Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy episode, called “Who Is He” takes the audience on a trip to Montana. The installment is a character centered episode, featuring only Dr. Jackson Avery and Dr. April Kepner.
The main episode plot explores Jackson’s personal relationships (with his mother, his father and April) and his inner emotional turmoil. The subplot, or the patient storyline mirrored with Jackson’s inability to give voice to his feelings, to express all his bottled-up emotions.
The last few episodes on Grey’s Anatomy have been building up to this moment, to this particular episode, where Jackson Avery has to confront his past, to evaluate his present and to build a better future.
Dr. Avery has been unhappy and dissatisfied with his life. This might explain why he was fighting for Richard Webber so wholeheartedly. Fighting for Richard, probably provided some kind of meaning to his life. Moreover, he was fighting against his mother, trying to stand up to her, to prove that he is good enough to be an ‘Avery’.
Truth be told, he has been looking for a validation in the wrong direction.
Two major things happened on the Thursday’s night episode. Jackson meets his father and ends up in bed with his ex wife.
The miracle procedure is not worth mentioning. Every long time fan of the tv show knows that the doctors on Grey’s Anatomy are almost always able to save the day, come up with a new procedure that has never been done before.
After years, only hearing bits and pieces about Jackson’s father, the viewers finally meet the black sheep in the Avery family.
Bringing Jackson’s father to the small screen is a nice touch, however there is something amiss. The few conversations between the junior and the senior Avery, don’t actually provide an answer why Jackson’s father was never interested in his child. All Jackson and the audience got from him, is the fact that being an Avery and a surgeon is a burden. That’s why Jackson’s father chose as simple but happy life for himself. However, that also doesn’t explain how he is unable to recognise his own child. Probably, this bit might have been intentional on the writers’ side. It actually helps Jackson come to terms with his father’s absence from his life and see and appreciate his mother and the things she does for him.
The second major event of the episode is Jackson and April spending the night together. This event opens the door for romance between these two people once again. Are the writers going to give a second chance to Jackson and April’s characters? Very possible. Married or not they still have the same verbal fights, April is still crazy April and Jackson Avery is still Jackson Avery. If they are able to find a way to parent a child together, even though they are divorced, why not try to be a couple again. However, this remains to be seen, whether the rekindled relationship between ‘Crazy’ and ‘Pretty Eyes’ will be taken any further or it will be written off in Grey’s Anatomy history as a one night stand.
To sum it up, “Who Is He” is a bit of a waste of an episode in the season. Jackson’s issues could have been easily wrapped up in a few episodes. One can easily get bored half way of the episode, though it was nice meeting another Avery. The patient storyline and the medical case is nothing thrilling either. It is rather predictable that Dr. Avery would step up and do the impossible. However, having April back is his arms, certainly isn’t shocking but a bit surprising. What direction things will go for the two doctors in, sooner or later the viewers will find out.