In the early days of medicine, surgical students would perfect their sewing techniques on tree branches. Because when looking at an exposed bone in an amputation, human instinct is to recoil, not cut. We needed students to get out of the habit of listening to instinct. A lot of our training is breaking instinct, developing new habits. Don't react to bad news in front of patients. Don't show fear when faced with uncertainty. When you're looking at that exposed bone, cut. So the trick is trying to stay human when we’ve shut down all those gut feelings, all those messy instincts. So what about those times when there is no road map? Should we go with our gut then? If instinct is all we have, it's not always a bad thing. It can bring us wonderful places, joyful places. And it can also serve an important service, 'cause our gut is usually what warns us when trouble lies ahead.

Gut Feeling is the third episode of the fifteenth season and the 320th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Meredith works on a patient who happens to specialize in matchmaking, and a seemingly drunk patient pushes Richard's buttons and gives him a medical mystery to solve. Meanwhile, Maggie tries to reach Teddy after bearing the burden of her secret becomes overwhelming as she struggles with issues in her own personal life.

Full SummaryEdit


  • Meredith Grey
  • Alex Karev
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Owen Hunt
  • Amelia Shepherd
  • Jo Karev
  • Maggie Pierce
  • Andrew DeLuca
  • Ben Warren
  • Thomas Koracick
  • Atticus Lincoln
  • Nurse Frankie
  • Cece Colvin
  • Dave Buckley
  • Levi Schmitt
  • Vik Roy
  • Taryn Helm
  • Nico Kim
  • Ava Krug
  • Brad Gailis
  • Melissa Gailis
  • Officer Scott
  • Tad
  • Arthur Krug
  • Zola Grey Shepherd
  • Paramedic Grace
  • Paramedic 2
  • Hannah Brody
  • Nurse Karen

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Arthur KrugEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Facial contusions
  • Treatment:

Arthur was injured when a block of wood flew at him after a teacher collapsed and pushed a student into a table saw. None of the bones in his face were broken, so he was discharged.

Dave BuckleyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Traumatic amputation
    • Auto-brewery syndrome
  • Treatment:
    • Amputation

Dave was injured when he collapsed at work and pushed a student into a table saw. Two of his fingers were partially amputated by the saw. His labs showed a very high blood alcohol level. His fingers were damaged beyond repair, so Link took him into surgery to remove them. After his surgery, his blood alcohol level was high again. That led Richard to diagnose him with auto-brewery syndrome, meaning sugar in his body was turned into alcohol.

Kevin GailisEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Impaled saw
    • Hematoma
  • Treatment:
    • Surgical extraction

Kevin was brought in with a table saw impaled in his chest after his teacher collapsed while helping him guide wood into the saw. The blade was deep in his chest, so Maggie wanted a CT Angio before surgery. Despite this, Owen took him directly to surgery. In surgery, they removed the saw, but there was no blood flow to his arm. They worked to restore blood flow and were able to save his arm. He was later stable in the PACU.

Cece ColvinEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Kidney failure
    • Peritonitis
  • Treatment:
    • Peritoneal dialysis
    • Translumbar catheter

Cece was receiving her eighth day of dialysis. She developed peritonitis, which meant they couldn't use that to do dialysis anymore and needed to find another way to get access. Meredith later had the idea to get access from the back with a translumbar catheter.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Posterior nose bleed
  • Treatment:
    • Blood transfusion

Tad came into the ER with a nosebleed. Vik told him to hold pressure and said he'd come back to pack it. Vik went back five hours later and Ted started coughing up blood. Koracick stepped in to help, but quickly learn Vik hadn't done an exam or ordered labs. He criked Tad and put in an IO line, but they were unable to get enough access to transfuse effectively, so he was pronounced dead at 17:57.


Song Performer Scene
"Come This Far" Chloe Kohanski
  • Owen and Amelia finishing having sex.
  • They talk about their relationship.
  • They start having sex again, but the alarm goes off.
  • They start having sex anyway.
  • Ben kisses Bailey good morning and they discuss their conflicting schedules before he leaves.
  • Bailey is shocked to see Alex and Jo getting out of their car in the Chief of Surgery spot.
  • The sisters are surprised to see Andrew pull up on a motorcycle. Maggie says Amelia should date him.
  • Amelia says she's off the market.
"Body Is Moving" Claire Guerreso
  • Alex and Meredith talk about being Chief and Cece.
  • Alex says she's earned the right to choose who she wants to let in.
  • He gives her an idea for Cece, so she leaves.
"Hi-Lo (Hollow)" Bishop Briggs
  • Amelia sits with Maggie and comforts her about Jackson.
  • Buckley is taken to visit Kevin in the PACU.
"Getting Started" Tommy Ashby
  • Richard, Link, and Andrew leave to go to the bar together.
  • Owen and Amelia talk at the nurse's station and then leave together.
  • Meredith comes home with her new outfits.
  • She takes the kids upstairs for a fashion show and then bed.
  • Maggie sits in the kitchen, where she composes and then erases a text to Jackson.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy 15x03 Promo "Gut Feeling" (HD) Season 15 Episode 3 Promo

Grey's Anatomy 15x03 Promo "Gut Feeling" (HD) Season 15 Episode 3 Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Gut Feeling, originally sung by Devo.
  • This episode scored 6.61 million viewers.
  • This is the first episode where Jo Karev wears navy blue scrubs in the real timeline. She was seen wearing them before in Do You Know?, but that was in a future as imagined by Cristina.


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Behind the ScenesEdit


See AlsoEdit

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.