Grey's Anatomy recap: When It Hurts So Bad
Meredith might not be ready to date after all, and Catherine proves she's still a villain
This week’s all about romance — or, rather, dying romance: Maggie and Amelia both call it quits with their respective boos while Meredith has a day-long freakout after sleeping with Will for the first time. Now let’s talk about how they all got to those points.
First off, we all know DeLuca’s been acting strange ever since he and Maggie went public. Well, everyone except Maggie. She doesn’t think it’s weird when he avoids her; she doesn’t think it’s weird when he doesn’t send her texts; she doesn’t think it’s weird when he tries to sneak out of her room in the morning and then acts nervously cold when she catches him and asks for a goodbye kiss. Maggie is in denial. Understandable: DeLuca is really, really cute. I’d probably be in denial if I were her, too.
It takes Amelia bluntly telling Maggie that DeLuca’s giving her the “brush-off” for her to realize that, oh, yeah, something’s amiss. Even then, she insists on stomping down to the hospital and brushing DeLuca off herself. “No one brushes me off,” she tells Amelia and company. “I’m the brusher.” She doesn’t end up brushing him off, though, but rather confronting him about his behavior. When she point-blank asks him if he wants to be with her or not, he responds by looking down. That’s all Maggie needs to know that DeLuca is done — what she doesn’t know is that this probably has to do with the fact that she’s a professional superior to him, and everyone looks at him differently now that they know he’s sleeping with his boss. DeLuca obviously hasn’t watched enough Grey’s Anatomy; if he had, he would know that no one really judges anyone for sleeping with anyone at this hospital (unless it interferes with their own love lives, of course).
So that’s over. Also over? Amelia and Owen. After last week’s drunk debacle, Amelia’s not sure what to do about him. She’s sober and trying to stay sober, and hanging out with a wasted boyfriend dealing with some deep emotional issues isn’t going to help that. Ben, not knowing what happened between the two, advises Owen to apologize, which he does. It’s not enough: She tells him she appreciates it, but she can’t trust that he means it when he says it won’t happen again. With that, she asks him to leave, and with that, Amelia is kicking ass at sobriety. Letting him go, even if it doesn’t last, must have been incredibly difficult, so it’s a big and impressive move for her to prioritize her own well-being over that relationship.
Callie and Penny are also having some troubles after Penny tells Callie she loves her. Callie’s response: “Thank you.” Penny emerges unscathed until Sofia, Callie and Arizona’s kid (remember they have a daughter?!), shows up in the ER with a cut on her head from falling. No one else is available, so Penny fixes her up. In other words, Penny does exactly what she’s supposed to as a doctor. Callie freaks out, though, and gently scolds Penny for meeting Sofia without permission. Arizona is sensitive about it, Callie says. Callie is lying, which Penny finds out when she apologizes to Arizona. Draaaaama.
NEXT: Callie debates Penny’s place in her life
Turns out that Callie’s just scared of jumping into things too soon like she always does, and she doesn’t want Sofia to get hurt in the process. She says this to Bailey, who asks who Callie wants sitting next to her cheering when Sofia’s playing in the World Cup 20 years from now. Side note: Bailey’s test for determining how much you care about someone is delightfully similar to One Tree Hill‘s episode where Luke tells Peyton she’s the one he wants standing next to him when all his dreams come true.
Apparently, Penny is the one Callie wants next to her because she later invites her out to ice cream with Sofia. It’s taken me awhile, but I’m finally starting to warm up to these two. Penny’s sweet, and she makes Callie happy, so what more could I want out of a partner for her? (And this is the point when I start to worry about how much I think of these characters like real friends.)
Those two have the happiest romantic ending out of all the couples this episode, though Meredith’s situation isn’t quite as bleak as some of the others. She kicks Will out of the house after spending the night with him, sending Maggie and Amelia into a panic as they wonder what he did to their sister. What he did, as Meredith tells Karev later as she wears an old blanket of Derek’s that she found while frantically cleaning, is give her an incredible night — and she’s not ready for that. She woke up after said night and immediately lost her cool, realizing that the man next to her in the bed was a) not Derek and b) someone completely new.
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Will later shows up at Mer’s, as he is wont to do, and she tells him about Derek and that she’s not ready yet. He’s understanding, if a little pushy: He says he’ll give her time and then he’ll call — and if she doesn’t answer, he’ll come find her. His whole I’m-not-leaving-you-alone tactic was kind of charming at first (or maybe I was just blinded by how attractive he is?), but this is a little much, dude. Meredith’s into it, though, so that’s what matters, I guess.
And now to the most gasp-worthy moment of this episode: Catherine Avery’s return. Jackson orders that she not speak to April. Catherine does not listen. She tracks down April and chats her up about her pregnancy, telling her she’s there to talk about her and not Jackson. April’s pleasantly surprised, but she’s about to be unpleasantly surprised once she finds out why Catherine was being so “nice.” See, Catherine was only cozying up to April so she could get enough information out of her to confirm that she withheld information and legally committed fraud. “Now we can go after her,” she tells a shocked Jackson. Moms can be so embarrassing, right?
The sad thing is, this isn’t that surprising. It did seem completely out of character when she started sweetly asking April about her pregnancy, but I thought that might have just been bad writing. But, nope. Grey’s proved me wrong. The only bad thing here is Catherine.