TGIT moments that will make you OMG
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Despite my horribly made pizza (thanks Dominoes) and my load of math homework I didn’t do, I was pumped for yet another TGIT. I can always count on TGIT to make my week better because I just want to sit on my couch with popcorn and a glass of wine (CocaCola until I’m 21) and analyze the characters Shonda Rhimes creates. There is no other time where I bite my nails as much as I do here, and I love every second of it. Here are the TGIT moments that made me OMG!
This episode started off different. I was not expecting Jackson to start the opening monologue because I am used to hearing Meredith’s voice. The last time I can recall when a different character did the beginning monologue, it was George, and things went downhill from there. Looks like things may not be looking too good for Jackson. At least him and April get to take the Avery private plane to retrieve organs from a brain dead boy. The only issue? Jackson is affected on a deeper level because he feels the pain of the boy’s father. He doesn’t want his son to die, and Jackson sympathizes with him because he lost his son, Samuel. It’s a good thing Jackson knows how to talk people into doing the right thing, because he eventually convinces the father into donating his son’s organs to help other people in need.
Since it’s only April and Jackson on this trip to Montana, the two were bound to bump heads on several subjects as they always do. The first thing that ticks April off is when Jackson plays the “I’m a surgeon, but I’m also a dad” card. Her reaction is hilarious! She’s so annoyed with him because he’s using it as leverage to sway parents of patients into listening to him.
Later on, Jackson plays hooky off at some bar where he seems to recognize the bartender, who for some reason leads him to drinking four beers and getting drunk. It’s not like Jackson to turn to drinks for comfort, but I guess he needed it because the man he recognized was his father. The reason he drank those four beers was because his dad walked out on him, and never wondered about him. What hurt Jackson the most was that after all those years, his father didn’t even recognize him. OUCH!
Jackson is clearly troubled with this because he brings his feelings into the workplace. He feels the need to overcompensate for his patients because his father never cared for him, but this leads him to make a careless mistake.The number one rule of being a doctor is never to promise ANYTHING, and what does Jackson do? He promises his patient Caroline that he can fix her voice instead of doing the laryngectomy, which would cause her to lose her voice forever. Better yet, that plan he promised Caroline’s parents DOESN’T EXIST! Great doctor, am I right? April calls him out on his distraction by his father and urges him to speak to his dad before Jackson’s mind leads them to more irrational decisions.
His father’s reaction to Jackson telling him the truth wasn’t exactly satisfying. He can’t have forgotten about his son for all those years and then all of a sudden want to know everything about him. If he cared so much, why didn’t he come back to get to know Jackson? Crap of a father in my opinion. In Jackson’s words, “he never really missed me.”
Beyond the amazing fact that Jackson talked to his father, him and April managed to do something greater. They saved Caroline’s life and voice by coming up with a solution. They replaced her valve in her throat with a valve in her stomach, making herself her own donor. It was the first surgical procedure done like that, leaving April and Jackson on Cloud 9. The hype from the surgery followed them back to their small Montana hotel rooms as Jackson leaned in for a kiss. IT HAPPENED, but are these two back together? I hope so because I’ve been waiting two seasons for this to happen. The kiss led to an eventful night… I’ll let you fill in the rest.
After spending the night with April, she helps him realize that he’s done well by being a father. This helped him reach a conclusion: his father was never really a father to him, so he has nothing to miss.
This episode opens with Ely Pope meeting up with an old colleague of his-Sandra. The episode flashes back to 53 days before the election, and shows a scene where Olivia seeks advice in her father. Little does she know that he was setting her up. It surprises me how time after time, Olivia goes back to her father despite the vindictive things he’s done and asks him for advice. Do all political handlers seek help from murderers? I think not. Somehow, Ely still has a soft spot for his daughter. Talk about a confusing relationship. He urges Olivia to tighten her security measures since Ely and his colleague are being watched through hidden cameras for some unknown reason by an unknown group.
It’s soon revealed that this group of people called Sandra in to lure him into their trap. With Ely pointing a gun to her head, his old peer from grad school confesses that she did use him, but she only did it because this unknown group threatened to kill her. Looks like someone is hunting down the big bad murderer everyone hates and fears. This cabal of onlookers makes a deal with Ely to ensure Mellie Grant’s presidency, his payment: Sandra gets to walk free.
To ensure Mellie Grant’s win, Ely riggs a couple voting machines in San Benito County, CA, but Olivia figures his plans out quickly. She undoes his work to earn access to the oval office fairly. Olivia is never one to play by the rules, but this time, she’s standing her ground. She had no idea she was screwing her father over because Ely has another meeting with a woman from the cabal and she gives him a punishment. His mission is to now kill Frankie Vargas and frame Cyrus Bean for it.
It’s finally revealed, the answer we’ve all been looking for. Ely Pope murdered the president elect all so Mellie Grant would win the presidency. The only issue is that it’s not as easy as that now that Cyrus hasn’t fully been convicted of the crime.
Ely seems to own everyone, but now that the cabal found his weakness, Sandra, they want to keep him. “Here’s the problem with doing good work, Ely. You become valuable.” one of them says. After hearing this, Ely has no problem with putting a bullet in Sandra’s brain. He made this a bigger problem than it was, because their next target is Olivia. It’s truly sad when a man gives up the love of his life for power, but then again, what else would you expect from Ely Pope?
Last night’s episode picked up right where it left off: Margot asks Alice for help investigating who is after her. The firm dives deep into their investigation, searching for any clues to who Margot’s attacker is. In the meantime, she’s a sitting duck, so Alice keeps her on house arrest so she can keep her eyes on the cunning con artist.
Alice continues investigating Tommy’s suspicious money and the issues with the Kinkaids. It’s revealed that the Kinkaids aren’t real people, so after further investigation, Sophie uncovers the dogs belonged to Patrick Murphy, a man yet to be discovered.
In the meantime, the FBI gives Ben and Reese an assignment to go to a high end Japanese restaurant and install small cameras to watch them. After going to an elite party, the chef gives them a private tour and slices open a large fish to reveal hidden diamonds. Looks like the criminals Ben and Reece are busting people just like them. Ironic, isn’t it?
Later on, Margot recognizes the weapon that nearly killed her and concludes that she is a dead woman waiting to happen. Alice steps in and decides to act like Margot to draw her killer out. This episode reminds me so much of Mission Impossible as Alice’s team searches for the man trying to kill Margot. As the man with a gun shoots at all of them, picking them off one by one, Alice takes it upon herself to go after the shooter single handed, and takes him down. YAY, GIRL POWER!!!
Sophie worries after she gets shot at, and while Danny doesn’t comfort her at all, Tommy is there for her, giving her the comfort she needs, a kiss. Things can get very awkward very soon because Alice offered Tommy a job at the firm. I’M SENSING A LOVE TRIANGLE!!
The last two minutes of the episode revealed that the Kinkaids worked for a drug cartel and the money wired to Tommy’s account puts him in greater anger than he expected. Alice tries to get to Tommy to stop him from doing anything to draw attention toward himself, but too late, him and Reece are already planning on stealing the $3 million wired to his account.