The seventh episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” this season aired on Thursday, Nov. 4, and the episode was packed with storylines that evolved for the characters. There are some spoilers ahead from the episode, so only read on if you want to learn the main take-aways from this episode.
The episode began with Arizona and Callie packing up in order to move out of their apartment (to Malawi, where Arizona was given a new career opportunity), with Callie obviously starting to have some second thoughts about it. Dr. Webber dropped a hint while Callie was packing that he was disappointed she was leaving, forcing her to think even more about staying. Callie tried to put on a brave face, but Arizona saw through it all, and ended up telling her (at the airport) that she didn’t want Callie to come with her. It was a sad break-up scene, as the relationship came to an end in a fight about going to Africa.
Meanwhile Owen was preparing to set up his trauma lab in order to train the doctors in the hospital. He forced nearly all of the interns and residents to go through the trauma training, presenting very difficult scenarios in order to find out which of them could succeed. At one point he certified Meredith in order to get her to go help Cristina in her surgery. He pushed the rest of them pretty hard, and Dr. Avery quit during the test by simply walking out on everyone. The team of April and Dr. Karev ended up winning it after he quit though. This could be described as the coming out episode for April at the end of the season.
Dr. Bailey decided to help during the autopsy of her patient Mary (Mandy Moore) who had come in for a routine procedure, but died on the table due to unknown causes. She got very frustrated that the morgue doctor was so mechanical about the procedure, especially when the autopsy was inconclusive. This was the patient that had survived the shooting with Bailey, and it upset her that she couldn’t figure it all out.
Dr. Sloan was working with Lexie on a case where a woman was getting a “butt” implant in order to improve her self image. Lexie was worried that the patient was doing the procedure for someone else, and again couldn’t understand why the patient would choose to do something like this. Maybe one day Lexie will get a storyline that doesn’t make her continuously second guess the patients. At the end of the episode though, there was a hint that Lexie might have figured out that Sloan was interested in her still, and it made her quite happy.
Teddy announced that Dr. Yang’s patient Roy was going to get the lungs that could help him live after Cristina convinced the board that he deserved a chance to go through the transplant. Complications arose though, and it seemed that Cristina was starting to break down rather than help her patient. Cristina has a breakdown at one point with Meredith there, as she didn’t understand how Meredith could be so fine while she felt so broken inside. She ended up blaming Meredith for everything that took place during the shooting, and how Meredith had forced her to operate on Derek. The patient lived though, despite needing a heart transplant on top of the lungs. That wasn’t the end of this story though, as Dr. Cristina Yang quit the program and walked away.
The next new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” will air on Thursday, Nov. 11 where we find out not just where these stories are heading, but apparently a very famous patient makes his way into the hospital.
Nov. 4 episode on ABC