You guys! I’m back! I have missed writing these reviews almost as much as I’ve missed the show. Almost. And these episodes had me reeling for hours and hours, so be prepared for a long review today! Get comfy and grab a snack!
And one more thing before we really get started: You all know that I’ve been watching this show since 2005, and you all know how much I love the early seasons. Ya’ll. Krista coming back is a dream come true for me. These two hours felt like prime season three (the best season don’t @ me) and I am more excited for this season than I have been for one in a long time, and I’m sure that will show in these reviews.
And here we go! Let’s discuss the season 14 premier, shall we?
Season 14, episode 1: Break Down the House (written by Krista Vernoff, directed by Debbie Allen)
Season 14, episode 2: Get Off on the Pain (written by Krista Vernoff, directed by Kevin McKidd)
First up is the return of Megan Hunt. And Teddy Altman. And everything and everyone else these two women shake up around Grey Sloan. When Owen met Megan on the helipad, I was definitely not expecting her to be so… fine. She was funny, sharp and making fun of her brother just like a normal sister would. Not quite what I was expecting from someone who was held hostage in Iraq for a decade. But then I watched Amelia. She was very standoffish and quiet around Megan. I mean, she doesn’t know her but you’d think she’d be a little more enthusiastic about her sister-in-law being alive. And I’m clearly not the only one who thought that: Megan, Teddy and Evelyn all brought up the same point later on in the 2-hour premier. But more on that in a minute.
And then we have Nathan Riggs. Oh, Nathan… what am I going to do with you. He’s jumping right out of a relationship with Meredith and into one with his almost, but not quite, fiancé whom he hasn’t seen in 10 years. Okay, yeah. That’s not going to go well. Megan even asks him if he met someone and he deflects the question right as the Meredith walks in. (Awkward moment #1 between these three…) He does tell Megan he met someone, which is good, but he mentions nothing about it being Meredith. You see how this might be a problem? Me too.
I also think Nathan is overcompensating with Megan. Actually, I know he’s overcompensating with her. He has been carrying this guilt around for so long and suddenly she’s back and she’s fine. Well, as fine as one can be with a frozen abdomen. (I looked it up and was going to put pictures but I’ll save you all that image. It’s too late for me, though.) I mean, he tried to propose for God’s sake. He hasn’t seen Megan for a decade, and he decided that after 72 hours he was ready to jump right back in? (Meredith walking in on that? Awkward moment #2.) NOPE. Here’s how I see this situation playing out:
Megan and Nathan aren’t the same people anymore. Maybe they used to fit, but do they still? I don’t think Nathan was (is) ready to admit this yet and that’s why he threw himself back in 100 percent with Megan. Megan noticed that it wasn’t real, it was too forced, and it wasn’t the same anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame Nathan for reacting in this way. Who wouldn’t? If Derek were to somehow not be dead and then waltzed back in 10 years from now, we all know Meredith would go back to him before she could even blink.
But here’s the thing: Megan and Nathan (and Meredith for this matter) all grew in this time. And because of that, you have to ask the question: If you can’t grow with a person, how do you go back to them after so long? Wouldn’t there be some growing apart happening? I think those questions are going to come up a lot in the next few episodes, especially with Nathan as he deals with everything.
And we also have Teddy back in Seattle. I love Teddy, and I have since she made her appearance in season five. BUT I’m not so much into the drama she seems to have brought with her… let me explain: Owen gets confused when she’s around. He apparently forgot he’s married, he loves her, he doesn’t love her, he’s best friends with her, he can’t stand her. It’s a mess, honestly. She obviously causes Owen to question a lot of things, including his marriage to Amelia. But it’s not just Teddy calling that to attention. It’s his whole family. The scene with Owen, Evelyn, Megan and Teddy felt like an intervention to me, and when something is an intervention, you know it’s probably a pretty big problem being discussed. The moment when Megan mentions that the fact Amelia isn’t there is the moment I think things really sink in with Owen. Amelia isn’t his family, at least, that’s how they’re both acting right now. And I think it’s because they NEVER TALK ABOUT ANYTHING!! Sound familiar? I remember this being a hot topic on his relationship with Cristina too, but it seems he still hasn’t learned.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike Owen or Amelia. I just think they have a lot of work to do if they want anything to work out. They both have things they need to face, both separately and together. I don’t think Owen was totally out of line when he approached Amelia about needing help, but he needs help, too. They’re so dysfunctional it’s almost, almost charming. But mostly, I just want to shake them both.
Another thing about that scene in the hospital room with the Hunts and Teddy: Nathan was not there. And that was the biggest red flag of the night for me when it came to the state of their (Megan and Nathan’s) relationship. If Megan is saying all these things to Owen about not needing Amelia there and that being a problem, isn’t it the same problem when she doesn’t need Nathan there? Just an observation I made and I think it’s a pretty significant one.
One more thing on this before we move on. Teddy has now been offered to Owen by both of Owen’s wives. Literally. Cristina Yang told Teddy she could have Owen in season six, episode 11. Here’s the exchange:
Dr. Altman, wait! Wait! What do you want? More money? Because I’ll talk to the chief. You know, they can set up a new cardio unit with, um, a research lab or-or you can work with vets…
It isn’t about that.
Wait. Wait, wait wait. No one has ever believed in me… you believe in me more than I do and I need that. I’m gonna die here without that.
You know what, it’s fine. Just tell me what you want and I will make it happen!
I want Owen!
Fine, take him!
Did you notice the parallel here? Amelia literally says these exact words to Owen: “If you want Teddy as much as she wants you, you can have her. Really, it’s no skin off my back.”
Owen has some serious thinking to do. And it’s been years in the making, and I really hope he finally faces it and stops pretending he doesn’t love Teddy, because we all know he does. At least in some capacity.
