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Sandra Oh leaving Grey’s Anatomy

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Just recently we reported that many of the longtime characters we’ve known to love will be departing from Grey’s Anatomy. The next confirmation comes from Sandra Oh, who plays brilliant surgeon Cristina Yang.

Two five time Emmy nominee, and one time Golden Globe winner will depart the medical drama in 2014 after 10 years of work.

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“It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on GAand I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her. It was an emotional and deeply creative decision for me and I feel fully supported by Shonda and the writers. It’s so rare in an actor’s life to be able to explore and grow a character so fully, so completely. I am profoundly grateful to everyone atGA for the opportunity,” Oh said in a statement.

Creator Shonda Rhimes has some touching words to say as well.

“One of the best days of my life as a writer happened the day Sandra Oh walked in my door to audition and forever changed the course of Grey’s Anatomy with her brilliant, nuanced portrayal of Cristina Yang. Over the past ten seasons, I have been made better by Sandra’s trust, faith and friendship and I can’t quantify how grateful I am for her collaboration on a character we both love so deeply.  This year is going to be bittersweet for us — we’re both going to savor every moment of Cristina Yang and then we’re going to give her the exit she deserves. And when Sandra walks out of my door, Grey’s Anatomy will be once again be forever changed.”

It is a common occurrence for an actor to walk away from a role after such a longtime feeling that they gave it their all and its time to say goodbye. Nothing lasts forever right?

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“It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the Grey’s writers to think of why she’s going to go,” said Oh.

With the contracts for many of the cast members including  Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr. tough times could be ahead for the medical show.

But fans, don’t loose hope yet. A rep for ABC assured us that,  “It’s our intention to have Grey’s on the air for many years to come, with as many of the original cast as possible.” Whew.

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Grey’s Anatomy – The Whole Package (15×20)

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Perhaps the title of this episode is a bit too on the nose with the case of the penile transplant, but congrats to Catherine for getting back into the OR.

The war veteran patient brought Megan Hunt back to knock some sense into Owen. Owen has been a great character who brings PTSD to light and sheds the importance of therapy for returning veterans.

He was able to use his story to influence the patient into opening up to his ex-fiance and seeing a therapist. As Owen finally realized that he can’t just give up on Teddy, he decides to fight for her.

He may not have verbally stated it, but just by the effect Megan had on him and calling them both out on their stupidity they’re meant to be.

I am Megan Hunt, and I’m happy she finally got through to Teddy as well. My fingers are crossed it won’t be long now for something to happen!

Meanwhile, DeLuca’s having a moment of his own with Weber. Originally, he thinks Weber is taking him to do an appendectomy as a way of testing his worthiness of Meredith.

During the surgery, DeLuca is faced with something very different than an appy and is forced to perform a different procedure that Weber is sure he isn’t skilled enough for.

DeLuca shows Weber that he was advanced enough, and successfully completes the surgery– the entire package.

Alex was having a hard time getting Jo to open up and sent Link over to try and get Jo to open up. Of course, Jo was not going to budge and we were opened up to her struggle with alcohol and depression.

Link and Jo have the potential of a Meredith and Alex relationship. I just wish there were more instances in which that could be explored.

Alex is in denial about Jo’s mental state. He’s having a throwback to his days with Izzy and Rebecca. Poor Alex, I hope he’s able to connect with Jo the way he was able to connect with Gus. He has an amazing ability to connect with people, and it’s been the best journey following his soft side come out.

Following a groundbreaking episode previously, it’s hard for them to follow with another, so this episode was more of a refractory period. I’m excited to see where they go with all the pieces they have lined up in regard to the Owen and Teddy, Meredith and DeLuca, and Jo and Alex storylines.

What was your favorite line of the show this week?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Did Teddy get a haircut? Is it the pregnancy glow? Either way, she looks damn good!
  • Owen and Megan have a sweet sibling relationship! “Dum-dum, idiot sounded too sophisticated”
  • Bailey kicking ass and showing the students what female leadership is! The women of Grey’s are killing it and truly making
  • “Do you have a penis?” “I can’t believe this is the ONE time that makes a difference.”

