In the face of pain, we default to a hurried “I’m fine,” unless you’re literally attacked by a bear resulting in a torn ear and nose, then maybe you’ll admit to more than the shortened phrase. A continuation from the prior Station 19 episode, the doctors worked quickly to preserve two hikers who had been mauled by a bear.
Meredith enlightened us with her voiceover explaining society’s need for showing emotional fortitude because showing pain is impolite.
Everyone except the bear-attacked man put up an emotional facade for those around them, everyone had their secrets. Namely, DeLuca, Amelia, and Richard.
We finally received the answer to one dangling question! DeLuca finally found the diagnosis of Suzanne’s unusual and deadly symptoms. Just as Bailey had given Meredith the okay to shut down DeLuca’s experimental methods, DeLuca ran in to deliver the antidote to Still’s disease.
His entire work on the case had left him sleepless and unrelenting to find a cure. I’m not sure about you, but that’s the kind of doctor I’d prefer if I was lying around on a hospital deathbed.
However, if you remember the backstory of DeLuca’s father Vincenzo, he suffered from a manic state in which he operated on several patients lacking any nourishment or rest, and ended up killing four of them.
Followed by a discussion with Carina, Meredith concluded that DeLuca wasn’t acting like himself and perhaps was presenting signs of Mania. Carina had flown out specifically because she was worried about DeLuca.
I’m not sure he is suffering from mania, but just like Ross seasons ago after nights of little sleep paired with amounting stress, it can lead to moments of irritability along with an extensive list of side effects.
Whether or not DeLuca is truly presenting with Mania or he desperately needed a good full week of sleep, the truth will soon unfold. Although, for now, it looks like MerLuca is once again on pause.
Next, Amelia’s drama with Link heightened. She took the day off work to hibernate and decompress, and Maggie decided to pay it forward and stay with her even through her times of denial.
Just as Richard forced himself onto Maggie, she pulled the “I’m an only child” card and fed Amelia bread and offered her a shoulder to lean on, alongside the support she had been lacking from Link.
In the wake of the baby daddy drama, Link hadn’t thought of the toll it was taking on Amelia and her pregnancy hormones. What she really needed as she expressed, was somebody who would offer her stability in her time of need to raise the baby no matter what.
I share Amelia’s same sentiments, however just as Maggie sympathized with Link, I understand his need for knowledge. As humans, we have an innate need for knowledge. Knowledge is power. In nature, male species only want to tend to their own young, and this innate need for Link to know if the baby is his or not seems to follow this.
When Link visited Amelia to make sure she wasn’t ghosting him, Amelia told him they were done for good. Poor Link didn’t deserve that. His love for Amelia is so strong, and he had only taken a few days to process his feelings. He deserved those few days!
Owen confirmed that in Jo’s “asking for a friend” hypothetical, he would not let a positive blood test affect his relationship with Teddy. They’ve both gone through enough ups and downs for several years and now is finally their time to be happy in love.
As Owen and Teddy continue their love bubble, Richard’s has completely disintegrated. Bailey tried to provide him support as he has done so many times for her, but following the “I’m fine” paradigm he brushed his depression under the rug and continued to go about life.
One important lesson learned was that loss doesn’t always find solace in replacements. After the woman’s husband unsuspectingly died from his bear attack wounds, she ordered her paramour to leave the room.
Similarly, after watching DeLuca storm off and publicly end things with Meredith, McWidow’s support was outright rejected by Meredith.
Love triangles will always lead to, at the very least, one broken heart if you’re lucky. Basically, love triangles will never end happily.
The episode didn’t present too many exciting storylines, instead, it frayed loose ends allowing for interesting plots to come to fruition.
Will DeLuca continue his manic state? Was it really Amelia’s hormones talking when she broke things off with Link? What were your thoughts on the episode? We’d love to read your comments and thoughts down below!
Additional Side Note:
- McWidow speaks Italian?! McWidow speaks Italian well?! There’s no reason Meredith can’t just fall into his arms. He has all the good traits and Cristina’s stamp of approval.
- The worst thing you could say to someone is “you sound like your mother/father.”
