Sarah Drew Finally Speaks Out on Grey’s Anatomy Firing!

This year’s Grey’s Anatomy casting shocker impacted a lot of fans. Some even proposed a boycott of the series.

Fans were not happy to see April leave the series. And no one was more disappointed than the actress herself, Sarah Drew.

For the first time, she is speaking out in detail about how the news was broken to her, how she reacted, and what she wishes had been different.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Drew finally details how she found out that she was leaving Grey’s Anatomy.

First of all, she explains the reason that she was given.

“I was told that the show had too many characters,” Drew reveals. “And that they needed to downsize because they couldn’t service all of the characters effectively.”

So we shouldn’t blame Ellen Pompeo and her huge salary, in other words.

Drew explains: “They didn’t want any of us to be left in the background and not getting much of a story.”

Writing a book and writing a TV series are not the same, and have different considerations because there are real people involved.

Drew also shares that a showrunner explained why her character in particular went to the chopping block.

“Krista Vernoff said that she felt like April had been through so much and had come out the other side,” Drew says. “And that she didn’t know what she could put her through again.”

Viewers are familiar with watching a beloved character suffer again and again and wanting them to get their happily ever after.

Well, shows are built on conflict. Most characters don’t get a happily ever after and to get to stay on the show.

“It was really hard to hear that,” Drew admits. “But Krista had a lot of very complimentary things to say about the work that I had done — especially this past season — and that April was going to have her happy ending.”

The news was, of course, difficult to take.

“It was in the afternoon and I went back to my trailer and I did my crying and called my people,” Drew shares. “A whole bunch of people came into my trailer to give me hugs and cry with me and tell me they were so sad I was leaving.”

Thta sounds devastating.

“I was supposed to be shadowing Kevin this whole episode with the hope that I would get to direct an episode of Grey’s,” Drew reveals. “But [after being let go] it seemed like wasn’t a possibility anymore.”

She says that her Emmy nomination was a source of comfort.

“My confidence had gotten a bit shaken in the wake of being let go,” Drew confesses. “And the nomination after the fact made me go, ‘I don’t need to be worried about anything or have my confidence shaken.”

Like many Japril shippers who watched at home, Drew had imagined that things would go differently for her character.

“In the midst of it, I was devastated that Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April wasn’t an end game,” Drew confesses.

She thought that April would be looking into those famously beautiful eyes for the rest of her life.

“I thought Jackson and April were meant to get back together,” Drew admits. “And they were going to get married again and realize they’d been crazy and it was just going to be this long, slow burn.”

So many viewers have been there.

Drew acknowledges: “But after thinking about it, there’s a real sweetness to that story of April’s faith.”

Drew says: “She ran off with Jackson and loved him and wouldn’t regret a single second of that relationship because it made her heart grow and she got a beautiful daughter out of it.”

“She grew as a woman and as a person of faith,” Drew affirms. “All of that had to happen.”

That was not endgame for the character, however.

“But,” Drew says. “There was something beautiful about the redemption story between April and Matthew.”

When the show you love doesn’t end a character or storyline the way that you’d like, well, that’s why fanfiction exists.


Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 24 Recap: All of Me

For an episode that was supposed to be dealing with the exits of both Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 24 was actually a happy affair that helped all of the characters make big decisions. 

There was a necessary time-jump thrown in for good measure, and during the break, April had quit her job and was helping communities that needed her. She regained her faith. 

Oh, and she was also getting jiggy with Mathew once again, so there’s that. 

Alex and Jo’s wedding day kicked off with a thud when Jo learned that she had been accepted on the fellowship she applied for in Boston. This frightened Meredith because she was scared at the prospect of losing Alex. 

In a selfish move, Mer offered Jo a job as an attending surgeon, and Jo took this as Alex asking her to do it and flipped the eff out. When Jo realized the error of her ways, she and Alex made their way into a shed (I think!) and had some pre-marital sex. 

However, they were both stuck in the shed … with a decomposed body. 

