Years and years ago, Izzie — remember her? — stood frozen in front of the hospital following Denny’s death, terrified of speaking with the chief after her massive mess-up. And now, nine seasons later, Bailey’s doing the same thing — luckily this time, though, it’s for a much less depressing reason: She’s now chief (hooray!), and she is nervous. Super nervous.
“I just need it to be perfect,” Bailey tells Warren as he tries to get her to move inside. Nothing is ever perfect through, especially not at Grey Sloan Memorial — and Bailey knows that better than most people. But we all have fantasies, and Bailey is no exception. And her fantasy is that her first day as chief will be magical and spot-free.
She finally makes her way inside and is greeted by Webber hosting a breakfast party (complete with a customized cake) to welcome Bailey to her role. Bailey’s not having it and announces she’s done with meetings. She’s ready to get to work (and has evidently gone mad, because who would reject an entire cake greeting you first thing at work?). Bailey’s living the dream and she doesn’t even care.
As evidenced by Webber’s party, he’s feeling a little useless and is trying to make himself helpful. He wants to offer Bailey advice, but Bailey doesn’t want his wisdom or guidance. He’s like a dad trying to get through to his teenage daughter — in other words, it’s never going to happen.
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After successfully ditching Webber, Bailey faces her first patient as chief: a 7-foot-2 woman named Jade who’s suffering from blurry vision, dizziness, headaches, and abnormal growth. After some tests, they figure out she has some broken vertebrae (she originally came in after taking a spill) and a tumor on her pituitary gland. The good news is, they figured out what’s wrong with her. The bad news is, Jade doesn’t quite care.
See, Jade has a really important job to do. She has to get back to work. There’s no way she’s going to miss a week — a week! — sitting in the hospital recovering from life-saving surgery. That’s crazy! All she’ll do is give the team of doctors four hours to figure out a plan of action. But that’s it.
NEXT: Jade stays in the hospital — but not by choice