In The Air Tonight
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2017
Karen Belgrad – Social Media Editor
Since Grey’s Anatomy returned from its winter hiatus, they’ve had three bottle episodes. If you recall, bottle episodes take place in one location and focus on specific characters. After the prison hour, the Jackson/April Montana hour, now it’s time for #GreysOnAPlane. Which is not to be confused with the Grey’s Anatomy plane crash, except for the whole Meredith is pretty much cursed angle.
The non-love triangle of Meredith, Riggs, and an unknowing Maggie finally moves forward. Although I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Riggs constant pursuit of Meredith had gotten to the point of sexual harassment. Sure, she initiated their mile high club encounter (and previous car hook-up), but the fact that he kept insisting her “no” meant “yes” was not exactly endearing.
And I’d also be remiss that Grey’s Anatomy had either the fortune or extreme misfortune to air this episode during one of the worst weeks for airlines in recent memory. So if ratings lag for this episode, it’s fairly safe to assume that airline fatigue may have played a part in it all.
But let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the hour… no the plane didn’t crash. But that turbulence isn’t exactly going to send any viewers to Orbitz to book vacations. The flight starts out a lousy note, with a jerk passenger whining about a nearby child. Mama bear Meredith puts him in his place (use the earbuds) and switches seats to let the dad sit with his wife and child. Her seat swap lands her next to Riggs, who unbeknownst to either of them, is enroute to the same conference. They annoy the middle passenger, talking over her about their will they (Riggs) or won’t they (Meredith) courtship. Meredith heads to the bathroom, which Riggs takes as an invite to join her. Meredith is initially indignant, but then initiates the mile high quickie.
Once seated, the plane hits massive (and I do mean massive) turbulence, sending her new buddy Max (Queer Eye’s Jai Rodriguez) flying into the interior roof of the plane. He’s knocked out cold, and his disorientation leads Meredith to immediately suspect a brain bleed (she’s right, of course). Riggs tends to Candace, a flight attendant with a broken wrist. And the jerk from early has pulmonary hypertension, which is exacerbated by the flight’s turbulence. And the captain can’t land because it’s not safe, due to additional storms.
The two doctors have a mild assist from a cute pediatric dentist who flirts with Meredith, while Candace eyes Riggs as well. But the flirts don’t distract either doctor, with Riggs learning more about Meredith and her flight history (as well as the fact that a LOT of people have died around her). He only know learns about Lexie, apparently having never studied any history of her namesake hospital. He thinks that’s why Meredith is so protective of Maggie, until Meredith blurts out “I’m married!”
But before they can delve into this, Max vomits and seizes, and Meredith ends up doing some major MacGyver moves (hypodermic needle, straw, nail clippers, plastic cup) to alleviate the pressure in his brain. Riggs treats the jerk who couldn’t breathe, but the erectile dysfunction pills and CPR just don’t have the same Shonda-magic as Meredith’s patient.
Of course, everybody survives, because death would put a real damper on the foreplay that ends the hour. After Riggs dismisses Candace’s advances, he beelines for Meredith, suggesting a hotel room for the night (tired, stranded in Sioux Falls). Once again, Meredith declines. Once again, Riggs pursues, mentioning that he now knows she’s afraid of moving on from Derrick. And, once again, Meredith acquiesces and agrees to spend the night with him.
The promo for next week shows Maggie finally cluing in. So hopefully all of the back and forth is finally past us.
And there you have my TwoCents, share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below!