Thursday, April 18, 2019

REVIEW: 'Grey's Anatomy' - Amelia Gives Koracick a Warning While Owen Struggles to Accept Joy in 'Head Over High Heels'

ABC's Grey's Anatomy - Episode 15.22 "Head Over High Heels"

Meredith debates how to handle an unexpected situation in her personal life. Richard has an untimely reunion with an old friend. Jo has a hard time at work. Owen tries therapy.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

"Head Over High Heels" was written by Bridgette N. Burgess and directed by Allison Liddi-Brown

Is Amelia right to suggest that Owen and Teddy are inevitable as a couple? That may have played a role in her deciding to leave him. They had a life together and she has walked away from that for good. She feels happy in her new relationship with Link even though it is getting more real and complicated. And yet, she is also suggesting to Koracick that he shouldn't get trapped in the cycle that is Owen and Teddy's dynamic. She wants to spare her friend that kind of pain and anguish. But he is actually committed to Teddy. He sees her as the best thing that has ever happened to him. She took him by surprise and he has really welcomed her influence into his life. He is still the same man he has always been. He is just insanely happy now as well. The show also isn't forcing Owen and Teddy into being a couple here. Instead, it is making the suggestion that Owen can't be a good man for anyone until he figures out his own problems. When Megan suggested therapy, he said he had already done that and addressed his issues. But now, he returns for a new session and has a breakthrough during that first meeting. That makes it seem like it's all simple. A lifetime of problems can be reduced down to one trauma in Owen's past. He refuses to accept joy in his life out of fear that he's taking that away from someone else who may need it more. That extends completely from the circumstances surrounding his father's death. That seems a little too simple and easily solved here. Will it immediately make him a better and stronger person? Well, the show wouldn't be asking the question about Owen and Teddy as a couple right now if it wasn't going to come to some big climax by the end of the season. Elsewhere, things go relatively smoothly for Meredith as she tells her children about dating Andrew. At first, it's this very scandalous thing when Zola runs into him in the middle of the night. She doesn't make a big deal about it though. That's what Meredith has to do as well. In fact, she finds a kindred spirit in Bailey who helps her through the process. She just has to prove to her children that it doesn't change anything for their lives or how much she loves them. Of course, it's not like the audience would suddenly see them more if there was an issue. Meredith and Andrew dating has been more of a priority this season than seeing Meredith as a parent. That's what the show has done with most of its characters who have children though. Meanwhile, the conversation about children no longer seems to be at the forefront of Jo's mind because she continues to spiral following her conversation with her birth mother. She still hasn't opened up to anyone. She shows up at work but she's drunk. That proves just how dark this spiral has the potential of going. She and Alex are fighting in this big way unlike anything they have previously experienced together. No one knows how to help her. And yet, this specific character note can't go on for too much longer. It's already starting to be a drag on the proceedings. And finally, it's interesting to see some tension thrown into Levi and Nico's relationship because of Nico's arrogance while Richard reaches out to a former friend who also had Oly as a sponsor and who has struggled after her death. Richard is still finding his way through this process even though he still has his sobriety thanks to his support system.