Parent-child relationships have always been the second most dramatic type of relationship on Grey’s, and this episode beautifully intertwined two of those storylines into a powerful and heartwrenching episode.
What a change of pace! These types of personal episodes are sprinkled lightly throughout the history of Grey’s, and oh boy do we eat them up! Sometimes we need to take a step back and revel in how complex and incredible the characters are beyond their amazing surgical abilities.
Meredith and Jackson stem from similar backgrounds. What with having to brand themselves beyond the family crest and all, oh and the fact that Richard has slept and fallen in love with both of their mothers. It was perfectly fitting that each relationship was developed further simultaneously.
Catherine’s strong mothering personality contrasted against Thatcher’s neglecting one was hard-hitting. Although, in the end, we still saw the same effect. No matter how damaged a relationship can be between a parent and child, there’s still an overwhelming sense of loyalty and love a child will feel toward their parent. Meredith definitely received the short end of the stick with her parental figures, but the intense and abundant love she has for her three children is amazing. Witnessing the special moments she has with her kids only makes our hearts ache more for Derek.
Meredith needed closure with Thatcher, and she finally got it, something she never truly received with Ellis. His yearning to be a father to Meredith, specifically after Derek’s death, was such a turnaround for his character and their relationship. It was during those few hours when he was completely vulnerable and honest that he and Meredith finally built the bond they had lost so many years ago.
There were many times I thought for sure Catherine was going to die. Shonda has created this impeccable presence — she can kill off whoever, whenever. Although I guess it wasn’t quite time for Catherine’s storyline to be over. Having a death so close to so many important characters midseason doesn’t seem very reasonable, so at the very least we’ll have many more seasons of Catherine’s fun and feistiness.
Jackson’s breakdown after attempting to imagine life without his mother was one of the most real moments of the episode. Maggie’s support for Jackson during this trying time will bring them closer together and I can’t wait to see the rest of their storyline, because we all know they are end game.
I love the small bits of Teddy and Tom we’re exposed to. I’m enjoying Tom’s regularity on the show and I really look forward to the developing relationship between the two. His character is slowly being revealed and I think the church scene was an important piece to his character. Despite the cocky facade he displays, he’s truly a genuine guy at heart, which seems like a trend with the men of Grey Sloan, or perhaps a general trend among all men.
Catherine’s bout with cancer isn’t over, but as she continually states, she’s alive and that’s the important part. Who’s to say what “winning” and “losing” is when it comes to cancer?
It’s been ingrained into our minds season after season that each surgery is a fight against death. Our culture has become so obsessed with finding ways to reverse the inevitability of death, that we’ve lost ourselves and the meaning of the journey of life. Thatcher did everything right in his treatment with cancer, but he still died. He didn’t lose, there’s nothing he could’ve done differently. It was his time, and he had the opportunity to leave peacefully in the presence of his daughter. I would say that is a win for sure.
- Every time Lexi was mentioned, I just imagined Chyler Leigh kicking ass over on Supergirl
- That pinky promise made between Catherine and Jackson was downright pure bait for the waterworks
- The perspective about using the words “fight” and “lose” in regards to living with cancer was mindblowing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think of cancer the same way
Grey’s Anatomy – Shelter From the Storm (15×09)
So many tears, so many almost kisses, so many emotions all packed into one episode. What a wonderful start to the second half of the season, especially after being left off on an epic cliffhanger!
The love triangle between DeLuca, Link, and Meredith seemed to be skewing to one side as Meredith and Andrew were stuck in an elevator most of the episode. And as stated by Addison seasons ago, elevators seem to be a sort of aphrodisiac at Grey Sloan Memorial.
Meredith has a strong will if she’s able to hold off DeLuca’s sexy Italian whispers and dazzling eyes. Unless she’s right and she won’t find love ever again. Derek was her great love, and there is no arguing that fact.
Teddy, Amelia, and Owen’s elevator scene could’ve been so much more cringe-worthy, but thanks to the added humor it was primarily comedic. Teddy has been and will always be Owen’s soulmate, and I hope he chooses her, sorry Amelia!
