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Grey’s Anatomy – A Hard Pill to Swallow (16×11)

Grey's Anatomy A Hard Pill to Swallow Review

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This week’s Grey’s Anatomy may as well have been a huge endorsement for the anti-vaping campaign. Which I don’t disagree with! Inhaling anything but air into your lungs is bad. There, McGifty (Dr. Hayes) said it and I’m just repeating it.

You’d think that was an easier said than done sort of thing, but that just isn’t the case. People are inhaling whole fish, ingesting engagement rings, and can I even say “worst of all” vapor!

While the patients were all suffering from their odd maladies, the doctors were all silently sitting on their own secrets that they couldn’t seem to speak.

Meredith’s still pining over DeLuca, so last week’s prediction was incorrect. She missed him enough to learn a line of Italian to whisper in his ear. I still can’t seem to put a finger on her feelings for Dr. Hayes.

They were in close quarters working on a case together trying to salvage the lungs of a high school athlete who initially alarmed them when he suddenly spit up blood. After finding out his lungs resembled the lungs of a 60-year smoker they came to learn that incessant vaping was the culprit.

Hayes opened up to Meredith about his personal frustrations with the kid and how it connected to him worrying about his own boys. Single-parenting is a scary thing, and when you’re raising two boys alone, that’s the scariest. Jo said it best, “I honestly worry for your entire gender sometimes.”

Meredith saw the vulnerable side of Hayes and her eyes showed more than just innocent admiration, whatever that means.

Meanwhile, Jo was working on the case of a bachelor who stupidly swallowed a whole fish. A pufferfish! Of all the things Grey’s has thrown at us over the years, we shouldn’t be surprised anytime anybody comes in after ingesting something unique, so a fish is mild. But I still worry about that man.

Teddy was frazzled and distracted by the loss of her Hunt heirloom. I’m surprised any of the surgeons can successfully wear their wedding rings. Teddy and Owen were running around trying to find the ring until they received a call about Leo getting sick at daycare. Come to find out he somehow swallowed the ring.

It never seemed like the right time for Amelia to confess her secret to Owen and Teddy, but Link isn’t going to let her go too long without sharing the news. Teddy and Owen were too busy searching for the ring, so it appears we’ll have to wait until next week for the canal to break and the drama to flood in.

Link’s so right, they’re doctors and they have easy access to tests. Amelia should’ve done DNA tests before saying anything. Link’s the best thing that’s happened to her in a while and I hope she doesn’t mess it up. My fingers are crossed that the paternity test comes out clean.

Instead of going to work, Weber was focused on getting Maggie back to hers. He dropped some knowledge that someone like her hadn’t ever had to face. After all, she is a young protigy and so far has had things magically work out. Sabi’s death is the first real wake-up call for her and a reminder that even the best surgeons make mistakes. Yang had to learn that the hard way many times.

It looks like Katherine and Weber are still on the rocks and it might be getting a bit bumpier. We’ll have to wait for next week to know exactly what she meant when she said they have some other things to discuss.

I look forward to watching Hayes and Meredith’s relationship continue to unfold how Cristina intended to orchestrate it.

Everything seems so cryptic at the moment.

It was a strong episode full of fun cases and quick transitions to all of the doctors’ challenges. The season has made strides since its rough first ten episodes.

Additional Side Notes:

  • How do Richard and Owen have so many days off? I’d almost question if they even work at the other hospital!
  • I’m proud of Link for finally standing up for himself. For too long he’s let people decide his fate, and this time he’s telling Amelia how he’s feeling and giving her ultimatums.
  • Koracick has a special way of really making an ass out of himself, but then turning it around with the sad story of his wife.

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Grey’s Anatomy Review – Teddy’s Ex-lover and Richard Might be Dying?! (16×19)

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Grey's Anatomy Review Love of My Life 16x19

While I originally assumed a medical conference would put a pause on all of the drama, it only unveiled more. Teddy’s sexually fluid, Maggie found a couple-nights stand, Hayes revealed the full story of his former wife, and Richard is experiencing more than just hand tremors.

