Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20 Review: In the Air Tonight

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Does this mean we are finally done dancing around the prospect of Meredith and Riggs? 

The two shared some intense moments during an extremely turbulent flight on Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20

If anything can bring two people together, it's a shared experience in a time of crisis. 

Stuck On a Plane - Grey's Anatomy

We all want to have something in common with our prospective significant others. It's not easy to find another plane crash survivor. Unless of course, you're on Grey's Anatomy where they come out of the woodwork. 

Regardless of whether or not you're on team Riggs, it's probably safe to say we are all ready to put an end to the "will they/won't they" and proceed to an actual relationship. 

I haven't been completely on board with him, but I have to admit, he started to win me over. 

He's right, Meredith is scared. 

She's scared of moving on after Derek, but more than that, she's scared of loss. 

Riggs: You have another sister?
Meredith: Mm-hmm. My kid sister Lexie. I loved her. Anyway, it's weird. Sometimes I feel like I'm cursed. A lot of people die around me. Sometimes I feel like I'm just waiting for my turn.

She's surrounded by death. She's lost her mother, her sister, her husband, her friends; it's not hard to understand why the idea of getting close to someone again would be scary. 

There's basically a cloud of death and destruction over Grey Sloane Memorial Hospital. Honestly, the odds that Riggs will be shot, hit by a bus, electrocuted, blown up, or hit by some natural disaster are higher than they should be. 

We have to be proud of Meredith for choosing to overcome her fears and take the plunge. It's a big step, and hopefully, Maggie will see it that way, too. 

I know they are trying to play up the drama that Maggie is going to freak out over this, but wouldn't it be refreshing if she didn't? How great would it be if Meredith and Maggie talked it out like adults and simply moved on? 

Nothing ever happened between Maggie and Riggs. It was a crush that didn't go anywhere. Maggie's not 12, and she's not selfish, so let her behave like the grown up she is and be happy for her sister. 

Is that too much to ask?

Barf Bag - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20

So if you were Meredith, would you ever step foot on a plane again? 

For all the catastrophes that have occurred on Grey's over the years, they've spent a surprisingly little amount of time dealing with PTSD.

Sure, they explored it briefly with Owen, but he's far from the only one who's suffered tragedy at this hospital. 

Meredith's flashbacks were gut-wrenching, and the emotional impact increased with each set. 

First, we saw the expected visions of the aftermath of her plane crash. It was impressive watching her fight through those and letting her instincts and training take over.

As Riggs said, she might be afraid of a relationship with him but when there are people in need of medical care, she will act no matter what the circumstance. 

We've seen that time and time again. 

The next set of flashbacks let us relive all the major disasters, from the bomb in the chest cavity to Meredith's drowning, 

Finally, the most heartbreaking of all were the flashbacks of Derek. A smiling Derek holding baby Zola, their rendezvous on prom night, the candles outlining their future home; it was a beautiful, final tribute. 

It was exactly the right way to show Meredith is ready to move on with someone new while always remembering fondly what she had with Derek. 

Jerk on a Plane - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20

Let's talk about the actual patients. 

I'm glad the jerk lived (at least long enough for the plane to land) because if he had died, I guess I would have to feel bad about calling him a jerk. 

Except, he was. Fine, you've got a medical condition, it doesn't give you the right to treat people like crap. Thank you, Meredith, for calling him out on that. 

Seriously, how does he have the nerve to ask a doctor for juice in the middle of a crisis? People's lives are at stake, so unless he was about to fall into a diabetic coma, he can get it himself. 

The attitude started before the plane even took off with his too-big-for-the-overhead-bin carry-on bag and asking for a new seat due to a screaming kid. 

Was anyone else half expecting security to show up and drag him off the plane? Just saying. He might have actually deserved it. 

Riggs; You too, huh?
Meredith: Excuse me?
Riggs: You're looking for a place to hide so you can get five minutes alone without someone new asking for a consult. I just had a lady in row 27 ask for a mole check.

Most of the injuries were minor, but the other serious patient was quite the doozy. 

We've seen these doctors in the field before, but watching Meredith drain a brain bleed with a cocktail straw and a syringe was intense!

Each bout of turbulence upped the anty, and I kept expecting Meredith to slip and hit brain matter. 

Somehow she managed to hold it steady, even after getting tossed to the floor like a rag doll in the middle of the procedure. PTSD be damned. 

Grey's Anatomy Season 13 seems to be all about character-focused installments, doesn't it? We've had several now that have targeted only one or two characters. What do you guys think about that? 

It's nice on occasion, but it might be bordering on too often, especially with so many characters being pushed to the back burner lately. 

Don't get me wrong, this one was fantastic, but too many of them could lead to overkill, and they could lose their appeal. 

What did you guys think of #GreysOnAPlane?  Are you ready to explore a real relationship between Meredith and Riggs? How will Maggie take it? 

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In the Air Tonight Review

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Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20 Quotes

Meredith: You don't like flying?
Riggs: It's not my favorite.
Meredith: Me either.
Both: Plane Crash.
Riggs: You were in a -?
Meredith: Yeah.
Riggs: Was it bad?
Meredith: I mean it was - we crashed and got lost. People died. It wasn't great.

Riggs: Where'd you come from?
Meredith: 4C. I was being a good Samaritan and reuniting a family. Serves me right.