While the women of Grey’s are learning to find their voice again, I’m at a loss finding my own. I’m speechless.
Shonda covered one of the most difficult topics of sexual and domestic assault in such a powerful and beautiful way, and for that, this episode deserves an Emmy of its own.
The ties between each story focus were amazingly crafted. Between the opening scene of Miranda and Ben realizing that Tuck is at the age of romantic and sexual exploration, Jo learning the real reason why she was abandoned by her mother, and Abby the rape victim.
They each presented as a different stage. Tuck is the first stage, where if taught wrong boys will become men that continue rape culture, Abby represents the result of the horrific tragedy that an astounding amount of women face, and Jo’s mother shows the aftermath of the rape.
It truly held a somber mood through and through, and it almost didn’t feel like Greys, in a good way though! I would never have guessed they would’ve gone in this direction with Jo’s past.
Upon first meeting her mother and seeing how well she’s doing and the new family and life she seems to have created beyond Jo’s abandonment, it instills anger in Jo.
She begins to question her mother’s reason for abandoning her. Her mother informs her that her father died 10 years ago in a motorcycle accident, but wished he had basically died burning in the gates of hell. This response sets off Jo and she almost walks out
But her mother stops her and tells her the story of her and her father. She reveals that Jo was the product of a rape and she goes in-depth about the mental side effects of this sort of trauma.
She discusses her past worries about Jo being a boy and resembling her father acting as a constant reminder. Jo finally lets her guard and anger down, and truly feels empathetic for her mother. Jo tells her about the hard past she’s endured and drops the bomb for us all — she had an abortion.
This significant portion of Jo’s psyche and story are finally revealed and it says so much about Jo, the way she loves, the way she wants to move forward with Alex, and her hesitations with starting a family.
Jumping back to the present day, Jo encounters a woman who comes into the hospital looking to stitch up a face laceration. Jo recognizes her jumpiness and anxiety as a result of some sort of physical abuse. Abby immediately attaches to Jo as a safety anchor, and won’t let anyone else take her out of the room or let her leave her side.
Jo brings in Teddy to help and the two convince Abby to let them take inventory of the evidence in case she chooses to file a police report and press charges.
After Jo connects with Abby and tells her the story of her rough past, she gets her to open up about her attacker. Initially, Jo assumes it’s the result of an angry husband, as she channels her rage from her past, but Abby assures her husband would never lay a hand on her.
She mentions that she was at a bar wearing a short a few inches too short, having had a few too many drinks, but that the man who raped her made one too many inappropriate attempts.
The injuries Abby sustained require surgery to fix, but thankfully nothing too major. Jo requested that all the female staff, including nurses and doctors, line the halls on Abby’s way to the operating room. This scene was the icing on the cake. Tears were certainly flowing.
Teddy’s one-liner “That was not protocol, it should be,” offered chills.
Jo is not at a great mental place with the information she’s trying to process, and I think she’ll need to understand and work through it alone before she can bring in Alex.
I really hope this doesn’t offer too much trouble within their relationship and that Alex can sit by silently waiting for her to come to him. I’ve been writing recently how their relationship has been the most stable on the show, but relationships are about the ups and downs and how you get through them together.
This just happens to be Alex and Jo’s down. It’ll be saddening to see this new development of Jo, she’s already gone through her fair share of the ringer, but this will lead to some beautiful resolutions.
- Jo really resembled her mother. I know the actresses are not related at all, but there was something similar between them. I would’ve believed it!
- The scene of Teddy and Jo taking photos and evidence swabs is so emotional. The way the scenes were edited and put together to emphasize Abby’s consent, was powerful and important. It opened my eyes to the procedures of dealing with a sexual assault victim. I had no idea it was protocol to ask the person every time they’re about to do something if they are ok with it. It really emphasizes their own consent in an attempt to give back what they lost.
