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.
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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