Best Episode - Personal Jesus
Personal Jesus was an extraordinary hour, not just of Grey's Anatomy, but an extraordinary hour of television, period. Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 10
is the series at its absolute best. The episode chose to address three heavy storylines and gave each one the weight and care that it deserved.
Jo's arc as a formerly battered woman facing her husband came to a somewhat satisfying end, and the subject matter was handled with care and thought. The subject matters of police brutality and racial bias were brilliantly tackled in a gripping way that held viewers, whether they could relate or understand or not, captivated. Jesse Williams' performance was nuanced and some of his best work.
The episode opened the door for viewers to engage in critical analysis and discourse. The hour also kickstarted April's best story arc to date with the culmination of everything, including the return of Matthew and subsequent loss of his wife, causing April's descent into an existential and faith crisis, which was a refreshing and unique storyline.
It was an exceptional episode from beginning to end.
Honorary Mentions: Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 11: (Don't Fear) the Reaper
Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
Funniest Episode: Judgment Day
Listen, a lot of people had mixed feelings and thoughts about Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 20: Judgment Day
, but if you didn't laugh at least once during that truly absurd hour, then maybe you lack a sense of humor. Was it ridiculous? Absolutely! Was it funny, though? Hell yes!
The episode managed to sprinkle in enough plot to set the foundation for bigger plot points, namely the Avery scandal, Arizona realizing she still has feelings for Callie and Owen's foster care situation. Overall, it was a fun episode that gave most of the characters the opportunity to be silly and fun under the guise of accidentally being dosed with marijuana via cookies.
Maggie, April, and Bailey truly rose to the occasion with some laugh-out-loud lines such as the former's cheese monologue and "I don't think I need my neck anymore., and Bailey's classic I thought marijuana made people peaceful. I've never hated you more." line to April despite April's kick-ass bagpipe performance using her nose. It was hilarious, and I'm sorry if none of you like joy.
Honorary Mention: Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 6: Come On Down to My Boat, Baby. Hot guys on a boat cracking jokes and having a good time. I will not apologize for loving this episode, OK?!
Best Meredith Moment - Meredith Wins the Harper Avery
Yeah, it would later turn out to be scandalous, and she turned it over in an act of allyship, protest, and defiance, but that moment was years in the making. It was a true honor for Meredith, but it was also a reward to lifelong Grey's fans who have experienced her entire journey from the very beginning. She had her friends, colleagues, sister, and daughter there, but the best part was the ghost of her mother in the gallery beaming down at her with pride. Nothing trumps that moment.
Honorary Mentions: Meredith publicly giving Marie her due after the scandal, Meredith realizing she can find love again and the brief flash of a younger her at the bar, and Meredith moving heaven and hell to reunite Nathan with Megan and both of them with Farouq.
Highly Anticipated Character Arc that Didn't Pay Off - Alex Reuniting with His Mother
I'm sorry, not even the legendary Lindsay Wagner could stanch the disappointment and annoyance coursing through my veins over Alex's family arc. It's baffling that this season gave us so many incredible character arcs and stand-alone episodes, from Meredith and Bailey to April and Jo, but when it came to Alex, they dropped the ball.
They shoved a moment 14 years in the making in one episode and reduced it to a C-storyline instead of dedicating the entire hour to Alex and Jo's road trip and Alex reconnecting with his mother. The episode did not live up to the hype. Alex deserved better, and so did the fans. You can read more on our thoughts regarding it in the Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 22 Review: Fight for Your Mind.
Honorary Mention: The Nathan and Megan saga. Danger Zone was mostly flashbacks showing us what led to the couple's fight before Megan disappeared, but it was ludicrous and boring. After all that hype, fans would've preferred flashbacks to Megan's time in captivity for a decade instead.
Best Quote - Where Is He Now?
Most Improved - Jo
I don't know how it happened, but Jo somehow became less annoying in season 14. It's some sort of Grey's Anatomy miracle! She has been tolerable, and dare I say, likable for a change. Who'd have thought it?! Jo's storyline revolving around her past and her history with Paul had a few missteps here and there, but for the most part, it was a strong storyline, and it allowed her character to grow without being specifically tied to her relationship with Alex.
It was an empowering arc, and it did wonders for her character. She has mellowed out a great deal throughout the course of the season, found direction career-wise, and married Alex. Jo has had more development in season 14 than her entire tenure on the series.