- I had a hard time with Jo disregarding her mother’s attempts at an explanation. She said “he hurt me” one more time than she needed to before Jo made a snide remark about her high school boyfriend breaking her heart. I understand Jo was hurting and was upset, but I was not a fan of how she treated her mom. Her mom was also a victim, and even brushing that off before knowing that was really harsh.
- This was certainly a drastic change from the confusing love stories plaguing the season, and important change.
- Oh boy, were tears shed tonight. My pen ink was illegible by the time I went to write this review.
These Are the 5 Best Grey’s Anatomy Episodes
There’s no doubt that Grey’s Anatomy is the number 1 medical drama of all time. It’s received numerous accolades, an unending list of seasons, and yet, it continues to resonate with viewers throughout the years and generational shifts. It’s hard to choose just one of our favorite episodes when there are literally hundreds to choose from, so don’t make us. But, what we can do is compile a list of some of the standouts. So here are our choices of episodes that made the A-list. *Ordered by season, not by preference*
It’s the End of the World (Season 2 Episode 16)
A bomb inside a body cavity. Need we say more? The show was great at diversifying the stories and including extremely unique cases. We use “was” because at a certain point they had to start recycling old ideas. In this episode, Meredith makes the absurd decision to stick her hand inside a body to keep the bomb from exploding. Code black was first introduced to us and we watched as the time ticked down waiting for the grand explosion. To our joy, Meredith survived and kept all her limbs intact. This marked the first major moment Meredith put her life at risk and was questioned about her sanity and the reasons she put herself in harm’s way deliberately. A highly stressful hour that made you feel like you were playing the child’s game “Perfection” racing to place all the shapes before the top blew. (Calling all you 90’s babies.)
Stairway to Heaven (Season 5 Episode 13)
The singular moment of the hour that put this episode on the list was the clever way Denny kept reiterating his “I am here for you” phrase. Once Izzy finally deciphered the hidden meaning behind Denny’s cryptic message, paired with the little boy Jackson’s steep decline from liver failure, emotions were running rampant. It put us on a true emotional roller coaster. Though, they only let us drop a few seconds before announcing there was a liver available for Jackson. Thankfully there were no deaths in the filming of this episode. Unless you count the inmate on death row’s final few seconds. If you identify as an Izzy fan, this episode was certainly a standout for her character.
Death and All His Friends (Season 6 Episode 24)
This was the first major season finale that made you stop and rethink Grey’s Anatomy’s intentions entirely. Thankfully no major characters were killed off, but they didn’t hesitate to write off a couple of interns. An episode that came a bit early for the times, it showcased a major shooting and the aftermath of such a gruesome event. It properly embedded a few laughable scenes, to break up the tension fueling the episode. It was a grand enough production that required a part 1 and part 2. The layers kept piling on, between a miscarriage, a love confession, and a faked death. If you’re looking to rerun the best of the best, make sure this is included.
Song Beneath the Song (Season 7 Episode 18)
Any TV drama that has the ability to throw in a musical episode is completely flexing their total reign over the airwaves. During its peak, which we’d contribute to its mid-range seasons, Grey’s Anatomy featured Sara Ramirez’s incredible vocals. Just when you thought there was no way a sad song could make a scene any sadder, the entire cast comes in and changes your mind. During Callie’s lifesaving surgery the cast broke out into “How to Save A Life,” and this was the pinnacle moment. Whether or not The Frey can take credit, the scene was still a beautiful recital of each actor’s musical abilities. Definitely an episode you need to rewatch for the maximum showcase of each actor’s skill set.
Flight (Season 8 Episode 24)
Following the trend of making its season finales strong and leaving viewers on an impossible cliffhanger, Season 8 was the finale of all finales. The plane crash that involved almost the entirety of the main characters kept us questioning everything. We had already witnessed the death of Lexi and wondered who the writers could take away next. Watching them try and fend for their lives in the wilderness was like a second dimension sequence. You’d assume surgeons would be the best candidates to survive a plane crash simply because they have the knowledge needed to try and stop bleedings and complete any major life-saving techniques. Though, as they only had basic medical kits they were left helpless waiting for others to find them. If you’re in need of an episode with the old cast, check out the full Season 8.
