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!
Grey’s Anatomy Review – Teddy’s Ex-lover and Richard Might be Dying?! (16×19)
While I originally assumed a medical conference would put a pause on all of the drama, it only unveiled more. Teddy’s sexually fluid, Maggie found a couple-nights stand, Hayes revealed the full story of his former wife, and Richard is experiencing more than just hand tremors.
The biggest shocker of the night was the entire storyline of Allison and Teddy. And not her baby girl Allison, but her ex-girlfriend Allison. Did anyone see this coming?! The love of Teddy’s life was in fact a woman, not Owen! She admitted that she loves Owen half as much as she loved Allison. She enlisted in the army in order to avenge her girlfriend’s unfortunate demise in 911. Teddy has always had a vague storyline and was always tied to making Owen’s relationships more complicated. This time we finally learned what made Teddy Teddy. Her daughter’s name never seemed important, and after learning that her daughter was actually named after her ex-lover, it offered a dynamic touch to Teddy’s character that has been missing since the beginning. I wonder if Owen knows anything about Allison #1.
Maggie is finally booed up after her long break with Jackson. I swear medical conferences are like summer camps. It’s almost 100% confirmed the doctors are going to hook up with another attendee. Despite Maggie’s lack of experience with one-night stands, she managed to successfully turn a one-night stand into a possible partner. She caught her eye on a beautiful man might I add, wow his smile is something else. An old colleague from her time in Boston who confessed his past feelings for her in the first few minutes of their reunification. I respect a man who doesn’t hold back. A few wonderful nights and he already asked to move in together. It looks like she’s either going to Boston or bringing another boy home to Seattle.
I’m going to put my money on the latter. Once Catherine showed up unexpectedly to Richard’s hotel door unphased by their recent split, I knew something seemed very off. First of all, Catherine’s not a woman who’s going to just show up at the door of your house or hotel to apologize, especially after she just bought the hospital! It turned out he was hallucinating her the entire time, which was completely devastating. His love for Catherine seemed unphased by the recent events of their explosive separation. I hope that whatever he’s experiencing forces Catherine to set aside her ego and makes her choose to stand by his side through this difficult time. Richard’s the patriarch of the entire show, and we can’t lose him too! Alex was enough for one season. What are your guesses to what could be ailing Richard?
Meanwhile, Hayes had been discussing the death of his wife with Meredith for the past half-season, and we all already know the story of Derek’s untimely death, but Hayes’ past has been a bit blurred. We were finally given the tearful story of his wife’s sad ending. I wasn’t ready to cry, and then it hit. The way Hayes gazed at his wife the first time he saw her was pure love. He’s such a loving man and this little rewind certainly confirmed this. The final moments with his wife were beyond emotional. It’s been a while since Grey’s has brought the waterworks, but this time it brought the waterfalls. When his wife told him she needed him to teach the boys that it was ok to not be ok and to cry was a lesson to us all on how to raise full-functioning men. A man who can cry and get in touch with his emotions rather than bottling them up seems rare, but entirely possible. Especially if they’re raised by a Hayes. Meredith, choose the sensitive man who knows the beauty and hardships of parenthood. Team Hayes!
A look at the histories of a couple of the smaller characters boosted the entire cast. I was beginning to lose investments in characters, and now that they dug deep into storylines, I’m reinvested.
If you were to tell me Alex was going to become a peds surgeon and a loving guy, that Meredith would finally learn to stand on her own, or that Amelia would finally make a right decision *cough* Link, I would’ve laughed. The immense character progressions have been impeccable and truly special. This episode solidified this as it was all about the maturation we experience even if we are oblivious to our own changes.
What a gripping hour that revealed surprises with every scene change! Geez, I’m going to have to rewatch this episode. What were your thoughts? Were you happy to see Teddy’s sexuality expanded?
I can’t wait to see the doctors work their magic to solve Richard’s mysterious ailment. I don’t know if I can wait a full week. Does Teddy tell her story to Owen? Does she choose Koracick? Her subtle comment on the reality of loving two people at once was telling. It looks like she’s genuinely conflicted. But Teddy, sadly you’re going to have to choose one.
Additional Side Notes:
- Is it just me or is Meredith at home much more this season than she has any other season? I swear, her hometime is almost split evenly with her hospital time.
