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Grey's Anatomy premiere recap: Season 13, Episode 1

Alex makes a shocking decision and Meredith puts her sister before her heart

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Grey's Anatomy

TV Show
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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
Current Status:
In Season

Break out your scrubs and get your dark and twisty wits about you — we’re officially scrubbing in for another season of Grey’s Anatomy.

This season, we’re doing something a little different for our Grey’s recaps. In the spirit of the surgeons we so love to chronicle, a few of us will be taking turns (Doing rotations! Just like doctors!) unraveling the episodes each week, and I’m thrilled to be jumping in first. As a certain Shepherd would say, it’s a beautiful day to save lives. Let’s get to it!

We pick right back up at Owen and Amelia’s wedding, where everyone is out on the dance floor except our Meredith, who we know only dances when there’s some good tequila involved. Riggs comes over and points out the happy couple’s happiness won’t last — kind of a downer statement to make on a couple’s wedding day, but he claims he’s not just being an ass. That’s just what he’s seen in his experience.

Meredith counters that the lovebirds literally just got married and they should try to be happy for them (just not happy enough to dance). He asks if they should go somewhere else, but before she can answer, Maggie comes over and pulls him away to the dance floor.

While Owen and Amelia are in wedded bliss, things are very much not okay at the hospital, where DeLuca has been rushed in an ambulance with his face in very bad shape and Alex alongside him. The other doctors ask what happened and he doesn’t answer, but of course we know — he pummeled the guy after walking in on what looked like DeLuca and Jo in a compromising position.

The wedding festivities get interrupted by the DeLuca news, and everyone disperses (must suck having surgeons as wedding guests, huh?). Maggie heads to the hospital, as do Bailey and Ben, and Meredith joins them there shortly after. She sees Bailey talking to the police and pulls Alex away from everyone else. “You think no one’s gonna realize this is you?!” she seethes. “This is assault. I’m a doctor — I have a duty to report you to Bailey.”

But of course, she doesn’t — at least, not yet. So far, DeLuca isn’t in any shape to tell anyone anything, and all the doctors know is Karev was with him when he came in. So Bailey tells Ben to send Karev her way if he sees him, and goes back about her important chief business.

At Jo and Alex’s apartment, Webber tries to console her while finding out just what happened. It was her fault, she tells him. She ruined everything. Then she suddenly remembers what she told DeLuca about her abusive husband — the reason she had to refuse Alex’s marriage proposal, out of fear he’d find her if she filed for divorce — and wants to get out of there and run straight to the hospital. Webber offers up some advice from someone who knows a thing or two about drinking too much and screwing things up, but as he’s trying to promise everything will seem better after a little coffee and sunlight, she sneaks past him and goes straight out the door. (PS: I’ll take that coffee, if it’s not spoken for, Dr. Webber…)

Mer and Alex meet furtively in a stairwell and she tries to steer him towards talking to the cops, but he wants to wait until she can recheck DeLuca’s CTs and make sure they’re clear. After that, he runs into Ben in the hallway, who notices his hand and doesn’t seem to buy the I-slipped-in-the-rain story.

And when he sees Jo at the hospital outside DeLuca’s room, he won’t listen when she tries to tell him what really happened at the apartment. Karev is hurt and still reeling from what happened — both before and during his pummeling of DeLuca — and he lashes out at her with a devastating speech. “You can’t help it, it’s not your fault,” he says. “It’s easy for you to throw people away and just move on when things are bad. It’s not you, it’s the way you were raised — or not raised. I wanted to marry you. I was asking you for something you’re not capable of. I should have known better.” Ouch.

NEXT: Mer comes clean, but so does Alex