We’re only four episodes into this season of Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CTV) and already we’ve had a huge, tumour-sized bombshell. On this week’s episode, Amelia underwent surgery for her brain tumour, and aside from a brief mental vacation to Paris, she’s already back to her old self.
It felt like one of the quickest wrap ups to what seemed like a major story, but if the writers of Grey’s Anatomy have it their way, we’ll spend the rest of the season wondering who and what Amelia’s old self actually looks like.
We still can’t decide whether it’s a brilliant move or a lazy pass to give Amelia a brain tumour. The purpose of the grapefruit sized brain boulder is to both explain and discredit every action Amelia has made since moving to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Did she ever love Owen, or was it the tumour? Was she really mad at Meredith for not calling her when Derek died, or was it the tumour? Is she one of the greatest brain surgeons in the US, or should the tumour be named on her medical journal articles?
Grey’s Anatomy is posing Amelia’s tumour as the motivation and explanation behind the entire character. The problem with this logic is that Amelia’s actions have never seemed out of place.
Not a single character throughout all 14 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy is free of what we’re going to call ‘tumour actions.’ April Kepner ran away to the Army, and left her marriage after she ran away from the altar and left her fiance. Callie Torres lived in the hospital even though she was practically a millionaire. Ben Warren delivered a baby in the middle of the hallway even though we all know he saw the elevator open. And Meredith? Where do we even begin with Meredith? A brain tumour would have been a great way to explain a character who has done some truly inexplicable things.
But when it comes to Amelia, what are we really second-guessing? Let’s recap.
– Her boyfriend overdosed and died so she left her job and moved to Seattle to be near her brother. Checks out.
– She married Owen with the intention of having children, but when getting pregnant became a reality, she was flooded with memories of her first child’s death. Makes sense.
– When her brother Derek died from a brain injury, she was upset that her sister-in-law Meredith did not call her, a brain surgeon, for second opinion. Totes.
– When she had patients in pain and believed she could help them, she tried risky surgeries. That’s why she’s a surgeon!
– And when she had her own brain operation, she refused painkillers and opioids over fears of reverting back to her drug dependency. Check, check and check.
There are a lot of things that could be explained on Grey’s Anatomy by brain tumours, but Amelia’s actions shouldn’t be on that list.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.