- Can I start a petition for more Teddy screentime? I’ve always loved Teddy, at least after Cristina left the show.
- Claire and Clara, it’s a lesbian thing. If you know you know. Rose and Rosie fans?
TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”
Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.
If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.
Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.
And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.
Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.
What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
Grey’s Anatomy Review – Who’s Amelia’s Baby Daddy?
This felt like a nothing for nothing episode. A lot of things were touched on, but it felt like too many storylines were involved and nothing went into too much detail.
Who is Amelia’s baby Daddy?! That was the question on everybody’s minds, but of course, in true Grey’s Anatomy fashion we didn’t find out who the father was until the last few minutes of the episode.
Surprise, it is Link’s baby! Was anybody else sort of shocked by that? There was a part of me that questioned if they were going to go all out on the drama. They were just dangling a damn carrot in our faces the entire time just to reveal that Link is the father?! It would be an understatement to say I’m completely annoyed.
It was an unnecessary detour. Although, I am happy Link and Amelia got to experience their long-awaited reunification. I guess this means Link and Jo aren’t going to get together? It was ridiculous of me to assume that Jo would just run to the man immediately next to her.
Jo and Link were two pessimistic Debbie downers together, sharing words of wisdom against all love. We always want someone to be a negative Nancy along with us, so it was good Link and Jo had each other.
Alex’s surprise exit had many repercussions with Jo and Meredith. Jo is going to be a mess for the rest of the season and Meredith still needs to find the sunshine within herself.
Meredith handled the case of a woman who couldn’t afford her insulin and had to ration out her doses that resulted in an unfortunate death.
This storyline coincided with the health insurance scandal Meredith was involved in not too long ago. Get angry Meredith! We need more people like her running the government.
Every debate between the Democratic candidates has been surrounding the larger issue of insulin prices putting families into either bankruptcy or an untimely death because they can’t afford the one medicine that would keep them alive.
It’s good Grey’s Anatomy took time to cover this issue and shed light on an egregious challenge facing many Americans. It tied beautifully into the insurance fraud case and it looks like next week will touch base on an entire hour of pro bono cases. Let’s hope they can work some magic and help the Seattle area!
Just to rub a bit of happiness in Link and Jo’s face, a young couple were sucking faces at the train station. Unfortunately, their love was too powerful and the boy ended up falling onto the train tracks and he got electrocuted.
We finally got to see the old Grey’s Anatomy gore when they cut the boy’s arms open to relieve some blood build-up. The episodes have been so focused on the personal storylines of the doctors I almost forget the doctors even see patients!
Now, can we just take a brief moment to scream in unison about Teddy and Koracick! Whether your screams are pure anger or happiness, we can all harmonize together.
As I mentioned previously, I’m a huge fan of these two and I’m happy they’re doing the dirty. I’m not so happy they’re doing it behind Owen’s back, but I do hope they find that they’re right for each other. Teddy cannot go breaking Koracick’s heart once again.
Even though Owen will be devastated hearing that his fiance is finding sexy time with Koracick, his sworn enemy, he definitely doesn’t have much say in getting too angry. He’s messed up so many times with Teddy, who can blame her for being skeptical about the validity of his promises to her.
Who do you think Teddy should end up with? What do you think of her actions? Leave your thoughts down in the comments below!
Additional Side Notes:
- Jackson and Vic aren’t meant to be. I believe they got into a relationship waaaay too fast. Seconds after Jackson and Maggie broke up he was hitched to another woman. He’s right, he is too old to be on and off with a woman, so maybe he should find solace in singledom.
- Richard has finally come to the conclusion of stepping down from surgery. This is a huge installment. Does this mean he will receive less screen time? The original cast members are swiftly dwindling.
- DeLuca’s quickly falling apart, I hope Jo’s water to the face really woke him up. I don’t see him being manic, like his father, but his cockiness seems to have gotten in the way of his judgment.
- Maggie pulled the sister card! When Teddy confessed to informing Owen about Amelia’s baby daddy confusion, Maggie stood up to Teddy calling her out. I agree Teddy needs to tell Owen what’s going on, but also Teddy hasn’t done much harm yet, this is her first mistake.
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