Family dynamics can be tricky. Especially if your family doesn’t look like a traditional family one might find on a sitcom in the ’90s. Times are changing. Lines are often crossed. And at the end of the day, you have to choose if you’re going to respect the boundary that has been put in place or blow right through it without a care in the world.
This family is about as unconventional as it gets. Betty, who we learned is Brittany, has run away from the rehab center and Amelia is in major freak out mode. Things get a little more complicated when Brittany’s parents show up to the hospital in search of details. It seems Brittany called mom and dad before ditching rehab. When her parents arrived at the center, their daughter was long gone. But management did give them Amelia’s name and they are ready for blanks to be filled in.
If you were distracted like me, wondering why Brittany’s mother Carol looked so familiar, never fear. I’m here to save the day, assuming you haven’t already Googled it. That’s none other than Jennifer Grey. The same one who was stuck in a corner during the last dance of the season on Dirty Dancing. Mystery solved. Let’s move on.
It’s been a year-and-a-half since Brittany left home. Amelia shares that “Betty” has been living with them for a few months. She tried calling her parents, but Brittany gave her the wrong number. Carol is dumbfounded. How did Amelia meet Brittany? Did she come to the hospital looking for drugs? Why did she start looking after her? Amelia explains that Brittany had a doctors appointment for Leo and she took her on because she knew she was trying hard to stay off drugs for him.
Carol: “Leo? Who’s Leo? Is that her boyfriend?”
See? Family dynamics can be hard. Just roll with it.
Needless to say, Carol and her husband John want to meet Leo. He is their grandchild, after all. They snuggle and cuddle as the vein in Owen’s head threatens to pop. He heads to trauma to cool off and is met with a sea of Scottish men in kilts carrying bagpipes. Although I really could have used some subtitles to translate the thick Gaelic accents, I was able to pick up through context clues that a boy was shot during a parade and a handful were injured trying to escape.
Seamus, the father of the boy, refuses to leave his side as Owen and Karev work to save his life. The parade of bagpipers decide to lift the boy’s spirits with an impromptu show in the ambulance bay but are quickly shut down. We don’t know if it was a safety reason or the quality of their music. When it’s time to take Seamus’ son to the OR, he melts down. Owen looks him straight in the eyes and vows to take care of his son. The man releases his grip and joins his plaid-clad brethren.
Back at the hospital daycare, Carol also melts down. She questions her ability as a mother and assumes Amelia thinks the worst of her. Carol admits that she lost her little girl a long time ago and wonders if she can ever get her back. Amelia consoles the distraught woman by offering some hope. She took Brittany in because she was an addict, too. She got help, just like Brittany, and Amelia knows Brittany misses her mother more than anything. But Brittany has to work through her shame. The girl Carol knew is still in there.
Over in the waiting room, Owen gives Seamus and the guys the good news that his boy made it through. There’s a lovely reunion when the son wakes up that twists Owen’s heart. He has to leave the room when Seamus tells his son that he will always be there for him.
Owen rushes down to hold Leo and he hears John tell Carol that the hotel is putting a crib in their room. Excuse me? Owen stands tall claiming that they can’t take Leo because they are strangers. Amelia and Owen are his family. Oh, and by the way, Owen is Leo’s legal guardian so if they want this baby they need to pony up a lawyer. This is the moment John shows his hand. Why would they leave their grandson with a drug addict?
Owen’s face turns to Amelia as John and Carol leave. He loses his mind, even when Amelia reminds Owen that he is Leo’s foster parent. Remember when he said he wanted Leo’s mother in his life? And why doesn’t he care more that Brittany is missing? Owen scoffs at the notion. Brittany has never been much of a mother.
So I’m guessing we aren’t doing family photos on the holiday card this year? (Continued on next page)