16 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 13

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16 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 13

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16 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 13

Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 13 did right by fans of April, Richard, and Arizona last night — February 16 — us included.

But we’re still nitpicking on “It Only Gets Much Worse” — there are some storyline decisions by which we cannot abide! Check out our favorite and least favorite moments in the slideshow above.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m ET on ABC.

16 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 13
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Highlight: Matty’s death was a shock to the system

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Highlight: Matty’s death was a shock to the system

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Yeah, Grey’s went there. Operating on young Matty’s gallbladder, Stephanie unknowingly tore his superior mesenteric artery, and he bled out into his pelvis.

We’re not saying it’s a highlight that a 9-year-old died, but we do respect Grey’s for showing dire consequences of Richard and Eliza’s debate over their teaching techniques.

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Lowlight: Matty’s death was foreshadowed

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Lowlight: Matty’s death was foreshadowed

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Anytime you hear that a patient is excited for an upcoming family event — an “explorer cruise,” in this kid’s case — you know that poor sap is a goner. Grey’s is getting a little predictable in that regard.

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Highlight: Richard proves he’s the ultimate mentor

Highlight: Richard proves he’s the ultimate mentor

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Just when Richard was probably doubting his own teaching abilities, like everyone else at the hospital seems to be, he saves Stephanie from the brink of despair.

“You can’t fix what you can’t see,” he told her.

“You had no reason to suspect bleeding until you did. By then you were racing the clock, and the clock will more often win — against all of us.

“You lost. It’s not your fault you lost. Every good surgeon does. It might be your worst, but it won’t be your last.”

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Highlight: Stephanie gets an actual storyline

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Highlight: Stephanie gets an actual storyline

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And here we were thinking Jerrika Hinton would leave Grey’s Anatomy without much to do in her final season.

If this is all we get for Stephanie in Season 13, at least this episode stands as a testament to Jerrika’s immense talent for both comedy and drama.

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Highlight: April rants about how nice she is

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Highlight: April rants about how nice she is

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Even at her most insecure, April is still hilarious — like when her patient suggested Meredith was nicer than April.

“I’m nicer than Dr. Grey,” she said.

“I mean, ask anyone in the hospital. There are comparisons that you could make between Dr. Grey and myself, but in a contest of niceness, I take that win. I win by a lot. I am the nicest.”

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Highlight: April asserts her authority

Highlight: April asserts her authority

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Once she had had enough of Maggie’s underhanded comments, April stopped making room for people’s feelings, trusted her own talent, and kicked Maggie out of the OR.

(Bonus points: When Jo told April that dismissing Maggie was badass, April says, “Shut up.”)

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Lowlight: Jackson undercuts April’s merit

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Lowlight: Jackson undercuts April’s merit

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The episode struck a wrong chord when Jackson (wrongly) assumed April got the job because of nepotism rather than competence. Doesn’t he know his ex-wife’s badassery better?

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Highlight: Catherine calls out Jackson’s privilege

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Highlight: Catherine calls out Jackson’s privilege

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Catherine was remarkably candid about her own son when former daughter-in-law April vented her frustrations about him.

“He was raised with money, connections, a name. You and I had to work for it … He’s never had to worry like us. He’s always known if he leaps, there’s always a safety net. The tough choices for us are tougher.”

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Lowlight: Bailey and Richard reach their lowest point

Lowlight: Bailey and Richard reach their lowest point

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We hate to see Bailey and Richard at such odds… and we also hate to put the blame on Bailey, but there it is.

Pressure from Catherine Avery or no, she should have had more faith in her friend and colleague of many years.

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Highlight: Bailey admits she was a Hanson fan

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Highlight: Bailey admits she was a Hanson fan

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“I once had this resident who made it all the way to close and then all of a sudden this music comes on,” Richard told Ben in the OR. “It was the most ridiculous song I’ve ever heard. It was complete gibberish.”

“I was that resident,” Bailey interjects. “And ‘MMMBop’ was very popular at the time.”

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Highlight: Arizona puts her altruism over her anger

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Highlight: Arizona puts her altruism over her anger

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Even a teacher like Eliza could use some lessons, and Arizona — who had hunted her down in a rage — gave her a crash course on getting past the grief of losing a child patient for the first time.

“You just learn how to feel this way a little faster,” Arizona said.

“You let it hurt and then you put it behind you so that you can face forward to the next kid who needs you.”

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Highlight: Arizona fixes Eliza’s car

Highlight: Arizona fixes Eliza’s car

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Amid her parking lot tantrum, Eliza set off a nonstop blare from her car horn. Arizona walked over, asked her to pop the hood, and yanked out the horn wires… as if this episode hadn’t already proven her bossness enough!

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Highlight: Grey’s Anatomy goes anti-Trump

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Highlight: Grey’s Anatomy goes anti-Trump

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And not too subtly either. When Arizona compares April to a friend who voted wrong, Owen is (incredulously) incredulous that someone can vote wrong… and Arizona, Maggie, and Jackson vehemently correct him.

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Lowlight: Meredith and Alex are MIA

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Lowlight: Meredith and Alex are MIA

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We know why Meredith is a no-show: She’s been suspended, and Ellen Pompeo just got herself a newborn baby.

But it's been a week since Alex got his job back — after his close call with a prison sentence — and he’s nowhere to be found again? What gives?

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Highlight: The music is on-point

Highlight: The music is on-point

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Just when we were bemoaning the relative dearth of good Grey’s music — especially when compared to the ABC show’s prior seasons — they hit us with Laura Mvula’s “Kiss My Feet” and Dan Caplen’s “Blinded by the Lights.”

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Lowlight: No one knows how to eat

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Lowlight: No one knows how to eat

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Baby carrots? Grape tomatoes? A tiny rice bowl? What is all this rabbit food? Don’t hardworking surgeons on their feet all day need something more substantial for lunch? Now you’ve gone too far, Grey’s Anatomy.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 13 did right by fans of April, Richard, and Arizona last night — February 16 — us included.

But we’re still nitpicking on “It Only Gets Much Worse” — there are some storyline decisions by which we cannot abide! Check out our favorite and least favorite moments in the slideshow above.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m ET on ABC.