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.
Fall Premiere 2021-2022 Dates for ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelorette, The Rookie, and More
Mark your calendars because ABC has finally released its official premiere dates for the 2021 fall season.
Taking the first premiere slot, Dancing with the Stars will begin its 30th season on Monday, September 20. While The Bachelorette is among the last premiering shows on Tuesday, October 19, alongside ABC’s new show Queens.
Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy and its sister show Station 19 are keeping their Thursday slots starting on September 30.
And the anticipated reboot of The Wonder Years is taking off on Wednesday, September 22.
Keep on reading for an extensive list of the exact times and dates for all of your favorite shows returning soon!
MONDAY, SEPT. 20
8:00 pm Dancing with the Stars
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22
8:00 pm The Goldbergs
8:30 pm THE WONDER YEARS (series premiere)
9:00 pm The Conners
9:31 pm Home Economics (new time)
10:00 pm A Million Little Things
SUNDAY, SEPT. 26
8:00 pm Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (new day)
9:00 pm Supermarket Sweep (new time)
10:00 pm The Rookie
MONDAY, SEPT. 27
10:00 pm The Good Doctor
THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:01 pm Big Sky (new day)
SUNDAY, OCT. 3
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
FRIDAY, OCT. 8
8:00 pm Shark Tank
9:01 pm 20/20 (two hours)
TUESDAY, OCT. 19
8:00 pm The Bachelorette
10:01 pm QUEENS (series premiere)
Grey’s Anatomy Has Overstayed Its Welcome
With every season renewal beyond Season 14 that Grey’s Anatomy seems to nab miraculously, the great grandmother of all medical dramas has seriously overstayed its welcome.
And I promise I say this purely out of love as a superfan myself, as someone who has seen every episode, some more than once.
I hate to compare it to this but remember Season 5, Episode 19, when the great aunt continues to be revived, and the niece and nephews seem like monsters each time they hold their breath, hoping she’s gone for good? Well, Grey’s Anatomy is the great aunt in this scenario, and the fans are the children. There, I said it.
Numerous TV shows have ended much too early, but it’s a rarity for a show to have lasted beyond its expiration date. And while there’s no one reason the show has gone downhill, these are some of the factors I think contribute to its decline.
Shonda Rhimes Signs With Netflix
Many people don’t know this, but Shonda Rhimes, the original creator, and writer for the show exited and turned over her duties in 2017 when she decided to sign with Netflix.
She passed the showrunner title off to Krista Vernoff, who has been with Grey’s Anatomy since the beginning.
I’m not sure if I actually notice a difference in the writing, but it does seem like Rhimes’ exit in 2017 aligns similarly to when the show started to lose its steam.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the show began recycling storylines, it lost important characters, and honestly, the drama between doctors began to go off the rails.
Original Characters are Replaced
The amount of times I’ve come across articles about Sandra Oh’s return is astounding. I’m not sure why everyone’s obsessed with theorizing her comeback. Oh has repeatedly said for years that she’s outgrown the show and will never return.
However, without Cristina, there was no hope for the show. Sure, Derek was Meredith’s true love, but Cristina was Meredith’s soul mate. So her exit was quite the blow, and I don’t think the show ever truly recovered.
Oh’s departure in Season 10 left only a sputter of decent seasons in its wake. Cristina was a bulk of the humor and comedic energy, and without her, it lost a huge piece of itself.
Every few seasons, the show introduces new interns. We’re used to that. But, once they were forced to replace attendings and original cast members like Cristina, Callie, Arizona, and Alex, it brought less desirable characters to the forefront.
Amelia, Teddy, Owen, and Maggie are currently the main four alongside Meredith. Originally they were side characters, only meant to add drama to the lives of the original cast. But as original members began to leave, their storylines began to evolve and steal the focus.
Amelia, the other Shepherd, replaced Derek, and Teddy replaced Cristina.
With an entirely new shift in perspective, the new doctor’s storylines overshadowed any exciting patient cases. While in the first few seasons, there was a striking balance between special medical cases and doctors’ personal lives.
There used to be a formula. Midway through each season, there would be a unique and interesting patient case (hysterical pregnancy, sex accidents, etc.), and then the season finale would end on a major event like a shooting or plane crash.
Now, it seems the only major news we’re left with is whether or not Amelia will finally find true love, commit, and tie the knot. Or, who’s going to have the next baby.
And don’t even get me started on how absent Meredith was for this latest season. Meredith has never been my favorite character, but that doesn’t change the fact that the show’s named after her, and she is the main focus of the show. So, when all we saw was her on the beach and in a hospital bed, it definitely felt like we were cheated.
The only good thing to come out of Meredith’s beach rendezvous were guest appearances from old cast members. Seeing Lexi, Mark, and Derek on the beach brought back deep nostalgia for how the show used to be.
As Season 18 is now in the works, I truly hope the show can end peacefully afterward. It’s been dragged on long enough, and it would be the first show I’d ever wave goodbye to willingly.
Please, end the show before it’s too late, so I no longer have to continue watching it out of loyalty.
Now, what do you think? Should the show end? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts down in the comments!
Best Tweets About the Return of McDreamy on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 Premiere
Grey’s Anatomy surprised fans with the return of McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) during the season 17 premiere!
The series is saving lives and saving 2020!
Read the best tweets about Dempsey’s return now!
— Fatima (@ameliamywife) November 15, 2020
— Michael Harrison (@Michaelh747) November 15, 2020
Just now catching up on #GreysAnatomy and HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO WATCH MERE ALMOST DIE?!?! And to bring back Derek?! No no no my heart can’t take it!
— Kathryn Baker (@kbthing2) November 15, 2020
— ✨ (@lifeofmariyahx) November 15, 2020
— Mudblood and Proud.⚡ (@mudblood1427) November 15, 2020
— Emma (@zolas_anatomy0) November 14, 2020
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) November 13, 2020
— k. (@kaymccrystal) November 14, 2020
— Can (@CanCan69057927) November 13, 2020
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