Patient-doctor relationships get messy
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Rules are important in any job. But rules are especially important in the medical field, where breaking one can result in ending a life — yet, despite this, the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial seem to scoff at rules whenever they have the chance, as if they didn’t go into the profession knowing that medicine is one of the stricter career paths to take.

For example, Edwards notices her new boytoy Kyle has a tremor on his other hand and wants to help Amelia operate on his brain once again. Amelia says no once she sees Edwards and Kyle swap googly eyes, and that makes sense: Operating on a loved one — or, in this case, a lusted one — can be dangerous because of the very fact that you know this person. There’s extra pressure to get it right and extra guilt if something goes wrong. Remember Denny? But Edwards is mad. She’s mad that Amelia is telling her no, that she’s taking Edwards off the case when she’s only slept with this dude twice. In real life, she’d understand why she can’t go in the OR with him. On Grey’s, she acts like she’s never even considered ethics at work.

Her perspective is clouded with Kyle’s dreaminess, though, so it makes sense why she’s so insistent that she get in on the surgery, despite their personal connection. It makes even more sense when she later dumps him once he gets out of surgery — not because she doesn’t like him, but because she’s realized that after a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she can’t do it again. She can’t waste away in waiting rooms as Kyle gets checked out and operated on. She has to be in the OR, helping people and working and focusing on herself. Maybe she wasn’t trying to blatantly disregard the rules when she tried to help with Kyle’s surgery; she was just trying to keep herself together.

She struggles with the decision to break up with him, and her very reaction to ultimately ending it disproves something Amelia later says: It’s easier to walk away than to love somebody, she tells Owen in an impassioned speech outside his trailer. Grey and Maggie caught them naked on the couch earlier that day, and now she’s asking if he wants to make it work with her. She screws everything up, though, she warns. He screws up everything, too, he responds. Then they make out. Judging from their previous runs as a couple, this one isn’t going to be easy, but being together isn’t necessarily harder than leaving someone. Both can suck. Just look at poor Edwards!

NEXT: Arizona and Callie make their friends choose sides

Speaking of being together, Arizona and Callie make zero progress on the whole Sofia situation. They spend the episode asking their friends to vouch for them in court, and Callie eventually gets Meredith and Hunt to stand up for her. She’s feeling good about it, and Arizona is feeling…not good. Webber gives her some typical Webber wisdom, telling her she needs to fight for this harder than she’s ever fought before. It doesn’t help that she’s having an all-around bad day: She discovers that April’s baby might have a brain abnormality, sending April into a rage-filled fit. Why didn’t you catch this earlier, she demands. This is a lot of anger for Arizona to handle, but at the same time, April has been through so, so much. Her response might seem dramatic, but it’s not — it’s the only response she can have after the baby-related trauma she’s experienced.

Fortunately, April’s baby turns out to be fine. (Cue a huge sigh of relief.) But Arizona does dump her as a patient because she’d rather be her friend than her doctor. This is a bummer for April, who obviously trusts Arizona despite her earlier blow-up, though it probably is what’s best. Arizona got a glimpse of what she would feel like if she had to give April more bad news, and it did not feel good.

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In other news, Ben and Bailey are fighting in the OR. Really. They get into a verbal argument as Maggie and Riggs stand by, horrified. It’s embarrassing for both of them, and so Riggs does something about it after the surgery: He tells Bailey she doesn’t have to like that Ben is there, but she has to understand that working is what he needs to do. He’s got a point. Does Bailey really just want him to sit around all day, learning nothing?

She comes around to the idea of him staying, which she proves toward the end of the episode when she writes his name on the whiteboard. But make no mistake: “You’re still sleeping on the couch,” she snaps when he walks by. Hell hath no fury like a Bailey scorned, after all.

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