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Grey's Anatomy: Jason George teases harrowing two-hour event

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As Grey’s Anatomy is wont to do, viewers will be treated to a special two-hour event on Thursday, which will leave the fate of one of Grey Sloan’s doctors up in the air.

After the hospital is forced into a lockdown to find a missing child, Ben (Jason George) decides to operate on a pregnant patient without the proper equipment. “He doesn’t have anything he needs in order to take care of this woman and her baby, so he makes decisions that doctors pray they never have to make,” George tells EW.

“The whole rest of the two hours is everybody’s perception of what the choices this surgical resident made,” the actor continues. “Was it the right call? Was it the wrong call? Ultimately that decision gets make by the chief, who happens to be the surgical resident’s wife. Bailey [Chandra Wilson] has to decide what to do with this resident who could be going lone wolf, going rogue, because this is the second time Ben’s been in a situation like this. Ben has to be judged by his peers. All the doctors get to weigh in. It has huge ramifications on Ben’s career, on Ben’s relationship with Bailey, as well as his relationship with many of the doctors at the hospital.”

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As George points out, this is the second time that Ben has made a rash decision and performed a procedure without the proper tools and supervision. Though Ben’s on thin ice, the actor insists his character doesn’t have any other choice. “Ben’s a doctor!” George says. “In his heart, he’s a doctor. The rules say you can’t do this thing because of policy, blah blah blah. How do you save this person’s life? You have to break the rules? Then I break the rules. Policy would have you do nothing at that point, or do something that would probably get the person killed or probably take too long and the person would die. In Ben’s opinion, that’s not an option. If there’s something he can do that would risk him and his career, but save their life, that’s what we do.”

Still, Ben’s tendency to go rogue doesn’t spring from a sense of entitlement being married to the chief. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. “Being the husband of the chief puts you in a fish bowl, puts you in a spotlight that gets you judged by sightly different things,” George says. “I do think he’s got years as a doctor already. He was a very accomplished anesthesiologist. He has all this experience even though he’s learning the skills of being a surgical resident. He’s incredibly confident and always has been. I’ll accept cocky, I’ll accept confident in his skills, but not entitled.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.