In 14 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at a new time of 7 p.m. ET on CTV), the medical drama has never shied away from storylines that made us think, made us feel, and yes, made us cry. While earlier seasons often combined all three, being on the air for so long has, at times, given us episodes that were more filler, less killer. This week, Grey’s Anatomy slayed.
Meredith Grey had the evening off from her duties doing the intro and outro voice over, with the job instead going to April Kepner. If each character has something they’re known for on Grey’s Anatomy Kepner’s would be her faith, which was tested this week. Also, that we often feel really, really bad for her. The other residents were mean to her, she failed her boards, she lost her child, she lost her marriage, and in tonight’s episode, she just about lost her faith. It’s not a great time to be Kepner. She had about five good minutes in Season 12 and that was it.
First up was the conclusion to last week’s plot twist of Jo once again coming face to face with her abusive ex, Paul, and his fiancé Jenny. The writers seemed to be setting up a much longer storyline after Paul was hit by a car. Only five minutes in and we learned it wasn’t Jenny or Jo or Alex driving the car, but a drunk driver. Even quicker was Paul’s death, with the doctor managing to finish himself off when he tried to attack Jenny and hit his head. Jo and Jenny were able to make some good out of his life by donating his organs, but…that was it? After years of Jo living in fear of Paul and dealing with the trauma caused by abuse, his storyline was over by credits. Not that we wanted him to have a happy life, but it was shocking how quickly things were wrapped up. Maybe Jenny is going to join the hospital’s lab department? She’ll move in with Jo and Alex? Something, right? That can’t be it.
What was also shocking was how hard the other storylines in this week’s episode hit us. April not only lost her patient Paul, but ended up delivering her jilted ex Matthew’s baby. It could have been a funny story for Matthew and his wife Karen to tell on their 50th wedding anniversary, except that April misdiagnosed Karen, who ended up dying hours after giving birth to her daughter. COME ON. Is there no pity for Matthew? Can we not give this guy a nice ending? Prayer circle for Matthew.
What’s the one thing on Grey’s Anatomy that trumps a dead parent? A dead kid. We’ve had to bawl our eyes out on our couches many times over the years as Grey’s made us endure yet another child death, but this week’s episode was especially difficult. After a 12-year-old boy forgot his keys, police shot him while he was climbing through the window of his own house, accusing the black child of breaking and entering.
Because of some medical jargon we don’t understand, the boy looked like he was going to be fine, only to die hours later. The sobering episode concluded with Miranda and Ben having the heartbreaking but sadly necessary discussion with their young son Tuck about how to protect himself in front of police officers, including why he must act differently from his white friends. It was a moment that could have felt like a PSA, but instead Grey’s kept it grounded for a situation that is all too real in 2018.
And April slept with a resident. So, another blow for #Japril. Ugh. What a freaking week, Grey’s. Sometimes you give us more than we can handle.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at a new time of 7 p.m. ET on CTV.