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Grey’s Anatomy – Flowers Grow Out of My Grave (15×06)

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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.

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Grey’s Anatomy – And Dream of Sheep (15×17)

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Thank God, the baby in the bag experiment has left the hospital and the continent. It was a shortlived idea and one that hopefully will never return. It certainly was interesting, but also a little freaky seeing a developing lamb fetus in a gestational bag. I’m not one to get squirmy or uncomfortable about the idea of “unnatural”, but there’s something about this experiment that doesn’t seem quite right, and apparently, Miranda and Alex agreed.

The baby lamb seems to be thriving initially until its sad death leaves Daddy DeLuca fighting for more test subjects. His crazy eyes come out along with his thirst for eventual success. I’m relieved Andrew recognizes the ethical problems his father is imposing with his experiment and finally confronts him about his bipolar disorder. He reminds him of the grave mistake he made years ago and his father has no recollection of past events, which is even scarier.

Bailey kicks some sense into Karev more than once this episode. She’ll never stop being his teacher and mentor. She puts him in his place when he talks flippantly about mental illness and reminds him of the reason he is even acting as interim chief in the first place.

Owen and Teddy are finally back into a “friend” relationship. I see you Shonda, lining up other parties so they aren’t left in the dust. Aka, Link and Amelia, two doctors who haven’t gotten together until this episode. They’re continuing the petri dish of romance.

Just as Koracick was finding someone who brought out his sweet side and showed him that love and happiness weren’t completely lost, he might have to fight for it all over again. I’m sorry, but I will still root for Owen and Teddy, no matter how shitty of a situation they’ve continued putting themselves in. They’re like two ships in the night.

Grey’s continues delving into genetics and the foundational elements of human beings. Jo’s curiosity could not be contained and she goes to the mastermind of the interwebs to find her mom. Casey digs through Facebook, Instagram, and Google to figure out who Jo’s mother is and where she resides. It’s a wake-up call to us all that the internet is a scary well of information.

Link’s research on opioids opens a door for conversation and he brings some strong arguments. Amelia isn’t having it, especially with her personal past with addiction. I’m grateful they continued this topic after they opened it with Betty and never really closed with a conclusion. He makes the argument that opioids are initially there for good, but it’s the system that’s broken and fails people.

In a way, this argument mirrors the gun control conversation. Is it the object itself, or people who act as vehicles for wrongful use of these objects? Perhaps there’s no one right or wrong answer. I digress.

So many questions still yet to be answered by the end of this season, most of which have to do with everyone’s personal lives. Which question are you most desperate to have answered? Honestly, I’m the most invested in Owen and Teddy’s storyline, so I’m on the edge of my seat watching to see if my predictions from seasons ago will come into fruition or disipate into oblivion.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • “Do I look like a thoughtful son?” The asshole Alex from seasons ago still pops out occasionally.
  • When Amelia teased Link she teased us all. I was about to flip some tables if she hadn’t kissed Link by the end of the episode. She should already know casual is not part of the Grey’s Anatomy vocabulary.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Blood and Water (15×16)

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Troubled relationships with parents and unknown biological parents happen to be the apparent storyline between most of the doctors, and the Grey’s family defies the concept that family is defined by blood.

Within this episode, the entire story arc is focused on the definition of family. Alex’s mother is putting a huge emphasis on the future baby Alex and Jo are apparently having,

It’s a moment of truth time seeing Amelia put her foot down with the end of her and Owen’s relationship. I’m happy that instead of getting back together after a miraculous occurrence, she sticks to her word. They seem officially over for good? This opens the door for Teddy, who I still can’t stop believing loves him too. What do you think is the future for Owen, Teddy, and Amelia?

I’m happy to see Owen finally receiving the happy ending he’s craved season after season, or at least a partial happy ending. He’s finally a legal father to Leo.

Andrew and Meredith’s relationship is quickly budding and now that his father is in town, pitching insanely incredible ideas that have already come to fruition [A BABY IN A BAG!], Andrew’s on his way to being a part of groundbreaking research. He wants to see the best in his father and despite Karina’s worries about their father’s mental health, he wants to believe his father is of sound mind.

The two cases focused on this episode are both strange. A 17-year-old boy who has a tumor in his femur undergoes some crazy surgery to transform his ankle into his knee joint. While a man coughs up a lung, or what looks like a bronchial tree. Both patients provide the furtherance of the episode’s main theme.

The boy hid his three months of chemo from his mom, so as to not freak her out, and she responds angrily wondering how she could not have known her own blood was fighting cancer!

While the father who hacks a lung finds out he’s the biological father of his and his husband’s daughter. I love how they show the daughter’s love for her fathers and that just because she’s not biologically related to both men, they are both still her fathers. They provide Schmitt an ideal picture of what life has in store for him, hopefully with Nico.

Maggie goes public with her unique story of being the secret love-child between Richard and Ellis during a podcast interview causing a bit of strife with her and Richard. All is well though, they were soon able to resolve the issue because Richard realizes although it was a mistake, it produced a beautiful outcome.

Parents aren’t necessarily the person who birthed you or who you share your genetics with, it’s the people who raised you and loved you. This is the lesson Maggie’s learned over recent years, although she is lucky enough to now have a relationship with Richard.

Meredith is visited in a dream by her mother, sparking the idea of creating a pill that can detect and diagnose diseases in the body. Another nomination in her future for a Harper Avery?