Watching Jackson be truly vulnerable when he found out about his mom’s cancer was so heart-wrenching. I hope he and Maggie work through their rough patch, but as teased by Maggie’s final moments with Cece, it seems they’ll be in the clear. Going through the most tragic moments in life with someone by your side, bonds you in such an unbelievable way.
The budding relationship between Nico and Schmidt is cute to watch, and the way Schmidt gets so giddy and childishly happy even at the slightest finger graze from Nico is the perfect depiction. They better get some more screen time and advancement in their storyline.
Shonda sure knows how to create incredible familial relationships between the characters. Seeing Alex be so gentle and caring for Bailey was truly the sweetest interaction this entire episode. Dare I say tears were certainly shed!
It was powerful watching Bailey experience some residual OCD PTSD but watching Alex care and comfort her seemed like the first step to stopping it in its tracks. Alex’s character development is one that needs to go down in all of TV history.
It was sad to see Cece’s fight end, but that’s what makes Grey’s Anatomy so incredible. Each character doesn’t always have a seemingly happy ending. It keeps you on your toes, and that’s exactly how life is.
Having Richard be the one to find Betty scouring the hospital looking for drugs was such a calculating choice. One that could not have been more perfect, and I was all for it. Betty has gone through so many tearful moments of regret, but it doesn’t seem like she’s really making an effort to turn her life around.
I hope Amelia’s choice to send her to a rehab facility pays off. Maybe we’ll see her again in sobered up at the end of the season. If not, I’m not too concerned. The Betty storyline is kind of just wasted time.
Watching Amelia bow out so gracefully portrays just how much she loves him. I guess it’s true that if you love someone the best thing to do is let them go. But, perhaps Amelia, Teddy, and Owen can create some sort of modern family.
There’s so much to be unpacked in this half of the season. Catherine will not be happy that Jackson and Richard found out about her diagnosis from Maggie. It seems like a precarious situation that’s about to go south quite soon.
If this episode is setting the precedence for the final episodes of the season, this is going to be a nail biter for sure! Although, it wouldn’t be the Grey’s we all know and love if that weren’t the case. Thank goodness it’s renewed for a 16th season.
What do you think of the love triangles? Where do you think Owen’s loyalty stands?
- It’s truly impressive how the actor’s age with the show. Jackson is finally getting some baby whites!
- Bailey’s sassy comments are always golden, “Don’t hyperventilate the patient!”
- The dramatized trash blowing in the wind is such a sad reality
- Cece has taught us all so much about love … R.I.P.
- Meredith speaking Italian?! How has this never come up before?
- Helm’s growing crush on Meredith is so bitter-sweet, yet so relatable. If you’re gay and have never crushed on a straight girl or women are you really gay?
- Who else had to look away as Jet’s legs proceeded to get crushed by the elevator? I definitely thought he lost them right then and there
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Making up for Lost Time (4×04)
In this episode, we were provided a deep dive into Rebecca’s childhood through the eyes of her half-brother Tucker. Honestly, only the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superfans might vaguely recall she has a brother. Anyway, Tucker chooses to put on the shoes Rebecca previously gifted him for his 13th birthday and makes a trip to visit her. Rebecca’s surprised by his appearance, but ultimately happy to try and make things right with the last person in her life she holds unfinished business with.
Soon after she’s surprised with another grand gesture, this time by Nathaniel. He tells her that he’s still in love with her and wants her back, but she refuses to accept his proposal. This is a huge step-up from what she would’ve done in the past, and it truly speaks to her changing for the better.
There’s definitely something slightly off about Tucker and we are given a sneak peek of him deceptively responding to Rebecca’s text meant for his mom and snooping through her childhood diary. No wonder he continues to steal the words right out of her mouth! Of course, there’s no way an early aged teen boy is going to be as perfect as he led on to be.
As Nathaniel is feeling the burn of his latest “rebection” he takes it out on Sunil and Mrs. Hernandez who are fighting over the most recent case. It’s obvious that Mrs. Hernandez is much more qualified for the case, but Sunil sets out to win the case by promising Nathaniel that he’ll win him back Rebecca.
