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'Grey's Anatomy': 'She's Gone' recap

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Season 8, episode 2 | Aired Sunday, Sep 23 2012 at 13:43 BST on Sky Living

The first episode in last night's Grey's Anatomy season premiere left us with some rather pressing questions. Where on earth is Meredith going with Zola (turns out she's following her mother's lead, who just up and left with her back in the day)? Will Cristina go through with her pregnancy? And what the hell is a "Gunther"?

Well, it looks like we're going to find out. Bailey's still desperate to make Susanna a Gunther and goes to ask the Chief for permission. He's distracted because he wants Bailey to help out on his clinical trial today, but Bailey is persistent because the fifth years are getting on so badly. Eventually, Webber agrees - but only because Callie agrees to supervise so Bailey can help out with the trial.

Bailey gathers all of the doctors together and announces that they're all going to work together to treat Susanna. Callie will watch on, but only intervene if they're killing her. The doctors all rush in and immediately begin to argue about the best thing to do. Owen comes to see Susanna, but Bailey bans him from going in, and hurrah! Callie explains that a "Gunther" is when residents who aren't getting on are forced to work together. Owen's a bit concerned about leaving Susanna to this bunch, but Bailey reassures him - though the arguments continue in the background. The most tension, naturally, is coming from Cristina and Alex.

Meanwhile, Derek gets pulled out of surgery and finds out that Meredith's gone AWOL with Zola. But even Cristina - who's pulling Susanna past with the other doctors - doesn't know where she is. The residents take Susanna into the OR and continue to treat her - and argue - as some of the doctors watch from the gallery (and bet on who'll be the Gunther - Mark's going for Yang, but Arizona's got her money on April).

Grey's Anatomy S08E02 - She's Gone

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When Susanna has complications, Callie - who up until now has calmly been filling out a sudoku puzzle - wonders whether she should step in. But Bailey shakes her head, and sure enough Cristina takes control and opens up Susanna's chest. Arizona hands over her $50 to Mark, but when Susanna crashes, the paddles don't work. Cristina decides to inject her with some kind of medicine (look, I'm not a doctor), but stabs the needle right into Alex's hand. And he promptly passes out.

As some of the doctors deal with Susanna, Cristina rushes to help Alex and manages to resuscitate him with the paddles. To be fair, his first words - "You crazy bitch, you almost killed me" - kind of nail it. I also loved Alex yelling at Cristina not to touch his gurney as she wheels him out. Anyway, turns out that Jackson ended up being the Gunther (which makes Mark very happy - suddenly he's very keen to have him on his staff.) Oh, and Cristina is not happy that she has to admit to Teddy that she was moving too fast.

Elsewhere, it turns out that the patient taking part in Webber's clinical trial today is none other than Henry! He wasn't meant to have surgery for two weeks, so Teddy is immediately suspicious, and starts asking everyone if she thinks something's wrong. Bailey tells her that she sounds like a wife, and then Teddy goes to see Henry before his surgery and terrifies him by giving him what sounds like an "If I never see you again" speech and holding back tears. Just what you want.

Webber forces Bailey to practise the trial procedure on a mouse, which really does not endear him to her, and then it's time for Henry's surgery. Bailey's surprised when she finds out that Webber actually wants her to assist him, as is Teddy, who assumes something's wrong when she stops by the surgery. In fact, Webber is forced to kick her out of the OR because she's being so anxious. Teddy's convinced something is wrong, though.

The surprises keep coming for Bailey, who soon discovers that Webber wants her to actually implant Henry's device herself. Actually, when she does it she's quite impressed with what the procedure can do, and Webber agrees it's kind of beautiful. Then he walks out with no explanation, leaving Bailey flabbergasted. Webber is indeed acting strangely, but why?

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Meanwhile, Derek's still trying to find Meredith and is thinking the worst, though Owen advises him that there could be a hundred possible explanations for her disappearance. Still, Derek's not holding out much hope. He goes to speak to Nicky's dad, but when the patient begins talking about how awful it is that from one minute to the next your child could just be taken from you, Derek can't take it and walks out. It was kind of heart-in-the-mouth. To make up for it, Arizona decides to take the patient to see his son.