I lied: this is the last thing with Megan: the fact that her and Meredith can get along and NOT fight over Nathan is pure GOLD! Too often, female characters are shown fighting for the affection and love of a man and they’re not doing that. Honestly, who has time for that? I think Krista Vernoff is who we have to thank for that. Feminism being shown so clearly on TV? I’m here for that 100 percent.
And now lets move on to Meredith’s pure badassness in these episodes. (Is “badassness” a word? I just made it one.) So, you all know I’m going to talk about Ellis Grey. I always do it and with Krista back, I’ll get to do it even more which excites me more than anything! Meredith has been so hellbent on not being like her mother, and this episode is all about showing us that maybe she does have more Ellis in her than we thought. And in the best way possible. She’s nothing like Ellis in her personal life. But professionally? Ellis Grey, through and through. Even Richard wouldn’t shut up about it. While the first time he calls her behavior “pure Ellis” isn’t necessarily good, (she’s basically having a temper tantrum in the lounge) I wouldn’t call it bad either. She just doesn’t like to fail, and who does? I know I don’t. And I love that Maggie is the one he’s talking about this with because she came to Seattle in season 10 to find out more about her birth mother and he tells her that all she has to do is watch Meredith. I loved that scene.
Also, since we’re on the topic of Meredith’s coming of age, (or so to speak) I really REALLY hope this season has lots of Ellis in it. Season 11 amounts of Ellis, guys. I love how complicated she is and I love digging into her as a character. She was literally a surgical goddess and now Meredith is a surgical goddess. What more could we want? Krista was around when Ellis was alive, so maybe she’ll bring some of that back with her… fingers crossed!
And how about that Carina DeLuca!!!! I wasn’t so sure about her when I heard that she was involved in “controversial research,” but MY GOD I love her already. And also, what’s controversial about researching women’s sexuality? That topic is still treated as a taboo, as if women don’t like sex, and it’s 2017. It’s madness. And in Shondaland, we don’t have time for that. So, now we have a doctor who is having women masterbate in an MRI machine for the “sake of science.” I’m here for it, honestly. It’s about time a TV show did something like this and I’m so glad it was Grey’s. And a quick sidenote about the research: Can you imagine if Cristina Yang were here for this? Oh man, I wish I could see her reaction to this because I know it would be hilarious… and i’m not too sure Amelia would’ve been the first volunteer either.
And I love how blunt Carina is. She just says what she wants to say, does what she wants to do, and doesn’t really care about what people think. I’m very intrigued to see where things go with her and Arizona, too. It’s light and sexy, all the things we were promised!
“The female brain is a magical place.” -Carina DeLuca
And now to the part I was pretending didn’t happen… Amelia Shepherd has a brain tumor. Yep. Of course she does. But if you think about it, it makes sense. And it’s so big that it’s probably been growing and presenting itself since we’ve known her as a character, which means… do we really know her? We know Amelia with the tumor. But who is Amelia without it?
Amelia has always been pretty impulsive when it comes to making life changing decisions. And I always brushed it off as a personality quirk. It wasn’t a bad thing, it just made her Amelia. She’s also had troubles in the past, troubles that now may have stemmed from this massive tumor just chillin’ out in her brain. Marrying Owen? Seemed pretty impulsive… and that could answer a lot of the questions and concerns I raised earlier.
And to everyone tweeting about Derek being dead and not being able to save her: he wouldn’t have been able to operate on her anyways. He’s family. So… mute point, really.
Amelia is going to be Amelia about this and try to keep it a secret, but I’ve read that it doesn’t take Owen long to find out and according to Kevin, he does step up like a husband should. Maybe this is the push they needed all along? Things like this can either bring you closer together than ever, or it can tear you apart. We’ll just have to wait and see which way the rope swings.
(Also: Caterina is absolutely going to KILL this story line. I can’t wait.)
And now for some quick points I want to make before we wrap it up for this week. (I know it’s been super long but I’m not done talking yet.)
- Jo has been in love with Alex this whole time, don’t fight me on this. We all know it. Everyone knew it except Jo and Alex. When she slept with Glasses, I was a little worried, but Alex laughed it off (I love his laugh) and everything was fine. Actually, better than fine because JOLEX IS RISING AGAIN!
- The moment Arizona sees Teddy is so pure and cute and I love it. It makes it obvious to the audience that they have kept in touch (not as often as they wished) and remained friends, so it’s good to know that Arizona didn’t totally lose that friendship. It’ll be fun to watch them together again.
- The scene with April talking to Jackson about Montana ruined me. I’m not a huge Japril freak, but I love Sarah Drew so much, so when she cries on TV, my heart shatters. She did so, SO well in that scene, and it really showed how deeply she’s being affected by this, and how much she still cares. Because if she didn’t care, I don’t think she would’ve said anything… at least not to Jackson’s face.
- Speaking of Jackson’s face, that awkward moment with Maggie said it was perfect was classic. That moment felt so much like old Grey’s and I, again, have Krista to thank for bringing that humor back.
- Miranda Bailey’s feminist lessons sprinkled throughout this episode deserve so much more recognition than I’m giving them (and the notes I took prove this), but it’s already so long… just find them for yourselves. I always find the things I notice are the ones I needed to hear the most.
- Richard Webber having to deal with the Sub Is Eliza left behind? Oh how I missed his sense of humor and general annoyance at people who kind of suck at being people.
And I think that’s everything I wanted to say. If not, oh well, I’ve talked (typed?) enough, and I bet half of you didn’t even get to the end before you quit on me. But if you did, congratulations! We just finished our first season 14 review!
I am traveling the next two weeks, so posting times may be a little off, but I will do my best to get them out for you all!
Until next time!