If there was ever any doubt that Dr. Miranda Bailey聽is a boss, this episode eliminated it.聽Bailey has been taking care of other people for years now 鈥 but what happens when her intense need to work hard and work often backfires,聽turning her聽into the patient and threatening her life? That鈥檚 what 鈥(Don鈥檛 Fear) The Reaper鈥 was all about.

We start with Bailey and Ben driving Tuck to school. Once Tuck leaves, it鈥檚 clear that things are frosty between the two. Ben tries to lighten the mood by talking about his firefighter agenda, but Bailey seems to be in another state entirely. After Bailey makes Ben drop her off at a DIFFERENT Seattle hospital (because聽she can鈥檛 go to the one where聽everyone knows her, obviously), she confirms the reason for her visit: She鈥檚 having a heart attack.

Of course Bailey聽diagnosed herself, which wouldn鈥檛 be a problem at Grey-Sloan, where no one would question her, but here, it鈥檚 a different story. The head cardiologist, not believing that she鈥檚 actually in danger,聽won鈥檛 run the tests she鈥檚 asking for. This leads Bailey to assert her own knowledge as only she can. (You do not want to be on the receiving end of a Bailey lecture.) The cardiologist even sends in a psychologist to try to convince her she鈥檚 making everything up, leaning into her mental health history as an excuse.

We also get a Miranda Bailey backstory in a way we haven鈥檛 in this entire series so far, which is聽almost even more interesting than the heart attack plot. Bailey鈥檚 mother聽was extremely protective of聽her daughter, and always worried about聽Bailey聽going off and hurting herself. We later learn from her dad that it鈥檚 because, before Bailey was born, her mom had another daughter聽who聽lived just two months. It鈥檚 no surprise that this聽affected Bailey鈥檚 mother; however, it also affected Bailey, who eventually ended up with OCD from her upbringing.

In the present, fed up with everyone who won鈥檛 listen to her, Bailey finally calls Maggie 鈥 with strict instructions not to tell anyone what she鈥檚 doing. But by the time聽Maggie arrives, Webber has already beaten her there. The lesson here: Don鈥檛 try to be coy and hide secrets from Webber. He鈥檚 been there too many times to be fooled!

Even though Bailey is the one suffering a heart attack, she finds time to save a woman who聽starts to code while the doctors聽are too busy with their own egos and arguing to notice. Maggie LETS LOOSE on the cardiologist,聽laying into him for not believing Bailey, and then Webber tries to convince聽Bailey that she needs to call Ben and get transferred to her own hospital.

Of course, that鈥檚 the last thing she wants to do. Since聽Bailey won鈥檛 leave, Maggie聽tries to force the doctor to give Bailey the best care he can, but he STILL refuses (largely because he doesn鈥檛 really know what he鈥檚 doing, and clearly, no one reads聽r茅sum茅s聽at this hospital) until Webber steps in. As Bailey lies on the operating table, she has flashbacks about Ben, George, Tuck鈥檚 birth, and the hospital shooting 鈥 all high-stress moments during her life that have made an impact on her.

Bailey finally makes聽the decision to alert Ben聽while she鈥檚 on the operating table, so he comes running (literally) from his firefighter training. In the waiting room, he bonds with Webber over Bailey鈥檚 stubbornness but also her smarts and strength. When聽she gets out of surgery, Ben tells her he鈥檚 quitting the firefighter program 鈥 but Bailey won鈥檛 have it. She tells him to follow his heart, because life is too short to not do things that make us happy. Ain鈥檛 that the truth.

It鈥檚 been awhile since we鈥檝e had a 鈥渂ottle episode鈥 that focused on one character or one place without any other story lines, but I鈥檓 glad that the show decided to give us this spotlight on Bailey. It highlighted what an important character she is, and how important the issues in this hour were. Good on you, Grey鈥檚.

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