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Grey's Anatomy Review: Follow the Leader

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Grey’s Anatomy returned with a stellar installment that featured chaos and discord on full blast.

Picking up right where we left off with the Harper Avery Foundation saving the hospital, Jackson was left in charge. As tension was ignited in "Transplant Wasteland," the doctors and interns struggled to juggle several transplants simultaneously.

Thanks to his mother, Jackson was put in a position that caused him to make enemies left and right. Regardless of how everyone felt, they all knew they had a new boss and had to ultimately follow the leader.

With the foundation Catherine calling all the shots, he simply couldn’t catch a break, as he tried his hardest to keep the hospital afloat in the midst of Owen’s absence.

He's Mine Thank You

I can’t say that I was too surprised that Owen quit after finding out that the foundation wanted to fire him as chief. I absolutely loved the above scene with Derek, Owen and Jackson shouting at the top of their lungs out in the open of the hospital. I totally understood where each one of them was coming from and thought it was entirely realistic that they’d each be that upset and frustrated with all that’s happened recently.

Aside from the politics, transplants were piling up with the OR fully booked and half the nursing staff MIA. Every medical case this week was touching and featured the doctors at their very best. I especially liked April’s case, and this was surprising to me because I hadn’t ever been an April fan. Her case was heartbreaking, and I appreciated the way that she was able to help the patient’s family understand his difficult decision. 

In the final minutes of the episode, Jackson finally stepped up and impressed the new board of directors by making several big decisions. Most importantly, the foundation would begin following the board’s lead. Other major changes included Owen’s reinstatement, re-opening the ER and trauma center, and re-naming the hospital the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

How fitting of an ending, right?! I couldn't help but think Mark would be smiling because he would be just so incredibly proud.

I’ve always been indifferent to Jackson, but was certainly glad to see him succeed by winning over the other doctors and making the right decisions. It should be interesting to see how well he grows and develops as we already know and have seen that politics are a huge part of any job.

Other Thoughts

  • I cringed every time that Catherine called Jackson "sweetheart."
  • We’ve been missing the bromance element. Luckily, Cristina called Derek out for not actually forgiving Owen which led him to find Owen and admit that he wasn’t mad at him but instead at the world and Mark. Sigh, McDreamy, I still miss McSteamy as well. I've heard that time kills all wounds though. 
  • The writers are still hinting at a Jo and Alex pairing. Are you rooting for these two?
  • Be sure to check out TV Fanatic’s exclusive interview with Jesse Williams, who plays Jackson.

Overall, this was a solid episode that wasn’t boring in the least bit. I’m stoked for the changes that are coming to the new Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. How about you? How do you think Jackson’s doing so far as the new boss? With so many cases this week, what was your favorite?

Hit the comments to share your thoughts, and don’t forget to return later this week for the Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. Here's the promo for next week's episode, "Idle Hands" ...

Review

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We have just about given up watching Greys due to the intrusive background noise and music. It adds nothing to the show and interferes with the talking. In fact the sound on your station is terrible on most of your shows. It is not our TV, it is new. I have talked with several friends and they have the same opinion about your broadcast sound. Hopefully you will not contine with this trend of background noises.

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But planning the whole thing like that, promising a living, talking person's organs to people, saying "welcome to my funeral, I'm too sick to live, make me die and disembowel me, oh, and support me, otherwhise your just narrowminded and don't see the bigger picture!", disgusting! Yuck! If that's what Shonda Rhimes thinks real life's medicine should look like I am glad she's into story telling!! I know it's just television and everything, but really, they should just end the series, at some point there are no good stories left to tell..

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I'm starting to ask myself why I keep watching this show. I used to really love it, but now...
Grey's Anatomy is just getting more and more and more unrealistic and over the top and the storylines are stupid! Maybe it's because I've been spending a lot more time working in actual hospitals than the creators of this show, I just can't stop rolling my eyes. This whole "we doctors buy the hospital and suddenly we're the big chiefs of everything" is annoying and so far away from reality. Plus, the new name is horrible! Sooooo cheesy.......... This April-sick-organ-guy storyline was so tasteless. I hope something like that is not and will never be legal in real life anywhere on this planet. A man declares himself an organ deposit and everyone is so proud, yay!! No, really, deadly sick or not, that's just gross. A human being is a human being is a human being. I mean, I would let people take my organs if I got brain dead for some reason. But planning the whole thing like that, promising a living, talking person's organs to people, saying "welcome to my funeral, I'm too sick to live, make me die and disembowel me, oh, and support me, otherwhise your just narrowminded and don't see the bigger picture!", disgusting! Yuck! If that's what Shonda Rhimes thinks real life's medicine should look like I am glad she's into story telling!! I know it's just television and everything, but really, they should just end the series, at some point there are no good stories left to tell..

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1. I never like Jackson, dislike his mom more and more ( who will believe she's capable of managing the fund?? )
2. change the name is stupid thing ever if SGMW was top 10 hospital??
3. Derek should leave if he can't move on..... the story is hateful...
4. make Alex and April be together! Jo is annoying !

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@daron--owen throws tantrums and always gets what he wants?!! are you kidding ? one might wonder if you watch the show with a blindfold on!

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I liked this episode to. But the one person that pisses me off the most is Owen. I notice when things dosent go his way he catch's these tatuarms. Owen all ways gets he wants and I sick of his attitude when things dosent get his way!!! I would like to see Baily be Cheif of Surgery she would do a fantastic job.

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Another great episode in this story arc. However the hospital arc seems to have come to an end with this new hospital arc being about rebuilding the hospital. The last few episodes have been the best episodes of the show ever and I'm worried the next few(until the finale) could just be filler episodes.

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I just loved this episode. Everything was perfect (and i actually liked April in this episode for once!!) Derek's outburst was so so perfect ..and yeah the big moment was when Jackson renamed the hospital.. i burst into tears. Lexie and Mark deserve an honour like this. I miss them so much

Tvjunkie

I loved most of this episode because I felt like it tied together all the great stuff Grey's can bring to the table - the humor, tragedy, friendship, and family of this show was back in one episode.

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Nowadays, only thing keeping me watch Greys are MerDer, Yang and Alex and Jo. I am rooting for Alex and Jo. Love them! And its time Alex get all those things he deserves! Alex and Meredith are those characters who have shown tremendous character growth! There was a time when I disliked Alex in Season 1 and now I can't stop admiring him! Love Alex!

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 Episode 17 Quotes

Can your mind be blown on your own time?

Cristina

You want him to step up, but the steps are too high.

Webber

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