Winds of change are blowing towards Grey Sloan, pushing many of our favorite attendings and residents out of their comfort zones — especially with the new “educational consultant” hired by Bailey and Katherine, Eliza Minnick, on the scene.
Dr. Minnick’s arrival causes a bit of a stir at the hospital right away, as she gathers all the residents for a “no attendings allowed” meeting and asks them to tell her which of the senior doctors are good (and bad) teachers. Though the docs-in-training seem reluctant to snitch on the people they work with, Minnick overcomes any hesitance by promising they’ll be doing surgeries that very same day. (Minor side note, but there seemed to be way more surgical residents than I’d previously assumed. Like, I knew there were more, but not enough to fill a whole room.)
Minnick’s presence spooks almost all the doctors, except for Alex (who’s still on clinic duty), and Amelia and Owen, as the sort-of newlyweds are still experiencing some marital difficulties. Pierce is so nervous, she steals a notepad left behind containing a list of all the attendings’ names, minus Arizona. They also learn Minnick thinks Amelia’s name is Emilio Shepherd. Excuse me while I go laugh for a thousand years.
In any case, Minnick’s promise does come true for a few residents — namely Edwards, Murphy, and DeLuca, with the latter pair getting to scrub in on a bypass surgery with Maggie and Webber. However, Minnick insists on observing the procedure and having the doctors use her method, which sees residents serving as the attendings’ hands as they talk their students through the surgery — a far cry from the hospital’s current “see one, teach one, do one” approach. Webber has issues with this and feels this places the patient, a kindly older woman named Enid, in danger.
However, as Minnick’s procedure eventually proves, it does indeed work. Murphy is able to do most of what Pierce would have — up to a point. This, Minnick informs the room, is perfectly fine and actually optimal, as it demonstrates the residents’ limits to teachers and students alike. Unfortunately, Webber’s limit for Minnick’s suggestions is at his breaking point, and he refuses to let DeLuca do a procedure Minnick presses the first-year intern to perform. In the midst of all this, poor Enid’s artery is nicked and sprays DeLuca with blood; fortunately, though, he’s able to clip it and all is well.
After the surgery, Webber and Minnick continue their disagreement. Minnick insists Enid wasn’t truly in any danger, because there were four — no, five — surgeons in that room, thanks to DeLuca’s save. Later, when Webber checks on a resting Enid and her bowling-team buddy, Enid’s pal informs him that Enid needed the surgery for a while, but needed a push to actually get it — a push she decided to provide. This is backed up by Pierce, who acknowledges that while she’s an excellent student, she could stand to learn a thing or two about being a good teacher — so, maybe Minnick is right after all.
This inspires Webber to apologize to Bailey, but unbeknownst to him, his former protégé and Minnick just had a discussion — during which Minnick said that if she were to stay on at Grey Sloan, then she would need to “be the authority,” not Webber.
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Dr. Webber isn’t the only one having to adjust to a new situation. Amelia and Owen are still at odds with each other after the results of the pregnancy test, even letting their issues affect their work as they continuously bicker over their new patient — who, unfortunately, requires both of their help. It gets to a point where even Minnick (and Edwards) call out their bad behavior, and I’m wondering how either of them is head of their respective departments.
Emilio Amelia does come up with an effective solution to their problems, allowing both of them to work on their patient: Someone has to be under the operating table monitoring the patient’s guts, ensuring they don’t fall to the floor. Luckily, Edwards is spared this task when Minnick points out that unlike Hunt, she would benefit from actually helping perform the surgery. So as Edwards scrubs in, everyone’s favorite trauma surgeon ends up with floor duty.
As they’re heading home, Amelia tries to smooth things over, but Owen is hurt. Apparently, she’s been spending a lot of time sleeping in the hospital and not telling him the truth. Well, she finally does. Unfortunately, it’s by yelling she doesn’t want a baby…right in his face. Ouch.
And it would appear the couple might not be moving past her admission, as Amelia ends up on Meredith’s doorstep, once again moving into her old room. “She talks to me now,” Alex announces to Meredith gruffly after understandingly ceding his space.
Elsewhere, April has been using Tinder — that’s right, Tinder — to get back out in the dating pool, something Arizona notices when her phone beeps after making a match. I guess April doesn’t know how to change her phone settings or put it on silent? Anyway, things get awkward as Jackson realizes she’s dating again when he sees her leaving their place all dressed up. April pushes through the predictable awkwardness, telling him she knows he’s on Tinder because the dating app matched them. Even Tinder wants these crazy kids to patch things up and get back together. Sadly, though, April swiped left.
Later, April admits she lied when she said the date had gone well. She actually left early, faking a page from work. Jackson tells her it’s good she’s getting back out there. He even insists she go meet the guy again, instead of sitting on the couch with him eating nachos. As April gets ready, Jackson has a wistful look on his face and I viciously swipe right in hopes this is him realizing he’s not over her yet.
Finally, the episode sees Arizona confront Minnick about leaving her name off the list, to which the consultant says it was actually a way for her to remember everyone’s names. She then adds she doesn’t need a list to forget Arizona’s name…or face.
I appreciate the show putting an emphasis on the “teaching” part of Grey Sloan Memorial. In particular, it was funny when everyone from Alex to Ben assumed Minnick was there because of them (“You really think that a resident does a C-section in the middle of a hallway and everybody forgets about it?”) In some cases, I had genuinely forgotten some of these docs’ shenanigans — and that’s not counting Alex’s current storyline.