Susan Young writes: Cristina Yang is back and none too soon.
This episode could have been titled “Hair of the Dog,” because it dosed the ailing Seattle Grace docs with the big bad that bit them. In the aftermath of the shooting massacre at Seattle Grace, we’ve spent most of this season watching the doctors trying to move forward.
The horror six months earlier comes rushing back when another gunman goes on a killing spree at the local college.
The doctors are faced with their own demons while helping those shot. As Chief Webber tells them, these patients are “fellow travelers, which makes them our own. Do your work first, and have your feelings later.”
The show opens with happily bedded Lexi and Sloan, the bickering bedmates Mer-Der, the tranquil lovers Owen and Cristina and Arizona curled up outside Callie’s door, hoping for a second chance.
Later, Cristina spots paramedics racing to the local college. She quickly follows, and acts when one of the students is loaded into a unit. She cracks his chest, keeping him alive until they reach the hospital.
A stunned staff, waiting in the ER bay, watches as the doors open and Cristina is tending to her patient. It’s almost like she never left.
Leave it to those tricky Grey’s writers to add a wicked twist: The kid Cristina kept alive is the shooter – and now only she and Teddy are willing to work on him to keep him that way. Avery walks out in disgust, preferring to help the 25 wounded innocents.
Two great moments: Karev stops Stark from amputating a 15-year-old’s leg when Arizona makes a play for control of the surgery, yelling “Body block him Karev.” When an outraged Stark looks to Webber, he says, “Go be a doctor. Save a life.”
When Karev later gets cornered by Avery about saving the shooter, Karev opens up about his brother’s mental breakdown and attack on their sister. “I’d want the doctors to save him … He’s still my little brother.”
And Bailey rails against God when they almost lose a student (“Bastard! You best send this boy back right now!”).
But the doctors triumph, tears and laughter reign as they learn no one died that day.
Teddy, who married Henry (so he could have medical insurance) earlier in the day, meets with him at the bar. We suspect this arranged marriage just might work. By the end, all but Callie and Arizona get a happy ending.