Wednesday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was the show’s fall finale, which means that cliffhangers were a certainty. Pregnancies were revealed, love triangles were solidified, patients were killed, hookups were had, and Maggie frustrated us to no end. Girl, pull yourself together.
Because Grey’s Anatomy seems intent on making sure no one ever wants to move to Seattle, the latest natural disaster to hit Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital was a deadly windstorm. A woman in her early 30s had a selfie stick fly through her skull and kill her when it was removed. Come on! We have enough things to be terrified of everyday. We don’t need Grey’s Anatomy giving us ideas.
Alex should have been at the hospital to run point as the Chief, but he and Jo slept through their alarms and found themselves trapped in their loft. They had a few pointless scenes that included complaining about their wedding gifts (rude) and realizing they didn’t file their marriage license. Can no one get married in a normal and boring way on this show? Burke left Cristina at the altar. Meredith and Derek gave Izzie and Alex their wedding and then got married with a post-it note. Amelia tried to bail on her wedding to Owen. April was a runaway bride and married Jackson while wearing the dress she was supposed to marry Matthew in, then married Matthew at Jo and Alex’s wedding. It’s been a lot.
As for Alex and Jo, the fact that they aren’t legally married will likely have some implications. We were half expecting a tree branch to fly through their window the moment they realized they weren’t married, injuring Alex and making it legally impossible for Jo to make medical decisions for him as his non-wife. Or, maybe the marriage license was just an aside, but we think not. Remember the pregnant nurse? Everything means something in TV world.
With Alex out of the picture, Miranda happily stepped in as chief. Oh, BTW, she and Ben are separated, but we would only know that if we watched Station 19, because Shondaland is trying to pass along those Grey’s ratings. As chief, it’s Miranda who Richard tells about his arrest and it’s Miranda who is there when Richard calls Catherine’s phone and hears Tom Koracick answer it, automatically assuming his wife is having an affair. Is cancer a relief in this situation? We’re not sure.
We do know that Catherine’s cancer has put Meredith in no mood to hear Maggie complain about not wanting to open up to Jackson. Same, Meredith. After Meredith reveals Catherine’s diagnosis to Maggie, we assumed she would want to support Jackson the way he supported Maggie when her mother was dying.
Nope. Instead, she tells Jackson about the cancer. WHAT ARE YOU DOING, MAGGIE? We’ve really tried to be Team Maggie this season, but girlfriend is soooo far out of her lane. She tells Meredith about Teddy’s pregnancy. She blames her failed relationship with Jackson on being the smart kid. Then she tells Jackson about his mother’s cancer, something that should have been up to Catherine to do. We expect better of you, Maggie.
Speaking of Teddy, she decided that a busy operating room was the best place to tell Owen that she’s carrying their love child. In the words of Jackson, “Congratulations?”
Thankfully, there were some non-catastrophic cliffhangers on Wednesday’s episode. Meredith appears to be burying her feelings for Deluca by asking Link out on a date, but Deluca isn’t going down without a fight. She may be his boss (he’s a SENIOR resident) and he may have dated her sister (Maggie doesn’t care), but Meredith isn’t quite ready to throw caution to the wind. So much wind this episode.
The best moment of the episode came from an unlikely source. Before Season 15, Schmitt was the resident with glasses that Jo accidentally(ish) slept with. Now he’s the guy who has come out to himself thanks to a kiss from Ortho God Jr., Dr. Nico Kim. Nico finally got more than two lines this episode and Schmitt gave what will instantly join the ranks among Grey’s Anatomy’s best speeches, explaining that he isn’t ashamed of being gay because it’s just another part of him. If there’s anything to be ashamed about, it’s being a nerd. Dungeons and Dragons for life, y’all.
Schmitt is happy to finally realize that he’s gay and isn’t ready to stop kissing Nico. So, they don’t stop. High five to the writers for finally having a sex scene between two men after 15 seasons and not cutting the scene short with a falling electrical pole hitting the ambulance, which is exactly what we thought was going to happen. Get it, Schmitt.
Now, we wait until the new year.
Grey’s Anatomy returns to CTV with new episodes in 2019.