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Grey’s Anatomy – Flowers Grow Out of My Grave (15×06)

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Grey’s Anatomy is known for its dance with death, and in this episode, they chose to not only dance with it but to really dig deep and explore the meaning of it. As other TV shows spent their time focusing on Halloween, Grey’s decided to pay homage to Dia de Los Muertos, which I thought was a great way to stay current and diverse in a less mainstream way.

This episode unpacked a lot, starting again with Teddy’s long outheld secret from Owen. Of course just as she’s about to tell him, Amelia bursts in with the news that Betty’s gone missing, sending them all on a wild goose chase for the rest of the episode.

The morning at the hospital starts as per usual with fun small gossip among the doctors. Jo is invested in the possibility of a romance between Link and Meredith, as she tries to pique Link’s faded interest telling him that just because Meredith may have rejected him before doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be persistent, because she’s a hard nut to crack.

As Bailey and Jo’s liver patient Roberta was receiving the almost good news about her liver, a nurse came in to tell them that she wasn’t going to be getting the liver as previously expected, which means back to square one.

Weber pulls Meredith aside to deliver the news that Thatcher her deadbeat dad is in hospice with terminal cancer with only a few weeks to live. Due to a very complicated past, or lack thereof, with her father, she wrestles with her conscious and whether or not she should say goodbye to him one last time.

Just as Bailey and Jo are starting to feel desperate, Bailey comes up with the ingenious idea to do a Frankenstein procedure of sorts, procuring the liver of a man who died 7 minutes ago and happens to be the same exact match as Roberta.

Alex and Meredith are working together to take out the gallbladder of a little girl whose family is all there to support her as well as celebrate Dia de Los Muertos and provide us with a little lesson on the actual meaning and purpose behind it. As the name suggests it’s a celebration of the dead, not a celebration of death. Alex and Meredith have grieved many deaths together in the last 14 seasons and honestly who would’ve imagined they would’ve stuck it out together to represent OG Grey’s? I’m all for it though, their friendship is truly Friends level!

Link approaches Meredith asking her out only to be rejected once again. But to be fair, Meredith’s been through so many traumas, that, of course, she’s going to need a little more persistence and umph from Link. DeLuca joins them and provides some friendly competition. It’s obvious there’s a typical love triangle forming. Who will prevail? Team Link or Team DeLuca?

Link, Levi, and Nico are presented with a case of a boy, JJ, who originally comes in with a fractured humerus, but later they find a mass in his arm that seems to be the initial cause of the fracture. Nico offers to show Levi the ropes of ortho as well as the ropes of other personal discoveries.

After telling Alex the miraculous news about the liver they saved, he immediately refuses to let Jo and Bailey go through with the liver transplant, only leading them to take matters into their own hands and continue with the procedure. Although Jo deliberately disobeyed Alex’s specific orders, he can’t help but find something sexy in it, and all is good. I mean with a brain and skills like that, you can’t stay mad at her for too long!

Mer is on a date with an English professor, another check on the list provided by her matchmaker, but this time it ends in her spiraling on about why she shouldn’t feel guilty about not wanting to say goodbye to a man that has never been a part of her life. Why is it always the child’s job to forgive and forget? Yeah, they may have given you life, but there’s so much more to being a parent than completing life’s most basic reproductive function. I honestly couldn’t agree more, she certainly has a point!

Link proves Meredith’s original assumption about him being just a pretty face wrong. He shows a greater depth by connecting with JJ in such a beautiful, sweet, and pure way. After explaining to JJ that he has cancer and that it might, in fact, lead him to baldness just like his grandfather, Link hacks off random pieces of his beautiful locks to show him that it’s going to be ok. I wonder if showing Link’s ability with kids is an added foreshadowing of sorts.

The long journey is over for Roberta, but not in that way. The liver transplant is a huge success and she can put off the funeral preparations for at least a few decades.

Nico and Levi are riding the elevator and engage in some typical elevator steaminess, but to Levi’s dismay when Nico finds out that it’s Levi’s first gay rodeo, he tells him that he can’t go through the entire process of coming out of the closet again, he’s been there done that looong process. Poor Levi, but that doesn’t mean it’s over, he just needs to go down his own path of self-discovery for a bit before bringing Nico into it.

As the episode is winding down Shonda decides to throw a curveball and celebrate the deaths of some old familiar faces. The reappearance of George, Lexi, Ellis, Derek, Mark, and even Doc, Mer’s old dog from seasons past, throws a wrench in our hearts. They all looked exactly the same and it was a beautiful moment. It really showed how far we’ve come as a Grey’s Anatomy family!

Of course, the last scene has to leave ambiguity for the next few episodes, especially concerning how Mer’s love story will play out. As of right now, it looks like Link’s pulling ahead in this love triangle. Mer’s always had a thing for men with beautiful hair, but after this cut, I think she’ll be able to look beyond the do after all his beautiful hair is just an extension of his beautiful face and personality.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Anybody Have A Map? (15×07)

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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.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Everyday Angel (15×05)

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In this week’s episode of Grey’s, we’re given more than just a window into the lives of the doctors. Jackson is back, Meredith gives Teddy a perspective on motherhood, and Owen and Amelia engage in helicopter parenting. Oh, the drama! That’s what we live for though, right? It wouldn’t be Grey’s if it wasn’t for a front row seat into their personal lives.

