[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday's Station 19. Read at your own risk!]
Station 19 is determined to break our hearts before the end of Season 2. Ripley (Brett Tucker) and Hughes (Barrett Doss) finally made a breakthrough in their taboo relationship and were even tossing around the idea of getting married in order to be able to be together out in the open during Thursday's episode, but tragedy struck before an actual engagement could be nailed down.
Ripley sacrificed himself to get a captain from another Seattle fire station out of a dangerous coffee house fire. While he initially seemed fine, the Seattle F.D. fire chief collapsed the following morning after picking up flowers to make his engagement to Hughes official. Luckily, Grey's Anatomy's Glasses (Jake Borelli) was at the same flower shop and found Ripley collapsed on the sidewalk.
The previews for the next episode confirm that Ripley is alive and show that Ripley's case will be the center of Station 19's half of the next Grey's crossover, on Thursday, May 2. But he can't reach Hughes to tell her why he missed their breakfast, leaving her to think he was rejecting the proposal she gave him at the coffee house. Making matters worse, he's warned that if he leaves the hospital his heart could stop.
That's not something to be taken lightly. In fact, a smoke inhalation-induced heart attack is how This Is Us killed its patriarch, Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia). If Station 19 decides to also go that tragic route, who knows if Hughes will ever recover from that kind of tragedy. Plus, we really love them together. How about let's not end them with such a terrible tragedy?
Station 19 returns Thursday, May 2 at 9/8c on ABC.
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Jo is still reeling after finding out a few episodes ago that she was conceived from a rape, and her inability to talk to anyone about it is starting to burn her entire life to the ground. First, she has been a non-stop vodka consuming drunkard since she returned from Pittsburgh. And she crossed the line in Thursday's episode, titled "Head Over High Heels," when she showed up to work drunk. Jackson (Jesse Williams) was the first to discover it and let her off with a warning, seeing that something was clearly very wrong, but he warned that if she ever returned to the hospital drunk, it could be her last time there. Remember, Jo only has a job at Grey Sloan as a research fellow, so if she gets fired it's going to be extremely difficult to find someone to fund her research -- if she gets to take it with her at all.
However, that's not where the spiral ended. Alex (Justin Chambers) also called her out for drinking on the job, and when she still refused to talk to him, he threatened to fly to Pittsburgh himself to find out what the hell happened while she was there. Jo's response was to say that if he ever threatened her with that again, she'd leave him. He returned the barb by saying he'd report her to Bailey (Chandra Wilson) if she ever stepped into the hospital drunk again.
We've seen marriage stalemates on Grey's before and they very rarely ever work out well. In fact, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) may have been the only couple to survive this kind of throwdown. While Alex understands dysfunctional relationships more than anyone, especially those with parents, there's no way for him to truly understand the pain and trauma that Jo is experiencing. At the same time, if Jo doesn't find someone she can confide in so she can start processing what her birth mother told her, her entire life is going to implode.
Alex has tried to give her space to work through this as she sees fit, but it's clear that Jo is only hurting herself and those around her at this point. If she's not going to open up on her own, what is it that Jo needs in order to get the help she requires? Coddling from friends hasn't softened her up and an intervention only sends her further into depression. If the question isn't answered soon, we can see Jo and Alex going the way of other iconic Grey's couples, like Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), and April (Sarah Drew) and Jackson. We want so much better for them.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7 on ABC.
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In order to preserve the future, Star Trek: Discovery looked to the past and delivered a real treat for old and new Trekkies alike. The Season 2 finale, titled "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2," featured a deluge of Easter eggs and season callbacks in an emotionally charged hour that also tied up loose ends for two iconic characters.
The jam-packed episode saw the crews of both Discovery and Enterprise bracing for the battle of their lives to prevent a bleak future in which all sentient life is wiped out.
Control's (Alan Van Sprang) powerful armada of Section 31 ships flanked them all sides, but in true Star Trek fashion, they didn't face this imminent threat alone and soon received backup from an army of newly-empowered Kelpians, as well as a Klingon battle cruiser helmed by Chancellor L'Rell (Mary Chieffo).
