Bailey smells something rotten in her son Tuck’s bedroom. Luckily, the two-challenge rule applied to Grey Sloan Memorial’s ORs is not in effect on her home turf, so she gets to keep obsessing over it as long as she needs to. And what do you know — there are gross, dead apples in Tuck’s neglected soccer bag. So she’s not totally crazy.
But she’s still very, very afflicted. I’d somewhat forgotten about this whole plot line because Bailey’s had barely anything to do in weeks. But as the one responsible for the hospital’s staph infection outbreak, Bailey’s having a hard time getting back into the operating room. She’s freaked out about possible contaminants and needs to have Intern Jo keep flushing out a patient’s abdomen just to be totally sure it’s clean. It may just take time — or more flushes.
I know Bailey was probably being really annoying to the other medical staff in the OR, but if I were the patient and a “part of my ass” were about to be part of my throat, I’d probably want a hyper-cautious former Patient Zero to fuss so much over me. She thinks she sees a bubble? Let her see bubble wrap! Please pop all the bubbles everywhere. Who wouldn’t prefer a thorough flush?
I loved Bailey’s husband Ben in this episode — his extreme patience and ability to smize (smile with the eyes) under that surgical mask had such a calming affect on his wife when she needed it the most, so I’m glad he’s sticking around.
Fueled by her tiff with Cristina (who doesn’t think her “person” can be a great surgeon and a great mother), Meredith is on a professional power trip, conducting time-consuming research on her new 3D printing machine — a scientifically advanced and possibly magical thing-creating toy. You want a thing? You got it! Name your favorite piece of flatware.
NEXT: No sex for you!