As “What’s Inside” opens, Meredith and Amelia stand to the side at a graveyard while Maggie places flowers on her mother’s tombstone, discussing the different ways people grieve and whether any of them are considered normal. Here we’re reminded neither Meredith nor Amelia are exactly the poster child of the ‘normal’ grieving process.
At Grey Sloan Memorial, Arizona and Eliza are caught “carpooling” in the parking lot by Riggs. Unfortunately, we’re not blessed enough to get to witness exactly what carpooling is code for in this instance because the world is cruel and Shonda likes to tease us. Give us some juicy Elizona action before this season is over please! Once inside, Minnick splits leaving Riggs and Arizona to have a sufficiently awkward conversation about what she and Minnick were actually doing in the car, but thankfully a medical crisis interrupts them.
Soon to be parents Leo and Jenna, who happen to be old V.A. friends of Owen, are at the hospital to check in on their unborn baby, who has a heart tumor. Although the original plan was to carry the baby to term and conduct surgery after her birth, the Arizona and Riggs discover that the tumor has grown too large to safely wait for delivery. Just as the two are discussing scheduling the mother for surgery, Maggie shows up and uses her seniority to take the case away from Riggs. Arizona and Riggs are obviously hesitant to hand off the surgery to Maggie, as it’s her first day back after losing her mother.
Leo and Jenna overhear Owen’s concern as he finds out Maggie has taken over his friends’ surgery, so Maggie goes off an self righteous, inappropriate tangent about why she’s qualified to perform the surgery. Eventually, her emphatic delivery sways Jenna, who decides she wants Maggie .
After the fetal heart tumor surgery is settled, Arizona and Riggs are waiting for the elevator together, and she finds it necessary to explain her new blooming romance with Minnick. In typical Arizona style, she chirps that she and Riggs are now friends, and that she’ll be asking him about his relationship prospects as well. This is a budding friendship I didn’t see coming, but can’t wait to watch progress. I wonder how Minnick will feel about Arizona confiding in Riggs about their steamy moments?
Intern Cross shows up in the ER has a patient, and Dr. Edwards gets the short straw to treat him. Cross is convinced he has some sort of catastrophic medical condition, which is apparently typical behavior for new interns learning about the worst of the words. Edwards treats Cross with a thick coating of condescension, only to find out once they open him up that he has abdominal tuberculosis. Cue panic and potential quarantine, and in comes April to save the day and perform the surgery like the overachiever she is. Meanwhile, Edwards sulks over her asinine, cocky behavior.
No one seems to be on Team Maggie for this surgery, even though her sisters attempt to have her back. Mer and Amelia defend Maggie’s healthy grieving to Owen and Arizona, but they still confront her with the possibility that she might be jumping back in to soon on such a risky surgery. In a raw and cathartic moment, Maggie explains that she was completely confident in her ability to perform the surgery until they reminded her to doubt herself.
A debate ensures over what the protocol is for tuberculosis in the hospital, and Bailey doesn’t remember but would obviously rather chew glass than ask Webber what to do. The two are slowly and hilariously patching things up, but their enormous egos tend to keep getting in the way.