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  1. If Alex were single ... if he were not MARRIED to Jo ... I would be fine with his send-off being this out-of-nowhere reunion with Izzie and their unknown-to-him children. I mean, it would still be cheesy soap opera garbage and an obviously hastily-thrown-together write-off for the character, but it would be semi-acceptable as such. But he isn't single. He was MARRIED. He cheated on his wife and left her for Izzie. And as much as I was the ultimate Alex-Izzie shipper back in the day, it was back in the day and I've moved on and HE'S moved on and we've spent the last, what, 7 seasons watching him create a life with Jo. And they got married. And they were married when he left to see Izzie and their kids. And they were still married when he stayed with Izzie and apparently rekindled their relationship and became a family of four. He got back with Izzie while. he. was. MARRIED. And then he told his wife, and left her (let's not even get into all the horrible crap she's had to deal with just recently, never mind in her life as a whole, all of which he's perfectly damn aware of), in a Dear Jo letter. There's just no part of this that doesn't make Alex come off like a complete heel. I hate that they did this to him.
  2. The trial was at the end of the first half of the season, and Alex's letter says he only contacted Izzie then regarding letters on Meredith's behalf. The Jo stuff happened over summer break and the very beginning of the season.
  3. I mean, really, am I supposed to be pleased with this ending for Alex? He left his wife to be with Izzie ... booooo -- but wait, wait! It's okay, it's more than that, because they have children and he left to be with his newly discovered family ... so he's been shacking up with Izzie, sleeping with Izzie, starting a whole new second life family with her while he was STILL MARRIED TO SOMEONE ELSE and lying to his WIFE about where he was for MONTHS and then tells her the truth FINALLY by just sending her a fucking LETTER and the signed divorce papers? This is his goodbye? I'm supposed to like this? This is supposed to be some kind of noble ending for him? What. The Fuck. Ever.
  4. ...And ten years later, Izzie continues to ruin everything. All I kept thinking was, at least that part is consistent.
  5. I don't get the DeLuca hate that so many seem to have. I'm no fan, but I don't dislike him or find anything particularly dislike-worthy about him. He's kind of just bland and indifferent and I'm more or less just "eh, whatever" about his and Meredith's relationship. Yes, he's too young for her and too far below her level of life experience and understanding -- are they longterm potential? I'm not even trying to think that far ahead. I'm really just "whatever" about it. That said, I kind of liked his moment with Zola. And yeah, it would have been nicer if someone who actually knew and was close to Derek had been the one to relay a Derek story to Zola, but that wasn't the point. DeLuca is Zola's mom's boyfriend. He's around all the time, playing house with her and helping out with her kids. Any kid whose divorced or widowed parent started dating again can relate -- this new person is trying to replace my mom/dad. DeLuca is not trying to replace Derek (ha, like he could try!) but it can feel that way to a kid Zola's age, particularly when he unknowingly does little things that her dad specifically did like fixing her Halloween costume the way he did. It feels like he's taking her dad's place. So, yeah, it would be nice if Amelia or Bailey or whoever told Zola a "your dad was a hero" story because at least they actually knew him, but Amelia and Bailey are not, in Zola's mind, threatening to replace Derek as Zola's dad and erode her memory of him. So it made more sense for DeLuca, the one Zola sees as the threat to Derek's memory, to tell Zola a story about her dad to keep his memory alive for her and help her understand that, yes, he's with her mom now but her dad is still her dad and always will be and mom's new friend understands that and is perfectly happy to talk about him with her.
  6. I don't know if Richard will/might cheat with Gemma. My first thought, about him going down the wrong path or whatever with her, was the two of them might fall off the wagon together. Yes, this. If Qadri feels gypped because her idol, whom she came here in the first place to work for, is now gone and now there's nothing great about this place anymore, fine. Understandable. But if you flat-out tell your manager something to the effect of "There's no reason for me to be here anymore" or worse, yell at them, you're going to be sent packing. You're basically begging them to fire you at that point.
