We gave it a B
The title of this week’s episode is ‘It Can Only Get Worse’ and as we (and poor Edwards) quickly discover, things at Grey-Sloan Hospital can always stand to take a turn for the worse no matter how grim the preexisting circumstances.
The episode marks the beginning of Phase 2 of Minnick’s master plan to overhaul the teaching program, which sees residents put in charge of their own cases which they see from start to finish, with an attending only supervising them. Needless to say, this leaves both groups (minus a few individuals) with opposing emotions. The residents, of course, are thrilled at the chance to actually be in charge for a change, while the attendings are still smarting from Meredith’s suspension. And to be honest, so am I. #TeamGrey
(Weird aside, but it’s odd that Meredith is still narrating this episode given her lack of physical presence at the hospital right? I don’t remember this happening any time in recent memory, but I could be wrong given that even my Grey‘s loving heart can’t comb through 13 seasons worth of memory.)
Back in the episode, Edwards is one of the lucky two residents set to scrub in, with Minnick serving as her attending. But when her first patient dies, both doctors hit the pit and steal Leah’s patient, a young boy named Matty who has come in with nasty case of gallstones. The poor kid is excited about his upcoming explorer cruise vacation, but unfortunately his condition is bad enough that he needs surgery — which Edwards manages to tell him without exclaiming in glee. Though she does hug Minnick briefly later.
Arizona finds out that Edwards is scrubbing in on this surgery and brings it up with Minnick, who says that the resident can handle it and that Arizona is welcome to observe. (She also tries to flirt with her, but Doc Robbins is not having it.) It’s a good thing that Arizona did take her up on the offer because there is a terrible complication during Matty’s surgery that requires her to jump in, following the most ominous use of the words “Turn the camera around” ever. While this is happening, Edwards is slightly panicked and Minnick is super flustered.
Unfortunately despite all their efforts Matty eventually dies. Edwards questions what she did wrong and turns to Minnick for reassurance, but the attending just walks away, leaving Arizona to pick up the pieces. But before she can, Edwards has fled, too. Later, Arizona tracks Minnick down and yells at her. But Minnick shares that this is actually the first time she’s lost a child patient, shocking Arizona (and me). The distraught attending then asks Arizona for advice. Being the kind soul she is, Arizona tells her that she won’t get over, or really forget it.
Following their pep talk, Arizona and Minnick go to break the news to Matty’s parents, but they find that Edwards (with some help from Weber) is already on it, truly finishing out this case. Of course this is just a temporary reprieve for Minnick, who is overwhelmed with her grief and guilt in her car later, causing her to freak out and break her horn. Luckily, Arizona steps in and disconnects the wire, before consoling her with a hug and telling her that she could make friends here if she tried.
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