After ending season eight with a shocking plane crash, the doctors at Seattle Grace returned — well, most of them, anyway!
A new year means a new round of interns at Seattle Grace! On the Sept. 27 season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, we learned Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is no longer the reigning stern attending, thanks to a harsher Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), who has earned the nickname “Medusa.” After the plane crash, Christina (Sandra Oh) left Seattle Grace and is now working at a hospital in Minnesota. Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) is also mysteriously missing from the halls of Seattle Grace.
But the most shocking revelation after the plane crash was that Mark (Eric Dane) was in a coma! He requested to be taken off life support after 30 days if there were no signs of recovery — so at 5:00, his time would be up.
The doctors continued their day, avoiding the ticking clock. Alex (Justin Chambers) was up to his usual antics, initiating the new batch of interns — by sleeping with them. It looks like Dr. Bailey’s happiness with Ben (Jason George) has caused her to lose her power over the new interns.
Meanwhile, Christina had trouble adjusting to working with a new group of doctors in Minnesota. A new head of pediatric surgery, Dr. Mel Barnett (Phillip Casnoff), was also introduced — further deepening the mystery of Arizona’s absence.
Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) teamed up for Derek’s first surgery since he injured his hand in the plane crash, and during the surgery, he lost his grasp on a tool and left the O.R. in frustration.
When 5:00 finally arrived, the Chief, Derek and Callie tearfully gathered around Mark’s bedside as he was taken off life support. His heart rate slowly tapered off, and another life at Seattle Grace was lost.
Several of the doctors were also faced with flying for the first time since the crash. Christina tried to fly back to Seattle in time to say goodbye to Mark, but she ended up backing out. Meredith tried to go to Minnesota to visit Christina, but panicked on the plane and abandoned ship before it took off. Alex was supposed to leave for his fellowship, but he also ditched his flight. In fact, the only doctor who succeeded in flying was Owen (Kevin McKidd), who went to April’s (Sarah Drew) home to give her her job back.
The mystery surrounding Arizona was finally revealed at the end of the episode: She did survive the plane crash, but she’s certainly not okay — one of her legs had to be amputated!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think? Were you shocked by Mark’s death? Why do you think Christina left Seattle Grace? And do you think Arizona will return to work after her amputation? Drop me a comment with your thoughts!
— Jenny Pickard
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