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Grey’s Anatomy – Nothing Left to Cling To (16×1)

GREY'S ANATOMY - "Jump into the Fog" - As fog begins to cover Seattle, the doctors of Grey Sloan navigate through personal complications. Meredith and Alex attempt to save Gus, while Levi talks some sense into a struggling Nico, on the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jessica Brooks) JAMES PICKENS JR., JUSTIN CHAMBERS, ELLEN POMPEO

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Welcome back fellow Grey’s Anatomy fans, it’s been a hot minute, and we’re already thrown into the midst of all the pent up drama from last season.

I’d consider myself an avid viewer, but truly, it’s been a while and I forgot a majority of the plotlines. It was like the finale was split in two with a four-month hiatus, and we were forced to piece everything back together in the dark — among imaginary fog, bears, and wolves.

It makes sense, they had no time to waste. Too many things to unpack in such a short amount of time, beginning with answering the long-awaited question of Jackson’s status.

No, he did not die, in fact, he climbed over to help a couple who had been hiking and after trying to take a selfie Jai stepped over the ledge while his “warrior goddess” wife Mari literally hung onto the last string keeping him from falling to his death.

Maggie’s angry response to Jackson leaving her alone on an unfamiliar road in the dark led to their downfall. I’m sure there was a collective sigh of relief when Jackson realized the relationship wasn’t working. I’m surprised they lasted this long. They were a trainwreck of a relationship.

It’s only the first episode and already one couple’s down.

With a face like his, are we really that surprised Jackson’s basically off the market again? Not even a day after he and Maggie broke it off. Another romance cross-over with Station 19? A future Bailey and Ben?

After Vic tells Jackson about her recently deceased fiance, he realizes she’s definitely not ready, but apparently waiting is a common theme among Grey’s men. They seem like a good match. They say they’re just friends, but c’mon, the way he looks at her, his eyes are completely hazed over with attraction.

Alex and Joe are also proposed to be on the rocks as Joe is beginning her time at a treatment center. She equates herself to the other crazy women Alex has dated, but just as Joe is stronger than any of them, Alex’s love for her is also stronger.

Joe gives him an out and although he briefly mulls it over, he instead proposes, again. Alex has truly become an upstanding man and husband. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Alex and Joe are the strongest couple on the show!

We’re finally given time to celebrate another Grey’s Anatomy birth. An official welcome to Allison, Teddy and Owen’s baby. Warning Allison, don’t get too comfy, things are always changing drastically. One second you’re birthed, and the next Bailey is already pulling your parents into the trauma wing.

Amelia and Owen seem to be on good terms. Link is really good for Amelia, and I hope to God the baby is his. Oh whoops, my bad, I didn’t properly drop the news, but I figured Grey’s did that well enough. AMELIA’S PREGNANT!

We are left to question who the baby daddy is. I can’t imagine adding another element to the Teddy, Owen, and Amelia triangle (Amelia, you have a threesome right in front of you). I’m almost positive they’re just using this to bait us and keep us questioning, but nothing can ever be ruled out on this show.

Finally bringing it full circle back to Meredith. She’s only on trash duty after her insurance fraud stunt. If only our politicians had the same values as she did about.

When your lawyer says it’s highly unlikely for the board to pursue action against your medical license, that’s when you know Shonda’s just leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for things to take a dramatic turn.

It looks like it’ll definitely be a few more episodes until we see Mer in surgery. I’m curious how they’re going to do the split storylines especially now that Richard and Alex have new jobs at a different hospital.

What a premiere. 15 seasons and still going strong, Grey’s is like a cockroach, it will never die.

