They've been dancing a flirty dance around each other for awhile now, but in Thursday night's Grey's Anatomy, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) hooked up once again...at 30,000 feet.
The episode, set entirely on a flight with the two Grey-Sloan docs heading to a conference, started off with some sexy time in a plane bathroom (Meredith!) before strong turbulence injured a few passengers. That first jolt of turbulence also wisely took us back to the infamous plane crash during the show's eighth season finale in 2012. Yes, seeing flashes of long-gone characters Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Cristina (Sandra Oh), as well as hearing Meredith later talk about the death of sister Lexie (Chyler Leigh, now on Supergirl) on that flight is always a welcome sight, but those quick nods to the past do what they're supposed to do—help the audience empathize with our protagonist.
The docs quickly go into work mode and help several passengers who were injured during the turbulence. Meredith and Nathan have time to talk, and when he presses her on finally getting together, her response is, "I am married," which we all know means she hasn't fully let go of Derek. Of course, they're interrupted by a passenger (Jai Rodriguez, from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) who has a brain bleed and they have to operate (on a plane...with turbulence!).
After some nail biting moments, patients are saved, the plane eventually lands safely and, well, where does that leave Meredith and Nathan? He tells her, "at some point you have to let go," and her voiceover says you either continue to play it safe "or you get on board and take your chances." The two go off to spend the night in a hotel together.
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Grey's Anatomy, Thursdays, 8/7c, ABC