I know this is super late BUT better late than never, right?
Season 13, episode 14: Back Where You Belong (Written by Jen Klein)
Ok, the opening with all four of them (Meredith, Maggie, Amelia and Alex) back together after so long? I was cheesin’ like an idiot through that entire first three minutes, I’m not even going to pretend I was chill about it. Also, I’ve missed the Meredith Grey sense of humor and that’s finally back, too.
The grin just got bigger when Maggie said, in her cute little singsong voice, “the band is back together again.”
Before I go any further, here’s the voice over in case you missed it:
“I don’t do reunions… high school, undergrad, med school. I don’t need to make superficial conversation with a bunch of people I barely remember. If I want to keep someone in my life, I keep them in my life. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t know how to get rid of them.” -Meredith Grey
I haven’t had a high school reunion yet, but I think I’ll send this quote as my RSVP.
For this review, instead of going in order of the episode, I think I’m going to break it up into topics and jump around… I wrote so much stuff down that if I’m not careful this will end up being 35 pages long.
First topic: Mental Illness
The way this storyline handled mental illness is inspiring. Coming from someone with a family member who is a diagnosed Schizophrenic, it could not have been handled better.
When dealing with mental illness, it’s so important to treat the patient/person as a human being. They are just as much a person as anybody else, and sometimes I think people forget that. I don’t know if it was Jen’s writing, Kelly and Martin’s acting, or a combination of both, but I’m not sure this story could’ve been done any better.
When Claire looked up from her hospital bed and said “hi mom” OH. MY. GOD. I lost it. That scene was packed with so much emotion from everyone in that room. I absolutely loved the entire Claire Nolan storyline, I think a focus on mental illness is something TV needed and this did not disappoint.
Second topic: Phase II
Eliza’s new teaching method is beginning to be accepted throughout Grey Sloan. I didn’t notice as much resistance in this episode when it came to the residents taking the lead on the mother/son turned father/son kidney transplant. Ever since last week’s fiasco with Maddie’s colonoscopy, I’ve been feeling some Edwards/Minnick drama coming.
When Minnick was going over the scans, all the residents and interns (HI DR. CROSS YOU’RE ALIVE!!!) had eyes as big as saucers, but then there was Edwards. She got a wake up call during last weeks episode, and it showed this week. She was the only resident who said she wasn’t ready.Which is exactly the answer Minnick was looking for.
Also, the fact that Alex is finally back at work and he’s basically doing scut work with Webber… I love that we got to see a little bit of the old Alex in the episode.
Third Topic: Jo Wilson
You know, I’ve never been a huge fan of Jo but I am really enjoying the whole backstory with her that is slowly being revealed to us. In this episode, Jo, I think, is really beginning to freak out over the fact that her husband very well may show up and reek havoc on her life. People now know about this phantom husband but have yet to see him and that scares her. The kidney transplant kid’s father shows up after having beaten the mother (and quite possibly Christopher, too) and this triggers Jo’s own fear. They thought they had escaped the abusive father/husband, but here he is, ready to give a kidney and earn the superhero title.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED Jo’s speech to him right before they put him to sleep in the OR. I didn’t write down exactly what she said, but it all boils down to this: if you really want to do something good, do this anonymously and leave. You don’t get to make yourself the hero, not after everything you’ve put them through.
Also, it’s so obvious that Jo and Alex still love each other. And they love each other a lot. I have been watching Alex Karev get screwed over by anything and everything for 13 years now. I need him to finally get some happiness with a girl. YES I know that he “doesn’t need one” so don’t come at me with those comments. He deserves someone. And Jo has been though just as much sh!t as he has, so it’s about time for her to be happy too. The deserve each other dammit!
I’m still counting on a Jolex wedding in season 14. You heard it here first, everyone!
Fourth Topic: Camp David
The whole “summit meeting” at Meredith’s house was spot on what I think needed to happen. I’m going to include Richard coming over in this topic as well because I think they directly relate to each other. When Bailey shows up, Meredith is already on the defensive. She admits she wants to come back but will not do it until Richard is reinstated and Minnick goes. Now, here comes the question of loyalty or stubbornness?
