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 – Save the Last Dance for Me (16×13)
Heartbeats were counting down as stated in Meredith’s voiceover, or maybe that was our own as we impatiently waited to hear results that were still left unrevealed!
The board got angry with Koracick dangling their jobs like carrots in front of them, well maybe all the fans can call a board meeting for the writers because we still haven’t received any answers.
Cliffhangers emote suspense, these storylines are only emoting frustrations. There’s an overwhelming amount of vagueness and this hour left that exact taste in our mouths.
Katherine bought Pac North, that was a quick deal from her previous threats only a week ago. Now everyone is scrambling to keep their family together, as Bailey put it.
Just as the case of the foster boy who was brought in, Bailey expressed similar sentiments of her hospital family. She didn’t want them to be split up, so it looks like Pac North will fall by the wayside and the doctors will be reunited at Grey Sloan once again. Surprise, surprise. In my expert opinion, the whole Pac North storyline was a bit of a waste.
Nothing momentous happened there and it let Richard, Maggie, Alex, and Owen essentially jump ship from Grey Sloan, while Pac North acted as a lifeboat. They were pawns moved around the chessboard until things were finally figured out.
Meanwhile, Suzanne, DeLuca’s patient still had no answers for her ailments. DeLuca brought in a UCSF doctor to help with the case, a deaf doctor, a very cool addition that expanded representation.
I typically enjoy patient cases that span over a few episodes, it offers greater insight into the patient’s life. Suzanne’s speech to DeLuca and Maggie before she went under was emotional and it’s good Maggie isn’t as empathetic as Amelia. Otherwise, her emotions would’ve gotten the best of her just as they did mine. I mean c’mon, the whole revelation of her daughter being gay and her youngest daughter needing a stable home and mother after already enduring an orphanage! The show still has the ability to play on your emotions!
The doctors chose to take the ballsy route and stop all of Suzanne’s treatments in order to allow the ailment to present itself. A risky move, but Grey’s never fails from risky moves. It’s easily predictable Suzanne won’t die, but what will she not die from? That’s the real question.
We were all graced with a sad Valentine’s story just in time for February 14th. Schmidt had an emotional case working with a senior couple whose fate was nearing. I hope to pull off a last grand jester the way the husband did. It couldn’t have been said any better by Schmidt, I want a dance partner too.
Amelia still hasn’t taken the paternity test for the baby in fear of losing Link. He was right when he said Amelia had a complicated past with Owen. But even if Owen found out he had a child with Amelia, it wouldn’t change his future with Teddy. It would just add layers and they would have to pull an A Million Little Things Delilah and Eddie sequel.
I assume we’ll learn the paternity results next episode, so now’s the time to place bets. I’m putting my money on the baby being Link’s!
Meredith still seemed to be having moments with McWidow but was also sleeping with DeLuca? She called herself all grown up (-ish, thank you, Bailey, for calling it like it is), but it seems like she’s just turning a blind eye to some underlying love triangle.
Alex’s sudden leave is finally being revealed piece by piece. They keep reminding us he’s in Iowa helping his mom– like we could’ve forgotten such a terrible loss. I don’t remember the latest storyline with Jo and Alex, but Jo kept alluding to a mini fight and Alex needing space. How are they going to delve deeper into the exit of Karev with just the use of his name?
What are your predictions for the next episode? How do you think things will play out with the merging of two hospitals?
Additional Side Notes:
- Well said, Richard. Don’t we all miss Bokhee?
- Koracick’s undoubtedly a major jerk, but he’s a funny jerk? As Amelia put it, he’s hurting and lonely, let him work through his emotions. Owen already won the girl and the life, let Koracick sulk.
- Jo brought the words of wisdom! “It’s not hopeless, just not easy.”
Grey’s Anatomy Review – The Last Supper (16×12)
The truth always comes out; that’s the lesson to be learned. No matter what secret we’re trying to hide from the world, it eventually begins to show. In the medical world that might include HIV or chickenpox, it just takes a matter of time for the symptoms to progress.
However, in this almost tiresome episode, the secret wasn’t that exciting or scandalous, although it was a huge surprise for all of those involved.
We were left last with Katherine and Richard’s marriage falling apart, and this hour was split between an awkward family-ish dinner and being gay in the Jewish culture.
Both seemingly opposite things, but at the core, very similar ideas of secrets finally surfacing.
The entire dinner shared between Richard, Katherine, Jackson, Maggie, and a few extras was so cringe-worthy. Initially, Maggie and Jackson thought they were getting together to celebrate Katherine and Richard’s anniversary, and instead, it turned out to be a divorce announcement.
To top it all off, Jackson invited Vic, who brought a plus one for Maggie. The entire situation was perfectly unperfect. A night filled with elementary jabs between the Avery’s and Richard and Maggie. I’m surprised Vic came out of the dinner safe and sound.
Meanwhile, Schmidt explored his sexuality with Nico and navigated the coming-out scene in his very Jewish family. He and Nico went to visit his uncle who was in hospice and as soon as Schmidt introduced Nico as his boyfriend he flatlined.
The perfect timing for any death is when you’re about to shake someone’s hand for the first time. Schmidt feared he had killed his uncle with his gayness but later came to find out his uncle was harboring a similar secret.
As Schmidt put it, his uncle was only given 45% niceness and he chose to spend it all on Schmidt. Come to find out the reason for this was because Schmidt shared the same gay gene as his uncle.
