“Is this about this morning? Because you seemed fine. You ate the French toast!” - “Stop talking!” Owen and Amelia
“I heard she had a brain tumour. Do you think they didn’t get it all?” - “I heard that!” An intern and Amelia
“Kepner, you’re not average.” Meredith to April
In every single interview surrounding tonight’s episode the theme of nostalgia was constantly brought up and DAMN tonight’s episode was nostalgic! From the look-a-likes to Amelia being reminded of Derek to the tunnels, we received a look-back over the previous 299 episode of this incredible show!
There were many references to Derek throughout the episode and I loved how they brought him into the story-line in a natural and understandable way. Meredith talking to him on the ferry boat ride, Jackson mentioning him in his speech and Owen and Amelia talking about why she was so intent on getting that patient a head CT.
The sweetest homage to Derek had to be when Zola said she wanted to become a neurosurgeon, she is a Grey but I love that she wants to carry on her father’s legacy as she is also a Shepherd.
The references to other characters we have lost such as Mark, Lexie even Ellis Grey were heart-warming and never did they feel forced. I especially loved when Jackson mentioned Lexie as I think his pain after her loss is often over-looked.
The O’Malley and Yang look-a-likes didn’t win me over and neither did the mini Izzie, but the memories they brought back in some of our favourite doctors did bring a slight tear to my eye. Just like Jackson and Lexie I think Bailey’s pain over loosing George is something which is often overlooked but still very much affects her personally. When she admitted to crying silently in the shower my heart shattered as I was reminded of how much George really did mean to her.
The Izzie and Alex story-line was one I never felt was ever properly finished and that was mainly due to circumstance at the time she was being written out, however Alex’s imagined life for her was perfectly fitting with who she was. Especially the reference to her muffin baking obsession and her love for Christmas. The conversation that brought up between Jo and Alex showed how much his character has developed over 300 episodes and cemented Jolex for me a little more. It was a mature and honest conversation and now that Jo is filing for divorce I would love to see a Jolex wedding at some point.
It was extremely powerful and impressive how they managed to evoke such nostalgia in all of us without having to use a single flash-back. And that truly is testament to KV’s incredible writing for this episode.
MEREDITH FUCKING GREY WINS THE BLOODY HARPER AVERY!
If it was going to be anybody on the show it was always going to have to be Mer. Although I loved Cristina after the whole Cristina/Mer argument during the time of April’s wedding about how Cristina didn’t approve of Meredith wanting the family and career - that hit a nerve for me. Mer has proved Cristina wrong and she won!
The scene in which everyone who means something to her is looking down at her from the gallery while she is surrounded by her two most trusted mentors (Bailey and Webber) was stunning. To have Maggie, Amelia, Alex, Zola and the others all there in support of Meredith just shows how loved she is and how much of a family she has at Grey Sloan. (Another reason why she was right to dig her heels in when Derek wanted them to move to DC).
When she looked up at the sky I could only imagine her talking to Derek before picturing her mother in the gallery. That was such a lovely touch to bring Ellis into the scene as she was the one person Meredith always wanted to please more than anyone. MEREDITH IS SO FAR FROM ORDINARY SHE IS EXTRA-SHE WON THE DAMN HARPER AVERY-ORDINARY!
I would have loved to see her make everyone dance it out though. Like her walking into the attending’s lounge turning to Zola, Alex, Maggie, Amelia, Owen, Webber and Bailey and making them dance it out with her! I know you dance it out over something sad but I think it would have been a lovely way to shake the sadness of Derek, Cristina, Lexie and Ellis not being there to see Mer win!
Owen and Amelia…
From their opening scene I knew we were going to be gifted with a lot of Omelia nuggets throughout this episode. I don’t think Owen sleeping with Carina sits all that well with Amelia but she stole his breakfast (which was epic!) so I love seeing the slightly childish side to her and them genuinely getting along. Also there has been a one week time jump between 14x06 & 14x07 so Owen and Carina have been a thing for about a week now… Also anyone else notice Amelia checking Owen out while talking about the French toast? Yeah they still want each other…
When Owen ignored Amelia’s order for a CT she responded in true Private Practice Amelia fashion which was a pleasure to watch. Her and Owen bounce off each other so well and have such natural banter that when Owen told her ‘I told you so was unbecoming on her’ I couldn’t help but smile at the flirtatious tone that is still present in their relationship. Everything about their interactions was friendly, flirty and fun: her putting the vest on him, and complementing her own skills during while fixing that man’s bleed. The sexual tension between could be cut with a knife, or in their case scalpel…
I don´t know if anyone else agrees but I get the feeling they are behaving more life husband and wife now, with all the bickering (like in 13x02), than they ever have done before. Another reason to add to the list as to why they will eventually fall back together.
