TGIT returned on Feb. 11 with the riveting mid-season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC. In it, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is brutally attacked by a patient post-seizure and all of her friends work fiercely to save her. The episode is beautifully played by Pompeo and Justin Chambers, as Alex stays closest to her side throughout the trauma.
There’s a reason “Grey’s Anatomy” scooped up the 2016 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Drama and Ellen Pompeo took home Favorite Dramatic TV Actress. The writing on this show is superb and as “Grey’s” leading lady, Pompeo and Meredith have endured some incredible highs and lows with emotional perfection. However, Meredith’s ongoing trauma and sorrow getting a little tedious?
“Grey’s Anatomy,” as a whole, has recovered well from Derek Shepherd’s (Patrick Dempsey) shocking death and Dempsey’s subsequent exit from the show. As tough as it was to swallow that Meredith’s fairy tale marriage met a tragic end, in many ways, the show (and Meredith Grey) have grown stronger. Loss changes people and brings about change. In this case, Meredith grew closer to her sister Maggie (Kelly McCreary) and her sister-in-law Amelia (Caterina Scorsone). We’ve also watched the bond between Meredith and Alex grow much stronger and overall, this has been good for both characters.
But, Meredith Grey has endured way more darkness and loss in her life than it seems any one woman could handle. She lost her friend George in a freak bus accident. Her best friend Cristina moved to Switzerland. Her sister Lexie died in a plane crash that she actually survived. Her husband was shot by a crazed gunman while working. She witnessed her mother’s attempted suicide. Then she watched her mother suffer through Alzheimer’s and eventually die. Then, the love of her life and father of her children is killed by a bad medical decision after a tragic accident.
After living through all of this, our brilliant dark and twisty surgeon is randomly attacked by a patient who has no idea what he’s doing. As a result, she sustains multiple injuries, including a temporary hearing loss and having her jaws wired shut. Her own kids are afraid of her when she comes to visit. We love you Shonda Rhimes, but isn’t it time for Meredith to finally have some stability and peace in her life? How much more could any one person take after all of this?
Several characters have struggled with PTSD on the show, including hunky former military man Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) after losing her leg in the plane crash. It looks like Meredith is going to fight her own demons in this area, according to the video preview posted on the “Grey’s Anatomy” Facebook page for next week. Yes, the show is a drama. But, can we give the dark subject matter a break? Can Meredith, especially, find some sort of light soon?
In fact, it seems like everyone is struggling or fighting through a problem. Amelia had a slip in her sobriety and she and Meredith are still on the outs. Jackson (Jesse Williams) served April (Sarah Drew) divorce papers, Amelia and Owen can’t seem to get into a good groove and what about Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex? Are they going to take the next step and find happily ever after?
Overall, “Grey’s Anatomy” is still a great show. The stellar cast continues to pull on our hearts and keep us totally invested. But, the series and storyline really needs to break out from under its dark cloud. If anyone needs to catch a break, it certainly is Meredith Grey. Hopefully, some Grey Sloan Memorial sun will be busting out to shine on her soon.