There’s still one more episode of Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. MT on CTV) before the show goes on winter break, but this week’s episode played like a mid-season finale. There was a dead mom, a deadly cancer diagnosis, a dramatic breakup, and an arrest. How much more of a cliffhanger can we end on next week? It’s time to start the prayer circle for Richard Webber.
The latest Grey’s couple heading to splitsville is Jackson and Maggie. We were *finally* getting used to these two together, but things are looking bad. Like, fleeing an apartment with a bleeding foot-bad. We thought the breakup would be Jackson’s fault since he literally disappeared into the woods and left Maggie a voicemail with his plans, but we’re kinda Team Jackson in this split.
He’s made his way back to civilization, apologized profusely to Maggie, and has committed himself to their relationship. The man delivers takeout to work. That’s a lot. But when Maggie found out Jackson was talking about his grief to other women, including April (sigh Japril), she was furious. Fair. Jackson pointed out that Maggie won’t open up to him, therefore he can’t talk to her about his own stuff. Point Jackson. The things he wants to talk about include finding God a few months too late to save his marriage. That’s a real punch to the gut to hear. Point Maggie.
Still, Maggie isn’t helping the situation by doing exactly what Jackson feared and bolting once again with her trench coat flapping in the wind. Maggie says she can’t be a supportive girlfriend because she was too good at school and didn’t spend enough time dating. Maybe. Or maybe this couple, which has felt forced and awkward from day one (they are kinda step-siblings), has run its course. Also, when does anyone work around here? Between Amelia and Owen stalking Betty, Meredith baking cookies and Jackson and Maggie spending all day fighting on the couch, patients must be dropping like flies.
Oh right, there’s Richard. He’s still going to work. This season has been brutal for the former chief. His sponsor Ollie died and he hasn’t found anyone else to trust with his sobriety. To make things even more difficult, Richard’s favourite nurse Frankie, who we knew had to be pregnant for a reason because pregnant women only exist on TV if it’s part of a storyline, died on the operating table under his watch. It’s been a few weeks since Grey’s delivered a scene that made us sob uncontrollably, but a dead mom and a tiny baby will do it every time.
Richard decided he needed a meeting, which seemed like a good sign, but then he found out about a bar that exchanges shots for Alcoholics Anonymous chips, which seemed like a bad sign. Also, is that a real thing? Because it’s horrific. It looked like Richard was ready to throw away eight years of sobriety, but instead he possibly threw away his medical career by destroying the bar with a bat. We don’t condone the destruction of property, but this bar owner had it coming. Good for you, Richard! Let’s hope the judge sees our viewpoint, because now Webber is in jail and needs Meredith to bail him out.
Richard may have to spend the night in jail, because Meredith is across the country trying to secretly treat Catherine’s really, really bad tumor with Koracick.
Pros for this episode: We got to see Meredith and Koracick hang out and she brings out the best in his sarcasm. He also had a touching moment about his son, revealing that Catherine brought him back to life.
Cons for this episode: We really don’t want to see Richard in a jumpsuit. Also, the reveal of Catherine as the secret patient was ridiculous. Meredith and Koracick really didn’t know it was going to be Catherine? Really? Really? Really.
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