If only Meredith Grey and Grey Sloan Memorial weren’t just a part of a fictional world, because we need them right about now. This pro bono episode came at just the right time when the shortage of hospital beds and a broken healthcare system is revealing the cracks in our country and causing a scary collapse.
In typical Grey’s Anatomy fashion, there were manic moments, a few breakups, and surprising confessions during this hour.
Meredith’s voiceover really resonated, “Healthcare became a commodity only sold to those who could afford it.” I have never heard a truer statement. She explained the history of healthcare and how it originally used to be a human right. Hospitals were once a place of refuge, and have now become a place of avoidance for most because of the outrageous medical bills that result.
It was sad to see the work Meredith was giving as a service to the community taken as a last resort for many that caused a mini outrage. Nevertheless, the episode had some interesting cases.
DeLuca was treating a patient who initially came in with a rigid abdomen. She was brought in by a woman who claimed to be her aunt, but their dynamic seemed so suss, DeLuca was positive he saw signs of human trafficking.
My first guess was a kidnapping, but I guess human trafficking is basically the same thing. The girl’s behavior seemed just off, but almost not enough for me to really think there was anything wrong.
The entire hour I just wanted to slap DeLuca in the face. I wished he was wrong the whole time, but it certainly seemed like he was right about something.
I’m not sure this is entirely fair as he truly suffered from a manic episode, but he’s always annoyed me as a character. Sure he made Meredith happy for a bit and acted stupidly “chivalrous” at times, but mostly he’s just been an annoying, self-righteous prick who needs to be written off.
I admire his courage to speak out and do anything he could to try and protect his patient, but on the other hand, he didn’t necessarily handle the situation properly and resulted in them running away.
Who knows if we’ll find out if he was right or not!
Meanwhile, Amelia and Teddy teamed up to help a marine veteran. Teddy always feels akin to these cases, and I always find these special moments.
It’s important the show touches on the lack of resources and care for veterans and Teddy’s storyline with veteran characters is always super heartwarming.
Teddy was low key distracted by her latest rendezvous with Koracick and could hardly act normal around Owen. After Amelia barged in and announced freely that Link was in fact the baby, Teddy couldn’t seem to justify her latest acts of infidelity.
I will continue being a huge supporter of Teddy and Koracick so I’ve written off her misconduct as love. I don’t want to believe that she wouldn’t just run to Koracick out of pure selfishness. I’d like to think she ran to him because she does love him. She’s experiencing the difficulties of loving two people.
Owen has no suspicions of her cheating, and I wonder if or when Teddy will break the news to him. It was disheartening watching Koracick bow out as he explained that he would never cheat with a married woman. Seeing as Teddy didn’t try and change his mind and found comfort in Owen’s embrace, I can’t see Teddy choosing Koracick, no matter how much I want it.
What are your thoughts though? Do you see Teddy choosing Owen or Koracick? And whom would you prefer? Hopefully, we’ll get an answer soon enough. It better be quicker than the time it took for us to find out Amelia’s baby daddy!
Additional Side Notes:
- Nico’s so beautiful. That smile, those dimples, those eyes! I’m not surprised Schmidt and Nico broke up, they didn’t really have that strong of a relationship. But I would hate to see Nico’s beautiful face go. Please don’t take the new job!
- It’s true, Helm said it right, Meredith is legendary. I feel like there should have been a How I Met Your Mother Barney voiceover saying something like “She’s legen-wait for it-dary.”
- It was sad watching Jo go through the aftermath of her abrupt divorce. I can’t believe she’s going through the whole process of rediscovering herself as an independent woman. She took off her ring and changed her last name!
- Vic and Avery are officially over! At least Avery can now connect with Richard on a single man’s heartbreak club. Katherine’s separation papers are making things all too real. There are too many couples breaking up I can’t keep track!
This Is Us Review – Kevin and Randall Tackle the Ugly Stuff (5×13)
Kevin and Randall finally found “brotherly love” after all these years, but it didn’t come easily.
The duo tackled the elephant in the room — their explosive fight during which plenty of hurtful words were exchanged — on This Is Us Season 5 Episode 13.
As the two worked towards making amends, they aired out all the “ugly stuff” and it got pretty heated in certain moments.
The episode allowed audiences to see their different perspectives on the same situation with the key takeaway being: You just don’t see it the way I do.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean either of their experiences was wrong, they’re just different.
Kevin kicked things off with a bit of a half-assed, scripted apology, which Randall compared to a “rehearsed monologue.” Throughout it, he barely took any of the blame for his role in how “othered” he made Randall feel throughout the years when all he wanted to do was blend in.
While it was great that Kevin acknowledged that he should have done more to combat the racism Randall faced from people like his prom date’s father, he didn’t actually own up to his actions.
