Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 22 Review: Leave It Inside

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Can I join the Girl Squad of lady doctors? I would love to hang out with Meredith, Maggie, Amelia, and yes, even April. 

By the end of Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 22, I wanted to talk about sex, living life to the fullest, and maybe have a drink in Holly's honor with them. 

Did they meet at Joe's for that drink? I miss Joe's. They have to stop cutting out the moments of the women bonding because those scenes would be a treat.

Heated Consultation - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 22

I'm torn when it comes to this hour. On the one hand, it's a relief that some of the humor is back and it's not super angsty or annoying with the storylines from hell. On the other hand, so much time was spent on all of the various issues, and now they've petered off. 

Which means I love that we're no longer being bogged down with silly love triangles and infighting that we've had the entire back half of the season, but I'm still scratching my head because what was the point of a half a season focusing on these issues only to drop them abruptly? 

Is it just me who feels that way? Suddenly Eliza, Bailey, and Webber are all working together swimmingly. Meredith and Maggie are good, and Jo floats back through the halls like she hasn't gone through hell (or M.I.A). 

O.R. Board Shenanigans - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 22

I'm grateful, I guess, but damn Grey's, what are you guys even doing anymore? 

I love the sisters. Can we get an entire hour of the sisters just doing sisterly stuff? Meredith cleaning out her room at three in the morning was hilarious, as were Maggie and Amelia's sleepy faces when Meredith cheerfully left her tumor painting in the hall. 

So, Amelia is still staying with Meredith? Does this mean that she and Owen haven't made up and she hasn't gone home? C'mon Amelia! Be lucky that I find you entertaining. Otherwise, I would be side-eying you. Also, does this mean Alex is still sleeping on the couch? That sucks.

Sleepy Sisters

Amelia and Maggie figured out that Meredith was clearing her room because she was moving on. She wanted to get rid of some of the things that made her think of Derek. That, of course, meant the tumor painting and her post-it. 

She was preparing to invite Nathan over for some sweet, sweet loving. She even asked Maggie if it would be uncomfortable for her. 

First off, so Meredith didn't call it off with Riggs? Good to know. For some reason, I was under the impression she put their relationship on hold for the millionth time. Second, yay!

Maggie: She's clearing a path.
Amelia: She's moving on.
Maggie: She's moving on.
Amelia: This is serious, her and Riggs.
Maggie: We have to support this.

Maggie reacted, much like I had hoped she would, and I'm thankful for that because it's one less reason for her to be shredded. Maggie loves Meredith and wants her to be happy; now that they've resolved the real issue between them, Maggie doesn't give a damn.

This is the Maggie I know and love, but I'm fully prepared for someone to see this entire situation in a different light. 

Amelia and Maggie paired up, in that adorable way that they do and decided that they were going to do whatever it took to make sure Meredith didn't back out of her date with Nathan.

They're the best meddlesome sisters ever. 

Holly: How long until I can, you know, get back in the saddle.
April: Depends on the kind of saddle.
Holly: Well, uh, I'd like to have sex with as many men as I care to until my tumor tells me I can't.
April: Goals.
Meredith: Nice.
Maggie: Impressive.

The case with Holly lined up with Meredith trying to move on. I loved Holly. She was so fun and funny.

 I loved how outspoken she was, and for someone who had an inoperable heart tumor, she was living her life and having a good time. 

You know what I also loved? April and Meredith working together. They don't do that very often, and they had some tension a while back. They worked well together, though. 

April was having a blast on this case, chatting it up and actually being sociable and not nearly as neurotic as she typically is. 

New Besties?

She had a few zingers that she threw in there a few times. I think she was just thrilled not to have a case that left her with worms in her hair. I would totally hang out with this April. 

We still don't have any more information on her status with Jackson, but based on how often she jumped in on the sex conversations, I think she hasn't had sex since Montana. I'm also getting the impression that she's open to dating again because the girl was willing and ready to hit up a bar and meet a guy by the end.

Maggie thought that she'd be the one doctor who could somehow save Holly, and Holly, bless her heart, indulged Maggie even though she knew what would happen. She was proven right. Her tumor was just too nasty, and even Maggie couldn't fix it. 

That is massive. That is a beauty. The Sistine Chapel of tumors.


It sucks because I liked Holly, and I wanted her to have a happy ending, um, not that kind, she clearly is already having those, but you know what I mean. 

Holly inspired the Girl Squad, though. Maggie is ready to have casual sex and live her life (which is basically what her mother told her to do), and April is ready to do some dating herself. Go get 'em, girls! I support both women 100% with this. 

Holly inspired Meredith to keep on doing her thing with Nathan, so she rescheduled her date, and they walked out holding hands. It was cute and all, but I was secretly hoping she'd have drinks with the girls. 

