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We weren’t shy about voicing our disappointment over last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. It was a filler episode that relied on overly wrought emotional flashbacks and a lot of yelling that was meant to distract us from the fact that nothing happened. Well, a lot happened during this week’s winter finale and yeah, we see why the writers needed a break last week.

In 13 seasons, Grey’s Anatomy has produced more than its share of OMG, can’t-believe-that-just-happened cliffhanger moments. Tonight’s finale may not have had the same shock and awe as other Grey’s finales, but it did include some shining moments for beloved characters and a deep-rooted reality we don’t often see in television. Oh, and there were still some shockers. To put it plainly, it was really, really good TV.

The Richard-Minnick Situation

After watching the news and seeing that a building had collapsed, Dr. Minnick decided to start her new job at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital early. This gave her extra time to flirt with Arizona and sideswipe Richard with the news that she was replacing him as Resident Advisor. Are we ever going to like this character? She’s not off to a very good start.

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Although Maggie and Jackson’s efforts to rally the troops and try to save Richard’s job were inspiring, earlier in the episode Richard refused to let Edwards help with a surgery, a move that showed exactly why he needs to be replaced by Minnick. This scene also ticked off the necessary sob fest from the combo of a dead child and an emotional ballad (thanks Lily Allen and Keane) that is mandatory in every Grey’s Anatomy finale. So phew, thank goodness we squeezed that in. Bonus points for sending the kids’ mother to jail. Off the charts TPMs (tears per minute).

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The Owen-Riggs Situation

All season long, Amelia has been performing her wifely duties of attempting to reinstate Owen and Riggs’s friendship. She could have saved herself a lot of lip service had she known that rescinding her offer to have kids with Owen would be the only thing the two men needed to rekindle their friendship.

Now that Amelia is on the run and Owen is again single, does this mean his sisters’ ghost and her theory about Owen having feelings for Meredith are going to be put into action? Maybe I’m wrong and Mowen should happen, but this doesn’t seem like a couple we can get behind. She’s already slept with his best friend and he was married to her best friend. That’s too much baggage even for a Thursday night time slot.

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The Jo-Alex Situation

As with all revelations that take place in one-hour dramas, Jo’s sudden bout of truth-telling arrives one season too late. We’re glad that she finally told Alex the truth. We’re glad that Alex apologized to her for saying horrible things. We’re glad they made up before whatever is about to happen with Alex. But could we not have found out Jo’s real name? We really wanna know!

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The Alex-Meredith Situation

Throughout Season 13 (and more seasons), we’ve watched as Alex and Meredith treat everyone around them, including sometimes one another, like dirt. We’ve endured Alex’s multiple ‘shut-ups’ and Meredith’s dark and twistiness in just about every episode. But this week’s winter finale was full of redemption for these two OG’s and gave us the strongest scene from Season 13.

The moment Alex mentioned that a plea deal for two years in jail was on the table, we had a feeling he was going to find a way to take it. Jo’s moment of truth and fear of her ex-husband was all the push Alex needed to take the plea deal and return to the selfless knight in shining armour that he was for Izzy and for Ava. Except, there’s a thin line between selfless and sucker.

Telling Meredith about his plans produced the scene that reminded us why we still love watching these two after 13 seasons. While Meredith reminded Alex “I will go down swinging for you,” that has never meant agreeing with everything Alex does. Actually, she disagrees with a lot of what he does. He’s quite frustrating, frankly.

Meredith became our voice shouting at the TV this week, informing Alex that what he was doing wasn’t noble, it was stupid and would cost him his life and career. Helping Jo isn’t taking the deal, but instead working with the police to find her husband and get him off the street, not destroying his career and again leaving Jo alone to fend for herself.

As for herself, Meredith is always fine, but that’s because she’s had the support of Izzy (gone), George (dead), Cristina (Sweden) and Alex (about to be incarcerated). Recapping the last 13 seasons in one sentence, Meredith says “There were five of us and now it’s just you and I.” But after this week’s finale ending without an answer as to whether Alex took the plea deal, will there just be one?

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Grey’s Anatomy returns with new episodes on Thursday, January 19 at 8 pm E.T. on CTV.