Grey's Anatomy recap: A Graceful Rebirth

After weeks of uncertainty, Seattle Grace sees a final bit of chaos before being rechristened in honor of two fallen doctors
Ep. 17 | Aired Mar 14, 2013

MAKING A POINT Owen (Kevin McKidd) didn't give Jackson (Jesse Williams) time to fire him -- the chief quit first.

Avery was responsible for what was the best night's best moment, which came near the end of the episode. "We're officially the new board of directors," he started, speaking to Yang, Arizona, Callie, Shepherd, and Meredith. The episode ended much as it began, with the hospital's new leadership all huddled together in a conference room. The doctor's first request of Avery was to bring back Owen -- and become a level 1 trauma center again. Avery consented and gave a great speech to them.

"We are now officially a hospital run by doctors," he said. "That should mean something. It is our responsibility to be the best doctors that we can possibly be, so that those who come after us can strive to be their very best. So with that in mind, I move to rename the hospital. I propose that we give this hospital a name that can honor the very reason that we've come together and been able to do this, a name that exemplifies the spirit of this hospital, but also the depth of our dedication." And then came that best moment, when he held up a legal pad with the hospital's proposed new name written in Sharpie: "Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital."

The doctors all consented, and that's when Meredith swooped back in with her infinite wisdom, circling back to her transplant analogy. "The transplant process is very scary," she said. "A patient goes from worrying about getting an organ to worrying about of the organ will be rejected. The anxiety continues until they can finally open their eyes after surgery and see that their gift has been accepted." I feel like this really did bring it all together. Precious, eh?

There were a variety of other semi-important storylines on last night's episode, but the crux of the night revolved around Avery and the coalescing of the new hospital leadership and, of course, its rechristening. Other things that happened: Kepner dealt with an especially heart-tugging case of a former resident who wanted to die so he could donate his organs; Yang was stuck in what was basically the movie Grumpy Old Men; and Karev convinced a young girl to take a kidney, even though she said she didn't want it, and tried to show his affection for Wilson, who had moved on with a new guy and didn't seem too interested (but maybe?). In terms of outlying storylines, though, the one percolating between Catherine (my love!) and Webber. Their relationship really seemed to solidify after all the Jackson drama and their disagreement over it. "I've been looking for a man who cared about Jackson the way a parent would," Catherine told him near the end of the episode. "The moment I find him, I bite his head off." And then they made up. Awww. I'm still bereft about Adele's death, but is anyone else just obsessed with this relationship?

What did you all think of the episode, Grey's watchers? Are you similarly obsessed with Debbie Allen's Catherine Avery? Are you rooting for Wilson and Karev to get together? What do you think of the hospital's new name?

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