All week, Grey’s Anatomy has been teasing us with promos in which Burke tells Cristina, “I want you.” But what does he want her for? A rekindled romance? A new working relationship? A spirited squash match? Since the title of this episode is “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that option A is off the table. But am I right? Read on, and we’ll find out together.
FOREIGN INTRIGUE | As the hour begins, Richard calls a board meeting – minus Jackson – at which he encourages Cristina to appeal her Harper Avery loss, lest Grey Sloan continue to lose top talent and research money. Concerned about being further publicly humiliated, she instead accepts an offer to speak about her conduit trials in Zurich. And who should appear during her presentation but… Burke, who, unbeknownst to her until just then, was behind the invitation. But that’s far from the biggest shock that’s in store for Cristina. Burke doesn’t merely work at the hospital they’re in – thanks to a private donor, it’s freakin’ his! He doesn’t even need government funding! And, to put it mildly, the place is amazing. Like, so amazing that it makes Grey Sloan look like Briarcliff. It has 49 printers and a hologram-maker, for Pete’s sake. In other words, it’s the perfect place for Cristina to take her research to the next level and print a beating heart. Still, she’s reluctant to accept Burke’s offer to jump ship and make her dream a reality. It’s a ploy, she suspects, to get her back in his life. But she’s wrong. Burke’s now married with children, and so devotedly so that he never says the “I want you” line that we hear in the promo. (In fact, unless my ears deceive me – and correct me if I’m wrong – all he ever says is, “I don’t want you.” Neat trick, ABC Editing Department!) After trying desperately to reach Mer – and failing to do so – Cristina decides on her own to turn down the job. “I never wanted to work for you,” she says. “I wanted to be you.” And that’s when we get the biggest twist of all. Burke doesn’t want to work with Cristina, either. If he did, he says, the way he loved her, it would ruin his marriage. “I want you to take over for me,” he explains. “I’m leaving.” Cristina’s priceless response: “You’re offering me your hospital like you’re Willy Wonka and you’re handing me a chocolate factory?” It’s too good to be true. And yet… it is true. So, when Mer picks her up at the airport, she doesn’t have to say anything. Her person just looks at her and knows: “You’re leaving.”
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH… | While all of this is going on, back in Seattle, Callie reveals to Derek that she’s taken their research in a new direction that eliminates the need for his sensors. She also notes that, as he and Amy prepare to separate conjoined twins who share gray matter, he treats his sister “like the village idiot.” Which, along the way, he realizes she is not. So, newly enlightened, he recommends that she take his place working with Callie. “But I don’t live here,” Amy points out (I’m paraphrasing). “Maybe you should,” he suggests (again paraphrasing).
IN A NUTSHELL | When the residents aren’t worrying about which of them is going to get the ax – or would that be the scalpel? – Stephanie deduces what Bubble Boy’s parents still don’t: that he’s recovering (and quickly!) because Bailey defied their orders and administered her experimental treatment. Without Alex around to bail her out, Jo makes a big mistake that lands her in hot water with Owen. Leah is – why, God? Why?! – put in charge of the drill during the delicate conjoined-twin separation and somehow doesn’t screw it up. During a dust-up with Jackson over the award debacle, Richard calls the hospital’s affiliation with the Harper Avery Foundation “a doomed marriage” – a term that hits a little too close to home for April, who overhears. But later, after she defends her husband to Richard, Jackson tracks her down in the chapel and sweetly reveals that he’ll be going to church with her and Baby Avery every Sunday – provided, of course, that they can get waffles afterwards.
Okay, your turn. What did you think of the episode? Was Burke’s return all you hoped it would be? Are you satisfied with the way Cristina will be leaving? Hit the comments!