We've finally reached the aftermath of the superstorm in the two-hour premiere of Grey's Anatomy, and it's like we haven't had a chance to catch our breath yet. Picking up where the finale left off, Richard is unconscious (and possibly dead) in the basement, Arizona has revealed her infidelity to Callie, Meredith has survived, and April realizes she might love Jackson after all. The Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is short on supplies and doctors, and everyone's frantically struggling to keep the hospital afloat.
Putting all of the madness aside, one thing's for sure: it's not a Grey's Anatomy premiere without the death of a major character, right? Read through our full recap after the jump.
- Richard Webber begins narrating the episode, talking about his white coat ceremony and how your whole life supposedly flashes before your eyes right before you die. Part of me thinks that this could be the end for Richard, but then again, the show has faked us out a fair share of times before. Richard leads us into the episode with a haunting sentiment: "I don't know if my life flashed before me; I was thinking about my white coat and how I'm glad I had it on. It's the moment my life started. Seems fitting it should be on me when it ends."
- In the wake of the huge storm that hit Seattle, the hospital has no source of new supplies, and a cascade of new patients begins flooding in after a serious mudslide incident. A bunch of cops and firefighters were hit with the mudslide while evacuating civilians, and their arrival throws the ER into chaos.
- We knew someone was going to have to discover Webber in the basement eventually. What we didn't expect was that someone else would be taken out in the process. That's why I was kind of blindsided when Brooks gets electrocuted and hits her head hard on the way down. After that, it's not long before I'm panicking, and both doctors are going in for surgery.
- Meanwhile, in the slew of new patients we don't care that much about, Owen loses one guy to an awful septic infection, an older woman is intensely concerned about losing her house, and a cop is in desperate search of her firefighter husband. It always kind of mystifies me when I'm forced to concern myself with unimportant people while two major characters are on the brink of death.
- I think one of the things I've been dreading most is the fate of Callie and Arizona. Poor Callie; after everything she's been through, including George and then the whole amputated leg ordeal, she just can't catch a break. It's amazing that Arizona seems to think it's fine, like they just had to be even more broken before they could get strong again. At this point, I'm not sure what I'm rooting for more. I think Callie and Arizona have been through so much, but it's nice to see Callie standing up for herself and not just forgiving Arizona straightaway.
- And then, just like that, Brooks dies. And we're not even halfway through the premiere! It's kind of tough, because she was definitely my favorite in the unremarkable crop of new interns. Then again, her death affords the others the opportunity to shine a little bit. It's nice to see the interns bonding with each other and finally establishing a more defined presence. That being said, they have a long way to go before they can hold a candle to the regulars.
- With all the confusion surrounding April loving Jackson, then not loving Jackson, then loving him again, Jackson makes the right move by pushing April away. You can still tell he's struggling to get over her, but he's right: she didn't want him when he was fine and wanted her. April goes back to Matt and tells him she really wants to marry him, like for real this time. Part of me is glad, and the other part thinks April just doesn't want to be alone.
- In the end, Webber makes it to the other side of the storm. I was a little relieved, because I thought it was going to be another one-two punch, like Mark and Lexie last season.
With all of the episode's upheavals more or less taken care of, what do you think is going to happen next?