The biggest shocker of the night was the entire storyline of Allison and Teddy. And not her baby girl Allison, but her ex-girlfriend Allison. Did anyone see this coming?! The love of Teddy’s life was in fact a woman, not Owen! She admitted that she loves Owen half as much as she loved Allison. She enlisted in the army in order to avenge her girlfriend’s unfortunate demise in 911. Teddy has always had a vague storyline and was always tied to making Owen’s relationships more complicated. This time we finally learned what made Teddy Teddy. Her daughter’s name never seemed important, and after learning that her daughter was actually named after her ex-lover, it offered a dynamic touch to Teddy’s character that has been missing since the beginning. I wonder if Owen knows anything about Allison #1.

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Maggie is finally booed up after her long break with Jackson. I swear medical conferences are like summer camps. It’s almost 100% confirmed the doctors are going to hook up with another attendee. Despite Maggie’s lack of experience with one-night stands, she managed to successfully turn a one-night stand into a possible partner. She caught her eye on a beautiful man might I add, wow his smile is something else. An old colleague from her time in Boston who confessed his past feelings for her in the first few minutes of their reunification. I respect a man who doesn’t hold back. A few wonderful nights and he already asked to move in together. It looks like she’s either going to Boston or bringing another boy home to Seattle.

I’m going to put my money on the latter. Once Catherine showed up unexpectedly to Richard’s hotel door unphased by their recent split, I knew something seemed very off. First of all, Catherine’s not a woman who’s going to just show up at the door of your house or hotel to apologize, especially after she just bought the hospital! It turned out he was hallucinating her the entire time, which was completely devastating. His love for Catherine seemed unphased by the recent events of their explosive separation. I hope that whatever he’s experiencing forces Catherine to set aside her ego and makes her choose to stand by his side through this difficult time. Richard’s the patriarch of the entire show, and we can’t lose him too! Alex was enough for one season. What are your guesses to what could be ailing Richard?

Related: Grey’s Anatomy Review – Who’s Amelia’s Baby Daddy (16×17)

Meanwhile, Hayes had been discussing the death of his wife with Meredith for the past half-season, and we all already know the story of Derek’s untimely death, but Hayes’ past has been a bit blurred. We were finally given the tearful story of his wife’s sad ending. I wasn’t ready to cry, and then it hit. The way Hayes gazed at his wife the first time he saw her was pure love. He’s such a loving man and this little rewind certainly confirmed this. The final moments with his wife were beyond emotional. It’s been a while since Grey’s has brought the waterworks, but this time it brought the waterfalls. When his wife told him she needed him to teach the boys that it was ok to not be ok and to cry was a lesson to us all on how to raise full-functioning men. A man who can cry and get in touch with his emotions rather than bottling them up seems rare, but entirely possible. Especially if they’re raised by a Hayes. Meredith, choose the sensitive man who knows the beauty and hardships of parenthood. Team Hayes!

A look at the histories of a couple of the smaller characters boosted the entire cast. I was beginning to lose investments in characters, and now that they dug deep into storylines, I’m reinvested.

If you were to tell me Alex was going to become a peds surgeon and a loving guy, that Meredith would finally learn to stand on her own, or that Amelia would finally make a right decision *cough* Link, I would’ve laughed. The immense character progressions have been impeccable and truly special. This episode solidified this as it was all about the maturation we experience even if we are oblivious to our own changes.

What a gripping hour that revealed surprises with every scene change! Geez, I’m going to have to rewatch this episode. What were your thoughts? Were you happy to see Teddy’s sexuality expanded?

I can’t wait to see the doctors work their magic to solve Richard’s mysterious ailment. I don’t know if I can wait a full week. Does Teddy tell her story to Owen? Does she choose Koracick? Her subtle comment on the reality of loving two people at once was telling. It looks like she’s genuinely conflicted. But Teddy, sadly you’re going to have to choose one.

Additional Side Notes:

  • Is it just me or is Meredith at home much more this season than she has any other season? I swear, her hometime is almost split evenly with her hospital time.
  • Can I start a petition for more Teddy screentime? I’ve always loved Teddy, at least after Cristina left the show.
  • Claire and Clara, it’s a lesbian thing. If you know you know. Rose and Rosie fans?

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TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing

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TV Shows to watch While Working from Home Coronavirus

In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”

Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.

If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.

Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.

And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.

Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.

 

Scandal

What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.

 

Timeless

Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.

 

 

Locke & Key

Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.

 

Mr. Robot

Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.

Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Stranger Things

You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.

Grey’s Anatomy

There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.

