The season premiere begins two to three months after the stranded doctors were rescued after a plane crash.
Shonda Rhimes told TV Guide, “You see the aftermath of what happened. You’re left with some questions as to how this happened and ‘Why is this the way it is?’ and ‘Why is that the way it is?’”
The second episode will jump back in time to answer those questions, while the Allen-directed third episode will jump back to the present timeline, which will find some doctors outside of Seattle Grace with new jobs.
This is Allen’s fifth time behind the camera on “Grey’s Anatomy.”