Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams on Catherine Avery Twist: “She’s a Strategist”
Grey’s Anatomy Season 12, Episode 16, Debbie Allen, Catherine Avery
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Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams on Catherine Avery Twist: “She’s a Strategist”

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A sweet bonding moment between Catherine and ex-daughter-in-law April on this week’s Grey's Anatomy Season 12 episode soured when she later told Jackson her plan to use April’s pregnancy reveal against her.

“I got everything we need,” she told son Jackson. “I needed to confirm that she withheld information from you when she signed those divorce papers, that she legally committed fraud, and she did, and now we can go after her.”

In a new edition of the podcast Shondaland Revealed, star Jesse Williams breaks down the twist with executive producer Betsy Beers.

“It’s a lot of love-hate, push-pull between both,” he says. “He’s caught between these two incredibly opinionated women.”

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Though Jesse says Catherine’s latest machinations are “an ambush” for Jackson, his character has had a lifetime of watching his mother acting pragmatically to fight for what’s hers:

“She always has an angle and an agenda, not necessarily malicious, but she’s a strategist. She’s had to carve out her lot in life from being smart and being effective.

“She might be abrasive, she might not have done it with the particular grace you might have liked, but she’s often right.

“Also, she’s very anticipatory. Everything with her is getting out ahead of something. She sees what’s coming down the road in a couple turns. She’s trying to position you for it. You don’t see it, so it seems like an overreaction.”

Grey’s Anatomy Season 12, Episode 16, Jesse Williams, Jackson Avery, James Pickens Jr., RIchard Webber, Debbie Allen, Catherine Avery
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All that in mind, April’s going to have quite the formidable opponent once she realizes how Catherine plotted against her.

“You know she’s coming with jabs. You’re in a boxing ring, and she’s going to test your mettle. She’s going to find out how thoroughly you’ve thought this out.”

Best of luck, April. Best of luck.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 below:
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