Grey's Anatomy

S16 E1 & 2
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September 28, 2018 at 09:01 AM EDT

After spending the entire summer hiatus dreaming of the Arizona/Callie reunion we didn’t get to see on-screen, we’ve officially arrived back in Seattle to find that no time has passed since the surprise double wedding that capped off season 14.

Picking up just one day later, season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy kicks things off in “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire” with a bang, literally, as the first hour opens with that steamy scene from the trailer between Meredith and DeLuca. However, despite their drunken wedding reception kiss in the finale, the doctors aren’t actually getting it on. Instead, Meredith is having a very vivid sex dream, something made abundantly clear thanks to surprise appearances from Jackson and Tom Koracick (Greg Germann). Friends, Meredith Grey needs some love in her life, stat.

Still in town, Teddy makes her way over to Owen’s to presumably break the news that she’s taking over for Miranda as Interim Chief of Surgery…and oh yeah, she’s pregnant. However, after being greeted at the door by Betty and quickly getting up to speed on the pseudo-family situation going on with Owen and Amelia, she backs out.

Feeling supremely hungover from the weddings, Jackson, Maggie, and a reluctant DeLuca make their way towards Grey Sloan Memorial. While Jackson and Maggie talk about the wedding and taking leaps of faith, DeLuca spots a car careening towards them and saves the duo’s lives. However, the biker riding next to them isn’t so lucky and the car collides right into her. Thus, the first medical trauma of the season has officially arrived.

The biker, a woman named Neesha, is all tangled up in her bike, but even her severe injuries can’t temper the feeling of pure euphoria of waking up surrounded by hot doctors. As she’s being treated by Owen, Jackson, Grey Sloan’s new Ortho God Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln (Chris Carmack), and his sidekick Dr. Nico Kim (Alex Landi), Nisha maintains she must be in heaven.

Meanwhile, Meredith is taking charge of Cece, a two-time heart transplant recipient, whose kidneys are now starting to fail. Witnessing DeLuca apologize for the kiss and vow to never let it happen again, Cece, a successful matchmaker, sets her sights on finding Meredith love.

While the others are occupied with Neesha and Cece, Richard, DeLuca, and Intern Roy treat Barry, whose wife takes him into the ER for what he calls “stomach pains,” but actually turns out to be a large object stuck up his rectum. Barry is less than forthcoming about what said object is, eventually revealing it’s his wife’s “hair stuff,” which Roy takes to mean “shampoo.” On the table, however, they discover that it’s actually hairspray too late as the can bursts into flames, catching Roy on fire.

Luckily, making his second save of the episode, DeLuca is able to stop Roy from becoming toast, but unfortunately, Barry dies on the table.

Following a very awkward run-in with Amelia and Owen at Grey Sloan during which she reveals she’s leaving, Teddy finds herself back at the hospital and in need of attention from Grey Sloan’s resident Cardio chief. Confirming Teddy’s self-diagnosis of a blood clot in her leg, Maggie doesn’t just give Teddy some meds and send her on her way, instead suggesting she stick around for observation. The bad news prompts Teddy to blurt out a few details about her pregnancy and Maggie — and Intern Parker, who clearly wants to be excluded from this narrative — are able to work out that Owen is the father, only to be sworn to secrecy.

Recovering from the wedding festivities on their beachside honeymoon, a Boston-bound Alex and Jo begin to ponder their future and build sandcastles. While Alex is looking ahead at the possibilities waiting for them in Boston — their future children playing in the snow! — Jo has a major breakthrough in her research that could change the future of medicine.

With word going around the Miranda is still on the hunt for an Interim Chief, candidates start piling up, much to her chagrin. Trying to hop on a “fun” surgery, Miranda is instead ambushed by Richard, Owen, and Meredith, who all throw their hats in the ring.

Later, Jackson, who has been hung up on his near-death experience all day and can’t stop thinking about how easily he could be in Neesha’s hospital bed, seems to take a page from April’s impulsivity book and propose to Maggie, who immediately bolts out the door in search of milk. After some prodding from Tom about her treatment of Owen during their marriage earlier in the episode, Amelia confesses her feelings for Owen and it seems a reconciliation is officially in the works. (Recap continues on next page)

GREY'S ANATOMY - "With a Wonder and a Wild Desire"/"Broken Together" - During the first hour of the two-hour season premiere, the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial vie for a new position. Meredith is seemingly distracted and struggles to stay focused, and Maggie finds herself the keeper of a big secret while Amelia and Owen try to figure out their relationship. Meanwhile, Jo and Alex's honeymoon doesn't go exactly as planned. In the second hour, new doctors continue to shake up the hospital in typical Grey Sloan manner. Meredith bonds with a patient while Jackson struggles with the meaning behind recent experiences; and after making a life-changing decision, Jo forms an unexpected alliance. The two-hour season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" airs THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless)GREG GERMANN, CATERINA SCORSONE
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