Grey's Anatomy recap: Racing To A Brighter Tomorrow

The doctors break the rules to save a patient and fight back against Cahill's plan to reinvent the hospital
Ep. 14 | Aired Feb 7, 2013

PRETTY BOYS Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) worked together to help save a patient's life.

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Slowly, the other docs trickled in to help in the ER. They couldn't resist! Remember season 2? Alex, Mer, and Cristina were involved in hospital rule-breaking since before it was cool, you guys. With interns "happy" (Shane) and "ponytail" (Jo) guarding the doors and "mousey" (Heather) playing nurse, Mer, Cristina, Alex, Jackson, and April literally pried open the doors of the ER and went to work on saving the young boy's life. And just when they thought they were screwed because they didn't have access to any medications, McDreamy showed up on his white horse and saved the day. Oh, that, and Jo is freakishly good at math.

I know what you're thinking: What about those folks following Alex and Jackson around? The solution was quite simple, actually: Stephanie was in charge of keeping the public-image consultants preoccupied during the procedure, but it was Derek who ended up having to distract Cahill when she wanted to take an entire tour of suits down to the new "hernia clinic." He failed. But he was charming enough to slow things down so that they could get the kid to an OR. Derek: 1, Cahill: 0.

Derek might have won the battle, but the war was far from over. When Cahill saw blood on the floor of her "hernia clinic" and left the tour, I was sure the docs were finished. Luckily, this wasn't Mer's first rodeo, and when Cahill asked to see the patient's information, Mer "accidentally" deleted it from her tablet. Don't you just hate it when that happens? Touch screens are the worst. Meredith: 1, Cahill: 0.

At the end of the day, the docs might have saved a life, but Owen and Cahill were not happy with the "uprising." When they started questioning interns to get to the bottom of things (seriously, season 2 anyone?!), Alex and Jackson stormed in to take full responsibility for doing the right thing. Owen sent the pretty boys away long enough to talk to their leader: king of the pretty boys, Derek McDreamy Shepherd. Cahill reprimanded him for supplying the doctors with the drugs they needed, and then she told him like it is: Embrace change or lose the hospital for good. Derek: 1, Cahill: .5.

Side note: Jackson and Alex did make it back in time for their other surgery, but I'm still not convinced that the story was given the amount of time it deserved. All I'm saying is that it might have fit better in another episode, where we could have gotten to know the patient better. Am I alone in my thinking?

NEXT: Love is in the air

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