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Thursday night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy started off looking like it was going to centre around Karev’s courtroom battle against a still very bruised DeLuca. If the characters at Grey Sloan Memorial were supposed to remain impartial when it came to picking sides, that wasn’t the case for viewers. Shonda Rhimes did her best defense of Karev, who spent the beginning of the episode exchanging a rehearsed rally cry with a young kidney patient and lovingly handing Kepner her chubby and healthy baby. Even when Karev’s ego put the young patient in jeopardy, forgiveness from the kid’s mom and Chief Bailey were there to remind us that the always-angry-Alex is a good guy at heart. If we still need convincing after 13 seasons, is he really that good? Also, how the heck is he not suspended or fired from the hospital?

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Karev and DeLuca’s storyline was a big topic of discussion for the episode, but the main focus was on how to not be a good fake family.

Dark and twisty Meredith made a number of missteps in an attempt at being a good ‘sister.’ First, there was inadvertently threatening DeLuca in the elevator to protect her ‘brother’ Karev, followed by an awkward smoothing over, by inviting the young intern to help Meredith in surgery. DeLuca’s number one complaint against Karev is that he could have lost an eye and not been able to perform surgery, but somehow he’s at the top of his game with only one arm? He can’t even scrub his own hand!

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Next there was the love line between Meredith and Riggs that Maggie insists on making into a triangle. Rather than coming clean to her sister who just last week demanded Meredith be truthful, Meredith is instead willing to let Maggie ask Riggs out and be embarrassed in front of her co-worker. Embarrassed she was, and even worse, Maggie is still hopeful that something could happen between the two. Why does Maggie always have to be so sad? Her character deserves better.

Amelia’s first order of business as Owen’s wife is to get him back together with his ‘brother’ Riggs, because “you don’t get many brothers in your life.” Amelia, your brother died in one of the lamest TV deaths of all time. Riggs was cheating on Owen’s sister, causing her to angrily board a helicopter that crashed and killed her. We’re not comparing oranges and oranges here.

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Lastly, there were new parents Kepner and Avery, who are trying to co-parent an infant. Actually, Kepner continues to insist she’s all alone while Avery continually offers support physically, emotionally and financially. Not even the oddly chosen song of George Michael’s “Faith” could distract us from the very fortunate situation Kepner is in, regardless of how many times she refers to herself as a single parent. Our sympathy for Kepner is dwindling as fast as Webber silently sneaking out of a room. Who knew he was so light on his feet?

Families are tricky and Grey’s Anatomy has no intention of making them look like smooth sailing.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV