Having a strong emotional response to Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesday’s at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) is a weekly occurrence, but after what has felt like months of relentless gut punches, Wednesday’s episode had us awkwardly high fiving/fist bumping the air. There was a revenge of the nerds, a thoughtful and concise explanation of using non-binary terms, and Tom finally laid the verbal smackdown on Owen that has been long overdue. All hail Tom Koracick.
After experiencing some pains that she thought were labour, Teddy was put on inverted bed rest and called Owen, who quickly left labour class without telling Tom about Teddy’s contractions. Such a jerk move. We didn’t love that Teddy didn’t text Tom as well, but we’re hoping that it was the pain blurring her decision making skills.
Spending the day at a 45-degree angle to show Teddy that he was supportive and understood what she was going through (yeah, three hours laying down is about the same as 40 weeks of pregnancy), Owen did his best to weasel his way back into Teddy’s heart by lovingly talking to their baby. Sure, he was being a good dad and all that, but puh-lease. The man has been single for five minutes, which is five minutes longer than he’s been single for the entirety of his time on this show. We all know what he’s doing.
When Tom eventually found the two, he discreetly pulled Owen aside and made it very clear that he was on to Owen’s good guy charade. Unlike Owen, Tom loves Teddy and chose her as his number one, not his runner up to whatever woman (Cristina, Amelia, etc.) has just broken up with Owen. He’s also willing to fight for Teddy, cementing Tom as our new favourite Grey’s Anatomy character. Giving the ‘Choose me, Pick me’ speech 2.0 with an ‘I choose her, I pick her’ angle, Tom delivered a medical-grade verbal butt whipping. What’s the doctor equivalent of dropping the mic? Dropping the stethoscope? Tom dropped the stethoscope.
We’re still not convinced that Owen won’t try to insert himself into Tom and Teddy’s relationship and continue to play with Teddy’s emotions, but someone finally calling Owen out for treating Teddy like his second choice has been years in the making and was everything we hoped it would be.
In addition to the stethoscope dropping, Wednesday’s episode was about smart people being smart, whether it was the doctors being out-Good Will Hunting’d by an 11-year-old, Meredith making a diagnostic pill, Maggie using blue light and plants to cure people, or Helm correcting Richard’s grammar.
We were today years old when we learned that ungrammatical was a word. Next time someone tells you that you watch too much TV, kindly inform them that Grey’s Anatomy is educational. And hot.
Grey’s Anatomy has been stepping up their topical and taboo storylines over the past two seasons, shining a light on subjects like police violence and transgender discrimination. This week featured a non-binary patient, with Jackson and Helm explaining to Richard why it was important to use the patient’s ‘they/them’ pronouns.
It was a busy episode, with Amelia and Link hooking up in the Blue room, Alex yelling at DeLuca, DeLuca revealing his DeLoser past, and the slow lead up to next weeks’ Jo-centric episode, which will explain why her trip to meet her birth mother left her looking like this (prepare for the gut-punch).
But Wednesday’s brief but impactful inclusion of a non-binary patinet was a Masterclass in how to introduce preferred pronouns to an older generation, in this case, Richard Webber.
Helm, a young resident, became frustrated when Richard, a man in his 60s, questioned why someone would insist on using ‘they/them’ pronouns. Richard compared the situation to a mechanic calling him ‘Ricky,’ an anecdote that Helm found offensive in its belittling of the wishes of non-binary people.
Eventually it was Jackson who was able to quietly diffuse the situation. Richard didn’t have to understand it, but he did have to respect it, and Helm needed to respect that Richard needed to take a moment to get his footing. And then it was done.
Of course, the situation is rarely this easy and non-binary people often struggle with the world around them ignoring or reacting negatively to their simple but powerful request of proper pronoun use. But like we’ve seen with past storylines on Grey’s Anatomy, this moment could go a long way in helping people understand those around them.
Also, shout out to this mom who kept it real when dealing with kids being mean to her daughter. Sometimes kids are Bs.
Watch Grey’s Anatomy every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. MT on CTV.