With only two episodes left in Season 14 of Grey’s Anatomy (Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV), the recently announced exit of two of the series most beloved regulars draws closer. While we’re still not sure how April Kepner will be leaving Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital (please don’t let it be in a body bag!), this week’s episode included the final set up for Arizona Robbin’s exit. Le sigh.
Arizona’s decision to leave Seattle and move to New York so that her daughter Sophia can be near both Arizona and Callie has been a longtime coming, with Arizona closing this week’s episode by calling Callie and revealing her relocation plan. Depression, fear of school, and now acting out have all been Sophia’s way to show that she wanted to return home, with Arizona finally getting confirmation by reading Sophia’s diary. Also, I’m really impressed that a second grader could write about such heavy subject matter in their diary. Maybe a move to New York is a great thing. The school system there seems advanced.
Of course, Arizona leaving means the end of her relationship with ‘no coddle’ Carina, which is sad, but also, is it? Carina has never been interested in forming a relationship with Sophia, which made the pairs’ demise seem inevitable. At least the sex was great.
If there was one major theme in this week’s episode it was that doing the right thing usually feels crummy. Not only is Arizona leaving behind her friends and a great job to do the right thing for her daughter, but other characters found themselves facing tough decisions.
Amelia’s desire to help teen mom Betty get off drugs is admirable, but it’s also a lot to take on for one person. It’s also surprising that Amelia didn’t see the whole ‘escape through the bathroom window’ thing coming. She’s detoxed enough to know the best routes out of a house.
Jackson’s quest to rid the foundation of all the wrong doing of his grandfather is going to cost him his fortune, but it is the right thing to do. Although, handing April a cheque that will take care of their daughter Harriet made me nervous that something bad (see: death) is going to happen to April. There’s been no storyline set up for her to make a clean break from Seattle and we know that Grey’s loves killing characters and making us cry (see: George, Denny, Derek, Lexi, Henry, Mark…we could keep going but this list is getting too depressing).
Alex has been doing the right thing his entire life, which for him means taking care of his mother Helen, who suffers from schizophrenia. After realizing that she hadn’t been cashing his cheques, Alex and Jo set out to check on Helen and find her…totally fine. That was a cliffhanger that wrapped up nicely. A first for Grey’s Anatomy! Alex is understandably upset that his mother didn’t tell him that she was better and he’s bitter that her mental health improved after he and his siblings lost so much of their childhood taking care of her, which is understandable. But in another twist, Alex got a happy ending and made peace with his mother. Fourteen seasons in and Grey’s is still surprising us.
Another person doing the right thing is Meredith, who spent the day talking to another doctor in a bar. Who is this guy? Is this a possible love interest? Are we going to see him again? Was he actually just a ghost sent by the spirit of Ellis Grey?
These questions have yet to be answered, but we do know that Meredith eventually decided to rename the Grey Method to the Grey Cerone method to honour Ellis’ best friend Marie Cerone, who helped her develop the method and then was blacklisted by Harper Avery.
One person who only sorta did the right thing was Miranda. She agreed to let Dr. Roy rejoin the intern program, but refused to apologize for firing him after he, along with half the staff (including Miranda), accidentally got high. I’m glad that Miranda re-admitted Roy, but her refusal to acknowledge that what the young intern did was not as bad as Richard spending years doing surgery while drunk was outrageous. Both decisions are at least equally bad. #JusticeForRoy even though he is kind of a jerk.