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Grey’s Anatomy – Good Shepherd (15×21)

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An entire episode dedicated to the past and present of Amelia Shepherd?! Amelia’s always been a recurring part of the show, and in recent seasons has become one of the main leads.

Shonda seems to really be giving each character an episode to fully develop and show their entire history, which is pertinent to making us feel more attached and understanding of each character’s background.

This was a breakout episode for Amelia to truly leave her rocky misdoings behind her and to show her family and viewers that she’s truly come a long way.

After being flown out personally to perform a tricky procedure on a patient at the hospital her sister– surprise, surprise– works she’s thrown into a frenzy of family confrontations, dinners, and roasts. Thankfully she has Link right at her side to save her from complete misery. I ship them hard! Anybody else?

She’s forced to truly face the entirety of her past mistakes and she makes amends with her sisters and mothers. In all honesty, most of the time I forget she’s Derek’s sister.

As is the common theme among the entirety of the characters on the show, Amelia’s family is completely dysfunctional.

Could Link be any more perfect? He woos the Shepherd clan and makes his way into all of our hearts. He’s honestly too precious and perfect for anyone.

During the dinner, Amelia and Link are getting away with their little lie. That is until Amelia’s mom shows up and completely gives them both away, opening up room for Amelia to be mocked for keeping her divorce under wraps.

There was a lot shed upon the Shepherd clan. Amelia has always thought she was always seen as the bad Shepherd, the careless Shepherd, and the mess up Shepherd. Especially, always having to live in the shadows of her goody-two-shoes sisters.

To wrap up the family drama nicely Amelia has a heart to heart with her mother. Her mother reveals that Amelia was the most like her father, and that was one of the hardest parts for her mother to watch after his death.

She added the bit about Amelia being the only child who wasn’t afraid of making mistakes. Good-two-shoes are always afraid of making mistakes and doing wrong, but Amelia’s mistakes made her learn and have no fear.

She brings up a good point! How do parents who have lost a spouse handle the continual memory of their spouse through children?

Obviously, there’s no excuse for the absence of Amelia’s mother, but she certainly provided a decent reason for forgiveness.

Amelia had kept her entire family in the dark about her brain tumor, and I can understand why. Now that she’s healed, I think there were some definite pros to her decision.

This entire episode allowed for the final growth period for Amelia. From now I see only an exponential rate from her. I also definitely see Shonda keeping her and Link together. He is good for her, and she is improving for him.

I just hope that she doesn’t use him for good feelings because I think he’s truly falling for her.

The countdown to the season finale is quickly approaching. I can’t begin to imagine what cliff Shonda’s going to leave us hanging from this time! Especially since she seems to be tying up loose ends for so many of the characters.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Each time there’s an episode not featuring Meredith l I am slightly shocked.
  • The fact that her sisters believed Link was Owen is completely indicative of how out of touch they are with each other’s lives.
  • Link’s reference to his cancer wish when he was younger always reminds us that he’s probably the most amazing and precious character.
  • I thought I had a large mouth, but honestly Link’s anaconda-like abilities to wrap his entire jaw around that donut! Is that his party trick or something?!


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Kate Walsh to Return for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18

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Kate Walsh to Return to Grey's Anatomy Season 18

It’s official. Kate Walsh who plays Addison Montgomery, Satan, The She-Shepherd (however you used to identify her), is set to return for Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 and we couldn’t be more ecstatic!

Amidst some fan speculation that Arizona might return to mentor Jo Wilson as she starts her new path as a pediatric surgeon, it looks like Addison is returning to fill this position.

Now with Derek and Mark both gone, there leaves little room for her to cause much boy drama, but who knows what other things may be up her sleeve.

Addison Montgomery Set to Return to Grey's Anatomy

Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery on Grey’s Anatomy. Photo Credit: ABC

Her last appearance on the show was back in Season 8 Episode 13, “If/Then.” Now, nearly 10 years later, she is scrubbing back in. The show has brought a good number of past characters back including T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, and Eric Dane as Mark Sloan.

Walsh had been starring in Shonda Rhimes’ spinoff series Private Practice for six seasons while making on and off appearances and crossovers back to Grey Sloan Memorial.

Walsh can also be seen in 13 Reasons Why as Hannah’s mother, The Umbrella Academy as The Handler, and Emily in Paris as Madeline Wheeler, among others.

In a Twitter video posted to the Grey’s Anatomy official account, Kate Walsh announced her return along with the premiere date for the new season, Thursday, September 30 at 9/8c on ABC. So don’t forget to mark your calendars!

Check out the video below.


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Fall Premiere 2021-2022 Dates for ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelorette, The Rookie, and More

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Fall Premiere Dates for ABC

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)

ABC Reveals Fall 2021-2022 TV Schedule with Big Sky, Grey’s Anatomy and More


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Grey’s Anatomy Has Overstayed Its Welcome

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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.

Grey's Anatomy cast photo

Grey’s Anatomy cast photo

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.

Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy

Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Credit: ABC

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.

Excessive Drama

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.

Owen and Amelia on Grey’s Anatomy. (ABC/Byron Cohen)

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!

 


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