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Season 11 | Episode 14 | “The Distance” | Aired Mar 5, 2015

It’s been a long road on Grey’s Anatomy to get to where we are now—but after weeks of tumor growth and fetal surgery and Amelia speeches, it’s actually time to cut into Dr. Herman’s tumor and take that bad boy out.

It’s a toss-up as to how this is going to go, because it would be totally insane if she just walked out of this no big deal, but it would be even worse if she just died. I guess we’ll see how it shakes out in this week’s best moments recap. Let’s get to cuttin’.

The return of “Seriously”: Superhero edition

My favorite thing about Dr. Amelia Shepherd is that she is borderline ridiculous. As Stephanie walks in to start prepping for Dr. Herman’s surgery, Amelia is standing with her fists on her hips, staring into the sky as if she’s Superman. Literally, five minutes before, she was in the bathroom crying in the mirror, preparing herself for the surgery ahead, but when Stephanie asks her exactly what she’s doing, she explains that she’s, you know, actually pretending to be a superhero. And that’s when it happens—the return of “seriously.” Stephanie asks, “Seriously?” and Amelia responds, “Seriously.” Game on, guys.

Get on board and shut up

As Arizona begins the surgery Bailey requested Dr. Herman do in last week’s episode, she has to make some pretty tough calls. Bailey is freaking out and saying that they need to deliver the baby, and Arizona is having all of these flashbacks to Dr. Herman moments. I know this is practically Grey’s sacrilege to say this, but Bailey is being absurdly annoying when Arizona finally snaps and says, “You either need to get on board and shut up or get the hell out!”

In the end, Dr. Robbins has become the surgeon that Dr. Herman has trained her to be. Glenda makes it through her surgery fine, and even Dr. Bailey and Dr. Karev give Arizona her due. She admits that six months ago, she wouldn’t have believed in herself, but now she knows that she’s a fetal surgeon. Arizona is so fierce these days, right?

The right and wrong Shepherd

In what appears to be an insurmountable roadblock, Amelia panics and asks for Chief Webber to call Derek in from Washington, D.C. She doesn’t know where to go without completely changing Dr. Herman’s life and finally admits, “My hubris is going to kill her.” But then Dr. Webber gives an inspired speech, saying if Derek gets back in time, he’ll take her surgery and make it his and end up killing her. There’s been a lot of Derek-shade this season, but for some reason, I feel bad when it happens and he’s not there to deserve it. Regardless, this is Amelia’s surgery, and it’s time for her to own it.

At a really inopportune time, Stephanie decides to take up planking as a hobby. She essentially crashes in the middle of the operating room, so Meredith steps in for her. Remember that time Meredith was almost a neurosurgeon? And then she messed up a whole clinical trial and then stole baby Zola? LOL. OH, MER. As they’re closing on Dr. Herman, Stephanie wakes up from her slumber, and Dr. Webber is like, “Girl, they’re closing. Sorry, brah.” But Stephanie takes off in a full spring and gets to the O.R. just in time for Dr. Shepherd to offer her the privilege of closing up Dr. Herman. Stephanie looks so pleased, Amelia cries, I yell at the TV in complete joy. Literally everyone is happy.

The right horse

Dr. Herman doesn’t wake up. She doesn’t wake up for days, but as the minutes to the episode wind down, Dr. Herman begins to choke on her breathing tube. That sounds pretty awful, but on the up and up, that’s good! She’s going to live! She remembers her name and remembers everything about her life. But she can’t follow the light Dr. Shepherd holds up in front of her face. Just because you win the war doesn’t mean you win every battle on the way there. Dr. Herman’s tumor is gone, but so is her sight.

Arizona starts to cry, because Arizona’s a crier, but Dr. Herman puts her in check real quick. She says, “The point is, I’m alive, and I wouldn’t be if you weren’t such a pain in my ass. I picked the right horse.” I guess it’s not cool to be calling people horses, but I mean, girlfriend just got her brains treated like raw chicken at a Wasabi, so she gets to do whatever she wants. LONG LIVE DR. NICOLE HERMAN.

Notes for the O.R. Board:

  • “The only way to fail is not to fight, so you fight until you can’t fight anymore.” —Dr. Amelia Shepherd
  • Meredith brought snacks to Dr. Herman’s surgery. Snacks, y’all. Even awkward Dr. Pierce was like, “This is kind of strange, right?”
  • “Read a book, for God’s sake.” —Meredith, in response to a resident who wanted to know what a “dream box” was.
  • I had foot surgery this week and hummed a Grey’s Anatomy song to myself as I was wheeled into the O.R. and apparently asked about “Geena” when I woke up. This is how deep your fearless leader is into this show.

Well, damn. I’m torn because it’s hard to imagine that Grey’s is going to keep a blind Dr. Herman around for much longer, but you have to be happy that she’s not dead because that would mean we’d NEVER see her again. (Actually, that’s not true. Denny came back about 14 times after he died.)

But with April’s baby gone and Dr. Herman alive, eventually we’re going to have to answer the big, lingering question: When is Derek coming back? Feel free to chime in because your guess is as good as mine.

Until next week, little doctors.

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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