Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesday’s at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) has been relentless with episodes that are making us sob this season. We expect Grey’s to always bring the drama, but there’s been little let up this year and that continued on Wednesday’s episode. Sure, the major cliffhanger of whether or not Betty/Britney would make it through her overdose had a happy ending, but we still watched as other addicts lost their children, and lost their lives. Combined with a whole lot of privilege being checked by the doctors, this week’s episode delivered an emotional gut punch with only the slightest of silver linings.
Grey’s has done an admirable job in the past of weaving in current topics in North America with storylines. They’ve done this with women in prison, police brutality, and violence against young black men. This week, Grey’s took on the opioid crisis in America, centring the episode around a storyline that included dozens of addicts being rushed to the ER to receive Narcan after a bad batch of opioids began making the rounds.
Amelia and Owen were scheduled to hand Betty’s son Leo over to her parents, which means another episode with Jennifer Grey. We’re here for that.
What we’re not here for is how long it took Owen to suspect that Betty could be one of the people who overdosed. She’s a teenage addict who ran away from rehab about five blocks from where the park with the overdoses were taking place. No offense, but duh. So, some offense.
Betty was brought in with her boyfriend Linus and the pair seemed to be responding well to the Narcan, until Betty began suffering a type of kind of cardiac arrest. We’re not doctors, we just watch them on TV. Teddy volunteered to perform the surgery instead of Maggie, with Teddy telling Maggie that if Betty died it shouldn’t be her sister delivering the bad news to Amelia. What Teddy didn’t say was that Amelia already hates her, so what’s the difference.
It really seemed like Grey’s was playing the long game with Betty and setting us up to be crushed when the teenager died, but thankfully she made it through. One person who did not survive was her boyfriend Linus, who overdosed after Link left him alone in an exam room. We’re not totally sure how Linus died since there wouldn’t have been any drugs unlocked in the exam room and he was wearing a hospital gown and likely didn’t have any drugs on him. But that’s not really important. What’s important is how awful it is to see anyone, let alone a young person, die from drugs.
The awfulness continued when a woman who arrived at the hospital looking for her missing son was reunited with her little boy, but outed as an addict by the homeless man who brought in her son and had seen her shoot up in the park earlier that day. She was arrested and her husband seemed intent on keeping her away from her son. We understand keeping the little boy safe, but it was still a heartbreaking scene to watch. The storyline gave a quick but visceral snapshot of how strong the hold of addiction is on people.
As for Jackson droning on and on about the wonders of camping and surviving for one night with just a spoon, a bowl, and really expensive camping equipment while treating a homeless man, ugh. Sure, Jackson didn’t know at the time that the man was homeless, but when he did find out and wasn’t able to get the man into a shelter, he decided to give the man his camping equipment. Okay, that’s very nice, but doesn’t Jackson have millions of dollars? He couldn’t have paid for the man to stay in a hotel room for a month until a spot at the shelter was open? Check yo privilege, Jackson. And stop trying to make Maggie like camping. The woman works 80 hours a week. Take her to a spa.
While the main focus of the episode was undoubtedly on whether Betty would survive, there were still sprinklings of seeds being planted for future storylines. Schmidt and Nico’s romance is going strong and will likely take centre stage in the coming weeks. Joe and Alex appear to be reminding viewers that they had terrible childhoods, which could come into play in their next storyline considering not much has happened with the two this entire season.
Then there was the seemingly unnecessary storyline of Meredith and Deluca breaking the hospital’s record for longest surgery. We don’t even know who the patient was, and the surgery seemed pretty standard. Aside from being long, why did we care about this? Was it just a last-minute plot to remind viewers that Meredith and Deluca are still dating? Maybe. Or maybe the whole scene was an elaborate set up to finally hear a line of dialogue from scrub nurse Bokhee.
Viewers usually credit Meredith, Richard, Bailey, and Alex as the only four remaining characters from season one of Grey’s Anatomy, but let’s not forget Bokhee. The woman gets one line approximately every five seasons, and this week was Bokhee’s turn. A 27-hour surgery? Big deal. A line of dialogue from Bokhee? Now that should get a round of applause from everyone in the operating room.
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