  7. In the broadest terms, at-will employment means your employer can fire you for any reason, or no reason at all -- as long as it isn't discriminatory. The implied contract at-will states sort of remove the "no reason at all" stipulation. They can fire employees for "just cause," as opposed to just firing them because they don't like them, or because they're bored and felt like firing somebody just because they could. (Which in other states, they could, because they don't need a reason to fire someone.) But in implied-contract at will employment, the employer could or should only fire someone as long as there is a reason (and a reasonable one at that) to justify it. Flagrant insubordination such as yelling at your manager in the workplace would probably qualify as just cause. Frankly, even if Qadri hadn't rudely yelled at Bailey in the hallway, seemingly oblivious that she's talking to her damn boss, what she was yelling about was more than enough reason to kick her to the curb anyway. If you go to your boss and say (or yell) that you only came to her workplace -- that she herself shed countless amounts of blood, sweat and tears over the years before finally making it to the top -- because you wanted to work this one person and now that that person is gone there's nothing left for you here ... do you really expect to still have a job?
  8. If someone is going to second-guess working for a company that might consider firing them if they got in their supervisor's face and screamed at them in the hallway, they're going to have a hard time finding a job anywhere.
  9. The grandmother was played by Meagan Fay, who appeared in the original series as Roseanne's neighbor/nemesis Kathy Bowman. It's not completely clear that she's supposed to be Kathy Bowman here -- they never said her name or referenced that she and Darlene knew each other prior -- but I would assume she is.
  10. If memory serves (and it usually doesn't) I think it was revealed that the favor Justin asked of Seth was to make the other dealer Justin met up with on Homecoming night disappear, so Justin could say he was with Clay and the dealer wouldn't be around to contradict it. Unless I have my timeline confused. But either way I don't think Justin would or could have someone killed. He's troubled but he's not a bad guy.
  11. Standall said Monty was killed in his cell, so presumably another inmate or inmates beat him to death - I guess they knew what he was in for. Season 4 will pick up later in the school year. This season's "present day" took place over just a few days in November.
  12. That's exactly why it did work for me. I hate long drawn-out murder mysteries that build up all the suspects and all the motives each of them had for being the killer and the big reveal turns out to be a big nothing, that a completely unrelated person did it or the death was actually just an accident that had nothing to do with any of the umpteen reasons the person probably deserved to be killed on purpose. It feels like a cop out. This felt organic. I don't really peg any of these people as setting up a planned, premeditated murder, and an accidental "whoops" situation would have been silly. Alex did it, not in a methodical planned-out setup way, but he committed a deliberate act on purpose. Did he fully intend for Bryce for die when he threw him over the ledge? Because that would be the difference between a murder 2 charge and a manslaughter charge. That's not quite clear, you'd kind of have to get into the person's mind to know that in this situation. I mean it's not like he pulled out a gun and shot him in the face - then it's pretty obvious that he intended for him to die. But throwing someone off a pier into a river that's not really that far below, it's not so clear that you're trying to kill them. Getting thrown into the river was not in itself fatal. Had it not been for his injuries, Bryce would have been able to pop back up just fine and swim to shore. But he couldn't move. But who knows if Alex had that very thought in mind. What we do know is that he hated Bryce in that moment, and he wanted him to stop, and so he threw his helpless self off a pier and then stood there and did nothing while Bryce flailed in the water with his broken limbs and finally sank beneath the surface. It felt believable. It felt like someone one of these people would do, given what Bryce had done, given what he was saying in those last moments before Alex just lost it with him. I think any of the kids could have had given in to that crime-of-passion urge. It's just that it happened to be Alex, and in a way that made sense for what Alex could do, for reasons that made sense for why someone would want to kill Bryce. It wasn't a copout or an accident. It wasn't because of blackmail or a drug deal gone wrong or whatever. Ultimately Bryce died for his original crimes. He got thrown off a pier because he was a hateful, vicious asshole and the friend of the person he had hurt the most finally had enough. In the end, the answer was actually quite simple and straightforward. I liked that.
  13. Nice memory! Nothing is completely implausible but this is still pretty damn close. A gazillion parents would have adopted her as a baby with the heart murmur -- both in spite of it and because of it -- and even if they wouldn't, the idea that 3 is too old to be adoptable? Again, pretty white girl.
  14. 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.
  15. That's because Ellen Pompeo was born in 1969. She's gonna be 50 this year, y'all!
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