Grey’s Anatomy season 13 episode 17 review: Maggie’s revelation

Grey's Anatomy season 13 episode 17 reviewWithin this Grey’s Anatomy season 13 episode 17 review, we’re going to have a lot of conversation about Maggie. Specifically, we’re speaking here in terms about some of the terrible, heart-wrenching news that came out in regards to her mother.

Going into the episode, what she knew was that her mother was getting surgery. However, she thought it was for plastic surgery and not breast cancer. After she tried to balk at confessing the truth, eventually Jackson convinced her mom that she needed to tell Maggie the truth; otherwise, he was not going to be altogether interested in operating on her.

With that, she finally came clean. Everything started to come out, and Maggie struggled with the reveal. She didn’t know what to say to her mother, but eventually, she determined that she wanted to be there for every aspect of her care, including her surgery. Her coming to grips with that was a tough process, and it also produced one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the hour as DeLuca decided that this was the right time to tell her that he was in love with Jo.

Side note: Where in the world is Karev these days? He’s back within the world of the Grey Sloan, but the man’s practically a ghost.

The latest on Owen and Amelia

Tremendous performances from Caterina Scorsone and Kevin McKidd as we saw the two work to navigate the Amelia – Owen relationship, which remains stuffed full of flaws. Their biggest one may just be empathy. They both have a clear picture of what their life should be, but not what the other person may want that said life to be. They have to start to see each other’s side. They haven’t done that so far, and it’s proving to be incredibly damaging.

There were two signs that a thawing of the ice could be coming. It seemed to be Amelia telling Owen that their life could be imperfect even with a child that got the idea into his head. Meanwhile, for Amelia it seemed to be the devotion that an elderly couple (including a renowned doctor) had for each other that made her question if getting away with from the situation was the right move.

Happier romantic news

Are Meredith and Riggs closer to being together? We are starting to see things get to that point after Meredith finally told Nathan to ask her for dinner. This isn’t a guarantee of anything, but a step in the right direction for sure.


This was certainly a heartbreaking episode for Maggie, but we do think that the journey was worth it. This was another powerful, well-written episode, and we’re beyond excited to see where the show goes from here. (Granted, we are very worried for Maggie’s mom.) Grade: B+.

Next time on Grey’s Anatomy season 13

If you head over here, you can take a look at a new preview for everything that is coming up next! Ellen Pompeo will be directing the new installment of the show, and that’s something that you can go ahead and be excited about.

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