TGIT’s Return

Grey’s Anatomy Premiere Recap


The 14-season monster ABC hit, is back! Grey’s Anatomy came back Thursday night in full swing with a two-hour premiere.

The end of season 13 left viewers on a cliff after it was revealed that Owen Hunt’s (Kevin McKidd) sister was finally found. Introduced to her character at the beginning of season fourteen, when she playfully acted as if she didn’t remember Owen.

In a reminiscent fashion, we hear Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) voice and see her standing on the same ferryboat that Derek (her deceased husband) spent so much time on.

Later, we are made aware that Chief of Surgery, Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) fired Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk), a woman who sought out and eventually succeeded in taking Richard Weber’s (James Pickens, Jr.) job.

Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), former Chief of Cardiology and mentor for Cristina Yang finally returned after a four-season hiatus. This return of a former cast member gives hope to many fans that show creator Shonda Rhimes will bring back other characters.

For weeks leading up to the premiere, many were speculating that Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) would finally return after her truly heartbreaking departure.

Yang left in season 10 to run an enormously successful cardiac hospital in Western Europe that was run by Preston Burke, the Chief of Cardiology for seasons one through three.

Many are convinced that since Rhimes allowed Burke, a highly controversial and arguably homophobic person to make a cameo, then she will afford that same courtesy to a character who exited gracefully.

Grey’s Anatomy’s two-hour special was filled with shocking reveals and new love entanglements. Love triangles were further explained, hearts were wrenched with the health problems of children, and the introduction of new characters further complicated an already complex plot line.

For twelve years, this show has never failed to disappoint viewers and fans with its unconventional and intriguing plot lines.

These components are also present in the two other TGIT (Thank God it’s Thursday) shows. Scandal premiered with its seventh, and final, season on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The plot lines and characters in these shows continue to be a major moneymaker for ABC. Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal bring in some of the highest ratings ever seen on network television.

But only time will tell whether these trends will continue for ABC.