Grey's Anatomy recap: Three Questions

One patient makes Cristina re-evaluate her life and imagine two possible scenarios for her future with Owen; alternate realities follow
Ep. 17 | Aired Mar 27, 2014

TO GO OR NOT TO GO. In alternate reality one, Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) argue about Owen's job opportunity in Germany.

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In the next shot, Cristina was in a white dress, but Mer was in a dress you might recognize from alternate reality one (her fashion choices apparently remain unchanged regardless of Cristina's future, as does Cristina's hair). They were at the Harper Avery Awards, where Shane Ross presented Cristina with her record-breaking fourth consecutive award. She gave a familiar speech about one patient changing everything while Owen fell to pieces at the hospital.

Owen was still a drunk and a danger to his patients. And when Richard -- with a cane! -- asked April if she trusted her mentor, she tearfully said no. Arizona wanted to fire him, effective immediately, after he nearly killed a patient by forgetting about her allergy. And that was where we ended alternate reality two (which had Star-Crossed-esque futuristic tablets).

For one final snap back to actual reality, a paralyzed Jason told Cristina to remove the vent. She left the room in the same fuzz she'd been in earlier in the day, but this time, she looked up enough to warn Jackson to move his hand. Hey, at least the guy isn't hurt in the only reality that actually counts, right? Then, just as she was about to talk to Owen, Mer interrupted her to chat about a patient. Cristina told her to wait, but Owen was already getting on an elevator. He gave her a quick smile before the door shut. "Nevermind, what do you got?" Cristina asked Mer. And just like that, Cristina's decision is yet to be made.

So what did you all think of the episode? Pretty powerful stuff, right? I got chills a few times. Also, what do you think is going to happen with Crowen's future? Will they get married and then her departure will have to do with moving for his job opportunity? Are these really the only two options, or do you see another way out? I'm really hopeful they'll find a third option, or else I'm terrified that Cristina, thinking these are the only possible futures for them, walks away before she can get caught up in anything further. Perhaps Burke brings her a job opportunity?

Ugh, call me naive, but I have to believe a love that strong can get through anything. Then again, in Shondaland, I'm not sure of anything. This is the woman who killed Denny and shot McDreamy. Sound off with your every thought, theory, and worry in the comments below!

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