The hallowed halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital are abuzz as Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and company head back to work for season 13 of ABC’s long-running drama, Grey’s Anatomy. “Undo” picks up immediately where season 12 left off.
After brutally beating Andrew DeLuca in a fit of jealous rage, Alex Karev does the gentlemanly thing and accompanies Deluca’s barely conscious body in an ambulance to Grey Sloan Memorial. Once they arrive, the men’s co-workers frantically question Karev about DeLuca’s horrible state. Karev feigns ignorance while doing a piss poor job of hiding the hand he injured while smashing his victim’s face. From his suspicious looks, we know Ben Warren is onto him.
As per usual, Grey is put in a tough position when Karev confides in her about the assault and swears her to secrecy. Will Grey do what she knows is right and turn Karev in? Or will she aid her friend in the cover-up? Well, she does both. At first, she lies for him, but eventually decides that the truth, which eventually lands Karev behind bars at the end of the episode, will set her free. Interestingly enough, Karev put on his big boy pants and turned himself in just moments before Grey could.
The Karev/DeLuca drama will be a featured storyline for the early episodes of the season. “Catastrophe and the Cure,” set to air on Thursday September, 29 has the two men in court and from what we can tell, DeLuca is not in for Karev getting off easy.
Though Karev’s moral dilemma dominated “Undo”, a more intriguing conflict could be found in the April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) subplot. Kepner is healing in the hospital after her dining room table c-section. Unluckily for her, Mama Avery is there to help her out and bring some top-notch grandmama drama.
In one of their tense exchanges, Kepner asks Mama Avery to hand over her baby. Mama Avery actually says no, rattling off excuses about Kepner needing rest and how she will be able to hold her baby for the rest of her life. She needs to let Grandma help now. Telling a woman, with post-partum hormones coursing through her tired body that she cannot hold her baby is never a good idea. I legitimately had a visceral reaction to this scene. My mouth dropped open and I muttered “oh no she didn’t.” Kepner handled it better than I did. I was shook. I actually found Mama Avery’s reactions to little Harriet Kepner-Avery’s name less egregious.
True to form, Grey has some commotion of her own. She is in a push, pull, and then push again “relationship” with Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson). She’s exhaustively unsure of what she wants. Her sister is angry at her for not telling her that Karev was the cause of her ex-boyfriend’s condition and Grey promises to never lie to her again, only to lie to her again 20 seconds later.
Grey’s Anatomy ‘s biggest strength is when the writers draw parallels between the struggles of the doctor’s patients and the doctor’s themselves. In order to set up the rest of the season “Undo” did not feature any patient outside the regular cast, which I found to be a spot that left the episode sorely lacking. Hopefully, they head back to this winning formula expeditiously or Season 13 may be in peril.
Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8:00pm EST