Boob(s On Your) Tube: Lovable Lesbian Sex Is Back On “Grey’s Anatomy”

Shondaland is back which means fall TV is really, truly here! There’s going to be a lot to unpack in the coming months, so I’ve asked all our Boobs Tubes writers to keep their mini-caps under 1,000 words. If something deserves more than that, I’ll make sure it lands on the home page with a headline all to itself. This week I reviewed the stellar Battle of the Sexes, Mey reviewed the new season of Transparent, Carmen Phillips caught you up on Star, and Pretty Little Liars is inexplicably spinning off.


American Horror Story: Cult, Episode 704, “11/9”

Written by Riese

These feel like pretty thick envelopes baby, I think we both got into Smith!”

As American Horror Story: Cult gains distance from its early premise, which summoned a dark familiarity from an audience who possibly saw themselves in Sarah Paulson’s wild, panicked, guttural scream at CNN’s announcement of apocalyptic election results, Kai’s titular Cult reveals itself to be ten parts wacky and zero parts partisan. Kai may trumpet Trump’s words and policies when he’s on the mic, but behind the scenes it isn’t Trump or Trump’s politics he loves so much as it is Trump’s ability to strategically harness fear. Throughout “11/9,” which occurs almost entirely in flashbacks to the fall and winter of 2016, we witness a surprisingly charismatic Kai manipulate frightened people by responding to their fear and anger with brutal absolutes, swift action and unwavering loyalty that is essentially sadistic but somehow masquerades as compassion.

Kai is smarter than Trump and smarter than Trump’s ideas, and better than Trump at convincing a member of just about any demographic group that he uniquely understands their pain and is uniquely willing to do anything to soothe it. And by “anything” I mean TERRIBLE MURDER.

This week’s episode contains several time jumps, and opens on Election Night. Winter and her pals are in line, chanting “pussy grabs back” and dissing The Patriarchy, there’s a surly Harrison, an idiotic Meadow (who declares herself truly unfit to vote for anything besides the Emmys), and Ivy triple-checking with Ally that she’s not gonna lodge a protest vote and instead help her make! history! In the booth, though, Ally can’t bring herself to vote for Hillary and instead votes for Jill Stein. Harrison votes for Gary Johnson, Meadow writes in “Oprah,” Ivy and Winter vote for Hillary, Gary Longstreet aka Chaz Bono (who arrives triumphantly with Kai sporting a severed, bloody arm, b/c nothing can take him away from MAGA) votes for Trump, as does, obviously, Kai.

Another time jump lands us the day prior to the election. Ally’s wrapped herself in a self-righteous fleece blend blanket and is cradling her giant mug of lesbian tea, refusing to accompany her nice paper plate wife Ivy to a rally that honestly I do not see the actual point of. Ivy wants Ally to be stoked about their son seeing a Black president and then a women president but Ally thinks Hillary is too entitled. “She acts as if it’s owed to her,” Ally insists, before waxing poetic about Jill Stein’s push for green energy and labeling GMOs. “Honey, I swear to you, if I thought Trump had a chance in hell of winning, I wouldn’t even consider it,” she adds as Ivy busts their communal pop stand. “He’s a reality TV star for G-d’s sake, honey! It’s never gonna happen!”

At the rally, Ivy’s grotesquely groped by Longstreet after an unnecessary face-off about Hillary calling Real Americans “deplorables,” and that Grope Moment is a true fucking American Horror Story I’ll tell you what. Winter sees it happen and steps in like a fierce feminist warrior full of indignant rage. Then she asks if Ivy wants to get some lunch like a fierce feminist warrior full of latent lesbian lust. So, in that moment it’s all very clear, you see: Ivy wasn’t concerned about the bathroom camera. She put it there. Ivy wasn’t concerned about Winter’s criminally insufficient babysitting skills — that’s gotta be part of the plan too, somehow. At The Butchery on Main, Winter says Ivy’s “incredible” for owning her own restaurant. Ivy mutters, “yeah, tell that to my wife.”

