In this week’s episode of Grey’s, we’re given more than just a window into the lives of the doctors. Jackson is back, Meredith gives Teddy a perspective on motherhood, and Owen and Amelia engage in helicopter parenting. Oh, the drama! That’s what we live for though, right? It wouldn’t be Grey’s if it wasn’t for a front row seat into their personal lives.
Jackson has finally returned from his “personal rediscovery,” but of course not empty-handed. Rafi, a boy with a condition that causes benign growths on his shoulder blades that resemble angel’s wings is reversely taken under Jackson’s wings. Jackson initially believes the procedure will be simple, but obviously, there’s no such thing as a simple procedure. During the surgery, he finds that the benign growths are in fact malignant and he has the option of removing them, giving Rafi a limited range of motion, but saving his life, or leaving them to the perils of future radiative therapy.
It was a rare occurrence not to see Meredith at the hospital the entire episode, but it was for the better as she gave Teddy a good talking to. The long, drawn-out storyline of Teddy’s secret pregnancy with Owen’s baby is hopefully soon to surface as Meredith pulled the growing-up-without-a-father card, making Teddy realize that her anger with Owen isn’t worth her child growing up without him.
Owen and Amelia also have the day off and choose to spend it parked outside of Betty’s school. Amelia is obsessed with idea that Betty’s going to play hookey and slip-up, knowing very well that during her high school days she would’ve immediately run out the entrance doors to get high.
Meanwhile, Bailey and Jo embark on a long day of brainstorming as they’re presented with a woman who claims something’s wrong with her, and her condition isn’t simply in her head. They set out to prove that they’re just as good as Meredith. After all, Bailey did mold Meredith into the doctor she is today, and Jo worked alongside her in the rat experiment. Those both deserve some credit!
Jo and Link’s past sibling-like friendship is further explored, and Alex reveals that his side-eyes aren’t due to jealousy but, in fact, disappointment. He wondered how Link could have let Paul’s treatment of Jo slide if they were truly as good of friends as he claimed. Link explains that, of course, if Paul’s manipulative ways hadn’t caused Jo to distance herself, he would’ve immediately protected her.
Jackson saves Rafi’s life and preserves his range of motion, as well as his relationship with Amelia. It looks like things are on the upside for him, finally!
Jo and Bailey also earn a win, discovering that their patient has a unique condition in which a ligament is wrapped around an artery and causes severe pain every time she digests. No need to call the psych ward this time. Looks like Bailey still has it!
Honestly, I’m impressed by the amount these doctors accomplish in the span of a day. And still with spare time and energy to congregate at Joe’s Bar to engage in a wholesome music circle! I can hardly complete my daily household chores between sunrise and sunset without being completely bested.
This episode was certainly a lighter one, which is quite a rarity. Though I guess it’s true what they say about the calm before a storm…I wonder what’s next in store for the doctors!
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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