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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Side note: Hey, it's the return of that male nurse whose name I can't remember but who has been around forever! He's aged nicely, no?

While Owen and Cristina tried to find out what was happening with a family whose daughters both presented with cardiomyopathy at the same age, Jo was in the OR with Callie, slowly beginning her love affair with ortho. Jo was hesitant to rebreak her patient's arm at first, given her history of putting multiple men in the hospital thanks to her rage issues and freakish strength. But Callie assured her that she was helping this man, that it just took a little strength and power and fearlessness to be in ortho. Good thing Jo had all three!

Walking out of surgery, Jo had what Callie called the "ortho glow." So has Jo found her calling? Callie certainly hoped so, especially considering that only 4 percent of ortho surgeons are women. Personally, I think Callie and Jo have a lot in common, and I'd love to see them be ortho besties, especially after Jo made a comment about never being angry again, and Callie added, "Sweetie, you date Alex Karev. You'll always have a reason to be angry." Speaking of whom, after returning from his private practice getaway, Alex finally said what we were all thinking: "This place is disgusting." Try telling that to poor Braden, who had been put in isolation for quite possibly the rest of his life. Yep, it seems Grey's is really telling the Bubble Boy story.

So yes, at the end of the day, nobody is invincible, and doctors make the worst patients. Although I could've gotten that point without listening to Richard's stomach groan or the awful (and confusing) noises coming from Jackson's bathroom. Basically, what we learned is that no one should ever say, "I'm not sick. I'm okay," because guess what? You're definitely not.

And with that, I am going to fetch my night snacks and a ridiculous amount of Purell. I know hospitals are where people go to get better, but this has always been how I've felt about them: They're covered in germs. This episode more or less put me right into my nightmare, and for that, I resent it. But what did you all think? Were you able to look past the gross factor of it all? And what do you think will happen with Karev? Discuss!

Also, did this entire episode make anyone else miss that one time McDreamy and George were quarantined together? GEORGE! (That is all.)

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