KMK had said he thinks they are starting from zero in their relationship and I can already see it happening. There is naturally just a spark between them and I don’t know if anyone else picked up on it or agrees but the way they are now interacting reminds me a little of 11x12 when Owen was trying to tell her that Hermann flirted with him.
It also showed how well they do know each other when Owen brought up Derek and Amelia straight away knew what he was referring too. Owen knows her better than anyone else and can read her so easily which is another reason why I think it will be hard for them to stay away from each other for too long!
ALSO THEY WERE STANDING NEXT TO EACH WHEN MEREDITH WON AND EVEN EXCHANGED A LOOK!
(GENUINELY NOT SORRY FOR ALL OF THE OMELIA GIFS…)
The references to Mark and Callie were so sweet, and the pictures up on her wall off her, Callie and Mark was so touching. Arizona still loves Callie and I think that is why she hasn’t been able to make a relationship last since. They remind me a little of Sam and Naomi from PP so I hope, just like Naomi, Callie does eventually come back as she has always been one of my favourites.
I have said it before that I like them as an option but I just want them to do something now… All the looks, smirks, smiles, awkward silences etc. I just want something to happen between them (or not) stat!
I really wish we could have seen Ben tell Bailey. That scene would have been comedy gold as the way she always exasperatedly sighs ‘Ben Warren’ will never fail to put a smile on my face.
DeLuca and Sam (the new intern)
I don’t like how they are suddenly forcing this relationship or past relationship on us. It just feels like too much. We don’t know much about DeLuca and suddenly bringing back an old flame isn’t very interesting in my eyes. Though I did love to hear so more Italian being spoke in the show!
My Favourite Easter Egg
There is a scene (I can´t remember when) in which Cristina is talking to Mer and she says “It’s meant to be me, you and Alex.” And at Meredith’s proudest moment of her career it was…
Finally I just want to say a massive thank you to Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Caterina Scorsone, Kelly McCreary, Kevin McKidd, Sarah Drew, Jesse Williams, Justin Chambers, Jessica Capshaw, Debbie Allen, Camilla Luddington, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jason George and the members of the cast who are no longer there for bringing such resplendent characters, with such captivating: stories, situations, relationships, friendships etc. to our screen every week since Season 1 Episode 1. I haven’t been a fan from day one but I’m definitely on this roller-coaster ride till the end. THANK YOU!
This entire season of Grey’s has been a total mess. Like scattered and disjointed with no storyline. Watching it has been a punishment but as an ardent Grey’s fan, I sat through every episode, every pointless storyline, every unnecessary scene. Like clearly Minnick was pointless and bringing Leah back was for no reason. Alex going to prison was a stupid storyline and the Japril centric movie did nothing (why did ee meet his dad?)
The last two episodes were okay though and I can’t lie I enjoyed them. But it’s only cause they seem to be creating new possible storylines.
So now I’m waiting for September so I can watch season 14 and see what Megan is like and if Omelia and Jolex will be redeemed and what the hell Shonda thinks she’s doing with Japril and Maggie cause I’m not fucking here for whatever this is.
TL:DR: My point is that clearly no matter what the hell Shonda puts me through I will keep coming back to suffer more.
FIRST THINGS FIRST MY REVIEW OF THE 300TH EPISODE HAS 248 NOTES! THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BONKERS! BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO READ IT, COMMENTED, RE-BLOGED, LIKED ETC. I GUESS I WILL KEEP ON WRITING REVIEWS THEN…
Best Quotes from the episode:
“I’m calling Aretha Franklin.” - Miranda Bailey
“That’s how we did it in the stone age!” - Richard Webber
“You aided and abetted an imbecile!” - Miranda Bailey
Grey Sloan got Hacked
Ok I have to admit this episode was a let down in comparison to the wonderful ride season 14 has been on so far. I’m not entirely sure what I expected, I just expected more.
The concept that the hospital would be hacked was very interesting but nothing really happened. Yes, we were left on a couple of cliff-hangers but I don’t feel as though there was enough excitement throughout the episode to really get me to care.
The cliff-hangers we were left with were: the little boy, Jackson and Maggie’s patient in the helicopter and Meredith’s patient but none of them really made me worried for the characters. I would have liked to have seen something happen to one of the doctors which would then get everyone panicked.
They advertised this as an action-packed thriller and I have to say Amelia’s recovery from her surgery had me ‘clutching my pearls’ far more than this storyline did. I’m sorry Grey’s but as I said before, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, I just expected more.
