Call me basic, but “Grey’s Anatomy” is one of the best shows on ABC. Every episode keeps me on the edge of my seat and makes me fall in love with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) all over again. As the longest-running medical drama in TV history, it’s clear the characters creator Shonda Rimes has left her mark on the general public.
Episode 16.21 wasn’t originally set to be this season's final one. The show was supposed to run until May, but production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Season 16 has been full of twists and turns as is pretty much every season, but this one has been a ride. It began with Grey admitting she committed insurance fraud in order to help a patient receive a surgery, which in turn released her then-boyfriend Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) from jail. In the season prior, DeLuca admitted he committed the fraud in order to save Meredith’s medical license. Grey eventually faced the medical board and got to keep her license after former patients gave statements on her behalf. Later in the season, it was revealed Alex Karev’s (Justin Chambers) absence was due to him getting back together with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) after finding out she had his twins.
Of course, more drama happened, like Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) not knowing who the father of her unborn child was until episode 17, but you get the gist.
Leading up to this episode, it was revealed that Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), the former chief of surgery, was experiencing hallucinatory episodes and disorientation while attending a medical conference in Los Angeles. Once back at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, it’s all hands on deck to find out what’s wrong with Webber.
The finale, aptly titled “Put on a Happy Face,” began with Grey and DeLuca compiling various diagnoses on a whiteboard as they pour over medical textbooks. While Grey is convinced Webber doesn’t have Alzheimer’s disease, neurosurgeon Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) and Grey’s sister-in-law Amelia think Webber’s diagnosis is Alzheimer's. Just as Webber is about to be discharged, the tables turn further as underlying symptoms come to light. More tests are run and soon the Alzheimer’s diagnosis is withdrawn, leaving them back at square one as Amelia goes into labor.
At this point in the episode, I was extremely happy Amelia and Atticus Lincoln (Chris Carmack), better known as Link, were going to be parents, especially after everything they’ve been through this season as a couple. However, I wasn’t sure if they were going to diagnose Webber.
All my doubts ceased when DeLuca stormed into the operating room to tell Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Grey he had come up with a diagnosis, which turned out to be the correct one. This is a big step for DeLuca who, for the last few episodes, has been suspended due to signs of erratic behavior and mental distress.
At the end of the episode, Webber is back to being his normal self, Amelia and Link have a healthy baby boy, the drama is continuing for Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) and Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), and Grey comforts a struggling DeLuca.
Overall, this episode was a lot to take in. It even had a callback to our beloved George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) when he helped Bailey through her son’s birth in season two. Watching “Grey’s Anatomy” on Thursday has become a pivotal part of my week and is something I always look forward to. Although this season was cut short, I’m looking forward to seeing how they tie all these loose ends in season 17 whenever it may air.