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Season 11 | Episode 20 | “One Plane Down” | Aired Apr 16, 2015

Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy has been all about trying to make everyone think that Derek is never coming back to Seattle. It all started with the Mer/Der split, and now, we’re alluding to the fact that he might be dead. Why can’t we just live, Shonda? Ain’t you tired? Apparently not, because Derek is missing, the Chief is wearing his adorable purple-sweater combo, and there’s a plane crash. Not one that Derek’s in—I mean, Derek could be in one—sigh … let me explain in this week’s four best moments:

We’re just a plane crash
Amelia tries to call her romance with Owen off and says, “I don’t have anymore to give.” And then Owen says that he’s done and that he’s had enough, and I think that’s great. That should be it, right? RIGHT? Wrong. Amelia and Owen take a completely irrational argumentative tone with each other for the rest of the episode, and I have a question—did I miss a few episodes? Did they become like SUPER serious when I sneezed once? Because this is the behavior of people who have known each other for years and loved each other for, well, more than seven episodes. It’s too much. Owmelia is TOO MUCH FOR ME.

A plane went down, as noted above, and the pilot’s date (who went down with the plane) wakes up from her surgery and doesn’t remember a thing that happened. Instead of dealing with that, Owen and Amelia passive aggressively argue about whose fault it is. Practical. Later, the snappiness continues in the hallway as Amelia yells at Stephanie for trying to make a patient remember her first date, and in what is becoming a weekly thing, Stephanie has the BEST moment and yells, “This story is about me. I’m the protagonist—I’m the hero, Kate is the patient that I save, and you two … you two are messing it up.” LOL STEPHY STOP. At the end of the episode, Owen calls himself and Amelia a plane crash. I agree. For right now, they’re over.

Flashback to the woods
The plane crash happens, and man, the residents are JAZZED, but when Meredith walks into the E.R. where the patients are, she is just too overwhelmed by it all. In the moment, she hears the voices of Cristina and Arizona, and it’s not great. It’s getting to a point where nothing can happen in this hospital without someone having related PTSD flashbacks. However, it does allow us a rare opportunity to see Meredith and Arizona join forces—Derek is (hopefully) in D.C., Cristina is gone, Mark and Lexie are dead, so yeah … they’ll need each other a lot.

In a super awkward turn of events, Maggie tries to relate to the hospital staff’s reaction to plane crashes by throwing out a time that she was left on the tarmac for four hours. And then they explain it all, and Maggie is BROKEN. Someone really needs to fill this girl in on, like, the entirety of this series. In a terrible turn of events, there is a cardiac tamponade (#RIPMark) that needs attention. It’s all too much of a reminder of what happened. We’ll address that whole situation in a minute … but to top it off, Alex admits to Arizona that he was the one that cut off her leg. Yikes. Arizona immediately asks Callie why she let her believe it was her and not Alex, and Callie says, “I wanted you to have a person.” Miss you, #Calzona.

We Had Sandwiches
“Boy and girl in the sky, we can fly twice as high … let’s take a look, it’s a book, it’s on your first daaaaate.” Okay, yeah, that was an awful Reading Rainbow play, but seriously—the people involved in the plane crash were flying a plane on their first date. The Chief saw them as he was headed into work (and goes on to tell that story over and over, more and more dramatically). But after surgery, Pilot Sam’s date, Kate, wakes up and can’t remember what happened.

Pilot Sam ends up being operated on by Bailey and Meredith, but he starts to flatline—remember that tamponade from earlier?—luckily, Maggie comes in and literally glues the hole in his heart back together. Anyway, Stephanie makes it her LIFE GOAL to make Kate remember this date because they NEED their love back, even if it was first-date love. She continues to push the two back together, even when Amelia threatens to have her fired, and just when you think it’s too much, Kate remembers Pilot Sam and announces that they had sandwiches. Keep that in mind, world: If there’s one thing that brings lovers together, it’s sandwiches.

Pillow Talk
After ten seasons, we live for these crazy tragedies, but some of Grey’s Anatomy‘s best moments are the scenes like the ones we have tonight with Meredith and Derek in bed. Watching Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey work together so closely and simply is a reminder that this show is nothing without their chemistry. In essence, this whole episode is about Derek being missing and not answering the phone, and these scenes—well, they’re all about Derek and Meredith’s last moment in bed before he left. (The moment he recommended they have another baby, by the way!!)

Maggie helps, well, however she can. Grey’s Anatomy has done such a fantastic job of making Maggie likable and capable, while also being 100 percent clueless about everything. Literally—how did woman hang out in this hospital for this long and never realize that these people have been to hell and back? I don’t know, either. Anyway, Meredith and company set 5 p.m. as the cutoff time for Derek’s safety check, and of course, the time passes. He’s probably dead—or at least that’s where our minds go at this point.

Notes for the O.R. Board

  • Maybe I’ve never been in love, but I’ve never slept next to anyone who’s snore I’d call a “bird song.”
  • Teeny bit frustrated that in the midst of a PTSD breakdown, Callie can’t step up for Arizona. I’m usually all #TeamCallie, but y’all. This is different—even if she let her believe that she cut off her leg.
  • Never go on a first date with a guy who wants to fly you in a damn airplane. Damn.
  • In an attempt pull off a coup during every emotional moment this season, artist in residence Aron Wright provides another heartbreak jam with that Owmelia breakup song “Parallel Lines”- Future Reference.

Well. According to next week’s preview, Derek is alive at some point. And it appears that a giant car wreck is what is holding him up. I’m totally okay with that, if for no other reason than that we get to hear “How to Save a Life” again in an episode aptly titled, “How to Save a Life!” So exciting. Do you think he’ll walk out of the episode unscathed? And how does Meredith not have stress ulcers? I know that I do, and I’m just the one watching. Until next week, you pretend surgeons.

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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