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Grey's Anatomy recap: Finding Fault

It’s every doc for himself as the chief tries to find out who’s responsible for a patient death on a seemingly filler episode

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Greys Anatomy
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Grey's Anatomy

TV Show
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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
Current Status:
In Season

Hello, fellow Grey’s Anatomy fans, your regular recapper, Jennifer Armstrong needed a break from all the dark and twistyness, so I’ll be taking you through tonight’s storm — and boy it sure was a dark and twisty one.

I don’t know about you guys, but I could have skipped this episode all together. I’m all for a little medical mystery and blood and guts, but I need a healthy dose of sexual tension, whining, and banter with my Grey’s. This episode lacked all those elements and was, simply put, no fun.

I mean let’s face it, this hour was really just another way to get us acquainted with the new Mercy West doctors, Dr. Reed (Nora Zehetner), Dr. Charles Percy (Robert Baker), Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), and Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew). With the absence of Meredith and Izzie (Meredith who is milking her bed-rest after giving her father part of her liver — or rather Ellen Pompeo hiding her big giant pregnant belly, and Izzie gone MIA, A.K.A. Katherine Heigl making a movie/raising her newly adopted baby), they needed to fill the void, and that is where the Mercy West ”others” come in. Last week we met them, this week we got to know them. Kind of. But I think Cristina said it best when she told Meredith — who made a brief appearance at the very beginning and very end — to hurry back because, ”We need more us’s.” We sure do! I even found myself longing for silly Izzie — well, almost. I’m still annoyed at her overly dramatic rant at the Chief last week when she got fired, ”Why didn’t you just let me die???” Come on, Izz, get some perspective.

Anyway, the big mystery of the night was who killed Cathy Becker, a mother who came in with seemingly simple burns — think again, my friends! The episode played (confusingly) backwards, with snippets of flashbacks and focused on the Chief ‘s hunt to find out who was ultimately responsible for Becker’s untimely death. We opened on a rainy night in a tension-filled hallway with everyone denying that they killed a patient. Fun times! The catastrophe of the night: A deadly hotel fire. And ultimately someone would be fired. Like a game of Clue, let us now deduce who was not the killer (and thusly wouldn’t get canned), shall we?

Beginning with the ”us’s,” we know it’s not Meredith or Izzie due to aforementioned pregnancy/baby/movie obligations. Phew, that was easy!

Cristina always seemed unlikely, simply, because they need her on the show too badly and she’s just too good a doctor. The day she leaves Grey’s is the day I stop watching the show. Mark my words! Plus, I can sense that she is moving away from her needy ”I miss Burke,” ”I need to hold a heart” meltdown from last week. The strong fighter we know and love is coming back to us — as was evident when she punched the brave fireman (Bill Fagerbakke, who played the loveable, but dumb-as-rocks Dauber on Coach) in the chest and started his heart a’beatin’. Now, if only they could get her back on track with a steamy make-out session with Hunt. Come on, they know we love this couple. Why must they tease us? Give us some more action between them! Stat.

For a minute, it looked like it could have been Lexie’s fault, but she was too busy crying to be responsible for anything. Seriously. Stop crying. Speaking of which, Arizona gives one hell of a smack down. I like it when she gets fired up, but as Jennifer mentioned last week, they need to cut down on some of her many high-horse speeches.

NEXT: The new crew