On the March 6 episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ everyone’s relationships were at risk due to the board’s new policy. How many doctors broke the new rules?
Tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy was much more put together than it’s predecessor, the mid-season premiere. The board throws everyone for a loop by banning romantic relationships within the hospital, we find out who really filed the complaint against Jackson, and one couple shows signs of rekindling an old flame.
Make Way For The Panty Police
The opening of tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy was a fairytale. Everyone was so happy! Karev (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) are going at it — literally. Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and his girlfriend Emma ( Marguerite Moreau) are also going at it, and in the middle of going at it decide to ditch the “tin can” he’s been renting from Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and instead find a house — together. Like a real apartment, with running water and drywall. Callie (Sara Ramirez) surprises Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) with a gorgeous ring that has the date they moved into their pretty little house engaged on the band. And then there’s Derek and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) who are at least on speaking terms, right?
Then Hunt gets the hospital employees together and announces the non-fraternizing policy — meaning personal romantic relationships between doctors is prohibited. Or, as Dr. Webber (James Pickens Jr.) calls it, the Panty Police. This is a major bummer to all hospital employees, especially those already in relationships with their employees.
This time, Derek is off to D.C. and has done every single house chore and errand run possible in order to appease Meredith who is still not into it. What is she upset about, anyway? Maybe she’s as concerned as we are about Derek potentially working all the way across the country in Washington D.C. The trip gives Meredith and Cristina (Sandra Oh) a chance to have a sleepover, and we find out that Mer is actually really enjoying herself torturing her poor husband. And Cristina? Well, she’s clearly torn up about Hunt moving in with what’s-her-face. Apparently she’s decided that Hunt’s girlfriend is definitely going to give him babies, and she can’t interfere with that. The girls get a surprise when Derek comes home because his interview was cancelled, but he doesn’t want to talk about it and instead goes straight to bed. Cristina takes the hint and catches a cab outta there.
The best, and I do mean best part, comes when Hunt gets a knock on the door and it’s drunk Cristina congratulating him on his new house. She even brought him wine! Yeah Cristina, you’re really over it, huh? Things get sketchy when he actually invites her in to enjoy the bottle of wine and she blames him and his new hospital policy for stopping her from being able to get laid. This isn’t awkward at all. Nope. Oh, they are holding hands. Gazing into each other’s eyes all romantically. Is she playing with his hair? She’s playing with his hair. What is happening? Oh now he’s playing with her hair. Are they? Oh they are. They are kissing. This is happening. Holy crap, Cristina. Look what you did!
In another news, when Jo throws a fit about the new Panty Police, Dr. Webber shares that it was one of their own who filed a complaint and ultimately got the non-fraternizing policy put in place. Jo immediately turns to Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) and calls her out in front of everyone, which is mortifying for her but awesome for us. Jo can’t seem to get over it, and instead verbally attacks Karev in the in the hallway while he’s having a conversation with Callie and Arizona. The crap hits the fan when they are screaming at each other in front of the whole hospital — including Dr. Webber, Meredith, and the rest of the board — and ultimately break up right then and there. But when they both storm off in different directions we find out that we and everyone else have been duped. Jo staged the fight so that the hospital wouldn’t fire her for sleeping with her superior. It’s actually kind of brilliant!
Karev gets a teenager with an aggressive and repetitive cancer who has a pretty decent sense of humor about it. Dr. Webber uses this rare form of cancer as an excuse to get the residents to use their brains. That means no internet, and instead means visiting the library and doing some real digging. April gets a woman who fell into a trash compactor and had her leg completely shredded. In fact, the close ups are so terrible I have to start looking away. Anyone else?! Turns out the patient is just a little lovesick over her married boyfriend, who she seems much more concerned about than her torn up leg.
Shane Manages To Stay Out Of Trouble
I have almost completely forgotten about Shane (Gauis Charles) because he hasn’t harmed or killed anyone yet in the episode, but when Dr. Webber pulls him aside to find out why he’s been so quiet
April (Sarah Drew) and Jackson have been keeping their married life under wraps, and the new Panty Police policy has really put a wrench in announcing that they are together. April keeps trying to get him to tone it down, but Jackson refuses. He’s proud of his new wife, he wants to be able to touch her and talk to her in public again. April is totally into this, and suddenly she’s ready to start shouting about her husband from the rooftops. Shortly after this happens, Karev decides he doesn’t want to keep his relationship with Jo a secret, either. When they sneak off into closet to talk about it they surprise half naked April and Jackson. And then who surprises everyone? The Panty Police! Otherwise known as… Dr. Webber.
Jo decides to confront Stephanie again about filing a complaint and ends up telling her that Jackson and April are still together. When Stephanie denies filing the complaint again, Leah (Tessa Ferrer) steps up and announces that it was actually her. In the middle of this chaos, Shane stands up and tells the residents that they are “squandering” their chance at a medical career with all of their personal drama. He wants to save Karev’s cancer patient, and he actually inspires the residents to do the same. Once they find a cure they run to find Karev and Webber, but it’s too late. The patient has already died. Maybe if they hadn’t spent so much time arguing, they would have found the cure in time. I do have to say, I’m impressed at Shane’s defiant behavior tonight. He took a stand and he was right. If only he had done it sooner.
In more bad news, someone ratted out Karev, Jo, April, and Jackson for their closet incident and the board seems to be taking it pretty seriously when they pull them all in for a meeting. Karev refuses to deal with it and storms out just in time to miss April and Jackson announcing to the board that they are married. Better late than never? Well, at least they are off the hook for doing it in the closet.
And then it happens. Hunt breaks up with Emma at the bar. He’s not over Cristina and sleeping with her definitely helped him realize that. In fact he misses her so much, he tells his now ex-girlfriend he wants someone who isn’t going to compromise what they are passionate about so that they can have kids and buy a house with a white picket fence. So, the man who dumped his wife because she didn’t want kids would now prefer not to have kids if it means his wife is doing what she loves? That’s sweet, but also a little bi-polar.
Counteracting Hunt’s bad decisions, Derek gets fantastic news. The White House didn’t cancel his third interview because they don’t want to hire him. In fact, they cancelled it because they DO want to hire him. He’s not just going to work for the President, he’s going to be on the medical advisory board — and he’s going to be running things. Meredith is immediately concerned about her own career, but remains a diligent wife and helps Derek celebrate with sex, of course!
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— Lauren Cox