‘Greys Anatomy’ Premiere Recap: Heather Brooks Dies; Richard Webber Survives
Greys Anatomy picked up in the midst of the massive storm that ripped through the Pacific Northwest and caused a frenzy at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital.
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is cradling her baby boy, named Bailey (Chandra Wilson) in honor of the mentor she once referred to as "the Nazi." Richard (James Pickens Jr.) is still lying prostrate in a puddle in the boiler room after having been electrocuted. Callie (Sarah Ramirez) continues to have a meltdown about Arizona’s (Jessica Capshaw) dalliance with the visiting doctor in the on-call room and Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew) are still unsuccessfully dealing with their feelings for one another – as are the “broken-up” Christina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd).
Noticing that it’s been awhile since she’s seen Richard, Bailey sends intern Shane (Gaius Charles) off to go find him. Not wanting to miss any important surgeries, Shane enlists Brooks (Tina Majorino) to take on the task. Brooks finds Richard and moves to save him when she too ends up electrocuted and facedown in pooling water. Ultimately, they’re both found and taken into surgery.
Bailey, Christina and Alex (Justin Chambers) are focused on saving Richard, while Derek (Patrick Dempsey) tries to keep his neuro protégé alive. Baily and Christina get into an argument about whether or not to keep operating on Richard – who’s coded a couple of times already – or to sew him up and try again later. When they refer to his file to find his next of kin, they realize the decision is Meredith’s to make. After some back and forth with Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) – Jackson’s mother and Richard’s paramour – they go back in at Meredith's behest. Richard ends up making it, but in a nearby OR, Derek is unable to save Brooks.
While everything was unfolding in the operating rooms, relationship drama took over the rest of SGMW. Owen and Cristina, as per usual, are struggling with not being together, despite both of them realizing they weren’t going to work. Their sexual chemistry keeps pulling them together when they try to be friends, so they agree they need to give each other some more space.
Meanwhile, born again virgin April, is hoping that Jackson will forbid her to marry Matthew (Justin Bruening) after she tells him that she still loves him. No such luck, however, as Jackson tells her he doesn’t want to deal with her roller coaster of emotions anymore. Instead of deciding to wait it out for the supposed love of her life, April returns Matthew’s proposal in the hospital chapel.
Married couple Callie and Arizona could be heading for a separation, as Callie, after announcing Arizona’s cheating to the entire board, immediately moves out of the house with their daughter Sofia. Upon moving into Derek and Meredith’s mountainside mansion, Callie even goes so far as to tell Arizona she won’t be able to see Sofia. Cristina ultimately convinces the scorned Callie not to punish their daughter for Arizona’s actions.
As for Alex and Jo (Camilla Luddington), they’re still spending a majority of their time in the infamous on-call room – despite the fact that Alex has been there done that with an innumerable number of Jo’s fellow interns.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays on ABC at 9/8c.
– Chelsea Regan