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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    14x17 is one of my favorite episodes of the series, certainly of the last several seasons. I'm excited at the prospect of them approaching the standalone episodes like that more often. The single-character episodes can be great (Jo's episode was the best of season 15, and Amelia's was a lot of fun), but if they focus on 3 characters/stories rather than just one, at least none of the audience will be isolated (ie. if you don't like Teddy, you can still enjoy stories for Meredith + Alex in that episode).
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Some very (very) minor hints from James Pickens. It sounds like, at least for a while, Meredith, Alex, and Richard will actually not be working at GSM. "Obviously, my character and [Meredith] and Alex, we've been fired now, so that's presenting a whole new set of issues, especially for Dr. Webber. It's going to test some of his stuff." For Webber, being fired by his former protege, Miranda Bailey, from Grey Sloan was a huge move, one Pickens Jr. said wasn't shocking to him from a creative standpoint. "It made perfect sense," he explained. "If someone was going to fire me, [it had to be] Bailey, who I mentored. But it sets up for some really fascinating and really funny and timely storytelling moving forward. I'm excited to see where it takes us all." So what is Grey Sloan without the trio of longtime docs gracing its hallowed halls? "It's going to test everybody, the folks who remain at Grey Sloan and our characters who now have to look into new territory and figure out what's the next step of my career and my life. That's going to be what the audience is really going to take a hold of." With Webber no longer at the hospital, Pickens Jr. addressed whether this could be the season his character may be hanging up his doctor's coat for good and retire from practicing medicine, something the former Chief of Surgery made plans to do since early in the show's run. "We don't know yet," he said with a smile, "but he's kind of the glue that kind of holds everything together. This will be interesting for him. It'll test his relationships, it'll test his sobriety to some extent." Also, the series will celebrate the landmark 350th episode in November.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Shonda is still Shonda. Even if she's moved onto Netflix, she will still always have veto power when it comes to the goings on at Grey's Anatomy. Plus, I doubt Krista would try to do anything that Shonda explicitly doesn't want to happen. They clearly have a great working relationship, and she's now running two Shonda-created series. So unless Shonda changes her mind and has eased up on her issues with Katherine, I don't think we'll see ever see Izzie return.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I don't think they'd do a love triangle even if they did bring Izzie back (which is highly unlikely). Alex hasn't seen her in 10 years, she isn't going to show up and pull him away from his wife. If anything it'd just be nice for them to get some closure, for her to have a conversation with Meredith, etc. They could do a story where her cancer has returned and she comes to GSM because she trusts the doctors there. Regardless, Krista basically confirmed that she wanted Katherine back for the 300th but Shonda shut it down so... I wouldn't count on that. I'd say Callie or Addison are the most likely to return for a brief arc, or even just an episode. Krista also mentioned there that this season doesn't really have a singular theme but then refers to family being a big theme. The historied relationships are the strongest part of the show at this point, so I'd love to see more exploration of Meredith and her children, Maggie/Richard, Richard/Meredith and maybe Alex and Jo discussing starting a family. I'd love to see more of Amelia's mom, too.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Krista has brought back tons of minor characters (Thatcher, Olivia, the Shepherd family, Herman) and never hyped it in this way, so I think it's safe to assume she's referring to a major player.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I don't think Sandra will return until the series finale. My bet is she's trying for Sara Ramirez or Kate Walsh, both of which I'd love.... though I not-so-secretly want an arc for Izzie and have for years.
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    Grey's Anatomy in the Media: Incident Reporting

    This is kind of taking her quote out of context, though. She was saying that when it comes to acting, she hasn't really be challenged in the role of Meredith for a few years - which is fair. She's played the part for over a decade, and Meredith doesn't get extremely challenging storylines anymore. When she talked about focusing on goals behind-the-scenes, that means many things: 1) the quality of the series, as she's taken on a hands-on role the past several years, and 2) the work environment. She's focused on keeping the series great, evolving, having important things to say, etc. Just not so much on challenging Meredith's character / herself as an actress. Which is fine.
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    Grey's Anatomy in the Media: Incident Reporting

    For all the complaints... the fans seems to continue loving what Ellen and Krista are delivering. TVLine just put together the rating stats for the 2018/2019 TV season, including Live+7 DVR playback data, and it's incredibly impressive. It's not surprising that ABC granted them a 2-year renewal. The top 10 shows overall by demo: 1 - NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC (5.9, no change) 2 - Thursday Night Football, Fox (4.4, +3% vs. CBS/NBC avg.) 3 - This Is Us, NBC (3.8, -30%) * 4 - The Big Bang Theory, CBS (3.8, -14%) * 5 - The Masked Singer, Fox (3.8, NA) 6 - The OT, Fox (3.3, -11%) 7 - Grey’s Anatomy, ABC (2.9, -12%) * 8 - Manifest, NBC (2.8, NA) * 9 - Young Sheldon, CBS (2.6, -21%) * 10 - The Good Doctor, ABC (2.5, -26%) * * = Scripted Grey's finished season 15 as ABC's #1 series and the #2 drama on all of broadcast, behind only This Is Us. It was the #3 scripted series overall behind only This Is Us and The Big Bang Theory. This Is Us was down 30% season-to-season, Big Bang was down 14% (boosted by the huge finale numbers) and The Good Doctor was down 26%... Grey's was only down 12%. It had the lowest season-to-season decline of any scripted series in the top 10.
