Last Thursday’s night Grey’s Anatomy sent philosophical and contemplating vibes, which would have gathered even the great Greek philosophers and thinkers to indulge themselves with an intimate discussion with Meredith Grey, pondering together over the topic of aloneness and loneliness.
The Grey’s writers only scratched the surface on this broad topic, providing the highlights and leaving those who like to think and question things to delve further on the subject quietly in their own heads.
Despite the limited time, in the span of an hour, the episode managed to incorporate different examples from the wide spectrum of situations and combinations on the ‘alone- lonely’ scale mixed up with happiness, sadness and understanding or the lack of them.
Alone together: April and Jackson’s baby dilemma steadily keeps on moving in direction, which creates further clashes between the couple’s opposing views. There is so much beauty in April’s motherly love, purity in her belief, eloquence in her lack of desire to know more about the baby’s condition and what the future holds. Yet, even her mother’s presence and Jackson’s constant support make her feel alone and terrified. April Kepner is an example of being alone among people. All she needs is just a bit of quiet understanding. Jackson, on the other hand swings in another direction- there is something very raw, honest and loving in the way he wants to protect April and the baby by knowing and being prepared. Whether he realises it or not, but Avery is also all alone with his struggle.
Alone and lonely: Meredith Grey, the newly single mother in a long- distance relationship is not just alone and lonely. She doesn’t even know how to be alone. Since Meredith is a quick learner, she finds some rather disturbing methods to deal with her aloneness, such as sleeping with a 3D printed tumour in her bed. One way or another, things that people are supposed to learn in life, they will do so and sometimes the price they have to pay is a bit high.
She Shepherd, on the other hand, is lonely in the professional department because no one seems to understand her approach, enthusiasm and optimism in removing the tricky tumour from Dr. Herman’s brain. But thanks to Edwards ‘a-ha’ moment, She Shepherd won herself a partner in crime.
Alone and something else: Dr. Pierce seems to be quite content being alone and have mastered the art exquisitely. However, she hasn’t master yet finding someone who can understand her quirks and weirdness, because something in her eyes and something in her voice hides a pinch of loneliness that probably tickles her now and then.
Dr. Robbins, newly single, all alone and on her own prefers to bury whatever she feels with work, save foetus’ lives and find joy in reading patients’ medical records. Whatever is going on in her head and in her heart, unfortunately we don’t have access there.
Alone, lonely and unhappy: Callie Torres and Owen Hunt were the hard-to-swallow bitter pills in the entire episode. Their dark talk could have depressed even the happiest Buddhist monk. Those two are drowning in their own pointless expectations and false assumptions. They have forgotten how to be happy. Major Hunt is building Chinese Walls around himself, making himself believe that the entire world revolve around Cristina Yang. Callie Torres is running in a maze, trying to find quick fixes for whatever she wants to repair in her life, but she seems rather stuck and goes blank when a woman hits on her. Callie and Owen have lost their mojo and it seems it will be a long way before they get out of the mud and learn that other people are not responsible for their happiness or unhappiness.
Learn to be alone! Be happy alone! Share your joy with other people, but never let it in the hands of others!