Grey’s really put all its effort into its final few minutes tonight: Most of the episode was entertaining enough but fairly uneventful until the romance and drama that we’ve come to know and love from the show kicks in. And, oooh, was there drama.
The episode kicks off with a frustrated Webber spouting off some wisdom about how residents who stay in one place are stagnant, and how he’s going to fix that by forcing everyone to work outside of their specialties. This creates some tension, namely when Jo gets assigned to Meredith and Penny to Amelia. Meredith, predictably, acts like a mean-spirited ice queen to her new resident, and Amelia isn’t any better toward Penny. But Webber’s little experiment actually forces them to grow a little: Jo ends up confronting Meredith — “Get your own boyfriend!” she tells her at one point, revealed her Alex-related jealousy — before Meredith eventually apologizes for the way she treats Jo like an annoying insect, and Amelia warms up to Penny after realizing that she’s pretty great in the OR.
Even though Amelia eventually sees that Penny is a talented person, it’s a hard journey to that conclusion. Penny is the woman who was there when her brother died, after all. This throws a wrench into Owen’s plan to wine and dine Amelia as if it’s their first date, but he recovers quickly: Once he realizes Amelia’s probably not in the mood to dress up and go to a fancy dinner, he decides to instead take her to a nearby room in the hospital where a bunch of therapy puppies are hanging out. Take note, Nicholas Sparks: Bringing a stressed-out date to a room full of dogs is the most romantic gesture possible.
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