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.
Kate Walsh to Return for ‘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.
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.
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.
— Grey’s Anatomy (@GreysABC) September 2, 2021
Fall Premiere 2021-2022 Dates for ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelorette, The Rookie, and More
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)
Grey’s Anatomy Has Overstayed Its Welcome
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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