Season 13, episode 13: It Only Gets Much Worse (Written by Lauren Barnett)
So, before I dive into the episode, I would just like to thank Lauren because I FINALLY know why Murphy’s Law is called Murphy’s Law. You don’t know why either? Well, here it is, in Meredith Grey voice over form:
“In 1949, Edward Murphy conducted a rocket sled experiment to see how much pressure a human being could withstand. Murphy’s experiment failed spectacularly. Over and over. Needless to say, he didn’t start off on the right foot. That’s why it’s called Murphy’s Law. Because if anything can go wrong, it will.”
Now, we all know that the voice over is sort of like a sneak peek at what’s going to happen in the episode, almost a preface that comes before the first chapter. This one is definitely an allusion to Eliza and Stephanie, and maybe even April and Bailey.
To kick things off, let’s talk about all the shade, and I mean ALL OF IT, that Maggie Pierce was throwing around. I love it. I love shade and I love Maggie, so the two of them together is a dream come true for me. I cackled when Maggie said, “loyalty is so rare in this world” with her eyes locked on April… that was a mic drop moment if I’ve ever seen one. April seems to have become power hungry recently and I’m not sure if she didn’t realize what she was doing by accepting the job or just didn’t care but one thing is for sure: she has more enemies than friends now. For example, Maggie is fiercely loyal to her sister and she is not afraid to tell anyone and everyone. Publicly and loudly.
Also, the patient who kept calling April “Dr. Not Grey” is my hero. Everyone who knows me knows that I have never been a huge fan of April so I was not happy at all with this whole stealing Meredith’s job thing… if I were a patient at Grey Sloan, I’m pretty sure this is who I would be.
Moving on to the whole Bailey vs. Webber situation we’ve got going on. I mean, damn it I hate seeing these two fighting like this. They were the OGs of Seattle Grace. I think that Bailey may be starting to realize why everyone is so mad but she’s either too stubborn or proud to admit it. I am all for her being chief, you know girl boss and all that, but I feel like she’s taken it too far. There’s a difference between doing something “for the good of the hospital” and undermining the people who make up the foundation of the hospital. (*cough cough* Meredith and Richard) The line from Richard in the OR during Ben’s surgery killed me because it perfectly put my thoughts into words:
“But somewhere between then and now, Dr. Bailey forgot that I know how to teach.”
Also, I think Ben Warren deserves praise here. He is handling everything very well. As the Chief’s First Lady, (as he so eloquently put it) he is basically forced into the middle of the argument. He’s doing a great job at staying neutral when it comes to the hot water Bailey and Webber are finding themselves in. I feel for the guy, I really do. And at the end of his surgery he was so obviously upset about the way Bailey and Webber acted, I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him he did a great job.
When Stephanie and Eliza went “trolling” for cases and took Leah’s patient I was laughing. One, because it felt like the early seasons of Grey’s when everyone stole everyone’s patients and also because we’ve never seen that side of Eliza. Things didn’t stay fun for long though… Maddie died, which I knew was going to happen. Don’t ask how… I know how Shondaland works and this was definitely the way it was going down. I think this loss was important for Steph though. She has always been considered the best in her class (I’ve always had Cristina Yang vibes from her tbh) and this proves that being the best doesn’t mean you’re not going to lose. There’s a quote that I love from Beyonce (Yes, I’m using her in this, Shonda would approve) that I LOVE and one that I think Steph could hear:
“Sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose, you’re never too big to lose, you’re never too smart to lose. It happens, and it happens when it needs to happen.”
Someone asked me today if I think that Steph was too confident going into the surgery and my answer is this: absolutely not. Wouldn’t you want your surgeon to be confident? I’m pretty sure you would.
Also, I really loved how she went to Webber after Maddie died. That shows that even thought the residents love Eliza and her program, they still trust Webber and lean on him. Maddie was Steph’s start to finish and when she went to speak to the parents, that was her finish. It wasn’t what she expected, but she had to finish it, and she did.
I’m usually all over finding parallels but this episode seemed to not have as many. I did find a pretty strong one though, when Maggie and April were arguing. (imagine that!) Here’s how it went down:
APRIL: I’m not saying I agree with Bailey…
MAGGIE: But you are saying that it’s not a deal breaker. Not for you. Not if it gets you what you want.
This scene took me back to the very first episode when Cristina utters the words “if you want to be a shark, be a shark” to Meredith. April was a shark when she took that job. We know it and she knows it. The question is, do you think it was right?
The only other parallel I noticed was the scene with Eliza and Arizona on the couch after Maddie dies. Eliza is a mess and Arizona is there comforting her. It reminded me of when Callie does the same for Arizona during Dr. Herman’s surgery in season 11. I’m not sure if that was done on purpose or if it’s just my brain trying to keep Callie Torres relevant in the stories…
And finally, I’ve been hearing a lot of people (myself included) upset about the lack of Meredith Grey. Well, think about it: she was suspended from the hospital. The show takes place in the hospital 90% of the time. I think by not seeing Meredith, we get a feel of what it feels like for the other doctors not having her around. We may not like it, but it is what it is. It makes the story more real.
The closing voice over, again by Meredith (at least we get her voice…) is somewhat uplifting and encouraging, especially after such a dismal episode.
“Once things start going wrong, it’s hard to break the cycle. Murphy’s Law is not physics, it’s just a thing a guy said to try and make sense of a crappy day. Just because things go wrong, it doesn’t mean they’re out of our control. It’s on us to fix things. It’s on us to take everything that can go wrong and make it go right. It’s on us to try anyway.”
See you next week!