That episode was ... intense. A little too much? Like, dial it down a bit and stop bludgeoning me with that hammer a little bit? That said, despite the insanely overwrought melodrama of it all, I thought it was good.
It was neat learning Jo's origin. I'm indifferent toward Jo in general -- don't love her, don't hate her -- so I wasn't particularly invested, but it was neat to get a full (and overly tragic) backstory. And also, can the show dial it down with Jo's life sucking? It seems that not only has Grey's dethroned ER as the longest-running medical drama, but they also have Jo now dethrone Abby Lockhart as the most aggressively crapped-on character ever. Not ONLY did she have to change her identity to escape an abusive husband, not ONLY did she have to scrape by living in her car, not ONLY did she grow up bouncing around horrible foster homes, not ONLY was she abandoned at a fire station as a five-day-old baby ... but she was conceived through rape! Good Lord, man.
And I agree with others who call bullshit on the notion that a newborn white baby girl wouldn't have been snapped up instantly by prospective adoptive parents. Same thing I used to say about Emma from "Once Upon a Time."
I don't know what to make of Jo's attitude toward Vicki once they sat down to talk. She was scared and nervous and hopeful at Vicki's doorstep but very hostile when they were talking for real. Clearly the discovery that her mother wasn't some down-on-her-luck townie just getting by in life did not sit well with her, particularly after having hours to stew on it while she waited at the diner. But I'm not sure what she expected to find or what kind of reaction she thought she'd get. It wasn't really fair to dump her horrible, horrible life (horrible!) on Vicki because it wasn't her fault and obviously not what she intended or predicted, but I get why she had to let it out and Vicki was sitting right in front of her to take it.
I thought it was very powerful when Vicki revealed that she hoped that the maternal instinct thing was real and would kick in when she had the baby, that despite how it happened she would be filled with love for her child ... and that she actually did, she loved Jo after all ... but she couldn't bear to keep her, this reminder of the trauma she went through and was still suffering from. And she didn't have a logical, good excuse or explanation why, if she loved her baby but knew she couldn't keep her, she didn't arrange to place her with an adoption agency -- because Jo could understand this reality of being a 19-year-old girl who just can't possibly keep the child that was conceived through an attack, but why leave her at a fire station instead of making sure she had a home? And Vicki makes no excuses for the fact that there was no real excuse for not doing that. She just wasn't in her right mind when it happened. Her rape destroyed her, and she was still broken then and continues to be a little today. Yes, that was a bad move, but she just wasn't capable of making right decisions. And it is what it is.