Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 21 Review: Don't Stop Me Now

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You guys, this is the Grey's Anatomy that I love!

Is it just me or was that a great hour? I mean, it was a great hour, and it wasn't a bottle episode. Based on the track record for season 13, the best hours have been bottle episodes. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 21 finally put some of the pesky issues to bed. Catherine and Richard finally made up. Catherine admitted she was wrong. Badass Bailey was back, and Eliza was nowhere to be found. 

The whole irritating love triangle issue finally came out into the open and was dealt with, and not only was likable Amelia back but likable April, too. 

Work Wife - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 21

As customary for Grey's, I laughed so much and got so teary-eyed throughout the entire hour, and that was mostly due to the cases. I love the fact that the cases were at the forefront and much of the personal drama sort of fell to the back. 

First, there is the worm case. Oh, my God, they were so gross! There I was wondering why they were spending so much time on April in the bathroom rinsing her hair out and then she pulled that long, squiggly worm out.

I am shuddering just thinking about it. In fact, I was scratching and having body convulsions for the rest of the night. Ugh. 

Kepner's Rough Day

Of course, I was right there with Stephanie wanting to puke at all the PDA and lovey-dovey nonsense between Mary and Dennis. They needed to dial that all the way back. Stephanie was my kindred spirit during their entire exchange. 

Poor Mary thought Dennis was going to jump ship when he found out about the worms. Let's be real; he kind of did for a minute. When he pulled his hands back ever so slowly, I laughed so hard I snorted. 

There is nothing sexy about worms, so Mary thought her relationship with Dennis was officially over, and it didn't help matters that Richard was basically like "Yup."

You're about to deworm me. No one is ever touching me again.


How could I forget that Richard is in his element when he has weird, gross, twisted cases? The man was downright gleeful. His face lit up like a child with a new toy on Christmas morning.

Not even April so clearly meddling and signifying during surgery interfered with his happy mood. He was in his element while everyone else was grossed out. 

Happy Richard is the best. I love the fact that he never tires of his work. He's been doing this for decades, and he's still in love with it. It's cases like this one where we get to see that, and that's part of the reason it sucked so bad that he was treated the way that he was. 

Team Richard - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 21

Richard isn't a dinosaur just taking up space in the hospital, disillusioned with medicine. He is every bit as passionate about it as he probably was when he was an intern. I love you, Richard!

I also loved his working with April, Andrew, and Stephanie. Webber and April don't work together often, and Andrew and Stephanie work so well together. In fact, it just reminds me of how awful I find his infatuation, or whatever, with Jo. 

Stephanie and Andrew are the best residents, and it's a real wonder why they aren't better friends. I recall when Andrew first appeared, he and Stephanie got along quite well. I have been enjoying watching the two work together, and I hate that they didn't get partnered up more often. 

I imagine it's too late for that to be rectified since Jerrika Hinton is departing by the end of the season.

Veronica: I'm so tired.
Amelia: I know. I know.

Then, of course, the sniffles came with Amelia's case. Alex's cancer patient, Veronica, was back with her best friend and baby daddy. Veronica found out that she only had two to three months to live, so she wanted her baby out early.

Why must this show have so much suffering? Can't anyone be happy ever? Just break my heart into a thousand pieces why don't you. Veronica was one of those memorable patients that you actually root for, so knowing that she would die hurt so bad.

She was able to see her baby, and for that I'm glad, but her final moments with Amelia were just a feels fest. I understood why she didn't want to suffer anymore, but I hate that Jeremy was clueless about her signing a DNR and letting go. 

Amelia Comforts

I also hate that she never told him that she loved him too. I'm sure he knew, but still. Veronica's final moments were a great reminder of just how amazing a doctor Amelia is.

Amelia has gotten on every last nerve I have for a good 75% of the season, but her taking the time to sit there with Veronica and hold her until she died, was Amelia at her best and the Amelia that I love. 

She even sought comfort in Owen after Veronica died. It's about damn time those two hugged it out. I still don't know where they stand in their relationship, but I was just happy to see them not fighting for a change. Maybe this is a step in the right direction.

Omelia Reunion  - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 21

Welcome back, Miranda Bailey. Keeping up with showcasing the best parts of characters, the Miranda I love was back. Thank God, because I missed her.

