Grey's Anatomy recap: A new doctor catches Meredith's eye
- Now that his marriage is over, Owen finally confesses his love for Teddy in Season 14, Episode 17 of Grey's Anatomy
- Meredith meets a hot new doctor in the most dramatic of circumstances and falls for him while saving his life
- April is still struggling to stay sober and questions her faith
- Grey's Anatomy airs every Thursday on ABC at 8pm ET (7 Central)
We didn't see the doctors of Grey's Anatomy practicing much medicine in this week's episode. Instead, they had long, soulful conversations with patients, lovers, and patient-lovers. And over the course of the hour, the show breathed life into a new romance and brought an old one to its bitter end.
At the start of the episode, Owen (Kevin McKidd) flies to Germany to show up on Teddy's (Kim Raver) doorstep unannounced. She's surprised — and even more surprised when he tells her he and Amelia are over.
'For the first time,' he says, 'there's nothing standing in our way.' (Except, of course, years of his baggage.) Teddy kisses him, consummating years of right-place-wrong-time romance.
Declaration: Owen surprises Teddy by flying to Germany and showing up at her door unannounced, telling her: 'For the first time there's nothing standing in our way'
Reunited: Owen flies to Germany to show up on Teddy's doorstep unannounced to tell her that he and Amelia are over and they can be together now, and they finally kiss
Post-coital: Teddy cracks up, thinking of 'Owen Hunt in my bed, naked, in Germany' and how preposterous that seems and they talk about him moving to Germany for her
When we next see Owen and Teddy, they're entwined in a post-coital snuggle. Teddy cracks up, thinking of 'Owen Hunt in my bed, naked, in Germany' and how preposterous that seems.
Owen even tells Teddy he'd move to Germany to work with her. 'For me,' she says, correcting him.
He says: 'I just know that I want you. This is not some grand gesture … But that doesn't make this any less. I am in love with you.'
That's swoon-worthy, but alas, this isn't Teddy and Owen's time either. She's discomfited when Owen says a conversation with Amelia 'led' him to her — and even more discomfited when she realizes Owen had been sleeping with Amelia when Amelia suggested he go to Teddy. Soon, poor Dr. Altman is in tears.
'You came here because your marriage is over, and you're terrified of being alone,' she yells. 'I am done being your fallback. I am done being your damn sloppy seconds. I am not your consolation prize.'
And despite Owen's protestations — he even mentions Henry, hearkening back to Season 7! — she pulls the plug. 'I'm done, Owen,' she says, showing him the door. 'We're done.'
Over: Despite Owen's protests, Teddy tells him they're done for good and shows him the door
Teddy yells at Owen: 'You came here because your marriage is over, and you're terrified of being alone. I am done being your fallback. I am not your consolation prize.'
Can we talk about something more pleasant? Yes, we can. Back in Seattle, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is just strolling through Grey Sloan Memorial, minding her own business, when a visiting surgeon collapses at her feet. And luckily for her, the fainting fella happens to be handsome and charming (and played by Scott Speedman of Felicity fame). Once he composes himself, this Dr. Nick Mars starts flirting with her relentlessly… and she's not opposed.
Turns out, he's a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon who just had a kidney transplant himself six weeks ago, and he's worried his body is rejecting the new organ.
As he and Mer await his lab test results, they get to talking. He's fully aware of her Harper Avery Award, and he's even more wowed when he finds out she's the widowed mother of three kids: 'I'm just looking for your superhero cape,' he says.
They bond over their 'B plan' careers — he was gonna be a shoe salesman, she was gonna work in a movie theater with Cristina — and their happy places — his is on a canoe with his father, hers in Sardinia where people live long and don't get sick.
New doctor: Meredith is strolling through Grey Sloan Memorial, minding her own business, when a visiting surgeon collapses at her feet and they instantly hit it off
Meredith's new patient: Dr Nick Mars is a Mayo Clinic transplant surgeon who just had a kidney transplant himself six weeks ago, and he's worried his body is rejecting the new organ
Results: Dr Nick has a blood clot in his renal vein so Meredith rushes him into surgery and saves his life, and once he's conscious, he immediately starts flirting with her again
Meredith tells Alex about Dr Nick: 'He made me feel something that I haven't felt since Derek'
Their daydreaming is interrupted when his labs come back. The results are inconclusive, so Mer does another ultrasound. And that's when she sees it: a blood clot in his renal vein, which he probably developing while sitting on the plane or standing in the operating room.
She rushes him into surgery and saves his life, and once he's conscious, he immediately starts flirting with her again.
Later, when Alex (Justin Chambers) finds Mer at the bar, she tells him she met someone who's smart, funny, and hot. 'So what's the problem?' Alex asks. The problem, says Mer, is that Nick is her patient. Still, she's clearly smitten.
'He made me feel something that I haven't felt since Derek,' she tells Alex. (So what was Nathan Riggs then? Chopped liver?)
The other major player this week was April (Sarah Drew), she of the booze-fueled crisis of faith. When the episode starts, April wakes up hungover at the bar, and her day only gets worse from there.
At the hospital, she treats a rabbi named Eli whom Bailey (Chandra Wilson) previously treated for diverticulitis. This time, though, he's complaining of a rash. Would that it were so minor! No, he actually has toxic epidermal necrolysis, a condition that's causing his skin to separate from his body.
The prognosis is grim, and the antibiotics Bailey had prescribed seem to be the culprit. April disses Bailey in front of Jackson (Jesse Williams), who's been concerned about his ex-wife's erratic behavior for weeks now.
'I'm just trying to clean up her mess,' April tells him, seething.
Clean up the mess: April disses Bailey in front of Jackson, who's been concerned about his ex-wife's erratic behavior for weeks now
Divine intervention: At the hospital, April treats a rabbi named Eli who has toxic epidermal necrolysis, a condition that's causing his skin to separate from his body
Dying: The prognosis for Eli is grim, and the antibiotics Bailey prescribed seem to be the culprit
Last breaths: Later, even on the verge of death, Eli senses April's inner pain and gives her some spiritual counsel. She breaks down, wondering why God has forsaken her
Later, even on the verge of death, Eli senses April's inner pain and gives her some spiritual counsel. She breaks down, wondering why God has forsaken her after she has spent her life following the letter of the Bible. She thought doing so would make her world good — or, at least, fair.
'Faith wouldn't be real faith if you only believed when things were good,' Eli tells her. Mid-therapy session, his condition takes a sudden turn for the worse, but he still refuses morphine because he's waiting for his wife to arrive.
Moments later, in his death throes, he mistakes April for his beloved. April goes along with it, sobbing as Eli dies thinking he's in his wife's arms.
Afterward, April finds Bailey in the chapel, struggling to light a candle for Eli. And finally, April seems to have made a revelation: 'Eli forgave you,' she tells Bailey. 'Some things just happen. And we don't get to know why.'
If there was ever a cast of characters who knew how random and fickle the universe can be, it'd be April and the rest of the surgeons of this jinxed hospital.
Tune in next week for more of their misery!
Grey's Anatomy airs every Thursday on ABC at 8pm ET (7 central).
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