Change is inevitable, but that doesn't always mean it's easy. The residents and the attendings were all thrown for a loop when Webber mixed up the teacher-student pairings on Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 14.
Elsewere... can a marriage survive when partners are on unequal footing outside of the home? How many people can keep a secret before it spills? Can relationships survive outside meddling? Which is the best form of stress relief: babies or puppies?
TV Fanatics Stacy Glanzman, Ashley Bissette Sumeral, and Elizabeth Harlow tackle these issues and more as they discuss the betrayals and confrontations from "Odd Man Out."
Which of the switch-ups was the most interesting?
Stacy: I was most invested in Penny on Amelia's service. Webber wanted to mix things up because the residents get too comfortable, but the attendings do too, and they forget they have to teach everyone. Now Amelia realizes that Penny might be even better at neuro than Edwards is. Should be interesting to see how Stephanie takes that news.
Ashley: I was also interested in Penny and Amelia working together. I'm glad Amelia finally agreed to work with her and saw how talented she is.
Elizabeth: Penny and Amelia needed to happen so that they could clear the air, and Ben was a surprisingly good fit for obstetrics, but I actually would have liked to see more of Stephanie in peds. All we really got there was the puppy pee gag. Plus, the more Alex the better. I just want to know if these switch ups going to stick, if can we expect new pairings regularly, or if things are going to go back to normal.
Should Meredith go out with Thorpe and turn her ringer back on? Will she?
Stacy: Yes, I think she should go for it. Why not? Enough time has passed, and he's very good looking. Plus he works at a different hospital, so if it doesn't work out, no awkwardness. There's really nothing to lose.
Ashley: Yes! I think enough time has passed within the story, and I also think enough time has passed for fans to accept it. It will be interesting to see her try dating again.
Elizabeth: I agree with Stacy, why not? Although I would point out that he works at a different hospital for now. I just wish it didn't seem like they were setting him up to be a long time thing. She just needs to dust off the cobwebs for now.
Was Bailey in the right to hire the accountant? Do you think this story is going anywhere, or will it just fizzle out?
Stacy: She should have talked to Ben about it before pulling the trigger. Talking to him after made him feel like he should just go along with it, whereas he might have said what he what he was really feeling if she'd talked to him before. I'm hoping we get to follow up with that patient and her other three babies, so I wouldn't be surprised if this comes up again too.
Ashley: No. I can see why she wanted to do it, but that's a decision they should have made together. This doesn't strike me as a very interesting storyline, but I hope it doesn't mean trouble is coming for these two as a couple.
Elizabeth: Stacy and Ashley, you both are spot on. I really want to see Courtney Wilson come back, but I'm more than a little worried about trouble in the Bailey-Warren home. Can't anybody be happy and stable?
What was your take on the Jo/Meredith "showdown?"
Stacy: I'm about as sick of Jo complaining about Meredith as Stephanie is, so hopefully Jo finally saying something to Meredith means we can move past it. I did find it funny that Meredith needed Callie and Maggie to point out to her that she wasn't treating Jo just like any other resident that they're hard on. I don't think she even realized she was doing it until then.
Ashley: I'm glad it finally happened, and Meredith said a lot of what I've been thinking for a while. Jo allows herself to be treated badly without ever doing anything about it except complain. I'm hoping that's going to change.
Elizabeth: I'm hoping that Jo takes Meredith's advice, but it goes a little further than just letting people treating poorly. Through this episode, we saw Jo falling short quite a bit, and not just because Meredith is a tough taskmaster. Jo lets herself be the victim because it means that she doesn't have to try as hard. It's like how she blamed Stephanie, and then undermined her to Amelia. She doesn't accept the fact that she's not the wunderkind and thus needs to work harder, it's always someone else's fault.
Was Arizona in the right spilling the beans to Jackson? What would you have done in that situation?
Stacy: I don't understand how April thinks she can keep hiding it. She's twelve weeks along, she's going to start showing very soon, and Jackson's not stupid. Alex and Arizona kept saying that she needed to tell him before he found out from somebody else, or it's going to get worse, but no one bothered to mention that her big belly would be giving it away soon.
That being said: No, Arizona should not have told him. I get where she's coming from, and definitely think April should get the tests done, but she should have given April a little more time to tell him herself. At the very least, Arizona could have said, "If you don't tell him, I will."
Ashley: Absolutely not. That wasn't her place. I do think April should have told Jackson, but it's not Arizona's job to interfere. I thought it was an awful thing to do.
Elizabeth: I kind of got where she was coming from, but she needed to give April a timeline or something before she did that. Also, maybe having a serious conversation with her instead of hallway meetings between patients. I mean, they're supposed to be friends. Alex at least took her outside of the hospital, even if it was just the ambulance bay. Relationships are between two people. You can advise the individuals, but it was not Arizona's place to get in middle of things.
Puppies: Great thing or Greatest thing?
Stacy: The puppies were very cute and exactly what Amelia needed after the day she had. I know sometimes after hard days the doctors go stare at the babies, but maybe they need a permanent puppy pen for days like this.
Ashley: Greatest thing! That scene was really cute and sweet.
Elizabeth: GREATEST! Playing with puppies is less creepy than staring at stranger's babies. You know what could facilitate a permanent puppy pen, Stacy? Finn coming back.
Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.