Readiness Is All

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Drama/Romance, USA, 2013, 43 min.

Synopsis Alex is tending to Jo's damaged face. She says that she and Jason argued, with him telling her she was a liar and he could no longer trust her. Alex lays her in bed and tells her she's safe. Then starts to leave. Jo calls out, wondering what he's going to do.Hunt is preparing for a massive storm that's three days out. Both preparing the facilities and the doctors to be ready for the influx of patients. He tells the surgeons to push, postpone or cancel all elective surgeries. Meredith doesn't seem to jazzed about this, nor do other surgeons. Arizona says her case  the baby with his brain outside of his face  is not elective. Bailey volunteers to do some organizational charts. Hunt says it's good to have her back. She slips away.Webber checks with Ben, who says Bailey feels like she can't go into the O.R. She feels like she'll kill anyone she touches. Ben confirms for Webber that she doesn't really want his (Webber's) help.Alex has pulled Derek aside and tells him he has to help Jason. He's severely beaten and has had a CT scan.Lauren explains to Baby Tyler's parents that the procedure is going to take a couple of days. Arizona gives them some assurance. She and Lauren then go off and get all friendly and chatty. Lauren asks Arizona to take a bigger part in the surgery, then asks her for coffee. Arizona stammers and declines, for now.Ethan tells Hunt he understands that if his dad doesn't wake up, he'll be sent to a foster home. He's worried about what his mysterious foster parents could be like and hopes his dad wakes up. Nancy, Ethan's grandmother, shows up and Hunt leaves. Cristina talks to Hunt about the question of pulling the plug on Paul, Ethan's dad. He says it's too soon and leaves. He's not too pleased.Hunt catches Meredith in the elevator and asks how she and Derek knew adoption was something they wanted to do. She asks why and he shakes it off.A man who fell off four stories onto some iron rods that are lodged through his midsection comes into the E.R. Leah hopes his name is Bob, then explains to April, "Shish-kaBob!" The man groans that his name is Leon and Leah is mortified. She apologizes. Leon asks April if he's going to die, and she says it's not as bad as it could be, given that they're talking. Hunt comes and tells April he's going to take over the case, but she adamantly refuses and she runs off giddily when he agrees to let her stay on it.Heather and Derek are both wondering who beat Jason so badly. Heather leaves the room and Derek asks him directly. Alex doesn't answer the question, saying only, "Make sure he doesn't die."April and Meredith look at Leon's scans to see where the rods are. They need to cut the rods and Leon gives them a tip on what kind of blade to use. Leah runs to get it.Stephanie is alarmed when she hears Alex brought Jason into the hospital. She runs off.Leah finds some carpenters doing work in the hospital and asks if they have the blade they need for Leon.Shane tells Bailey how honored and excited he is to work with her. She shows him the finer points of printing sheets from a computer.Leah brings the carpenter and the circular saw to the O.R., but Hunt and Ben notice and run to stop them from grinding the metal. The O.R. is full of oxygen and would explode.Arizona and Lauren scrub up and flirt before their surgery. Arizona is especially giggly.Ben and Hunt are now involved with Leon's case and Ben proposes they do some risky timing. Hunt orders everyone out who doesn't have to be there, notably Meredith  because she's pregnant.Derek tells Meredith about Alex bringing Jason into the hospital half beaten to death. Meredith runs off to get Cristina.Ben, Hunt, April and Callie start the process of trying to saw the iron rod while hyperventilating Leon so that they can cut the oxygen in the room. It's tense.Derek and Heather work on Jason's brain. Cristina and Meredith tell Alex he was stupid to beat Jason up, but he says "he was like that when I found him." Meredith doesn't believe that's his story and Cristina says no cop will believe it. But he insists he didn't do anything. That's when Jo walks in bruised up face and everything  and says, "He didn't do anything. He just found him. I did it."Hunt is still sawing and sparks are flying. One spark catches a small box on fire. Hunt races to put it out before the oxygen is turned back on. Hunt then tells April to go to the E.R. She again insists Leon is her patient. Hunt yells at her this time and says he needs her more in the