Grey's Anatomy recap: Seattle Grace Sinking?

The judge awards the plane-crash victims $15 million each, effectively shutting down Seattle Grace. Also: vajazzling!
Ep. 11 | Aired Jan 17, 2013

SWEET LOVE Cristina (Sandra Oh) may have teased Kepner (Sarah Drew) about her romantic pining, but it became clear last night that Kepner is indeed still in love with Avery (Jesse Williams).

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All involved with the crash despised going to the dinner, but it was decided that if Derek went, everyone would. And at first, the whole dinner scene did seem rather stilted: What exactly would these doctors toast to? To the deaths of Lexie and Sloan? To the fact that Arizona lost her leg and Derek is still trying to regain the full use of his hand? And that's when Callie put everything into perspective a bit and offered up why she thought it was important for them to relish the moment a bit. "It feels weird and sad and wrong, but it also feels exciting," she told the gathering of Derek, Meredith, Arizona, and Cristina, during a toast. "I miss Mark and Lexie, and I'm heartbroken that they're not here tonight. But I'm also grateful that all of you are, and I'm going to celebrate that, and we are going to toast. C'mon on, toast!" And that's when things finally took a turn for the better. Everyone got in the spirit, so much so that Cristina even called Owen to invite him to dinner. He declined for much more complicated reasons than any of the celebrants at that table could have known (more on that later).

The boozy toast led to the second big reveal of the night: Meredith's pregnancy. When the other doctors urged our voiceover queen to imbibe in champagne with them, she balked. And then decided to -- what the hell -- just tell them all her good news. "I can't because I'm pregnant!" she said. "And I'm happy so let's celebrate." The moment felt tingly, and it was spot on with what Cristina said earlier in the episode -- that Meredith would share her big news when she was ready to be happy about it. She was radiant while telling her friends about the pending babe.

To get back to the lawsuit for just a second -- I promised you I would! -- darker things were swirling in that realm. Both Cristina and Derek had tried to get Owen to come to the celebratory dinner for a drink, but he told them he couldn't. Derek even apologized, and Cristina was sexting him -- she was tipsy. But the real reason he couldn't -- and this wasn't yet revealed to the happy, celebrating doctors, who were too busy taking smile-laced photos and drinking bubbly -- was that he had a special emergency meeting with the hospital board. It turns out -- another big revelation! -- that, because of a loophole with the insurance, the hospital would instead have to fork over the payouts to the plane-crash doctors, amounting (if my math is correct) to $60 million total. Owen immediately noted the Seattle Grace didn't have that kind of cash on hand, and asked what was to be done. "We go bankrupt," said the board lady unceremoniously. "The hospital closes its doors."

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