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Grey’s Anatomy- Only Mama Knows (11×04)

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It was an episode full of flash backs and revelations, but this weeks Grey’s really delivered. Come to think of it, all of ABC’s dramas had strong episodes this week. We find our favorite surgeon reliving her mothers past and looking deeper into what really happened that day Ellis Grey tried to kill herself. From watching her mother talk about the Grey method, we see Derrick enter the room, and our favorite couple just look at each other with coldness. Clearly, they are still fighting since Meredith would rather look at old tapes of her mom than talk to Derrick.  Meredith seems proud of her mom which is a first since she never talks about her in a good light.

Like I stated, the episode was full of flash backs. As Meredith remembers how her mom tried to kill herself, or when she was in the hospital giving birth to Maggie, we also see flashbacks of season one, when her mother was admitted to the hospital. She remembers how her mother called her ordinary for falling in love with Derrick, which happens right after they fight, again. He wants Mer to feel his sacrifice, she doesn’t want anything to do with that and tells him to take the first flight out to Washington to get his job. She doesn’t want his accomplishments to get in the way of hers, and all he can say is ” You Sound Just Like Your Mother.” See that could be a good thing if he was talking about being a amazing surgeon, but he wasn’t. He meant it in the way of being cold and stubborn. I’m not loving my favorite couple on the rocks, but I guess that’s what marriage is all about.

Meredith needs a little help remembering what happened exactly in the spring of 1983. She asks Richard for her mothers journals to see if she wrote anything down about Maggie. This springs a whole new set of flash backs with a young Richard and a young Ellis. We find out through the flashbacks that they were planning to leave their significant others for each other. Except that on the day they were going to tell their spouses Ellis learns that The Grey Method has earned her her first Harper Avery nomination, which also marks the first time a resident has been nominated. Richard tells Meredith that if he was going to be with her, he would feel that jealously for the rest of his life, and he simply couldn’t do it. The day he breaks things off with her, is when Ellis tries to take her own life, which is the flash back Meredith remembers. We then see a flashback to season 3, when Richard tells Ellis he made the wrong choice for the wrong reason. Which is true, he didn’t want to be with her for a hateful jealousy, but they could have been happy. I feel like that was a moment for Meredith to realize that her and Derricks choice might not be the best one, but they shouldn’t fight for all the wrong reasons. 

Back at the hospital, Maggie is quitting, and its because she doesn’t like her sister, and she thinks her dad never wanted her. Derrick who has no clue about Maggie being Meredith’s sister asks why she is leaving so soon. She keeps telling him to talk to his wife, but he assures her that, that is impossible. She then confesses that she is Mer’s half sister and Richard is her father. The smile on his face says it all, and we all are brought back to why he is Mcdreamy. He gives her a long, and maybe awkward hug and assures her that she shouldn’t leave because of Mer, and that she isn’t really good with sisters anyway. 

Our favorite couple find each other again, and Derrick puts a pause on their fighting. Mer calms down enough to tell him all about what she remembers, and she remembers everything. She tells him she remembers her mom’s stomach getting bigger, her water breaking, but then going to school like everything was normal after her stomach went down. She remembered everything. And before Maggie could leave, she showed her their mothers journal. She shows her that although their mother wasn’t warm, she did write down everything she ate from the time she found out she was pregnant just so her baby could be healthy. It wasn’t much, but it was something. As they read the journal, Richard looks on to see his girls getting along finally. I saw girls because no matter what, Meredith will always be a daughter to him. 

At the end we finally hear the end of Ellis’s speech and she says she dedicated her first Harper Avery to “all the women surgeons who would come after me.” In other words, she dedicated it to her daughters. It was such a warm episodes with touching surgeries, Alex being the new Arizona, Bailey going above and beyond with advice, and flashbacks to moments we completely forgot about. They say this will be the season of Meredith, and I’m glad we are getting back to what Grey’s is all about! 

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Grey’s Anatomy- Winter Finale Review + What’s Coming Up

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With all the craziness surrounding my family (My sister is getting married next week!!) I have finally been able to catch up with my shows. Don’t worry my Grey’s fanatics, I haven’t forgotten about you. Last weeks winter finale left us with cliffhangers that will keep us guessing until January. Will our favorite couple make it? How about the Japril baby? What do I sense a connection with Owen and Amelia?

