Life is a labyrinth riddled with tragedies and difficulties, and Grey’s Anatomy knows this truth all too well, especially in this episode. Between a death, a rocky relationship, a downward spiral, and a cancer diagnosis, they’re going to need much more than a map to get out of this labyrinth.
The nurses at Grey Sloan Memorial are truly the backbone of the hospital, the oil that makes it run smoothly, and despite this show’s primary focus on the doctors, there are a few times the nurses gain a little recognition.
Frankie is one of the head nurses and despite being 28 weeks pregnant she’s still giving orders and saving lives. That is until she’s admitted as a patient due to a wandering spleen. Weber tries to convince her to go into surgery to fix it, but she has her worries– protecting both her baby and her wallet. She tells Weber that she had always had a plan, and obviously, life doesn’t always go accordingly, so sometimes you need to take initiative. Instead of waiting for a man, she decided to pursue IVF and have a baby on her own, although not entirely alone, because she has her entire village of nurses ready to help raise the baby alongside her.
Meanwhile, Meredith and Koracick are called by Catherine Avery to help a patient who has a major spinal tumor. The patient, to their surprise, happens to be Catherine. They need to run a biopsy to test if it’s benign, and if it’s not they need to figure out a way to keep Catherine alive while also hopefully not turning her into a paraplegic.
The other Avery is having his own troubles when Maggie finds a very friendly text from another woman he met on his “Godquest”. Immediately she concludes that he must have cheated on her, which to be fair, heart emojis are definitely a step beyond platonic. After explaining that it actually isn’t what it looks like — didn’t physically cheat — he admits that he looks to other women he can be emotionally vulnerable with, one of which includes April.
Maggie doesn’t take this news too well, and she’s right in her anger. The fact that he’s talking to a woman he’s slept with and a woman who wants to sleep with him about some of his deepest emotions, would make anyone quite jealous, hurt, and skeptical. Though there’s really nobody who is in the wrong, it only highlights the flaws in their communication.
Frankie is in the woods again when they find fluid in her abdomen and need to rush her into the OR to take out her spleen. Thankfully, Weber’s able to remove it, but blood soon begins to flood her abdomen. Alex is forced to deliver the baby prematurely, and the baby boy ends up surviving strongly, however, Frankie does not. Weber is finally breaking down. He’s not healed from Ollie’s passing, and now with Frankie’s unfortunate death, he’s a mess of emotions. He takes himself to an AA meeting and learns about a bar that gives recovering alcoholics a shot for each chip they’ve earned.
Jackson is finally opening up to Maggie about everything. He tells her about his feelings for April and that he’s genuinely happy that she’s happy, but there’s still a part of him that wishes things could’ve been different for them. The one thing they could never see eye to eye was God, and now that Jackson truly believes, he’s too late and she’s moved on and married Matthew. (RIP, Japril for life!). And amidst all of this, he still loves Maggie. Right now their relationship status seems a bit ambiguous, but it’s not looking great. Love is crazy complicated.
Weber makes his way to the bar and trades the bartender his 8 years for 8 shots. As he contemplates whether he should take the shots or not, he stands up and goes behind the bar reaching for a bat and smashing the shelves lined with alcohol.
At Catherine’s ribbon cutting Koracick reveals that she does, in fact, have grade-three chondrosarcoma. And Meredith receives a call from Weber informing her that he’s in jail and needs her help…oh boy, this leaves so many cliffhangers.
It seems like a lot of trouble for the Avery-Weber clan, and we can only keep our fingers crossed for the road that lies ahead of them.
Grey’s Anatomy – Jump Into the Fog (15×25)
It was no plane crash, no active shooter, and no major death, but it was still a Grey’s Anatomy season finale. What a close to the end of an iconic season!
In my expert Grey’s Anatomy superfan opinion, the hour was a bit anticlimactic. Even with the supposed cliffhanger, they didn’t offer enough of a teaser as to what happened to Jackson for it to be a proper jaw-dropping ending.
In spite of a slight doozy of an episode, the rest of the storylines were more heartwarming than not. A true change of heart for the show!
Welcome, Allison! Teddy and Owen had their baby and wow, did they find a baby that actually resembles Kevin McKidd. Owen made his final love declaration, which was basically a proposal. I’m sure we’ll get to their wedding sometime within the next season.
Poor Koracick, this is a moment in time when I hate the third person. His love for Teddy is so pure and it’s the first time he has truly felt alive and loved after his son’s death. And here he gets screwed over by Teddy and Owen’s love for each other.