I think it’s a little bit of both. We all know Meredith Grey has a stubborn streak but we all also know she is about as loyal as they come. I get the feeling that her loyalty is blinding her to the pros of having Minnick taking over the residency program. I get why she’s mad BUT I think she needs to give it a chance. She can be loyal to Richard and embrace change at the same time. (She’s preached this to us in multiple monologues… she needs to take her own advice now.)
Richard coming over at the end of the episode was BY FAR my favorite scene we’ve had in a while. Everyone knows I am one of the few people who loves Ellis Grey, so anytime we get a mention I’m over the moon excited.
Richard basically comes to Meredith’s house to tell her to take the job back because it’s what Ellis would’ve done. In response, Meredith reminds him that she’s supposed to be the opposite of her mother and not put her career in front of the people she loves. (Side note for Ellen’s adorable impression of Kate Burton as Ellis Grey) In the end, Meredith makes the phone call to Bailey ready to return to work.
What does this mean? I think this is yet another step in Meredith learning from her mother’s mistakes. This was not her putting her job in front of family (Richard counts as family at this point, right?) This was her sticking up for what she believes in while at the same time, getting what she deserves (ahem her job NOT April’s) back.
My favorite exchange between Meredith and Richard in a long time came from this scene, too. Here it is:
Richard: We both know that your mother would never put me before her career.”
Meredith: True, but I’m supposed to do better than her. Isn’t that the point?
Fifth Topic: Nathan Riggs
I feel so bad for Nathan in this episode, I just want to give him a hug and tell him it’s all going to be ok. It’s very clear that the storyline of Claire’s parents is serving as a parallel to his own with Megan. Claire’s parents gave up on her; they had a funeral, the moved on. Nathan is now facing that feeling in regards to Megan on an amplified scale. I think we’re about to see Nathan really dig into the whole Megan issue a little deeper.
What will that mean for him and Meredith, though? If he doesn’t find her OR if he finds out she really is dead, will that grief take over? What if she’s alive? Will Nathan drop the whole infatuation with Meredith? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Sixth Topic: End Scene
That last scene!!! First of all, can we just acknowledge that Amelia sleeps through the entire conversation between Meredith and Maggie? I don’t know why I thought that was so funny, but it made me laugh for a good five minutes.
Maggie has somewhat of a revelation in this scene when it comes to Nathan. She knows that she has no way to relate to or understand what he’s feeling and what he feels like everyday when it comes to Megan. She also realizes that Meredith does. Meredith gets him… at least better than Maggie. When Meredith talks about that feeling of not knowing where Derek was or if he was ok, we get a glimpse of what Nathan feels every single day.
Also, since I’m a terrible person and this review is over a week late, I’m going to include the quote from Meredith that made me teary eyed and snotty:
“When Derek died, there was one day. One day where I didn’t know where he was. I pretended everything was going to be ok but inside I was going crazy. I guess it’s like that for Nathan everyday.”
Final thoughts and random notes:
- When are Jackson and April going to have angry, pissed off sex on the counter again? I’m asking for a friend.
- I’m 100% team Arizona/Eliza. (Every ship name I’ve heard for them is gross so I’m still thinking about that one)
- The music on this episode was SO GOOD so I found all the songs and will link you to them becuase I love you all that much 🙂
By popular demand I’m adding this: I love how Arizona is playing double agent when it comes to Eliza BUT I’m ready for her to stand up to for her. It’s clear that people (everyone but Arizona) are judging Eliza simply because she’s the girl who stole Richard’s job. Well, she’s so much more than that and Arizona has finally realized it.
And as always, I’m going to wrap it up with the final VO from our leading lady.
“I don’t do reunions. But I can see why people do. They can make you feel like you haven’t felt in a long time. It’s comfy, it’s familiar, it’s kind of like coming home. You see how people turned out, if they realized their hopes and dreams, or if they have lost their hopes and dreams. Or maybe you see that they have found what we all should find: brand new hopes and dreams.” -Meredith Grey