What can we expect from this season? What do you hope to see? Drop down in the comments below and let us know your thoughts on the season premiere.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Did anyone else miss their weekly dose of Bailey?! Although her appearance was minimal this episode, her one-liners still sink in. “I’m aware [you just had a baby]. She’s very cute. Congratulations. I still need you to come. Altman, you’re excused.”
  • “I hate any other generation than my own.” A true mood of our entire world. Any Gen Zers out there?
  • Koracick deserves so much better. At this point, there’s no hope for Teddy and Owen to break up. They’ve already gone through their rough patch, and now they’re on the uprise; their stars are aligned.
  • “This is cocky, DeLuca.”
  • I want to know who decided that the dog’s name should be Dumbledore!
  • “Did you bring an actual violin?” Damn, well played judge. Well played.
  • What a way to point out that Richard is getting old. Asking him about retirement…now that’s just plain rude!

Congrats to Amelia and Private Practice for offering their services in cracking the mysterious case of Jai’s ailment.

–Happy Patient Outcome Tracker: 1

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Grey’s Anatomy Review – Help Me Through the Night (16×10)

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Grey's Anatomy Help Me Through the Night Review

Welcome back to the mid-drama chaos. I’m happy to report the hour contained many elements of the original Grey’s Anatomy and successfully balanced the doctor’s personal lives and good ole surgery, finally!

Something that has been lacking in recent episodes.

A majority of the interns were injured after a car came bulldozing into Joe’s Bar and the rest of the doctors scrambled to have enough hands on deck to piece them back together.

Thankfully Weber and Owen came back to Grey Sloan to lend some helping hands. I’m still curious as to how the writers plan on bringing the doctors all back to one hospital. TBD, apparently.

Everyone was struggling to push aside their personal problems to focus on saving the lives of the interns, and it was a success! There were no interns killed in the making of this episode.

What a nice surprise, considering each intern class has had at least one death!

The focus of the episode remained with an important lesson for Bailey. It’s ok to breakdown but never feel alone, because your friends are always there to hug and support you.

Bailey participated in the “surgery will make me forget all my troubles” motto that many of the doctors seem to unhealthily advocate for.

After her unfortunate miscarriage, she tried to hold onto some semblance of sanity while she directed everyone where to help.

The final scene with Meredith, Weber, and Bailey pulled on many heartstrings. They’ve been there together since day one and this scene only strengthened the reminder that they will always be there for each other, even with this sad exit of Alex.

This lesson reverberated to the rest of the doctors as Teddy and Owen finally found their future together and Koracick made amends with the outcome, Jo fell in love with her stolen baby, and the interns stayed strong for each other through their recovery periods.

Teddy and Owen have been on the on and off since Teddy’s first appearance in Season 6. 10 years we’ve had to wait for this loooong drawn-out love story to finally come to a happy fruition.

Owen’s always been scared to officially commit to Teddy, for fear of messing up their strong bonded friendship, but with the help and wise words of Avery, he realized that if he wanted Teddy to be his forever, the forever included the now.

Amelia and Koracick had their possibility of futures with Teddy and Owen ceased and will now have to look for new storylines. Until Amelia reveals her pregnancy truth, she will remain with Link.

Link is no sloppy seconds though, he’s a pure soul who deserves all the kindness in the world after already being left behind my Meredith.

Speaking of Meredith, if you were among those who could not get on board with Merluca have no fear, the Alex replacement might just be there to swoop in.

He’s already received the stamp of approval by none other than Cristina, the other half of the twisted sisters. The lingering gaze Meredith gave toward the end of the night was a dead give away that she already has her eyes shifting from DeLuca.

Now, I can’t write an entire review without touching on the entire travesty of Alex leaving the show. I’m confused by the ease of “Alex is visiting Iowa.”

How are we expected to just believe he’s there visiting his mom for the rest of the show?! Jo’s going through a bout of baby fever while her husband is living in Iowa indefinitely.

This leaves too much of a plot hole. In my opinion, they should’ve at least sent him to another country (Cristina style) or killed him off. These are harsh requests, but they would make a lot more sense than sending him to another state while his wife is continuing a full plotline.

Meanwhile, we were left with a glimpse of Maggie being served, so no she’s not gone entirely. She doesn’t get off that easy, in fact, the lawsuit against her is by none other than her long lost family, so blood isn’t always thicker than water.