Jackson and Maggie
They were the “couple” whom the episode paid the most attention too throughout this plot-line. I have always been openminded towards them as a couple but 8 episodes have passed now and they have only held hands, once. They are obviously trying to build up tension between the two but this is dragging out a little too long.
There were definitely some very sweet moments between the two characters such as Jackson saying “some people sneak up on you” and “I would have remembered you” as well as the few stolen glances between the two.
A lot of people describe Maggie as immature but I think she is just innocent. As she said in the season finale of season the worst thing that has ever happened to her is her parents divorcing, and now her mother dying. Maggie has experienced very little pain so I think it is understandable that she is all sunshine and daisies - not everyone suffers in life and although that may seem unfair, it actually reminds us that there is some good in the world.
I would like to see a far more definite progression in their relationship as unfortunately people are now starting to lose interest.
Carina - Arizona - Owen
“Every morning he tells me it’s just fun!” I’m sorry Carina, I like you - I do, but if Arizona is telling you she misses you then why are you fooling around with someone who can only offer you sex because he is not over his wife yet?!
The Owen-Carina relationship can’t, realistically, last much longer as she is obviously hung up on Arizona and he is only looking for fun. He will get bored eventually.
My favourite interaction of the episode was the Carina-Arizona dynamic. They work well together and I really like them as a couple. I just wish they would talk about their feelings. I do think this means they will be back together soon as they both admitted to missing each other.
Bye, bye Owen - Carizona are rising!
Paul is back! (Dun, dun, dunnnnnnn!)
This was the only part of the episode that truly left me intrigued for the next half of the season. I really hope they do justice to the domestic violence story-line as both Ellen Pompeo and Caterina Scorsone have already spoke out referring to it as very moving and a story that needs to be told. So because of them I do have high expectations!
The direction surrounding Jo coming face to face with him was very good. It was like being faced by your worst nightmare. You could feel the panic, fear and sense of nausea just from the camera-work and Camilla’s acting so I am really looking forward to this plot-line in 14B.
I would have liked to have seen more character development. I remember writing this about 13x22 - there was simply no character development or development of any storylines. Which unfortunately makes for a boring episode. This episode (excluding a few scenes) could almost be regarded as a stand-alone episode. I don’t feel it added much to the series unfortunately.
I would have liked to have seen the Lady Chief Trifecta interacting more, something/anything surrounding Omelia, more development between Jo and Alex and I wish something would just happen with Maggie and Jackson!
Everyone was in this episode but no one made a difference… Except Webber as without him they would have had so many dead patients. The stone ages seemed pretty awesome tbh!
What I would like to see in 14B:
Facing the domestic violence story head-on - Jolex engaged
Something - anything to happen between Jackson and Maggie
A reconciliation/hook-up/something between Omelia
Carina and Arizona back together
April come into her own more and put her own happiness first
Ben and Bailey not break-up, but continue to provide us with great one liners about how much she is mad at him
Meredith to keep on kicking surgical ass and maybe begin a new flirtation with a new doctor (whom apparently they have just hired)
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR EVERYONE ELSE’S OPINIONS SURROUNDING THIS EPISODE AND SEASON 14 SO FAR IN GENERAL! PLEASE SHARE!
New co-showrunner Krista Vernoff, who returned to the Shondaland drama after working as a writer for its first seven seasons, talks with THR about the ups and downs of the two-hour opener.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy returned for its 14th season Thursday, delivering a fast-paced and jam-packed two-hour premiere that featured a few key returns (on-screen and off), several nods to its past and one massive bombshell.
Kim Raver’s Teddy returned to support old friend/crush Owen (Kevin McKidd) and his former POW sister Megan (Abigail Spencer), with the latter setting up a new love triangle that involved Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Nathan (Martin Henderson).
Owen planted a long-awaitd kiss on Teddy, who with his mother and sister, agreed that his wife Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) was just not his person. Head of neuro Amelia, meanwhile, delivered the premiere’s biggest stunner — as she learned in the closing moments that she had a brain tumor.
April (Sarah Drew) realized it’s time to move out of ex-husband/baby daddy Jackson’s (Jesse Williams) place — despite her feelings for him — while he pursued Maggie (Kelly McCreary).
Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers) patched things up with her estranged and violent husband Paul (Matthew Morrison) still looming if the couple really want to get married.
Ben (Jason George) admitted to feeling a “rush” when he helped save Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) in the season 13 finale as the series set the stage for the character to segue over to the firefighter spinoff.
