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TV Review: GREY’S ANATOMY: Season 10, Episode 18: You Be Illin [ABC]

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ABCs Grey’s Anatomy You Be Illin TV Show Review. Grey’s Anatomy: Season 10, Episode 18: You Be Illin had doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital falling prey to a gnarly epidemic of the super flu. This episode lacked some of the typical climactic swells but served well as a plot mover, the contagious emergency room being the perfect environment for the genesis of several subplots and new story lines. You’d think that the modern doctors might be more savvy in regard to the fast moving bug and not all come down with the sickness…but alas.

First patient up, the very sweet young Braden (guest star Armani Jackson) brought in with S.C.I.D., an auto-immune disease. Presenting with a small lesion on his forehead, his parents took the sick boy into a hospital teeming with infectious patients. Assuredly not good. Over the course of the episode, the lesion became infected and turned into a golf ball sized knot. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) operated on his brain wearing what could only be called a hazmat suit, a necessity, as he too had caught the debilitating flu. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) later told his parents that their son may have to be in isolation…for the rest of his life. A tragic story that will continue next week, and provide a more typically melodramatic, emotional ending.

Another interesting storyline is that of Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) being pursued…by a man. A hotshot proctologist, Dr. Lebackes (guest star Patrick Fabian) shows up to perform surgery. Karev calls him Dr. Butthole. After having observed the butt doctor carefree and confident in the OR , and playing virtual golf in a very superb office, Alex was impressed. A flash of a life he might lead some day…soon. Mutual admiration was evident as Dr. Lebackes called the Peds surgeon, “Boy Wonder.” Hard to know how far the writers will take this, but it is a very intriguing development.

To add a little gore factor to the episode, Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) is treating a fellow with tetanus (as she has now changed from Peds to Ortho.) At one point she turned the patient over and his arm broke in two, the bone stretched the skin threatening to break through. Very ‘28 days Later.’ Callie (Sara Ramirez) informed they would have to re-break the arm to set it, and Jo was clearly excited by the mere thought.

For the entire episode, Derek prepped for a huge speech to a panel of important doctors. First practicing in front of his infant son until Meredith rushed in to save the baby, scolding Derek for boring the little one. Meredith ultimately gave the speech as Derek too was ill. Not a shock that she won the panel over with her indefatigable charisma.

Lastly, Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) work to save a young girl in need of a heart transplant. The patient winds up having a sister with similar heart issues, and in the last shot of the scene shows another sibling, a little brother…coughing. Sadly, this is a foreshadowing of things to come for the little boy and also, this may very well be the beginning of the last story line and the last days of Dr. Cristina Yang.

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