Grey's Anatomy recap: One Leg to Stand On

Arizona battles phantom leg syndrome, while a physician adviser arrives at Seattle Grace to cut costs
Ep. 12 | Aired Jan 24, 2013

STABILIZING After several leg-related setbacks, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) finally reached a little bit of peace with her prosthetic.


The other big moment of relief for Arizona? At the end of the hour, when she took Callie to the beach to relax -- via her wave-visualizing therapy. It was nice because it seemed that finally Arizona had reached a little peace with her situation, that maybe she'd found a way to manage the pain and heartbreak of her leg being gone...forever. "The body can be stubborn when it comes to accepting change," Meredith said in her voiceover at the end of the episode. "The mind holds out hope that the body can be whole again. The mind will always fight for whole, tooth and nail. Until it finds a way of understanding this new reality and accepts that what is gone is gone forever." Well put.

Besides Arizona, though, there were indeed other things happening at Seattle Grace -- the biggest was the arrival of the "physician adviser" Alana Cahill (Constance Zimmer), whose job it was to decide how the hospital could cut costs in the wake of the plane-crash payout. She mostly zoomed around the hospital and stuck her nose in everyone's business, but a very stoic, corpo-bot Owen announced that she was just there to "advise and help." One of her first assessments: "Are there pastries and bagels in every one of your lounges?" I loved the suggestion that cutting coffee snacks might be able to close what appears to be something like a $60 million settlement.

It was suggested by many that Karev's African child surgery program would be cut, which Yang was selfishly against because it'd mean the weird surgeries that it brought in would also evaporate. Alana, however, explained that she wouldn't be cutting that -- "that kind of positive visibility is gold," she said of the program -- but she offered up a different, more controversial cut: "I am proposing that we close your ER." Which was exactly the lightning rod you'd expect it to be. Even I was astonished!

All the doctors were seemingly bereft at the suggestion, but it was Derek who got really vocal. "You can't close the ER!" he thundered. And it was Bailey who defended the idea. "Do you have a better idea?" she barked at all the doctors, who were assembled to hear Alana's suggestions for trimming costs. "Because the way I see it, this woman is trying to keep the hospital open..." And that's when she got in a dig at Derek (and Meredith, Arizona, and Cristina), referencing their big settlements and suggesting that not every doctor had millions to fall back on if they lost their jobs because of the hospital closing. "Unless you have a better idea, why don't you just sit there and listen to what she has to say?"

NEXT: Seattle Grace without an ER?

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