Thursday, April 8, 2021

REVIEW: 'Grey's Anatomy' - Good Intentions Spark Innovation and Honest Conversations in 'Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right'

ABC's Grey's Anatomy - Episode 17.11 "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right"

The Grey Sloan doctors are stuck in the middle of a fight between a newlywed couple who are injured in a car accident and brought to the hospital for treatment. Jackson's generosity with COVID-positive patients goes a bit too far. Hayes works to rebuild Maggie's confidence and convince her to perform an extremely risky heart surgery.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides 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.

"Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right" was written by Julie Wong and directed by Giacomo Gianniotti

The doctors at Grey Sloan will always fight for their patients. They will exhaust all options in order to save their lives. However, they must do so with respect for what the patients actually want. They have to listen to their concerns and understand their limits. They have the medical expertise and tools to make these life-saving interventions. And yet, they don't always have all the answers. The profession is still innovating. New procedures are being developed all the time. A worldwide pandemic can completely change everything as well. The doctors have had to adapt their behavior as a result of the virus. It offers pure uncertainty. Meredith has felt that most acutely. Her condition continues to improve. She is no longer on the ventilator. However, she is still sleeping most of the day. She wakes up long enough to have a conversation with Richard about Jo wanting to change her specialty. That also indicates that she is aware of her surroundings. She can listen to conversations even though she seems to be unconscious. She is still active. She is involved in the lives of the various doctors. The narrative still has her on the sidelines though. She has to overcome this disease. She is on the right path for that. But again, it's a long journey. That is the reality. The doctors hope for the best. They intervene when medically necessary. The solutions they come up with may not change the outcome. They may only buy more time. People want to change the world. They are passionate about the actions they can take to do so. If it is all reactionary and small though, then nothing will fundamentally change. This is driven home especially during Jackson's story. Now, the show has done a plot like this with him many times before. It's nothing new. He has a passion for using his money and influence for good. He simply has to be told when he fails in that endeavor. He is inspired to do better. He listens to the person capable of pointing out the systemic issues. It's all perceived to be beneficial. But it's mostly just highlighting the issues. Organizations are trying their best to serve people who test positive for COVID and want to protect their loved ones. Their lives aren't changed simply because of this assistance though. It doesn't go far enough. It's a conversation that needs to happen on a much wider scale. Jackson feels good about his generosity. It only exasperates the situation though. He has to be aware of that too. He can be ignorant to the realities of the world. Again, these are skills he knows how to apply as a doctor. At some point, it's necessary to know when it's pointless to keep fighting. Maggie tries to counsel Cormac about that point having arrived for his young patient. He refuses to give up though. He eventually comes up with a solution that manages to buy everyone a bit more time. It's risky and dangerous. It may only delay the inevitable outcome. It just highlights that people are still fighting. It's not past the point of no return quite yet. But again, that conversation is constantly evolving. It makes Amelia and Link seem smart for acknowledging that they need to have completely honest check-ins with each other every few weeks. They are meant to address how they are feeling about marriage and sobriety. It doesn't seem like much is accomplished in their conversation here. But it's them being open and honest. That is the first step towards progress. Of course, that trust has to be earned. Hoping for the best outcome isn't necessarily what is beneficial in that moment. The newlywed patients can no longer be blind to their true selves. They have to be honest about how one-sided the relationship has always been. It provides for a more comedic beat in the overall episode. Bailey certainly implied her advice in a different way. And yet, she was hoping to pass along the wisdom of trusting that people's character has a foundation that must be understood and acknowledged. Owen hears that and accepts that he needs to be Teddy's friend moving forward. That has always been the strongest quality of their dynamic. It still doesn't make the audience care about them any more than the destructive behavior has brought as of late. It's simply a suggestion of improvement being made. So, some stories continue to be effective. Others are less so. Meanwhile, some are just building up to something more dynamic. That's basically how the show functions at this point in its run.