Rebecca invites Paula and her boys over to hang out with her and Tucker, but it’s obvious that Tucker isn’t a typical teenage boy, nothing like Paula’s seemingly lumps-on-a-log sons, so Paula takes them to the escape room alone. I guess being stuck in a room together offers unique insight into a relationship, and Paula realizes she’s been so caught up in Rebecca’s troubles for the past few years that she knows nothing of what’s going on in her son’s lives.
Meanwhile, Rebecca takes Tucker on a trip to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they happen to “stumble” upon the location of an audition for Peter Pan, of course, Tucker’s plan all along. Rebecca’s overtaken by the connection Tucker makes with her and her love for the musical Slumbered, so she takes him in for an audition.
Sunil stalks Rebecca and Tucker who have stalked the director of Peter Pan –dang is there a lot of stalking and sneaking around in this show. Sunil sees Tucker with Rebecca’s diary and reports back to Nathaniel, offering him the option of getting the diary so that he can finally understand the inner depths of Rebecca’s mind.
Nathaniel approaches Tucker and offers to get him the role of Peter Pan in return for Rebecca’s diary. This is some top-notch elementary-level drama!
Rebecca receives a call from the director of Peter Pan congratulating her that Tucker has received the part, and Tucker calculatingly suggests that they celebrate with some Rebetzels. As Nathaniel is on his way out he stops by and pulls out another “I love you” speech word for word from Slumbered. He’s a lawyer, he should know all about plagiarism! Tsk tsk, I would’ve expected better from you Nathaniel. Rebecca realizes that the only way he would’ve known that highly classified personal information was if he somehow had gotten ahold of her diary. She rightfully yells at him, and it doesn’t look like he’s any closer to winning her back.
Tucker and Rebecca have a real and heartfelt sibling bonding moment when Rebecca learns that although he may have been initially faking some of the similarities, they both came from the same deadbeat dad and Tucker too needs therapy. Additionally, she promises that she’ll pay for him to go to theater camp so that he doesn’t have to go through the long process of flying out and manipulating her just to start an acting career.
This episode really gave Rebecca a taste of what she’s been dishing out to others for the past few years. The manipulation, stalking, and overcompensation for insecurities. I can really see that this season is highly focused on her coming to terms with her past doings and making major adjustments to fix them and change. High praise for Rebecca and all that she’s been working through!
What’s next for Rebecca? I can’t imagine this being the last of Tucker we’ll see. And I wonder what Nathaniel will attempt to convince Rebecca that their mutual love for each other is the only thing that matters despite their difficulty and confusing history.
Famous in Love – The Good, the Bad and the Crazy (2×10)
Without that wacky cliffhanger, the season two finale of Famous in Love would have been a fitting series finale. Not that any of us want that!
However, as of right now, the odds aren’t leaning in Paige’s favor. With weakening ratings, a season three seems highly unlikely. But if that’s the case, how will we ever find out who didn’t make it out of Tangey’s apartment?
My money is on Pablo. Jordan has killed someone before so, more likely than not, he’s got this whole defending himself thing down.
Tangey wasn’t anywhere near the two of them when they were throwing jabs and can be heard screaming last so I’m considering her safe.
And realistically, Pablo means the least to the series as a whole. The plot thickens if he doesn’t survive because once again, Jordan will be forced to stand trial for murder. How much can this man really take?
It’s a bit hard to believe that the chill producer went into full jealous mode over the girl’s ex but this is Hollywood and stalkers are aplenty. Though, did that iPad not have a time stamp on Tang and Jordan’s picture? How delusional was he?
And Jordan, you live in a hotel so why is your iPad not protected? This isn’t the first time someone robbed him blind!
They weren’t the only ones having relationship drama, however.
Paige and Jake weren’t on speaking terms after she confessed to cheating on him and I couldn’t have cared less. Jake is done in my book. He’s over.
Paige may have cheated on him physically because she was missing that connection but he cheated on her way before then and emotionally which is a hell of a lot worse. Everyone knows that! Everyone except for Jake, apparently, as he was annoyed that Paige had the audacity to blame him for the failed relationship.
