Restoring memories turned out to be a much harder activity than saving a patient’s life. Meredith Grey opened the gates of her childhood memories and took us down the Memory Lane. The trip to Memoryland was more like The Triwizard Tournament in a Harry Potter movie. Meredith’s wibbly- wobbly memory travelled back in 1983 to reconstruct and gather the missing pieces of her mother’s pregnancy, the late Ellis Grey.
Meredith Grey wasn’t the only one delving deep into her mind. Dr. Webber was also flashing back to his residency years by Meredith’s disturbing questions and Bailey’s constant poking on the subject of Maggie Pierce and her shocking letter of resignation. He finally provided us with the whole picture of his love affair with Ellis Grey. Bits and pieces of their love story have been scattered for a decade to bring us to these moments of revelation- why Meredith’s mother attempted suicide, why Richard never left Adele and why Meredith and her mother left Seattle.
Turned out, young Richard Webber was a jerk in love and his love and passion for the young Ellis Grey wasn’t enough not to break the love- pact. His male surgical ego didn’t want to live in the shadow of the brilliant and talented Ellis Grey. So, he slew the future of blissful happiness with Mama Grey and turned her into a suicidal and cold woman.
Ellis Grey, on the other hand may have been an icy and ambitious bitch, but she knew a thing or two about love and happiness. She may have never made the shortlist ‘Mother of the Year’, but the woman deserves our admirations for her sacrifices and for trying to provide some decent life not only for Meredith but for Maggie Pierce as well. Ellis Grey wasn’t the warm, make- a- jam and sewing- Halloween- costumes kind of mother. Instead she gave something else to both her daughters- she gave them a piece of her surgical talent and made them part of her first Harper Avery Award dedication.
While Meredith kept playing Hide and Seek with her memories, her jerky husband kept bitching around and switching from Mr. Nice Guy to Mr. Arsehole. He made us love him again when he welcomed Maggie as a family and he made us hate him when he was attempting to go for the jugular once again with Meredith. He should have learned by now not to mess with dark and twisty Meredith Grey, who put him in the right place and shut his mouth.
Elsewhere, Jo and Edwards were mastering the role of props while She Shepherd was popping now and then to lighten the atmosphere and bring some comic relief in the absence of April and Callie.
As expected, Dr. Douchebag is back on the Peds floor, bitching and threatening. But surprise, surprise… his ex- mentor, Dr. Robbins, gave him quite a present, because you know, there is this fellowship marathon and this other thing, her marriage, that need her immediate attention.
Although, Grey’s Anatomy has set the tone with the season premiere, the writers seem to keep laying the basis at least for the first half of the season. Four episodes in season eleven but it feels like four important and central pieces of a bigger picture. One more episode, the Calzona centric one, will be added to this sequence of central pieces. Maybe, after the fifth episode we’ll see in what direction all the storylines will progress.
Until then, wiggle your toes! Don’t let your memory get rusty! Enjoy the ride on the carousel!