Grey's Anatomy recap: 'Back Where You Belong'
Welcome back, Alex. Have some family drama
“The band is back together again!” Not quite, Maggie, but you’ve got the right idea. Amelia, who’s back at Casa de Meredith for who knows how long, insists that she’s not “back,” she’s just sleeping there (a.k.a. she’s still just hiding from Owen). But the good news is that after being sidelined from last week’s episode, Alex is officially free of his legal troubles and ready to get back to work. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for Meredith since she’s still suspended from the hospital for butting heads with Bailey. Still, the show must go on.
At the hospital, Eliza has come to the conclusion that, following last week’s mishap in the OR, maybe the residents aren’t exactly ready for phase two of her master plan. So she’s taking things easy this week and pairing the residents up with attendings, and Stephanie and Jo are with Alex.
Speaking of Alex, he begins his first day back by dealing with a little family drama: His procedure of the day is a mother-to-son kidney transplant with Cynthia (mother) and Chris (son), but things get off to a rocky start when Chris’ father shows up to the hospital uninvited as the two are being prepped for surgery. (Oh, what a difference a Facebook post makes.) Chris and Cynthia aren’t too happy to see him, nor are they happy with Jo for allowing him into their hospital room, and we later learn that this is because Cynthia is a victim of domestic abuse. The issue obviously hits home with Jo, who commissions Owen to get the father to leave the hospital so the gang can get on with their procedure in peace.
Unfortunately, the complications don’t end there. Cynthia’s second kidney fails just as Stephanie and Jo attempt to transplant the good kidney into Chris, ultimately creating a moral dilemma for the whole team. Since the kidney has already been removed from Cynthia’s body and taken into the other OR, the kidney has already “crossed the red line,” and it technically belongs to Chris now. However, giving Chris the kidney may just put Cynthia’s life in danger and leave Chris without a mother.
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Enter Chris’ father, who, as you probably could’ve guessed, never actually left the hospital. After he overhears Jo making some last-minute calls to UNOS in an attempt to find a new kidney for Chris, he offers to give him his own kidney. The team eventually decides that, since he’s a match, this is the family’s best option, regardless of Jo’s fear that Dad is using this as an excuse to make his way back into both of their lives. So she sneaks into his OR as he’s being put under anesthesia to convince him to donate the kidney anonymously and to never speak of this to Cynthia and Chris again. And I guess that’s what ends up happening, because once Cynthia wakes up from the surgery wondering who ended up giving her son a kidney, Jo tells her that the hospital randomly received a perfect match.
Now on to the next emotional situation of the hour. When a disoriented homeless woman wanders into the OR and collapses right in front of Riggs, he and Maggie perform a procedure to remove Jane Doe’s ancient pacemaker in an attempt to reveal her identity. Her name turns out to be Claire, and she’s schizophrenic. Eventually they’re able to track down her parents, and once they do, they find out that Claire has been missing. In fact, she’s been missing for so long — 12 years, to be exact — that her parents initially thought that she was dead. They had a funeral and everything. The case is sort of a trigger for Riggs — he gets upset that Claire’s parents were able to give up on her so easily, and this brings back memories of his relationship with Owen’s sister, Megan. Maggie gets all googly eyed at the sight of Riggs showing his emotions, but during a conversation with Meredith at the end of the episode, she points out that Meredith just gets him. Way to foreshadow next week’s episode, Maggie.
Meanwhile, with April in charge, Dr. Bailey steps out for the day and tells the rest of the attendings that she’s off to Camp David. And by Camp David, she means Camp Mer. Bailey shows up at Meredith’s door hoping to make amends and lift her suspension, and she kind of does that, but Meredith refuses to take her job back unless Bailey gives Richard his job back. Frustrated, Bailey runs back to Dr. Webber to complain that, because of this, he’s costing the hospital money and time. He eventually convinces Meredith to stand down and return to the hospital by pointing out that our beloved Ellis Grey would have never put her career at the hospital in jeopardy for him. And with that, Meredith picks up the phone to tell Bailey she’ll be scrubbing back in next week.