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Grey’s Anatomy – Silent All These Years (15×19)

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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.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • 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.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Add It Up (15×18)

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Many lessons were learned today, but that’s no surprise because what’s a Grey’s Anatomy episode without a life-altering lesson?DeLuca learning that he can’t let his anger with his father affect his relationship and career, Richard learned about gender non-binary, and Maggie learned about Amelia and Link.

DeLuca’s blow out with his father is easily noticeable considering it’s taking a negative toll on his career and relationship. Meredith feels iced out and Karev eventually kicks him off the case after initially bringing him on to distract him.

Meredith has no time for silly boy problems, she’s been there done that and is ready for adult relations, and she tells it to him straight. You go, girl!

The patient of the week is a young math whiz, Nora. Nora surpasses all of the doctors with her speedy math skills and even has Bailey stumped and frustrated.

Nora’s finally ready to undergo surgery for her chronic pancreatitis that she’s had since she was 5 but after a sneaky stunt ingesting juice to mess with vitals she almost doesn’t receive the surgery.

After she tells her mom and the doctors that she’s scared of bullies at school and would rather stay at the hospital, DeLuca loses it and yells at the mother. We understand that he’s having a sensitive time with parents, but geez no need to go bat shit crazy on the mom. She’s trying her best!

In the aftermath of this behavior, Alex kicks him off the case. DeLuca understands what he did was unacceptable, so in order to try and make up for it, he convinces Nora to go through with the surgery. Alex is still unimpressed. He knows there’s much more behind DeLuca’s behavior that’s going to have to change, and he’s not happy with how DeLuca’s treating Meredith so he secretly plays the BFF loyalty card.

Meanwhile, Teddy is in her own dizzying world of pain thanks to the little bean inside her. Owen and Koracick seem to be bonding or attempting to bond until Teddy pages Owen and he blatantly leaves Koracick out of the knowing.

Koracick puts Owen back into his place after he gives him real talk and reminds him of how much he’s hurt Teddy and that if Owen really wants Teddy to be happy as he continuously claims, then he needs to let her go.

I’m truly impressed by how much Koracick has grown in his relationship with Teddy. And seeing Owen walk away was a huge move for him as well. But if we know Owen, he won’t let Teddy go that easily.

Richard, Helm, and Jackson are working on a case together treating a gender queer patient. It’s unsurprising that Richard’s old school ways give him a hard time understanding they/them pronouns. But Helm and Jackson teach him and update his old ways of thinking.

It’s great that Shonda touched on this social issue. Is this the first time ever?! It was perfect that Helm was included in the discussion as she identifies among the LGBTQ community.

The sexual tension between Link and Amelia are honestly through the roof. Amelia compares her feelings for him in the easiest way she knows how, through addiction.

Maggie’s in the midst of studying the effects of blue light and plants on blood pressure levels after feeling extra inspired by Jackson’s successful merman when she notices Amelia is on a dopamine high and not as a result from her blue lightroom.

Maggie narrows it down to a boy, and, of course, perfect timing is not a joke at Grey Sloan, because Link shows up just in time to reveal that he too was at the same exact convention as Amelia.

Amelia says adrenaline is the only high she allows herself anymore, and that Link was a one time dose. Obviously, that’s a complete lie. Her thirsty eyes give everything away! By the end she allows herself to give in to desire and experience a natural love high.

I’m excited to see this plotline between Amelia and Link unfold, especially because it allows for Owen to truly invest in Teddy and as you all know I’m team Teddy and Owen all the way. Sorry Koracick, but you really don’t know their history.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • We’re left with a mini-cliffhanger with Jo crying in bed. I wonder what happened in Pittsburg! Whatever happened though, Alex is ready to comfort and protect her in any capacity.
  • Did anybody else have to do a double take with Owen’s baby talk? I feel like that was one of the first times I can remember Owen ever being goofy? I liked it, but also it threw me off, just as it did Teddy.
  • Why did Mer’s hairstyle throw me? She’s either in a ponytail or all down! I dig the half up half down look though! It vaguely reminded me of the time she styled a high pony when Derek’s mom came into town. Does that ring a bell?
  • I think it’s so endearing how Teddy calls her baby soldier. I hope it continues after pregnancy!
  • Loved the slow walk through the hospital doors by the team of math whizzes! They truly deserved that, nerds unite!

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