But it was alright, their friends and co-workers were at the wrong wedding anyway thanks to a technical glitch with the link April sent out. As they geared up to leave the faux wedding, the bride’s mother took a heart attack. 

Bailey led the mother to the hospital because she knew what was going on and she was greeted by Teddy, who was back … with a big secret. 

This whole incident made Bailey realize that she needed a break from the hospital to live her life and she offered Teddy an interim role as her replacement. 

Teddy revealed to the bride’s mother that she was expecting a child just as Amelia realized she harbored feelings for Owen. 


When the wedding planner ate shrimp and took an allergic reaction, the doctors had to keep their wits about them in order to save her life. They managed to save her, but the wedding did not go ahead. 

Instead, it took place on the ferry and Meredith ordained it. No, we’re totally not kidding. 

April, Jackson, Matthew, and Arizona were ominously missing, but we learned they were still on the island. Matthew admitted to April that he loved her and was happy to be back together with her. 

They subsequently got married at the place Jo and Alex were supposed to get married. So, yeah, there were three weddings in one episode!

Arizona was gearing up to leave town to open her own clinic with Herman, and she smiled every single time Callie sent her a message. 

April and Arizona got happy endings, and it’s probably for the best. Could you imagine ABC HQ this morning if one or both of them were killed off?

What did you think of the big finish?

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Grey’s Anatomy Fans, Stars React to Epic Finale

Now THAT'S what we call a season finale!

And, incredibly, that's what we call a happy season finale.

On Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 24, Sarah Drew said goodbye as April and Jessica Capshaw said goodbye as Arizona.

But did the series kill off these character, as it has killed off so many before them?

Scroll down for a summary of these sad farewells and then for a rundown of how various stars and fans have reacted to the shocking developments from the finale…

1. A Double Farewell

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With Capshaw and Drew’s firing announced weeks ago, fans were prepared for the worst. This is Grey’s, after all, so everyone assumed the characters themselves would be terminated. Literally.

2. How Did April Leave?

But… shocked! The show did not kill April off last week. Following her near-death experience, April chose to quit her job to do “God’s work,” helping the homeless.

3. And Then!

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After Jo and Alex’s wedding was a disaster, Matthew actually got down on one knee and proposed! And April said YES!

4. And From There!

The couple didn’t just get engaged. They decided to get married right then and right there… with Jackson (Jesse Williams, pictured here) and Arizona there to watch and support them.

5. What About Arizona?

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This one was a little bit less shocking, as Arizona realized how unhappy her daughter was in Seattle and chose to move to New York so the young girl to be closer to Callie.

6. Wait… Callie?!?

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Yup. Sarah Ramirez did NOT appear on the finale, but Arizona hinted strongly that she’d be open to a reconciliation.

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 23 Recap: Did April Kepner Die?!

With the news that Sarah Drew is exiting Grey’s Anatomy, it seemed like her character, April Kepner was going to die on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 23

The official teaser for the episode found the redhead in a bad way, but did she really bite the dust?

When the episode kicked off, April was still planning Alex and Jo’s wedding, and even sent out the invites for it. We were then treated to a flurry of scenes showing the characters reacting to the big news. 

But disaster struck when Matthew was wheeled into the hospital after a car crash and started mentioning April’s name. This made the others wonder whether April would be with Matthew considering their past. 

When Arizona confirmed they were indeed back together, Owen led a team out to the crash site to search for April. It turned out that Matthew was telling the truth. 

April was found in bad shape, barely clinging to life and suffering from hypothermia. She was rushed to the hospital, and the doctors fought tooth and nail to save her. 

Jackson was kept out of the loop because everyone thought he would struggle to save her given the circumstances, but one of the interns accidentally slipped up about the surgery going on. 

The most interesting thing about it was that they all agreed to pray because that’s what April would expect of them given the dire prognosis. 

April was saved and wheeled into a room with Matthew. Could this be the thing that makes her decide that working in the hospital was not the best career move?

It certainly presents a difficult situation: She has a kid with Jackson. Is she going to remain in Seattle off-screen, or will she skip town with her new man?

