Remember the days of Grey's Anatomy past, when Meredith was always at the center of the big drama on the show? Well, now she's taking a backseat, and this week Bailey steps into the spotlight as the hospital comes under fire for the recent staph infection outbreak in patients. Not that I'm complaining — I love seeing Meredith's biggest problems revolve around her pregnancy, and Chandra Wilson truly shines this week as Bailey grapples with everything that happens (and has happened).
While Bailey is questioning herself and her peers, Alex inadvertently pushes Jo away just as he's coming to terms with his feelings for her. Cristina also feels like there's distance in her relationship with Owen, especially as he grows closer with Ethan and continues to emerge as a father figure. Ready to break down the biggest moments of the episode? Just
- It's so hard to watch Bailey get interrogated by the CDC, since she's always proved to be one of the most dependable doctors at Seattle Grace (and she knows it). I love how precise she is when she's going over her actions (especially scrubbing in to the tune of Aretha Franklin), and you can't help but sympathize with her when she throws it back in the interviewer's face (because really, I have no idea if I put the cap back on my toothpaste this morning). Ultimately it's a relief when the CDC deduces that the outbreak isn't her fault despite the fact that she's a carrier for the infection, but she wouldn't be Bailey if she didn't blame herself anyway. The real heartbreak of the episode though is that she loses faith in Webber.
- Round and round we go with Alex and Jo. Jo asks Alex to stop referring to Jason as a douchebag, because — surprise — she's moving in with him. Alex is understandably taken aback because they really haven't been dating for very long, though calling the object of your affection an idiot is usually not the best way to go. Still, Alex tries to man up and play nice with Jason; he even admits to Jason that he's just protective of Jo because they were both foster kids. There's no ill will with the revelation, but Jo doesn't see it that way. In fact, she lashes out at Alex for calling her a "homeless dumpster diver" and says she never wants to speak to him again. (Really, though, this is just more proof that Jo and Jason probably are moving too fast in their relationship.) Alex turns to Cristina for a wallow fest, admitting that he loves Jo and always sabotages the good things in his life. True story, but I have a feeling this will still work out in his favor.
- In standard April fashion, she decides to blame Jackson for her recent breakup with Matthew. I'm about as over her tirades as Jackson is — how much longer is she going to punish him for her own actions? Once again, Jackson refuses to take the blame and says that he's not sorry for sleeping with her. It's almost hard to believe that Jackson still loves April at this point, but there it is. And, of course, that's the exact moment that Matthew shows up to apologize.
- That kid Ethan has been hanging around the hospital long enough for us all to figure out that Owen's desire for kids is probably going to drive another wedge between him and Cristina. Once Ethan's mother woke up I thought this chapter was over, but now that she's gone, I have to wonder if Owen is somehow going to end up adopting him. Will Cristina have a change of heart about having a family to save her relationship? She does agree to be in the delivery room with Meredith during her pregnancy — baby steps?
What did you think of this week's episode?