The episode is mostly Kai, though. We see Kai endear himself to Beverly, the Black news anchor getting pushed into the severed head beat while Serena, played by Emma Roberts, covers spa treatments and gives their boss blow jobs. Kai swiftly arranges for Serena to be stabbed to death while reporting on a puppy adoption party. (The puppy survives, don’t worry Heather.) We see Kai endear himself to Harrison, who Kai hires as his personal trainer. Kai will teach Harrison to be a big strong man full of hatred and fear! Harrison is forced to clean up jizz spills in the bathroom by his homophobic boss Vinny, which is unfair! Also unfair: Meadow and Harrison are losing their house ’cause Meadow’s irresponsible and terrible, I guess? So, in that moment it’s all very clear you see: killing Chang not only opened up a city council seat, but also gave Harrison and Meadow a place to live. Also, Kai tells Harrison that he’s straight but “if someone is in my crew, man or woman, I will fight for them and kill for them. And if they wake up with a hard-on that won’t quit, I will find a way to make sure they know I still love them.” Very normal cool cult stuff, obvs. Kai does Harrison a solid by helping him brutally murder Vinny and then sever his head in a motel bathroom! That’s true bromance.

Winter and Ivy, which btw sounds like a new face luminizer from Kiehl’s, accost Longstreet at his place of employ, the Stepford Supermarket, duct-tape his mouth shut and handcuff him to a pole in Winter’s basement where he’ll remain unable to execute his Right to Vote. Until, of course, Kai rescues him by literally sawing his arm off. “I hurt someone,” Ivy says, dazed, to Winter. “How did it feel?” Winter asks, deadpan. “It felt fucking fantastic,” Ivy responds.

So, yes, literally everybody in this Anonymous Small But Not That Small town in Michigan is in cahoots with each other, regardless of politics. The killer cult, led by Kai, contains at the very least Winter, Ivy, Harrison, Meadow, Officer Samuels and Beverly Hope. There’s always some entertainment to be found in retrospectively connecting the dots, I guess. Will ensuing plot twists be loud enough to drown out my political discomfort with this program? Did Ivy know that this plot would eventually involve blowing up a guinea pig in her microwave? Who knows! Be sure to tune in next week, when nobody will scissor and a series of questions will be answered OR perhaps sidestepped entirely.


Grey’s Anatomy

Written by Carmen Phillips

And here’s what lesbian brains look like when they find out Carol is on Netflix.

Last season ended with Stephanie Edwards leaving Grey’s Anatomy like a superhero, flying through flames and saving a little girl from a rapist. Unfortunately, this also lead to a significant chunk of the hospital being caught in an explosion. Eliza Minnick was fired and Owen’s long lost sister Megan Hunt was found after ten years of everyone thinking she was dead. In the first few minutes of this episode we learn that Stephanie has been airlifted to a burn center in Texas (no doubt a shout out actress Jerrika Hinton’s actual home state, Miss you Jerrika! Hope you’re well!) and that Eliza has “ghosted” Arizona because Marika Dominczyk won’t be back this year either.

Arizona goes drinking at Joe’s bar to drown her sorrows over Eliza when a sexy brunette and an Italian accent offers to buy her a drink. Arizona is who she is so I knew this was only going one place: with the sexy woman half dressed on top of her on her couch. But oh no, wait! Sexy Italian bar pick up is intern DeLuca’s sister!

The DeLucas yell at each other in Italian for a while and it’s pretty adorable, if only to watch Arizona’s face as her eyes bounce back and forth between the two like a tennis match. He leaves in a huff, and Arizona encourages her new date, Carina, to get back on top of her and finish taking off her shirt. Well then, ahem.

When we next see Dr. Carina DeLuca we learn that she’s an OB-GYN. More specifically, she’s focusing her research on the neurology of female sexuality and the ways that sexual stimulation might help pain control in women. She’s found funding, and she’s approached Dr. Bailey because she would like permission to use Grey Sloan Memorial’s MRI machines to map women’s brains as they masturbate to orgasm. Bailey says yes and we are off to the metaphorical races!

Bailey later brings Amelia and Maggie over to see the research in progress, and the pleased/ shy/ awed smiles on their faces is enough to light up my whole week! Fuck yes, we should take female sexuality seriously. As I watching this scene, I was thinking about how the fight for women’s healthcare is once again taking center stage thanks to the ongoing effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In every new Republican iteration of the bill, pregnancy would become a “preexisting condition” and birth control would no longer be seen as essential coverage, even though Viagra would. Using Dr. DeLuca’s research to highlight the vital importance of funding for women’s healthcare is both timely and critical.

