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Grey’s Anatomy – Papa Don’t Preach (16×07)

GREY'S ANATOMY - "Papa Don't Preach" - Catherine is back in town and has no idea what's been going on between Jackson and Maggie, while her relationship with Richard has become distant. Owen and Amelia treat a woman who fell in the basement and quickly realize that there is more to the story; and Maggie is shocked to learn about some of Richard's relatives who are seeking help, on "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, NOV. 7 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Byron Cohen) CATERINA SCORSONE, KEVIN MCKIDD, JEREMIAH MILLER

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Family is the biggest running theme on this show. What constitutes a family? Is it based in blood or love?

The latest installment of Grey’s Anatomy definitely toyed with the ideas of these two questions at large.

None of the surgeons have loving or tight-knit family bases, except for George O’Malley. Resulting in most of them identifying Grey Sloan Memorial as their home away from home and surgery as their greatest love. They’ve also created a mini family among each other. Some rooted in blood and some in deep friendships.

In a way, the entirety of the characters creates a family.

Maggie joined a few seasons ago looking for her family and to her surprise, she not only found Richard and Meredith, but she was thrown into a multitude of extended family branches.

This was the first time she’s introduced to Richard’s side of the family. As is one of our first times. Besides the episode way back, when we met his other niece, who I believe also suffered from a heart condition. It must be a genetic thing in his family!

When Richard’s “estranged” brother and niece came to the hospital seeking help with Saby’s very large and dangerous tumor, they were greeted by a confused yet intrigued Maggie.

Our origin is something so ingrained into our minds, hence religion. With Maggie having been adopted, she had never felt the true sense of connection that is inexplicable between blood relations.

Her first interaction with Saby gave her a taste of what it was like to finally meet someone who more than slightly resembled her and shared most of the same nerdy interests.

The actresses did look very much alike! How did they find an actress who resembled Kelly McCreary so well?!

After Saby finally presented Maggie and Richard with her challenging tumor they’re both positive Maggie is the best option even with resistance from both Saby and her father, due to familial conflict of interest.

Maggie’s confidence came out a bit strong and she insisted she was the best and that she would be able to completely take care of the tumor with no worries.

Sadly, Saby ends up dying on Maggie’s operating table. What a hard loss for Maggie, especially after having so much confidence in her abilities and “bullying” Saby and her father into going along with her expertise.

It was a bit of a major loss for the characters, despite the distance between Richard and his family. They were still family.

Amelia still hadn’t told Owen about her pregnancy with Link, so she finally decided it was the best time. I honestly forgot who did and didn’t know about Amelia’s pregnancy.

Owen didn’t take the news too swiftly and took it out on a patient who came in after falling down the stairs.

The woman had apparently taken a drug to try and terminate the pregnancy, but instead got dizzy and almost terminated the pregnancy that way.

A major question and topic was brought to the surface on the show. I can’t remember the last time they mentioned abortion, but it was an interesting way to shed light on the controversy.

Owen has had his fair share with baby issues and getting involved with women who didn’t initially want children. Christina’s abortion seasons ago really affected him, and now seeing Amelia with Link ready and eager to have a baby really hit home for him.

All he has ever wanted was to create a family and his first two grand attempts failed.

I understand his issues, but it was highly inappropriate to take out his frustrations on a patient. Although his intentions were never about the actual abortion, it did bring up the debate between pro-life and pro-choice in an interesting manner.

In reality, it was his reasoning with Amelia’s choice to have a baby with Link when the reason for their first break up and divorce stemmed from her lack of desire for mothering another child.

Now that they finally came to an agreement with Amelia’s pregnancy, they’re still working on how titles are going to work in their family. Auntie Amelia and Uncle Owen? They’ve added a whole new twist on a ‘modern family’.

What are your thoughts on family? Is it blood thicker than water?

I can’t wait for next week’s court case. The last time Grey’s Anatomy nudged into Law and Order territory must have been Callie’s court case with the Olympic athlete.

Additional Side Notes:

  • The fact that Saby initially thought Jackson was gay for falling in love with a firefighter, rather than assuming that there could be a female firefighter was too ironic. I can’t decide whether her thinking was progressive or not.
  • I’m surprised they only brought up that Catherine had no idea about Maggie and Jackson’s breakup, but they never resolved it!
  • When did Alex’s hospital receive the funding to finally make it look like a full-functioning establishment?
  • Meredith’s outfit this episode gave me Susie vibes from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!

 


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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.

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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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