On this weeks’ Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV), storylines that have been building for all of Season 14, and even further back, are getting close to exploding. While some situations have been giving obvious warning signs for weeks, others are just now starting to look like really, really bad ideas. You know things are getting rough when Meredith, Jo and Alex are the ones making the best decisions.
The first set of red flags went up for Amelia and Owen, but not because of their exes with benefits situation. That we knew wasn’t going to last long since they never actually came to terms with the fact that they let their marriage go before even trying to be together tumour-free. When Amelia suggested that Dr. Teddy Altman was Owen’s tumour, aka the thing that was stopping him from having a successful relationship, he decided that she was right and he should rush to the airport and fly to Teddy. UGH.
Teddy has always deserved better than becoming Mrs. Owen Hunt. Owen picked Christina over Teddy. He picked Amelia over Teddy. When they were stationed in the Middle East and were both single, he picked being single over Teddy. So now we’re supposed to say ‘Go Owen!’ and cheer on his decision to swoop into Teddy’s life and play with her emotions for the millionth time? No, no, no. Flag on the play. Bad idea. If Owen didn’t want to be with Teddy any of the other times he had the chance, why now? Because he’s scared of being alone? Not cool. If only we could bring back Henry/Scott Foley from the grave/Scandal to be the partner Teddy deserves.
The next relationship to receive the red flag treatment is Jaggie, or whatever we’re calling Jackson and Maggie. The relationship cat is out of the bag and the pair, who have not tried very hard to be discreet, were caught making out by their parents. The shock of the kinda-step-siblings dating wore off quickly, but now there are new complications. When Jackson had to cancel his date with Maggie to look after Harriet, there was a definite vibe. Maybe he was relieved? Maybe he was worried about April? Maybe he thought Maggie would know April just kissed him in the supply closet? Or maybe we just still don’t see these two together. Maggie still hasn’t gotten over feeling like the nerdy kid in science class when she’s around Jackson and maybe that will take time, but the pairing just feels…off.
Now, April. Last week we started our prayer circle for Kepner and we’re moving it up to a code red, as in how many red flags do there have to be for someone to step in? Arizona has personally witnessed April’s out of control drinking, but she’s busy being a doctor and a full-time mom. Fine. Jackson knows something is up and has tried to push the topic, but April continues to shut him down. Okay. Now with Thursday’s intern training, the entire staff of interns, plus Owen and Andrew, have witnessed April have a breakdown as she recounted being unable to save one of her first patients.
While it’s becoming abundantly clear to all those around her that April is dealing with some intense trauma, depression and anxiety, knowing how to help is almost never clear. It’s been painful to watch April spiral downward over the past few seasons and while it’s easy as a viewer to yell at the TV and chastise those around her for not stepping in, April’s friends and co-workers feeling unsure of their role in the situation and how to help her is sadly realistic. Red flags and warning signs are often visible but knowing what to do for your friend or family member who is in need is much less clear.