Carina DeLuca also uses her research to hit on Arizona. She has Arizona sit down in the observation room and together they look at scans of women’s brains during masturbation while Carina’s mouth is a breath’s pace away from Arizona’s ear: telling her about slowly building tensions, climbing and climbing, before release. She softly moves Arizona’s hair before giving her nibbling kisses on her earlobe, then down to her collarbone. All while they are still in the observation room! Basically, in less than two episodes, Dr. Deluca has me like putty in her hands. And if the little half mouth moans, seat squirms, and glazed over eyes from Arizona are any indication, I am not the only one. Hot queer sex is back on Grey’s in a real way!

The major not gay plot in the two-hour premiere involved Owen’s long lost sister, Megan Hunt. I really braced myself to hate the Megan plot, but instead it turned out that I loved her. Megan was held captive for the last ten years, but her captors were primarily interested in her skills as a trauma surgeon. She was allowed to live a “normal” life provided that she operated for them and didn’t try to run away. She also has an adopted Syrian son, ten-year-old Farooq, and an open abdominal wound. Meredith works with Bailey and Webber to repair the wound while Owen, Nathan, Teddy, and Mama Hunt all tend to Megan (PS: every time Teddy was on my screen for the whole first hour I screamed “TEDDY ALTMAN I LOVE YOU!” at my television). A lot of interpersonal dynamics were at play here, but I want to focus on Farooq.

Megan is desperate to have her wound fixed because she was not allowed to bring Farooq with her to the United States and therefore needs to get home to him in Iraq. When she first explains this to everyone in the room, they’re shocked. Megan Hunt is a war hero, clearly an exception could be made for her. But, that is not the case. While it isn’t explicitly named, Trump’s travel ban haunts heavily over the plot at hand. All versions of the ban, including the temporary one held up by the Supreme Court in the spring and he reissue given just this week, have banned Syrian refugees from entering the United States.⁠ Grey’s Anatomy is using Megan Hunt to show not only that love doesn’t follow boundaries of nation, but also that the ban itself is cruel and breaks families apart. Megan loves Farooq, calling him “one half of my heart.” Owen, Nathan, and Teddy take to the phones to advocate on Megan’s behalf, but there is no reprieve.

Oh, and Amelia Shepherd found out in the final seconds that she has a massive brain tumor in her frontal lobe! We are in real danger here because the only person I’d trust to take out Amelia Shepherd’s brain tumor is… Amelia Shepherd. And even Shonda isn’t willing to go that far, I suspect.

Anyway, between Megan Hunt’s love for her son and Carina DeLuca’s research, Shonda Rhimes used her platform on one of the most watched nights of television to subtly give a feminist middle finger to the new administration. Just when I thought that I couldn’t love her more.

I’m thinking of ending our time together with some odds-and-ends observations that I couldn’t fit into the recap proper. Let me know if this works for you in the comments!

Post-Op Thoughts:

+ Is Eliza’s Apartment Full of Movers the new Parking Lot of No Return?

+ And at what point can we safely say that hot brunettes who speak a second language are Arizona’s type? Callie spoke Spanish, Eliza spoke Polish, and now Carina with Italian?

+ Callbacks this episode that I loved: Karev got into the residency program based on a fraudulent essay he wrote about his testicular cancer (that he never had), Kepner failed her boards and was fired from the program TWICE!! Meredith once slept with George, and Teddy talked about Henry! Also, this line from Meredith to Jo: “If you want to be a shark, be a shark. Don’t apologize for it.” Cristina Yang, you’re never far from us.

+ I haven’t had the chance to read this interview between Kelly McCreary and Aja Naomi King yet, but I adore them both and believe you will enjoy it!

+ The ongoing saga of Chief Bailey and the heels she was forced to wear because of patriarchy was the most relatable thing I saw television this week.


How to Get Away With Murder

Written by Natalie

The season premiere of How to Get Away With Murder feels like two different episodes in one. One episode is filled with the twists and turns and OMG moments that makes HTGAWM into a trending topic every Thursday night; the other a deep character-driven exploration that reveals more about Annalise than we’ll ever learn from her cases.

