Alex Karev had a hell of a first day as Interim Chief.
Alex pretty much got thrown into the deep end on Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 3, and the rest of GSM did not make things easy for him. It's also unclear as to Bailey's true motivations for picking him, but by the hour's end, she may have regretted it.
He was so proud of himself though.
Alex's venture into Chiefdom had a few amusing moments. The best and funniest moment was when he stole Bailey's parking spot and proudly got out of the car and walked in with his wife like a kid heading into their first day of school with all the high hopes for what the year can bring him.
Alex hit a few bumps in his new role, though. Bailey reassured him that she had confidence in his abilities because she groomed and mentored him since his early days as an intern. Did you buy it though?
Richard told her to choose someone who won't outshine her, and so far, it seems like she did just that with her choice. Everyone was abuzz questioning Alex's competency in the role. In their eyes, he wasn't doing anything right.
He screwed up the scheduling board, annoyed the nurses, and failed to grasp the budget. The guy blew through their entire quarterly budget on the first day. Alex's skills are lacking, and it's almost painful to see him in this role where he can't flourish any time soon.
It also was a bit grating that Alex didn't take it seriously for a great deal of the installment. Sure, he rolled into the parking spot and wore a nice suit, but he was quickly overwhelmed within seconds, yet not nearly as discouraged by everyone's lack of faith in him as he should have been.
He joked to Meredith about not paying attention to things when Bailey was explaining them to him, and the joke was likely serious because of his budget screw-up. It was like Alex reverted to his old ways specifically so he could eff up as Chief.
It wasn't a mistake. It was a lie. You said you had taken care of the patient, and now a guy is dead. And you can't even take responsibility for it which means you're not cut out for this line of work.Alex
He did have a few chiefly moments, however. He had every right to confront Richard with the way Richard had behaved while working on the case with the teacher he thought was an alcoholic. Richard may have had his suspicions and reasons, but he was a poor communicator.
He was getting in the way of things and not telling people what was going on, and it was very frustrating. It felt like Richard was projecting, and it's high time the man finds a new sponsor. His behavior was concerning.
The only thing that made it worse was Link's reaction to it and him. Richard was all kinds of out of line and a pain in the ass, even though he was right in the end.
Link was obnoxious though. Maybe it's because he's new and no one laid the ground rules out for him, but in GSM we speak to Richard Webber with some gosh damn respect. He will always be Chief in most people's eyes. Link needs a crash course in GSM.
Also, while Link was likable (at least to me, I know many of you disagreed) on Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 1 and Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 2, he was an ass during this installment. Also, can he not hit on every single person at the hospital?
Even if Maggie put him up to it by telling him what Amelia liked, he's asking too many people out under the guise of a date. It's too much, and he needs to slow his roll.
Link squashing his issues with Richard and heading to Joe's to hang out with him and DeLuca was nice though. The friendship between DeLuca and Richard is still going strong, and it comes across as though DeLuca is the Arizona substitute in that regard.
The only one feeling himself more than Alex this hour was DeLuca. He's committed to the leather jacket wearing and motorcycle-riding thing he has going on. He didn't stand out as much in the OR this time around because the focus was on Maggie and Owen.
When did it become OK to just run off without telling anyone first. It's not OK!Maggie
They keep hinting at this Meredith and DeLuca possible hookup, and it's, eh. They outdid themselves clearing things up by having the sisters all comment on how attractive he looked on the bike ( Team Sisters for life!) and having Maggie give the OK and even encourage Amelia to hook up with him more than once because MaLuca is ancient history.
So if Meredith and Andrew do hook up, as it is being hinted with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, it won't be a repeat of that godawful Maggie, Nathan, Meredith situation. Good to know, I think.
Oddly enough, the more they showed Maggie and DeLuca interacting and talking this time, the more I missed their short-lived, fandom approved relationship that ended for no logical reason.
It's possible the sense of MaLuca nostalgia was so strong because Jaggie has inexplicably hit a snag. Jackson's absence during this hour was jarring, and the reason behind it and the way he let Maggie know was even more so. It was the weakest part of the hour.
Maggie and Jackson left things on a happy note by exchanging "I love you," so Jackson's sudden disappearance was choppy and felt like we missed a whole conversation or scene. It was poorly explained away and all-around weird as hell. Wouldn't it have been easier and made more sense if he left to visit April and their kid or something?
It was a poor contrivance because I completely forget that he was still hung up on almost dying. Meanwhile, it forced Maggie to have doubts and stirred up some of the insecurities that she had in previous relationships. It also added to the tension between her and Owen.
Amelia: Jackson left.
Maggie: He said he needed to go clear his head or unplug or whatever. He had some big questions and big answers. Is there something wrong with me? I almost died too, and I just feel lucky.
Amelia: There is nothing wrong with you.
Maggie: He said if he told me to my face he wouldn't have left. I don't know. I guess that's good, I don't know.
Maggie being the meddling sister is no surprise because she knows Owen will choose his baby and settle with Teddy for the sake of having a happy family, and she wants to protect Amelia.
I was one of the people looking forward to Teddy returning, but honestly, Teddy is behaving like a child. Where is she, and why the hell can't she tell Owen the truth already? It's not like she can hide it forever.
She knows the crappy position she put Maggie in. If she were so concerned about Maggie violating HIPPA and telling Amelia or Owen something, then shouldn't she want to tell him herself?
Amelia and Owen are in bliss with their happy family life, and one can't help but gnash their teeth while the two of them are getting cozy because the bomb will drop eventually.
Listen you know what? With everything and everyone you lost in your life, you earned the right to pick and choose whoever you want to let in.Alex
Speaking of bombs dropping, Alex finally put an end to Roy. It's hard to believe I was starting to warm to the guy. The kid is a disaster who never should have returned though.
Who in their right mind assumes that a patient sniffed coke or whatever the hell else he thought he did, not bother to check in on him, and then leave him there for five effing hours?!
Roy went through all the trouble of trying to sue them, and he can't even do his job. Why is he like this? Alex made the right call. That kid had to go.
- Merlex scenes are the absolute best. Alex always knows the perfect thing to say to Meredith like his response when she asked if she was closed off.
- Jo is rocking those navy scrubs and trying to go by Karev now. There is something special about her having a name that she's proud of having, you know?
- Can we learn anything about Nico? Can he get more lines? Can he be more than the hot guy who drives Levi crazy? Can we build on that Nevi action?
Over to you, Grey's Fanatics! How do you feel about Alex's first day as interim chief? Was Jackson's absence strange? Did you think Richard was out of line?
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