Nov 20, 2015 @ 7:45 AM
Grey's Anatomy Recap: Owen's Tragic Secret Is Revealed and Amelia Falls Off the Wagon
by Lauren Hoffman
By my (probably conservative) count, last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy left us with something like five separate cliffhangers. Will Jackson and April reconcile? Will Jo accept Alex's proposal? Will we figure out the nature of Owen's beef with Riggs? Will Amelia and Meredith ever be able to forgive each other after that real talk argument they had? Will Amelia's relapse spiral beyond a single, ill-advised drink?
We also meet another firefighter, John, who happens to be Owen's mother's boyfriend … and whose presence at the hospital gives us another major clue about the nature of Owen's problem with Riggs. When Owen's mom sees Riggs in the hall, she immediately hugs him — not a friendly, quick squeeze, but a HUG RIFE WITH HISTORY. The hospital has already been abuzz with gossip about what might be going on between Riggs and Owen, but this sets off a whole new wave of speculation. Meredith wonders, "Do you think Owen's mom is Riggs' mom? Because THAT has happened to me before."
Finally, Meredith takes it right to the source, and simply asks Owen's mom, "[Owen's] my friend. How worried do I need to be?" We don't know exactly what Owen's mom said, but we do know that at the end of the episode, Meredith sits next to Owen and matter-of-factly says, "You never told me that you had a sister." Combine that with the knockout punch Owen gave Riggs after Riggs suggested that he was allowed to miss or feel tied to Owen's family, and the best guess I come away with has something to do with Riggs marrying Owen's sister and then … killing her? Trying to save her and botching a procedure? We won't know anything else for months, and that's going to drive me insane, so please feel free to Tweet me any/all Grey's conspiracy theories in our dark, Grey's-less time.
But I think the most important moment in the episode — the one schoolchildren will one day study when Shondaland Studies is mandatory in all public schools — was the confrontation between Meredith and Amelia. Meredith is harsh in what she says to Amelia, although I'll argue that "harsh" is sometimes just a synonym for "true": "You are not my sister. Cristina is my sister. You are Derek's sister. And Derek is gone." And of course that undoes Amelia — Amelia, who's always wanted a place or a person to fit into and call home — and puts her on the attack. She accuses Meredith of using Penny as a "sick widow shawl" and of crawling into a hole to die, hollow. "And Derek would be sick about it if he could see it. He would be disgusted." Meredith kicks her out of the house and just like that, she's at a bar with Riggs, drinking down a vodka tonic. It's tempting to say that with all that going on, shit on Grey's will get real once the show returns this winter, but honestly? This is Grey's Anatomy. It's been real for a while.
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