Grey’s Anatomy Recap: 5.6 “Life During Wartime”

Yep, I’m gay — Erica sits up,
wide-eyed and joyous, and tells Callie it’s never been like this before. Not
with men. Not in her whole adult life. Not ever. Callie smiles uneasily.

Erica: This is like needing
Callie: [laughs] I blinded you?
Erica: No. When I was a kid, I would
get these headaches. And I went to the doctor and they said that I needed
glasses. I didn’t understand that. It didn’t make sense to me because I could
see fine. And then, I get the glasses and I put them on. And I’m in the car on
the way home, and suddenly, I yell. Because the big green blobs that I’ve been
staring at my whole life? They weren’t big green blobs – they were leaves… on
trees. I could see the leaves.

Callie’s brittle smile cracks and falls right off her face, just as Erica’s
voice begins to quiver with emotion.

Erica: And I didn’t even know
that I was missing the leaves. I didn’t even know leaves existed. And then… leaves! You are glasses. I am so gay. I am so, so, so gay. I am extremely gay!

She watches Erica having the breakthrough of a lifetime with a disquietude
usually reserved for cavity searches.

"Um, I have to go," Callie says hastily, as she grabs her clothes
and bolts for the door. Erica’s face contorts in disappointment and hurt. Mine
did, too, but that was earlier, when they shared that one chaste kiss after
what was supposed to be hot girl-on-girl sex.

Discharged and at large — At the
hospital, the Chief re-introduces Owen
to Derek and Mark. Owen’s just been hired as the new head of trauma,
raising the hospital’s ranking by his mere battle-tested, world-weary presence.

Cristina and Meredith round the corner just in time to see the guys shaking
hands. Yang panics, grabs Meredith and together, they run away like two drunk schoolgirls
avoiding the vice principal. Say, there’s a show I’d watch.

Once safely around a distant corner, Cristina tells Meredith that Owen
kissed her the last time she saw him. What’s he doing at the hospital?
Shouldn’t he be in Iraq?
And isn’t he dreamy? Oh wait, we already have one of those. Cristina proclaims
she is not getting close with another
attending doctor, thereby assuring she will.

Imago — Meanwhile, up on the roof,
Bailey and the Chief are having a secret meeting because all the bathroom
stalls were occupied and besides, that kind of clandestine get-together is
easier with someone of the same gender.

After last week’s successful domino kidney surgery, the Chief says he sees
some potential in his diminutive associate and now thinks she’s ready to be
him. Why on earth would she want to be him, when him being more like her would
be so much better for everyone involved? Did everyone follow that?

A chopper lands on the helipad carrying a 10-year-old girl with an
inoperable tumor. The Chief gives her an impossible mission, should she choose
to accept it — put together a team and save the girl.

If she passes the test, she’ll have proved herself worthy. It’s not clear
what happens if she fails, but it’s safe to assume she’ll still be five feet of
wise, womanly, whup ass who can run circles around the Chief.

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