Grey's Anatomy recap: Contagion

An infection spreads through the hospital and takes multiple doctors down; meanwhile, a new surgeon introduces Karev to the world of private practice
Ep. 18 | Aired Apr 3, 2014

PAIN IN THE BUTT. New Dr. Oliver Lebackes (Patrick Fabian), a.k.a. Dr. Butthole, helps Karev (Justin Chambers) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) treat a patient.

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So, that was gross. I honestly can't even decide if that was a good episode, because all I could think the entire time was some variation of "ew." Overall, I actually feel like it was a fun episode. There was some great banter between characters and everything was running smoothly. But more than anything, it was just plain disgusting. From the introduction of "Dr. Butthole" to the flu-like viral infection that was taking down just about everyone in the hospital, I had to stop eating my granola bar about 30 seconds into this episode. And some of the sound effects were the worst part. Okay, before I ruin the rest of my night snacks, let's get through the episode.

This week's voice-over was about how often the average person touches their face -- 18 times every waking hour -- and how we're all so very susceptible to infection, particularly if your name is Arizona and a child sneezes directly on your face. From there, we traced the infection to Arizona's iPad, the countertop, and worst of all, our beloved elevator. The elevator made a semi-triumphant return when Jackson and April used it as a make-out spot, but thanks to Arizona's germs, its sexiness took a serious hit this week. The lesson: Even the sexiest and shiniest of things is susceptible to disgusting children.

As it turned out, the thing most susceptible to disgusting children was, much like in real life, other children. The patient of the week was a young boy named Braden who suffered from SCID -- "Bubble Boy disease" --  and therefore had no immune system and was extremely susceptible to all viruses. Even the common cold could be a serious threat to him, which is why it was a problem that he had a rapidly growing infection on his forehead. He needed to have it drained immediately. But you see, the problem this week wasn't the infected patients as much it was the infected (and stubborn) doctors.

While Richard handed out resident assignments in his new position, we learned that one-third of the staff was out with a "stomach bug." And it looked like Leah was going to be the next resident down, which meant she'd become the "swap monkey." The residents had made a bet that the first person to collapse from this bug had to agree to swap services with everyone else whenever they requested it for the next week. I had missed these fun resident competitions, though is it bad I wanted this illness to get worse if only to take Leah out of the game permanently? Only in Shondaland could I think like this (and I love it).

Away from all the sickness, Jo was dealing with a patient who refused to get a Tetanus shot because he didn't want to put poison in his body. As a result, his muscles were tightening up, and then suddenly, his arm broke. Like it literally snapped back and aggressively broke itself. My notes at this point read, "Did he just turn into a werewolf?" Somebody check to see if there's a full moon, because that was questionable.

Sadly, however, Jo didn't immediately assume a supernatural cause. Well, she sort of did. She thought her own super-strength had broken her patient. After all, she did shatter the glass of that vending machine not long ago (which was both impressive and highly unrealistic). But Callie quickly assured her that a spasm had broken her patient's arm. And the good/bad news was that they had to rebreak the arm in order to fix it.

NEXT: Is Alex leaving the hospital?

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