After last week’s beautifully written and acted episode of Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), the aftershock of Jo’s gut-wrenching meeting with her birth mother has developed into the beginning of a breakdown. Grey’s Anatomy has never shied away from making characters suffer and Jo’s storyline of abandonment, abuse and neglect may be the series’ most powerful yet.
Jo is still not ready to talk to Alex about what transpired during her meeting with her mother, giving a realistic view of the reality of trauma. It would have been easy for the writers to send Jo running into the arms of her loving husband, showing that there can be happy endings after painful childhoods. But instead of giving Jo a reunion of sunshine and flowers with a bow tied around it, her story is continuing to help viewers with similar backstories. Yes, Jo managed to pull herself out of terrible foster care situations, making it to medical school and finding friends and a husband who love her. But that doesn’t mean she’s immune to dealing with the trauma of her past.
Alex did the smart thing and reached out to Link for help, with Jo’s old friend showing up for her the way Jo showed up for him in the past. Unfortunately, the attempt to cheer Jo up turned into Jo and Link drinking an entire bottle of vodka. Wasn’t it just a few episodes back that Link told Amelia he spent a year drunk after losing a young patient? Should we be worried about this?
We’re not sure about Link, but we’re definitely worried about Jo. As she said, she’s a runner, so we’re placing our bets on Jo taking off on Alex in this season’s finale. Time to start a prayer circle for Jolex.
While we worry about Jo, we worry about everyone Owen Hunt comes in to contact with. Thankfully, Season 15 has seen some long overdue verbal butt kickings being delivered to Owen and this week’s surprise return of Owen’s sister Megan meant that Tom Koracick was able to tag out for an episode and leave the heavy lifting to the Megster.
Since only your sibling can call you a dumb dumb and get away with it, Megan rightfully invoked her sister privilege and delivered yet another beautiful dressing down of Owen this season. We know we’ve been harping on Hunt a lot in Season 15, but he’s been a passive aggressive jerk for a long time and watching Teddy, then Amelia, then Tom, and now Megan point out that his actions are not okay is important. Owen’s behaviour going unchecked normalizes it and playing with people’s emotions and spending your life thinking you’re a victim and a saint is not a healthy visual.
While the previous parties have pointed out all the ways that Owen’s behaviour has been toxic, Megan’s sister-angle brought a new perspective into the mix. She believes that part of the reason Owen appears to self-sabotage could be unresolved PTSD from his time in the military, which makes sense. We were first introduced to Owen’s character while he was in uniform, and his initial character development storylines included Owen choking Cristina and not telling his family that he had returned from the war. These are not signs of a mentally healthy person.
Owen has become better at coping with his PTSD over the years, becoming a functioning trauma survivor, but as Megan pointed out, he needs professional help. She sees three different therapists each week, because she wants to squeeze all the happiness out of her life that she can. We love that message. That should be on a billboard promoting therapy.
Also, thank goodness for Meredith and Jackson’s ballgame joke and Miranda and Richard agreeing to keep Alex’s brilliant delegating as chief a secret. We needed some levity in this episode.