I’m sad to report that Grey’s Anatomy is slowly declining, especially this season. I’ve seen so many articles throwing around Grey’s Anatomy spoiled expiration date, and I used to loudly protest those. But now, it seems I’ve finally given way to those saddening opinions.
This season has gone down a rabbit hole with Meredith’s whole insurance scandal and has seemed to have lost direction.
I can’t say there was any defining moment in this episode that provided much excitement.
Zola had a mini medical scare that put Meredith in distress forcing her to miss her court appearance. Thankfully Zola ended up fine, but it doesn’t look good for Meredith, seeing as she is no longer allowed community service hours, and is being sent to jail.
I can’t imagine what this leaves for her future as a surgeon, but she continues her streak of numerously fascinating life events. If she wrote an autobiography, boy would that sell!
Jo confronted her demons, very successfully. When she found out her old therapist was in the hospital and needed to be isolated in the hyperbaric chamber she immediately ran in to help Bailey not realizing that it might bring on some post-traumatic responses.
She had a mini panic attack but Bailey shocked her with her pregnancy news and that seemed to get her attention. It then became Bailey’s turn for a panic attack, but that time Jo swooped in with her learned coping mechanisms.
I will say, I really enjoyed the way the show opened up Jo’s past in a split present and past mechanism. It was a clever way for us to learn about the unconscious therapist and her relationship with Jo. I always felt like Jo’s storyline for depression and therapy was brushed over, but this episode really took time to focus on her recovery. It was a powerful episode for Jo’s characterization and makes her that much more lovable.
Some slightly good news mixed in with some unsettling news in the Richard and Gemma installment– they didn’t sleep together! But, Gemma’s intentions were all there. She came onto Richard after he explicitly told her he loved Catherine and would never think of cheating on her.
It was certainly problematic for Gemma to have made moves on him in the first place, and then force him into kissing her. Uncalled for, and now she’s trying to make amends. Shame on her, but good on Richard for putting her in her place.
I hope Catherine and Richard make up soon enough. She can’t be mad at him forever!
There was absolutely no sign of Link, Owen, Teddy, Jackson, or the majority of the cast! What gives? Some only received a casual name drop, as much as Christina did.
Speaking of, it was the second time this season Christina has been name-dropped! I’m sure it’s me only desperately hoping for Christina to be the old cast member Shonda brings back that’s making me constantly imagine foreshadowing that isn’t really there, but one can only hope, right? Fingers, toes, and entire limbs are absolutely crossed! Christina’s only a hop, skip, and a flight away from Seattle anyway. What other important things does she have going on besides saving lives and doing important research in Switzerland?
I don’t know what to expect for the next episode. There’s going to be major drama with Meredith in her new orange jumpsuit, but that entire storyline is a bit lackadaisical. There’s been nothing more but her picking up trash on the side of a road, and talk of her license being revoked. I want more drama. Preferably more hospital drama though, rather than all these split storylines.
Oh how I miss Grey’s season 8, that’s peak Grey’s Anatomy. They desperately need some of that juice from past seasons. I’m still shocked they’ve been renewed for a season 17. How are they going to continue this long and drawn-out storyline?
Until then, I will continue sitting on my couch waiting in anticipation for each new episode. Come on Shonda, wow me again, as you did so many years ago!
Additional Side Notes:
- Gemma’s line about millennials and their spikes of driftwood for earrings was spot on.
- Jo literally bought a bag of dog toys just to throw at the wall. I need that energy in my life. Although, my neighbors would surely hate me.
- Ben is the most supportive and loving husband. Bailey won bigtime with him.
- I forgot Zola needed surgery as a baby! Wow, that takes it back.
- It was only a quick snippet and only an imaginative scene, but we still saw Meredith in the OR again!
Grey’s Anatomy Review – Season Finale! (16×21)
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.
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?
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.
Grey’s Anatomy Review – What’s Wrong with Richard? (16×20)
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.
Grey’s Anatomy Review – Teddy’s Ex-lover and Richard Might be Dying?! (16×19)
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.
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?
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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