We have no idea, but it’s sure fun to speculate. 

This also gave Ben time to return from Station 19 if his friend passed away. It came around the time Bailey was worried that he was going to die in a fire. 

Meanwhile, Arizona continued to make her decision about the future and even told Miranda that she was exiting her role to move to New York to be with Sofia and Callie. 

Miranda admitted that she thought Arizona was going to be a terrible, terrible doctor when she first laid eyes on her, but she was surprised at her growth. 

Then, Arizona opened up to Nicole about her decision to leave town, and the former doctor was against the idea. Ultimately, she wanted Arizona to bring her crash carts to the masses, and that could be done from New York. 

Could a happy ending for Arizona be on the horizon? 

It sure seems that way. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Grey’s Anatomy Fans: Sarah Drew Begs You to Be Nicer to Kelly McCreary

Just last month, Sarah Drew departed from Grey’s Anatomy

Since then, some of her fans have apparently been harassing her friend and colleague who continues to act on the long-running ABC drama.

Sarah is speaking out … and pleading with her fans to be kind.

Taking to Twitter, Sarah Drew writes to her followers:

“I need to say something to some of you.”

Note that she is not blaming everyone for the actions of bad apples.

“I say ‘some’ because I know that many of you are not participating in this.”

She acknowledges that fans are, of course, passionate about the media that they consume.

“Look, I know these characters mean so much to you — believe me, they mean a lot to me, too — but I do not feel defended when you attack my friends.”

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Some of her fans have been giving Kelly McCreary a very hard time.

“My beautiful, loving, loyal sister, Kelly, is a brilliant, fiercely talented team player who ALWAYS shows up and dedicates herself to the stories she is asked to tell.”

Actors should not be attacked for the roles that they play. Obviously.

“Please stop attacking her for doing her job.”

She implores them to remember that the actors are friends.

“When you hurt her, you hurt me.”

She hopes that people will support McCreary as they supported her.

“When you show kindness to her, you show kindness to me.”

She then has a message that we should all take to heart.

“Please be Kind.”

See, Sarah Drew’s character on Grey’s Anatomy, for those of you who haven’t watched the series since the Bush Administration, was in a relationship with Jesse Williams’ character.

A lot of fans, as they watch a show, grow attached not only to characters but to relationships. These fans are known as “shippers,” whether the relationship that they adore is canon or exists only in their hopes and dreams.

Now that Drew’s character has departed from the series, Kelly McCreary’s character is in a relationship with Williams.’

Though these fans, of course, are perfectly aware that these are fictional characters played by actors, sometimes, when you’re passionate about something, it can be easy to blur the lines.

And they’ll send real hate to real people.

Drew is absolutely right for speaking up in defense of her friend. Obviously.

One of the problems with the ready accesibility of actors these days is that they can see their fans at their worst.

For every few dozen people who just tweet politely at their faves, there is some bad apple who tries to ruin social media for everyone else.

A lot of people don’t realize that they are sexually harassing their favorite celebrities. Telling your friend that you’re crushing on a hot actor is one thing. Tweeting to them what you’d like to do with them is … something else.

Livetweeting can then become a hazard, because people might tag an actor as they tweet their hate at a character.

That’s not appropriate. it’s harassment. It’s toxic. It’s also, quite frankly, embarrassing.

It may be that what has fans really upset is the shocking departures of two beloved actors — and their characters.

But that wasn’t McCreary’s fault.

There were also people who tried to blame series star Ellen Pompeo, claiming that her hard-fought salary increase was responsible for the series thinning its cast to save money.

That has been widely dismissed as absurd.

Sometimes, when fans are angry, they blame the wrong people.

We just wish that social media did not make it so easy for them to lash out. Please think before you tweet.

Please be kind.


Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 22 Recap: Fight for Your Mind

Alex confronted his past on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 22 as he realized it was time to face up to his mother. 

Jo went along for the ride with him because she did not want him doing it all on his lonesome. Alex’s world was rocked when a neighbor confirmed that Helen was not at home … she was at work. 

