Grey's Anatomy Recap: An Unsettling Hour

Was Cyndi Lauper right — can money really change everything? That was the philosophical question the (literal and figurative) survivors of last May’s plane crash were forced to ask themselves on Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Approached with a generous financial offer from the culpable airline in question, the gang spent much of the hour debating whether to accept the settlement. “This is a huge amount of money,” Callie pointed out. “It’s a life-changing amount of money.”

As that dilemma raged…

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* Former virgin April returned from her pig farm repentant about her dalliance with Jackson and determined to recommit herself to God — a process she dubbed “re-virginizing.” Of course, there’s nothing like the sight of her ex’s rock-hard abs to reawaken her inner sex kitten. As Cristina summed up, “He’s there, she’s there — all she’s going to have to do is hear his voice and she won’t be able to think straight.” True dat. After passive-aggressively snapping at each other all episode, the horny MDs stopped being polite and started getting it on in the attendings’ lounge.

* The “Diseased manwhore” known as Alex Karev (Mer’s words, not mine) stopped being a jerk to self-proclaimed “loser intern” Josephine and started acting more like a mentor. (The second the ambitious newbie told Alex she had no interest in becoming the latest notch on his belt I knew she was the serious girlfriend Shonda Rhimes said Alex would be getting this season.)

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* Cristina made an effort to be a team player at the Mayo Clinic (and even bonded with one of the docs), but it was clear her heart remained at Seattle Grace. When she wasn’t talking by phone to Owen, she was gossiping with Meredith via Skype. Ultimately, she realized she couldn’t be in two places at once and abruptly ended things with Owen. (But we know better.)

* Arizona, still in pissed-off-Siamese-cat mode following her amputation, continued to give Callie the cold shoulder. But Callie finally reached her breaking point when she came home to find the love of her life having a pity party in a pool of her own urine. She dragged her handicapped significant other into the shower and tearfully reminded her, “This is my life now too.”

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* Meanwhile, back to the settlement issue, just when it looked like they were going to accept the instant cash payout, Derek gained access to the hangar containing the wreckage from the doomed flight and was forced to ask himself: What actually caused the plane to crash, and could it have been prevented? “We just can’t stand by and let this happen to other people’s Lexies and Marks,” he later argued to his fellow plaintiffs-to-be. “We have to do something about it. We have to make this right.”

Cue the legal fireworks!

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