Not only does an earthquake shake things up on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ but Meredith is finally forced to realize what her separation from Derek is doing to her life. So, will she choose a life without him?
On the March 12 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, things get pretty scary when an earthquake rocks Grey-Sloane Memorial Hospital. While Dr. Hunt (Kevin McKidd) tries to save a life by instructing an 11-year-old girl how to help her mom over the phone, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) finally decides whether or not she wants to stay with Derek (Patrick Dempsey). Plus, there’s a bombshell ending you’ll never see coming!
‘Grey’s Anatomy’: An Earthquake Hits Grey-Sloane
The first thing we learn during the March 12 episode of Grey’s is that Meredith has become an overachiever. She’s doing surgeries and rounds in the middle of the night, while Stephanie and Jo find out that Meredith hasn’t lost a single patient in months. They call it her “streak.” Interestingly enough, this “streak” has kept Meredith from visiting Derek in Washington D.C. Ugh.
But, of course it’s not that easy to keep the streak going. As soon as Stephanie and Jo share that information with Alex, everything starts to shake — and I mean literally everything. It’s an earthquake! When’s the last time Grey-Sloane Memorial was struck with a natural disaster? This is exciting!
Thankfully, it’s just a light shaking and everyone inside the family, including Meredith’s patient who is open wide on the operating table, appears to be okay. Even Dr. Pierce survived getting stuck in an elevator, especially since it happened with a very cute, very flirty hospital employee.
Unfortunately, not everyone survived the earthquake unscathed. The emergency room is booming with patients being brought in, and April is assigning patients to doctors left and right. It’s great to see her back at work after losing her baby boy, but Dr. Webber is clearly concerned about seeing her back in the mix so soon.
Then, Dr. Hunt gets a very stressful phone call on the emergency room line. It’s a little girl named Ruby, she’s 11, and she’s frantic because the earthquake left her mom pinned and in serious danger. Because of the quake 911 is overwhelmed, so she was smart enough to call the hospital, but she doesn’t know where they are and it sounds like her mom’s life is on the line.
Hunt Tries To Help Ruby Over The Phone
As Ruby tells Dr. Hunt how her mom ended up on the floor, April is on the other line with a 911 operator in hopes of getting the call traced. It’s not that easy though, because Ruby is calling from a cell phone and unless she calls from a land line they won’t be able to pinpoint her exact location. Making matters even worse is that Ruby put the phone close to her mom so that the doctors could hear her breathing, and Amelia suggests that the struggling they hear means Ruby’s mom has an obstructed airway — and according to the little girl, her lips are turning blue, which means time is definitely running out.
Whatever’s wrong with Ruby’s mom, Dr. Hunt and Amelia decide that something needs to puncture her chest and release trapped air that is suffocating her. Since they can’t trace the call, and they have no idea where she is, their only option is to ask Ruby to do it. Ruby finds a straw and a skewer because she and her mom were making s’mores, and suddenly she realizes what the doctors want her to do.
Then, with the help of Amelia and Dr. Webber, Dr. Hunt walks little Ruby through puncturing a hole in her mother’s chest to alleviate the pressure. Somehow Ruby manages to get through it, and there is a glimpse of hope when her mom starts breathing again. But, the situation is not better. In fact, it’s worse, because now not only is Ruby’s mom bleeding, but her lips are turning blue and she stopped breathing again.
Now, the doctors have to teach her how to do CPR over the phone.
She figures it out but she’s just a little girl so she gets tired quick, and she’s also upset, crying, and terrified. Who can blame her? This is way too much for an 11-year-old to handle, and now her mom’s life is literally in her hands. April delivers some exciting news: 911 was able to trace the call, and they are sending a helicopter because some of the roads near wherever Ruby is are closed.
Then, Ruby’s cell phone dies.
Dr. Pierce Gets Asked Out On A Date
Meanwhile, Dr. Pierce runs into the other doctor — the flirty doctor — while looking at x-rays with Callie. Once Callie leaves the room, the handsome new guy finally asks Dr. Pierce out. Is she finally going to get some much-needed action?
In another part of the hospital, Meredith goes on a tangent about how she and Derek are totally fine. She sounds like she’s trying to convince herself that things are fine more than she’s trying to convince Alex and Jo, but she keeps going on and on about it without getting upset. Alex is quick to snap at her though and remind her that she’s “happy” in a marriage because her husband isn’t around any more. Ouch.
Finally, the phone that Dr. Hunt, Dr. Webber, Amelia, and April are all sitting in front of rings. A moment later they are running to the roof where a helicopter has landed, and Ruby’s mom is alive — but still in critical condition. Once they bring Ruby’s mom inside to work on her, Dr. Hunt waits until Ruby comes off the helicopter. Once she sees Dr. Hunt she knows it’s him and she goes running into his arms, telling him how she kept singing and doing CPR until they arrived just like he asked her to. She is definitely one brave little girl.
It turns out that Ruby’s mom had injuries much more serious than anyone could tell over the phone. She has a blood clot in her brain from the fall she took during the earthquake, and as Amelia is working on her she begins to crash. Dr. Hunt is frantic to save this little girl’s mom, but things don’t look good.
Back to Dr. Pierce getting asked on a date, she’s trying to explain to Callie that she doesn’t like dating because she would rather focus on work. Callie is quick to call her on her bull though, telling her that she’s just being scared and that she needs to not be sometimes.
Meredith Learns About Her Streak
In the middle of closing up a patient, Jo slips and mentions Meredith’s streak. She’s forced to explain what she means by streak, and she tells Meredith, in front of Alex and Stephanie, that she hasn’t lost a patient since Nov. 14. When Meredith hears the date she storms out of the operating room, and Alex follows her like the good “person” that he is now.
That’s when Meredith tells Alex she’s not upset about the streak, she’s upset about the date it started — it’s the same day that Derek left her for Washington D.C. Now she’s upset because she thinks Alex was right, that she’s better off without Derek, and if that’s true that means their marriage is over. For good.
When all is said and done, Amelia saves Ruby’s mom, and gets to deliver the good news to the brave little girl who helped save her mom’s life.
The episode ends with Dr. Pierce accepting her handsome suitor’s date, Amelia and Dr. Hunt finally going at it in an on-call room, and Meredith making a very important decision about her marriage.
She tells Alex that her streak isn’t because Derek is gone, it’s because their time apart has allowed her to find herself and focus on her career again. It’s not that he’s gone, or that she wants him gone, it’s that she got distracted along the way. Now she’s succeeding, living her dream, and so is he, and they got to this place together.
Meredith decides she wants to tell Derek this, so she slips into a quiet room and calls him with a huge smile on her face. But, a woman answers the phone — and refuses to respond when Meredith demands to know who she is.
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— Lauren Cox