BWW Recap: A Romance Finally takes Flight on GREY'S ANATOMY
This week's GREY'S ANATOMY literally took the drama to new heights with the episode "In The Air Tonight" (which has been advertised all week as #GreysOnAPlane). That's right, it's back to the unfriendly skies for Meredith...and neither she, nor the audience has a chance of forgetting another flight-themed episode from seasons past. I mean, there really isn't the chance of forgetting the season 8 finale "Flight" anyways, but the flashbacks in this episode bring us right back to that fateful night for the 'Seattle Grace Five'. The bulk of this episode, directed by Chandra Wilson, takes place on a plane that hits some pretty serious turbulence mid flight. Meredith and Riggs both happen to be on the plane and are forced to jump into doctor mode when passengers experience medical emergencies. This doesn't mean that their own romantic turbulence takes the back burner however, as Meredith finally confronts her feelings and reservations about moving forward romantically with Riggs. Oh, and the plane doesn't crash, so that's a relief.
The episode opens with Meredith getting comfortable on a plane en route to a medical conference while she informally meets some of the passengers around her-a mother trying to calm her young son, and a rude businessman who finds a way to complain about everything. After empathizing with the mother and lecturing the businessman, she politely offers to switch seats with the boy's father so that the family can sit together. She goes to her new seat and lo and behold, one Nathan M. (M stands for Mystery) Riggs is sitting two seats over. Meredith is not impressed, but is forced to buckle up, as the plane is about to take off. Their bickering starts in their seats, and continues in the lavatory where they eventually decide to join the mile high club. Meredith is adamant that this doesn't change anything. Riggs seems less sure. This gets temporarily put on hold when the plane experiences (some serious) turbulence. Max (played by QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY and theatre vet, Jai Rodriguez), a man Meredith had bonded with outside the lavatory, gets thrown upwards and hits his head on the ceiling of the plane. Meredith talks his boyfriend through checking his pulse and then is eventually able to tend to him herself. It is determined that he has a brain bleed, but due to weather systems, the pilot is unable to land the plane.