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October 04, 2018 at 10:41 PM EDT

Almost everyone is living his or her best life at Grey Sloan Memorial. Owen and Amelia have a pretty great “horizontal agreement” that they refuse to label. Thanks to her matchmaker, Meredith should be falling in love any second. Alex has a brand new parking spot reserved for the chief. DeLuca turns heads when he rolls up on his motorcycle. Ortho god Link plans to build superhero prosthetics for kids and Bailey is well on her way to de-stressing, but only if Jo settles down about her fellowship research.

The shiny, happy disposition completely skips over Maggie who is begrudgingly riding the struggle bus. Not only is she keeping Teddy’s pregnancy and baby daddy a secret, but Jackson mysteriously skips town to find himself. Maggie learns of his leave of absence from DeLuca and Owen while assessing a buzz saw protruding from a kid’s chest.

That’s right. Mr. Buckley the teacher passes out and topples into two students. Arthur falls onto the table. Kevin falls onto the saw. Or should I say into the saw? Chaos ensues in the ER when everyone shows up at the same time.

The students and parents are eager to hear if Mr. Buckley and Kevin are going to be okay. It seems the teacher is beloved and revered. One small problem: his blood alcohol level is through the roof. Mr. Buckley apparently keeled over because he was passed out from the sauce. Now he’s going to jail with two fewer fingers than yesterday.

Karev is drowning in the constant paperwork and countless meetings that come with the title of Interim Chief. Bailey is rethinking her decision to pass the baton once she sees the OR board’s disorganization. Plus, the nurses are complaining that Karev has no idea what he’s doing. So Bailey covertly shadows Karev, while the other Karev shadows Bailey. Jo really wants to discuss electric skin, and Bailey really could care less because insurance mandates are calling her name.

With Bailey no longer acting as chief, Dr. Roy the intern is passed on to Karev. He spends the day reminding Karev of his many, many meetings, updating his boss on the drunk teacher situation, and covering the doctors in the ER with minor injuries, like nosebleeds.

Speaking of the drunk teacher, Webber is angry with a capital A at the man who put his students in danger. He’s cool toward Mr. Buckley at first, assuring him that he can empathize with what he’s going through as a former alcoholic. When Mr. Buckley insists that he has not been drinking, Webber lays into him in the OR, demanding that he take responsibility for his actions. This is rock bottom and he needs to admit it. Karev barges in and demands that Webber leave the OR.

Link finishes removing a few digits from Mr. Buckley’s hand and then straight up flirts with Amelia, asking her out on a date. Amelia wants to know who told Link she was available. When she finds out, she marches straight to the OR where Kevin the Saw Boy is in the middle of a delicate procedure. Through the intercom, she asks if Maggie would like to explain why she’s been trying to set her up with both the new hot doctor and DeLuca.

We all know what Maggie is doing. She’s trying to divert Amelia’s attention away from Owen so she won’t be utterly destroyed when she finds out that Teddy is preggers with Owen’s love child. She’s being a sweet sister. And extremely manic. This is on brand for Maggie. (Recap continued on next page)

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Meredith. Alex. Bailey. Arizona. The doctors are definitely in on Shonda Rhimes’ hospital melodrama.
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