If there is one thing we know about Grey’s Anatomy, it’s that they like to make their catastrophes BIG. And this season premiere is no exception, as a sinkhole the size of half a football field opens up in a Seattle street and swallows a married couple, Danny and Susannah (as well as a bunch of other folks), who had been bitterly fighting right before the ground swallowed them whole. Susannah winds up pinned under her car, unconscious, and the only way to get her out is to amputate her leg. Owen and Callie are called to the scene but it’s too dangerous to send them down below, so they are to talk this poor dude through cutting off his wife’s leg. Danny does an admirable job and makes it to the bone before melting down, so Owen goes in and finishes the job, and they all make it to the hospital.
Meredith and Cristina are living together and seem to have fallen into a pattern of taking care of Zola. Their men, meanwhile, are working together on Derek’s house and telling each other they don’t care about the women. I actually kind of believe Derek, but not Owen. Derek’s still livid and it makes him even pettier than usual as he refuses to even speak to or look at his wife once they get to work and she hands over their daughter. Meredith’s day doesn’t get any better when Richard calls her in and tells her that the Board ordered him to fire her. When Cristina finds out, she wants Meredith to come up with plan; when Meredith finally decides her plan is to try just being a mom, Cristina thinks she is joking. Cristina, despite Teddy having finally taken her back on to her service, is having her own hard day as she hasn’t yet terminated the pregnancy, but has it scheduled for that evening. She’s still torn up inside and heartbroken about her crumbled relationship, but Owen won’t even take her calls so he has no idea she hasn’t gone through with it yet. At the end of her own crappy day, Meredith can’t handle it anymore and orders Owen to at least talk to his wife: she tells him that the termination hasn’t yet happened yet but implores him to try and understand Cristina. She has a unique perspective, as the child of a career-driven surgeon who never wanted a child.
Meredith’s outburst also has to do with the stress of having run into Janet, who is finishing up the home study so Zola can become a permanent Grey-Shepherd. Because Meredith is a horrible liar, Janet can tell something is wrong. She also asks Derek some questions, and Derek blows his lid with Meredith for possibly screwing up the adoption. Meredith also neglected to mention her firing, so when Janet finds out she starts to make some very worried noises. Mere says she’s going to get Derek so that they can all talk about it together, but instead she grabs Zola from the nursery and sneaks out of the hospital.