Proposals, Weddings, Sorrows and New Beginnings – Deadline

SPOIL ALERT: Story includes details on ABC’s Season 17 finale tonight Grey’s Anatomy.

ABC Grey’s Anatomy closed its 17th season Thursday night with a finale that accelerated the eight months of the pandemic, from July 2020 to April 2021, and major events in the lives of Gray Sloan Memorial medics during that time, including two attempts to Maggie- Winston Marriage (one aborted and one successful), two Link-Amelia proposal attempts (one aborted and one unsuccessful), an Owen-Teddy proposal (accepted) and a successful adoption for Jo who became Luna’s mother – and , in one of the biggest twists of the finale – perhaps Link’s new love interest.

Like many Covid-themed episodes this season, the finale started at the beach, with Meredith, in April 2021 throwing rose petals in the sand and remembering all the times people asked her what ‘she had learned while surviving Covid. “It taught me that I’m still alive,” Meredith says. And with that, we come back to …

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August 2020

This month’s highlights include Jo vowing to move out, annoyed by the constant banter from Schmitt and their new roommate Helm about mundane topics, like fruit, and Meredith returning to the hospital as the new head of the residency program. .

Maggie and Winston exchange vows and are set to be pronounced husband and wife in a small ceremony in the backyard when her mother and father object, urging them to wait and have a real wedding “in a church, or at least with more than 10 people.” Everyone agrees and the nuptials are interrupted (although the champagne and the cake are not wasted).

Gerlie Bernardo (guest actress Aina Dumlao), an assisted living nurse, is admitted with symptoms of Covid.

September 2020

Amelia’s depression, which became evident when Link suggested trying to have a second child in the last episode, gets worse. “So much fear,” she tells a Zoom support group, which includes Richard, noting that “my child’s father is not one of us” as she doesn’t share his brilliant outlook on life, marriage and other children. “I feel lonely; I wish he had it.

Season 17 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy”

Jo’s recent sudden closeness to Link took another big step forward when she asked him to apply to host Luna after she was turned down due to a failed background check and a family offered to host the baby. He accepts and the decision adds to Amelia’s growing anxiety. when he talks to her about it.

Meredith is outside when Gerlie is unloaded and out. The two discuss the survivors’ guilt “that doesn’t go away” when Gerlie suddenly collapses.

October 2020

Gerlie develops complications and Meredith feels dizzy when she rubs herself in to perform a simple procedure on her return to the OR.

Link’s request for hospitality is approved, and the home inspection by a social worker is another trigger for Amelia when he tells her that while Luna’s reception is temporary, “we will need (baby-proofing) one day when we have a second child.

“I don’t want what he wants,” Jo tells his support group, who now meet in person outside. “I don’t know if it’s the disease that’s thinking or just me, but marriage and more children, I don’t want any, and I can’t tell her, and I’m angry, I’m in angry with me. “

Teddy has a bout of Covid but has mild symptoms and isn’t infecting anyone, but it brings her even closer to Owen.

december 2020

Season 18 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy”

Grey’s Anatomy made its Christmas episode this season, condensed into five minutes.

Gerlie is no longer eligible for a lung transplant.

Link confides in his new best friend Jo again, showing him several engagement rings he had bought for Amelia and asking her advice with which to propose.

At a Christmas party at their house, Link is seconds away from making his request in front of everyone when it starts to snow in the garden. It’s part of an elaborate proposal Owen had planned for Teddy.

“We hurt each other but we forgave each other,” he says as fake snow falls. “We don’t make sense to the rest of the world, but we make sense to us. She says yes.

January 2021

All doctors receive their first Covid vaccine.

Richard tells Amelia that her romantic relationship with Link “doesn’t have to work out” and that they can just co-parent together.
“You have the right to want what you want, even if it’s not what he wants,” he says. While Richard notes that he doesn’t tell him to leave Link, he essentially does.

Gerlie is on a double lung transplant list. “We need to stop thinking about Covid in terms of who survives and who doesn’t,” Meredith says. “There will be millions of people who will suffer from the aftermath of Covid, and we must defend them as hard as we defend others. »This is a possible clue on a subject Grey’s could cover next season.

Season 17 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy”

A “shark” lawyer obtains custody of Luna de Jo. But children are expensive, and to have the means to take care of her, Jo sold her shares in the hospital, which she had initially offered to Link. The buyer was none other than Koracick (Greg Germann), who, on a video call, told the exasperated Bailey that “I want to have a skin in the game” and that he would now be at the board meetings of administration and that he will have to review spending. and progress reports. The move explains showrunner Krista Vernoff’s plan to bring back Germann – who came out as a series regular two episodes ago, when Koracick followed Jackson (Jesse Williams) to work for his foundation in Boston – as a guest. star next season. Williams and German were two of three series regulars to leave the series this season, along with Giacomo Gianniotti.

April 2021

We’re back at the beach with Meredith sprinkling petals, soon joined by one of her daughters. It turns out that she is setting the stage for Maggie and Winston’s wedding.

The ceremony in front of their families and colleagues goes off without a hitch this time around but, before the reception, Meredith receives a call saying they have donor lungs for Gerlie, and she and Teddy rush to the hospital. The transplant is successful, the wedding reception is joyful, the two mingled in an emotional montage.

Link pulls Amelia off the party for a romantic proposal on the beach, with Meredith’s children holding the rings. “I know the last year has been intense, but I know that whatever happens, I want to go through it with you,” he says. “You challenge me, you delight me, you impress me to hell, and there is definitely no one on earth like you, so would you do me the honor of marrying me?” Amelia looks horrified and doesn’t say a word.

Jo moves into Jackson’s old apartment with Luna and has a brief, sweet video chat with Jackson welcoming her “home”. Before she can send a change of address notification to her friends, the doorbell rings and a heartbroken Link walks in, asking if he can crash into her home.

In the final cut, the wedding party – in formal dress – goes to the hospital to give Meredith (and Teddy) a cheer after the transplant surgery. Meredith hasn’t looked so happy in a long time. “I’m still alive,” she said in a voiceover.

Meg Marinis, who co-wrote the season finale with Andy Reaser, spoke about the idea behind the standing-O.

“We originally wrote that Meredith applauded as she was released from the hospital in episode 1715,” she said. “But we quickly realized that this moment seemed like the end of the season, so we had the brilliant idea of ​​Meredith escaping her own applause, which we felt was very Meredith Gray. So many people had struggled with Covid, and she didn’t want to feel different from the rest. So we decided to remove Meredith from the operating room instead, which seemed like the ultimate victory of her trip this season. This photo of Meredith, in the hallway of the operating room, surrounded by her people, laughing and smiling in her brush cap… It gives me all the sensations. It gives me hope after such a difficult year.

As the country slowly emerges from the pandemic, it was an uplifting end fitting to a season, which tackled the pandemic head-on, describing its devastating impact on victims’ families and healthcare workers. .

The season, which also included the tragic death of DeLuca (Gianniotti), reached an emotional balance, delighting fans with the surprise returns of Derek (Patrick Dempsey), George (TR Knight) as well as Mark and Lexie (Eric Dane). , Chyler Leigh) during the Dream Beach motif while Meredith was in a coma, battling Covid.

“There is lightness and beauty in the dark,” Vernoff told Deadline in March.

Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy was dedicated to healthcare workers who risked their lives to save others during the pandemic. At the end of the finale, the show also recognized the show’s health and safety team.


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