Will They Make It: The question on everyones mind, will Mer & Der make it? Trust me I need to know because I haven’t watched for nearly 10 years to have them break up. The entire episode was the breaking point of the whole season. We watched them argue about Derricks decision to stay in Seattle, and Mer pushing him away. This week he reaches his breaking point. It also helped that The President Of The United States ( No, Not Fitz) sent out another aid to help persuade him to go to Washington. While he thinks about that, he and Mer continue to fight about everything Patients, family, hell even food. We watch Mer’s jealously tear up her relationship, which a couple of cute flashbacks to season one. She continues to say the carousel never stops spinning, a metaphor her mother used. Is this showing that Mer is becoming her mom? At the end Derrick throws it in her face that she was the reason why he stayed. She told him to leave. He calls the president and takes the offer. She then tells him to REALLY leave. As he walks away, we flash to Richard walking away from her mom. CAN THEY REALLY BE OVER? I mean Richard and Allice were.

Japril Baby: When it wasn’t about the star couple, it was about April’s baby who is dying. Stephanie took her ultra sound, yes very awkward, and detected a  life-threatening birth defect. She asked Arizona and Herman’s advice. It came out positive for a rare birth defect that would leave the baby dead within weeks. To make matters worse, Jackson heard Stephanie talking about it. Shonda always has to kill someone, and now its the Japril baby!! 

Arizona Spills The Beans: Herman is dying, which isn’t a surprise. But her behavior is. She is a ticking time bomb who is more preoccupied with having sex and eating ice cream than her patients. Arizona wants to help with her tumor, so she steals her labs from another hospital and asks Amelia for help. Amelia is so intrigued with the tumor that she thinks she has a plan to remove it. Can Herman be saved? Or will she kill Arizona for telling her secret? 

 

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OMG MOMENTS!

1. I smell a romance between Owen and Amelia. They hinted it on the episode, he asking about her addictions, she asking if he was lonely. I’m still not over Christina leaving so I don’t know how I feel about that.

2. Callie and Arizona don’t look like they will be getting back together soon. After they repeat “WE ARE SEPARATED” dialogues these last episodes, it looks like they are actually not together and are actually happy.

3. Jo and Alex are surprisingly happy, but leave it to Shonda to mess that up soon. 

And for all you fans out there the second part to season 11 should be a good one. Shonda Rhimes & Co. are launching a major trans storyline in 2015 focusing on a character named Travis,a  thirty something man who will make the “believable transition” to a woman over time. Rumor has it the newbie will form a strong bond with a Grey Sloan staffer whose identity will remain unknown for now mostly because I’m not sure who it is. That’s right, there’s something I don’t know — what’s it to you?! Also the plot is in the nascent stages and, therefore, subject to change, so don’t quote me on any of this. Eh, screw it. Quote me.

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Scandal- The Last Supper (04×08)