As this federation of sentient beings stared down an army of menacing drones, Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) braced for a dangerous one-way trip through a wormhole in order to stop the menacing AI from evolving into the unstoppable force that threatened the entire universe. It was a difficult but necessary decision, one that required both Burnham and her adoptive brother Spock (Ethan Peck) to set aside their personal feelings and do what's best for the greater good.
"For Spock, the logical solution to the situation overrode the emotional. It's necessary for the universe, for something bigger than both of them. I think it's what they signed up for," Ethan Peck told TV Guide. "[Spock is] between a rock and a hard place and he has to do what's better for those around him, not just for him. And I think that's so quintessential to what's essentially Spock."
Spock's greatest struggle since childhood has been finding that balance between logic and emotion, an internal war that will carry over to his time aboard the Enterprise as Captain Kirk's trusted voice of reason. We already knew this. However, Discovery's dug deeper into Spock's mythology, revealing a new layer to the recognizable character. Burnham not only helped him get in touch with his human side, she essentially shaped the sensible Vulcan he would become later on in canon.
"I think that Michael has passed onto Spock a lot of her strength and bravery and wisdom and I think it's incredibly beautiful because I myself have an older sister and I learned so much from her. To integrate lessons from those that are before you is no easy task and requires a lot of humility. I think it speaks a lot to the type of people persons that Spock and Michael Burnham are, that they're kind of cut from the same cloth in that way," Peck said. "I think the world of Sonequa [Martin-Green] and her performance as Michael Burnham. She brings so much strength and intelligence and veracity and certainty, and I think that, as a younger brother, Spock really absorbs that and takes it in. It's like she is so integral to his formation as the Spock in the original series, and I just never thought it would have come out that way. And so, to tie these characters together in canon in this way is so beautiful and truthful and realistic and I just feel honored to have been a part of it."
That emotional goodbye, in which Spock declared her his balance, marked a full-circle moment for the pair who began the season estranged. No longer filled with resentment, Spock saw his adoptive sister with admiration and love, a complete turnaround from the baby Vulcan who slammed the door in her face. But that sweet moment was short-lived, as Burnham still had one more thing left to do. Bravely charging into the wormhole with Discovery in tow, Burnham and her crew traveled to the future in a bold move that destroyed Control and thus saved the galaxy. The downside, though, is that she might not have a way back home. And unfortunately, her heroic act would have to go unrecognized because the series still needed to tie up one major loose end.
Spock had never before mentioned having a sister named Michael Burnham, and now we know why. In an effort to protect his big sister and prevent another threat like Control from rising, Spock persuaded the Federation to order anyone with knowledge of Burnham, Discovery, and its spore drive to never mention them again under penalty of treason. That precaution was extended to his parents, Sarek and Amanda, who also agreed to remain silent about their adoptive daughter.
Burnham might be stuck in the future, but it's pretty obvious she'll be back when the show returns for Season 3 since the episode wrapped with one major hint alluding to her fate. A clean-shaven Spock and Captain Pike (Anson Mount), back in their rightful places aboard the Enterprise, finally discover the seventh red signal -- Burnham's sign that she's just fine. In a fitting sendoff for the iconic characters, Pike and his crew set course for a new moon in the beta quadrant, closing the book on their time with Discovery... at least for now. The appearance of that final red signal certainly leaves the door open for both Pike and Spock to return to their new friends for one more adventure if an opportunity presents itself. After all, Star Trek: Discovery has already been renewed for Season 3, and Peck is ready to don the pointy ears once more.
"I would like to come back, because being a part of Star Trek is like magic. It's funny, I think Star Trek is so divisive amongst people in the world that are like, "Never seen it, not interested." And those that do see it are very attached and find themselves very connected with it. To be a part of something like that is just really special. Now I feel like I've done a lot of the groundwork and Spock is very much a part of me. I'm the same but different having finished it. So would I like to continue? Yeah. I think it would be great," Peck said.
Make it so, universe!
Seasons 1 and 2 of Star Trek: Discovery are available to stream exclusively on CBS All Access.
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