Grey's Anatomy recap: Days of Change

The future of Seattle Grace's five residents hung in the balance, as Grey, Yang, Karev, Kepner, and Avery interviewed for positions around the country while dealing with a consuming trauma at home
Ep. 20 | Aired Apr 19, 2012

JANE DOE The doctors, including Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey), focused on the case of Holly, a woman who came to the hospital as a Jane Doe after being kidnapped for 12 years.

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Like all those kids over on Fox's increasingly sagging dramedy Glee, the future of the residents at Seattle Grace-Mercy West is currently in limbo. Why? Let’s let voice-over master Meredith Grey explain -- simply because she does it so well -- as she did in last night’s new episode, “The Girl With No Name.”

“When you’re a kid you always want things to stay the same -- the same teacher, the same house, the same friends,” the ever-wise narrator told us at the outset of the hour. “Being a surgeon is no different. You get used to the same attendings, the same scrub nurses, the same hospital. Of course, that all changes the minute fifth year comes around. And you have to find a new job.”

That’s right! The Seattle Grace kids are looking for new jobs. We knew this was coming. Of course, we don’t know the future of any of the characters on the show just yet, but all of residents -- Grey, Yang, Karev, Kepner, and Avery -- spent last night going through the motions of trying to figure out where they might land next season, by prepping resumes, asking their attendings to score them interviews, and flying around the country to complete said interviews.

Cristina, as you might just imagine, was the most in-demand, with a running gag during the episode being that every cardio-minded hospital in the country sending oversize fruit baskets to her at Seattle Grace. And also, as you might imagine, Cristina wasn’t showing her cards at all, displaying a certain ambivalence to all the overtures coming at her, including a representative from Columbia who flew to Seattle (apparently, that’s sort of unheard of in this kind of situation) to convince her to come to New York City.

Cristina’s attending, Altman, however, wasn’t going to let her go that easily. “As far as teachers, I’m a catch,” she told Yang. “And I’m groveling.” Teddy -- who hasn’t been on speaking terms with Yang’s estranged husband since her husband Henry died -- even appealed to Chief Hunt, to help her try and keep Cristina in Seattle. But he balked. “If she wants to go,” he told her, “it’s her decision.” (Not shocking, considering the situation between him and his wife.) Her response: “Just fix it, and make her stay.” To which he heatedly replied: “I’m Chief, not your friend -- you’ve made that very clear.” Despite her not saying where she wanted to go, Cristina did make it clear -- to her person, Meredith, at least -- that she intends to leave Seattle Grace. (Although, we'll just see about that.) “We’ve been preparing for this for the past five years,” she told Meredith, as she waltzed off to catch a flight to New York City and Columbia for another round of interviews with them. "Of course I want to leave. You should, too.”

Yang added that last comment, of course, because Meredith seemed to be having second thoughts about stepping out of the Seattle Grace womb. And, honestly, rightly so -- she's got both a baby and a husband to consider in her equation. (Yang just has a husband, but even that doesn’t seem to be factoring in, although it’s unclear whether it would, even if they were getting along.) Derek, however, scolded Meredith for canceling her interview with Brigham and Women's in Boston, and Meredith -- at the very end of the episode -- was shown interviewing there. And, surprisingly, telling the lady from the hospital that she was “very serious” about the program and that it was her “top choice.” Interesting? Interesting. I certainly didn't see that one coming. I thought she might botch the interview just so she could stick around Seattle.

NEXT: More fifth-year decisions!

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