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.
Grey’s Anatomy – Jump Into the Fog (15×25)
It was no plane crash, no active shooter, and no major death, but it was still a Grey’s Anatomy season finale. What a close to the end of an iconic season!
In my expert Grey’s Anatomy superfan opinion, the hour was a bit anticlimactic. Even with the supposed cliffhanger, they didn’t offer enough of a teaser as to what happened to Jackson for it to be a proper jaw-dropping ending.
In spite of a slight doozy of an episode, the rest of the storylines were more heartwarming than not. A true change of heart for the show!
Welcome, Allison! Teddy and Owen had their baby and wow, did they find a baby that actually resembles Kevin McKidd. Owen made his final love declaration, which was basically a proposal. I’m sure we’ll get to their wedding sometime within the next season.
Poor Koracick, this is a moment in time when I hate the third person. His love for Teddy is so pure and it’s the first time he has truly felt alive and loved after his son’s death. And here he gets screwed over by Teddy and Owen’s love for each other.
It’s not their fault they love each other, but I wish Teddy had been more honest with herself about her feelings so we could’ve avoided this.
Was anyone else unphased by the firing of Alex, Meredith, and Richard? We all know somehow they’re going to miraculously get their jobs back.
Watching Bailey exercise her power was good to see, and it showed that nepotism can die. It was a typical Grey’s Anatomy family ban of loyalty.
The legalities of what will happen with the insurance fraud and DeLuca in jail are story arcs that I am not necessarily interested in. I prefer the gory and emotional messes. But I guess a mix of both is satisfying for a larger coverage of the audience base.
All successful patient recoveries and miracles happened and what a joyous occasion. Gus received his life-changing blood transfusion and Kari moved a few extremities. It was a good day for the road to recoveries.
Jo was changed by Frances’ moving monologue about doing the things that scare you. She too is on the road to recovery. The emotional exchange between her and Alex almost got the waterworks flowing. Seeing her being taken into the psychiatric ward was a strong scene and one that was a bit too prolonged.
Amelia should win some sort of award! She has matured the most this season and I’m proud of her. Watching herself admit that she needs to find herself beyond Owen, but also declare her feelings for Link was a momentous event for this Shepherd.
Link deserves nothing but a happy and loving ending, so they also better start planning a double wedding of sorts between Teddy and Owen, Link and Amelia. A double whammy wedding? I’m all for it. Although, it might be an awkward occurrence for all parties.
What do you think happened to Jackson? What are you most looking forward to this fall? Do you think Meredith will go to jail? Are our questions ever fully answered?
- I’ve never commented on the soundtrack before, but the intro song was a perfect and eerie match. Although perhaps, a bit more foreshadowing than what actually followed.
- “You need to develop some instincts for self-preservation.” Can we please make this a meme or some sort of iconic line? Meredith’s a strong and independent woman who needs no man!
- Teddy’s puns pregnancy puns were prime. Also, there’s something endearing about Owen’s nickname “Sergent” for Teddy.
- Amelia’s desperation speech to the police was adorable. Also, did anyone else relate to her confession of finding everyone attractive and falling in love easily? Or does that also signify I might be suffering from a possible brain tumor?
- Another Bailey scolding of her “children”. Iconic, that’s all I can say.
- Thank you, Nico, for finally coming to the realization that Schmitt deserved so much. Also, that Schmitt telling him that he deserves so much more was a huge step for him as well. Their relationship can only go up from here.
- Maggie and Jackson are on the rocks, but I’m sure the whole reality of losing someone is going to save their relationship.
Grey’s Anatomy – Drawn to the Blood (15×24)
Shonda is really setting up her pawns in this preseason finale. Up until the last five to ten minutes of the episode, it’s pretty slow and slightly dry.
It’s a good tactic though, you have to build up to the season finale because if both were exciting and adrenaline producing, the finale wouldn’t seem as shocking.
Meredith is sent to get Jo out of her funk. With her track record, we all had high hopes. I mean, the twisted sisters had a lot of mishaps and still ended up on top.
Jo eventually opens up and admits to Mer that she feels her misery and all the bad events that have happened to her were a birthright her father passed down to her.
Immediately Mer swoops in to remind her she’s also had her fair share of shitty events. I mean, that’s a given at Grey’s Sloan Memorial. She gives her one of her famous pep talks and makes us all re-evaluate our own lives.
Jo sets foot back in the hospital and is ready to fight again.
Meanwhile, Bailey and Catherine are in a serious predicament with the hospital’s insurance company. They found out about Mer’s insurance fraud and are looking into it.
DeLuca is called in to answer questions in order to incriminate Mer, but he doesn’t give in, and instead takes the entire fall for her. He’s most likely going to jail.
I don’t know whether I find it truly romantic or entirely stupid. He’s right about her needing to be there for her children and can’t afford jail time, so I do believe his intentions.
They found a blood donor for Gus, but she comes with a caveat. She’s agoraphobic and her therapist is taken by the border control, so she retreats back into the plane and refuses to move.
Eventually, Owen comes and gets her to compromise and throw a towel over her head so he can carry her to the car. On their way to the hospital, the fog has descended upon the city.
