17 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 19

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17 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 19

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17 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 19

We’re back to the interpersonal drama in Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 as Maggie returned to the hospital in the wake of her mother’s death only to find her colleagues questioning her competence at every turn.

As she navigated her grief in starts and stops, this installment had us alternately proud of and frustrated with her. Let’s delve into the best and worst parts of “What’s Inside.”

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

17 Highlights and Lowlights From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 13 Episode 19
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1. Highlight: Jackson’s baseline for normalcy

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1. Highlight: Jackson’s baseline for normalcy

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When Mer tried to vouch for Maggie’s ability to work amid her grief, she used herself as an example: “I have operated through a miscarriage.”

Jackson, like a proxy for all of us fans, had the perfect reply: “That’s not normal.”

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2. Highlight: Maggie saves her patient

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2. Highlight: Maggie saves her patient

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When Maggie took the tumor out from the fetus and the fetus started to decompensate, Maggie did nothing. Everyone thought she had frozen, but when she explained herself, she was really talking about herself:

“My plan is to give her a minute. She just lost something huge, something that has been with her since day one. Her heart just needs to learn how to beat without that extra load. She just needs some time to adjust.”

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3. Lowlight: Maggie keeps mum

3. Lowlight: Maggie keeps mum

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We’re all very impressed with Maggie’s foresight, but couldn’t she have told Arizona not to panic before she went silent for 80 seconds? Couldn’t she have told Arizona her plan from the get-go?

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4. Highlight: The first half of Maggie’s speech to Jackson

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4. Highlight: The first half of Maggie’s speech to Jackson

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When Jackson commended Maggie on how well she did in surgery, she told him she’s just being a surgical rock star, albeit a grieving one:

“I’m not doing well. I’m doing my job. I feel awful, but I’m doing my job. While everyone is staring and telling me I’m not up for it, I am doing my job.”

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5. Lowlight: The second half of Maggie’s speech to Jackson

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5. Lowlight: The second half of Maggie’s speech to Jackson

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Then, turning resentful, she attacked him for failing to save her mother’s life:

“Why couldn’t you do your job? My mother came to you for help, and you said that you would help her. That is the job. So why the hell couldn’t you do it?”

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6. Highlight: Meredith picks/chooses/loves her half-sister

6. Highlight: Meredith picks/chooses/loves her half-sister

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Just two weeks after Bailey decreed “Bros before potential love interests,” Meredith followed a similar adage: “Sisters before potential love interests.”

When Maggie arrived at the house in tears, Mer skipped out on her not-a-date with Nathan, ignoring his protestations.

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7. Highlight: Dancing it out

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7. Highlight: Dancing it out

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The sisters flailing around in Meredith’s living room = Classic Grey’s Anatomy. (And all of a sudden, we miss Cristina that much more.)

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8. Highlight: Jackson and Maggie bond

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8. Highlight: Jackson and Maggie bond

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We still contend he doesn’t owe her anything, but Jackson was kind to tell Maggie about her mother’s mindset in her final months — details which (we hope) gave Maggie a sense of closure.

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9. Lowlight: Jackson and Maggie bond

9. Lowlight: Jackson and Maggie bond

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That said, those Grey’s Anatomy writers best not be floating some sort of Jackson-Maggie ship. We all know he and April are meant to be, and let’s not forget he and Maggie are step-siblings.

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10. Highlight: Isaac has something to do

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10. Highlight: Isaac has something to do

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Grey’s Anatomy has a bad habit of introducing or re-introducing characters and then forgetting about them — paging Dr. Leah Murphy! — so we’re glad occasional intern Isaac Cross had a substantial storyline this week.

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11. Highlight: Isaac doesn’t die

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11. Highlight: Isaac doesn’t die

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When Stephanie was so flippant about Isaac’s diverticulitis and then realized that was a misdiagnosis, we thought that meant he’d be a goner. Had that mistake been a fatal one, Stephanie might have been wrecked.

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12. Highlight: Stephanie’s existential crisis

12. Highlight: Stephanie’s existential crisis

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Between the botched operation on the 9-year-old, the unsuccessful treatment of Maggie’s mom, and now this misstep with Isaac, it seems Stephanie is becoming increasingly disillusioned with surgery.

And if this is how the Grey’s writers are writing Steph out, at least it won’t be an abrupt exit a là Derek, Erica, Leah 1.0, et al.

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13. Highlight: Arizona and Nathan’s new friendship

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13. Highlight: Arizona and Nathan’s new friendship

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When Arizona and Nathan realized they both have secret love interests, she gave him no choice: “This is happening. We’re now friends.”

Turns out, they have a fun reparté, even if she did freak him out with all of her talk of Mer and Derek’s epic love story.

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14. Lowlight: Amelia’s intransigence

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14. Lowlight: Amelia’s intransigence

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We get things are bad between Amelia and Owen, but she couldn’t even bring herself to say hi to their mutual friends, especially as those friends are undergoing a high-risk fetal surgery? Girl

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15. Highlight: Bailey and Richard’s new feud

15. Highlight: Bailey and Richard’s new feud

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Now that Richard has made up with Bailey, their arguments are more a matter of pride than pain, and they’re infinitely more amusing as a result.

They spend this episode trying to get each other to apologize, and Bailey actually calls her former boss Gnarled Old Man Wisdom.

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16. Highlight: Debbie Allen’s kids scrub in

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16. Highlight: Debbie Allen’s kids scrub in

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In case you missed ‘em, Debbie Allen’s kids Vivian Nixon and Norm Nixon Jr. popped up in this episode, playing Intern Hannah and Intern James, respectively.

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17. Lowlight: That promo

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17. Lowlight: That promo

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We’re all for Meredith and Nathan joining the Mile High Club, even if lavatory sex seems like a logistical nightmare. But then the plane starts rocking, and not in the sexy way.

Spoiler alert: We’re 100 percent sure the plane isn’t crashing, and to make it seem like it is brings back all sorts of LexMark feels we didn’t need on a Thursday night.

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We’re back to the interpersonal drama in Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 as Maggie returned to the hospital in the wake of her mother’s death only to find her colleagues questioning her competence at every turn.

As she navigated her grief in starts and stops, this installment had us alternately proud of and frustrated with her. Let’s delve into the best and worst parts of “What’s Inside.”

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