 

The Good Place 

The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.

Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.

 

Love is Blind

In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.

 

YOU

If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.

 

Game of Thrones

Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.

 

The Marvelous Ms. Maisel

If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!

Binge. Enjoy. And wash your hands!

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Grey’s Anatomy Review – Who’s Amelia’s Baby Daddy?

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Jo, Link, and Amelia discussing patient

This felt like a nothing for nothing episode. A lot of things were touched on, but it felt like too many storylines were involved and nothing went into too much detail.

Who is Amelia’s baby Daddy?! That was the question on everybody’s minds, but of course, in true Grey’s Anatomy fashion we didn’t find out who the father was until the last few minutes of the episode.

Surprise, it is Link’s baby! Was anybody else sort of shocked by that? There was a part of me that questioned if they were going to go all out on the drama. They were just dangling a damn carrot in our faces the entire time just to reveal that Link is the father?! It would be an understatement to say I’m completely annoyed.

It was an unnecessary detour. Although, I am happy Link and Amelia got to experience their long-awaited reunification.  I guess this means Link and Jo aren’t going to get together? It was ridiculous of me to assume that Jo would just run to the man immediately next to her.

Jo and Link were two pessimistic Debbie downers together, sharing words of wisdom against all love. We always want someone to be a negative Nancy along with us, so it was good Link and Jo had each other.

Alex’s surprise exit had many repercussions with Jo and Meredith. Jo is going to be a mess for the rest of the season and Meredith still needs to find the sunshine within herself.

Related: Grey’s Anatomy Review Season 16 Episode 16

Meredith handled the case of a woman who couldn’t afford her insulin and had to ration out her doses that resulted in an unfortunate death.

This storyline coincided with the health insurance scandal Meredith was involved in not too long ago. Get angry Meredith! We need more people like her running the government.

Every debate between the Democratic candidates has been surrounding the larger issue of insulin prices putting families into either bankruptcy or an untimely death because they can’t afford the one medicine that would keep them alive.

It’s good Grey’s Anatomy took time to cover this issue and shed light on an egregious challenge facing many Americans. It tied beautifully into the insurance fraud case and it looks like next week will touch base on an entire hour of pro bono cases. Let’s hope they can work some magic and help the Seattle area!

Just to rub a bit of happiness in Link and Jo’s face, a young couple were sucking faces at the train station. Unfortunately, their love was too powerful and the boy ended up falling onto the train tracks and he got electrocuted.

We finally got to see the old Grey’s Anatomy gore when they cut the boy’s arms open to relieve some blood build-up. The episodes have been so focused on the personal storylines of the doctors I almost forget the doctors even see patients!

Related: 5 Best Grey’s Anatomy Episodes

Now, can we just take a brief moment to scream in unison about Teddy and Koracick! Whether your screams are pure anger or happiness, we can all harmonize together.

As I mentioned previously, I’m a huge fan of these two and I’m happy they’re doing the dirty. I’m not so happy they’re doing it behind Owen’s back, but I do hope they find that they’re right for each other. Teddy cannot go breaking Koracick’s heart once again.

Even though Owen will be devastated hearing that his fiance is finding sexy time with Koracick, his sworn enemy, he definitely doesn’t have much say in getting too angry. He’s messed up so many times with Teddy, who can blame her for being skeptical about the validity of his promises to her.

Who do you think Teddy should end up with? What do you think of her actions? Leave your thoughts down in the comments below!

Additional Side Notes:

  • Jackson and Vic aren’t meant to be. I believe they got into a relationship waaaay too fast. Seconds after Jackson and Maggie broke up he was hitched to another woman. He’s right, he is too old to be on and off with a woman, so maybe he should find solace in singledom.
  • Richard has finally come to the conclusion of stepping down from surgery. This is a huge installment. Does this mean he will receive less screen time? The original cast members are swiftly dwindling.
  • DeLuca’s quickly falling apart, I hope Jo’s water to the face really woke him up. I don’t see him being manic, like his father, but his cockiness seems to have gotten in the way of his judgment.
  • Maggie pulled the sister card! When Teddy confessed to informing Owen about Amelia’s baby daddy confusion, Maggie stood up to Teddy calling her out. I agree Teddy needs to tell Owen what’s going on, but also Teddy hasn’t done much harm yet, this is her first mistake.

 

 

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