Who knew the Shondaland team celebrated 4/20 so hard? Honestly, it’s about time someone pumped the doctors of Grey Sloan full of marijuana, because they are tense. But really, the timing of Arizona’s “Lesbian Gratitude Cookies” that are inadvertently full of peanut butter cannabis, given as a gift by the non-cancer cancer patient from a few weeks ago, couldn’t be worse.
It’s Grey Sloan Memorial Surgical Innovation Presentation Day! Some embarrassing slip ups occur, like Jackson and Catherine presenting their vaginoplasty method by having Jackson tell everyone that vaginas are great and he even came from one, the one standing right next to him. But thankfully, Arizona tells Meredith – who did not partake in cookie eating – about the edibles she accidentally doled out to her colleagues, and Mer postpones the rest of the presentations.
The sudden influx of very incapacitated doctors doesn’t do much to advance most storylines, but it is definitely worth the detour. There are a lot of fun moments in “Judgment Day” (and some not-so-fun ones that we will get to), but its greatest gift is that it throws some characters together who rarely share screen time. Apparently, herding high surgeons is much harder than cats, so Meredith tries to keep the high individuals quarantined until they sober up. This means that Maggie and Arizona sit in a room while Arizona wonders if she is moving too fast with Carina – did she push her to stay in Seattle because she feels like she is always being abandoned by the people she loves? – and Maggie talks about cheese varieties. They’re “joined” by DeLuca, who, after rubbing plants and hallucinating his recently exiled girlfriend, cries on the floor. Yeah, that room is definitely weird.
If the cheese and crying is too much for you, move over to April and Bailey’s room. Sarah Drew and Chandra Wilson are a delight together. They’re discussing Bailey’s use a sex toy company to build her Tailblazer, excuse me, Trailblazer prototype and playing the human bagpipes as a way to reflect on the impending death of the Harper Avery Foundation.
Which brings us to the most important development in the episode: As you probably guessed, the NDA that Dr. Froy had with the Harper Avery Foundation, which Jackson released her from so that she could help Amelia with her research in the last episode, is in fact in