What a twist! Although gay marriage was legalized almost half a decade ago, homophobia is very much still relevant. And unfortunately, most of the fear is within the family.
Schmidt’s traditionally Jewish family, although accepting on the outside, really wrestled with the concept. His uncle could never come out because of his mom and this was a harsh reality for Schmidt to hear.
He decided to move out of his mom’s house and in with Nico (I’m assuming), putting their relationship onto a new level. I’m glad Grey’s Anatomy took a deeper look into this storyline.
It’s been a while since Arizona and Callie told Callie’s father about her lesbian life. Any orthodox religion has a hard time with the LGBTQ+ community, but it’s important that the show represented this.
Back to Richard and Katherine, what used to be a warm and loving marriage, with only a few bumps here and there has turned into an entire war. Katherine’s envy and anger of Richard’s newfound success at Pac-North have evolved into a desire to take him down. They haven’t even officially divorced yet!
I can’t imagine a marriage falling into pieces that badly.
Next week we’ll gain a better insight into the future of Pac-North. They’re continuing its storyline now with Maggie as a new addition to the team, but I don’t see a clear future in them splitting full-time between two hospitals. Unless Katherine buys it and then somehow combines the entire pack of surgeons.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? What are you looking forward to? They put a hold on the baby drama between Link and Amelia, but I suspect a good resolution coming to fruition soon enough!
Additional Side Notes:
- How dare they drop Alex’s name so casually and act like he’s still working at Pac-North. I still don’t understand how they plan on using his name often and pretending he still makes an appearance at the hospital when he’s completely MIA.
- Nico and Schmidt’s relationship is so sweet. Nico’s complete support for Schmidt is the support a significant other should offer their partner! Take lessons, Katherine.
- Sadly, this was a low key episode with nothing too exciting. Apparently, they needed a refractory period from their top episode from last week.
Grey’s Anatomy – A Hard Pill to Swallow (16×11)
This week’s Grey’s Anatomy may as well have been a huge endorsement for the anti-vaping campaign. Which I don’t disagree with! Inhaling anything but air into your lungs is bad. There, McGifty (Dr. Hayes) said it and I’m just repeating it.
You’d think that was an easier said than done sort of thing, but that just isn’t the case. People are inhaling whole fish, ingesting engagement rings, and can I even say “worst of all” vapor!
While the patients were all suffering from their odd maladies, the doctors were all silently sitting on their own secrets that they couldn’t seem to speak.
Meredith’s still pining over DeLuca, so last week’s prediction was incorrect. She missed him enough to learn a line of Italian to whisper in his ear. I still can’t seem to put a finger on her feelings for Dr. Hayes.
They were in close quarters working on a case together trying to salvage the lungs of a high school athlete who initially alarmed them when he suddenly spit up blood. After finding out his lungs resembled the lungs of a 60-year smoker they came to learn that incessant vaping was the culprit.
Hayes opened up to Meredith about his personal frustrations with the kid and how it connected to him worrying about his own boys. Single-parenting is a scary thing, and when you’re raising two boys alone, that’s the scariest. Jo said it best, “I honestly worry for your entire gender sometimes.”
Meredith saw the vulnerable side of Hayes and her eyes showed more than just innocent admiration, whatever that means.
Meanwhile, Jo was working on the case of a bachelor who stupidly swallowed a whole fish. A pufferfish! Of all the things Grey’s has thrown at us over the years, we shouldn’t be surprised anytime anybody comes in after ingesting something unique, so a fish is mild. But I still worry about that man.
Teddy was frazzled and distracted by the loss of her Hunt heirloom. I’m surprised any of the surgeons can successfully wear their wedding rings. Teddy and Owen were running around trying to find the ring until they received a call about Leo getting sick at daycare. Come to find out he somehow swallowed the ring.
It never seemed like the right time for Amelia to confess her secret to Owen and Teddy, but Link isn’t going to let her go too long without sharing the news. Teddy and Owen were too busy searching for the ring, so it appears we’ll have to wait until next week for the canal to break and the drama to flood in.
Link’s so right, they’re doctors and they have easy access to tests. Amelia should’ve done DNA tests before saying anything. Link’s the best thing that’s happened to her in a while and I hope she doesn’t mess it up. My fingers are crossed that the paternity test comes out clean.
Instead of going to work, Weber was focused on getting Maggie back to hers. He dropped some knowledge that someone like her hadn’t ever had to face. After all, she is a young protigy and so far has had things magically work out. Sabi’s death is the first real wake-up call for her and a reminder that even the best surgeons make mistakes. Yang had to learn that the hard way many times.
It looks like Katherine and Weber are still on the rocks and it might be getting a bit bumpier. We’ll have to wait for next week to know exactly what she meant when she said they have some other things to discuss.
I look forward to watching Hayes and Meredith’s relationship continue to unfold how Cristina intended to orchestrate it.
Everything seems so cryptic at the moment.
It was a strong episode full of fun cases and quick transitions to all of the doctors’ challenges. The season has made strides since its rough first ten episodes.
Additional Side Notes:
- How do Richard and Owen have so many days off? I’d almost question if they even work at the other hospital!
- I’m proud of Link for finally standing up for himself. For too long he’s let people decide his fate, and this time he’s telling Amelia how he’s feeling and giving her ultimatums.
- Koracick has a special way of really making an ass out of himself, but then turning it around with the sad story of his wife.
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