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'Grey's Anatomy' is Barely 'Grey's Anatomy' Anymore

By Genevieve Burgess | TV | December 16, 2021 |

By Genevieve Burgess | TV | December 16, 2021 |


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Ellen Pompeo has managed to find a new way to keep herself on Grey’s Anatomy without actually being on Grey’s Anatomy. In fact, Grey’s Anatomy itself seems like three different shows this season: The (Sexy) Adventures of Meredith in Minnesota, Grey’s Anatomy traditional, and the other half of Station 19 episodes.

First of all, my continuing admiration for Ellen Pompeo who has decided she wants to keep making Grey’s Anatomy money without actually BEING on Grey’s Anatomy. Last season that meant the character of Meredith Grey in Grey Sloane Memorial was mostly played by a doll, and Ellen Pompeo got to hang out on a beach staring contentedly into the distance. This season it means hanging out in “Minnesota,” which is just a very different hospital set that features Peter Gallagher and Scott Speedman. Her sister-in-law, Amelia, came with her and she pops in over at Seattle/Grey Sloane Memorial occasionally, so it’s not ENTIRELY a different show yet but it is effectively completely removed from the usual Grey’s setting and storylines. Maybe she’ll cure Parkinson’s disease! Even though she’s a general surgeon, not a neurosurgeon and it seems like Amelia and Dr. Kai Bartley are doing all the actual work when Dr. Bartley is not clearly trying to get into Amelia’s pants! Everything’s comin’ up Meredith! I guess this is how they keep Ellen from berating the directors.

Meanwhile, Grey’s Anatomy prime seems increasingly undecipherable to anyone who is not watching Station 19. I admit that in recent weeks I have been tempted to take in an episode just to find out WHY 911 wasn’t picking up or what Owen was up to, but then I realized that I can barely justify still watching Grey’s and getting deeper into this sh*t is not the solution. There are some storylines that make sense within the Grey’s universe without additional context, like Jo realizing that she’s playing house with Link without the benefit of having sex with Link, and maybe she’d like to remedy that, or Bailey struggling with the increasingly cutthroat world of medical recruiting, but there are always a few threads in every episode that (I assume) tie directly to Station 19 and it’s really f—king annoying. This isn’t going to get me to watch Station 19; it’s just making me realize that when my attention starts to wander, I’m struck by how flat a lot of the storylines are this season. Thank goodness Scott Speedman is bringing a little extra charm to the Meredith Show, otherwise, this season would feel completely hopeless.

Why does the show feel this way? I’ve been convinced that The Powers That Be have an eye on wrapping up Grey’s Anatomy either this year or after next season, and I guess the hard push to make Station 19 a winner is to avoid losing all the audience. Now I wonder if they’re also trying to set up a spin-off in Minnesota with Amelia, Kai, Dr. Peter Gallagher who has Parkinson’s (and a character name, I’m sure, but I don’t care) while Meredith and Scott Speedman ride off into the sunset together. Will I be watching either Station 19 or this potential other spin-off once Grey’s wraps? Of course not.



Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.



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