Weddings are supposed to be happy occasions. They’re supposed to be perfect days filled with love and joy and celebration. Grey’s Anatomy knows that’s not always the case, though, so it’s no surprise that Amelia and Owen’s big day is full of obstacles big and small.
Small obstacle: April accidentally leaves the rings at Meredith’s house. Big obstacle: April starts having contractions as soon as she and Ben get to said house to retrieve said rings. Bigger obstacle: There’s too much traffic for an ambulance to get there quickly enough, so Ben has to do a pelvic exam on April himself — and what he finds is not great.
The baby’s breaching, and there are some issues with the umbilical cord. He either has to give April a C-section right then and there or risk losing the baby. Problem is, Ben’s still in trouble with Bailey for operating in, uh, not ideal circumstances, and she just admitted to him that his 6-month suspension is not only for discipline, but because she needs some time to trust him in the OR again. But if any time is the right time to risk losing that trust again, it’s now.
And it turns out that Bailey approves. He calls Arizona so she can walk him through the operation, and that’s when Bailey gets on the phone to tell him, very slowly and clearly, that she trusts him. That’s all he needs to take a bright green paring knife to April while she lies on Meredith’s kitchen table. Hope she wasn’t planning on having any family dinners there anytime soon.
After some predictably tough moments, the ambulance arrives and brings both April and the delivered baby to the hospital. April’s fine; the baby — a girl! — is fine; everything is, for once in Grey’s history, fine. Even Ben and Bailey are: After she tells him how great of a job he did saving not one but two lives, they embrace. Does this mean he can finally move off the couch?
Back at the church, Amelia’s freaking out. She got in a fight with her mom, who refuses to come to the wedding, earlier that day, and then she overheard Meredith telling Owen he should call Cristina just to let her know what’s going on. All of this — plus Derek’s absence, of course — makes her feel incredibly alone and unsure. Meredith doesn’t make it better when she asks an obviously upset Amelia what she can do to help. Nothing is what Amelia basically says. She knows Meredith doesn’t like her; her own brother isn’t there to walk her down the aisle; everything sucks. Then Meredith pulls through: “I can be a twisted sister for you,” she offers. And she means it.
The two end up running out into the rain (because, oh yeah, it’s pouring — don’t you know the people of Seattle can’t have nice things?) and bumping into Maggie, who joins them on what turns out to be a Slurpee run. If anything’s gonna make a hesitant bride-to-be feel better, it’s a gas station frozen drink, after all. Once they get there, Amelia can’t explain why she’s getting married and continues to freak out. Meredith, in peak twisted sister mode, doesn’t help when she says Amelia should “probably” know why she’s getting married on her wedding day. She does have a point, though.
Post-gas station, the three hang out in the car and talk about how many loves you get per life. Earlier in the episode, Meredith says it’s one. Then she goes back on that, saying that maybe we get multiple true loves. Maybe Amelia and Owen really are meant to be. And that’s enough to get Amelia back in the church to marry Owen, who’s been patiently waiting, despite Karev and Webber’s hints that he should give up on her.
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There, Riggs is busy giving Owen an update on April. Owen’s so elated by seemingly everything that he indirectly invites his archenemy to the ceremony. “There’ll be food after,” he says. Aww. Finally! Forgiveness really is possible. And so is love, even after Derek — maybe.
Owen leaves Riggs and Meredith — who had sex four times in one night, apparently — and the two start talking about their late loves. Derek would have liked a big party, Meredith says. My fiancée wanted a huge wedding, Riggs responds. It’s a sweet moment that’s meant to be more important than it really is. These are just two people who’ve had sex talking about something they have in common. This does not mean they’re in love.
Grey’s wants us to think that they might be, though, or at least that there’s a possibility of it. Especially because it’ll make for some good drama. The episode ends with Meredith standing on the altar (as a bridesmaid), looking at Riggs. Riggs is looking at her, but Maggie thinks he’s looking at her. “I like him. I really like him,” she tells a horrified Mer. “I think he likes me.” Oh, dear. Isn’t the Meredith-Amelia tension enough sister drama for one show?
Outside the wedding, Jo’s getting wasted because Karev doesn’t want to stay with her if she won’t marry him. She has a good reason, though: She’s still married to her abusive ex-husband, and if she asks for a divorce, he’ll find her and hurt her. She drunkenly tells this to DeLuca, who gets her home safe and advises her to tell Karev. He’s too protective of me, she says, worried that Karev will do something dangerous and/or dumb. Then she starts taking off her clothes because that’s what drunk people do, duh, and DeLuca is all, “Don’t do that!” His pleas don’t work. She strips down to her bra and underwear, and as DeLuca tries to get her into bed, he falls on top of her. That’s when Karev enters. Of course.
Karev being Karev repeatedly clocks DeLuca in the face, which probably isn’t the best thing to do, especially now that we know Jo has a history with an abusive ex. It’s also funny given that earlier this episode, Karev was talking about how grown-up he is now and how he doesn’t have time to be with someone who can’t commit to him, blah blah blah. Punching someone isn’t very grown-up, dude.
But in the grand scheme of things, this is just a mild hiccup in the history of Grey’s finales. Nobody gets super sick. Nobody dies. Arizona and Callie even have a happy ending — and, yes, it’s an ending: Sara Ramirez is leaving the show. She doesn’t get a bad sendoff, but she doesn’t get a particularly sentimental, Cristina-style one either. Arizona just goes to her house to drop off Sofia and two plane tickets to New York. She tells Callie that they did this whole thing wrong, that Sofia deserves two happy moms. Callie’s happy; Arizona’s happy; Penny will (hopefully) be happy. Jury’s still out on Sofia, though. When’s the Grey’s spinoff starring just the kids premiering?
Actually, everyone’s pretty happy (save for Karev and Jo). The lack of soul-crushing drama was a little disappointing, but at the same time, it’s almost a relief to see the show let its characters be okay, to let them grow and heal and love one another. Meredith starts off the episode by saying, “They say love knows no bounds. I don’t know about that. I feel like I’ve seen the bounds,” but by the end of the hour, it’s clear that the saying is right. Love knows no bounds — and even dark, twisty Meredith isn’t immune from that.
Before you sign off on Grey’s Anatomy for the season, make sure you check out our interview with Caterina Scorsone and Kevin McKidd on what’s next for Amelia and Own. Plus, we have a postmortem with Camilla Luddington on the revelation from Jo’s past. And Ellen Pompeo and Kelly McCreary talk that Riggs love-triangle twist.