The latest episode of “Grey’s” centered a lot around Arizona, who ended up having phantom limb pains in her missing leg. Owen, being a combat doctor, had watched several friends and patients go through this and knew he could help her. Arizona tried to keep it a secret from everyone else, however it began affecting her work and others were catching on. However with Owen’s help she began to start getting some control over it.
After his pingpong tournament last week, this week Derek was ready for his first surgery. He seemed to pick a doozy of a surgery too, as he ended up in the OR for 23 hours! I guess his hand is back, for now at least. Will there be future complications? Perhaps, as happiness tends to be short lived on this show. I do wish we got to see a little more of Neve Campbell as Derek’s sister Liz.
Meredith was fighting her hormones and stuck with Ross the intern, who she hated, and who kept screwing up things in the case they were working on. A pregnant woman’s liver was failing and they had to fly to get a new one for her. Meredith ended up tackling her fears of getting on a plane in this episode.
Because of the lawsuit and the insurance issue, the hospital was faced with trying to find ways to avoid shutting down all together. A doctor who was an expert in financial spending and efficiency was brought in to try and find where costs could be cut. The doctor was an old student of Webber’s, and it seemed like there was some unknown history between them. She seemed very cold towards him, he seemed to have expected her to go on to more important things.
In the end, the expert suggested closing the ER because it was simply a waste of money. This didn’t set well with anyone. She had other suggestions, but was saving those for later. Everyone knew that probably ment firings. She told Webber in private that she couldn’t help but notice out of all the surgeons that he logged the least amount of OR hours . . . Ouch!
My guess is that the new millionaires will end up using much of their money to keep the hospital and ER open in some fashion, such as setting up an endowment or buying it out right. That would definitely be a twist and a new direction for many of them and the show.