Following the typical trend of alternating between light-hearted and emotional episodes, this week certainly fit the bill for emotions.
As predicted, Owen had to give up custody of Leo to his grandparents. Although you can never replace a child with another child, I’m glad he still has his daughter with Teddy coming in a few months.
Honestly, Leo acted as the glue holding together Owen and Amelia’s relationship, and now that Leo’s gone, I sense future DRAMA. Especially as it seems there were hints of a connection between Link and Amelia. Shonda is lining up all her pawns “nicely” and Koracick was only a newly budding relationship, so that can be taken away just as quickly as it developed.
Why can’t we just have a Teddy and Owen relationship? Why is it so difficult?!
Another huge trauma hits the Seattle area, one that has never been touched on a larger scale before. It’s truly relevant and makes for a seamless transition into bringing Betty back. An opioid crisis befalls a mass of people at a park calling Owen to the ER.
Of course, his grief for losing Theo is shoved in a box so he can focus on saving people’s lives. I guess we’ll receive more attention on that grief in later episodes.
But for now, attention is pulled toward Betty. It’s not like her storyline is already paralleled almost perfectly with Amelia’s, but now her boyfriend is dead.
Her parents don’t want to tell her the truth because they think it will cause more distress than anything, but Amelia wisely advises them against it. As a parent, all you want to do is protect your child from anything and everything, but soon you’ll realize you can’t.
Amelia touches on the loss of her boyfriend and that when Betty wakes up she needs to know what happened. Damn, that was so many seasons ago! If you remember Amelia during her Private Practice days.
While all this drama is going on, Meredith is stuck in an OR for 27 hours, surpassing the hospital’s record of longest surgery — with DeLuca, might I add! Perhaps this put their relationship on a whole new level.
Jackson is going on and on to Maggie about their camping trip. Initially, I was completely confused by this storyline, but it all made beautiful sense when Jackson treats a homeless man. His desire to experience a simple and minimalist lifestyle for a few nights pairs quite awkwardly when Ralph reveals he lives in the park.
After an emotional and scary ride with Betty’s survival, Amelia thanks Teddy and hugs her tightly. This was so sweet, I can’t remember a time Amelia and Teddy truly interacted positively. I just hope they can remember that moment when the drama ensues.
We weren’t hit with many huge cliffhangers, but that within itself is a major cliffhanger! What do you think the next steps for Teddy, Owen, and Amelia are going to be? Truly, the most important storyline of the show right now. I can’t wait for the baby to be born!
- Is this Bokhee’s first line ever?! It can’t be, but also I don’t remember any other moments she’s spoken. Comment below if you know!
- Alex talking to the father about protecting his kid was a powerful scene. I couldn’t really gauge the reaction Jo had from the interaction, but it almost seemed like a difference of opinion.
- I know a 27-hour surgery is not plausible, right??
- Betty’s mom asking her to please wake up was so sweet. Although, just as Amelia hopes Betty will realize this is her rock bottom, I too hope Betty will finally turn her life around. I’m honestly not a huge fan of this Betty storyline, so I’d like to move past it.
- Betty’s mom asking her to choose to live was damn near impossible not to shed a tear for.
- Yay for Nico and Schmitt receiving another slow advancement in their relationship!
Kate Walsh to Return for ‘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.
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.
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.
— Grey’s Anatomy (@GreysABC) September 2, 2021
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!
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