Season 13, episode 19: What’s Inside (Written by Tia Napolitano; Directed by Nzingha Stewart)
“Curiosity killed the cat. It also killed a lot of ancient Greeks when Pandora had to open that box full of death and pestilence and stuff. Why do we have to know what’s behind door number three even when we’re pretty sure it’ll be bad for us?” -Meredith Grey
Just a little disclaimer before we get going here: I was really not feeling this episode, for the most part, which makes for a less exciting review. I guess I was so invested last week that this week had big shoes to fill and that didn’t exactly happen. But, I always promise reviews, so you’re getting one anyways!
“We’re more alike than we realize.” The very first scene of “What’s Inside” made me realize something I had never connected the dots on before: Meredith and Amelia both watched a parent suffer tremendously at just 5 years old. Even with each event having drastically different outcomes, they both had to learn to deal with grief at a very young age. And the hits just kept coming. Maggie, on the other hand, has never lost anyone significant in her life until now. So, of course the way she grieves is going to be different. Seeing Meredith and Amelia bond over something so “dark and twisty” is a nice change from the past two years full of fighting.
“This is happening. We’re now friends.” I am all for this budding friendship between Nathan and Arizona, and to be honest, I’m surprised I didn’t see it coming. I mean, they’re both at the beginning of two very complicated relationships, they’re both keeping those relationships quiet… so of course they would talk to each other about it because they understand. I really hope this storyline isn’t just dropped and we really get to see Arizona and Nathan as friends… perhaps some double dating? I’d be here for that.
“When did you become a grumpy old man who doesn’t like people?” My poor, poor Alex. He’s having such a rough go of it this season. Jo seems to have gone missing, Meredith is dating(ish) a man he doesn’t like, he just barely avoided going to prison… it’s a lot. I’m pretty sure I’d be grumpy too. I want happy, funny, smart-assy Alex back and as soon as mini-Camilla makes her appearance, I’m looking for a Jolex reunion.
“I am allergic to Cross.” Stephanie has really been bugging me lately. I don’t know that I have a reason, other than she seems to think she’s more important and better than everyone else. She’s getting too cocky and making mistakes and not taking people seriously, as we saw when she brushed Cross to the side as having “Internitis.” I feel like this is the storyline leading up to her exit, which I will say I’m not all that sad about. I used to love her, she was one of my favorite interns in season 9, but I don’t know… things change I guess.
“You and I are kind of like family.” At first, I was nervous about the Maggie/Jackson scene, I’m not going to lie. Someone on Twitter put it in my head that these two were about to make a B I G mistake… *cringe* But that didn’t happen. I really loved the way Jackson was there for Maggie in the scene on the porch swing. Diane gave him those pictures because she knew he would know when and how to use them. Jackson mentions something about knowing “how to deal with this” because of April and I’m thinking he may be right. Not that Maggie needs to be dealt with, but Jackson may have a better idea of how to help Maggie, at least more so than anyone else.
“Yes, really. It’s either this or cry.” I am such a sucker for dance it out scenes. Always have been, always will be. It gets me in my Cristina Yang feels but that’s ok every once in a while. I was trying to think of somehing to say about this scene when I saw a Facebook post that perfectly summed up my feelings:My only comment: I know those three all have moves. More moves than jumping up and down but I’ll just assume that’s what they were told to do. Although, I did see a little twerking from Kelly so I guess that’s something.
“You could treat me like the Chief but you don’t.”
Well, at least Richard and Bailey are on speaking terms again. I felt like this storyline was dragging on for soooooo long and I was ready for it to be over. Richard is working pretty well with Eliza at this point and Bailey likes that; however, that does not mean Richard is going to say she was right because… was she? Finally, Bailey says she will admit she was wrong under two conditions: 1) she would only do it over dinner and, 2) Richard has to go home to his wife. I really enjoyed seeing them together again and not fighting. Richard has looked like a lost puppy and I think he’s about to get his groove back.
And to wrap it up, I’m about to pick apart that Derek Shepherd speech Arizona gave to Nathan because I’m still not sure how to feel about it. Here it is:
“Derek was epic for her. They were the great love story. I mean, that girl’s heart beat for Derek Shepherd. It never occurred to me that she would ever be with anyone else, he was perfect. He was everything. That man turned her world.” -Arizona Robbins
Now, here are my problems with this. First of all, Derek Shepherd was far from perfect. I’m not going to pull receipts from all the times he treated Meredith like crap because that’s not fair to his character, BUT saying that he was perfect? That did nothing for me. Next up, Meredith Grey’s heart beats for Meredith Grey. He was not everything. Remember Cristina Yang’s departing “pump Meredith up” speech? He is not the sun!!! Yes, their love story was epic. Yes, he turned her world in ways she never imagined. But there was so much in this little speech that just rubbed me the wrong way. Even as I type this, I’m not sure what to say… I think I’m still processing this scene. I get what they were trying to do, it just didn’t work for me.
And as always, we will end with the closing VO:
“Put yourself in Pandora’s shoes. She’s given a gift — a wondrous box filled with things she never knew existed — of course she opened it, wouldn’t you?” -Meredith Grey
So, that was a messy review. It was gross and I’m not going to pretend like it was good… BUT at least it’s finished. If you read the whole thing, thanks for sticking with me! Get ready… I’m super excited for next week’s episode and I’m already planning the review setup, it’ll be 1000x better than this mess, I promise!