Throughout a series of flashbacks, which also included new actors playing the boys in the past (or at least I believe they’re new since I don’t recall seeing them before), we see Randall and Kevin’s relationship unfold through the years.
As toddlers, Jack takes them on a “boys weekend” to a live-taping of Mr. Rogers where Kevin becomes jealous of Randall’s “special treatment.” During their teenage years, Kevin gives Randall a fake I.D. of a “Black man” and tells him it’ll work cause he’s Black.
During the present, Randall recalls all of these moments, most of which were subconscious on Kevin’s part, to inform his brother that he always felt singled out because of his Blackness. Kevin would make fun of him for not knowing rap songs, call him Carlton, and make other racially charged comments that he thought were innocent and funny.
As Randall put it, Kevin’s black blindspots showed how wilfully in the dark he was, which hurt more than someone doing it purposefully and with malice.
Kevin doesn’t admit his fault initially, but eventually, he realizes that his jealousy of Randall was directly associated with his Blackness.
Kevin also called out Randall for being ungrateful about being adopted into a caring and loving family, but again, Randall didn’t harbor any resentment towards the Pearsons.
Instead, he opened up about his internal struggle of always wanting to find his birth parents, making up his Ghost Kingdom where the Black weatherman was his dad and the mail carrier was his mom, and also appreciating the life he was handed thanks to Rebecca and Jack.
It was a condensed glimpse of Randall’s journey that fans have been seeing unfold throughout the season.
There’s nothing wrong with Randall dreaming about what could have been if the events of his birth were slightly altered, while still being grateful for what could’ve been.
It’s an inner turmoil Randall has dealt with his whole life. He even admitted to feeling so guilty about his Ghost Kingdoms because of how great his real family was, so it’s not surprising that he’s tired of people telling him how he should feel about it.
Randall also apologized for always making Kevin feel “less than,” which included an apology for the cheap shot comment of Jack being ashamed of him.
While both of the guys will continue to see things through their own lenses, they’ve at least dipped their toes into each other’s perspectives for a moment.
With everything laid out on the table, a once-fractured brotherly bond is starting to rebuild.
There was nothing groundbreaking about the episode, but the breakthrough for Kevin and Randall was nice to see.
They’re finally starting to hold each other accountable for their actions that have spanned decades instead of bottling it up inside and resenting each other.
It takes true love and respect to have conversations this real and raw. Despite their flaws and quibbles, Randall and Kevin have always had each other’s backs, so I’m glad they’re back on track!
Plus, it might be the most honest and transparent conversation Randall has ever had with anyone in the Pearson family! That’s progress.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Doors Opening, Doors Closing (4×09)
The Resident returned with a powerful episode filled to the brim with emotions.
Bell bonded with his estranged stepson, Jake, and his husband, Gregg, and played a key role in delivering their adopted daughter and saving her mother.
It was nice to see Jake finally let Bell in, who respected his boundaries and was just happy to be part of the action.
Gramps Bell has a nice ring to it, and I’m sure it’ll happen one day, but sadly, it wasn’t today.
Jake and Gregg’s adoption storyline took a heartbreaking turn when Tina’s parents denied their request to adopt baby Lucy because of their traditional values.
Honestly, I’m surprised Bell’s speech about love and the importance of a good family didn’t resonate more.
He really went to bat for Jake and Gregg, who would have loved Lucy with everything they had.
It was a difficult situation for Tina, too. On one hand, she had a newfound family with Jake and Gregg, but on the other hand, she’d have to give up her own blood in order to make their dreams come true. As heartbreaking as her decision was, it couldn’t have been easy for her.
Pravesh… you are NOT the father.
And I know he’s not the only one to breathe a sigh of relief. When Nadine came to town with a baby, I wasn’t hoping it wouldn’t be his.
Aside from the timelines not adding up, it wouldn’t be beneficial to his character in the slightest unless they decided to keep Nadine around long-term.
Thankfully, Pravesh doesn’t have to worry about raising a mini Prince Pravesh just yet.
But seeing Nadine moving on with her life and happy did get him to think about his future, especially with a little poking and prodding from Myra the matchmaker, who may have singlehandedly been the best guest-stars on this series.
Myra wasn’t going to give up on Pravesh, and honestly, that’s a good thing. He needs a little push when it comes to his love life, which has been quite a mess lately.
Pravesh finally accepted her offer and she’s moving full-steam ahead! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she finds the exact girl Pravesh has been looking for!
Also, Jessica and Irving were so hilarious in their attempts to get Pravesh on a date!
And their wedding? Could it be any more perfect? If anyone is looking for some socially distant wedding ideas these days, these two have to be your inspiration.
Love really fueled the evening even with Mina and AJ.
