Season 13, episode 11: Jukebox Hero (written by Zoanne Clack)
Ok, here we go. I am entering into the world of TV reviews and I’m new at it so bear with me.
The episode opens with the classic Meredith Grey monologue:
“We all have heroes. People we look up to. People we aspire to be, who teach us how to be greater than we are because they’re greater than we are. They’re great… if we don’t look too closely. Because if we get too close, we realize heroes are just regular people, and regular people can fail us.”
During the voiceover, we see Maggie and Meredith in the living room trying to find Alex. They discover that the criminal proceedings have been concluded and “indefinitely postponed” which they translate as Alex taking a plea and being in prison, thus sending Meredith on a prison chase.
A few minutes later into the episode, we see Richard, April, Jackson, Maggie and Arizona in an on-call room discussing the “Eliza Minnick problem” when Dr. Webber gloriously drops a Hamilton reference on us.
“You just don’t rush into battle, that’s what gets people killed. I mean, look at Yorktown.”
Now, addressing the Eliza issue… I feel like I am one of the very few who finds it IMPOSSIBLE to not like the new doc. I don’t know if it’s the fact that she’s named after one of the most badass females in American history or if it’s the fact that she’s played by Marika, but I love her. Although she did fall a few notches when she said, in an almost too cheerful voice, that she doesn’t need caffeine… I just stared at the screen, jaw agape wondering how that was possible and it made me like her slightly less… Also, she lives in Seattle, she has to like coffee. It’s a rule there.
Now, moving onto the car crash… I get the vibe that Arizona’s feelings of guilt run deeper than just having told Mindy to put her feet on the dash. I think this particular crash has such an effect on her because of her own crash with Callie in season 7. Remember that? The musical episode… good times. These crashes parallel each other so strongly that Arizona is walking around dealing with the current situation while remembering being in the husband’s situation herself. Mindy was hit by her husband. Arizona was driving when they hit a truck. See the mirroring going on?
Now, my most unpopular opinion on Grey’s Anatomy, you ready? I. Do. Not. Like. Omelia. There, I said it. I’ve never liked them together and probably never will. (Don’t even get me started on Crowen…) The silence (lack of communication) between these two is deafening and the constant fighting and back and forth is exhausting. I still don’t know why they got married to tell you the truth, but to each their own. Anyway, Amelia ran away. Imagine that. I love her to death but sometimes I just want to shake her. For her to have a prayer of staying with her new hubby, she needs to have a serious talk with Owen and explain where her head is. Owen also needs to realize who he married; she’s a runner and he keeps giving her reasons to run. This cycle they’re stuck in is not going to resolve itself.
Let’s revisit the Eliza storyline again and, this time, add Leah Murphy to the mix. This is all just me thinking out loud (but not really?) to you guys… Eliza was hired because Dr. Bailey, along with some residents, felt that the residency program needed a boost in teaching methods. Dr. Webber fired Murphy in season 10 because she was too far behind in skill compared to her peers. What if the return of Murphy was the final push Bailey needed? By returning to Grey Sloan, Murphy proved Webber wrong. She is a surgeon, and a good one. I don’t think Murphy was the problem; I think it’s the way she was being taught, which is now where Eliza comes in. Again, this is just my own personal theory… but it gets you thinking deeper about the whole storyline, doesn’t it?
Now moving onto Alex. You didn’t think I’d leave him out did you? When we see Meredith at the Court House desperate for any information on his location, I was reminded of Alex’s own quest for information on Zola’s case back in season 8… another classic Grey’s parallel. Alex and Meredith have been through so much together. I love the focus on their friendship (that better remain platonic or I will march on Shondaland) is getting this season. Meredith is standing by his side even though he may not deserve it. I mean, beating someone up? I think that could cause some problems. They are so loyal to each other and Meredith’s hunt for him only shows us how deep that loyalty runs.
That Jackson Avery speech… can we get a slow clap going?? In case you missed it…
“It’s his face. This is this young man’s future we’re talking about. His entrance into the room, his hello to the world. It’s his first impression on employers, his glance across a crowded bar, his future spouse… I am saving the thing his mother loves the most.”
I love this because it tells a story. If you take it at face value, you will miss this meaning. Society teaches us that our looks mean everything and we’re nothing without them. This mini-speech by Jackson gives that a twist: yes, our face is important. It is the first impression but it’s not the last impression. Once someone sees your face, they can see the rest of you, the real you. I think that’s the hidden message here… if you choose to see it that way.
Now, moving onto Jo. Oh, Jo. She is spending so much time pushing people away that she is going to find herself completely alone. And when I say alone, I don’t mean “no boyfriend” alone. If she doesn’t want a boo-thang that’s her business. I mean really alone. Everyone that cares about her, she’s blocking out with walls. (Too soon for wall jokes?) I think our beloved Jo Wilson could use some quality time with Dr. Wyatt. That’s what I think.
And, as always, the episode closes with Meredith Grey laying down some wisdom. During this voiceover, we finally see Alex. And where was he? Sleeping all day. Classic. If you didn’t immediately know he was in Meredith’s bed as soon as she walked into the room and kept the lights off, well… I don’t know because I saw it coming a mile away. Still, cute. Here are the final words:
“Our heroes aren’t special, they’re just people. They’re like us. They’re just trying to survive. They’re trying to be happy. Trying to do better, be better, feel better. Heroes aren’t more special, more courageous than the rest of us. After all, they’re only human. They hurt, they break, they bleed. But sometimes, every once in a while, when it matters, they get it right and that changes everything. A hero is only human but that’s the point: if they can do it, so can you. So, you keep going. You don’t give up. You stand tall. You fight. You always show up to save the day.”
One last thing: can we all just take a moment to appreciate that Dr. Bailey used the term “butthurt” to describe Webber? Good.
Until next week!