At no point did Paige deny taking any blame for what she did. She owned up to it and explained exactly what led to it that night. But Jake is not blameless. In fact, he’s quite the coward in my book. A coward who couldn’t accept that he was part of the problem and also couldn’t acknowledge his feelings for Billy until Cassie pushed him in the right direction.
It’s unfortunate that Billy’s storyline is tied to Jake’s because I actually enjoy her presence. Him? Not so much. And that kiss wasn’t surprising. It’s been building up all season long and they finally gave into temptation.
His break-up with Paige, for a relationship that no one was rooting for, was the best thing to happen to this show.
Right after the split, I could actually feel this weight lifted from Paige’s shoulders. She could do anything she wanted.
And unfortunately, she chose to go back to school in Oregon. Seriously, did she bump her head on something? That’s not how any of this works.
Getting lost in the fame is understandable. I’m willing to bet every actor goes through it at some point. But you can’t lose sight of what you gained, of what the dream always was. For her, it was to become an actress.
I love how Marlene King utilized that full-circle moment bringing us to the private jet/paparazzi scene that we first saw when the series premiered almost two years ago. This really has been a wild journey, hasn’t it?
Paige’s acting dreams came true and yes until Locked comes out she’s only famous for being famous, but when people see the film, they’ll see just how talented she is! Even Nina said the studio loved it and her chemistry with Rainer, which is real, was also palpable.
Why throw that all away? And to pursue theater? It’s like becoming a doctor and then leaving after a year to go learn how to become a doctor. It doesn’t make any sense. Can someone explain that to her?
A year-long break might be just the thing to ruin her newly minted career!
And would she really be willing to walk away from Rainer? After that kiss? You know, the one we’ve been anticipating for quite a while now.
What I love most about Rainer and Paige’s relationship is how playful it is. They don’t pretend to be anything they aren’t with each other. They support each other, respect each other, stick up for each other and lift each other up.
They just work in ways that he and Harper and Paige and Jake never did.
When he kissed her for the first time without a million people watching, it was lighthearted and innocent. And so raw. Just a wonderful display of human emotions; the longing, the natural chemistry. There was nothing more to it than just two people who felt a connection and embraced it. Even the hardest critics couldn’t help but crack a smile.
Chances are Rainer will find a way to convince Paige to be his leading lady in Redemption Ridge.
Again, they are supposedly the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The networks will do everything to capitalize on the Hollywood sweethearts appeal.
But when it came down to Rainer picking potential leading ladies, I couldn’t help but chortle. Are there really only six promising actresses in LA?
Cassie was a favor to Paige so I understand that.
And he promised Harper he’d let her audition even though she’s definitely been manipulating him to revitalize her own career. She claimed to be so worried about him when he didn’t return from New York but then she was just sunbathing. Funny way of showing it maybe?
Who knows if she’ll even make it to the audition since she apparently turned to her old habits once she lost her grip on Rainer. And by old habits I mean cocaine.
Alexis was the most surprising face up on the board though. Did Rainer just forget how much drama Alexis put him through this season?
And is he so out of it that he isn’t getting TMZ updates about her 72-hour psychiatric hold? Yes, Alexis may have been faking it to get out of her reality TV show contract but Rainer doesn’t know that. Is his best option for such a hit film a girl who just chopped her hair off and slept in some kids bunk bed? I have no words.
Pretending to be insane was something only an insane person could pull off but hey, that’s why we love her, right?
I let out a sigh of relief when she admitted the truth to Tangey thought; she really had me worried for a second with that terrible wig!
But is Sloane really in Alexis’ corner? This whole season, I got some shady vibes from her and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she “found the nurse” who then told Alexis she was going to be committed for at least three days pending further evaluation.
If I had to guess, I think Sloane is gunning for the spotlight and she helped remove Alexis from the narrative in one fell swoop.
Famous in Love isn’t going to win any awards but it has all the makings of a guilty pleasure. One that I hope we’ll be tuning in for the third season.
Given the premieres for both season 1 and 2, I’m willing to bet that if it does score a renewal, it too will premiere sometime next April. That means we have a long wait ahead of us!
Thoughts on season 2?
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