Synopsis: Continuing his new duties, Derek reinstates the hospital lecture series; Bailey shares her first days as a shy resident; Callie looks back on a polio case; Richard recalls a case where he and Ellis worked on a virus known then as GRID.
As far as flashback episodes go, "The Time Warp" wasn't a terrible one. The episode was very choppy and a bit rough to follow at some points. I can't lie, I've been waiting for the whole cast to bust out in "The Time Warp" dance. The Drew Carey Show cast did it, why the hell can't the cast of Grey's Anatomy? If nothing else, it'd be a good change.
In the lecture series, Chief Webber (James Pickens Jr.) talks about how a young Chief Webber (J. August Richards) and young Ellis Grey (Sarah Paulson) diagnose a young male patient in the early 1980s with AIDS (then known as GRID). They catch a lot of flack from their chief and continue to do the surgery when everyone says they shouldn't. The patient lived through the surgery but died a few weeks later and as a result Ellis and the Chief end up at the bar.
The young Chief Webber and the young Ellis Grey have discussions that appeared in episodes before when Ellis was still alive and had Alzheimer's. They talked about leaving their significant others for each other. It also seemed that Ellis made Richard have his first drink of vodka, which would eventually throw him into a spiral leading him to the present time where he's no longer the chief of surgery and 45 days sober.
Back to the present, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) talked about her first days as an intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. Bailey butted heads with her resident and confided in a very long-haired Joe the bartender (Steven W. Bailey). She stood up to her resident, was commended by the Chief and was told she will "make a hell of a surgeon."