Meddling can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but I didn't mind Miranda and April trying to get Catherine and Richard to work things out. Although, I appreciated Ben telling Miranda to mind her own business.

Consider this my weekly shoutout to Ben for being the best.

Their marriage is not your lane. Your lane is here with me. Stay in it.


He rightfully called her out on being afraid of Catherine, just like April rightfully called her out on being very similar to Catherine. Bailey finally worked up the cajones to lay into Catherine a bit and tell her to get it together. 

It led to Catherine finally admitting that she's wrong. It only took a million years, sheesh. When she showed up, ever the vision in red, to spend time with her husband and bond over worms, I smiled a little. Just a little though, because I'm a bit of a grudge-holder, so I still need a little time. 

Catherine and Bailey

That brings me to the divine secret of the haha sisterhood. 

You Maggie haters are going to have to bear with me because I didn't find her too annoying throughout all of this. The only nitpick I had about this relatively anti-climactic reveal was the fact that they put too much emphasis on the boy and not on the real problem.

Meredith screwing Nathan was a bit of an issue, depending on who you ask, but it wasn't the real issue. The real issue was that Meredith was dishonest long after Maggie asked her not to be. That's what annoyed me about this whole ridiculous love triangle.

Meredith: Maggie, please. Can we please, please, please talk about this.
Maggie: You were all I had left.

Don't make the issue about some random (and let's be real abrupt and forced) crush Maggie had on Nathan for all of two seconds, just to make Maggie look childish and petty. Make it about the fact that Meredith lied to Maggie for no real reason repeatedly.

Meredith was lying to Maggie long before Diane even popped into the picture, so it wasn't about Maggie's mother dying. She was lying when she didn't have a valid reason to lie. 

So now, we fast-forward to where the two of them are now. Meredith gets a free pass by fans from taking accountability for her dishonesty, and she looks like the self-sacrificing sister.

Maggie became the bad guy for getting between Meredith and her happiness when she had a valid reason for being angry that had nothing to do with a boy.

Upset Maggie

As a Maggie fan, I hate that. As a grudge holder, and someone who occasionally lives on the corner of Petty Lane and Passive Aggressive Blvd., I wasn't even bothered by Maggie being a total brat the second she found out. I loved how she shot daggers at Alex because she knew he knew.

Remember when Alex didn't get into all the drama and he wasn't down for all that girly crap? Now, he's Meredith's sounding board, giving her advice and trying to make sure his sisters get along. 

My favorite 'ship is the family one. I'm team Family all the way, and I will go to the grave loving every second Alex has to deal with his three "sisters."

I even laughed when she was at home lounging on the couch with a glass of wine sulking. Maggie, too, was my kindred spirit. After the week I had, I was saluting her. 

A little Wine

Meredith's final moment with Maggie was great. She just wants to be in a good place with her sister. Say what you will about Maggie, but she has been a decent sister. She's the slightly neurotic one that loves the whole family thing. I dig it. 

When she told Meredith that she was all she had, I was crushed. Family means something to Maggie, and it's beginning to mean more to Meredith, so I get not wanting a boy to come between them. I just don't buy that Maggie is what was needed to pull Meredith and Nathan apart.

Are they on or off, now? Do I even care? Probably not. 

I am very sorry that I screwed up and I hurt you, but you're my sister, and I sure as hell am not losing you over a guy.


Actual Laugh Out Loud Moments:

  • April's expression when she pulled that worm out of her hair and every shudder from that point on.
  • Meredith's entire morning practicing what she was going to say to Maggie, with an assist by a barely interested Alex (who at one point was carrying a Shepherd kid).
  • Stephanie's face when Dennis and Mary were all kissy face. Same, Stephanie.
  • DeLuca repeatedly clearing his throat trying to get everyone's attention.
  • Richard's glee.
  • The worm selfies and Ben's reaction when he walked into the gallery.
  • Dennis slowly pulling his hands back from Mary.
  • The way Bailey said "Ma'am."

Are you happy this love triangle nonsense is put to rest? Did the worms gross you out? Did you cry over Veronica's death? Are Crowen back together? Hit up the comments below and let us know what you think.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 21 Quotes

I don't even know how it got this far.


I didn't want to hurt you. That's the last thing I would ever want because I care about you more than anything. So, no matter how mad you are, how much you want to shut me out, know this. You are my sister, whether you like it or not. And I'm not going anywhere.