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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From ortho to cardio, Cristina put Shane in charge of making sure that none of her conduit babies got infected. It was day 30 of recovery and the last day before they had to report to the NIH, which meant this would affect her Harper Avery consideration. Oh, I just had an idea! Is Burke going to present her with her Harper Avery Award?! He was her first mentor!

Away from the action (but not the infection), Derek was rehearsing his speech to baby Bailey, and according to Meredith, boring their son. Today was Derek's big presentation, and I should've known something was up when his hair looked a little out of sorts. He had caught the bug, but he said what everyone said: "I don't get sick." Sure, you people get hit by buses, put your hands on bombs, and survive plane crashes, but what you don't do is get sick. You guys keep telling yourselves that.

All that being said, I do have to give props to Arizona who accurately predicted that she would be sick by the end of the day. Apparently it's her superpower. But aside from that, all she really did was introduce Karev to  Dr. Oliver Lebackes, a.k.a. Dr. Butthole, who was there to help the alarmingly large percent of children born without, well, a butthole. Let's just say that Karev didn't like the guy at first, particularly the way he had dance parties in his OR, but quickly warmed to his presence ... and his money. After surgery, Oliver invited Karev to play a little golf video game in his super fancy office at his super fancy private practice. There, Oliver talked about the perks of having a private practice and setting his own schedule before he invited Boy Wonder -- Alex's new nickname -- to join the practice. He said they'd been looking to expand, and he could be a very rich man (with more time for charity work) if he joined. Plus, it meant he could pay off those student loans Jo was bugging him about. But if you ask me, it was getting his name on a pen that sold Alex. By episode's end, he seemed to be leaning toward the Addison Montgomery lifestyle (minus the relocation).

Back at the hospital, Jackson had fallen ill, literally fallen asleep on a countertop, and was then sent home. And because Ben was already home sick, Bailey gladly gave April a little marriage advice on the two types of "man sick." Basically, April should enjoy the fact that Jackson doesn't like to be babied when he's sick and get herself a pedicure. Needy men are much more annoying. And speaking of annoying, Leah was "pushing through" her illness by walking around with an IV in her arm. Well, at least she was, until Richard starting talking about pork and Leah threw up in her mouth inside of an operating room. Watching Richard and Meredith make fun of her for being a wuss was probably my favorite moment of the episode.

So as I despised Leah and her illness, you can probably guess which sick person I found unfairly charming: McDreamy, of course. Somehow, his stubbornness about being sick was downright adorable, along with his crazy hair. But even Derek's charm couldn't fight the illness. After wearing some sort of spacesuit mechanism to help Bailey and April in surgery, McDreamy took his love of leaning on things to the next level. He collapsed to the floor on his way to give his oh-so-important presentation. Good thing he had a wife who'd heard his speech so many times she was able to fill in for him (and put her own twist on things, of course).

NEXT: Jo + Callie 4eva

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