Picking sides! Grey’s Anatomy's Thursday, April 28, episode was a teeny bit reminiscent of an installment of Survivor, with Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) locking down their alliances in advance of their impending custody battle.
Caught With Their Pants Down
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary), with the Shepherd kids in tow, were about to head to the hospital to start their day when they found Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) on the couch — asleep and without clothes. Naturally, Meredith had fun teasing her sister-in-law about Owen’s “junk." Presumably, Grey Sloan's head of general surgery — and viewers alike — may remember similar instances involving Owen and Cristina (Sandra Oh).
“We’re Not a Thing”
Wilmer Valderrama was back as musician Kyle Diaz, and there seemed to be trouble in paradise, with "paradise" referring to his current tour. He had developed another hand tremor, and it was looking like Amelia would have to perform brain surgery on him again. Amelia told Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) she wouldn't be responsible for the operation, despite the surgical resident having "only slept with him twice."
Love Is a Battlefield, in an Operating Room
Meanwhile, in the land of the dueling Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Ben (Jason George), they were in the OR, and he was working as an anesthesiologist. During surgery, Bailey told the room a story about their son, Tuck, being too short to ride a roller coaster, and Ben wanting to let him ride anyway. This basically was a fun disguise for them to rehash their argument about following rules. Yes, feel free to use an operating room as your living room — or as a therapy session! Classic Grey’s.
Maggie later told Ben that "she has all the power" — a.k.a. your wife is right, you’re getting the punishment you deserve, stop with the backtalk.
“You Said Everything Was Fine!”
Arizona was about to start an ultrasound on April (Sarah Drew) as Jackson (Jesse Williams) accompanied her (yay! Japril!). The pediatric surgeon decided that since she had the the pair there, why not use the time to ask them to side with her in her custody battle? Just then, in walked Callie's girlfriend, Penny (Samantha Sloyan), announcing she’s on Arizona's service. Awkward.
Arizona changed the subject back to the couple's baby, and it seemed there could be more bad news. Arizona studied the monitor and, after some hesitation, revealed there could be a problem with the baby’s brain. Later in the cafeteria, Penny spoke about the ultrasound to Arizona, who replied, “Just back off,” clearly dumping her anger toward Callie onto an unsuspecting Penny. Look, Penny isn’t anyone’s favorite, but this situation has Us actually feeling a little sorry for her … but only a little.
As a huge relief to Us, Arizona found out that Baby Japril was OK and informed the parents-to-be, “It’s definitely nothing.” But while everyone was ready to celebrate, Arizona added that she couldn’t be April’s doctor anymore: “If I’m going to be your doctor, then I can’t be your friend. And I want to be your friend.” Arizona then handed a list of obstetricians to the surprised trauma surgeon. Ouch.
Just when we were thinking Stephanie and Kyle's situation was starting to look like an old-school Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) thing, we found out that Kyle’s surgery went well. Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti) passed the news along to Stephanie, who was in the waiting room as a “loved one.” Stephanie then dramatically slipped a note to a sleeping Kyle, which we discovered was a Sex and the City–style Post-it. Yep, she dumped him! On paper! As she later explained to Jo (Camilla Luddington), “I chose me.” This girl didn’t want to be the one who sits in waiting rooms — she belongs in the operating room! Poor Kyle, but we're sure the handsome rocker will find a way to manage without her.
There was so much juiciness in this episode, but we also can't neglect the subplot surrounding an adorable older, closeted man hiding his love for his doorman from his wife of 50 years. The doorman was played by Robert Pine, veteran actor (and father of Chris!).
Meanwhile, Callie got Meredith and Owen to side with her on the custody issue, as Meredith quickly said, "Absolutely." Callie’s encounter with Alex (Justin Chambers) wasn’t as simple. She poured her heart out to him, only to hear him say, “I like you both.” Later, Arizona got a heartfelt pep talk from Richard. She cried to him, and he told her, “If you want your daughter, you’re going to have to fight like you’ve never fought before.”
Yikes! Looks like we’re in for a juicy court battle next week.
Tell Us: Were Arizona and Callie wrong to put their friends in the middle of their problems? And which of them would you side with?
Grey's Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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