Grey’s Anatomy is known for its dance with death, and in this episode, they chose to not only dance with it but to really dig deep and explore the meaning of it. As other TV shows spent their time focusing on Halloween, Grey’s decided to pay homage to Dia de Los Muertos, which I thought was a great way to stay current and diverse in a less mainstream way.
This episode unpacked a lot, starting again with Teddy’s long outheld secret from Owen. Of course just as she’s about to tell him, Amelia bursts in with the news that Betty’s gone missing, sending them all on a wild goose chase for the rest of the episode.
The morning at the hospital starts as per usual with fun small gossip among the doctors. Jo is invested in the possibility of a romance between Link and Meredith, as she tries to pique Link’s faded interest telling him that just because Meredith may have rejected him before doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be persistent, because she’s a hard nut to crack.
As Bailey and Jo’s liver patient Roberta was receiving the almost good news about her liver, a nurse came in to tell them that she wasn’t going to be getting the liver as previously expected, which means back to square one.
Weber pulls Meredith aside to deliver the news that Thatcher her deadbeat dad is in hospice with terminal cancer with only a few weeks to live. Due to a very complicated past, or lack thereof, with her father, she wrestles with her conscious and whether or not she should say goodbye to him one last time.
Just as Bailey and Jo are starting to feel desperate, Bailey comes up with the ingenious idea to do a Frankenstein procedure of sorts, procuring the liver of a man who died 7 minutes ago and happens to be the same exact match as Roberta.
Alex and Meredith are working together to take out the gallbladder of a little girl whose family is all there to support her as well as celebrate Dia de Los Muertos and provide us with a little lesson on the actual meaning and purpose behind it. As the name suggests it’s a celebration of the dead, not a celebration of death. Alex and Meredith have grieved many deaths together in the last 14 seasons and honestly who would’ve imagined they would’ve stuck it out together to represent OG Grey’s? I’m all for it though, their friendship is truly Friends level!
Link approaches Meredith asking her out only to be rejected once again. But to be fair, Meredith’s been through so many traumas, that, of course, she’s going to need a little more persistence and umph from Link. DeLuca joins them and provides some friendly competition. It’s obvious there’s a typical love triangle forming. Who will prevail? Team Link or Team DeLuca?
Link, Levi, and Nico are presented with a case of a boy, JJ, who originally comes in with a fractured humerus, but later they find a mass in his arm that seems to be the initial cause of the fracture. Nico offers to show Levi the ropes of ortho as well as the ropes of other personal discoveries.
After telling Alex the miraculous news about the liver they saved, he immediately refuses to let Jo and Bailey go through with the liver transplant, only leading them to take matters into their own hands and continue with the procedure. Although Jo deliberately disobeyed Alex’s specific orders, he can’t help but find something sexy in it, and all is good. I mean with a brain and skills like that, you can’t stay mad at her for too long!
Mer is on a date with an English professor, another check on the list provided by her matchmaker, but this time it ends in her spiraling on about why she shouldn’t feel guilty about not wanting to say goodbye to a man that has never been a part of her life. Why is it always the child’s job to forgive and forget? Yeah, they may have given you life, but there’s so much more to being a parent than completing life’s most basic reproductive function. I honestly couldn’t agree more, she certainly has a point!
Link proves Meredith’s original assumption about him being just a pretty face wrong. He shows a greater depth by connecting with JJ in such a beautiful, sweet, and pure way. After explaining to JJ that he has cancer and that it might, in fact, lead him to baldness just like his grandfather, Link hacks off random pieces of his beautiful locks to show him that it’s going to be ok. I wonder if showing Link’s ability with kids is an added foreshadowing of sorts.
The long journey is over for Roberta, but not in that way. The liver transplant is a huge success and she can put off the funeral preparations for at least a few decades.
Nico and Levi are riding the elevator and engage in some typical elevator steaminess, but to Levi’s dismay when Nico finds out that it’s Levi’s first gay rodeo, he tells him that he can’t go through the entire process of coming out of the closet again, he’s been there done that looong process. Poor Levi, but that doesn’t mean it’s over, he just needs to go down his own path of self-discovery for a bit before bringing Nico into it.
As the episode is winding down Shonda decides to throw a curveball and celebrate the deaths of some old familiar faces. The reappearance of George, Lexi, Ellis, Derek, Mark, and even Doc, Mer’s old dog from seasons past, throws a wrench in our hearts. They all looked exactly the same and it was a beautiful moment. It really showed how far we’ve come as a Grey’s Anatomy family!
Of course, the last scene has to leave ambiguity for the next few episodes, especially concerning how Mer’s love story will play out. As of right now, it looks like Link’s pulling ahead in this love triangle. Mer’s always had a thing for men with beautiful hair, but after this cut, I think she’ll be able to look beyond the do after all his beautiful hair is just an extension of his beautiful face and personality.
Thoughts? Share them with us in the comments and on CraveYouTV on Twitter.
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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