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We knew going into this week’s Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesday’s at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. MT on CTV) that the episode was going to be a tearjerker, but knowing what’s on the horizon and being emotionally prepared are two different things. We knew. We were not prepared. Catherine almost died, Thatcher is about to die, and Tom spoke to his dead son. We made it through most of the episode with a steady and consistent sniffle, but that last moment broke us. He’s so sarcastic! He’s so confident! He’s in so much pain!

THE RETURN OF THATCHER

Tears: Two Tissues

Meredith’s ‘dark and twisty’ mood has threatened to overshadow her character throughout the years and moves from relatable to self-indulgent, but her reunion with Thatcher on Wednesday’s episode was a stark reminder that she was abandoned by her father and raised by Ellis, possibly the coldest parent in history. At Richard’s urging, Meredith visited her dying father, who peaced out after taking a piece of her liver. Oh, but he came back for Derek’s funeral and sat near her ‘doctor friends.’ Uh, yeah, he was at the funeral. It was on a day of the week, and people wore black, and there was a dead body. Yeah, he was there!

Okay, so maybe he was, but he didn’t want to bother Meredith because she was upset. Upset? Upset. She and Derek did have one of those marriages where they liked one another, so yeah, Meredith had a case of the blues when her husband died in his 40’s and left her with two children and pregnant with a third.

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Thatcher had a few redeeming moments, like talking about his work building schools in Zimbabwe and being surprisingly cool after finding out that Ellis and Richard had a daughter while he and Ellis were still married (“I’m glad something good came out of that,”) but as far as dads go, he’s still a stinker. Our tears weren’t so much for him but for Meredith, who like everyone, deserves a dad that shows up.

Side note: How did both Thatcher’s nurse and Meredith, an award-winning surgeon, not think that storing Thatcher’s oxygen tank next to the roaring fireplace was a bad idea?

CATHERINE’S GIANT TUMOUR

Tears: Five tissues

Amelia doesn’t want to spend her life saving idiots who tip cows (don’t do that), Tom is worried he’ll kill his mentor Catherine and rob the world of a woman who saves penises, and Jackson doesn’t know how to live without his mother telling him what to do. We just really, really didn’t want to see Richard cry.

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Thankfully, Tom and Amelia were able to save Catherine and remove 95 per cent of her tumour, giving us a reason to do a happy dance to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

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But the surgery still felt like it took years off our lives to watch. Like, when Amelia was very cool about saying she couldn’t access the tumour in order to force Tom to switch sides with her so that he didn’t have to operate while starring at Catherine’s face. Or when Jackson cried like a little kid.

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Or when Catherine woke up and was happy to be alive and still have a bit of cancer as opposed to dead and with a lot of cancer. And don’t get us started on Richard holding it all together. Him not breaking down made us break down. That’s the Chief Weber we know and love.

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TOM’S CHAPEL CHAT

Tears: The whole damn box.

We made it through Meredith and Thatcher’s reunion (we’re not totally clear whether he’s still alive?) and we made it through Catherine’s surgery (thank Jeebus she’s still alive), but we lost it when Tom finally let down his guard and visited the empty chapel in the hospital to speak to his dead son. You’re dirty, Grey’s. That was a dirty trick. Now excuse us while we hydrate and attempt to gain back some of the fluid we just lost from Wednesday’s episode.

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Watch Grey’s Anatomy every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. MT on CTV.