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 Gladiators, I can’t breathe. Last nights episode of Scandal has literally taken my breath away. So many twists and turns, Shonda clearly doesn’t want me to live after watching her shows! This week Papa Pope finally sees where Olivia’s loyalty lies and he doesn’t like it one bit. Spoiler: It’s with Jake and Fitz. They come together with Olivia to try and bring down command. Meanwhile, Mellie gets her groove back, Cyrus tries to bring down Liz, and Huck spends quality time with his son. It might sound all fine and dandy but trust me, it really wasn’t! 
Fitz, Jake, & Liv Play Nice: We pick up exactly where we left off last week, with the three of them in the bunker. Jake wants nothing to do with Fitz’s plan to get Rowan on trial for all the sins he committed, and I don’t blame him. I’m really glad Jake stuck to his guns this episode because Fitz was just beating him up 5 minutes ago and now he wants to play nice! Olivia tries to keep the peace and they all agree on keeping Jake in the room until further notice. They don’t want Rowan catching up on their plans (Although command basically sees and hears anything and everything in D.C). I wouldn’t be surprised if he had their phones bugged… or better yet, that damn bunker. Olivia and Fitz also share a tender moment in the hallway, as Fitz tells her to kiss him because he knows she wants to. These two always find a way to mess around. She does kiss him, but pulls away quickly, because she doesn’t know where her loyalties really lie. Is she with Jake? Is she with Fitz? Who knows. 
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Mellie Got Her Groove Back: There’s an attack on the  VP leaving his car to be blown up in flames. Mellie rushes to his side to make sure he’s okay and realizes that she actually loves him. It quickly turns into hot steamy sex. Props to the First Lady for matching her red shirt with a red blouse! She confesses that after he chose the VP slot over her, she wanted to erase him. Then Jerry, her son died, and she wanted erase herself. But now, she’s ready to love again. Nothing can go wrong right?! Wrong. This is clearly Scandal we’re talking about. 
Liz Turns To Liv: Liz wants Olivia to look into her her phone, which she believes has been hacked. The investigation leads right to Cyrus and he has to come clean about his naughty, freaky nights with Michael. Liv sees that his side piece has been leaking information to Liz, but when she digs deeper she sees that he had tons of info on Cyrus, but only gave Liz a piece of info. When she confronts Michael he admits its because Cyrus is a good man and he actually has feelings for him. Although low key, he kind of creeps me out! Cyrus tells Liv that clients come a plenty, but friends are few. Being loyal to her “friend” she tells Liz that her phone was hacked by a virus. Liz believes it, but something tells me she’s just testing Olivia to see where her loyalty stands. (More on why she cares about Liv later.)
Huck Plays Dad: Huck has been really close to his son Javi lately. He’s always over and the two are growing fond of each other. I am growing fond of them as well because I love this story line and I’m glad Huck is finally happy. When Olivia orders Huck to spy on Liz to get dirt on her, Javi joins in on all the fun. Suddenly, Kubiak comes to Liz’s apartment and Huck orders Javi to leave and get some icecream so he doesn’t witness any hanky-panky. But then things get weird when Quinn suddenly arrives to the hideout. Turns out, Quinn is following Kubiak who is involved with Liz somehow. It could be that Liz was the one who hired him to follow Olivia and she’s the reason those two young girls and the dad are dad. Then to make things even worse, Andrew shows up. He and liz are sleeping together!! But that’s not it! Suddenly, Kubiak attacks the hideout. (How he knew he was being watched, I have no clue). He grabs Huck and begins choking him. Quinn tries saving her bff but there’s no bullets in the gun and Kubiak is immune to her stabs, so Huck has no choice but to kill Kubiak. All this happens as Javi is watching, and runs off before Huck can explain! I was just starting to like them together but now you know the mother is going to find out and get super upset and unleash hell. Poor Huck. Poor Javi.  I guess you can’t have a family and personal life when doing this kind of job. 
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The biggest OMG moment: The three musketeers, or shall I say the three blind mice decided that the only way to take Rowan down, is to ambush him. Olivia decides that she should be the shiny object to lure her father in. She tricks him by crying on the phone and telling him he was right all along about the choices she has been making. As she’s at the restaurant, SWAT teams are on standby to kill him, and Fitz and Jake watch from the White House. Suddenly, Rowan changes the conversation, telling Liv he’s sorry about the choices he had made as a father–for never being there, never being a good role model. Then he switches it up to how he’s disappointed in her. How he trusted her, how she should have trusted her family over THEM. Them being the two guys that would never love her like a father. He moves closer and assures her that the war has only just begun and she’s chose her side. The men outside are dead (as they mysteriously get shot) and the only reason he played nice before was because he loved her. Now she betrayed him and she was on the opposing team. He makes his exit, leaving before the ambulance can even arrive for the bodies. BOOM, Rowan Pope just mind-effed us all!  He’s clearly 50 steps ahead of everyone’s game plan. It’s a scary time to be Olivia. Really scary. 
Like I said gladiators, my mind is blown. Not to mention that all the B613 files are gone! How did he even get to them? Rowan Pope owned this episode! Next week is the winter finale and my question to you is, WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN? Doesn’t it seem like it was just premiere week? What the hell!?

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Marcia Gay Harden Joins How To Get Away With Murder

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The Oscar winner has a resume filled with classic, must-see movies. Now, Marcia Gay Harden now can add being on falls “number one breakout television show” to that list.

ABC announced that Harden will appear as a mystery recurring character on the show How To Get Away With Murder.

 

Although it won’t happen until after the winter finale, we are still eager to see Harden’s involvement.

 She was last seen on the serious Trophy Wife, and the network won’t give any details on her upcoming role.

It is promised that we will finally see the bonfire seen, which will reveal how exactly Sam got murdered.

Don’t miss the winter finale of How To Get Away With Murder, November 20th on ABC. 

 

Photo Credit: ABC/How To Get Away With Murder

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