‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Recap: Jackson Takes Control

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On this episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, the doctors find out that getting their wish and running the hospital themselves is not quite as easy as it sounds.

Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “Transplant Wasteland.”

OK, so here’s some of the stuff that I loved in this episode. First of all, there was of course everything that was going on with Jackson (Jesse Williams) as he attempted to run the hospital on behalf of the Harper Avery Foundation. When Richard (James Pickens, Jr.) talked about how hard the job was and told Catherine (Debbie Allen) that he thought it might destroy Jackson, I wondered if that might be true. The poor guy was really struggling there at first. But then, Jackson stepped forward and not only did he take control when things got hot, he was also able to sit down and calmly run a meeting with a bunch of doctors who, just one day before, hadn’t been all that happy to have him there.

And don’t even get me started on him renaming the hospital “Grey Sloan Memorial,” because I’ll just start bawling again. As soon as he talked about a new name, I knew what he was going to do and I’m not afraid to admit that I was already crying before he even turned the paper around.

I also liked the storyline with Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey). That fight they had was pretty epic, but in the end when they both realized that they weren’t mad at each other and they each told the other to get over it, that was pretty awesome.

Another story that tops my list was April’s (Sarah Drew) patient and his desire to donate his organs before he’d actually died. It was heartbreakingly sad as so many of the stories on this show have been over the years, but it was also just as beautiful as so many of them have been.

More good stuff came from Alex (Justin Chambers), Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) with the whole kidney transplant fiasco. I liked that Meredith and Jo went off to get the kidney for Alex, especially when it turned out that it had hopped on a plane as “an unaccompanied minor” as Meredith put it. That story brought Alex’s anger to a boiling point and finally let Meredith dissipate it by apologizing to him and then promptly telling him to get over himself. Also, the way Jo was ready to fight for that kidney for Alex, plus the way he barged in on her date, makes me think that something could still happen between them, though it might be a long way away.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Owen, Jackson and Derek getting into a screaming match that ended with Owen quitting.

Thank you, TV gods.: Jackson taking over during the insanity in the hallway as everyone fought over the operating rooms.

Awk-ward: Heather pointing out to her patient that all transplanted hearts were hand-me-downs.

Hotness: Call me strange, but I found Hunt’s truck kind of sexy. It totally fits hits personality.

Fab-u-lous: The scene where April was telling her patient and his family about where all of his organs were going, and then them wheeling him into surgery. It was beautifully shot.

Can. Not. Wait.: Now that the worst appears to be over, I can’t wait to see the hospital go back to normal for a little while and deal with some interesting cases.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. Any episode that ends with me alternately wanting to cheer and then cry gets high marks from me.

How do you think Jackson did with running the hospital? What do you think of the hospital’s new name? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

— Michelle Carlbert

Watch the doctors take a stand again below.

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