Well, Gray Sloan’s neuro team has their hands full of course right now, right? The three main stories in this episode are related to our brain surgeons in one way or another, and I don’t know anything about the staff at a hospital, but maybe we should have more than Amelia and Tom walking around with precious brains in their busy hands.
Most importantly, there is Richard Webber. He returned from this disastrous conference – which turned him into a meme because people are horrible – and immediately admitted Gray Sloan. He has no idea what’s going on, thinks people are overreacting and still believes that Catherine was with him in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Bailey, Meredith, Maggie and Jackson have opened a war room in the hopes of understanding what’s going on with him. None of the returned test results make any sense, and Amelia’s analyzes show nothing useful. People obviously suggest that it could be dementia, it could be Alzheimer’s disease, but Meredith insists: she knows what Alzheimer’s disease looks like and that’s not it. They have to keep digging. Even after she and Maggie administered a cognitive skills test and Richard couldn’t do any of the exercises on it, Meredith was adamant that it was not Alzheimer’s.
At the most distressing moment of “Sing It Again”, Richard disappears and Meredith finds him in an empty operating room about to split in himself because he is hallucinating to be in surgery. There he calls Meredith “Ellis,” but she will not accept a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. When Meredith brings Richard back to his bedroom and bed, he asks if he’s in Seattle Grace. He wants someone to bring the interns to him now so he can get back to Adele’s house in time for dinner. Everyone in the room – Meredith, Maggie, Jackson, Catherine and Bailey – is devastated and defeated by what they see. Catherine, in particular, is hard on herself. If she had been with him instead of letting their fight come between them, she would have noticed something earlier. Honestly, she is not mistaken and I fully agree to let the woman who PURCHASED A HOSPITAL for despite her husband to cook his guilt for a little longer.
Meredith can be overwhelmed by the possibility of losing the closest thing she had to a real father – hey, I know Richard’s life is in danger is alarming and honestly, rude, but let’s listen to that for Meredith Gray finally having a juicy story that I can fall behind – but she’s not going to give up on him. She finds herself in a research room seated facing none other than Andrew DeLuca. Technically, he’s still suspended, but he’s buzzing in Richard’s room trying to use certain tactics that Dr. Riley taught him to aid in the diagnosis. Now, as hope fades, Meredith wants to know what he is thinking. He tries to be indignant at asking him for help after telling him that he should go home and rest and get help himself, but Meredith doesn’t have time: “Es -you and me? ” she asks. Of course, he is with her.
Of course DeLuca was right about this human trafficking case, and yes, maybe he can find a brilliant diagnosis and help save Richard. But Meredith’s voiceover as she partners with DeLuca is worrisome. She tells how certain moments of her life, the big mistakes that keep her awake at night, always come back to haunt her. Maybe she usually talks about having to watch a loved one suffer from dementia again, but if not? And if she talks this specific moment that haunts her – the one where she let DeLuca get involved in Richard’s care? Looks like we will have answers in next week’s season finale, but until then, hold me.
Let’s go back to the neuro. Amelia barely has time to think about what might torment Richard because she has been called in to replace Tom. What’s wrong with Tom? I’m glad I asked. Surprise, surprise, which should enter Gray Sloan but the ex-wife of Tom Dana and his 10 year old son of his new marriage, Guthrie. Tom stands in shocked silence when he sees them – not because he is angry with Dana, but because Guthrie looks exactly like his late son David. David, you may remember, died at the age of 10. It shakes Tom in his heart. When Dana tells him that Guthrie has a brain tumor that spreads to his spine – and it’s a big one – Tom can’t bring himself to operate. He can hardly be in the same room as the child, he reminds him so much of his son. He feels like “drowning,” he said to Teddy at one point. Grey’s anatomy really completes Tom this season and it’s one thing to see!
Hey, remember how last week we learned that Teddy’s story about his best friend Allison, a story we know to be true from the first day it appeared in season six, was actually a lie and Teddy and Allison were secret lovers having a business in sharing an apartment with Allison’s girlfriend? What time, huh? This week, Teddy is back to worrying about his feelings for Tom while he was still engaged to Owen. You may remember that Owen was the love of Teddy’s life until this Teddy 2 had other plans and completely upset her, she and Owen finally stable relationship about a situation to which she had no details. Why, Teddy 2, why? Either way, Teddy is Tom’s Rock as his grief is completely overturned on the hospital floor.
Fortunately, Amelia takes Guthrie’s case and heads to the operating room. Tom thinks it is clear and will help Owen and Link in their strange case of the week: a woman who broke her foot then left a successful operation with an inexplicable case of musicophilia – she can’t stop to sing. It’s very weird and it basically ends up with her and her husband like, welp at least I’m alive! It’s really crazy. For example, if I wake up from an operation and have to sing everything and hear constant music in my head, these doctors are going to do everything they can to fix my ding-dong brain, you know? Not Vera and her husband. Their love is so strong, they will overcome the constant song. Love is wild, guys.
While Tom treats with Vera and avoids her feelings, Amelia continues Guthrie’s surgery … until she starts giving birth. Because of course! Tom has to go in and Amelia is out, shouting an encouraging speech in her face, only to find out soon that she has Braxton Hicks contractions. Did this hospital take crazy pills?
Back at Guthrie’s surgery, the kid begins to crash and Tom freezes. Teddy is in the gallery and she talks to him, calming him down as only Teddy can. And Tom saves Guthrie! It’s very good for him. Teddy ruins all the good vibes when she goes to see Tom in his office to apologize for all the pain she has brought him, when he has already suffered so much. She holds his hand tenderly and he tells her that she “took away more pain than [she’s] Caused “and it’s all and everything … until Teddy leaves this conversation and almost immediately comes across Owen, who takes him to a closet to have sex, where she tells him she wants to get married this weekend. Teddy 2 is a maniac and she must be arrested.
• Jo and Schmitt have a hard time growing up in a shared flat: they’re the best buds in the apartment, but in the hospital, Jo can’t stop yelling at Schmitt. He takes it personally, but as Jo calmly explains, it’s just because he’s terrible at his job and she wants him to get better. I guess it sounds good?
• Sorry, not sorry, but what was going on with the appearance of “Guthrie” in the operating room? Honestly, I spent several minutes assuming that Amelia was training on a mannequin. Justice for Guthrie! Justice for this model!
• Nothing makes me laugh more than when Grey’s characters should list any trauma they or a colleague has suffered. Tonight Bailey has to explain Richard’s medical history which, yes, people understand a brain tumor and an electric shock. No one in this war room flinches.
• Tom may have a lot to do in this episode, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time to participate in his favorite hobby, making fun of Owen Hunt: “I hope you and Strawberry Shortcake live happily ever after, ”he said to Teddy.