Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 Episode 6 Recap
Every day is a holiday (with you)
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It’s Thanksgiving on Grey’s Anatomy! This year I’m grateful for this show because, well, watch it, here it is, season 18, attempting a really futile task: trying to make Thanksgiving exciting as hell. Thanksgiving isn’t an exciting holiday, okay? There are bulky sweaters and hours spent in the kitchen, followed by shoveling food down your esophagus, then watching your cousin’s husband fall asleep face down in front of your TV. None of this sets the mood for sexy evening getaways. Like, I love pie, but pie is not an exciting dessert. Want an exciting vacation, go see Valentine’s Day or Flag Day. It’s an exciting vacation. Thanksgiving is all about comfort, not sex. Well, unless you’re Meredith Gray and trapped in snowy Minnesota with your sexy boyfriend, then Thanksgiving is definitely all about sex.
After light kissing last week, Meredith and Nick have taken the “give rides to / from airport” step in their relationship. It’s a great scene! Meredith rushes to Seattle to get home in time for Thanksgiving with her kids, and Nick heads to her secluded cabin to spend the day in solitude thinking about other ways to be so lovely it hurts. physically. Just as he walks away in the snow, Meredith receives a notification regarding her flight – she isn’t going home anytime soon. She returns to her hotel and after worrying about being a bad mom like Ellis for a few minutes, puts on a plush dress and hops on the phone with her boyfriend. The roads are bad and Nick has a two hour drive, so he asks her to keep him company. They talk about a lot of things: how her Thanksgiving was ruined because of her sister, how perfect and lovely her cabin is, fingers cut in bowls of sauce. One way or another, it’s all gone. And then there’s a knock on Meredith’s door, and Nick is standing there. “Did you turn around?” ” she asks. “Yes, I turned around. Meredith is experiencing some kind of Minnesota romantic comedy fantasy as everyone in Seattle is in pain, and I think that’s fine with me.
Meredith and Nick continue their conversation about Thanksgiving room service, and it only gets deeper and more exciting. They talk a bit about how their hospital stay has changed them. Nick said when he got out that his only priorities were his niece Charlotte and surgery. Meredith clocks that were, alluding to the fact that he may have other new Seattle-type priorities. “Priorities can change,” he tells her before they start to kiss and finally take things to the next level. By that I mean the bed, of course. What a satisfying little slow-burning romance we have here. Nick then talks about going to the cabin after the snow clears, and Meredith doesn’t hesitate to say yes. Has Meredith ever looked as happy or at peace in those post-Derek years as she does now? I mean, things on Grey’s Anatomy can only be so romantic and good and light for such a long time until there is pain and suffering, but for now, let’s just be thankful for Thanksgiving sex.
Now in Seattle things are quite different. Of course, Thanksgiving Horniness ™ has also found its way to the West Coast (I’m looking at you, terrible decisions made by Amelia and Link), but most of the time things are very sad there, and it turns out to be. past. Let’s start with Megan and Farouk. It’s been three weeks since Farouk’s heart surgery, and the kid looks pretty good. He’s still in the hospital, but the end is in sight. For Thanksgiving, Megan and Teddy are going out with Farouk, and they even have an argument with Cormac for him to play a bit. Monopoly with them. Even Farouk can see that Megan and Cormac are great in each other. Alas, there is no time for Thanksgiving Horniness ™ here. Just as Megan tells her sister-in-law that she has to stand up to Ms. Hunt, who always seems to have a problem with Leo wearing dresses, Farouk codes. He suffers from heart failure. Teddy performs compressions for 30 minutes when Cormac is running and can tell it isn’t working. It’s scary, but for Farouk to have a chance of surviving he needs to be put on ECMO until they can find a heart transplant. It’s just like, You are his aunt and you are his mother and I AM HIS DOCTOR, and yet no one distinguishes it yet. Not even a nurse! It’s quite devastating, and although I can’t imagine Grey’s kill this kid, it’s gonna be a round wait for this transplant.
As all of this happens to his family, Owen has his own sad story this week. As he is about to go home with his kids and mother for Thanksgiving, Noah, our vet with pulmonary fibrosis, is brought in: he collapsed at work and he’s not doing well. It is clearly the beginning of the end. He’s upset that he’s made life so difficult for his wife and son Danny, so he asks Owen to take Danny to lighten things up for at least a few hours. They play video games and eat burgers, but Danny knows exactly what’s going on. His father is going to die. At the end, Noah tells Owen he’s tired of the pain, his and his family’s, and he wants to know when this is all over. When Owen tells him “soon” all he wants is to go home. So Owen sends Noah home to die as comfortably as he can.
Danny isn’t the only family member battling Noah’s death. His wife Heather is doing her best to make sure everything is going well for everyone. Bailey is the one who finds her trying to hide her tears in the hallway. Bailey knows that Heather is trying to be strong, but she tells him that she has the right to crack too. It’s his turn. So she leads her into a room to be alone and let everything out, whatever she has to do. Later, Webber finds Bailey broken down in an empty room: it’s her turn to let out all she feels for little Pru Miller.
Unfortunately, the catalyst for all of this happened on Station 19, but just know that Ben and Bailey have been taking care of Pru since Dean died, and then Dean’s dad shows up at Thanksgiving dinner at the train station and takes Pru away. He doesn’t care what they say Dean wanted – it’s gonna be a custody fight. Anyway, back in Gray Sloan, Bailey cries. It’s not just about the custody battle, even though Bailey is beside herself thinking about what Pru has lost. She thinks about what Danny is about to lose. And of course, she knows what it all feels like about the loss of her mother a year ago. It’s nice to see Grey’s hasn’t forgotten that Bailey is still in mourning because it’s not something that magically disappears. Webber does his best to comfort her, noting that losing a parent is “a specific kind of pain,” and while he can’t help her get what she wants at the time, all she wants is. ‘she wants is to hold Pru and tell her it’s okay, he can offer her a pie. The pie is heartwarming, after all.
• Schmitt’s mother arrives with a cooler full of Thanksgiving Day food for her son. Nico ends up sitting down with her, and while at the beginning all his discussions about Schmitt and Nico’s marriage and having babies seem to terrify him, at the end of the day Schmitt still finds him there … and he seems to be having a good time? Are Nico and Schmitt going to get married or is someone going to be heartbroken?
• Ashley’s story – a very pregnant and completely overworked woman needs her appendix removed and ends up needing a Caesarean and a hysterectomy as well – is a prime example of a major problem Grey’s seems to have these days. It is very clear that this is a woman who is afraid to ask for help and is drowning in her attempt to be everyone and everything for her family, as is the case with many women. We understand that’s what this story is about! But then, after all, Jo still preaches to the husband unaware of what society does to women and how he shouldn’t wait for his wife to ask for help, he should just do it. Is Jo wrong about all of this? No. Do we need a rhetoric on this? Also no. Trust your audience, Grey’s.
• Link saves Amelia’s solo Thanksgiving (why she’s making a full Thanksgiving meal for four kids, no one knows) and things get tough towards the end. They look at each other. She watches him fall during the family dance party. She tells him that he looks nothing like his parents. He wants to kiss her. She makes it clear that her feelings about marriage and the kids haven’t changed – they’re having sex on the couch anyway. Oh link, link, link. You’re gonna hurt yourself, man.
• Zola reading medicine books at the table ?! I’m impressed and also nervous that this show ends with Zola’s first day in Gray Sloan, which sounds satisfying, but that’s what we call in medical-TV show business “pulling a Rachel Green”. (It shows emergency done, folks.)