What's more worrisome: a potential romantic relationship between Alex Karev and April Kepner, or the chance Cristina Yang might never return to Seattle Grace?
I asked that question after watching this week's episode of "Grey's Anatomy," which focused on the aftermath of Yang's recent decision to quit her job at the hospital.
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KAREV AND KEPNER?
Alex Karev and April Kepner meet Dr. Stark, played by Peter MacNicol from "Ally McBeal." Unfortunately, Stark isn't Karev's biggest fan.
Things get especially tricky when they deal with a child who needs a liver transplant. There's a problem with the size of the liver and Stark initially plans to just leave the child open on the operating table in hopes of reducing the swelling. He tells the family that everything turned out fine.
It's not exactly the best course of action, and Karev knows it. He devises a plan to use a ping pong ball to help the liver fit. It's genius -- so genius, in fact, that Stark passes it off as his own idea.
April's outraged by the whole situation and tells Karev he deserves credit. She also hints at her not-so-subtle crush on him. Karev seizes the opportunity and gets physical with April.
Unfortunately, when she tells him to slow down, he delivers an angry rant. That's enough to end their romantic interlude.
YANG AND TORRES?
Yang's fresh off her decision to quit working at Seattle Grace. Torres is fresh off an apparent split from Arizona.
They team up, hit the mall and plan a housewarming party for Yang. Torres also gets a haircut (initially done by Yang, then fixed by a professional).
Meanwhile, the crew at Seattle Grace remains shocked by Yang's departure. McDreamy is especially affected by her decision -- you know, since Yang saved his life and everything. Initially, he accuses Teddy of not doing enough to keep Yang around.
Ultimately, the gang decides to use the housewarming party as an intervention to get Cristina to return to Seattle Grace. McDreamy sees the potential for disaster and steals Cristina away before her party begins. They discuss home renovations on a rooftop.
In Yang's absence, there's still party drama. Torres asks if she can move in with McSteamy. He says yes, making way for all sorts of "will they or won't they?" plot lines.
April Kepner arrives at the party crying (after the Karev incident). Jackson Avery consoles her. When Karev shows up, he and Jackson immediately get into a physical fight.
The crowd breaks things up, and Meredith ends up dealing with Karev. During their conversation, he reveals his recent weekend away wasn't a trip to Vegas -- instead, he was dealing with a brother who's schizophrenic...just like his mom.
STRIKE TWO, JACKSON
Dr. Bailey asks Jackson to monitor a woman dealing with a pancreatic fluid problem. His mission? Watch her at all times. Predictably, he briefly steps away and her condition goes downhill. Bailey asks Jackson to cut her open, but he can't save her.
It leads to the standard Bailey monologue about wanting something good to happen. She ultimately realizes the situation was out of Jackson's control and even tells Chief Webber that Jackson did a good job.
It's a top-secret affair at the hospital when a political figure from the Middle East needs an operation. He has a security entourage as he teeters on the edge of death. Things get a little more complicated when doctors learn his condition is exacerbated by gunshot wounds. Fortunately, thanks largely to Teddy's leadership, he survives...and quickly leaves the hospital.