Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Invasion"

In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, the new doctors from Mercy West invade Seattle Grace, putting everyone on edge. Izzie assists Bailey with a patient awaiting a kidney transplant, Lexie bonds with a burglar who broke his back, and Cristina continues to deal with her dissatisfaction with not being able to pursue cardiothoracic surgery. Meanwhile, Callie's dad is back in town, and he's brought along a priest to help him "pray away the gay." Plus: The Chief gets some instructions from HR on how to properly fire staff members, and before the episode ends, one of our original interns gets a pink slip. Who's scrubbing out? Let's find out!

Since we were introduced to four brand new doctors this evening (and I sometimes have trouble keeping up with the ones we already know), I've decided to break the episode down based on those four stories.

Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams)

Avery makes a quick first impression by suggesting the doctors be assigned to zones, a technique used at Mercy West. Dr. Hunt approves - despite Cristina's objections - and as luck would have it, Yang gets paired with Avery. Their patient is brought into the ER with a leg laceration. Turns out, the patient had fallen in love with his buddy's 19-year-old daughter, and his buddy showed his gratitude with a knife. Yang shows up Avery with some quick hands, as she stops a bleeder before he can even get close to the action.

Avery gets his moment, however, when the young girl's father comes after their patient with a hammer. Avery prevents the attack by tackling the man and holding him down until security can deal with him. Worse, Avery (and all the Mercy Westers for that matter) decides to work through lunch, and because he was in the ER when the patient's condition worsened, he gets to scrub in instead of Cristina.

Yang reports back to Meredith, who is still in recovery from giving up her liver. Cristina goes into hysterics and tells Meredith she has no idea what she's fighting for. She spends her days chasing surgeries she doesn't care about, just because she misses the thrill of cutting people open. Worse, she's angry at Owen for going out of his way to not show favoritism. "I miss Burke," she says, noting that when he was there, she held hearts every day. (She also downplays the favoritism he showed her, which, despite her skills as a surgeon, I find laughable.) Ultimately, Cristina is tired of fighting.

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