E.R. than he needs her in the O.R.Lauren, Arizona and Jackson get ready to work on Baby Tyler. Lauren is impressed that Jackson is "one of the Grey Sloan Seven." Arizona seems to be noticing that Lauren is kind of flirty with Jackson, too.Shane is annoyed that he's just printing stuff with Bailey. She tells him the printing could save a patient's life if the power goes out in the hospital. Webber comes and asks Bailey to scrub in, but she says she can't stop doing her printing. Webber is upset and says he'll go to the O.R. himself.Jo explains that she fought Jason off and he hit his head on the sidewalk. She says he was fine and still yelling when she left. Alex tells her to go home and not let anyone see her, and he tells Meredith and Cristina to stay quiet until he knows more. Stephanie walks in and sees Jo's face, asking if she's OK. Cristina says she's OK and "you never saw her."Cristina comes over and hands Derek a scan of Paul's brain, pointing out a blood clot. Cristina brings the scan to Nancy and admits it's a long shot. Nancy wants to know what Hunt says, but agrees to let Cristina try to remove the clot if it could save her son's life. We next see Heather and Derek working on. It's getting complicated.Jo is leaving down the stairwell but Meredith catches her. Jo says she didn't mean to hurt Jason, she "just lost it." Meredith tells Jo that Alex "just might be" loyal or dumb enough to take the fall for her. Meredith sees the carpenter leaving with his saw and is upset that she hasn't been asked back to the O.R. now that they're done with the dangerous part. She starts to stomp up the stairs and slips and falls down half a flight. Alone in the stairwell, she curls up and cries.Heather and Derek are almost done when a nurse scones and tells Derek about Meredith's fall. She's going to O.B. to get checked. Heather says she can finish. She takes over and Derek leaves, while Cristina freaks out after seeing that Heather is alone at the controls.Webber talks to the other surgeons in the O.R. about Bailey  Ben is there, too  and he says that "with someone like Bailey, sometimes you have to just rip off the band-aid."Lauren wraps up her surgery with Jackson and Arizona, praising them for their work. She runs off to use the restroom and Jackson tells Arizona, "She is just one of those people, isn't she?" Arizona asks what he means, and he says she's "one of those people that makes you think you're capable of doing anything." He says Sloan was like that. He says he wishes she could stick around longer, adding, "I have not felt like this in a long time." Arizona gives a simple nod and, "Yeah."The O.B. tells Meredith and Derek that everything is fine. Derek tells her she needs to slow down.Jackson is giddy about his surgery and tells April about it. She's upset, though, because she thinks Hunt is actively keeping her off surgeries. A nurse calls April over for a new trauma case. Another nurse comes and gets Meredith, Cristina and Alex off to the E.R., saying, "It's happening. It's time."April gets a 48-year-old man with tightness in his chest. April is surprised by some music that starts to play and suddenly the man hops off the gurney and starts dancing. The whole thing is a flash mob apparently set up by Matthew, and April is tossed into a chair to take it all in. The other doctors are all standing at the E.R. doors to see it, as well. Alex says, "Who would've thought Kepner would find somebody as dorky as she is?"When the song is over, everyone applauds. Even Jackson.Matthew finally gets to the point. He's proposing. While Matthew gives his speech about how he knew he was falling in love with her, Arizona gives a glance at Lauren, then looks guiltily at Callie for just a moment. Matthew gets down on the one knee while everyone "Awwws." She says yes and everyone cheers again. Jackson is near tears while smiling and applauding and April sees this, and keeps smiling.Later, Alex wonders how April gets "that" while he gets "crazy" and "cancer" from the people he falls for. Meredith tells him not to give up on Jo, thinking maybe they're suited to each other and she just needs someone to not give up on her the way Meredith and the other doctors didn't give up on Alex. Heather comes to them and says Jason is awake  and is asking for the police.The storm is bearing down now and Derek checks out Paul. He's still worried. Derek assures Cristina she's done everything she could.Baby Tyler's parents are amazed and thank Lauren and Arizona for their work. Lauren asks Arizona to show her to an on-call room  because she likes to stay close to