The tension was so thick on Grey's Anatomy this week, you could cut it with a scalpel.
"Hard Bargain," complete with extra drama-inducing rain, was not an episode overly filled with joy, miracles or ping pong tournaments. Rather, the stress surrounding the hospital buyout continued to push the doctors closer to the proverbial edge, leading toward a final decision that's bound to have major consequences.
Remember when the survivors found out they won $15 million a piece and Cristina jokingly said, "Mo' money, mo' problems?" Her words couldn't have been more true.
After all, the entire predicament of the hospital is based off the fact that it couldn't afford to pay off the survivors in the first place... leading to the need for new ownership to keep the place running. So what do they want to do with their newfound money? Buy the hospital!
It's a weird circle of life, right?
Yet, even if the whole concept of the survivors owning the hospital sounds ridiculous, that's definitely looking to be the plan going forward and ultimately it spawned some great character drama out of the buyout mess.
I was certainly glad that not everyone was on board with the idea to pool all the money together right away. Arizona had some great points, even if the argument got heated and Derek was called "egomaniacal."
Even Cristina laughing her head off hysterically at the thought of the survivors' idea was funny. It's true that they don't know the first thing about how to run a hospital.
Thankfully, Derek had a financial advisor who was able to spin the negative situation into a positive one, albeit with some unfortunate side effects.
And I guess on some level, I'm kind of glad that all of the survivors finally decided to band together to do what was right and keep the hospital from turning into a robotic factory.
It was also truly great to see Derek stuck with some real problems. Normally he gets to just be the smiling nice guy, but he was conflicted over being the face of the hospital and taking fake surgery photos, all the while trying to lead the crusade for the hospital. Derek was getting his hands dirty.
Which of course resulted in the hilarious revelation that he sent the intern, Shane, to deface all the posters with his face on it. You have to admit, those posters, including the defaced ones, were funny. A photo with Derek and the word "compassion" was genius.
But can you believe that the doctors decided to quit as a last resort to stop the buyout? They're definitely gonna have a lot of free time to come up with that new name for their group now.
It's just unfortunate that Owen, who has been desperately trying to make up for putting the doctors on the plane, had to become collateral damage.
Even if the group thinks that this "bitter pill" will make it better later, it's going to be hard to get Owen back on their side. He felt completely betrayed and I've got a feeling this will push him even closer to Alana, perhaps even romantically.
Cristina and Owen have been doing so well that it was unfortunate Cristina got stuck in the middle. Can their relationship even go anywhere now because of what she chose to do? I get not telling Owen because of the lawsuits he could face, but on the personal level, for him, it's like that huge slap in the face.
There's definitely going to be a divide now, and I can only hope that the eventual outcome brings them all back together.
In addition to the heavy handed drama, there was a bit of romantic relationship happenings as well.
While the show seemed to have been pushing Jo and Alex closer together, it took that dangling love rope and yanked it right back. All that talk about co-worker romance and the hinted possibility of the two of them getting together... only to find out Jo is seeing someone else? Poor Alex, harsh world.
At the same time, April received some sound advice from Jackson (who I can't tell if he actually wants to get back with her) about being open and honest with the paramedic Matt. And I'm glad that she planned on doing so, but was bummed that the situation became contrived in that Matt happened to be saving himself too.
It's fine that he's doing that, and it's great that she found someone she can be with that thinks the same, yet it felt way to easy of a fix for their relationship. And I'm glad that she didn't mention sleeping with Jackson to him because let's be honest, she doesn't need to tell him.
I'm sure he'll find out and get upset because she's now not really a virgin, but I guess for those two crazy kids, I hope it all works out.
This was actually a pretty intriguing episode that really dug into some major drama for the characters, reinforcing the idea of taking action and standing up for what you believe in. It just makes me wonder how smoothly and nicely that final outcome will be.
Will the survivors' plan work? Should they buy the hospital? Sound off about the episode below, and check out the promo for next week's "This is Why We Fight"!
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Grey's Anatomy, Reviews