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Grey's Anatomy recap: Season 13, Episode 9

A building collapse sends the hospital into chaos, while Alex is torn between saving himself and protecting Jo

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Grey's Anatomy

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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
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In Season

Well, that was short-lived. Last week’s hour ended on a hopeful note, but as we’ve all learned from Shonda Rhimes, disaster is usually just one episode away on Grey’s Anatomy. Cut to tonight, when we’re immediately thrown into the middle of the apocalypse. Okay, so maybe it’s not the apocalypse per se — but, like, an entire building just collapsed out of nowhere, throwing Grey Sloan into chaos.

The Victims:

Stephanie and Ben meet with a patient who wants to talk to God — or a priest. He’s pretty banged up from the incident and spends most of the episode asking for forgiveness because he thinks the building’s collapse was his fault. And, um, it actually might have been. See, he’s the landlord of the apartment building in question. A while ago, the city experienced an earthquake and, up to this point, the building still hadn’t recovered from the damage. Hence the reason why it literally crumbled right before our eyes.

At the same time, one couple’s young daughter was also involved in the accident and suffered some serious injuries. They overhear Ben and Stephanie discussing how the landlord never made the proper repairs to the building after the earthquake and are (rightfully) angry. To make matters worse, their daughter dies during surgery, which leads to the mother wandering around the hospital so she can take matters into her own hands. She ends up tricking Ben into thinking she’s the landlord’s wife so she can sneak into his hospital room, cut off his oxygen, and kill him. Thankfully, her attempt was unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, after another victim is rushed to surgery, his wife shows up to find out what’s going on and how her husband ended up in the hospital. That’s when Owen (accidentally) drops the hammer on her: Her husband was caught in the collapse of this apartment building. But the “happy” couple doesn’t live in an apartment, she says. I’m sure this is the moment Owen wanted to channel his inner Homer Simpson and disappear into some bushes, because he kind of just told this woman her husband is cheating on her. Awkward. What’s even more awkward (or bizarre, I guess) is that while operating on the victim, Owen takes this as the opportunity to have a heart-to-heart with Nathan and reveal he was not only married once before (to Cristina), but he also cheated on her. He also brings up the fact he and Cristina ultimately didn’t work because he wanted kids and she didn’t. Bonding is fun, huh?

NEXT: Jo confesses