After Eliza (Marika Dominczyk) ghosted her, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) got her groove back on (again) — with Andrew’s (Giacomo Gianniotti) Italian sister Carina (Stefania Spampinato), whose study about the female orgasm helped reveal Amelia’s tumor.
Peppered in among all the twists and turns were several nods to the past — including multiple references to Mer’s late mom Ellis (Kate Burton), nod to George (T.R. Knight), Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and a photo of Cristina (Sandra Oh) in a medical journal. The blasts from the past — and return to its classic humor — came from Krista Vernoff (Shameless), who returned to the ABC Shondaland medical drama as the co-showrunner after helping to launch Grey’s as part of its core writing staff for its first seven seasons.
Below, Vernoff opens up about season 14’s eventful start and where ABC’s top drama goes next.
The first two hours are really eventful. How much of that is setting the new pace of Grey’s vs. setting the stage for the season to come? Setting the stage.
There were a lot of nods to the past — we see Cristina’s photo and there’s a reference to George. Why was it important to acknowledge the past? I’m not sure that it was important so much as it felt natural to me. I think it’s a little bit like, “I’m back so they are, too!” Also, we are doing the 300th episode this year. I think I came into the season planning to acknowledge where it all started.
Webber points out a few times how similar Meredith is to Ellis. Is that part of bringing the show back to its origins or part of looking forward to a potential Alzheimer’s story? It’s neither. It just felt really organic for a man who grew up with the mother of the woman he is now working with to acknowledge similarities and even be a little haunted by them. Also, Meredith has a surgical birthright that we are leaning into this season. This is the season of Meredith being something of a medical superhero — like Ellis was.
There’s a lot of humor in the first two episodes — all that was missing was a “seriously?!"Is bringing that humor back part of a larger effort to bring the show back to its roots? It’s not about the roots so much as where my heart lives right now. I’m not interested in writing darkness. I feel like the world has gone dark enough. I feel like we who are part of the resistance right now need some relief in our entertainment. I feel like it’s part of my personal activism to help people sit down and laugh at night so they can get back up in the morning and fight the good fight.
There’s a parallel between Megan returning home and creating the triangle with Nathan and Meredith to when Addision returned and created the same for Derek and Meredith. Will you be exploring that more? That’s interesting, and it honestly hadn’t even occurred to me! No, I don’t want to give away too much — but I am writing this story very differently.
Is there a potential for Abigail Spencer and Kim Raver to stick around longer — maybe series regular status — this season? If I had the budget for it I would bring them both back forever, immediately. They are incredible talents and it’s a joy to write for them and to work with them.
Amelia has a brain tumor. Talk about the decision to go that route — does that explain her behavior last season too? What’s the larger story you’re looking at with her? When I caught up on the show, I thought Amelia had been behaving really oddly. It got my wheels turning and this is where they landed!
Has Owen given up on his marriage to Amelia when he kisses Teddy? I believe that he has. Which is why when he learns that a brain tumor may be the answer for how Amelia’s been treating him — it will be really complicated.
How might Meredith respond to Amelia’s tumor? Is there a place where she goes dark and twisty again? No, Meredith has already survived too much to return to dark and twisty. I really believe that. I believe that as people survive the unimaginable they tend to get lighter because they know now that they can survive anything — unless they go completely the opposite direction, which Meredith, happily has not!
Jo and Alex are moving forward — and Paul is coming back. Where do they go from here and what will that look like? I can’t answer that without giving away too much! But I will say — for all my talk of light and hope and joy — that it wouldn’t be Grey’s Anatomy if there were not some dark and twisty turns here and there.
Ben felt a "rush” from saving Stephanie. How will he lean into that and what does that mean for Bailey? Well, since it’s been announced that Jason George is going to the firefighting show I think everyone can anticipate how he’s leaning into that! And as you can imagine, that is an extremely complicated thing for Bailey to process. It makes for great drama and Chandra Wilson is so incredible I’m really enjoying writing it.
April is moving out of Jackson’s apartment as he has interest in Maggie. Will he fight for her? April is moving out of Jackson’s apartment because it is causing her pain to continue living with the man she divorced. When she thought she recognized feelings between Jackson and Maggie, she realized that living with a man you still love but are divorced from is maybe not the smartest thing to do. I feel like it’s a really beautiful, grown-up move from April. I also think that there were not necessarily feelings between Maggie and Jackson last season! I think her jealousy led her to that conclusion but when she said it, she opened a kind of Pandora’s box. I think it will be a lot of fun to see how it all plays out.
Arizona and Carina are really funny together with Andrew. How will this relationship be different for Arizona? This is a season of fun! And Carina brings so much fun! Because I am anti-spoiler, that’s all I’m going to give you on that!