Thursday, April 15, 2021

REVIEW: 'Grey's Anatomy' - Protests Invigorate the Doctors Even Though They Still Face Plenty of Darkness in 'Sign O' the Times'

ABC's Grey's Anatomy - Episode 17.12 "Sign O' the Times"

Maggie is preoccupied with Winston while trying to treat a patient wounded in the Seattle protests. Levi is tested by an emergency. The doctors struggle to treat a patient who doesn't believe in COVID.

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 Station 19.

"Sign O' the Times" was written by Jase Miles-Perez and directed by Michael Medico

Maggie and Winston got engaged. He packed up his life in Boston. They are looking for houses in Seattle. And then, he gets pulled over by the cops when driving back to start this life with her. Everything changes in an instant. It would have been traumatic and terrifying without the added context of the protests occurring over the death of George Floyd. Every person of color in this country has a routine they go through when they have to interact with the police. They are taught to be overly descriptive about what they are doing and are extremely courteous to the officer. This encounter can turn deadly. Even Maggie being on the phone can be perceived as a threat. And yes, the police have the tools to offer a thorough examination of Winston's life. It's outrageous and ridiculous. They make him unpack the boxes and then leave him there picking up his things on the side of the road. All of this is a result of his bike slightly obscuring his license plate. It makes no sense. It's completely baffling. This happens while people are taking to the streets to protest this injustice. It puts things into context about how many people are willing to stand up and speak out against these abuses. It's not right. And yet, so many heinous people still exist in this world. Some of them have an overly indulgent sense of authority. None of that can be curbed out during training either. And so, communities suffer. Generations of people are conditioned into believing that this is the only interaction with police. So many examples have occurred of people being killed and the officers getting away with it. The arguments are flimsy. The public listens to the officers as some arbiters of truth. That is rarely supported by the evidence though. That trauma has consumed the world. The people at Grey Sloan are finding out how to address it. They too are suffering. They're first responders working on the front lines of the pandemic. Bailey and Webber believe they can implement the protocols to offer people what they need in the wake of this national tragedy. They can't prepare for everything though. Plus, they are invigorated and angry as well. Webber wants to protest too. Bailey treats more patients. Even then, she is baffled by the ignorance of others. It is allowed to fester and grow even though it makes no sense. People genuinely believe that COVID-19 is a hoax. It's a scam meant to prop up the health care industry. It's a slap in the face to everyone who has had to deal with this vicious disease every day. Those who refuse to believe in the truth are often the ones who suffer the most devastating and severe consequences. Bailey's patient refuses to get treatment. He dies just outside the hospital. Bailey knew how to treat his condition. She was infuriated by his condescension. She doesn't know what to do. The doctors hope that they present as people who can be inherently trusted. They have the skills to make a difference and save lives. People arrive at the hospital expecting the treatment to save their lives. And yes, that is true. But again, that element of trust has to be respected and acknowledged. The systems of the world are being challenged. Jackson is reflecting on the fact that he has never protested before. He has always fought against injustice in a different way. It's how his mother taught him. She doesn't deserve his scorn though. She has scars from the many battles she has fought to get where she is. She shouldn't be disrespected in that way. Jackson still yearns to feel of service in a truly beneficial way. He needs to see that progress immediately as well. He doesn't think things have changed. And yes, it's difficult to feel optimistic given the abuses that still regularly happen. But it's also just as important to lead with conviction. It's useless to be frozen out of fear. Hayes has to allow his children to protest. It's a scary time. But it's necessary too. It's the only way that effective change can occur. Even then, it still may not be enough. It's still invigorating to be a part of that experience. It's a cherished moment fighting for the common good. Hatred and animosity are still too prevalent in the world. Lives are continually lost. It's important to hold loved ones close. These traumas must be addressed. Life has to continue as well despite the burden everyone has endured from this past year. That life must be found despite how horrible it all seems. That too can inspire greatness. It's from a sheer willingness to be open to seeing what can come next. Jo trusts her gut in changing specialties. Meanwhile, Schmitt can confidently treat a patient through a complication without anyone walking him through the steps. These moments of growth are refreshing and inspire something new. That energy is just as important to match even in the darkest times.