It’s not their fault they love each other, but I wish Teddy had been more honest with herself about her feelings so we could’ve avoided this.
Was anyone else unphased by the firing of Alex, Meredith, and Richard? We all know somehow they’re going to miraculously get their jobs back.
Watching Bailey exercise her power was good to see, and it showed that nepotism can die. It was a typical Grey’s Anatomy family ban of loyalty.
The legalities of what will happen with the insurance fraud and DeLuca in jail are story arcs that I am not necessarily interested in. I prefer the gory and emotional messes. But I guess a mix of both is satisfying for a larger coverage of the audience base.
All successful patient recoveries and miracles happened and what a joyous occasion. Gus received his life-changing blood transfusion and Kari moved a few extremities. It was a good day for the road to recoveries.
Jo was changed by Frances’ moving monologue about doing the things that scare you. She too is on the road to recovery. The emotional exchange between her and Alex almost got the waterworks flowing. Seeing her being taken into the psychiatric ward was a strong scene and one that was a bit too prolonged.
Amelia should win some sort of award! She has matured the most this season and I’m proud of her. Watching herself admit that she needs to find herself beyond Owen, but also declare her feelings for Link was a momentous event for this Shepherd.
Link deserves nothing but a happy and loving ending, so they also better start planning a double wedding of sorts between Teddy and Owen, Link and Amelia. A double whammy wedding? I’m all for it. Although, it might be an awkward occurrence for all parties.
What do you think happened to Jackson? What are you most looking forward to this fall? Do you think Meredith will go to jail? Are our questions ever fully answered?
- I’ve never commented on the soundtrack before, but the intro song was a perfect and eerie match. Although perhaps, a bit more foreshadowing than what actually followed.
- “You need to develop some instincts for self-preservation.” Can we please make this a meme or some sort of iconic line? Meredith’s a strong and independent woman who needs no man!
- Teddy’s puns pregnancy puns were prime. Also, there’s something endearing about Owen’s nickname “Sergent” for Teddy.
- Amelia’s desperation speech to the police was adorable. Also, did anyone else relate to her confession of finding everyone attractive and falling in love easily? Or does that also signify I might be suffering from a possible brain tumor?
- Another Bailey scolding of her “children”. Iconic, that’s all I can say.
- Thank you, Nico, for finally coming to the realization that Schmitt deserved so much. Also, that Schmitt telling him that he deserves so much more was a huge step for him as well. Their relationship can only go up from here.
- Maggie and Jackson are on the rocks, but I’m sure the whole reality of losing someone is going to save their relationship.
Grey’s Anatomy – Drawn to the Blood (15×24)
Shonda is really setting up her pawns in this preseason finale. Up until the last five to ten minutes of the episode, it’s pretty slow and slightly dry.
It’s a good tactic though, you have to build up to the season finale because if both were exciting and adrenaline producing, the finale wouldn’t seem as shocking.
Meredith is sent to get Jo out of her funk. With her track record, we all had high hopes. I mean, the twisted sisters had a lot of mishaps and still ended up on top.
Jo eventually opens up and admits to Mer that she feels her misery and all the bad events that have happened to her were a birthright her father passed down to her.
Immediately Mer swoops in to remind her she’s also had her fair share of shitty events. I mean, that’s a given at Grey’s Sloan Memorial. She gives her one of her famous pep talks and makes us all re-evaluate our own lives.
Jo sets foot back in the hospital and is ready to fight again.
Meanwhile, Bailey and Catherine are in a serious predicament with the hospital’s insurance company. They found out about Mer’s insurance fraud and are looking into it.
DeLuca is called in to answer questions in order to incriminate Mer, but he doesn’t give in, and instead takes the entire fall for her. He’s most likely going to jail.
I don’t know whether I find it truly romantic or entirely stupid. He’s right about her needing to be there for her children and can’t afford jail time, so I do believe his intentions.
They found a blood donor for Gus, but she comes with a caveat. She’s agoraphobic and her therapist is taken by the border control, so she retreats back into the plane and refuses to move.
Eventually, Owen comes and gets her to compromise and throw a towel over her head so he can carry her to the car. On their way to the hospital, the fog has descended upon the city.
The fog becomes so intense it causes a massive pileup on the freeway and Owen, Frances, Schmitt are all isolated on the freeway.
Teddy finally verbalizes her love for Owen. Predictable. We all knew it. Who’s been saying it in every previous review?
Also, she’s finally in labor! We’re so close to meeting the new addition to the family. Is anyone else super curious what her name is going to be?
I’m ready, not ready for the final episode of the season! So many questions left to answer, and so many questions that will probably be left unanswered until Season 16!
