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Grey’s Anatomy – Back in the Saddle (16×02)

GREY'S ANATOMY - "Back in the Saddle" - The Grey Sloan doctors operate on a man who crashed into Maggie's car as Owen, back from paternity leave, struggles with Tom's new position. Outside the hospital, Meredith's recent firing doesn't stop her from diagnosing those around her. Plus, Richard and Alex start anew and it's not easy. All the while, Jo readies herself to return to work, and Amelia has a new revelation in her relationship with Link, on an all-new episode of "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, OCT. 3 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) GIACOMO GIANNIOTTI, ELLEN POMPEO

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Unfortunately, this week was a lackluster episode for Grey’s. This isn’t surprising considering the season premiere was such a huge event for us all.

Mer’s still on trash pick-up duty, Alex and Richard are still trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy at their new hospital, and Bailey’s back to teaching after Katherine demoted her.

Oh, but hey Jo’s back and better than ever, and she’s a hot commodity! She’s already looking better, and back to her chipper-self with the help of Alex. Already throwing out ultimatums to Bailey and making herself a general surgeon. Good on you Jo! Show them what you’re worth.

While Jo’s rising the ranks, the other interns are fighting to be the next Alex and Meredith. Meredith is now pulling an Izzie and Heather Brooks, helping desperate patients in the parking lot of the hospital.

We love a woman who puts her career at risk to help the less fortunate, and apparently, Andrew does too, “You’re just very very sexy when you’re about to burn your whole life down.”

She successfully pulls the assistance of Schmidt and Avery to diagnose her parole officer’s lymph node cancer. And, she’s working on publishing her findings of the lack of health insurance for the lower class. No matter what, you can’t stop Meredith Grey from working!

Addressing current nationwide issues is Grey’s forte. With the future election on the horizon, the question of healthcare is a huge cause for concern for many of the middle and lower classes. It’ll be interesting to see how the show lays out the foundation of this issue while the democratic debates continue doing the same. Maybe Shonda is a fortune teller and knows the fate of our nation, that would be no surprise.

Meanwhile, Amelia’s struggling with the decision of whether to terminate the pregnancy. She tells Link about the pregnancy and he’s stunned. They both have challenges with their past and fear bringing a child into the world. Link’s fears are too wholesome, and thankfully Jo helped him realize that he would make a great father. The child better have his hair!

It may appear the show enjoys throwing around pregnancy announcements like they do unsuspecting deaths, but this one is different. Though, they better not throw in a plot twist and tell us it’s Owen’s because then we’ll be having a hissy fit. Amelia’s tragedy with Christopher left her with a lot of grief, so we hope this is an easy pregnancy, drama free.

Link’s stable for her, and she deserves stability.

Teddy’s lack of visibility must be attributed to an underlying reason from her portraying actress Kim Raver. Any news? All I can say is I miss Teddy.

The conflict between Tom and Owen is elementary, but Tom has every right to be angry with Owen. Owen just comes in after breaking Teddy’s heart time after time. There can’t be more drama for Owen and Teddy, otherwise, that would just be mean.

Poor Tom trying to assert his dominance as Owen’s boss, and by the end, he’s the one on his knees. Certainly, Owen had the help of the defibrillator to accidentally shock Tom to his knees, ouch.

Tom’s restraining order against Owen is extremely excessive but again warranted. At least he’s not taking his anger out on Teddy.

Richard’s mini sentimental monologue to Alex about why Grey Sloan Memorial is his home is worthy of a final scene voiceover. I felt that one close to my heart.

The separation in hospitals is like a spoof of earlier seasons with the battle against Mercy West. How long is this going to last? I’m not a huge fan of the split storylines.

What do you think is next for the doctors? Will Meredith’s license be taken away? How will Alex and Richard eventually return to the hospital? And is Link really the father of Amelia’s child?

Please leave your thoughts below!

