For tonight’s 300th episode, Grey’s Anatomy determined to tug in any respect the heartstrings with some throwback nostalgia solely the collection’ most sentimental followers might admire. From the unique soundtrack trickling again into the fold to our latest crop of interns — together with Glbades! — turning into a commiserative, sleep-deprived little household proper there on the hideaway corridor beds to the return of some surprisingly acquainted faces, it is an Easter egg extravaganza at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital tonight.
Of course, this episode should not be centrally situated on the hospital in any respect, since it is time for the Harper Avery awards, and our personal Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) is the highest candidate for the mbadive prize. But an increasing number of, Meredith is her mom, and the one factor that makes her her is her willingness to spring to motion when a affected person — any affected person, however particularly ones that appear like folks she loves — are in want, handy timing or not.
Let’s take it from the highest, lets?
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The episode begins with Meredith and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) taking a ferry in order that she will share the information of her nomination with Derek as a result of that was at all times his spot. He is jealous, she stories — as a result of in fact he’s. They solely acquired to play the skilled one-ups-manship recreation for just a bit bit in direction of the tip, however she’s about to greatest him within the shiny prize clbad for positive now that she’s gone full-on Ellis Grey mode at work. Perhaps the one shock right here is that she did not simply inform him through Post-It.
It’s a great factor Zola understands her mom’s infinite ambition as a result of regardless that she and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) have gotten all gussied as much as be her dates to the ceremony, Mer’s not wanting to fly, which makes her choice to stay round as soon as an enormous trauma rolls in that a lot simpler for her. The two roller-coaster crash victims she attends to, a man named Greg and a lady named Cleo, additionally simply so occur to appear like youthful doppelgangers of George “007” O’Malley and Christina Yang herself … and their pregnant good friend is a lifeless ringer for Izzie Stephens in appears to be like, character and mannerisms, besides. It’s a freakish expertise for Meredith, Alex, and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) to attend to those guys, however the resemblance to those that’ve since left this place makes all of them the extra keen to badist them by way of.
The accident has additionally left one man — who bears a strikingly shut resemblance to Mark Sloan, together with his gray hair and rugged handsomeness — with a bleeding mind, which provides Amelia Shepherd (Catarina Scorsone) one thing to replay beside the awkward second she walked in on Owen (Kevin McKidd) having bare brunch with Karina DeLuca. No matter how good the french toast was, it is nonetheless not sufficient to erase the reminiscence of that weird encounter.
She’s perturbed to be taught that Owen has taken the affected person in for an operation with out first working a scan on his mind as a result of, hi there, that is precisely how her brother died. And sure, that does contribute to her insistence that she’ll convey the dang CT machine into the OR to get it carried out if wants be, however lo, the affected person has a mind bleed that might value him his life whereas Owen nonetheless stitches up his stomach. Derek’s nonetheless saving lives, even from six toes beneath (a “beat that, Mer!” second for positive).
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Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) does his greatest to coax her away from the scene in order that she will go to the gala, the place she’s a shoo-in to win, however she declines. At first, it is as a result of she’s holding Baby George’s backbone in place so he does not suffocate; then she’s stitching up Yang Jr.’s belly bleed from a puncture wound.
Everyone’s acquired different causes to be emotional proper now: Meredith’s anxious in regards to the awards present; Bailey’s perturbed that Ben has been mendacity about his firefighting faculty pursuits; Alex is (most likely) involved about Jo (Camille Luddington)’s choice to show her locale to her violent ex; and Arizona’s very nervous about Sofia’s return. But the presence of so many acquainted faces, of those who meant a lot to them, is amplifying the drama of those procedures.
Baby Izzie particularly appears to be hitting Alex laborious, and Jo offers him all-out permission, if you happen to can name it that, to the touch base together with her and see how she is, so he can put his thoughts comfortable. But he refuses, citing his personal imagined new life for her (which, maybe not coincidentally, matches the actual lifetime of Katherine Heigl in some ways proper now — e.g., dwelling in a woodsy place with three children). He does not need to know of anything past what he is imagined.
As for Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), the reminder of Mark’s face is definitely encouraging as a result of it is a supply of power and resilience and humor, and her impression of him is simply spot on. As she rescues Baby Izzie’s child from the womb and saves mommy besides, she’s reminded of her personal strengths as a mom and is lastly able to welcome her daughter again into her dwelling, with Mark’s large smile and cheery countenance on the mind once more, simply within the nick of time.
And Meredith, properly, Baby Christina is only a sounding board for her personal ambition. Not solely does she take into account Meredith and Jackson “surgical royalty,” however she aspires to be her, very like Meredith and Christina had been in awe of the highest canines of their intern days as properly.
With all the nice, sappy mojo of the night, it is most likely no shock when Webber and Bailey determine to stream within the Harper Avery awards to Meredith’s OR and her identify is introduced because the winner as a result of good issues are simply taking place proper now on this season (properly, till subsequent week’s large cyber badault, dun dun dunnnn). But what’s a shocker is the second when she appears to be like up within the galley to see her cheering viewers and finds the face of none apart from Ellis Grey herself.
The transformation is full. She has lastly obtained the approval and admiration of her mom, and he or she is aware of it. If that second does not increase all of the gooseflesh in your pores and skin, Grey’s followers, nothing else will. Well, besides perhaps Christina Yang’s congratulations name on the tail finish there as a result of, sure, they nonetheless do blissful dance collectively, even half a globe away from each other.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday nights at eight/7c on ABC.