How exactly will Teddy and Owen get together and what will happen to Koracick? Poor guy.
Will Mer truly let DeLuca take the fall for her? I’m ready for the chaos to ensue once everyone’s freed from their imaginary shackles.
- Link is too pure for this world. If everyone had his outlook the world would be a much better place.
- “I guess God’s water just broke too.” Yes, Jackson!
- Maggie and Jackson are both moods. I relate to Maggie. Who do you side with?
- Gaby and DeLuca’s interactions are so adorable. He’s wonderful with kids and secretly Shonda’s trying to show that side of him so that we are more sold on the MerLuca relationship.
- I’m really enjoying the unlikely “friendship” between Amelia and Koracick. Sharing their unsolicited love advice with each other is so typically Grey’s.
- Nico’s cockiness at the beginning of the episode worried me. Had he not changed? But I’m glad Weber taught him that sometimes you need to laugh at the slightly funny cases to stay sane during the entirety of them all.
- We all need a friend like Mer who will tell us when we smell and remind us they’re not going to start lying to you now.
- Meredith and Derek are the great love of the century. Why was that so long ago? Whenever she alludes to him, I feel my heart jump.
Grey’s Anatomy – What I Did For Love (15×23)
Sometimes the things you do for love aren’t always huge romantic gestures, but huge and hard decisions.
The crossover of the season between Shondaland’s Station 19 and Grey’s is one that I’m sure many fans have been anticipating. Although, if you’re not a watcher of Station 19, the crossover meant very little.
Schmitt was transported in the ambulance of a supposed John Doe only to learn that the life he saved was the fire station chief. Turns out, he was, in fact, a hero. Nico’s sudden shift in the treatment of Schmitt has me seething a bit.
Link explained to Schmitt that Nico’s loss of the previous patient will Haunt Nico for the rest of his career, but I still don’t think it acts as an excuse for his horrible treatment of Schmitt.
I hope they mend their relationship soon, but right now things don’t look too great.
Meredith is faced with a tough decision to commit insurance fraud, although not her first rodeo. She’s determined to get the little girl the surgical procedure she needs.
Her father has done everything right, as Meredith states, but it goes to show how corrupt the system is. Meredith struggles with the idea that DeLuca disapproves but fearlessly goes through with it, even at the expense of her medical license and career.
By the end, DeLuca is standing in front of Meredith confessing his love for her! Only to have her respond with a slightly uncomfortable smile and an “ok.” Not necessarily what anyone wants as a response to their entire love display.
I wonder where that leaves them.
Following the trend in the Ellis Grey biology, Maggie seems to be having commitment issues to moving in with Jackson. She continues excusing her long-awaited answer on Meredith’s reservations for her moving out.
After speaking with the firehouse chief, she realizes
Now, getting to the entire Jo focus of the episode. Jo was brought onto Gus’ case to help ease her distractedness, and it seems to work at first. She begins feeling like she’s back in the game and we even see a moment of smiles shared between the Karevs.
Although, this easily shifts when she finds out that she misunderstood and messed up. Ben and Teddy notice something wrong with Jo and report her to Bailey.
After she breaks down to the patient’s mother she’s taken away by Alex. I’m honestly at a loss for what’s going to happen to Jo. Bailey could go either way. Understanding and request Jo see someone about her depression, or she could show her some typical Bailey tough love and suspend her. What are your thoughts?
Owen has finally noticed Link and Amelia’s budding relationship and he’s not too happy about it. With both the women in his life moving on and leaving him alone with Leo, he begins feeling lost.
During his visit to his therapist, he reveals that he has decided to admit his feelings for someone. I’m putting my money on Teddy! I hope we find out next week, because this whole Teddy, Owen, and Amelia drama has been dragged on for far too long, and I just want to know who is paired with whom.
I don’t think Shonda would allow Owen to end up alone. So I’m still regretfully placing my money on Teddy and Owen’s inevitable big ending.
Despite the sadness each season finale brings, I am looking forward to what Shonda has up her sleeves this year. There hasn’t been much set up for any major shockers, but that has never stopped her before.
- Jo finally broke down. The most important step for her to finally recover. Hopefully, this will lead her to open up completely to Alex. I’m glad we had a slight glimpse of the normal Alex and Jo relationship
- My love for Koracick and Teddy is growing, HELP! I’m supposed to be a Teddy and Owen shipper until the end! But the way Teddy looks at Koracick shows complete happiness and love. He’s perfect for her.
- It’s been so long since Jackson has truly had any screentime. I almost forgot he was on the show!
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