S10EP06 – Map of You
Derek and Callie previously teamed up on a brain-mapping case of which Callie progressively looses interest. Callie insists it’s not because of the patient or the case itself but because she wants to get back to furthering her research on regenerative cartilage. It isn’t until Derek calls her out that her reason for losing interest ties back to how she initially got involved in the case for Arizona. Unfortunately, the patient’s progressive productivity in the experiment comes to a halt when Derek finds a tumor in his brain that will not allow them to move forward with the case. The patient, Mickey, insists Derek operate to remove the tumor so the experiment can continue but the success rate is so low Derek doesn’t want to risk it. Callie tries talking Mickey out of it but instead ends up agreeing with him and persuades Derek to proceed with the surgery. Sadly, as Derek predicted, the surgery caused more harm than good and left Mickey completely brain dead. Later as Callie and Derek proceed with removing Mickey’s brain after time of death, Callie admits to Derek that he was right. She was doing the project for Arizona but despite that, she’s going to continue the project and proceed with helping millions of people it will hopefully cure.
Alex’s sudden lack of presence with Jo has her worried. Night after night, he doesn’t show up at home and it makes her nervous. It’s not until we know what Alex is really up to when we see him planting his keester at a bar of which his long lost father is jamming out at with his band. As Jimmy moseys up to the bar for a refresher, he and Alex reacquaint themselves, only Alex doesn’t fully indulge in all the details. Jimmy invites Alex to join him on stage for a guitar duet which catches Alex off guard. (Side note: Alex singing AND playing guitar? Anyone else pleasantly surprised by this scene?!) Mid song, Jimmy shares with Alex a sentimental family moment of which Alex thought was about him only when Jimmy shows him a picture of the family, it’s of a wife and son he has that lives in South Florida. Alex, completely shocked and in disbelief of his dad’s continual abandonment problems, looses his cool and decks Jimmy, telling him to steer clear of his family because they’re better off without him. In a brief moment, it looks like Jimmy suddenly puts two and two together, making sense of what Alex just barked at him and with that, Alex storms out of the bar, leaving Jimmy wondering what the heck just happened.
It comes to light in this episode that Arizona’s flirtatious ways catches up with her when she tangles Leah into a sticky web of adoration and infatuation. Arizona realizes quickly that she needs to set Leah straight with her intentions but her nightly loneliness gets the best of her and she ends up texting Leah for a late night visit. How long will this go on for and how does Arizona think Callie will feel when she gets wind of it?
Owen continues to further his relationship with Emma and offers her an opportunity to come to GSMH to observe one of Arizona’s surgeries. Cristina continues to process Owen’s attempt at moving on the best she can and does so by focusing on a surgical procedure never attempted before. A patient (played humorously by Jere Burns) initially admitted for a broken ankle, needs heart surgery and Cristina suggests it can be repaired by using a type of glue. The only catch is, the patient and his wife (actress legend Annie Potts) have known all along about his defective heart and have chosen to live life to its fullest after getting his terminal prognosis. Shane assists Cristina on the surgery after pitching to her an idea he acquired from the brain mapping case he was on with Derek (which he no longer wants to assist with, by the way). After the surgery, Cristina happily breaks the news to the couple that the surgery appeared to have been successful and with that, the couple cringes at the thought of their initial plan to cash out on his life insurance policy and rack up the major cash debt they’ve attained. Uh oh!
Richard is still working through the recovery/healing process and even uses his condition as a teaching opportunity for Jo to learn from. After several failed attempts at properly diagnosing Richard, Jo finally pinpoints the reason for Richard’s shoulder pain and attributes it to a pancreatic pseudo cist. Nothing like turning lemons into lemonade, eh?!
After contemplating what project to choose for a potential grant opportunity, Meredith solidifies her decision to pursue research on portal vein graphs, a project her mother Ellis launched when she first became sick. Later, Cristina stops to chat with Meredith in an effort to avoid watching Owen smooch his new lady and when she asks Meredith what project she decides to take on, she gets more of an earful than what she expected. Mer, in a matter of fact approach, tells Cristina that despite having a family now, she is going to make having a family AND a career work. To make matters more awkward, Meredith also points out her observation that Cristina doesn’t have time for people who want things that Cristina doesn’t want (AKA: children) and with that, a wedge further appears to drive Mer and Cristina apart.
A red mug. You wouldn’t think much of it if it were sitting there unused, out of focus or eye shot. But in this episode it seems to be the center of attention, being whisked away, passed on from character to character, in a sense tying each of the storylines together in an obscure but somehow illuminate way. You don’t really get its purpose until you realize that’s the theme of the entire episode. Somehow, each of the character’s SLs are tied or connected to one another, regardless of how completely different they are…
“We’re just starting to learn the extinct of the brain’s connections. How far they reach, how deep they go. But we know that every connection matters. Every connection is crucial and when one is broken, it usually means some damage has been done. This system of connections compels us to act and choose and behave. Sometimes humanly against our own will, but it is not random at all. It is the map of who we are. We work to understand ourselves. Solve the puzzle. How all the connections work, and all the pieces fit.”
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