Grey’s Anatomy is trying to break me this season. With Covid-19 cases rising, Grey’s Anatomy hits a little too close to home. But it is a nice reality check. It reminds me that what I’m feeling is valid, and not being okay is okay.
I particularly liked Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) breaking down and saying she needed to have her grief and anger. It really spoke to me. I process my feelings much as she does. I need to let it out. But I’m sure a lot of people are like Atticus Lincoln (Chris Carmack), too. They like to be positive and look at the bright things and play their guitars. That’s what they need. And both are okay.
What’s really shaking me to my core is Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). She is not doing well. Is this really how patients with Covid can get? It’s pretty scary. And I had to watch Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) being tortured by trying to figure out what to do for Meredith.
I was with Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). I thought he should do something instead of nothing. I’m glad he came to that conclusion, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to bounce back right away. Meredith will be okay, right? There is no Grey’s without her.
And now Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) is not doing well. He was in denial about his positive test, and even when he was sitting there with fever and chills, he wasn’t asking for help. I hope he will be okay. While the majority of the hospital hates him, I like him.
The episode wasn’t all torturous. Meredith reunited with George O’Malley (T.R. Knight)! It’s kind of funny to see him here when I was just watching him in The Flight Attendant. It was a wonderful little reunion. It gave us some joy in an otherwise joyless world at the moment.
And that’s exactly what Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) and Winston Ndugu (Anthony Hill) were trying to do, but that led to a very awkward virtual family dinner.
And I’m warming to Jo Willson (Camilla Luddington) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). They were cute together. Maybe friends with benefits is exactly what they need, though that either ends with them together or not well at all.
One thing Grey’s does very well is talking about important issues. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) misdiagnosed a patient because he treated him like any white patient. He then spoke about it with Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson). If you want equality, you have to give the patient what they need, and not every patient needs the same thing.
I hope we are moving towards equality, and talking about it’s definitely a turn in the right direction.
Grey’s Anatomy is definitely more brutal than a typical season while tackling Covid. It’s maintaining premiere, mid-season finale, and season finale level of intensity throughout. I’m a huge fan of the show, but will fans get burnt out while dealing with Covid in real life and on the show?
And Grey’s gives a special message at the end, to keep your loved ones close because they will help you through. This is definitely a time to hold our loved ones close, whether in-person or virtually.
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