This was surprising because his mother struggled with schizophrenia throughout his life, and he wondered why she never called him. 

As such, he confronted her at her work. Helen maintained that she wanted to reach out, but the only thing keeping her sane was sticking to a rigorous routine. 

That was too much for Alex, so he went to play baseball and blew off some steam. Jo listened as he whined about how bad his life was. However, he did admit that she gave him one good year. 

Talking about it made Alex realize that his mother is unwell through no fault of her own and that he should be happy about her moving on. 

He returned to the library and said that he was happy for her. He also asked for a library card because he said he would come visit her. It was a heartwarming scene, but Helen did not feel like she would be able to attend the wedding. 

In her own unorthodox way, Helen was better and doing her own thing. 

Elsewhere, Amelia was trying to wean Betty off the drugs, and the pair debated about how she should feel. But Betty was not ready to fully commit to recovery and escaped through the bathroom window. 

This made Amelia attend an AA meeting, and she admitted that she was trying to save a troubled teenager. But she never managed to locate Betty before the episode was over. 

Meanwhile, Arizona had to contend with a woman who was scared of having surgery. It stemmed from her father dying during surgery when she was 5-years-old. 

The case helped Arizona realize that she needed to put Sofia first, and that paved the way for her to call time on her relationship with Carina. 

Arizona closed her arc this week by calling Callie and saying that Sofia needs to go home with her and that she would be moving to New York. 

The other big storyline revolved around Meredith doing her presentation for the mini-livers. She decided to confirm Marie Cerone was the one who helped Ellis all those years ago. 

But Meredith was not ready to deal with Marie. The reason? The woman tried to destroy her a few months back over what happened in the past. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Ellen Pompeo Warns: The End of Grey’s Anatomy is Near!

Grey’s Anatomy recently received some very welcome news:

The long-running ABC drama has been renewed for Season 15.

But Ellen Pompeo is now here with a bit of less welcoming news.

The lead cast member says fans ought to enjoy each renewal as much as they can…

… because there might not be too many more in the show’s future.

“We’re getting there,” Pompeo tells Us Weekly of ending Grey’s Anatomy for good.

Referencing the series creator, Shonda Rhimes, the beloved actress continued:

” Shonda and I will make that decision together.

“I think that one of the biggest lessons that this show has taught me and being on this show for so long has taught me, is that relationships do change. And they do grow. They take work. Like any marriage, friendship. You gotta put in the work.

“You have to accept other people’s flaws, and accept your own flaws and try to change and be a better person. But I think everything is worth the time and effort.

“And things get better.”

There’s a lot to unpack in that sort of rambling response, isn’t there?

Overall, however, it shouldn’t come as a major shock that Grey’s Anatomy won’t be on the air for another decade or anything.

Our best guess is that the series wraps up following Season 16, considering Pompeo recently signed a new, massive two-year contract.

She did so not long before producers announced that veteran stars Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew will not return next season.

Fans reacted in dismay, although cast turnover as been a consistent aspect of Grey’s Anatomy for years now; from the departure of Katherine Heigl to the departures of Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey.

“There is an end and it’s nearing,” Pompeo admits here.

A major reason to this inevitable conclusion is that Pompeo needs a break.

She has a family at home with whom she’d love to spend more time.

“I want to be more involved in my kids’ lives as they get older. And they need me more, and this world is such a crazy place,” she said to the aforementioned tabloid.

What might Pompeo do when this amazing ride is over?

“I am really into producing, I love producing,” she said, “It’s like one problem after another, it’s problem-solving 101. It’s like a great experiment in problem-solving.

“Acting is … it’s a young girl’s game. You’ve gotta travel, you’ve gotta be away. [You’ve] gotta go here and work at night in the rain. I’m not saying I’ll never do it.

“If there’s an amazing opportunity I’m sure, of course I’ll do it.”

How will Grey’s Anatomy actually end?

Pompeo hinted in the interview that she does have an idea, but she won’t say.

Instead, she’ll conclude by talking about the recent cast changes and how hard they have been on everyone, cast and crew included.

