What an emotional episode.
First, I absolutely loved the case with the pregnant woman that Alex bumps into in trial. Brigid Brannagh is an amazing actress who I discovered and loved on Army Wives a few years back, so it was a pleasant surprise to see her on Grey’s Anatomy this week in a case that was thought-provoking and truly tear-jerking. Was I the only one who wanted her and Alex to hook up?
Meredith sits this one out (except for two amusing scenes in the beginning and at the end), and this gives Amelia the opportunity to shine. Her final breakdown to Alex about having a brain-dead baby was heartbreaking, and Caterina Scorsone sells it flawlessly.
I can’t seem to understand why Leah Murphy is back on this show as it makes no sense to bring back such an unlikable character, but at least she didn’t take up a whole lot of screen time. And by the looks of next week’s promo, we might finally have an interesting season-arc to look forward to.
Bits & Scalpels
– Meredith’s opening and closing voiceovers are never subtle or, well, interesting, but I oddly loved them this week.
– It’s always a pleasure to have Catherine back. Her banter with Bailey was appropriately intriguing, but it might mean trouble for Richard. Uh-oh.
– Chilling moment with Amelia breaking down in the OR when the kid dies.
– Again unsubtle, but I loved the bit with Jackson and April making sure they buckled their kid’s seatbelt after witnessing that horrific case at the hospital about the angry driver.
– Jo and DeLuca are still the absolute worst! Why must we suffer through this painful storyline?
– Heartwarming ending with Meredith and Alex in bed together talking about waffle Sundays.
Meredith (opening voiceover): You know that story where a child gets trapped under a car and their parent finds the superhuman strength to lift the car and save the child’s life? I always wondered if that was real. If someone I cared about was hurt or trapped, would my instincts kick in? Would I know what to do? Would I lift the car, jump in front of the bullet? Would I be able to beat somebody senseless? I like to think I would.
Veronica: I went to court to fight a traffic ticket so I could save $360 so we could buy an organic crib mattress. This is how my day started. And now I’m… All day long, I have been thinking that there is—there’s a reason that I was in that line. There’s a reason that I met you (looks at Alex). And I don’t believe in God or fate or anything.
Jeremy: She doesn’t. At all.
Veronica: But this is it? I met you so you can tell me that our baby has to die and then go crawl off somewhere and die myself? Those are my options? Just death? And more death?
Bailey: You would literally be sacrificing your own life for your child’s.
Veronica: I can see it, you know?
Bailey: See what?
Veronica: Jeremy pushing our kid in the swing, touching his toes when they’re in the sky. And the baby thinks it’s so funny. I can see them growing older together, getting to the good stuff. Jeremy showing him Star Wars for the first time. Episode IV ‘cause you can’t start anywhere else.
Amelia: I took a pregnancy test last night, and as I sat there waiting for the result, I just watched him get more and more excited. He wanted it so badly. And the longer I sat there, the more I felt like I was dying. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move. And when that stick was negative, Owen’s heart broke. And I was so relieved. I could breathe again. See, now look me in the eye and tell me that he won’t hate me.
Alex: Amelia. She should come too. (Meredith sighs) You need to be nicer to her. You need your sisters. I’m not gonna always be around. You’re gonna need them.
Meredith: She talks so much!
Alex: So let her, okay?
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An emotional case and powerful performances make this one of the best episodes of the season so far.