This week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was titled “Jukebox Hero,” but like every episode, a more fitting title would have been “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.”
In its never-ending quest to remind us that bad things happen all time, Grey’s Anatomy is back to its regular format, injecting just the smallest sliver of a silver lining to keep us coming back for more. We just can’t quit you, Grey’s, no matter how many gross hockey injuries or dying babies you show us.
This week’s episode used a textbook depressingly sad patient as the central theme (why just settle for a pregnant woman in car accident when we can make her husband the driver that hits her!), but what it was really about was reminding viewers that being a doctor doesn’t enable you to deal with your own feelings. How did any of these people possess the coping skills necessary to make it through med school?
Amelia is now hiding from Owen (her husband) by staying with Stephanie (her student) and eating all her yogurt. All of the Attendings are hiding from the new Dr. Minnick, who we’re trying to like, but between her claims of ‘winning peoples hearts’ and denouncing caffeine, we also want her gone. The plus side is that her presence inspired Miranda to accuse Richard Webber of being ‘butthurt.’ In Season 13, Grey’s found uncharted territory.
Then of course there’s Alex. His dark and gloomy Eeyore cloud still hung over Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital even in his absence.
Jo was rooted firmly in the ‘anger’ stage of her grief, Arizona was falling asleep in the OR because she’s doing Alex’s work along with her own, Maggie was glued to her cell phone because she needed a storyline, and Meredith once again abandoned her children in an effort to take care of her biggest child, Alex.
It looks as though Deluca dropped the charges against Alex, which left Karev free to sleep all day and not bother letting anyone, like his boss or best friend, know that he’s fine. Welcome back, Alex. You’re still a jerk.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.