Every fan of Grey’s Anatomy knows that each week begins and ends with a voice-over reiterating a message that carries throughout the episode. On this week’s episode, Grey’s Anatomy took some inspiration from the new President of the United States and showed what happens when you build a wall, both metaphorically and literally. Spoiler alert – walls are bad. Don’t put up walls.
It was a message that got more than a little heavy-handed, especially when it came to the patient who fell into a pile of barbed wire as she was removing a security wall around her house. Literally, walls hurt.
Owen’s plea to Amelia to leave the four walls of Stephanie’s apartment wasn’t exactly a tough code to crack, either. Metaphorically, walls hurt. But thankfully, the rest of the episode at least tried to make the wall imagery subtler. Unfortunately, it didn’t try to make any of the characters likable.
Richard’s wall of attendings protecting him from Miranda and Dr. Minnick was unsuccessful at best, with his marriage now in turmoil and Meredith suspended from her job.
As for Minnick herself, pleading with Miranda to stop getting involved did make her more empathetic, but the whole weird flirting thing with Arizona in the parking lot brought us back to square one with the character. Also, when in the history of Grey’s Anatomy has working together ever stopped two people from dating? Look around, Minnick. Everyone has slept with everyone and no one waited to get fired before dropping their scrubs.
Two people notorious for putting up emotional walls are Alex and Jo, who had a quick reconciliation at the end of this week’s episode, with a brief hug that led to…nothing. So, they’re not back together? They’re working it out? Jo’s going to realize she should be with Deluca because he’s a nice person? To be determined.
Finally, and most disappointing this week, was Maggie. The doctor who wears her heart on her sleeve and spends her days trying to help her friends and pseudo family had a big ‘ol wall up for her mother, who was the loveliest parent to ever appear on Grey’s Anatomy. Ever. She made lasagna and folded laundry! Can you imagine if Ellis Grey hadn’t given Maggie up for adoption and raised her with Meredith? Now that’s a mother to cry to your friends about.
With no explanation as to how Maggie’s mother has changed and become someone Maggie can’t stand to be around, the storyline was difficult to believe and just made Maggie seem like a jerk, a description that is compounded with the knowledge that her mother has breast cancer. Maggie, be nice to your mother and go visit her. She lives in Hawaii!
In the end, walls are bad and the people who put them up are the ones who suffer the most.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.