'Station 19' Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Heartbreaks and death leave the firefighters in a hot mess

The first episode is a crossover with 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16 and it will leave you with a hollow feeling

                            'Station 19' Season 3 Episode 1 Review: Heartbreaks and death leave the firefighters in a hot mess
Jaina Lee Ortiz as Andrea 'Andy' Herrera, Boris Kodjoe as Robert Sullivan (ABC)

The review contains spoilers from 'Station 19' Season 3 Episode 1 ⁠— 'I Know This Bar'

The heart does break, but the broken live on. The first episode of 'Station 19' Season 3 is a crossover with 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16 and it will leave you with that hollow feeling. After a car crashes into Joe's Bar, Andy and Sullivan lead the team of firefighters as they work to rescue their fellow crewmates Ben and Pruitt, Grey Sloan doctors and interns, and bar patrons before the building comes crumbling down.

Though the two shows have overlapping characters, they remain fairly separate. Ben Warren (Jason George) becomes a firefighter and moves to 'Station 19' but remains married to Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and of course, Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) has a new love interest in Victoria 'Vic' Hughes (Barrett Doss).

In this two-hour special, the storylines are intertwined. Inside the bar, Jackson, Ben and Levi are safe but several interns and other people are terribly injured. With broken limbs, spilled blood and cries for help all around, Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) is in a state of shock.

A still from Season 3 Episode 1 (ABC)

Tragedy strikes

An intern is badly bruised with a pelvic fracture and she keeps asking, "Am I going to die?" To calm her down, Jackson orders whiskey from the bar and helps treat her. Everyone seems to be trapped as the front door is blocked by a car and the back door is locked. Nico Kim (Alex Landi) tries to pull off the tough cop stunt but fails at breaking the door down.

While trying to move the car, they hear muffled cries and realize there is an old couple inside. The woman, named Joan, can't stop panicking because her husband isn't moving. With Ben's help, they manage to revive the man. The 'Station 19' crew pulls him out but while helping the woman, tragedy strikes. Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) hands over a pair of scissors to her to cut open the seat belt but suddenly there is a jerk and the scissor hurts her neck, killing her instantly.

Expressing his sorrow to Vic, Travis tells her how he was just one step away from saving the woman. The two are mournful over how the man, a heart patient, would feel about his wife's death. Paying their condolences, Travis and Vic drop in at their home. 

Miranda Bailey (ABC)

The lost baby

Bailey just had a miscarriage and she can't help but feel glum after looking at pictures of her baby. In a flashback scene, Bailey and Ben are around their 'Station 19' friends as they give a toast, wishing the little a healthy life full of love. Until then, she is unaware that Ben is trapped inside the bar.

Once she finds out, Bailey is exasperated and demands Miller to be taken out. In another heartwarming flashback scene, Ben and Miranda talk about their little one and Bailey wonders if she is a girl. After others are saved, Ben reunites with Bailey and takes the blame for their loss on his shoulders. "This was not your fault. This was God's fault," she tells him and the two get back together. 

Hot doctor lover

In a flashback scene, Vic brings Jackson to meet her friends. Happy to see him, they all ask, "You're a friend of Warren and Bailey?" As he nods in approval, Vic answers, "He is also a friend of mine." The pang of jealousy in her voice is noticeable. The two do seem to be getting serious as they try to introduce each other to their friends.

Vic boasts about her "hot doctor lover" as he sends a text to her. She is worried about his safety once she finds out he is inside the bar. Jackson is saved and Vic is happy to be reunited with him.

Andrea 'Andy' Herrera and Robert Sullivan (ABC)

Complicated love

The major plot twist of the episode is in Andrea 'Andy' Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and Robert Sullivan's (Boris Kodjoe) relationship woes. "You fell in love with me which is also against the rules. I wasn't the only one," Andy confronts Sullivan and blames her for "gaslighting". While he agrees he does have feelings, he also says it isn't possible because of their impending promotion. 

"They are making me Captain and they are making you Chief. But that won't happen if we are together," he tells her. She is hurt by how brutally he gives more priority to his career. Meanwhile, in a flashback scene, Andrea's dad Captain Pruitt Herrera is upset after he finds out about her affair with Sullivan and the two have a major fight.

Towards the end, Andy and Sullivan have a tiff when the latter tells her to take a week off. 

Maya Bishop (ABC)

Hook up to break up

Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre) breaks up with Jack Gibson (Grey Damon) and she has no relevant reason for it. "I think it is time to stop. This. Us," she blatantly says. "Did I do something?" Jack wonders. Maya, meanwhile, is in no mood to answer his questions and simply states, "It's not going anywhere. We have nothing in common. I wanna be friends. Let's be friends?" But he simply walks away.

The episode is quite a shocker with major twists and turns and the performances of all the 'Station 19' and 'Grey's Anatomy' actors are top-notch. The promotion is interfering with personal lives and it could have major repercussions.

As more episodes of 'Station 19' air every Thursday, it will unravel the relationship woes and maybe set them on the right path.

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