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Damn Maggie, tell us how you really feel. Maggie’s really going downhill since her relationship with Jackson, but it looks like Jackson’s really on the uprise with Vic.
  • #Freedom, iconic and classic.
  • Ranked number one in mortality rate, patient dissatisfaction, and facilities. What a sad result for Alex and Richard.
  • Pretty sure texting a guy to drop a pregnancy announcement is already a thing.
  • “We’d make an amazing kid and I kinda want to meet that kid.”
  • Helm’s old crush on Meredith has manifested into wanting to now become Meredith! “I’m so Meredith Grey.”
  • When did that room become a plant room? Wasn’t it originally just a blank room for relaxation? Either way, I want one!
  • “I’m really sorry to bother you but I think that guy’s dead.”
  • Grey’s Happy Patient Tally continues with a total of 3!


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Grey’s Anatomy Review – Season Finale! (16×21)

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It may not have been a hospital shooting, a major fire, or an explosion, but it was certainly a Grey’s Anatomy season finale. A bittersweet one at that! It’s finally that time of year when we are left dangling on a very high cliffhanger with almost no end in sight.

The past episodes have left Richard’s health in danger, but the doctors finally figured out the cause of his mysterious symptoms.

Initially, everyone thought it was Alzheimer’s, but DeLuca caught it just in time. In fact, Richard was suffering from Cobolt poisoning as a result of an old hip replacement.

Meanwhile, Teddy and Owen’s wedding was scheduled for the end of the night but was halted indefinitely after Teddy left Owen an unfortunate voicemail.

In an installment that was certainly the lamest finale, it still left us with some major questions.

Related: Grey’s Anatomy Review – What’s Wrong with Richard? (16×20)

The entire hour was focused on Richard’s surgery and recovery from his new hip replacement after his old one failed him and essentially rotted in his body. I’m not sure how they expected us to focus on any of the other cases when all I wanted to do was focus on Richard’s status.

Oh, and also amidst the chaos, Link and Amelia welcomed their new baby boy into the world. What a day to be born little man!

Thankfully the episode ended on some happy notes for all patients involved. The little girl finally got her smile, the guy got the bat dislodged from his chest, and Richard seemed to make an easy recovery from his surgery.

However, there was certainly some strain left behind in a couple of relationships, to say the least. After Richard woke from his surgery Katherine was by his side ready to sleep next to him, but despite his previous delusions he remembered their old fights and didn’t seem to want anything to do with her.

I was hoping their relationship would be mended by this stressful time, but it was far from it. It’s understandable that Richard wouldn’t want anything to do with Katherine, but also she did run to his side during his most vulnerable time. Katherine was completely at fault for their latest blowup, but Richard knew Katherine was a hard woman. I hope they’re able to forgive each other because, at this point in life, they both deserve to have a companion by their side.

Well, Teddy majorly f-ed up. Koracick’s a good guy and deserves so much better. However, I had hoped that Teddy could have been exactly what he deserved.

I’m not sure why she kept messing around with him. She knew she didn’t want him, so how could she sleep with him and then proceed to tell him that was just her saying goodbye?

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Owen’s not a saint either, so I’m not sure what’s going to transpire after this major incident, but I have a feeling things will eventually continue toward marriage. I’m putting my prediction in writing! Owen and Teddy will have a large rough patch, but will eventually take each other’s hands in marriage, even if it’s by the end of Season 17!

I’m not sure what will happen for Koracick because Teddy seemed like the woman for him, especially after he’s gone through so much life trauma. I hope the writers wrote him a happy ending with a lovely lady. Though, I will continue to secretly cross my fingers for a Teddy and Koracick miracle!

Anybody else with me??

On a small side note that only feels right because Meredith is the main character of the show, Meredith and DeLuca seem to be doing well? They’re not officially back together, but their trajectory seemed to be heading in that direction. Meredith was last seen taking DeLuca home, which I can only assume was back to her place. He was sobbing, and I really question if he’s going through a mania of sorts because he did lash out a few times. I’m not sure if he could attribute that to the fact that nobody would believe him and he had to take extra measures to ensure he was heard? However, I am curious if this will finally be addressed in the next season.

Let me know your thoughts on the season finale down below!

I guess this is ta-ta for now, until at least mid-September.

