'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Christina Fights With Meredith, Kisses Shane; Bailey Is Benched From Surgery
Grey’s Anatomy’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” focused on the relationships of both the doctors and the patients at Grey Sloan Memorial hospital as Thanksgiving approaches.
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Baily & Ben
Since Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) episode in the OR a couple of weeks ago – keeping the patient under for an extra hour as she performed unnecessary tasks – Ben (Jason George) has grown increasingly worried about her ability to operate. He’s fairly certain that it’s OCD and takes the message to Derek (Patrick Dempsey) during a friendly chat in which Derek reveals he made a medical breakthrough while spitting out his toothpaste that morning. Upon learning of Bailey’s OR meltdown, Derek gets serious and tells Ben something like this can’t go unreported.
Derek arranges a meeting so that Ben can tell Chief Owen (Kevin McKidd) exactly what went down. Owen determines that Bailey absolutely has to be taken off surgery for the time being, and Ben asks if he can try one more time to get her to bench herself first. Despite the fact that she’s counting off on her fingers as her husband speaks, Bailey won’t go down without a fight. During her next surgery, both Owen and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) scrub in. Owen tells Meredith to move one of the medical instruments one inch out of place. Bailey returns it to its spot. Repeat. Bailey gets increasingly flustered before Owen tells her she’s going to have to take a break. At home, Bailey loses it on Ben for meddling in her career and shames him once again for leaving his residency.
April & Jackson & Stephanie
April (Sarah Drew) is getting married and giving out invitations to the big affair. She gives Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) a +1, prompting Jackson (Jesse Williams) to think that April is willfully ignoring their new relationship. In truth, April felt uncomfortable having his name (Avery) at the top of the guest list, believing it could make Matthew uncomfortable. April invited Stephanie so that she could bring him; she wants her best friend at her wedding. Jackson pumps the breaks, however, telling April that while he gives her his blessing, he doesn’t think it would be right for him to be in attendance.
Stephanie had been assisting on a case where a woman had little time to live. At her side were both her husband and her lover. The husband and wife had decided to see people outside of their marriages over the last several years but remained friends. Now, the husband was helping his wife find a new woman for her boyfriend. Talking about the dying woman they’d both loved, the two men embrace. Stephanie tells Jackson that if he and April are really over each other, there shouldn’t be any problem with them going to the wedding. Jackson gives his best excuse, charming Stephanie into not being worried.
Callie & Arizona
Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) has moved back into her home with Callie (Sara Ramirez), but she’s been relegated to the couch. Making matters even more awkward is Leah (Tessa Ferrer). In surgery, Arizona explains to her that she and Callie are giving their marriage another chance. When Leah begins to offer a “what if,” Arizona tells her that she doesn’t want to be the girl who waits around hoping the marriage fails. The conversation prompts Arizona to open up with Callie about the fact that she was sleeping with someone during their separation. Callie, first thinking it was one or two times, is surprised to learn that it was more than 10, but the two hug it out.
Leah uncomfortably walks in during the embrace to update the doctors on a patient. Later on, the three women find themselves in the same OR. When Callie gives Leah the opportunity to drill, the intern botches it and becomes too rattled to self-correct. Leah pleads with Arizona to help her, and Arizona calmly asks Callie to take over. Callie doesn’t miss the familiarity, realizing it’s Leah who was “10 plus times.” Callie can’t understand why Arizona would carry on a sexual relationship during the split, let alone with an intern. Arizona tells her she’s trying, but needs her to try too – starting with letting her sleep in the bed.
Meredith & Christina
The two friends who once described themselves as each other’s person are still at odds. Cristina’s (Sandra Oh) medical miracle printed valve got infected and she wants to use Meredith’s machine once again. Meredith shuts her down, telling her she needs to get going on her research, otherwise she’ll lose her grant. When Christina shows her the baby whose life she’s trying to save, Meredith tells her that just because she has kids doesn’t mean a sick one will make her incapable of logic. Meredith tells her there is a less risky option with a better chance of success – that won’t require her to backup the printer again.
Alex ultimately backs up Meredith to Cristina, but Cristina isn’t going to take no for an answer. She gets Shane (Gaius Charles) to help her start up the printer again, but they’re soon caught by Meredith. Meredith lets Cristina have it, yelling, “You are not Christ child reincarnate! You do not walk on water! You have failed to revolutionize modern medicine and save a baby all in one fell swoop!" Shane, who both worships Yang professionally and wants to be her rebound, rips into Meredith – an attending, who’s on the board, who got that printer sent to the hospital. When Meredith, incredulous, walks out, Christina plants a kiss on her new hero.
Webber & The Interns
Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is still recovering from his near-fatal electrocution. He failed his last stress test miserably, but is determined to have a redo. He does not want to go to a rehab facility. Jo (Camilla Luddington) ultimately gives in and gets him set up on a treadmill. When she tells him he’s pushing it too hard and needs to stop, he petulantly continues to increase the speed. Eventually he can’t keep up with the moving track, falls and breaks a rib or two. It’s back to the hospital bed for the former chief. Luckily for him, the interns are determined to spend Thanksgiving with him as their doctor significant others/ ex-lovers dine at the Shepherd/Grey residence with a meal prepared by Owen’s girlfriend Emma. Who’s cooking the meal for Webber and the interns? The local fried chicken chain.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays on ABC at 9/8c.
– Chelsea Regan
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