It has been some time – two months, if we’re being particular – since Grey’s Anatomy followers have seen a brand new episode. The cliffhanger from the present’s Winter finale left a whole lot of us struggling to select our jaws up off the bottom after the return of Jo’s abusive husband. And it is secure to say now that the Winter premiere – brilliantly titled “1-800-799-7233,” the quantity for the National Domestic Violence Hotline – just about gave us the very same response.
The final time we noticed Jo, she had simply run into her horrible, horrible, no-good, abusive husband, Dr. Paul Stadler (Matthew Morrison), who unexpectedly turns up on the hospital at the end of the show’s midseason finale that aired again in November. Thursday night time’s premiere picks up proper again the place issues left off, with Jo racing to seek out Alex earlier than being unpleasantly shocked by Paul’s return.
The primary jiffy of the episode present Jo speechlessly staring into her estranged husband’s eyes as he wastes zero time introducing her to his new fiancée, Jenny (Bethany Pleasure Lenz) and revealing that he is having a tough time getting his wedding planning underway since he and Jo – Brooke, to him – are technically nonetheless married. So he is on a mission to get her to signal their divorce papers. It sounds prefer it’s a reasonably small factor, however it really finally ends up being somewhat extra difficult than that.
As a result of what makes issues worse is that Paul is definitely type of a giant deal, as we realized final season when Alex first came face to face with him at a medical convention in Los Angeles. Dr. Stadler is a world-renowned surgeon, and most of the medical doctors at Gray Sloan spend their first moments on display screen shamelessly fangirling over him, clearly figuring out nothing about his relationship with Jo (he solely reveals that Jo studied below him at one level when she was a pupil). Paul’s fame among the many medical doctors ends in Dr. Webber giving him surgical privileges for the day to assist out across the hospital, which continues to be in a little bit of a frenzy due to these pesky hackers and their calls for.
He ultimately leads to the OR, helping Meredith along with her splenectomy after her intern, Glasses (or “Specs,” as he would now desire to be referred to as), passes out from blood loss. In contrast to the opposite medical doctors, Meredith is conscious of his violent historical past with Jo, and he or she lets it’s often known as quickly as Paul introduces himself to her. Once more, losing zero time, Paul takes each alternative right here to mainly throw Jo below the bus and clarify to Meredith that she was not solely mentally unstable throughout their tine collectively, however she was additionally an enormous celebration lady through the time that she was his pupil.
In the meantime, Jo is up within the gallery, watching the complete scene between the 2 of them play out earlier than she’s alerted by one other intern that she’s to be introduced again to Alex, who, after coming head to head with Paul proper earlier than speeding into surgical procedure, rigorously instructs her to not let Jo out of her sight.
Ultimately, Jo and Paul are introduced collectively once more, solely this time they’re lastly signing these divorce papers with Meredith as a witness. Paul makes a creepy try to stall the method somewhat and later makes his exit by giving Jo some nicely needs – however Jo is not shopping for his new act. She takes a fast second to inform him off earlier than hatching a plan with Meredith and Arizona to catch Jenny alone to warn her about her historical past with Paul, providing Jenny assist in the occasion that she finally ends up being abused by him, too. However Jenny winds up telling Paul every thing, resulting in a confrontation between himself and “Brooke” that ends in him holding onto the contact info Jo gave to Jenny in case he ever needs to unexpectedly pop up on her once more.
By the tip of the hour, Paul is wheeled into the hospital on a stretcher earlier than it is revealed that he is been the sufferer of a hit-and-run accident. However the jury’s nonetheless out on whether or not this was an precise accident or not, as a result of Jo and Alex are cryptically watching the scene close by, leaving Meredith (and the remainder of us) to marvel precisely what occurred right here and the way this would possibly probably finish for everybody concerned.
In case you or somebody you recognize is experiencing home abuse, name 911 or the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline at 1(800) 799-SAFE (7233) or go to thehotline.org.