Thursday, October 4, 2018

REVIEW: 'Grey's Anatomy' - Richard Confronts His Patient While Maggie Is Stunned by Jackson's Decision in 'Gut Feeling'

ABC's Grey's Anatomy - Episode 15.03 "Gut Feeling"

Meredith works on a patient who happens to specialize in matchmaking. A seemingly drunk patient pushes Richard's buttons and gives him a medical mystery to solve. Maggie tries to reach Teddy after bearing the burden of her secret becomes overwhelming as she struggles with issues in her own personal life.

In 2018, it has become very difficult to keep up with every television show out there. It's even more difficult to provide adequate coverage on this site about the episodes that air every week. Not every show can get full coverage because of my busy and hectic viewing schedule. As such, some reviews will now be condensed to give only some summary thoughts. But it also affords a space for me to jot down my thoughts on the various episodes. And so, here are my thoughts on this week's episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

"Gut Feeling" was written by Mark Driscoll and directed by Michael Watkins

Things are in somewhat awkward positions at the moment when it comes to the central three sisters of the show. Meredith has hired Cece to be her matchmaker. And yet, she doesn't want to share any kind of personal information. She doesn't think she'll find her next love by sharing her history with her mother and father. She is open to doing so. She explains that she is open to so much in her life. However, she also sees the value in people working hard to earn that information from her. It inspires Cece to try a new approach to her job. Meredith does the same thing. It just doesn't seem like this story is moving very quickly. Of course, it also seems like Cece is in a rather dire position with whomever she sets Meredith up with needing to be someone of actual value. And so, the show may be setting itself to fail because of how important this now has become. Meanwhile, Jackson just completely disappears. It's such a sudden and jarring move. It doesn't seem to make much sense. He and Maggie came to a solid understanding at the end of their story last week. And now, Jackson just disappears and Maggie is left completely spinning. She is wondering if it's a relationship worth saving or if she should be flirting with the new doctors or one of her old flings. It's clear that sex is on the brain of many of the characters. However, it's just awkward that Maggie keeps suggesting someone to Amelia. She is doing so because she is nervous about Teddy's secret coming out. Teddy doesn't show up again to drop that bombshell on Owen. But it's just weird. It leads to a whole confrontation in the operating room. It leads to Maggie lashing out at Owen because he is confused about what's going on. Meredith is right to point out that Maggie is enraged. But she doesn't really embrace that feeling in a healthy way. She just finds contentment by joining Meredith's fashion show with her kids. Elsewhere, it's very interesting to see Alex in the role of chief. No one looks to him as someone who can competently do the job. No one sees him as someone who will last in this position. He won't be a permanent replacement for Bailey. However, it's still amusing to see him have no clue how to do this job. He wants to be in surgery. He doesn't know how to balance a budget for the hospital or schedule surgeries. It's a mess. And yet, he still handles himself appropriately when Roy makes yet another mistake. He keeps being so arrogant and cocky when it isn't earned at all. It should be fascinating to see if this time he will stay fired or if he will find a way back into this job somehow. And finally, Richard should be making everyone very nervous right now. He is absolutely lashing out. His sobriety should be at stake even though that is a story that the show has told before. Right now, he is seeing this patient as an alcoholic. It always seemed likely that there was something else going on. That's exactly what happened. However, Richard still embraces some self-destructive methods in order to get to that diagnosis. He doesn't care who he pisses off. He was ultimately proven right. But that's bound to turn destructive sooner rather than later - especially with Catherine out of town. And yet, he is also making new friends. Sure, Link lashes out in the moment after learning what happened. But Richard still goes out with Link and DeLuca at the end of the hour.