Jackson has finally returned from his “personal rediscovery,” but of course not empty-handed. Rafi, a boy with a condition that causes benign growths on his shoulder blades that resemble angel’s wings is reversely taken under Jackson’s wings. Jackson initially believes the procedure will be simple, but obviously, there’s no such thing as a simple procedure. During the surgery, he finds that the benign growths are in fact malignant and he has the option of removing them, giving Rafi a limited range of motion, but saving his life, or leaving them to the perils of future radiative therapy.

It was a rare occurrence not to see Meredith at the hospital the entire episode, but it was for the better as she gave Teddy a good talking to. The long, drawn-out storyline of Teddy’s secret pregnancy with Owen’s baby is hopefully soon to surface as Meredith pulled the growing-up-without-a-father card, making Teddy realize that her anger with Owen isn’t worth her child growing up without him.

Owen and Amelia also have the day off and choose to spend it parked outside of Betty’s school. Amelia is obsessed with idea that Betty’s going to play hookey and slip-up, knowing very well that during her high school days she would’ve immediately run out the entrance doors to get high.

Meanwhile, Bailey and Jo embark on a long day of brainstorming as they’re presented with a woman who claims something’s wrong with her, and her condition isn’t simply in her head. They set out to prove that they’re just as good as Meredith. After all, Bailey did mold Meredith into the doctor she is today, and Jo worked alongside her in the rat experiment. Those both deserve some credit!

Jo and Link’s past sibling-like friendship is further explored, and Alex reveals that his side-eyes aren’t due to jealousy but, in fact, disappointment. He wondered how Link could have let Paul’s treatment of Jo slide if they were truly as good of friends as he claimed. Link explains that, of course, if Paul’s manipulative ways hadn’t caused Jo to distance herself, he would’ve immediately protected her.

Jackson saves Rafi’s life and preserves his range of motion, as well as his relationship with Amelia. It looks like things are on the upside for him, finally!

Jo and Bailey also earn a win, discovering that their patient has a unique condition in which a ligament is wrapped around an artery and causes severe pain every time she digests. No need to call the psych ward this time. Looks like Bailey still has it!

Honestly, I’m impressed by the amount these doctors accomplish in the span of a day. And still with spare time and energy to congregate at Joe’s Bar to engage in a wholesome music circle! I can hardly complete my daily household chores between sunrise and sunset without being completely bested.

This episode was certainly a lighter one, which is quite a rarity. Though I guess it’s true what they say about the calm before a storm…I wonder what’s next in store for the doctors!

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Grey’s Anatomy- “All I Could Do Was Cry” (11×11)

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The title for this episode was perfect, because I all I could do was cry with Jackson and April as they got the news about their unborn child.

The Japril Baby

Jackson and April got the news that their child is even suffering in the womb and that he wouldn’t have survive past child birth. They come up with the plan to deliver the baby, name him, and pray for him until god takes him away. Poor April and her faith. It’s constantly being tested since she wonders why god would put her through something like this. Catherine Avery is there for moral support and actually comes up with the plan of naming the baby and holding him until he takes his last breath. April still believes in a miracle, but we all know her chances are slim. While this is happening Doctor Herman takes Arizona off the case because her ties are way too close–these are her friends, and she just wants to help out.

Doctor Herman gives them two papers to sign–one of which is a death certificate. This sets April all the way back and she refuses to sign the papers. Everyone in the hospital wants to help, so they light candles in the hospital church. Jackson even makes an appearance. And even though he isn’t a man of strong faith, he prays for god to help April during this time. In the end, Doctor Herman delivers the baby and they name him Samuel Norbert Avery. He’s baptized and the parents lay with him until its time to let go and say goodbye. This part was so hard to watch, especially since throughout the episode they kept playing happy flashbacks of the couple. All they wanted to do was start a family and never imagine thing would have ended up like this. But, as they say, god only tests those he knows are strong enough to handle it. Will Japril be able to make it through?

JUSTIN CHAMBERS, ROB NAGLE

Besides the Japril baby, the other main focus of the episode was Amelia and how her patients have been helping her tackle Doctor Herman’s monstrous tumor. Patient Drew’s procedure, who has a tumor that causes him to go blind, serves as a test run for Herman. Stephanie questions Amelia’s motives for going forward with the surgery even though recovery is slim. However, Drew regains his sight and Amelia reassures Stephanie that sometimes you don’t need the odds in your favor–great doctors need to be in dark places to succeed. Also, Owen and Amelia have plenty of moments in this episode and I’m totally starting to ship them together. In the end, Amelia opens up to Owen in the church that she lost her baby when it was just a few weeks old

What do you think? Can you see love in the air?? Did you like this weeks episode? Did the Japril storyline make you sob like a baby? 

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