- I hope Nico’s closeted status doesn’t break up their relationship. Schmidt has to understand that Nico’s Korean heritage yields a heavily conservative background and his family could very well disown him.
- It’s good to see all of the doctors back under the same roof. We knew it wouldn’t take long.
- Meredith, Amelia, and Maggie are all emotional bowling pins. They sometimes fall in unison, and sometimes fall solo, until eventually, they help each other back up to the standing position.
Grey’s Anatomy Review – What’s Wrong with Richard? (16×20)
Richard’s mysterious ailment remained the greatest puzzle of the hour, alongside a more humanizing storyline for Koracick.
Apparently, dementia and Alzheimer’s are ruled out for Richard, but what else could it be? The doctors having a ticking timeline and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy case to solve.
All the surgeons except for neuro were put on Richard duty and had to do some hard thinking. It has been a while since they had to sit and map out an entire diagnosis.
And of course, the patriarch of the show was not going to make it easy.
The scariest moment was when Meredith found Richard about to cut into himself. Initially, the thought of him cutting into another unsuspecting patient was terrifying, but then when it revealed the reality of the situation my blood pressure soared.
Meredith came in like a superhero and saved the day, but I honestly didn’t know which way it was going to go. They better find a cure fast, or Catherine’s going to kill them all, well before Richard goes.
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If you were on the fence between Team Koracick or Team Owen you might be no longer! I know this episode only strengthened by loyalty to Koracick.
Despite his rudeness and overall impertinence toward life in general, Koracick has suffered a loss very few understand. The loss of his son David devastated his entire life and gave him a grim outlook on the future. I’m not making excuses for his behavior, but the death of a child can certainly harden someone.
Since this event that rocked his world, Teddy seems to be the only thing that gives him true happiness, besides his large surgeon ego. When his ex-wife paid him a visit with her youngest son, Koracick was thrown for a major loop. Not only did Guthery closely resemble David, he even sounded like him. Koracick could barely handle seeing his ex-wife, let alone a look-alike of his late son.
If you didn’t feel every shade of sadness for Koracick this entire hour, do you even have a heart?!
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I just want to side comment on the beauty of his relationship with his ex-wife. It didn’t seem like there was any bad blood between the two and rather than a loss of love being the reason they could no longer stay together, it seemed like the pain of losing their son was the biggest reason.
Anyway, Teddy stayed by his side the entire time and even squeezed his hand many times. I don’t understand how she didn’t recognize that Koracick was the man she needs to be with.
Teddy was the only person who could calm him down during Guthery’s surgery and every moment she was standing by she had a genuine look of concern and love. I am convinced she deep down loves him, but Owen’s just the easier choice.
Owen and Teddy have gone through their own share of problems and hurdles, but Owen’s just made to much of a mess and Koracick’s the less complicated past, I’d argue.
Of course, Koracick carries a lot of baggage, but Owen carries the same amount if not more. There’s been nothing recently on Owen, he’s honestly just clueless to Teddy’s indecisiveness.
The final scene between Teddy and Koracick didn’t look promising to a happy future between the two. Instead, Teddy grabbed Owen after her emotionally taxing day and pulled him into a supply closet to sex him up and tell him she wanted to get married sooner. I’m confused by her thinking.
After a day like that with Koracick, how could anyone not feel compelled to choose him? Maybe she was looking for a happier outlet and Owen was the easier choice? I’m not sure, but Teddy needs to be 120% sure with her choice. By the looks of next week’s preview, Koracick is still fighting for Teddy even on her wedding day. Will he win? Comment your thoughts down below!
Additional Side Notes:
- The case of the singing lady heavily reminded me of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. No way musicophelia is a real phenomenon! Because mind blown.
- “How do you fix it?” “Singing lessons.” Honestly, the best line of the night. Koracick deflects pain with humor, at least it gave us a good laugh.
- It looks like Amelia’s baby’s coming in fast! Are we ready? Maybe more than Link appeared to be!
- Schmidt and Jo need each other right now and it’s perfect they moved in together. Starting another chain of coworking roommates, very Grey’s Anatomy.
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!
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