The fog becomes so intense it causes a massive pileup on the freeway and Owen, Frances, Schmitt are all isolated on the freeway.
Teddy finally verbalizes her love for Owen. Predictable. We all knew it. Who’s been saying it in every previous review?
Also, she’s finally in labor! We’re so close to meeting the new addition to the family. Is anyone else super curious what her name is going to be?
I’m ready, not ready for the final episode of the season! So many questions left to answer, and so many questions that will probably be left unanswered until Season 16!
How exactly will Teddy and Owen get together and what will happen to Koracick? Poor guy.
Will Mer truly let DeLuca take the fall for her? I’m ready for the chaos to ensue once everyone’s freed from their imaginary shackles.
- Link is too pure for this world. If everyone had his outlook the world would be a much better place.
- “I guess God’s water just broke too.” Yes, Jackson!
- Maggie and Jackson are both moods. I relate to Maggie. Who do you side with?
- Gaby and DeLuca’s interactions are so adorable. He’s wonderful with kids and secretly Shonda’s trying to show that side of him so that we are more sold on the MerLuca relationship.
- I’m really enjoying the unlikely “friendship” between Amelia and Koracick. Sharing their unsolicited love advice with each other is so typically Grey’s.
- Nico’s cockiness at the beginning of the episode worried me. Had he not changed? But I’m glad Weber taught him that sometimes you need to laugh at the slightly funny cases to stay sane during the entirety of them all.
- We all need a friend like Mer who will tell us when we smell and remind us they’re not going to start lying to you now.
- Meredith and Derek are the great love of the century. Why was that so long ago? Whenever she alludes to him, I feel my heart jump.
Grey’s Anatomy – What I Did For Love (15×23)
Sometimes the things you do for love aren’t always huge romantic gestures, but huge and hard decisions.
The crossover of the season between Shondaland’s Station 19 and Grey’s is one that I’m sure many fans have been anticipating. Although, if you’re not a watcher of Station 19, the crossover meant very little.
Schmitt was transported in the ambulance of a supposed John Doe only to learn that the life he saved was the fire station chief. Turns out, he was, in fact, a hero. Nico’s sudden shift in the treatment of Schmitt has me seething a bit.
Link explained to Schmitt that Nico’s loss of the previous patient will Haunt Nico for the rest of his career, but I still don’t think it acts as an excuse for his horrible treatment of Schmitt.
I hope they mend their relationship soon, but right now things don’t look too great.
Meredith is faced with a tough decision to commit insurance fraud, although not her first rodeo. She’s determined to get the little girl the surgical procedure she needs.
Her father has done everything right, as Meredith states, but it goes to show how corrupt the system is. Meredith struggles with the idea that DeLuca disapproves but fearlessly goes through with it, even at the expense of her medical license and career.
By the end, DeLuca is standing in front of Meredith confessing his love for her! Only to have her respond with a slightly uncomfortable smile and an “ok.” Not necessarily what anyone wants as a response to their entire love display.
I wonder where that leaves them.
Following the trend in the Ellis Grey biology, Maggie seems to be having commitment issues to moving in with Jackson. She continues excusing her long-awaited answer on Meredith’s reservations for her moving out.
After speaking with the firehouse chief, she realizes
Now, getting to the entire Jo focus of the episode. Jo was brought onto Gus’ case to help ease her distractedness, and it seems to work at first. She begins feeling like she’s back in the game and we even see a moment of smiles shared between the Karevs.
Although, this easily shifts when she finds out that she misunderstood and messed up. Ben and Teddy notice something wrong with Jo and report her to Bailey.
After she breaks down to the patient’s mother she’s taken away by Alex. I’m honestly at a loss for what’s going to happen to Jo. Bailey could go either way. Understanding and request Jo see someone about her depression, or she could show her some typical Bailey tough love and suspend her. What are your thoughts?
Owen has finally noticed Link and Amelia’s budding relationship and he’s not too happy about it. With both the women in his life moving on and leaving him alone with Leo, he begins feeling lost.
During his visit to his therapist, he reveals that he has decided to admit his feelings for someone. I’m putting my money on Teddy! I hope we find out next week, because this whole Teddy, Owen, and Amelia drama has been dragged on for far too long, and I just want to know who is paired with whom.
I don’t think Shonda would allow Owen to end up alone. So I’m still regretfully placing my money on Teddy and Owen’s inevitable big ending.
Despite the sadness each season finale brings, I am looking forward to what Shonda has up her sleeves this year. There hasn’t been much set up for any major shockers, but that has never stopped her before.
- Jo finally broke down. The most important step for her to finally recover. Hopefully, this will lead her to open up completely to Alex. I’m glad we had a slight glimpse of the normal Alex and Jo relationship
- My love for Koracick and Teddy is growing, HELP! I’m supposed to be a Teddy and Owen shipper until the end! But the way Teddy looks at Koracick shows complete happiness and love. He’s perfect for her.
- It’s been so long since Jackson has truly had any screentime. I almost forgot he was on the show!
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