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Season 11 | Episode 11 | “All I Could Do Was Cry” | Aired Feb 12, 2015

Hoo boy. This was the episode of Grey’s Anatomy that we’ve all been dreading since the winter premiere. And now we’re in that very uncomfortable place where the fate of April’s baby is revealed. Luckily, that’s not the only thing that happened this episode. If it were, no one would have anything to ever be happy about again. Let’s talk about April’s baby and everything else that happened this episode.

Maggie has all the Girl Scout badges

Elsewhere, Meredith is on babysitter watch. And it ends up being Alex (cough, Jo, whatever) who gets roped into the job when Meredith wants to take a booty-call weekend trip to D.C. (hayyy) because he’s her new person. Poor Maggie is clearly not down with the lingo because she’s all, “I’m a person.” Baby girl. But at the end of the day, Ms. Maggie Enthusiasm herself steps up and offers to babysit because she was a Girl Scout and she bakes and she’s just so excited to have a friend! Also, if you ever need to go to the airport or need help moving, Kelly McCreary is totally your girl.

Oh my baby-size surprise

Here’s the deal: A woman got shot by her husband, but like … not on purpose? She comes in for surgery, because, you know, gunshot wounds, and she finds out that she’s PREGNANT. Yeah, it’s kind of crazy. Anyway, she gives birth to the baby, and her husband is shocked as well, because that’s how you feel when you don’t know that you’re having a baby. Apparently they tried for years to no avail, and here we are: shot and with child. And as she’s flatlining and Maggie is massaging her heart, we get a classic Bailey-chat-with-unconscious-patient. Mother and baby pull through, and they make the most adorable unexpected family ever.

Take me to church

There is something special about each candle lighting. Amelia has a quiet moment and a surprising respect for the chapel after waking up a sleeping resident. Bailey is consistently interrupted and finishes her prayer with, “You know what I was going to say.” And then Jo and Stephanie share a gal-pal moment about how Stephanie feels like she has something to do with April’s poor baby. Alex stops in, followed by the chief. He’s met in the chapel by Catherine, who is looking hella fly with short hair. Snaps to you, girl. We finish with a silent Arizona, who lights the final candle.

But the saddest of all is Jackson’s visit. Jackson Avery has never been anything close to a Christian, but in the face of love, he takes himself to the church’s chapel. There he addresses God, Yahweh, Buddha, and even E.T. and asks for one simple thing. “God, show up for her. Show up for April.”

A time to say goodbye

“My baby’s bones are breaking in my belly. The place he’s supposed to feel safe is where it’s breaking?”

Dr. Herman reveals that April and Jackson’s baby suffers from brittle bone disease type 2. Unfortunately, that’s the worst-case scenario. Immediately, April fears what comes next. In lieu of abortion, Catherine Avery encourages them to induce labor, and then they can baptize the baby. April, in turn, sees it as a possibility for a miracle from God. It all becomes too real for her, though, when Dr. Herman recommends that April go ahead and sign the death certificate.

April pulls away from the procedure and everyone around her, until she runs back into the intern to whom Dr. Warren passed off some lab cultures. It happens that she’s not an intern at all—she’s a woman who lost her fiancé the night before but couldn’t bring herself to leave the hospital. It’s only when April tells her that it’s okay to let go that both of them face the truth of their realities. In a nearly silent scene, the baby is delivered and christened, and Jackson and Avery’s firstborn is gone.

Well. That’s that. There will be no baby Kepner-Avery in this season, but somewhere in the Grey’s Anatomy season in the sky, there’s a little baby who is being watched over by E.T. or something like that. Luckily, we have a little bit of Meredith and Maggie fun to fall back on. And hopefully, we will get a little more light this season and a couple fewer #TearsOfGreys.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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