Dr. Herman’s brain tumor is a ticking time bomb, and on a new episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Amelia Shepherd is finally faced with dismantling it.
On the Feb. 26 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Nicole Herman (Geena Davis) is in the final weeks before it can no longer go untouched. As the countdown begins, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) is struggling with how to save her life, as well as living in her brother, Derek Sheperd’s, golden shadow.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Dr. Herman’s Brain Tumor Takes Over
This week, Dr. Herman is narrating the episode as Amelia is desperate and motivated to save her life. She’s nervous, unsure, and for once, it’s nice to hear what’s really going on inside of her head with all of this scariness happening around her.
Amelia tells Dr. Herman she only has about six weeks before her tumor hits the optic nerve, at which point she will have no chance but to operate. In that time, Dr. Herman is trying to shove four months worth of surgeries done with Arizona who has way too much to learn in such a short period of time.
Dr. Herman also has to somehow squeeze radiation treatments into that time, which Amelia is sure will help subdue her tumor’s growth. But it’s a pretty scary treatment to undergo, and Dr. Herman is obviously thankful for Arizona’s friendship during that time. Sure, she’s hard on her, but the truth is Arizona is the only friend she has right now.
Amelia is having trouble keeping Herman in check, and she’s already refusing radiation one week into her final countdown. It turns out, Herman isn’t the only one who is nervous and scared. Amelia is, too.
On a lighter note, Callie is definitely bothered by Arizona’s bond with Herman. During lunch, she’s gossiping about how close Arizona and Herman have gotten, and it’s under her skin that Herman is her “rebound” — without actually being a rebound.
While all of this is going on, Bailey has a patient she desperately wants Herman to help her with, but Herman refuses. When that happens, Bailey’s desperation turns to prey on Arizona, guilting her with the story about how the baby’s father died and how this baby has a nasty tumor that needs to be removed before it’s too late. Somehow, Bailey convinces her, and Arizona tricks Herman to see the patient. Of course, Herman doesn’t fall for it — and turns them down again.
However, when one of their patients loses a baby, Bailey’s patient gets an in. No questions asked.
Herman Resists Amelia’s Help
The radiation is really taking it’s toll on Herman, not only does she not feel good, but she’s losing her hair. She tells Amelia no again, but Amelia’s having a hard time accepting no as an answer. Not to mention, it’s definitely not helping her anxiety.
In an ironic turn of events, Herman has the same problem when Bailey’s patient refuses surgery that could save her life because she wants to put her baby’s life first. Arizona can’t help but laugh at Herman when she gets angry at the patient, calling it “divine justice.” She’s totally right!
But, Herman doesn’t have a genius big brother hovering over her like a black cloud every single moment of every single day. Amelia asked Meredith to ask Derek something about the surgery, but Meredith refused and Amelia decided she didn’t need Derek’s help anyway. When Stephanie sees Amelia struggling she suggests that it’s time to call Derek, and Amelia completely loses her cool on her.
Amelia is so desperate to do something great on her own, to be great on her own, she’s too stubborn and too concerned about being “the other” Dr. Shepard. We can’t really blame her for that, can we?
The Tumor Hits The Optic Nerve
Unfortunately for Amelia, time is running out. During a surgery with Arizona, Herman’s eyesight starts to go, and as soon as it’s over she quietly leaves the operating room to find Amelia. When she tells Amelia that she’s experiencing fuzziness, blinders, and sudden darkness, you can see the terror on Amelia’s face. It’s time for that history-making surgery to happen.
Of course the moment Amelia realizes it’s time to operate, Arizona has a major pre-natal emergency that she needs help with: Bailey’s patient. Before Herman goes into surgery, Arizona asks her for help with the surgery, and they are both going into major, major surgeries — on the different ends of the spectrum.
As the episode ends, Dr. Hermans life is in the hands of Amelia Shephard.
Side note: Will we ever see Derek Shepherd again?
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— Lauren Cox