What did you think of this midseason premiere? Were you happy with all the revelations and new drama?

Additional Side Notes:

  • Congrats to the newly engaged couple! It only took Owen 10 years to propose to Teddy. Poor Koracick, he really deserves another love interest.
  • I’m surprised more of the other doctors haven’t suffered from broken heart syndrome yet, considering the stress they’ve experienced over the entirety of their time on the show.
  • “Any other requests from the peanut gallery?” Bailey’s back with the quick wit.
  • Helm’s first official love confession to Meredith was so sweet. Now that she’s put out her love request out into the universe, the universe will provide. Finally another lesbian storyline.
  • Teddy’s connection with Casey was an emotional one and really reminded us of the lack of mental health programs and aid for veterans. Something that’s been touched on quite often with the representation of Owen and Teddy.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Let’s All Go to the Bar (16×09)

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It was the fall season finale for Grey’s Anatomy and Meredith was certainly not going to miss making at least one appearance in the OR.

I had gotten so used to the split storylines of the show that having this episode solely focus on the hospitals almost seemed foreign.

The chaos didn’t pick up until the middle of the episode once Maggie started going hysterical when she began losing her patient and Bailey experienced a miscarriage.

Jo spent the entire episode exploring her connection with her abandonment and foster care history. I thought this was an important pondering as she’s been going through a rough time understanding and accepting her past. Maybe as she’s helping abandoned babies, she’ll finally learn to clear the skeletons in her closet. And now she’s home with a baby? Maybe she sped up the process of her and Alex having a baby.

These doctors sure have been through the rough of it. From miscarriages to divorces, losses, and shootings. The bad news never stops and this time death chose to target Bailey. The loss of her baby shouldn’t have been too surprising, considering her age and onset of menopause, but it still didn’t make losing the “almost baby” any easier.

In true Grey’s Anatomy fashion we were left on a big cliffhanger when a car ran into Joe’s bar and flew through the brick wall. First of all, how did the front of the car not entirely get totaled? It was completely intact. Aside from flying bricks that are sure to have hit many people in the head, it didn’t look like anyone was trapped, so it looks like it’ll just be a mass amount of bodies in the hospital.

With the sudden resignation of Maggie as the cardio God, the hospital continues to shrink. It’s obvious she’ll return because no doctor at Grey Sloan Memorial who has quit has failed to return.

The biggest “oh no” of the night was when Shonda “took it there.” She threw us another curveball with the truth of the father of Amelia’s baby. I thought we were out of the woods with the question of the paternity of her child, but we’re never safe from shocking news. It adds a bit of ridiculousness to the situation, seeing as it took so many episodes for her to finally find out the father of her child. And it leads to an even more jumbled situation between Amelia, Owen, and Teddy. One that had taken so long to detangle.

I’m upset about this reveal and wish Shonda hadn’t taken it there.

The best moment of the episode was when Meredith was texting Christina and we find out that the new Irish cutie wasn’t just a random stray off the street, but intentionally sent by none other than the twisted sister from across the Atlantic.

This better mean Christina makes an appearance in the next portion of the season! They’re dropping too many Christina references for it to be a fair tease.

The boys’ advice to DeLuca might’ve been too late as it seems the new Irish doctor has an eye on Meredith. I pray to Shonda, not another love triangle. They’re getting old at this point.

The episode didn’t leave much room for the patient stories to be an important contributing factor to the story arch, except for the new father whose heart has yet to restart. I can’t imagine them losing him, especially since Teddy put him through extreme measures to try and save him. He’s not dead yet, and I don’t believe he will be.

