This week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was titled “Wasn’t Expecting That,” and it followed the newest group of interns and surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial as they worked together to solve a medical mystery. Six months after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman), Meredith finally admitted how she really felt.
The plot harkened back to the first episode of the series, in which neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and interim Chief of Surgery Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) worked to determine the cause of a patient’s mysterious seizures.
Chase Sams (Nolan Gould, Modern Family) was a college student who presented to the hospital with food illness, but the new interns soon recognized he was truly fighting something far more serious.
As Dr. Jules Millin (Adelaide Kane) examined the rashes on Chase’s tummy, she exclaimed, “What the heck is that?” Alexis Floyd, who plays Dr. Simone Griffin, said, “I don’t know.”
Well, find someone who does!” shouted the student’s roommate, who had also contracted food poisoning. Once Chase fell into septic shock, Meredith had no choice but to intubate him.
The interns were then told by Meredith to “find it out before it’s too late,” as both she and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) were at a loss as to what may have caused such a severe disease.
When Chase required his leg amputated, Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln (Chris Carmack) stepped in to provide a hand alongside Jules, whom he had slept with before her starting work at the hospital.
In the operating room, Jules noticed Link had marked the patient’s leg and questioned, “Are you flirting with me on a sick patient’s leg?”
Simone suspected Chase had meningococcus after learning from his roommate that they lived in an overcrowded hostel. She eventually figured out the medical enigma and was able to save her patient.
Volunteers weren’t the only ones learning the ropes at the hospital, either.
Jake Borelli’s Levi Schmitt, now acting as Chief Resident, issued a stern warning to the interns: “Don’t murder anyone or drop anything inside a patient.”
Nick, Meredith’s ex, recently took over as Residency Director at the hospital, and he wasted no time instituting reforms like rescheduling rounds and providing weekly free lunches.
As time went on, Meredith told Nick how she really felt about him. She replied, “I know I’m still in love with you,” and added that she felt “numb” as she watched him leave for Minnesota.
“So if that’s what you need to hear, I’ll say it as many times as you need to hear it,” she said.
Nick then asked her out on a date, but she declined so they could attend her daughter Zola’s presentation about their experience with Alzheimer’s illness and their fears for the future health of Nick’s mother and aunt.
Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), who had recently lost his medical license and was now interning under Dr. Mika Yasuda (Midori Francis), was also struggling. She was responsible for overseeing Harold’s care as he sought medical attention for inexplicable stomach pain and making sure he complied with all regulations. She soon learned, however, that she was also working for his wife, Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), who needed to be in the know at all times.
Harold admitted that he had stuffed his wife’s phone up his butt to keep her from mindlessly checking Facebook and Instagram.
After the patient fell into cardiac arrest, Richard rushed to his aid, and the two men talked about Owen’s problems with his romantic relationships.
After learning that she and Derek’s nephew, Lucas Adams (Niko Terho), was staying at the hospital, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) offered him to stay at Meredith’s house. His explanation was that she was “hovering” and he didn’t want their relationship publicized.
The interns saw Lucas and his aunt Amelia leave the on-call room together and later accused Lucas of having an affair with his aunt.
Also, Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) and her husband talked about how she treated him when she rescheduled one of his treatments and kept treating him like her resident, which he once was.
On her day off, Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) bonded over being mothers, but Jo soon understood that Miranda was being used as a source of “knowledge about the hospital.”