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    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    If this succeeded at only one thing, it was making really dislike Teddy. She leaves Tom in her apartment putting together the baby’s crib while she runs off to tell Owen that she loves him? What the fuck? Shouldn’t she have told her current boyfriend before she professed her love to her baby daddy? And she had the audacity to be mad at Owen sleeping with Carina last year? Her and Owen making moon eyes at each other while Tom is back at the apartment was not a good look. I am, however, pleasantly pleased that they didn’t have Owen profess his love to Amelia. I finally like her character and I want them to keep a good thing going between her and Link. I’m okay if it takes some time, too. They’ve been fun to watch. He brings great, unique energy to the show. I did love how they portrayed Jo getting treatment. So often on TV and in film, depression is cured by a pep talk or big speech. It’s nice to see them have Jo actually admit to needing help, be supported by her group, and going in to get the care she needs. That was a nice wrap-up to this storyline. I think it was particularly touching that we already started to see Jo picking herself back up (apologizing to Alex, laughing with Link, getting back to work, etc.) but they still had her take the necessary steps. Kudos. Couldn’t Maggie and Jackson have fallen off a cliff or something? Separate, I like aspects of both of their characters. Together, they’re insufferable. I wish they’d had this argument halfway through the season and then broken up. Jackson being ‘missing’ out in the fog was about as random and yawn-inducing of a cliffhanger as when Weber was electrocuted a few seasons back. Just really silly and unimaginative. The whole insurance plot is random as hell. Meredith, Alex and Weber all being fired will not last long, and everyone knows it. So as a big “shocker” it kind of fell flat. I appreciate Meredith turning herself in (I really thought they’d have an awful ending and let Weber take the fall) but, again, the consequences can’t be too massive. She’s the star of the show, and the show is a medical drama. She won’t be out of surgery for long, if at all. Overall, I thought this was a solid but uneven season. I liked 14 a lot better, but 15 was leagues above the depths of seasons like 11 and 13. Highlights for me were “Silent All These Years”, Amelia and Owen finally breaking up, the introduction of Link (especially his stuff later in the season), Catherine’s surgery and aftermath, and some of the Teddy/Tom build-up. I like how Krista writes longer-term patient arcs, and we’ve actually gotten some good cases and memorable patients out of the last two seasons. I also liked seeing Meredith date in the first half of the season a lot more than I actually enjoy her and DeLuca as a pair. I don't hate them together, I'm just a bit indifferent. I would have liked to see them have a fling and then move on. What didn’t work? Maggie and Jackson. Too much back and forth between Amelia and Owen. Meredith felt like too much of an after-thought to the writers later in the season; it felt like Amelia and Owen were the leads. The lack of build-up for Teddy/Owen was strange, too. Her decision to leave Tom for him felt way too sudden. I wish that, in general, Teddy had gotten more to do this year. She felt so empowered last season in Berlin when she kicked Owen out, and now to be taking him back just feels regressive. I hope his magical therapy actually has long-term effects and he’s less of an asshole next season.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Chris Carmack (Dr. Atticus Lincoln AKA Link), Jake Borelli (intern Levi "Glasses" Schmitt) & Greg Germann (Dr. Thomas Koracick) have all been promoted to series regulars for season 16.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Hah, I've enjoyed this season way more than either 11 or 13 - those are my two least-favorite by miles, whereas 14 ended by being my favorite since maybe 7 or 8. The difference for me is, I enjoyed pretty much all of this season, but not enough of it really wowed me. The Teddy/Tom/Owen/Amelia story got tired quickly (particularly Amelia/Owen having the same issues over and over), and Meredith was given far little to do especially around mid-season. I do find the press release for the finale to be shockingly low-key, though.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I don't think Jo is going anywhere. It seems like this week will be her rock bottom and next week she begins to talk about it. Telling Meredith is a good start.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    So the full press release added nothing about the finale description aside from the guest cast. Link, Nico, Schmitt, Tom, Carina are all in the finale. I'm wondering if Carina comes with news about DeLuca's dad.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    We should have a full press release this week, but the short synopsis for the finale is here: 15x25 - "Jump Into The Fog" - As fog begins to cover Seattle, the doctors must navigate through personal complications. Meredith and Alex attempt to save Gus. Levi talks some sense into a struggling Nico. Surprised there's no mention of Teddy giving birth, but that may be in the longer release. I'm guessing the fog hits while Maggie and Jackson are camping.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I don't see it being a HUGE disaster finale like, say, the shooting or the fire or the plane crash. I think it will be more along the lines of the last few finales, where there's a lot going on but it's a mix of drama/comedy/teases for next season. Our cliffhangers last year were: Teddy being pregnant, Jo potentially leaving for her fellowship, and... that's really it, actually. Though, last year they had to focus a lot on wrapping up the April/Arizona stories and they had their 'big' episode the week before with April's accident. I'm thinking we can expect: Teddy giving birth, some type of accident with Jackson/Maggie in the woods, a big focus on the medical cases unless they're wrapped up in 15x23 (Alex's kid with rare blood, and the non-binary patient and their mother), and whatever the storyline is that has to do with Catherine/Bailey looking into a hospital insurance issue.
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