the patient the first night after a major procedure. Arizona takes her.The storm rages over Seattle and Jason opens his eyes to see Alex. Jason claims Jo attacked him, that she's "a lunatic" and is "disturbed" and is a liar. Alex tells Jason he's got a good job, a nice place. Alex tells Jason about his "friends" who own the hospital. He says they don't like a guy who hits his girlfriend. Jason asks what he was supposed to do after Jo attacked him and Alex says "you're supposed to take it." Jason thinks he's being blackmailed, but Alex tells him "it sounds like you're a guy who hits girls, because you did. So what do you want to do next?" Outside the room, Derek tells Alex it's not OK to blackmail people. Derek tells him he shouldn't feel good about it all working out.Webber comes over to Bailey and tells her they need her to be a surgeon, not a file clerk, and she needs to "either be a surgeon or get the hell out, because we don't need you." She's stunned and doesn't say anything right away.Meredith talks to Hunt and says she and Derek "just knew" that they should adopt Zola. She doesn't know how else to explain it. "I looked at her, and she was my daughter." Hunt tells her about Ethan and says, "He's scared and alone, and I can help him." He says he talks himself out of it because Ethan is not his kid, but he can't imagine not doing it. Meredith says that's "exactly the way I felt." Hunt says Cristina won't get it. Just then, Cristina comes to get Hunt and says Paul is awake. He's talking. He's fine.Hunt seems a little shaken and sees Paul hugging Ethan while Nancy stands next to them both. Hunt tells Cristina to get them out of the hospital ASAP under the guise of preparing for the storm.Heather gets Derek to give her a double high-five after finishing up his service. He tells her to "stay weird" and happily obliges. Shane overhears this and doesn't look happy. Bailey comes and orders Shane to follow her.Matthew comes by and is still excited that April didn't see the surprise proposal coming. He asks Jackson if he could pass along his thanks to Hunt because he asked Hunt to keep April out of surgeries all day so she could be in the E.R. for the big moment. Jackson smiles and says he'll send the message, then congratulates Matthew.Bailey comes over and writes her own name down on the surgery board. She takes Shane with her.Meredith tells Cristina that Hunt was thinking about fostering or adopting Ethan. Cristina wonders what she can do, but Meredith tells her it isn't about her.Arizona shows Lauren the on-call room as the lights flicker because of the storm. They both say they're sorry the whole experience is over. The silence gets mildly awkward and Arizona extends her hand for a handshake, but that turns into a hug. Lightning strikes and the power goes out, and through the flashes we see them kissing. The lights come back on and Arizona pushes herself back, saying she can't do this. Lauren tells her she is "allowed to lose a little bit of control" (carrying on their flirtation about how they're both control freaks). Arizona then, instead of walking out of the door, locks it and turns and kisses Lauren again  this time harder and deeper, and starts to take her clothes off.Alex comes home and unleashes on Jo for having beaten up Jason, saying he could've died. He tells her that she can't go and do things like this and that she needs to grow up. She tells him "people are horrible and the last time someone grabbed me like Jason, I" she trails off and the says, "I promised no one would ever do that again." She tells Alex that not everyone is like him, "not everyone's good.""And now you think I'm horrible, too," she says.He says that's not right, and admits that if she hadn't gotten to Jason first he (Alex) would probably have killed him. She asks him why he would do that and he says, "Why wouldn't I?"They look at each other in just a bit of silence when a tree crashes through the window, right in between them. Alex looks over it, now with rain rushing into the house, and sees that Jo is OK.Meredith, Callie and Derek are prepping cots in the hospital. Callie wonders where Arizona is and goes off to look for her. Derek again tells her she needs to take it easy, but then Meredith starts to say, "I'm just going to work until " Before she can finish, she's doubled over in pain, but just for a moment. She smiles and says her water just broke. Derek smiles and says, "OK."

Directed by Tony Phelan  

Starring Ellen Pompe, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., more...

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