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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Finale: A Wedding, Baby & Secret Marriage (SPOILERS)
May 19, 2016 | 06:00PM PT
Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched the “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 12 finale, Episode 24, titled “Family Affair.” To refresh your memory on where we left off, read last week’s “Grey’s Anatomy” recap.
Wedding bells were ringing on the Season 12 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” for Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) who tied the knot after Amelia popped the question last week.
Throughout the episode, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was uneasy about the wedding, causing Amelia to second-guess whether she should go through with the marriage, but after quickly leaving the church, she decided to bite the bullet. Amelia’s bridesmaids were Mer and Maggie (Kelly McCreary), who were both caught smiling at Nathan during the wedding. (In case you forgot, Mer hooked up with Dr. McKiwi in the car last week.)
After weeks of turmoil for Ben (Jason George) and Bailey (Chandra Wilson), the longstanding couple appear to be back on the mend, with Ben getting his redemption in the most dramatic and symbolic way possible — by delivering April’s (Sarah Drew) baby at home.
To jog our readers’ memories, Ben was suspended from the hospital a few episodes back because he unsafely delivered a baby, causing the death of both baby and mother.
In tonight’s episode, when April — a.k.a. Owen’s best man — started unexpectedly having contractions, Ben was put back into the same situation that landed him in hot water, since they couldn’t get to the hospital safely due to a terrible storm, plus the baby was breech and needed to be delivered quickly. Having determined that April needed to have an emergency C-section, Ben called Bailey, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) who were all at the hospital to ask for their help. Everyone agreed that Ben did in fact need to deliver the baby and so he did with no meds from home.
There was more mending on the couples’ front, as Arizona came around to Callie (Sara Ramirez). After the recent, heartbreaking custody verdict that left Sofia with Arizona and prompted Callie to breakup with Penny (Samantha Sloyan), at the end of tonight’s episode, Arizona brought Sofia to Callie and told her that she can temporarily take her to New York with Penny, and wants to work with her to figure out some sort of joint custody arrangement because they both deserve to be happy. (ICYMI: Ramirez announced she’s departing “Grey’s Anatomy,” so Callie moving to New York writes the actress off the show — but also leaves room for her to come back.)
The most shocking moment came courtesy of Jo’s (Camilla Luddington) big secret. Viewers finally learned why she turned down Alex’s (Justin Chambers) proposals — not because she doesn’t love him, but because she is married to someone else.
With Alex pissed that Jo rejected him again, Jo escaped to the bar with Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) and Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti) and drunkenly revealed to her friends that she’s been married to someone else all this time and has been using a fake name as a secret identity (even Alex does not know her real name). Overcome with emotion, Andrew brings Jo home safely after the bar, and she reveals that her husband was abusive so she had to flee, but if she tries to divorce him, he’ll find her. In true Karev fashion, seeing Jo together with Andrew prompts him to believe that she rejected his proposal because she’s been with Andrew romantically — so he punches him.
Below, Luddington and Scorsone talk to Variety about the finale, Shonda Rhimes taking on domestic violence, and what’s to come in Season 13. (Luddington and Scorsone spoke to Variety in separate interviews.)