If there’s one thing Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) is known for, it’s medical stories. If there’s a second thing, it’s family drama. After 16 seasons, it’s rare to find a family storyline that hasn’t yet been explored on the show but new territory was visited on Thursday when Maggie (Kelly McCreary) finally got to meet the family she didn’t know she had. Unfortunately, the reunion was so short that there wasn’t even enough time to get matching t-shirts, because the third thing Grey’s Anatomy is known for is breaking viewers’ hearts.
IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR
Aside from Richard’s (James Pickens Jr.) mother who died when he was a child, not much is known about Dr. Weber’s family. That changed when Richard’s brother Chris and his niece Sabi (rhymes with baby) showed up at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital looking for him. The family became estranged after the death of Richard’s wife Adele, who was an expert at convincing the family that Richard didn’t think he was above them, even though he did. Maggie was instantly struck by how much she and her newfound cousin looked alike, which is probably because Sabi was played by McCreary’s actual sister, Caroline McCreary. On that note, why hasn’t anyone ever thought it was strange that Maggie and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) look nothing alike? They’re sisters!
Back to cousins who could be twins, Sabi has a giant heart tumor and wouldn’t you know it, Maggie specializes in removing giant heart tumors. After arguing to do the surgery and finally convincing Chris to allow Maggie to operate, Sabi unexpectedly dies on the table, thus reinforcing why doctors don’t treat family, even if they’ve only known one another for a few hours.
Alex (Justin Chambers) lets Maggie have a breakdown in the supply closet before delivering the devastating news to Chris, Richard and Catherine (Debbie Allen), but her quick cry does little to soothe her feelings of utter sadness over losing her cousin. Sabi was doomed from the start. No sunshine-and-rainbow characters ever make it out of Grey’s Anatomy alive.
IT’S JUST AN AFFAIR
All the family drama didn’t distract from the very short but very powerful showdown between Catherine and Gemma (Jasmine Guy) after Catherine caught Gemma consoling Richard. Hell hath no fury like a very, very rich woman’s scorn. Catherine offering a job to Gemma in a city outside of Seattle is a much more affordable alternative to divorcing Richard, although whether this marriage will and should survive is still TBD.
AMELIA AND OWEN’S MODERN FAMILY
Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) not understanding why Owen (Kevin McKidd) would be upset she was having a baby with Link (Chris Carmack) after divorcing Owen because she didn’t want a baby was, in a word, frustrating. Chalking this one up to hormones or denial or pregnancy-induced amnesia (it could be a thing), Amelia let Owen have his moment of anger and finally apologized, acknowledging that she understood why Owen was upset. She thankfully also had the clarity to tell him the reason she’s ready now is because of the time she spent with Leo, which makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is how the modern family of Amelia, Link, Owen and Teddy (Kim Ravers) is going to work when there is still the constant need to keep a small spark alive between Amelia and Owen. Let the spark die, please. Teddy and Link deserve better.