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Season 11 | Episode 23 | “Time Stops” | Aired May 7, 2015

Too strong? Yeah, well, deal with it. Some might even say that season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy came on a little strong. Dr. Herman and the Avery/Kepner baby and Derek and—y’all. As we wrap up the biggest moments of this episode, we all know that it’s been a season that definitely required a couple more boxes of tissues than normal. But if we learned anything from last week, it’s that there’s no time to mull in the past because if you do, a year will go by and you’ll be a mother of three. So let’s just deal with what’s ahead—oh, what’s that you say? Another disaster in Seattle? If another main character dies, I’m going to run into that pile of rubble myself, y’all. Let’s discuss the best moments from this episode:

There’s blood in my mouth …
I was super worried when the interns appeared, because all I could think is that this is how they’ll keep the show alive, and then suddenly it felt okay again because then they show our legends up there in the gallery, watching everyone below and mouthing that fantastic speech that Webber gives to all the intro classes. Also, we get a revamped version of Rilo Kiley’s “Portion for Foxes.” And then there’s Stephanie with her new residents giving her own set of rules. Jerrika Hinton is my world this season—slay, girl. SLAY. However, that sweet little Aryan doctor who was eating brie and high-class deli meats is my world. He’s 100 percent adorbz. Too bad interns are incompetent and ruin everything. You have to wonder how long these little muffins will last—there’s no interns left from Lexie’s class, only Stephanie and Jo are left from the last one, and this one? God bless their souls.

The return of Meredith, the rise of April
April on Grey

Apparently Meredith has been out of the game for a whole year, and then out of the blue, Webber clears her for a full-blown tragedy, because of course he did. This woman is the strongest person in the world, emotionally. And in one of the rudest writing plays, ever, it’s definitely #ThrowbackThursday this week. Mer’s first patient is this poor man smashed in his nice car who is about to die (all the episodes) with a pregnant wife (um … two episodes ago) and he has a pole in him (hi, season 2) and his wife, who was in the accident with him (season 7, remember?), has a baby in distress. But after they determine that he can’t be saved, it’s April who steps up and stays by him, when he’s in his final moments. April is the new boss of Grey’s Anatomy—tell me I’m wrong. That’s right … you can’t.

Hello, Andrew DeLucca, M.D.
Oh hai, Dr. Andrew. This Dr. Shepherd–looking dreamboat walked his ass into Grey-Sloan Memorial with the pregnant lady who got into the bridge-collapse accident. And I don’t know about you, but I hope that he never walks out of here. I also hope he doesn’t roll out of here either because let’s be honest—people die here … a lot. But here’s the issue. When the new interns come along and are acting like total interns and get chatty about the poor pregnant woman’s husband who is dying, the pregnant woman calls out that she can’t breathe. They decide that the best course of action is to release her from her neck brace, which immediately puts her at risk for paralysis, and when Stephanie (who literally has to save everything) jumps in and asks Andrew for help, he reveals that he’s an intern. Damn.

Amelia and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad attitude

Caterina Scorsone

I knew that Amelia would eventually make everything about her. It’s always really rewarding to find out that you’re right. So when Meredith, Maggie, and Amelia return after the car-crash man dies, Amelia starts questioning Meredith’s judgment on making the call when someone dies. For those people who aren’t good at subtle references, she’s talking about her brother Derek. I’m not sure if you guys know, but the death of Derek Shepherd was about Amelia Shepherd. Actually, anything that could (or could not) possibly have anything to do with Amelia is about Amelia, because that’s how Amelia works. So it’s not surprising when Amelia corners Meredith in the supply closet and essentially tells her that she is a horrible sister-in-law for not calling her to come and operate on brain-dead Derek. Y’all. Amelia is just too proud. She can’t deal with life because she is just too proud. She cries because she didn’t get to tell him good-bye, and I’m sorry, Meredith has been through too much to deal with this.

Notes for the O.R. Board

  • Jackson is his mom’s maid of honor and Bailey is Webber’s best man … AND HE’S NOMINATING HER FOR CHIEF.
  • Alex and Meredith are roomies again, and that’s going to be rough on Jo, but like … how much do you love that?
  • Amelia’s stank-face game is strong. Like, super strong.
  • The Catherine Avery/Richard Webber wedding that should never happen didn’t happen because of this disaster, which is the first time I’ve ever been super jazzed about a disaster.

Guys! That last five minutes was a lot, because there’s a woman giving birth in an elevator, but her husband is dead, Callie and Arizona work together and Meredith is moving back into her old house with Alex, and Maggie had a REALLY bad conversation with her mom, and then April rolls back up to the hospital with THE CAR WITH THAT CRUSHED THE MAN WHO WE THOUGHT DIED. I can’t even deal with it all. Can you deal with it all? Do you feel super excited about how the episode kind of ended in a happy way? Was that April pose at the end WAY too dramatic and over-the-top for you, too? Doesn’t matter. April Kepner has shown up in a real way, and you better recognize. Y’all, we have one episode left in this season, and honestly, it’s time. It’s time to say good-bye to season 11 … almost. See ya next week.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on 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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