This episode regained a lot of the excitement the past few episodes have been lacking. There were some spooks and some sweet treats sprinkled along the way as we picked up some of the pieces from dangling storylines that had been put on pause.
The biggest installment was Alex finding out his hospital was a mass grave dedicated to old patients who had been there years ago. Grey’s Anatomy turned Bones. His nurses were all spreading rumors that the place was haunted making it challenging for Alex to try and get everything under control for his investors. Unfortunately, by the end, he accidentally dropped the news bomb about the dead corpses found in the construction site and the investors looked like they had lost interest. Hopefully, Weber can work his chief magic to get them back.
Jo had the day off and was determined to scare others around Alex’s hospital to show him that her costume was in fact a bit more frightful than he had originally judged. She seems to be doing much better and back to her old playful self.
Hooray to hers and Alex’s new and official marriage! They’re so perfect for each other. Their wedding ceremony was also iconic. It will certainly go down in history as one of Grey’s Anatomy’s cutest wedding ceremonies. Maybe not as cute for Alex when his heart dropped after Jo’s pregnancy scare. Did anyone else also believe she was pregnant? I let out a premature squeal…she would’ve been the most exciting character to have gotten a pregnancy storyline. Sorry, Bailey and Amelia, you’ve both been there, done that.
I guess we’ll have to wait a few more episodes for their baby announcement.
DeLuca finally had his breakthrough with Zola. I wonder if this is going to be the biggest push for Meredith and his relationship. I’m really happy we were given a scene with Zola and her thoughts on Meredith’s relationship with DeLuca and the loss of her father. We’ve never received an insight into her perspective on the situation, and it was a sweet and long overdue reaction.
Seeing just how much DeLuca loves Meredith and really wants to create a connection with Zola and the other two is important, and something I think should be recognized. Meredith’s latest argument with DeLuca was certainly valid, but also a bit overboard. He was trying to do the best and be there for both her and the kids, but he’s never been a father, so he had no real knowledge to pull from.
I still don’t really see the chemistry between the two, but as long as he’s there treating her and the children right, I think she deserves that.
Speaking of, Meredith’s finally out of jail. I use “finally” lightly because it was only an episode she was in jail. Not that I assumed she would be there over the course of a few or more, but she was definitely not provided a challenging visit. Puzzles and nights of sleep, what more could she ask for?
The direction the show is taking with Meredith’s interest in law and the legal system with the lower class is interesting. I’m curious how Shonda plans on addressing those storylines and topics. I wonder if Meredith will go down the legal path of medicine. It would change the show a lot, but I trust Shonda’s storytelling abilities enough to pull off whatever she’s got under her sleeve, successfully.
Link and Amelia are both going to celebrate his cancer-versary with his “divorced” parents, who have rediscovered their old flame and are planning on remarrying. Link provided an interesting perspective on how hard divorce is on children. He’s such a pure soul, it’s saddening imagining baby Link going through cancer stints and the challenge of his parent’s divorce.
Then there’s Owen and Teddy’s storyline update and Teddy realizing she loves surgery and working that she can’t be the doting mother that is going to set up PTO events and sew together intricate homemade costumes.
Everyone seemed to be doing well, even the patients that were treated. They left a Happy Halloween ending with a happy children’s parade for the kids of the hospital. Schmidt’s sunflower costume deserved a first-place prize for the effort and adorableness.
I wonder what will happen next week! What was Meredith working on? I am looking forward to seeing the advancement with her storyline, even though it’s so separate from everyone else’s. That was the only real cliffhanger left for us, but it’s enough to hold me over.
Additional Side Notes:
- I hope I find a job I love as much as Meredith loves surgery. Or at least, I hope I only have surgeons and doctors who are as passionate about their career!
- Koracick is such a battle, you either hate him or have sporadic moments of realizing he’s a human and you love him. When he tells any story of his son, we all start sobbing like Bailey, no matter if we’re lacking the pregnancy hormones. His snide comments about “Ginger Beer” aka Owen, are too priceless, and I hope he finds another woman and receives a happy storyline full of love. That’s all he wants and needs.
- Link’s parents are beautiful, there’s no question where he got his beauty. I would believe it if those were Chris Carmack’s biological parents.
- Zola’s developed so much sass!
- We thought Bailey was losing her edge and we thought wrong. She showed us when she threw out her line about Koracick being a Halloween Grinch!
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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