Grey’s Anatomy: S15.E23. “What I Did For Love”

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Screen Capture: Brett Tucker as Fire Chief Lucas Ripley in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”
Screen Capture: Brett Tucker as Fire Chief Lucas Ripley in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”



Did you see tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy? Including “What I Did For Love,” the long running series has no less than 341 episodes to its name. It will close out the current season on 16 May 2019 with the Debbie Allen directed “Jump Into the Fog.”

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Brief Episode Synopsis: What I Did For Love

This episode picks up shortly after events depicted at the tail end of the DeMane Davis directed Station 19 episode “Friendly Fire” when Dr. Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) is seen exiting a flower store. Dr. Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) treats one of Station 19’s own, Fire Chief Lucas Ripley (Brett Tucker), and Dr. Jo Karev (Camilla Luddington) learns a hard lesson. Meanwhile, when working with a family seeking asylum, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) makes a call that could jeopardize her career.

SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to watch this episode, please feel free to stop reading at this point in the article. Continue reading after you watch the episode.

An aspect of great drama is social commentary. While social commentary should not be the entire narrative, it should at least influence the story-line so that it resonates with viewers.

Screen Capture: Allyson Juliette as Gabby in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”
Screen Capture: Allyson Juliette as Gabby in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”

Medical treatment is exorbitantly expensive in these United States. There are people that are caught between earning too much money to qualify for assistance and not earning enough to afford adequate healthcare insurance. It is a story that plays out across these United States in numerous hospitals.

Meredith commits insurance fraud so that a child could receive treatment. It is not kosher but, at the time, it seems like the only option open to the doctor. Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is able to find a reasonable solution which benefits everyone.

Screen Capture: Boris Kodjoe and Camilla Luddington as Captain Robert Sullivan and Dr. Jo Karev, respectively, in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”
Screen Capture: Boris Kodjoe and Camilla Luddington as Captain Robert Sullivan and Dr. Jo Karev, respectively, in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”

A miscommunication with a doctor at a Canadian hospital leads to problems for Jo as both sides of a conversation believe their patient is travelling to their facility. Because of the confusion, Jo turns into an emotional wreak. Jo wants to correct the mistake but cannot find a resolution.

Screen Capture: Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Karev in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”
Screen Capture: Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Karev in the Jesse Williams directed episode of Grey’s Anatomy “What I Did For Love.”
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Final Thoughts

While 341 episodes is an extraordinary accomplishment, Grey’s Anatomy still has a long way to go before it will surpass the mammoth 1,119 episodes the British medical drama Casualty has amassed. The British series, currently in its thirty-third season, will bring this season to a close on 22 June 2019. By the time this season ends, Casualty will average 34 episodes per season.

I used to live in Seattle. I was trying to figure out where in the city this hospital is located. According to people that cannot go a week with watching the series, Seattle Grey Sloan Hospital is based on the city’s real-life Harborview Medical Center. If someone knows whether this is true, please feel free to comment.

“What I Did For Love” is a crossover episode with characters from the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off series Station 19. With a medical drama and a fire station drama in the same fictional universe, there is a good chance the Seattle set shows could mirror the success of the Dick Wolf created One-Chicago franchise. All we need now is a Seattle PD show and the trio of shows will be complete.