, Alex views this transplant as taking the life of another baby on the transplant list.
While Jackson and April were updating the family, the patient started bleeding internally and Ben, who was still present, found the bleeder and is prepared to take care of it. Everyone comes back in the room and sees Ben taking charge. Instead of telling him to step aside, Webber offers to suction for him, which shocks Jackson.
After the surgery, Jackson warns Webber not to show a weakness around. She and Webber had fallen in love while fighting about the hospital, so Webber thinks he can handle it, but Jackson points out that she will continue to fight until she wins, no matter who gets hurt. Webber asks Jackson not to do anything.
TEENY TINY HEART TRANSPLANT
This time, Webber updates Rodney and Pam, saying that it will be an ongoing recovery, but that their father is doing fine. Rodney takes out his phone to text Jim. Pam is annoyed, but Rodney knows it was an accident and Jim loves their father.
Jackson sees his mother filling out paperwork. He sits down by her and asks her if business is really more important to her than family. When he brings up that she must be happy that April has shown an interest in the business, Catherine reassures him that she is proud of the person he is, and that she wishes he likes himself as much as she does. This seems like a pretty irrelevant subject change, but she seems genuine.
After some banter about Alex and how he was right about Riggs, Riggs tells Meredith that he is only interested in what she thinks of him, not all of her friends. It’s understandably hard for Meredith to stop the sarcastic remarks and avoidance of feelings. She was dark and cloudy to begin with, and by now she has plenty more reasons to be jaded. Riggs states that he is in this, and tells her to give him a call when she knows whether or not she is.
“What time is it? Did we fall asleep?” (Ayyyyy, where my Whedonites at? Remember Dollhouse? Good times.) Arizona and Eliza wake up and it’s almost morning. They go to kiss (still in the hospital) and Webber opens the door, looking hurt and embarrassed for stumbling in there.
Maggie asks Amelia how her day was. Her day was not good, and she’s not looking forward to the talk she and Owen will have to have.
Catherine asks Webber to come home. He tells her that he never wanted to come between her and Jackson. She knows that, though, and is heartbroken when Webber still climbs onto that hospital bed and turns away from her.
April catches Jackson checking out scans from a patient at the Avery hospital in Montana that he might travel to in order to give a consultation. April asks if he’s jealous of her, since he wasn’t interested in the Avery name until Catherine suggested that April check out one of their hospitals. He acts as if she is ridiculous. She asks him what has been going on with him lately, but leaves the living room of their home, saying that it’s none of her business.
I am already stressed on the behalf of Amelia and Owen, but I’m glad Amelia is back. Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC, part of the TGIT lineup.