We’d love it if you commented a few of your favorite episodes from the 16 years Grey’s Anatomy has dominated television!
Grey’s Anatomy Review – A Diagnosis (16×14)
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 – Save the Last Dance for Me (16×13)
Heartbeats were counting down as stated in Meredith’s voiceover, or maybe that was our own as we impatiently waited to hear results that were still left unrevealed!
The board got angry with Koracick dangling their jobs like carrots in front of them, well maybe all the fans can call a board meeting for the writers because we still haven’t received any answers.
Cliffhangers emote suspense, these storylines are only emoting frustrations. There’s an overwhelming amount of vagueness and this hour left that exact taste in our mouths.
Katherine bought Pac North, that was a quick deal from her previous threats only a week ago. Now everyone is scrambling to keep their family together, as Bailey put it.
Just as the case of the foster boy who was brought in, Bailey expressed similar sentiments of her hospital family. She didn’t want them to be split up, so it looks like Pac North will fall by the wayside and the doctors will be reunited at Grey Sloan once again. Surprise, surprise. In my expert opinion, the whole Pac North storyline was a bit of a waste.
Nothing momentous happened there and it let Richard, Maggie, Alex, and Owen essentially jump ship from Grey Sloan, while Pac North acted as a lifeboat. They were pawns moved around the chessboard until things were finally figured out.
Meanwhile, Suzanne, DeLuca’s patient still had no answers for her ailments. DeLuca brought in a UCSF doctor to help with the case, a deaf doctor, a very cool addition that expanded representation.
I typically enjoy patient cases that span over a few episodes, it offers greater insight into the patient’s life. Suzanne’s speech to DeLuca and Maggie before she went under was emotional and it’s good Maggie isn’t as empathetic as Amelia. Otherwise, her emotions would’ve gotten the best of her just as they did mine. I mean c’mon, the whole revelation of her daughter being gay and her youngest daughter needing a stable home and mother after already enduring an orphanage! The show still has the ability to play on your emotions!
The doctors chose to take the ballsy route and stop all of Suzanne’s treatments in order to allow the ailment to present itself. A risky move, but Grey’s never fails from risky moves. It’s easily predictable Suzanne won’t die, but what will she not die from? That’s the real question.
We were all graced with a sad Valentine’s story just in time for February 14th. Schmidt had an emotional case working with a senior couple whose fate was nearing. I hope to pull off a last grand jester the way the husband did. It couldn’t have been said any better by Schmidt, I want a dance partner too.
Amelia still hasn’t taken the paternity test for the baby in fear of losing Link. He was right when he said Amelia had a complicated past with Owen. But even if Owen found out he had a child with Amelia, it wouldn’t change his future with Teddy. It would just add layers and they would have to pull an A Million Little Things Delilah and Eddie sequel.
I assume we’ll learn the paternity results next episode, so now’s the time to place bets. I’m putting my money on the baby being Link’s!
Meredith still seemed to be having moments with McWidow but was also sleeping with DeLuca? She called herself all grown up (-ish, thank you, Bailey, for calling it like it is), but it seems like she’s just turning a blind eye to some underlying love triangle.
Alex’s sudden leave is finally being revealed piece by piece. They keep reminding us he’s in Iowa helping his mom– like we could’ve forgotten such a terrible loss. I don’t remember the latest storyline with Jo and Alex, but Jo kept alluding to a mini fight and Alex needing space. How are they going to delve deeper into the exit of Karev with just the use of his name?
What are your predictions for the next episode? How do you think things will play out with the merging of two hospitals?
Additional Side Notes:
- Well said, Richard. Don’t we all miss Bokhee?
- Koracick’s undoubtedly a major jerk, but he’s a funny jerk? As Amelia put it, he’s hurting and lonely, let him work through his emotions. Owen already won the girl and the life, let Koracick sulk.
- Jo brought the words of wisdom! “It’s not hopeless, just not easy.”
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