On Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 7, a milestone was commemorated with an emotional and nostalgic hour that ended with Meredith's lifelong dream being achieved.
Elsewhere, we got background on Sam and DeLuca's past. Carina and Owen were still going strong, and Ben and Bailey were not on the best of terms.
Join TV Fanatics Stacy Glanzman, Paul Dailly, and Jasmine Blu as they discuss Grey's 300th episode.
How emotional was the moment Meredith found out she won the Harper Avery?
Stacy: I'm not going to lie, I got choked up watching Jackson's speech. It was so emotional listening to him talk about Lexie, Derek, and Ellis and how proud they would be if they were there and just how much loss Meredith has suffered. I'm so glad she won. It was a great moment.
Paul: Very. I loved it. It was a moment that felt like a long time coming, and this was the perfect time for it.
Jasmine: I was so proud of her in that moment. Jackson's speech was fantastic, and I thought he was the perfect person to give it. I also got super emotional when Ellis appeared.
Did you enjoy all the callbacks to previous seasons and characters? Which was your favorite?
Stacy: I did. When a show has been on for this long, and fans have stuck with it the whole time, it's always appreciated when there are callbacks to the early years.
I don't know if I can choose a favorite, but I did love Alex's fantasy about Izzie. She's the one character that we know nothing about anymore. Everyone else has either died, or moved and we know where they are and what they're up to, but we have no idea about Izzie.
Someday, I'd really like to find out what happened to her after she left Seattle Grace.
Paul: I loved the faux George and Cristina. I enjoyed the nod to the past with those two characters. They were funny and played off one another really well.
Jasmine: I loved all of them. I think what got me the most in a very unexpected way, was Arizona talking about Mark. I recall how much I hated how she treated him back in the day. Sometimes I forget that they did reach a good place eventually. It was nice having that reminder via Arizona, and that picture of all of them with baby Sofia almost did me in.
Which touched you the most, Bailey and Webber finding some solace in being able to save "Baby George" when they couldn't save the real George, or Amelia being able to save a patient from dying like Derek by running a CT scan?
Stacy: Both were great moments, but I was more touched by Bailey and Webber reminiscing over George. I really liked Bailey's whole speech about how she's cried all of her "O'Malley" tears. Anytime we get sentimental moments between Bailey and Webber, it's a win.
Paul: I liked the Amelia moment the best because everyone in the operating room thought she was being spiteful or crazy, but she knew she was on to something and stuck with it.
Jasmine: I agree with Stacy. George was one of my favorite characters, and his relationships with both Richard and Bailey were so special to me. I loved seeing the two of them reminisce over George, and I always love Webber and Bailey moments.
Who was most like their counterpart, Baby Cristina, Baby George, or Baby Izzie?
Stacy: Baby Izzie. Honestly, Baby George didn't really remind me of real George at all, and Baby Cristina only slightly because of her personality. There was something about Baby Izzie, though, that actually reminded me of the real one. I thought she looked the most like her counterpart.
Paul: Baby Izzie. It was uncanny. Everything about that woman screamed Izzie to me. That's not to say the others were not comparable; they were, but Baby Izzie wins.
Jasmine: For some reason, George did it for me the most. His voice even reminded me of him a little bit. He just had that same dorky quality, and it made me smile.
Are you surprised that Owen and Carina are still going at it?
Stacy: Not really, but I didn't give it any thought either way. The awkward moment of Amelia walking in on them wasn't really necessary.
Paul: I have no idea what's going on with Carina, so it never really crossed my mind. I just laughed when Amelia walked in.
Jasmine: I am a little bit. Carina seems like the "love them and leaves them" type, but she seems to be enjoying Owen, and for once, Owen seems to be enjoying himself. I still think Carina needs more development, though. I love her moments with her brother best.
What are your thoughts on DeLuca and Sam?
Stacy: I was not interested in them at all, probably because they didn't fit with everything else going on in the episode. I just wanted to focus on the originals and the throwbacks to the old days, and this storyline felt out of place. They should have saved it for a less important episode.
Paul: I'm with Stacy. There is no chemistry whatsoever between the two actors, so that makes it difficult to get on board with an apparent love storyline.
Jasmine: I hate saying it because I spent a large portion of last season complaining about the lack of DeLuca screen time and an arc, but I agree with the others.
I can't put my finger on it, maybe it's lack of chemistry as Paul said, but I'm not as into it as I want to be, I guess. I want to, but I'm not. There is something about Sam that is rubbing me the wrong way, and I don't know what it is.
I agree with Stacy, as much as I loved the episode, DeLuca and Sam's storyline did felt out of place.
What would you rate the 300th episode and why?
Stacy: I loved it, so I would give it a 10, despite the fact I wish they would have left out the DeLuca/Sam and Owen/Carina stuff. I did not watch the opening credits, so I was surprised by Ellis' cameo, and it was such an emotional moment. There was a series finale feel to this episode, and it was very satisfying.
Paul: A 10. It was a great throwback to some key moments from the show's long tenure on the air, and it remained funny.
Jasmine: 10. I LOVED it. I agree that it had a nice series finale feel. I liked that they celebrated it while still allowing the storylines to flow. It felt like a clip show without being a clip show which is what they were going for. I really enjoyed how full circle it was.
What do you hope to see in the winter finale?
Stacy: To be honest, I'm not looking forward to it. Chicago Med and The Night Shift both did episodes last season where the hospital was hacked and all the systems were down. Is it really necessary for every medical show to do some version of that?
Paul: I'm with Stacy. This storyline could ruin the excellence of the first half of Grey's Anatomy Season 14.
Jasmine: I'm with the others. I'm not excited about it based on the promos. I get that every show likes to put their spin on something, but for a winter finale, I expected more. We'll see how it pans out, but something big better happen to make it interesting because it doesn't sound very interesting right now.
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