The 300th episode of Grey’s, named after the final song in the musical Hamilton, starts with Meredith taking a ferry. Her late husband, Derek, always had a thing for ferry boats, and it’s likely a nod to that fact.
Amelia walks into Owen’s house unannounced, as she still has a key. She finds her recent ex-husband and Carina, DeLuca’s sister, being sexy in the kitchen. Carina walks off to ‘put on panties’ and Amelia walks over to leave her keys on the counter. Owen offers her some French toast, and Amelia takes it to go.
Bailey walks to the train station before work in the morning, with Ben driving slowly alongside her. She’s making a big, dramatic point by doing this, saying she can’t count on him. Clearly he has told her about how he was training to be a firefighter and was accepted to the program.
Sofia is coming home to live with Arizona. To prepare, Arizona bought several green paint samples. Sofia must like the color green, but Arizona is unsure of her shade preference.
At the hospital, the new interns are exhausted and sitting on the abandoned hospital beds our OG interns used to sit on. They all are paged at once, and they run off. Glasses, who is surprisingly cute, despite all of the mocking, is fast asleep, and one of the other interns wakes him before running off again.
Meredith wheels her suitcase through the hospital. She’ll be taking a private jet to the Harper Avery awards, and she’s nervous about the flight. The interns run by and Meredith tells them to slow down. Glasses says there’s trauma in the pit. Meredith immediately follows, putting off her flight.
Samantha confronts DeLuca about ignoring her. He says the two of them wreck each other every time. He thinks she followed him out here, but she didn’t know this is where he was now.
Amelia and Owen greet the first ambulance. A man, Dean Carson, threw himself in front of some kids to protect them when the roller-coaster car came loose. He’s responsive, but non-verbal. The next ambulance brings in a man and woman, Gregory and Cleo, who are stuck in a roller-coaster car that detached due to rust. They suspected that Greg was too unstable to remove him from the car in the field, so they brought the whole thing to the hospital. Meredith asks Alex if he sees what she’s seeing — George and Cristina. Just then, their pregnant friend, Liza, walks up. Cleo blames her for the predicament she’s in. Apparently she had told Cleo to ride the ride in her honor, since she’s too pregnant to do so. She responds by saying “Seriously? You’re going to blame me for this? Seriously?” In case you haven’t rewatched Grey’s since the original airdates and have trouble placing the significance, Izzie’s thing was that she said ‘seriously?’ a lot.
Jackson sees Meredith suiting up in the ER and tells her that she needs to let someone else handle this because she has the Harper Avery awards tonight. Alex points out the Baby George and Baby Cristina, and Mer doesn’t want to miss this. We find out that these two and Liza are second year residents at Seattle Presbyterian, making the similarities even more striking. Bailey has everyone prep for extraction. Even though Cleo is stable enough to remove, they need to get Greg out first, and be prepared for his internal injuries.
Jackson asks Bailey if she’s made any progress on forming the medical contest he gave her money to fund. Bailey, in return, asks Jackson if he knew her husband was training to be a firefighter behind her back. Jackson decides they’ll just talk about this later.
Amelia tells the interns to book a head CT for Dean, and another intern comes in, asking for a consult.
Alex tells Jo Liza is just like his ex, Izzie. Jo seems surprised, and comments that she’s really perky. When Liza approaches, Alex gets flustered. Mid-sentence, Liza faints, and all of a sudden we realize why they had Baby Izzie be pregnant — so she’d be Alex’s patient, since he’s in obstetrics and pediatrics.
Maggie brings Zola and their dresses to the hospital so they can leave for the awards with Meredith and the Averys. Jackson tells them that Meredith thought the incoming trauma was more important and pulled herself away. Zola states that her mother does not like to fly. Can you blame Meredith, though?
Cleo observes the doctors’ faces and concludes that Greg is going to die. They remove his harness, and he can’t breathe. Webber sees that the trouble isn’t in his chest, but his neck. Meredith stands behind him and holds his neck in a way that he can breathe. Greg panics that he’s going to die based on the way people are staring at them. Meredith tells him to calm down and that people are staring at them because they look ‘exactly’ like their friends, George and Cristina. Greg asks what George was like, and Meredith says he was a hero. The past tense freaks Greg out even more.
Liza says her unborn baby Jasper was perfect at her last ultrasound, so she probably just passed out from stress. Arizona and Alex spot a tumor on the placenta. This type of tumor can grow very quickly, and she fainted because she has mirror syndrome and her body is mirroring the symptoms of her baby. Arizona says they can operate on the baby without delivering him (Arizona’s new specialty, thanks to Geena Davis). They ask if there’s anyone they can call for her, but she’s having this baby alone and her birthing partner is Greg, who has more important things happening right now. She grabs Alex’s hand and asks if he’ll stay with her.
Jackson comes up behind Meredith and holds her arms to relieve some of the pressure she’s feeling while holding Greg’s head up. Mer asks if they’re going to kiss the awards. Jackson thinks they will. Cleo asks what they’re talking about, but then she realizes they mean the Harper Avery awards and that the doctor behind Greg is Meredith Grey. Cleo asks how Meredith came up with the idea for the abdominal wall transplant, and Meredith truthfully answers ‘a hole in my bedroom wall.’
