Review: Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 Episode 9

By: Desiree Williams

Drowning. Mass shootings. Bombs. Death.

Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) has been through hell on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the past 11 seasons. Fans thought Meredith might catch a break this time around, especially because Derek died last season. It looks like creator Shonda Rhimes has other ideas.

In this week’s episode, Meredith is brutally attacked by a patient in a fugue state. The patient had no idea what he was doing and didn’t remember his actions afterward. Meredith remembered everything all too well. She suffered broken bones, bruises, jaw damage, a collapsed lung and hearing loss. Viewers experienced the last injury with her as most of the episode was filled with white noise and background music instead of dialogue.

Although the acting was incredible, this episode had too much brutality for me. I don’t understand why Rhimes thought it was necessary for Meredith to go through more pain. Fans already know Meredith is an extremely strong and brave character, so there is no reason to put her through more trauma to show that.

With an entire episode watching Grey recover, the plot of the season didn’t move forward at all. Other characters barely had screen time, so their stories did not progress. The only good thing that came from this episode was watching Karev (Justin Chambers) grow as a character and a friend by helping Meredith recuperate.

It is worth mentioning that Denzel Washington directed this episode, and it is a fantastic, emotional and intimate episode. Pompeo does a marvelous job acting the part; her pain was palpable. I just wish this had taken place in an earlier season. Meredith has already been through so much that this feels forced and unnecessary. I’m left wondering: what was the purpose of this episode?

Rating 2/5