“We are a family and it’s super awkward. It’s not like films where you work for three months, and you’re not going to see the people, or you’ll see them at the junket and that’s it.

“We really are together, through births, through deaths. Every day, sickness and health…

“[It’s] an odd family, that we’re thrown together with. So, when these things happen, there’s a lot of tumult.

“Inside, there’s chaos and feelings – sadness and anger, and it’s a lot to deal with.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8/7c.


Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 21 Recap: Bad Reputation

Harper Avery may be dead, but his legacy came crashing down on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 21

When the episode got underway, there was a media frenzy because of the truth coming out about a string of women who were allegedly assaulted by the deceased surgeon. 

This put Meredith in a difficult position. She and her mother had won Harper Avery awards and while they were once seen as royalty, they are now seen as the remnants of terrible hierarchy. 

So, Meredith returned them because she did not want to be associated with the company, and rightfully so. 

But she found herself at odds with Jackson when she learned that he donated the $ 100 million for the medical greatness surgeries. 

Jackson admitted his part in it, but had to later beg Mer for forgiveness. In his eyes, he was doing something great and had no intention of rigging the contest. 

The pair joined forces to help a kid named Diego from Venezuela who had a tumor on his face. Jackson wanted to go for a less invasive surgery, but Meredith wanted to take the whole thing out.

Before they got into surgery, the religious group who were funding the hospital pulled out because of the allegations against Harper. 

Meredith shut them down and said that Jackson was the best surgeon around, and even claimed the hospital would foot the bill for the surgery. 

So, the surgery went ahead, and the boy was saved. But that was not the end of Meredith and Jackson’s storyline. 

They came up with an idea to change the name of the foundation to Catherine Fox, and allow all of the women who were silenced to return to be retrained and rehired. 

The crisis managed balked at the idea, but Jackson’s mind was made up, and everyone agreed with him. 

Elsewhere, Nurse Olivia returned to the hospital with her son and wasted no time in calling Alex out. At one point, she asked Jo whether she had contracted gonorrhea from him. 

But Alex and Jo were trying to plan their wedding, and April decided to step in at the last minute and help out. All they had to do was give her a budget and she would sort the whole thing out. 

Alex disappeared when he checked his account, prompting Jo to think he was broke. The true reason for it was that his mother had not been cashing her checks, and he thought there was something amiss with her. 

Finally, Owen took Leo to the hospital and met up with the kid’s biological mother in the process. The kid confided in Amelia that she bought a dress for the event. 

Amelia picked up on her using drugs and asked about it. The kid admitted she became addicted after an injury and was prescribed opioids. 

Amelia asked Weber whether she should help the kid, and she decided to. Owen unsurprisingly told the pair to move in with him and it would give Leo the chance to have his mother in his life. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Ellen Pompeo Says Goodbye to Departing Grey’s Anatomy Stars

Grey’s Anatomy did not come to an end last night.

It was a different Shonda Rhimes-produced series, Scandal, that aired its final episode.

However, the careers of two veteran Grey’s Anatomy actresses did actually come to a conclusion with the latest Season 14 installment, as both Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew wrapped up their impressive runs on the beloved show.

It had been announced in early March that the stars would not return next year.

ABC cited creative reasons as the basis for letting the cast members go.

At the time, Pompeo expressed her surprise and sadness over the development, while also fighting back against talk that her new contract was somehow to blame for the decision.

On Thursday evening, however, after Capshaw and Drew were written out of the show, Pompeo once again took to Twitter in order to pay them tribute.

“Boom… @thank you @jessicacapshaw for bringing it the way you have brought it for 10 amazing years… what a blessing you are and what a contribution you made to television history,” Pompeo wrote about Capshaw.

The actress portrayed Dr. Arizona Robbins for 10 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy.

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Concluded Pompeo in this sweet message:

“Lit that screen up with your glow on the LGBT community… making a difference and making it all look so easy… GOAT #representationmatters #loveyou.”

(Arizona was a lesbian, it’s likely worth noting.)

