‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Teddy is Forced to Deal with Her Trauma

Grey’s Anatomy is one of the few shows that can make such a beautiful episode out of trauma.

Teddy deals with her trauma. (ABC)

It was clear about 15 minutes in what this episode was going to be about. The writers have hinted about Dr. Teddy Altman’s (Kim Raver) trauma over the last few seasons, but we delve right in here.

She’s never dealt with anything. We knew she never really dealt with Allison (Sherri Saum), but it turns out she never dealt with her parents dying either.

As the Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in her dream said, she runs from everything. And it’s heartbreaking to see how running from everything has just gotten her more and more hurt.

The message here is to deal with your pain. And in a time like Covid, it is an important reminder, but does that mean it’s easy? No.

I loved how we went backward through Teddy’s past for every wrong choice she made. I also loved that Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) was her guide.

Teddy blames herself for all of it. She can blame herself for Dr. Tom Koracick (Greg Germann), but the rest of it wasn’t on her. As the Meredith said, they were victims of tragic circumstances.

Meredith was one of Teddy’s guides in her trauma dream. (ABC)

I can’t imagine that a nightmare dream of working through all her crap will fix her, but I think this is what she needed to move forward with the mistake she made with Tom and Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd).

As Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) told her a few episodes ago, she has to deal with her crap, and I think she finally will.

I know Owen said he’s done with Teddy, but the look of relief on his face when she held their baby tells me otherwise. It doesn’t mean that they will be romantically involved again, but maybe they can restore their friendship with time.

I didn’t know how much I had missed Owen and Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) scenes until Grey’s gave us multiple of them.

I always loved them together. I’m not saying I still ship them as a couple, but more scenes together would be nice.

I felt for Teddy during this episode, but I also felt for Owen. He had every right to be mad for all the lies Teddy told, but he also needs to get past it.

It was great to have Amelia and Owen scenes again. (ABC/Ron Batzdorff)

Amelia really gave it to him. Teddy did go through a trauma that she never dealt with and she’s been running from it ever since. Yes, she should have just told Owen the truth, but she wasn’t telling herself the truth, as Amelia said.

Yes, Owen is allowed to have his feelings, but Teddy clearly needs help and I’m glad Ameilia was there to give Owen a wake-up call.

As brutal as this episode was, it was kind of a nice break from covid episodes and trying to save DeLuca to then morning him.

Kevin did an amazing job acting and directing this episode. It was such a beautiful story and he executed it well.

Everyone was outstanding. The Grey’s Anatomy actors always bring it, but there’s something about an episode focusing on less characters that let the actors really stand out.

I loved Amelia. She’s one of my favorites, so to see her, so centric in this episode was amazing. There are a lot of amazing talent on this show but with so many cast members, it’s nice to have more focused episodes like this every once in a while to really let characters shine.

Next week we are finally getting a beach visit from Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh). It’s a former character we’ve all been asking for, and Grey’s is delivering!

What did you think of this Teddy centric episode? Tweet me @MandyTTCarr or comment below.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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