Bailey sent her husband to stitch up a clown’s face. Samantha approaches and asks where the xeroform is. The clown yells at her for distracting the doctor from not scarring his face. Ben calls over for DeLuca and asks him to show Sam to the supply closet.
Catherine says they have to leave within twenty minutes in order to make it in time for the awards. The other doctors lift Greg while Meredith is still holding his head. They attach weights to hold his throat open. Meredith, now able to move her hands, checks on Cleo who now has a puncture wound and is bleeding out. April tells Meredith that she can page Owen so Meredith can leave for the awards, but Cleo asks her to stay, saying “Save me like I’m your friend.”
Jackson tells Maggie, Zola and Catherine that Meredith definitely isn’t coming. Maggie and Zola decide to stay behind, too. There’s no reason to go without Meredith.
Liza, during fetal surgery, says it’s a miracle that she fainted in this hospital and was able to get the help she and her baby need. Alex points out that she’s here because her friends are trapped in a roller-coaster car and ask if that, also, is a miracle.
Greg blames himself for this entire mishap, since going to the fair was his idea. He feels Cleo, Jasper and Lisa’s fates resting on him. Bailey goes out to the hallway to cry. Webber thinks she’s thinking about George, but Bailey says ‘these are not O’Malley tears’ but ‘marital rage.’ Before she can further explain, she hears sex noises from the skills lab. Sam emerges, holding a plastic skull and acting awkward. She runs off, followed shortly by DeLuca, who goes the opposite direction.
Amelia performs a CT scan on Dean during his surgery. As Owen’s patient, Owen found it more pressing that Dean was risking the e possibility of bleeding out. He didn’t believe they had time to wait for a CT scan. Amelia sees that he has a hemotoma, and they prep for brain surgery.
Before going into Dean’s OR, Bailey asks Ben to page Amelia, since this is neuro surgery, and her field is general surgery. She passive aggressively says that people should only do the jobs for which they are trained.
April snaps at Meredith in the OR for blowing off the awards. She says Meredith is like Jackson — they both take their money and talent for granted. She says that some of us work really hard just to be average. Meredith says she wants this award so badly it hurts, and also throws in a compliment that April isn’t average (though maybe it’s an insult, saying she’s below average).
Jasper’s surgery isn’t going well, so Arizona converts it into a c-section. Liza is scared and has Jo hold her hand. She asks Jo if she has any kids, and Jo is glad to say no. Arizona takes over the conversation and says that she has a daughter, and that her daughter is on a plane coming home right now.
Zola tells Maggie that she’s going to be a brain surgeon when she grows up. She says she misses her dad and asks Maggie if she misses her mom. Of course Maggie does, and she replies ‘every day.’
Once the baby has been delivered, Alex lets Liza hold her son. Jasper will have to be in the NICU for a few days on oxygen, but he should be fine.
Bailey reminds her husband that he left anesthesiology because he was bored and wanted to be a surgeon. Now he’s doing the same thing for firefighting. She remarks that it seems as if he has commitment issues. Ben says he might want to come back to surgery some day, but while he’s young, he doesn’t want to wonder what life would be like if he were brave enough to try, mimicking Jo’s words from the previous episode. Webber interrupts, saying Jackson is on the phone for her.
Jo tells Alex that he should call Izzie if he wants to know how she is. He comes up with a story for her — she’s married with three kids, living somewhere woodsy. She’s still a surgeon with a messy house which smells like muffins. He pictures her as happy as he is with Jo.
After Meredith’s surgery, Bailey and Webber turn on the awards for everyone to watch. Catherine gives a speech before announcing that the Harper Avery award for surgical innovation goes to Meredith Grey! YAS, our girl! Everyone in the gallery applauds and hollers, and Jackson steps toward the podium to accept on Meredith’s behalf. He tells the audience that Meredith isn’t here because she’s putting patients first, as she tends to do. He goes on to explain all of the loved ones she has lost, which is an overly simplified list. ‘Sister, husband, mother.’ (Did anyone else have an issue with the order these people are listed? I strongly feel it should have been ‘Mother, sister, husband.’ Feel free to tell me your opinions on this important matter in the comments.) Meredith looks to the gallery and envisions her mother standing behind Zola, finally proud of her.
Arizona and Sofia come home, and Sofia sadly admits that she misses mama (in reference to Callie). Arizona says she misses mama too, but that she’s glad Sofia is here. They head to the kitchen to eat the three flavors of ice cream Arizona bought for Sofia’s homecoming.
Clearheadedly, Samantha tells DeLuca that they are bad for each other. Immediately they start kissing and I am here for it.
Alex and Meredith pop a bottle of champagne and Cristina calls to geek out over this excitement with her person.
The plot and content make sense for the 300th episode, and I enjoyed all of the little easter eggs to past plots. This episode made some of my friends cry, but did anyone else feel the acting was… not great?