This episode didn’t include anything major or exciting, but of course, Shonda still managed to make it heartwarming and entertaining. What was your favorite storyline? Do you think this is a foreshadowing for Jo and Alex having a child?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Hello Ellis, old friend! It’s been a while, but thanks to Grey’s just because a character dies does not mean we have no hopes of seeing them again, even for a brief scene. I thought we were throwing it back to seasons ago when they showed what life would be like if things had been completely different — Meredith dating Alex, etc.
  • Maggie is really bad at keeping things on the DL. Remember a few seasons ago when she spilled all the beans about Alex taking a new job? Why do I sadly relate to this…secrets are hard!
  • Go, Jo! You go, girl! I love the shade she throws at Schmitt about “special treatment” *wink wink.
  • Schmitt’s little speech to Nico was so cheesy and sweet. And he dropped the L-word already?! I’m impressed, to say the least.

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Greys Anatomy – We Didn’t Start the Fire (15×15)

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What a way to celebrate the legendary 322nd episode of Grey’s Anatomy! Only in true Shonda Rhimes fashion with a house fire, unexpected familial visits, and, of course, a little frisky business!

Just as we, the entire Grey’s Anatomy family, have cause to celebrate a momentous occurrence, so do the doctors. Jackson is throwing a party for his mother and surprise, surprise nobody wants to be there.

Why is it that putting all the doctors together for a few hours into one large room leads to some major disaster?

The drama between Teddy, Amelia, Koracick, and Owen spikes up again when Amelia and Owen run into Koracick and Teddy making out in the hallway before the party.

Can I just say, I called it! Although, it was never a hard puzzle piece to find. Teddy and Owen’s “friendship” has always been a bit complicated and tainted with more than friendly feelings.

Amelia has every right to be jealous of the situation, and she argues a very valid point, that maybe Betty and Theo were the only glue holding them together.

Amelia chooses to bow out gracefully and I have to say that was quite mature. Make him fight for you, Amelia!

The aggression heats up when Owen confronts Teddy saying he doesn’t want a “dirtbag” around his daughter. And then he proceeds to throw an unknowingly low blow at Koracick by saying he will never be a father …

Meanwhile, Alex’s mother, Helen, makes a spontaneous visit to Seattle. Initially, Alex is told that “Ms. Karev is waiting for him” and he interprets this as Jo and asks for Helm to let her know to meet him at the party.

From then on he’s in for a little surprise. During the party, Helen begins smelling burning rubber, but Alex interprets this as her having a psychotic break. Until there really is a fire and Alex couldn’t be more excited. His face lights up as he gleefully tells everyone it’s a true fire and guides everyone to evacuate.

This scene is surface level silly, but looking beyond that it depicts something much deeper. Alex’s mom’s schizophrenia left him raising his siblings throughout his childhood, and finally seeing his mom lucid makes him emotional, in a good way.

He’s proud to have Helen as his mom, and he even introduces her to his best friend, Meredith. Honestly, watching them call each other best friends was too heartwarming, and then having Alex tear up, was almost too much.

While all this drama is happening, Catherine, the guest of honor, is riding around in a limo with Bailey trying her best to avoid the celebration. It’s fun seeing their little bond-drive, and Catherine showing Bailey how to enjoy the finer things in life.

DeLuca and Meredith are in their own little love bubble finally, now that their relationship is out to Alex and now apparently Weber. Watching their budding relationship is sweet, and Alex’s “best friend” approval is all anyone and Meredith could ask for. I’m glad to see Meredith finally in a good and happy place.

Another unexpected parental figure arrives and this time DeLuca is the lucky winner. I have no idea where the storyline with his father is going to go, but obviously with Grey’s any storyline can be turned dramatic.

Finally, Leo is brought back to Owen and Amelia, after Betty’s parents come to terms with Leo being Owen and Amelia’s son. They understand now that Betty is their child and they are in no position to try and raise two. Well, this makes for a complicated situation for Owen and Amelia!

I’m getting a bit tired of the back-and-forth of their relationship. I hope this doesn’t mean a quick fix of their relationship. I’d still much prefer Owen fighting for Teddy. But then again, Koracick is really a sweet guy under his masculine facade, and Teddy seems to be really good for him.

Whatever the outcome, I still can’t wait for Teddy to have her baby! Once that happens, I feel like the complications will truly be able to settle.

What do you think? Do you think Amelia and Owen will make it work again? What’s in store for MerLuca now that DeLuca’s father is in the picture?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Amelia and Own still refer to Britney as Betty?
  • Has anyone else noticed a common theme among many TV shows and movies that when there is a scene of a crying baby they never do a great job of hiding the fact that the baby isn’t actually crying and they just have a recording of a baby crying? Exhibit A, Leo is totally fine when his grandparents are taking him away, but the recording of hysterical baby cries would suggest otherwise.
  • I continually forget Ben is a firefighter. I enjoy the little crossovers.
  • Alex in his homemade knitted scarf is way too precious. I never would’ve thought Alex Karev would’ve gotten this precious over the seasons!
  • Quick any Italian speakers?? I want to know what Karina and DeLuca were saying to each other! No subtitles provided this time, so there must have been something cryptic said!
  • Amelia aggressively shrugging off her jacket due to Owen’s lack in gentleman-like behavior is some good subtle humor.
  • I loved how there were so many different leads to who started the fire. It made for a good game of Clue! Who started the fire, in which room, and with what? Mer, in the kitchen, with the plastic tray!

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