Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 16 Review: When It Hurts So Bad

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Somebody needs to drop a house on Catherine Avery's head.

The mercurial matriarch swooped into Seattle seemingly with concern and kindness, but by the end of Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 16, she'd revealed that her intentions were wicked indeed. But that was one of the crises our doctor's faced.

There were no life threatening issues for once, but plenty of romantic upheaval was to be had. There were break-ups, break-downs, and the phrase "I love you" was scattered through out. But Meredith's spring cleaning jag must have gotten into the air, because for once, everything was resolved in under 45 minutes. 

So I don't think that Meredith's stress-induced cleaning spree was supposed to be comedic exactly, but I couldn't stop giggling. Her complete incompetence at keeping house was mildly endearing, and should have highlighted to her how much she needs Amelia back in the house.

I loved Alex sitting eating chips as the girls struggled with the carpet cleaner, but I was also terribly amused that she thought the stove and oven could be dirty. How many times do we think they've been used since Izzie moved out? I'm betting I could count that on one hand.

More seriously, I thought her sudden love of bleach was a really great move from the writers. It was relatable – who hasn't had a moment of insanity where they've decided that the most important thing in the world is to make sure the bathroom grout is sparkling when other aspects of their life are spinning out of control? 

Everyone said I was ready. You said I would be okay, so I thought I should just do it and get it over with. But I wasn't ready for...to be...

Meredith [to Alex]

While I'm not that invested in Callie and Penny – this and Meredith's failed dinner party seem like the only time we've seen them as a couple – I appreciated the way they handled this situation. Although it wasn't discussed, it was a nice tie in to Meredith's situation.

Dating with kids is obviously tricky, and it was really nice to see that not only did a character remember that the actually had a a kid, but they were taking that kid into consideration when going about their relationships. Of course, I was a little confused that Sofia suddenly seemed older than Zola...

Still, it seems the writers and producers heard the general outcry from fans that just ignoring the children was a terrible idea. Obviously, having children on set can be difficult (and expensive) and not always necessary to the story. But they should at least be mentioned and even occasionally seen. 

Jackson [about Catherine]: Yeah, I'm sure that trip's a complete coincidence, right? Nothing to do with me, or her, or -- I don't know -- anything you might have mentioned?
Richard: Um, my wife and I don't have any secrets between us, Jackson.

Baby Kepner-Avery won't have any worries in that regard for a little longer – babies in utero are prime plot devices after all. "Hurricane Granny" is just starting to build of course, but it won't be long before this is a category four storm.

I'm hopeful that Jackson and April will weather this together, becoming closer through the adversity of Catherine's meddling. And also that Richard gives her a little bit of a smack down. I know she's been a little monomaniacal in the past, but after the situation with Samuel, I'd thought she'd be more compassionate.

Of course, all of the evidence of dubious admissibility she gathered won't mean squat without Jackson's cooperation. And that seems unlikely, at least now that his dander isn't up. What could she possibly be after? Getting back money from the divorce settlement? 

Riggs [about Catherine]: Come on, she can't be that bad.
April: No, she's worse than bad. She can be terrifying. Like a...hurricane. When she hits, you do not want to be in her wake.
Riggs: Well, you can't avoid her forever, not when she's about to become Hurricane Granny.

With Amelia's and Maggie's breakups, all the current adult residents of the Frat House are single again. And it's probably for the best.

I don't think anyone was that invested in Maggie and DeLuca's relationship, even Maggie and DeLuca. I never really got anything more than hot sex from the two of them, and that's not really enough around which to build a relationship. Maggie wanted to make it work to prove she could, but that's not enough, either.

And Amelia honestly has no business being in a relationship right now. Or at least not starting one up. She and Owen may have had a flirtation for a while, but he really should have listened when she told him the first time that the timing was bad. They should probably both have a conversation with her sponsor about the situation.

Amelia: How's DeLuca?
Maggie: He's a...non-issue now. How's Hunt?
Amelia: Also a non-issue.
Maggie [eating kale chips]: What am I eating? I'm gonna need something way less healthy than this.

Outside of the drama our normal cast of characters gave us, I have to mention that I really enjoyed the medical case on this episode. It was nothing earth shattering from a treatment standpoint, but the reactions of the patients made it delightful.

And it opened up a lot a comedy for the docs treating them, as well. Ben speculating on the Shep-huahua was both funny and (let's be honest, people) thought provoking. It's nice to think that even surgical geniuses have the same kind of idle wonderings as the rest of us.

I did feel bad for Chris, though. I understood why Ashley wouldn't want to continue things with him after her specific experience, but the way she let him down was not gentle. Someone will want to climb Everest again and again, Chris, have faith!

I almost killed her. [beat] With our sex.

Chris

Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 17 will air on April 7th, and Catherine is still going to be in town, kicking up a storm. Her snooping is far from over, and the only question is what will suck the hot air out her crazy attempts at sabotage. There's also some new award the residents are going to squabble over that doesn't bear her name. Shocking!

We'll also be treated to Wilmer Valderrama guest starring as a musician who actually notices how unnaturally gorgeous the SG staff is. While Amelia treats him for a tremor, Meredith goes all mom on Owen and Riggs. Hopefully she can succeed where Mrs. Hunt failed.

Remember, you can always watch Grey's Anatomy online if you missed the broad cast (or if you just need to catch another peek of ever adorable Zo and Bailey). We'd love to hear your thoughts on "When It Hurts So Bad" in the comments section!

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When It Hurts So Bad Review

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Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 16 Quotes

Riggs [about Catherine]: Come on, she can't be that bad.
April: No, she's worse than bad. She can be terrifying. Like a...hurricane. When she hits, you do not want to be in her wake.
Riggs: Well, you can't avoid her forever, not when she's about to become Hurricane Granny.

Jackson [about Catherine]: Yeah, I'm sure that trip's a complete coincidence, right? Nothing to do with me, or her, or -- I don't know -- anything you might have mentioned?
Richard: Um, my wife and I don't have any secrets between us, Jackson.