Maggie finds out about Meredith's relationship with Riggs.

By Ariana Bacle
April 27, 2017 at 10:11 PM EDT
Mitch Haaseth/ABC
S14 E21
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One patient had worms breeding inside her. The end.

Just kidding. There was more to this episode, but honestly, the pasta-like worms were everywhere — even in scenes most definitely not about the worms, you were thinking about the worms. Or if, like me, you are getting over a stomach bug, you were thinking, “Please don’t throw up, please don’t throw up, please don’t throw up.” Also? Spaghetti is ruined. Forever.

All you really need to know about the worms is that a patient had them, her new boyfriend ditched her once he found out, and then he returned later (after the worms were cleared from his girlfriend, it should be noted), once he realized he was being a butthead. Oh, and April got one in her hair. And you thought lice were bad!

In non-worm news, Bailey notices Richard and Catherine aren’t speaking, and she wants to fix it because of course she does. She spends the entire episode trying to figure out how to get them back on speaking terms. April eventually clues Bailey in on something: She and Catherine are… very, very alike. Soon after, Bailey’s confronting her sort-of twin about how she needs to woman up and talk to her husband. She’s pretty convincing, too, both because she’s Bailey, and Bailey could probably convince you breeding worms in your intestines is a good idea (sorry), and because she knows a thing or two about marriage — she’s been through two, after all.

So she does her Bailey thing, telling Catherine things like, “You don’t know how to be married,” and, in the episode’s best moment, “I plan to grow old with my man and have old people sex.” “Don’t you want to have old people sex, Catherine?” she asks. She tells Catherine to set her ego aside and talk to her husband, make up with him. Very quickly we find out that Catherine does want to have old people sex, because she’s visiting Richard and joyfully looking at his pictures of the worms. At least something good came out of them?

In less happy news, Maggie knows about Meredith and Riggs. During a press conference for their whole plane debacle, Maggie notices Riggs rubbing Meredith’s shoulder a little too long and immediately — and correctly — assumes they’re sleeping together. Meredith catches Maggie watching and immediately — and correctly — assumes her sister knows. She was ready for this, in a way, though: All morning, Meredith practiced (to herself and to Karev, and to her fridge, the best audience of all) what she was going to say to Maggie about the situation.

The problem is, Maggie doesn’t want to hear it. Once Meredith admits that she and Riggs are indeed a thing, Maggie shuts her out and tells her she has to go back to work. Later, Maggie sits down at Meredith’s lunch table and asks, “So, did you join the mile-high club? Is he a good kisser?” In case it isn’t clear, she is not asking this in a fun, sisterly, gossipy way. She is asking in an I-want-you-to-feel-terrible-because-you-are-terrible way.

And Meredith does feel terrible. Later, she basically traps Maggie in a supply closet and tries to explain herself — tries to explain that she didn’t tell Maggie because she wanted to protect her feelings. She didn’t want to hurt her. She’s being genuine, but Maggie is also being genuine when she cries to Meredith that she’s the only person she trusted to be honest with her, and now that’s gone out the window. It’s upsetting, sure, though it also feels like it’ll get cleared up very quickly given the other crises these characters have dealt with, not just in the entirety of the show, but this season. The stakes are supposed to feel high; instead, they feel almost boringly low.

It does get cleared up very quickly. Later at the house, Meredith asks Maggie to go out with her for a drink. At first, Maggie says no. Then Meredith offers an earnest, no-bulls— apology. “I am very sorry that I screwed up and I hurt you. But you’re my sister. And I’m sure as hell not losing you over a guy.”

That’s enough to get Maggie off the couch — though she makes sure to tell Meredith she’s still mad. That’s okay with Meredith, who would probably be fine with having a sister who is constantly angry at her, as long as she’s alive (rest in peace, Lexie). But that’s not going to happen, anyway. Maggie will get over it, and Meredith will get over Riggs (or they’ll become an official Thing), and they will be happy sisters forever… or, more realistically, until Shonda Rhimes decides to put Maggie on a plane.

Meredith. Alex. Bailey. Arizona. The doctors are definitely in on Shonda Rhimes' hospital melodrama.
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