What are you looking forward to next spring for the premiere? What drama will ensue when Amelia tells Link he’s not the father and that Owen is? How about the car crash into Joe’s? There were only a few important characters who were in the bar at the time, so I’m not too worried or anxious about that cliffhanger/

Additional Side Notes:

  • The Bailey and Amelia pregnancy pact is everything. Why didn’t we get this before with any of the other doctors?
  • I’m surprised they brought in a new doctor during the last episode of the fall season. But, I’m not complaining. Any gift from Christina is welcomed with open and embracing arms.
  • Catherine’s remark about Station 19 being a news channel was certainly not entirely off the mark. Seeing as it’s taking over Grey’s Anatomy’s timeslot, it’s becoming a bigger “channel.”
  • It’s been a while since Grey’s has added some new accents to the mix, but I’m glad they’ve added the Irish leprechaun.
  • The Bailey and Amelia pregnancy pact was too wholesome and too short-lived.

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Grey’s Anatomy – My Shot (16×08)

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Meredith finally got her day in court. She kept her license and hopefully next week’s episode is back to where it should be with Meredith back in the operating room adding to her list of successful patient outcomes.

It was a legendary episode with a recap of all the past successes of Meredith as a surgeon as she fought for her medical license.

The entire episode was centered around her hotel-turned-courtroom appearance as everyone she was close to spoke to her capabilities and accomplishments as a top surgeon.

She received a rude awakening after she recognized one of the panel judges as the incompetent doctor who killed Derek. She truly attempted to stay quiet while he berated her for her complete disregard for rules and authority, while her anger was slowly building.

Despite her lawyer’s plea for compliance, Meredith couldn’t keep quiet and called him out directly for his inexcusable neglect that killed Derek. The moment she listed names of the spouses of the patients she had lost we knew he was done for. If you’re trying to take out Meredith Grey, everyone should know using her daughter as a pawn to do so is the worst way possible.

Bailey’s behavior on the stand came out of left field. We knew she was angry with Meredith, but that was not the time nor the place to take it out on Meredith.

It was inappropriate for Bailey to throw hands on the stand in a hearing that would take away Meredith’s entire life. Bailey’s behavior over the last season has been ridiculous and a bit out of character. Simply out of jealousy, she wanted to take out Meredith. I hope Bailey has a redeemable episode, and they keep her on the back burner for any more shenanigans.

We knew Meredith would keep her license. Although I was ready for Shonda to take a spontaneous turn and switch Meredith’s career into the legal side of medicine. But, I’m sure she can do that better internally as a doctor. The moments they called into question were her Robin Hood moments, she made those decisions for the greater good.

Rules are sometimes made to be broken, and all the rules Meredith broke were just that.

It’s always a pleasant surprise whenever they’re able to throw in old scenes from past episodes. Hello baby Meredith, Lexi, and Christina! This would’ve been the easiest moment to have had a surprise guest of one of the old cast members.

Having a group of some of the patients Meredith saved was by far the most emotional moment of the episode. I was in shock when they had Meredith’s first-ever patient testify. Even before they had the throwback scene, I recognized her right away. I proudly admit I’ve rewatched this show three times through.

A happy ending for Meredith, the hospital, and the future patients she will save. A not so happy ending for DeLuca and Meredith. It just never seems right for Meredith to be with anyone but Derek. As DeLuca pointed out, she not only loved Derk, but also respected him, and there’s nobody quite like him.

It was nice seeing Meredith happy for the first time in a long time since Derek’s death, but we all need a reminder that Derek was the love of her life, and nobody else will compare.

Meredith has taken a slight backseat this season and this was her episode. A reminder that Meredith is the queen of medicine. She has won a Catherine Fox award if you didn’t know. She’s back in her place with a scalpal in hand and a scrub cap for her crown.

All of you Grey’s Anatomy OG fans, we’ve come a long way. Didn’t you hear? We’re legendary!

Do you think Meredith and DeLuca will get back together? Are you ready to finally see Meredith back in her scrubs?

Additional Side Notes:

  • The lawyer’s retort back to Schmidt about him still never having been in a courtroom because they’re in a hotel was pure savagery.
  • With all the old name drops like Christina, Arizona, Callie, and April did anyone else get emotional?
  • The best place to seize is in a room full of renowned surgeons.
  • Good on Jackson for not giving in to temptation with Maggie.
  • Koracick knows when to fall back in line.

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