After she told him that she was going back to Nigeria to be a surgeon, AJ didn’t hesitate to say he’d join her.
Now, I’m not sure if The Resident is serious about writing off two of their greatest actors, and something tells me just like Pravesh’s baby storyline, this will be a red herring and they’ll find a way to keep Mina in the states at the last moment.
However, I also love that she realized that returning to her home country to help her people was something that she needed to do. I’m not completely ready to abandon that storyline forever.
What do you think will happen?
Nic and Conrad are still going strong and waiting for their baby girl.
And Cain, well, he almost seemed like a person with a soul on The Resident Season 4 Episode 9.
His bond with Rose has strengthened, and he seems to have genuine feelings for her.
And I’m actually digging this relationship. Who knew there was a sweet and sensitive side to Cain all along?
Of course, this doesn’t erase any of the damage he’s done to Mina and AJ. And any progress he did make was erased when he continued to defend his actions to Conrad and said that Mina was partially responsible for the situation.
Cain really needs to learn acceptance.
Will he find a way to undo his mistakes? Will he get a spot back at Chastain?
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Mina and AJ will leave for good?
Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)
Batwoman’s fight with False Face Society is only getting started.
And now, it just got personal as they’ve taken one of the only people Ryan Wilder cares about – her on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Angelique.
Ryan convinced Sophie and the Crows to get Ang transferred after she gave up the names of those responsible for killing Commissioner Forbes. However, no one anticipated that Black Mask would figure out exactly when they were transferring her and take her back.
Obviously, Ryan thinks it’s because Black Mask wants to tie up loose ends, but it’s really because aside from Ocean, who is now MIA, Angelique was the only one who knew the secret recipe to produce Snakebite.
And obviously, Snakebite is what makes FFS go round.
It was easy for the Black Mask to infiltrate the Crows as they already have someone on the inside.
Dr. Rhyme is a “Snakebite consultant” for the Crows, but we know she’s working with Black Mask and keeping Kate a prisoner.
She was also all too eager to get Commander Kane hooked on the product after he was attacked by one of her men because it discredits the Crows.
Once word gets out that the Commander is using Snakebite, the Crows’ credibility is shot.
And it goes to show you just how powerful the drug really is. After one hit, Jacob Kane was addicted and wanted to get lost in the “do-over” that the hallucinogenic drug provided.
I thought that once Alice heard his therapy session with Dr. Rhyme and realize how remorseful he was for not trying harder to find her when she was captured by Cartwright would stir up something in her, but Alice is too far gone.
As she noted herself, it’s easier to forget than forgive, which is why she wants to find Enigma, who we learned is Dr. Rhyme, so that she can wipe her memories of Kate and start anew.
This drug really is all too popular in Gotham.
The series didn’t exactly confirm that Roman is Black Mask, but it did allude to Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, which has been my theory since Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9.
Not only is her working alongside Enigma, but he was all too eager to slip the Commander two vials of Snakebite.
Black Mask told the new Batwoman that he wanted revenge because the previous Batwoman killed his daughter.
We know Kate’s Batwoman had a no-kill policy, which Luke emphasized, so I wonder if they’re getting close to the Commander to frame him in some way?
Or does he blame Batwoman and the Crows, with the Crows being the ones behind his daughter’s murder, which is why he’s taken hold of Kate?
Agent Pennyworth’s memory-lapse came into clear focus when she teamed up with Alice — yet, another unlikely partnership — to find Enigma.
It turns out, her search for Kate led her to the root of Kate’s disappearance, but she forgot it soon after.
And when she confronted Enigma this time around, she had her memories wiped again and was convinced to transfer to Berlin, which obviously didn’t sit well with Sophie.
Sophie always knows something’s up, and the most annoying thing is that she’s always a few steps from figuring out the truth about everything.
Will she put all the pieces together? After all, everything seems to be connected.
The Bat team also took on a case involving a new villain named Kilovolt, who targeted the opening of Jordan Moore’s community center, which Ryan and Mary are helping to spearhead.
The reason was profit-based, of course. The CEO of Edgewater Prison, Ellis O’Brien, was letting out criminals for one night to target community programs in exchange for early parole. The idea was that shutting down these programs allows kids to continue to fall through the cracks and fill up the prisons thus making them money.
It’s disgusting, of course, but not exactly unheard of.
Thankfully, Batwoman squeezed out just enough energy to deal with O’Brien while dealing with hunting down the Black Mask and his goons.
The episode set up some pretty important elements and got us one step closer to finding out exactly what game Dr. Rhyme and Roman are playing.
Isn’t it crazy how the people you need to take down are always looming in your circle? In this case, they’ve infiltrated the top leader of the Crows without even lifting a finger!
What’s their final game plan? And is Horten Spence the Lois Lane of Gotham?!
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