In Thursday’s do-or-die Grey’s Anatomy, Richard told residents: “Today is going to be a day you will remember for the rest of your career” – in other words, the day each of them was allowed to operate independently for the first time. Which residents took up the challenge and which burst under pressure? And was Addison able to save Tovah, who developed complications after last week’s groundbreaking uterus transplant? Read on and discover…
‘I’M SO TIRED I CAN FALL DEATH’ | When “With a Little Help From My Friends” began, Richard and Catherine, and Levi and Nico, spoke after a night of passion – separately, it should be mentioned – as word spread that Webber was once again in charge of the residency program. Though Addison was going to head west again, she couldn’t leave yet; she needed Amelia’s help to save Tova.
Noah showed up with Owen at a support group…where the organizer Roy began to cough up blood before anyone could give the testimonials he would bring to Washington to lobby for changes to the VA. And when Jo arrived for work, she and Cormac ran into a woman about to give birth. As for Meredith, when she showed up at Gray Sloan’s, she and Bailey learned from Richard that he intended to let the residents fly on their lap alone that day. See? Miranda told Grey. “You can’t go to Minnesota. The man has lost his mind.”
Alone with Mer and Bailey, Richard defended his decision to have his students operate alone; the presence of those present would only be necessary for about 10 critical minutes of each procedure. Reluctantly, Bailey agreed to his daring plan. “God help us, fine,” she said. However, she was more than uncomfortable and put patients’ lives in the hands of “children with scalpels.”
Hilariously, Mabel attacked Amelia’s superhero attitude before making her first cut. From there Bailey, Mer and Richard ran from OK to OK. When Levi completed his lap time in record time, Richard offered him and Reza a double play. In another OR, Taryn and James got into trouble and called for a nurse.
‘ASK SMARTER QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PATINT’ | As spunky as Addison seemed—actually, she was just desperate to save Tovah and not fill her study—Amelia ducked in to lend a hand. Later, Addison wondered why Amelia had dumped Link. After drowning in children and domesticity for months, she had been tempted to use drugs again and again. Link, on the other hand, fell more and more in love with their mom-and-pop operation.
“It felt like I couldn’t breathe. That’s why I’ve judged myself,” she added, “as if you seem to be judging me now.” Addison, however, did not condemn her. During the pandemic, she had drunk so much wine that she looked like a tick. And she had such dark thoughts, she kept them to herself. She’d even had the idea of never waking up – Which dark.
After running tests on Tovah, Amelia Team Gray offered Sloan to help monitor the patient — provided they were given credit when Montgomery published. In response, Addison confessed to prioritizing Tovah over her selfish need to go home. By helping her, Addison had given the will to get up in the morning. It was okay, Amelia assured her. She did everything she could for Tovah.
After Owen and Noah took Roy to the hospital, Hunt and Winston discovered that the patient had lung cancer in addition to pulmonary fibrosis. “So what are we talking about?” Roy asked. “What can we do to get me to Congress next month?” A risky procedure that could cost him a few months, Winston said. Do it, Roy ordered.
“I’ve been fighting all my life, I’m not going to stop now.” Before going under the knife, he confessed to Owen that he had authorized the fire pits that had affected him and his own troops so negatively.
After the surgery, Owen reiterated to Noah that he was “with all of you” in this battle. Well, maybe not Roy – he crashed and it didn’t look good. Moments later, Owen and Winston told Noah that Roy had died. Grievingly, Noah told Hunt that he had let him in, and the doctor had made everything so much worse. He didn’t want any more help from Owen.
‘NO DAD, JUST A JACK’ | The pregnant woman – Nikki was her name – told her boyfriend for a month that she thought he knew she was pregnant. “Look at me,” she said. But despite her baby bump, he hadn’t. He soon revealed to Jo that he was out on bail.
Afterwards, she suggested to Nikki that she was simply experiencing anxiety, not contractions. but from Class she was anxious – she had the baby from a random boy and her new boyfriend had come to her. She was also in labor, and as the episode neared its end, she gave birth in such a way that Jo had to perform a complicated maneuver to get the boy out.
In other developments, after Megan approached Cormac for a pediatric consultation, she was forced to reveal that the patient in question was her son Farouk. He had a disturbing murmur, Hayes was quick to report. And yes, he would keep the sitch on the DL for Mom or Owen would freak out.
Later, Cormac reported that Farouk would need surgery to treat endocarditis. “He should be okay,” Megan called out. Needless to say, Cormac would do anything to make sure he was.
As the hour neared its end, Addison and Amelia assured Tovah that she hadn’t shed the uterus. “Give her a moment to cry,” Addison told Amelia. Later, Addison wondered if Amelia would regret a decision she’d made during a crisis. “I hated the life that” [Link] loved,” said Amelia. “So I think the wisest and kindest thing I can do is let him go.” Addison was impressed. “Look at you,” she said. “Amelia Shepherd, all grown up.”
Elsewhere, Richard, Catherine, and Meredith congratulated themselves on a successful day, while Bailey focused on the problems Helm had encountered. But Mer saw Taryn’s hiccups as proof that the system had worked—she’d called for help and the patient was fine. On his terrible day, Owen asked Cormac if he wanted a drink before he went to see Teddy and the kids. High above his surgical twofer, Levi threw himself at Nico with the confidence of a “rock star boyfriend.”
And when Taryn beat herself up after her surgical mistake, Bailey told her she… should I feel terrible. “It’s that awfulness… it stays with us so we never make that same mistake again,” Miranda said. “That’s how we become great.” And who was the first person Mer met when she landed in Minnesota? Well, Nick, of course.