Dr. Addison Montgomery Returns Amidst Controversy
Grey’s Anatomy once again brought the issue of abortion care to the forefront in Thursday’s episode. Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) made a return to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, but her visit was far from a happy reunion. As tensions rose and danger loomed, multiple lives hung in the balance.
Protesters Target Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital
Addison arrived at the hospital to teach a group of trainees from states where abortions had been outlawed after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Alongside other doctors, including Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), they faced a growing number of anti-abortion protesters outside the hospital. Despite the hospital security’s initial desire to shut down the clinic, new Chief Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) opted to call for backup and keep the protesters at bay.
Violence Erupts, Leaving One Injured
As the number of protesters increased, the situation took a violent turn. Benson “Blue” Kwan (Harry Shum Jr.) was struck in the head by a brick hurled through a clinic window. After revealing Addison’s location on social media, a trainee, who felt responsible for the protesters’ presence, apologized to Blue. He assured her that she wasn’t the one who threw the brick but acknowledged her actions provided a “roadmap” for the protesters to find the hospital.
“We are struggling as doctors, advocates for women and reproductive freedom… We need to lift each other up.” – Miranda Bailey
Addison’s Commitment to Abortion Care Remains Unshaken
Despite the backlash and her fears, Addison remained committed to providing abortion care, revealing to Bailey that she now wears a bulletproof vest due to previous attacks. She stated, “I’m not gonna quit…patients need this care.”
Heartfelt Moments Amidst Tension
Throughout the episode, the doctors and patients navigated emotional moments, from helping a woman have an abortion to delivering a baby amidst the chaos. Miranda comforted a woman in labor by singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” allowing her to relax enough to give birth.
Tragedy Strikes as Episode Concludes
As the episode came to a close, the protesters dispersed, and the hospital staff began to breathe a sigh of relief. However, tragedy struck when Addison and a trainee were hit by a car as they helped pick up dropped papers in the street. Their fates remain unknown.
Relationships and Medical Challenges Continue
Elsewhere in the episode, Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman) and Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) dealt with a lung transplant patient. At the same time, Nick confided his concerns about his future with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) to Maggie. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) also faced challenges in his new role as Chief of Trauma.
Why did Addison Montgomery return to Grey’s Anatomy?
Addison returned to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to teach a group of trainees from states where abortions were outlawed after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
What happened to Blue Kwan?
Blue Kwan was hit in the head by a brick thrown through a window by anti-abortion protesters outside the hospital.
How did the episode end?
The episode concluded with a tragic event as Addison and a trainee was struck by a car while picking up dropped papers in the street, leaving their fate uncertain.
What were the other ongoing storylines in the episode?
Other storylines included Nick Marsh and Maggie Pierce treating a lung transplant patient, Nick sharing his concerns about his relationship with Meredith Grey, and Owen Hunt taking on new challenges as Chief of Trauma.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.