JOLEX REVIEW 10.11 “MAN ON THE MOON”
Of our favorite blossoming couple, the first we see is Jo giving Leah sympathetic glances, and likely counting her lucky stars that her attending boyfriend is not married and trying to get back together with his wife. We then discover that she’s allergic to wool, which is either the truth, or a fast-thinking lie to make Stephanie feel better about her choosing to watch Ross and Yang’s surgery.
Next we see Jo getting a mysterious page from a nurse. Upon arrival, she discovers that the man who has been asking for her is none other than Jimmy Evans, returned to Grey-Sloan Memorial for the promised help Jo gave him months ago. I love how Jimmy say’s ‘Hi hun’ to her. It feels very paternal and genuine, and I like to pretend that he knows that she is Alex’s girlfriend, which we know he doesn’t yet. Jo, who likely still has the memory of Alex throwing a glass and exclaiming how much worse his father’s presence made him feel after eight years, is adamant that Jimmy not try to detox at the hospital. However, Jimmy makes the decision for her when he complains of nausea and collapses right there and has a seizure.
Insert Alex who is a part of baby Nathan’s team and arrives with Cristina to discuss the procedure one last time with his worries parents. This is where they find out that Ross has made some executive decisions of his own and decided to okay a live streaming session during the surgery. Alex and Cristina share incredulous looks together (More Alex and Cristina, please) and he clearly takes her side when it comes to this. He even gives Ross a look at the end of the scene which shows he clearly doesn’t approve.
Owen tells Jo to admit Jimmy and treat him with methadone, of which he refuses because he’s trying to get clean. Jo is still trying to be a good girlfriend and suggests that they move him to a rehab facility, but Owen reminds her that she is a doctor and to start acting like one. I have to admire Jimmy’s determination to not accept any kind of drug. It’s clear that he wants to get better, and the only catalyst I can see to his decision is his last interaction with Alex at the bar.
Next Jo nervously approaches Alex to tell him that his dad has been admitted. “I have to tell you something that you’re not going to want to hear.” “Then don’t tell me.” If only it was that easy. Alex’s knee-jerk reaction to hearing that Jimmy is back is to kick him out, and he goes to do just that, barging into the room. It’s at that moment that Jimmy looks at him weakly and say’s “Hey son, how you doing?” Alex’s expression is unreadable, but after this brief moment of shock he overcomes it and begins to pull out the monitoring wires attached to his father, trying hard not to listen as Jimmy tries to explain himself. As we already knew, he only recognized Alex after he saw him pissed off, like he was when he was fifteen and told him he wished he was dead. Ouch.
Jimmy claims that he’s been trying to get it right ever since the bar, but Alex is still determined not to help the man who made his life Hell. But Jo is. Because she’s a doctor. She tells him it’s okay and that he can leave, which he does after a moment’s pause. Jo is relieved. Jimmy looks torn.
Alex is in the OR with Ross and Cristina while they insert Nathan’s conduit. I like that even though this wasn’t his first choice of approach to the case, he’s still encouraging and professional in the work setting. After the procedure (where the conduit was found to be slightly too large), Alex tries to assure the parents that it could still work, but he is unable to say more than that, causing Cristina to call him out for his lack of support. This next moment surprises me a little, because up until this past season we haven’t really seen Alex reaching out to the twisted sisters for support, or anyone really to share details of his private life. He admits to her that he’s had a rough couple of days, and I’m curious of how far he would have elaborated until Cristina interrupted him to ask for reassurance and support regarding the conduit. Alex says he’s not sure if it will work, but he hopes so.