If you watched Grey’s Anatomy last night, you know that Meredith Grey endured a horrible and brutal attack at the hands of a seemingly nice, cool-mannered patient named Lou. While he and Grey were getting to know each other during his assessment, Lou had a seizure. When he came out of it, he entered a fugue state and attacked the doctor.
The episode, masterfully directed by Denzel Washington, was unique in that most of it was from Meredith’s perspective. During the attack, Meredith lost her hearing, which meant that most of the pivotal moments were played out in silence. It was only when Alex figured out Meredith couldn’t hear what they were saying to her that they realized their “person” had lost her hearing.
The episode covered a month of ground work, from her attack to her recovery, and it showed many challenges that Meredith had to deal with that directly and indirectly came from her latest struggle. An important struggle she didn’t quite deal with until she was forced: accepting forgiveness. She had to forgive herself for being mad at her husband Derek for dying so young and leaving her with three children to raise. She also had to forgive her sister-in-law Amelia for not understanding her pain.
Meredith’s hearing being lost for most of the episode had fans in a panic, but Meredith (and the fans!) were assured that she would regain her hearing. By the end of the episode, Meredith was hearing perfectly out of her left ear, and fifty percent out of her right ear. Even though she was assured her right ear would be fully functioning, it wasn’t exactly as promised. Will her hearing loss jeopardize her position in the hospital? Will she have deeper wounds that affect her profession?
We’re expecting something to be brought up because actress Caterina Scorsone told TV Guide that Meredith’s attack will have long-lasting effect. Of the moment, Scorscone said the following.
“The attack itself is shocking. It’s quite brutal, and the damage is extensive. It’s not just a couple bruises. It’s a pretty long-term situation.”
We already know that Meredith’s attack made Amelia crumble and go even further into her addiction. Since Amelia ignored Meredith’s page for her consult, this left Meredith in the room alone with Lou. Amelia feels that if she had been there, the attack would’ve been avoided. Scorsone hints at this in the following quote.
“Meredith is the person who gets attacked, but it does impact everyone quite profoundly because she’s such a central person in the constellation of relationships at the hospital.”
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As for Alex, we still don’t know if he’s engaged to Jo, as she was hesitant during his proposal, and it was mentioned he returned to living with Meredith at the beginning of this week’s episode. That said, we saw him step up in a big way for Meredith. He was with her throughout every step of her healing process, and it was implied that he even helped take care of her kids while she was healing in the hospital. When Meredith finally broke down, she leaned on Alex. By the end of the episode, Meredith told Alex that she didn’t need his help any more and that he could finally be with Jo.
A huge surprise is a brief look at Jackson serving April divorce papers. It seems like we’ve got at least one answer about one of Grey’s staple couples.
What did you think about last night’s episode?
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