As for Drew, who played Dr. April Kepner for nine seasons, Pompeo thanked her for being “sugar and spice” on the long-running ABC drama.

Along with heart emojis, fire emojis and star emojis, Pompeo penned the following about Drew:

THANK YOU to this lady….@thesarahdrew you served up the sugar and spice for 9 years and it’s been a blast.

Your passion and talent for storytelling has touched so many people provoked thought and Greys is a better show because of it and you. #japrilfansdontplay

to drew

Upon learning they were being let go from Grey’s Anatomy, both Capshaw and Drew responded with classy statements.

First, this is how Drew reacted publicly:

Thank you for all of the love. I know you’re sad. I’m sad too. I haven’t really had the time to process this information.

I’ve been with it for less than 48 hours, so I’m not ready to say my thank yous and give an all encompassing statement about my 9 years here. That will come later.

For now, I’d like to say: I love you, and I love April, and her story isn’t over yet.

And the really good news (for me, at least) is that I’m here on set shadowing one of my favorite people, Kevin McKidd, with my beloved Grey’s family all this week and next, so I get to process all of my feelings surrounded by the community that has nourished and nurtured me for almost a decade.

For that, I am grateful.

And then Capshaw:

For the past ten years I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins but also being madly in love with playing her.

Arizona Robbins is kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job.

She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a seres regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever.

I am grateful that I have gotten to bring her to life and for the life that she has brought to me.

I am sad to see her go but I am consoled by the idea that she will continue to live on and on in all of our consciences and our imaginations. Shonda, thank you for the ride on this incredible rollercoaster.

To watch Grey’s Anatomy online and see how Robbins and Kepner left the series, click on the video below.

But do so with a box of tissues handy.


Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 20 Recap: Judgment Day

What seemed like it was going to be a quiet hour quickly dialed things up and it resulted in one of the wildest hours of this series yet. 

When Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 Episode 20 kicked off, the doctors were preparing to present their ideas to their peers. 

Arizona was on hand passing out some cookies a patient left behind for her, but she was shocked to the core when the patients returned and admitted they left her the wrong ones.

This meant Arizona had given cookies out to the staff that included marijuana. Bailey, April, Alex, Maggie, Catherine, Jackson and Vik were the unlucky group who were struck down with a case of the giggles. 

The presentations were brought to a halt as the doctors tried to regroup, and conclude how best to deal with the situation. 

Meredith and Jo gave the interns the go-ahead to take on more roles, but Vik lied, saying he did not touch the cookies. 

This came back to bite him when he got paranoid when a patient flatlined and tripped over a crash cart. He wound up with a scalpel stuck in him, and in a hospital bed. 

He came clean when Webber went to give him diazepam because he knew there were complications mixing drugs. 

Webber was mad and fired Vik on the spot. Oh yes, the interns are dropping like flies this time around, but most of them are annoying as hell. 

Elsewhere, we finally got to find out the truth about all of the NDAs with the former Harper Avery employees, and it turned out that Harper Avery himself was quite the dirtbag. 

Catherine revealed to Jackson that his grandfather had sexually assaulted staff members in the double digits and ruined their careers by making them sign NDAs. 

Catherine admitted that she made sure the women got payouts because she knew they were never going to work again. 

April heard all about it and reported back to Bailey, and then Meredith found out the truth. It was crazy, but it made Meredith realize that her whole past had been a lie. 

Before anyone got a chance to do anything about it, the women all went to the media and said they were done being silenced. 

Will the hospital ever be the same again? 

Meanwhile, Owen’s decision to foster a child was fast-tracked, and he was given a baby boy, but he had no idea what was expected of him. 

He turned to Amelia who took him to Meredith’s to steal some of the junk she had accumulated over the years with her own children. 

At the end of the episode, Amelia decided to stay over with Owen for the first night and help him look after the kid. 

Could there be light at the end of the tunnel for these two? It sure seems that way. 

What did you think of all the developments?

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Grey’s Anatomy continues Thursdays on ABC.