And just like that, Grey’s Anatomy claims another victim. No, no one died, well no one from the main cast of characters that is. Ever since “The Year of the Originals” began characters have been sacrificed left and right at the all mighty altar of Meredith Grey and Alex Karev. Though to be fair, more characters have been sacrificed to make Meredith look all rosy than they have for Karev, but at least with Meredith characters who were the actual victims weren’t turned into villains like they were for Karev.
The way the malicious and violent assault of Andrew Deluca was turned into a “poor Karev, hasn’t he been through enough” storyline is sickening. It absolutely makes my blood boil that Grey’s had the gall to try and paint Alex as the victim. Make NO mistake, Alex Karev was not the victim in this storyline and he absolutely should be in jail right now. At no point has Karev shown even an ounce of guilt or remorse over his actions. No, instead it’s been all about how his poor, wounded self might spend the next 10 to 15 years in jail. Are you fucking kidding me with that bullshit?
That alone is bad enough, but the show didn’t stop there, nope, they had to dig the knife in ever so deeper by making a survivor of domestic violence take on the burden of believing it was her fault any of this happened in the first place. When we first learned that Jo Wilson was a survivor of domestic violence, violence that was so bad she had to change her identity to escape it, I was excited because here was Grey’s chance to really tell an important story about domestic violence and how devastating it can be. Unfortunately, what we got to see was a survivor being violated all over again to prop another character.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time DeLuca had been thrown under the bus for one of the originals, that would have been when both he and Meredith’s sister Maggie were sacrificed so Meredith could be a part of some stupid love triangle. A love triangle that isn’t even a love triangle considering Nathan Riggs has no idea Maggie supposedly likes him nor does he like her as anything more than a friend. If Shonda Rhimes and company were trying to relive the glory days of Shepherd, Grey, and Shepherd they failed horribly.
Because you see, back then they knew it was important that each side of the triangle should be on equal footing and that we need to love each character. We don’t always have to like them or even agree with all of their actions, but we need to love them. We need to want them to succeed and be happy. Grey/Riggs/Pierce were created simply for manufactured drama and they were set up to fail. No one wins in this. When all is said is done we won’t like any of the characters involved any more than we currently do and there is a more than excellent chance we will actually end up disliking them. Rhimes could have done some wonderful things with Pierce’s character and her relationships with her sister and father and it’s sad that she’s been relegated to being a prop for Meredith Grey.
Which brings me to April Kepner. When Kepner first came on the scene no one liked her. Except for Reed, but that barely counts because we never actually saw them interact as friends. Slowly, over time, people got to know Kepner and they saw that underneath all that awkwardness was someone who had it in her to be a great friend. Unfortunately, none of that matters because as with Pierce, Wilson, and DeLuca, Kepner becomes the latest sacrificial character.
Can we just get one thing out of the way? Kepner is in no way a stand-in for Trump to Meredith’s Obama because you see, Kepner is highly qualified for the job of Chief of Surgery. She has just as much education as Meredith does and not only that she served two freaking tours as a trauma surgeon in a damn war zone. A war zone. This is someone who has seen hell and worked her ass off to save others from that hell. Not qualified my ass. She’s more than qualified.
What she isn’t is well liked. She’s socially awkward and it’s hard for her to make friends. She doesn’t walk into a room and people immediately like her and the more she tries the more she pushes people away. Her colleagues don’t respect her because they don’t think she’s worth respecting. It’s easy for them to push her around and act like she’s the freak in the back of the class with no friends. Oh sure, they might invite her to the cool table every now and again, but they don’t think she actually belongs there. If it’s a contest between Queen Bee Meredith Grey and dorky April Kepner, Meredith wins every time. What makes this even worse is the one person who was supposed to have her back left her to weather the storm alone.