Additional Side Notes:

  • I had the same exact questions Amelia shouted! Why do we have babies? How does humanity exist?
  • That look shared between Jo and Hayes made me question if they’re going to become something! I guess I had never thought of Hayes pairing up with anyone except for Meredith, but things have been set up nicely so that Meredith will end up with DeLuca and Hayes isn’t left alone!
  • Maybe I’m not observant enough, but it seemed like Amelia didn’t really show a baby bump until this last episode before she went into labor!
  • I will always enjoy the subtle humor thrown into the drama and I’ve noticed a common trend, Bailey. Amelia demanding Bailey stay after she stole her baby daddy from taking the grunt of her squeezes was too precious. Bailey’s been there for many births on the show, so it only seemed right she be there for Amelia.


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Grey’s Anatomy Review – What’s Wrong with Richard? (16×20)

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Grey's Anatomy Review - Sing It Again (16x20)

Richard’s mysterious ailment remained the greatest puzzle of the hour, alongside a more humanizing storyline for Koracick.

Apparently, dementia and Alzheimer’s are ruled out for Richard, but what else could it be? The doctors having a ticking timeline and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy case to solve.

All the surgeons except for neuro were put on Richard duty and had to do some hard thinking. It has been a while since they had to sit and map out an entire diagnosis.

And of course, the patriarch of the show was not going to make it easy.

The scariest moment was when Meredith found Richard about to cut into himself. Initially, the thought of him cutting into another unsuspecting patient was terrifying, but then when it revealed the reality of the situation my blood pressure soared.

Meredith came in like a superhero and saved the day, but I honestly didn’t know which way it was going to go. They better find a cure fast, or Catherine’s going to kill them all, well before Richard goes.

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If you were on the fence between Team Koracick or Team Owen you might be no longer! I know this episode only strengthened by loyalty to Koracick.

Despite his rudeness and overall impertinence toward life in general, Koracick has suffered a loss very few understand. The loss of his son David devastated his entire life and gave him a grim outlook on the future. I’m not making excuses for his behavior, but the death of a child can certainly harden someone.

Since this event that rocked his world, Teddy seems to be the only thing that gives him true happiness, besides his large surgeon ego. When his ex-wife paid him a visit with her youngest son, Koracick was thrown for a major loop. Not only did Guthery closely resemble David, he even sounded like him. Koracick could barely handle seeing his ex-wife, let alone a look-alike of his late son.

If you didn’t feel every shade of sadness for Koracick this entire hour, do you even have a heart?!

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I just want to side comment on the beauty of his relationship with his ex-wife. It didn’t seem like there was any bad blood between the two and rather than a loss of love being the reason they could no longer stay together, it seemed like the pain of losing their son was the biggest reason.

Anyway, Teddy stayed by his side the entire time and even squeezed his hand many times.  I don’t understand how she didn’t recognize that Koracick was the man she needs to be with.

Teddy was the only person who could calm him down during Guthery’s surgery and every moment she was standing by she had a genuine look of concern and love. I am convinced she deep down loves him, but Owen’s just the easier choice.

Owen and Teddy have gone through their own share of problems and hurdles, but Owen’s just made to much of a mess and Koracick’s the less complicated past, I’d argue.

Of course, Koracick carries a lot of baggage, but Owen carries the same amount if not more. There’s been nothing recently on Owen, he’s honestly just clueless to Teddy’s indecisiveness.

The final scene between Teddy and Koracick didn’t look promising to a happy future between the two. Instead, Teddy grabbed Owen after her emotionally taxing day and pulled him into a supply closet to sex him up and tell him she wanted to get married sooner. I’m confused by her thinking.

After a day like that with Koracick, how could anyone not feel compelled to choose him? Maybe she was looking for a happier outlet and Owen was the easier choice? I’m not sure, but Teddy needs to be 120% sure with her choice. By the looks of next week’s preview, Koracick is still fighting for Teddy even on her wedding day. Will he win? Comment your thoughts down below!

Additional Side Notes:

  • The case of the singing lady heavily reminded me of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. No way musicophelia is a real phenomenon! Because mind blown.
  • “How do you fix it?” “Singing lessons.” Honestly, the best line of the night. Koracick deflects pain with humor, at least it gave us a good laugh.
  • It looks like Amelia’s baby’s coming in fast! Are we ready? Maybe more than Link appeared to be!
  • Schmidt and Jo need each other right now and it’s perfect they moved in together. Starting another chain of coworking roommates, very Grey’s Anatomy.


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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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