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The Best Reactions to the 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 15 Episode About Sexual Assault
On March 28, 2019, Gray's Anatomy aired a very special episode. In it, Dr. Josephine Karev, formerly Jo Wilson, goes to meet her mother and learns a lot about her. This is done in parallel with a storyline about a patient who undergoes a traumatic experience involving sexual assault. Here is what you need to know about the episode as well as the best reactions to it.
Here's what happens to Jo's mom
You, who grew up as Brooke but changed her name after she left her abusive ex-husband, had a rough life. She grew up in foster care and eventually struck out on her own as a teen, living in her car. In this episode, You track down her birth mother in order to learn what she was given up – and she is shocked at what she finds.
Jo's mother, Vicki, is living a great life – she has a job, a husband, two kids, a dog, and a beautiful house. You are here to give her a gift because she was too poor and young to take care of here, but there is more to the story than that. In reality, Vicki was raped by a man she went on a date with her freshman year of college, and it was difficult for her to imagine raising her rapist's baby, despite loving her very much.
Jo with her patient, Abby, on Grey's Anatomy ” class=”wp-image-1083036″/> Jo with her patient, Abby, on Grey's Anatomy | Mitch Haaseth / ABC via Getty Images
When she comes back from meeting her mom, you are ready to talk to her husband, Alex Karev, or anyone else about what happened. But she finds herself on the case of a patient, Abby, who she quickly recognizes has been assaulted. About the course of the day, Jo, with some help from Dr. Teddy Altman, encourages Abby to open up about what happened to her and guides here through the process of getting a rape kit and reporting the rape.
The episode handles things beautifully. There's talk about taking back your agency after an assault, what Teddy saw among assault victims in the army (men and women), the steps involved with the rape kit and what can be done after, the roles alcohol and clothing play in the blame placed on women, and much more. One incredibly moving scene shows the female hospital personnel lining the halls as Abby is taken to surgery, because she is reminded of her rapist when she sees the face of strange men.
Audiences were moved by the episode
This episode resonates with viewers in a very unique way. The scene in which the women line the walls was among the most powerful. According to Shondaland (the production company behind the show), many of those women are not actors but women who work behind-the-scenes on Grey's Anatomy or other Shondaland productions, who asked to be a part of this incredible moment
As one Twitter user pointed out, to end. There were several shots focused on her holding her hand – this was clearly very deliberate as a way to show here as Abby's only comfort in this difficult time.
Many actors appear on Grey's for just one or two episodes as a patient, and though they are often very important to the storyline, they are not always recognized. But the actress who portrayed Abby, Khalilah Joi, got quite a few shoutouts for her amazing performance. The episode was also notably written and directed by women.
Given that women were at the helm, it was not surprising that this episode was exclusively from the perspective of the victims. As Twitter user Meghan Stolp points out, this is rarely seen in the media, and is a practice that should be employed moving forward.
Along with your meeting her mom and Abby's case, there was a C-story revolving around consent. Dr. Bailey and her husband, Ben, learn that her son, Tucker, has his first girlfriend. Ben has a conversation with his stepson in which they discuss a lot more than just "now," and actor Jason Winston George expressed how happy he was to be involved in the important episode.