The doctors are breathing new life into Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — no, really. On Grey’s Anatomy‘s Thursday, October 6, episode, as main characters struggled to work out their conflicts with lovers, friends and coworkers, one family resolved their deep-rooted problems by receiving the ultimate miracle.
The episode began with Maggie (Kelly McCreary) complaining to Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) about Riggs (Martin Henderson) rejecting her. Meredith was quiet because she still hadn’t told her half-sister that she and Riggs had sex once — or four times in one night — but who’s counting? (Us. We are definitely counting.)
At the hospital, Riggs asked Meredith to tell Maggie the truth, so that they could be open about their sort-of-relationship. Meredith, however, came up with a far more mature and adult solution: Riggs should take Maggie out and treat her terribly, bad breath included, of course.
After being inexplicably absent from the season’s first two episodes, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) returned from New York. Within minutes of her arrival, she scolded Alex (Justin Chambers) for beating up DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), who she currently lives with. Later, Arizona and Owen (Kevin McKidd) bickered about the fight because Arizona claimed that Alex beating up DeLuca over Jo (Camilla Luddington) was no different than Owen punching Riggs over his sister.
Miranda (Chandra Wilson) and Ben (Jason George) argued after she avoided yelling at Tuck when he bullied someone at school. Miranda admitted that she didn’t want to be a disciplinarian both at work and home, so Ben offered to be the bad cop. After a few minutes of indirect threatening (parenting perk of working in a hospital: You can basically show any X-ray and say it was a result of bullying. Well played, Warren), Tuck eventually apologized and made the ultimate atonement for a teenager living in 2016: He handed over his cell phone. For. Two. Weeks.
Aside from love triangles and arguments, there was actual medical work happening at the hospital, too! After a car hit a funeral procession, the doctors worked to heal a family as they mourned the loss of their father. While the man’s wife held his hand to say goodbye, she went into cardiac arrest and died — sort of. An hour later, as one of her daughters was sitting by her side, the woman squeezed her hand and sat up, 100 percent alive.
After the woman was stable, Riggs and Meredith had a rare personal moment where they discussed the dreams they have about their deceased exes. Later, as they went to leave the hospital, they continued to discuss the woman’s miracle, and Riggs flashed Meredith a smile, saying, “Anything can happen, Dr. Grey.” We wouldn’t recommend using a false-alarm death in your Tinder bio, but for Nathan Riggs, the move seemed to work. He left Meredith grinning on a bench as he walked away.
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Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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