'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Homecomings and Heartbreak
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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Thursday's "Second Opinion" episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.]
Cristina, Alex and Arizona each took major steps in their respective lives during Thursday's Grey's Anatomy.
During the episode, which was directed by co-star Chandra Wilson, Seattle Grace welcomed back not one but two of its best and brightest, while a huge storm cloud began to surface on the hospital's horizon relating to the plane crash survivors' pending lawsuit.
Cristina (Sandra Oh) returned to Seattle after Dr. Thomas' tragic death sent her packing from the Minnesota hospital where she had escaped to following the plane crash that claimed the lives of Mark and Lexie.
Back at her old stomping grounds -- and living with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) at the McMansion -- Cris is making up for lost time and re-establishing herself as a force among the new class of interns at Seattle Grace. Assigned to Dr. Jeff Russell's (A Different World's Dominic Hoffman) service, he blows her off and essentially gives her carte blanche to take care of his patients -- based alone on her sterling reputation.
Meanwhile, Owen (Kevin McKidd) isn't treating her like his wife -- whom he clearly still has feelings for -- but instead as a new doc, handing her an orientation packet. After Cristina saves the life of one of Russell's patients, Owen worries that her going rogue would cost the returning doc her new gig. Ultimately though, Dr. Russell thanks Cristina for her work and reveals that it was Owen who had pushed hard for him to take her on as his fellow.
While it's a big step for the estranged couple, it's not all good news for the duo as Cristina isn't ready to return to the marriage, picking up bedding from the firehouse she shares with Owen and heading to Meredith's Alex's place as his new roommate.
Speaking of Alex (Justin Chambers), the reformed himbo begins to turn over a new leaf after a string of romps with the new batch of interns leads him to ponder if he's going to be "that guy" who drives a Camaro and hangs out at his old high school years after graduating to pick up girls. After clashing with Meredith on a string of repairs -- most of which represented valuable personal memories for both Meredith and Alex's growth as individuals and surgeons -- Alex reveals that it was Arizona's words to him, that he has nothing to show for his life, that prompts him to rethink his life and priorities. They agree to keep things as is (save for dry rot!) and Alex returns home to find his new roommate.
For her part, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) is still sulking at home despite being fitted for a prosthetic that she's slowly learning to walk with. Bailey takes it upon herself to entice Dr. Robbins to take a major step and head back to the hospital by baiting her with a case. Motivated to help, Arizona begins to take her first steps of progress since her amputation and ultimately arrives back where she belongs -- walking the hallways of Seattle Grace and coming in with a potential solution to Bailey's case, and bringing an epic grin to both Bailey and Callie's faces.