Squad Goals

The sisters were having a good time, but honorary twisted brother was not. Alex finally had a run in with Eliza, and like many of us, he was not impressed. Eliza makes the worst impressions though. 

Yes, she would have had to reprimand him about the case with Liam, but did it require the constant digs about his past issues? What the hell does Alex's assault have to do with his competency as a doctor? Why does she go out of her way to rub people the wrong way? 

Liam also had a tumor, on his freaking brain, and this kid came an hour out of his way just for help. Cases like this bug me. Yes, I know that patients have a right to exercise their religious beliefs, but I have a right to be angry about it. 

The kid took a train all by himself to ask for our help, actual help not prayers and olive oil on his head!


I apologize if I offend, but I just can't fathom any belief that requires you to ignore the fact that your child is dying of something that can be prevented because it's "God's will." If God gave us free will, discernment, and the intellect to make medical advances that save lives, shouldn't using all of it to save someone be his will? 

The case obviously pissed Karev and Stephanie off, and I was team them all the way, and not just because they were against Minnick. Alex can't stand by and let a kid die on his watch over something like this. It's not in his nature. He'd willingly go to jail if necessary.

Final Word - Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 22

I suspected that the mother was responsible for driving a blind kid to the hospital, but I loved that Alex was willing to be "the heavy" and shoulder the blame for her.

Edwards is coming off of losing a boyfriend (Is it wrong that I kinda forgot about Wilmer Valderrama until they brought him up repeatedly like he died yesterday?), and she also knows what it's like to be a sick kid who wants help. Oh yeah, and the last kid she worked on died under Eliza's watch and Eliza couldn't even help her deal with it. Hey, maybe that's why she's so messed up about it, Eliza. Remember that?

It was wrong, unprofessional...yadda yadda, that she blew up at Liam's father and threw a tablet at him, but I didn't care. Unfortunately,  she was put on leave until she saw a counselor.

Stephanie: If God did anything for Liam, God delivered him safely to us because he saw that he made you so weak and so stupid that you were going to kill your child.
Liam's Father: You're going to burn in hell.

I have a problem with the show twisting things around, even when it doesn't make sense or fit, just to make Eliza Minnick right. They did a great job at making folks hate her, and now they're doing a lousy job trying to write themselves out of that. She's still not likable, sorry.

So we're supposed to believe that now she has a problem with the way Stephanie handles cases when she didn't have a problem before? We're supposed to believe that blunt, crass, insensitive Eliza who has shown multiple times that she sucks at interacting with patients, is upset because Stephanie spoke out of line? Really? 

Eliza: He tends to play it safe. He goes for the easy cases, easy diagnosis, he lays back, no risk.
Richard: Ben Warren? Have you seen his file?

Also, when has Ben been the resident who plays it safe? Did they pull this out of thin air just to make Eliza seem competent at her job? Ben pulled off two surgeries on his own while his attendings were bickering. He's been the best resident, next to Stephanie, all season. Where did that even come from? I hated it so much!

Then there is Eliza and Arizona. I could not with their elevator scene. Eliza kept assuming that Arizona was blowing her off and instead of considering that maybe it was one of a handful of plausible reasons why she would (and should), she got in her feelings about it like a child.

I can't wait for our naked plans, but a little anticipation doesn't have to be a bad thing.


Eliza pouted until Arizona had to soothe her with dirty talk. Just like when Eliza cried, and Arizona suddenly fell in love with her. Whatever. I just don't get this relationship at all.; even after the elevator scene that made me roll my eyes.

I was cool, but then once again, Eliza went on a rant dissing all of Arizona's friends. Instead of Arizona checking her on all of that, she told her to shut up so she can have sex with her. What? 


Oh yeah, Andrew, for some dumb reason, is still in love with Jo. Jo patted him on the head and told him to keep it to himself, lest he embarrasses himself. 

Too late Andrew. WTF happened to you, dude? You used to be somebody. I love you, but you are embarrassing me. 

So, what did you think of this installment? Is it weird that they swept over storylines without resolving them? Are you like me, and so done with half of them that you don't even care that they did? Are you upset about Stephanie? Is the girl squad goals? 

Sound off below in the comments. 

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Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 22 Quotes

Meredith: Hey, it's me, do you want a giant tumor?
Amelia: Why would I want that?
Meredith: It's the one from my wall that Derek drew. I thought you might like it. It's in the hall.
Amelia: Is she cleaning?
Maggie: At 3:30?

Our skulls cushion our brains. Our ribcage guards our hearts. the body is built to protect our most vulnerable parts. At least, that's how it's supposed to work.