Grey's Anatomy recap: Big Brother is Watching

Cameras monitor the doctors' every move and the ER shuts down as Dr. Cahill preps Seattle Grace to be sold
Ep. 13 | Aired Jan 31, 2013

FIGHT TO THE END Chief Hunt (Kevin McKidd) did his best to prove to Dr. Cahill (Constance Zimmer) that Seattle Grace should keep its ER open.

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Cahill seemed pleased with the situation, and it seemed like maybe -- just maybe! -- she would change her opinion on closing down the ER, seeing as she'd seen firsthand how important it was. It especially seemed that way when Kepner and Derek showed up with a budget proposal that proved they could save the ER by trimming a little bit from all the rest of the hospital's departments. Cahill almost laughed when they offered their budget idea. "I'm sorry," she said, with not a shred of remorse. "No amount of budget cutting or shuffling is going to save your ER -- or your hospital, for that matter." And then it dawned on the doctors that the the ER was going away because she was there to trim costs and, ultimately, to prep the hospital for a sale. "The ER is like the shag carpet," she explained somewhat ruefully. "It's gotta go." That led Owen to reveal that he was planning to drown his ER sorrows in booze. "Right now, I am going to drink," he told Cristina as they strolled off to the bar together at the end of the hour. "A lot. That's all I know."

The whole thing with Cahill was weird, truly, because it was almost like the rest of the day didn't happen for the doctor -- that she, somehow, wasn't affected by the emotional time she had in the ER helping Owen save a life. He tried asking her why she had left surgery, but she didn't answer. It's clear that there's so much more going on here with Cahill. What I'd like to see happen in this situation is for Cahill to be brought on full-time at Seattle Grace as a doctor and rediscover her love for surgery. Don't you all see that as a distinct possibility? It seems like, maybe -- just maybe! -- Shonda and Co. are leading up to that.

The rest of the hospital was somewhat quiet. Yang continued her battle with the man behind the camera, and she battled with her intern a bit, too. The case she was handling involved a young guy who was a Jehovah's Witness, and apparently Jehovah's Witnesses can't get blood transfusions. (I had no idea!) And naturally, blood is exactly what he needed -- and her intern almost got away with giving him blood. Except -- you guessed it -- the man behind the camera caught her. Yang tried to explain that no matter how much she wanted to help the kid with blood, she couldn't. "It doesn't matter what I think," she told the intern, somewhat sympathizing with her desire. "He had an alert. It was very clear, no blood. I don't get to have an opinion about it, and neither do you." The end of Yang's storyline ended with her once again addressing Big Brother: "Show's over, Bob -- you can change the channel."

NEXT: Arizona, Callie, and Karev deal with the (former) gymnast from hell!


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