But we're about to see Meredith! Cristina gets paged and finds her sitting with Zola in an obscure store room, worrying that she just stole a baby. I loved this moment as Cristina tries to reassure her - she decides that Meredith just took Zola for a nap in an odd location and failed to answer her phone because technology can be so damn intrusive. It's worse when Cristina realises Meredith has been gone for four hours. But she points out they all make mistakes - she almost just killed Alex, after all - and promises to sort it out.

She rushes off and frantically calls a lift, just as Owen inconveniently decides it would be a good time to have a bit of a chat. Cristina is absolutely torn but (sweetly) her devotion to Meredith wins out. Still, she insists that she really does want to speak to Owen when she can. Then she hurtles upstairs into Alex's room. Alex has just been told by Arizona that he needs to make up with his friends for professional reasons as no-one has his back, and is understandably not in a great mood. But Cristina has got her tunnel vision on and agrees to forgive him as long as he helps her out.

Meanwhile, Derek gets paged to a meeting with the Chief and a board member. It turns out that Webber has taken full responsibility for the clinical trial fiasco and Meredith was just covering up for him. When the board member has left, Derek is angry with Webber for lying, but Webber tells him that Meredith was trying to save him and Adele. He tells Derek he needs to stop punishing her.

Elsewhere, Henry is out of surgery and recovering. Teddy admits that she lost it, and explains that she's going to be a "basket case" every time he's admitted. They kiss, and Bailey waits outside. But she's met by Callie, who tells her about Webber's decision. Bailey is furious and goes to confront him, adding that Webber will now have compromised his own trial. But Webber hands her the file and Bailey discovers that actually she is named as the principal investigator. That night, as Webber leaves, he calls Adele and promises to be home for dinner - for the first time in a long while, we imagine. Webber must have all sorts of conflicting motivations here, which makes this pretty interesting.

Meanwhile, Owen is spending time with Danny - who is devastated that he had such a fight with Susanna right before the accident. Owen reassures him that they'll be able to move on, and is thrown when Danny asks if he is married. Later, Owen takes Danny to see Susanna and watches on as they cry together and Danny promises not to leave.

Touched, Owen finds Cristina and they finally have time to talk. Cristina admits that although she hasn't had the abortion yet, she hasn't changed her mind. Owen accepts this - and adds that Cristina would cut his leg off for him (like Danny did for Susanna, keep up!) He asks when the abortion appointment is, and Cristina tells him now. And then he says: "Let's go", and Cristina can't talk - all she can do is sob. If you didn't cry at this, I am unbelievably impressed. It was so beautifully done.

I've really got to give Grey's Anatomy credit for sticking to its guns with this story. It would have been so easy for Cristina to see Zola and have a flash of inspiration that maybe being a mum isn't all that bad. But doing it this way was far more real. It wasn't easy for Owen to do, either. Even though he holds Cristina's hand as the procedure begins, you can tell that he's heartbroken. This whole storyline has been so... grown-up. Now I hope we'll begin to see the effects of Owen's decision. There was no easy way out, and it's wonderful that we saw that.

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Anyway, Derek and Janet finally catch up with Meredith, who's with Zola - and Alex. Alex claims that some of Zola's weekly test results were a bit weird and he wanted to check them out, but she's fine. And Meredith claims that she left her phone in daycare because she was so worried. Derek clearly knows this is all nonsense, but he looks at Meredith and plays along.

After Janet has left, Alex apologises to Meredith for turning her in and she accepts it. But Derek is still furious that she ran off, even though Meredith points out her marriage was in trouble, she'd been fired, and she was in danger of losing Zola. Not a sunny day, really. Then Derek drops the bombshell that Webber has taken the fall, and Meredith is desperate to talk him out of it. Derek refuses, though, saying that she has to play along if she wants to keep Zola.

Janet makes some calls and then goes to speak to Derek and Meredith as some of the other doctors wait to hear what will happen with Zola. April frets that she won't be a good chief resident after being completely overwhelmed and not being the Gunther like Jackson was. Nicely, though, Jackson reassures her.

But now it's time for the decision. As much as Derek and Meredith protest, Janet explains that she set off alarm signals and they'll have to go through protocol now. In other words, Zola won't be able to live with them while social service re-evaluates the placement. Meredith and Derek have an emotional goodbye, and then Zola is gone. And Alex puts his arm around Meredith and walks her down the halls - beautiful. But will they get Zola back? Grey's Anatomy has shown it can be brave when it wants to be - who knows what we could see over the season?

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