Annalise returns to Memphis to convince her mother, whose dementia continues to progress, that she should retire to a nursing home. Ophelia is having absolutely none of it — blasting her daughters for trying to tell her how to live — and shuts herself in her bedroom. She re-emerges in the middle of the night, wide-eyed and trapped in the throws of an episode, rushing to escape the fire she’d set years ago. Annalise grabs her, assures Ophelia that it’s her dementia at work, only to to have her urinate on the floor.

I did get robbed of that Emmy, but I’ll be back next year, don’t worry.

Annalise takes her mother to the bathroom and helps her get cleaned up. As Ophelia sits on the toilet, Annalise dries her back and lotions her feet, and together, they sing a “lullaby” from Annalise’s childhood. It’s an amazing scene — all Viola Davis’ scenes with Cicely Tyson are — that recalls one of their earliest, only this time, it’s the daughter tending to her mama, not the other way around.

But even in the grips of dementia, Ophelia sees her daughter — perhaps as clearly now as she ever has. I’d quote it, but no words I can craft will do Tyson’s performance justice. Just watch:

It’s the last line — “I promise you I will hold on to me for as long as I can, and what I want is for you to hold on to you too — that makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. Her mother sees her — the stories she’s told and even the secrets she’s kept — her mother sees it all and, still, she urges Annalise to hold on.

As she departs, Annalise finally gets the apology she’s needed for her entire life from her father. The apology feels warranted, yet woefully insufficient, but it’s a moment of healing.

Whatever redemption awaits Annalise in Philadelphia, it started in Memphis.

Yes, this is the gayest thing I’ve ever worn, thank you for noticing.

When she arrives at her disciplinary hearing, Annalise admits to being drunk on the night she was arrested. Everything’s been taken from her, Annalise points out, and the ability to practice law is all she has left. The tale she weaves isn’t exactly the truth — but it’s the closest thing to genuine remorse that we’ve seen from anyone on this show, maybe ever.

The disciplinary committee accepts Annalise’s defense and agrees to let her continue practicing law, under the condition that she undergo therapy with Jimmy Smits.

Afterwards, Annalise and Bonnie meet with the Keating Four for what Michaela calls, “the last supper.” Years of Sunday School lessons flash through my head and I note everyone’s positions at the table. Annalise — who has to be Jesus in this metaphor because she’s Viola Davis so, of course, she is — is flanked to the left by Asher and to the right by Bonnie, positions most ascribe to Judas and John, respectfully. From this moment on, I’m even more annoyed by everything that Asher does, in anticipation of his betrayal.

When ol’ Judas passes around the champagne to toast Annalise’s non-disbarment, Laurel demurs. She can’t drink because she’s decided to have Wes’ baby, despite what she told her father. As the table reacts to the news, Laurel fixes in on Annalise, waiting for a reaction but she gets none, much to her clear disappointment.

AK announces that, despite the disciplinary committee’s ruling, she’s cutting ties with her young associates and sending them on their way with thoughtful recommendation letters. She blames herself for ruining Wes and won’t risk ruining them any further…a fate that Connor accepts with his typical smugness, Laurel accepts with feigned indifference, Michaela accepts with the anger of a scorned lover and Asher accepts by mansplaining the right way to dump someone.

You’ll probably get tired of me saying this by the end of these recaps, but I feel obliged to point out that these people assign a culpability to Annalise that she hasn’t earned. She didn’t kill Lila, Frank did. She didn’t kill Sam or burn his remains, Wes, Michaela, Connor and Laurel did. She didn’t suffocate Rebecca Sutter, Bonnie did. And she certainly didn’t run Emily Sinclair over with her car, Asher did that.

Here is some delicious summer squash and also you no longer work for me.

Annalise isn’t innocent but her greatest sin — in fact, the thing that is ruining her — is that she cares about the people at that table. She could waking up beside Eve in an outrageously expensive flat in Paris with a view of the Sacré-Coeur, but no…instead, she’s here trying to save these ungrateful nobodies from themselves.

Welcome to being a black woman in America, friends.

At any rate, the Keating Four aren’t the only ones that Annalise is letting go: Bonnie, who’d been picking out new office space with Frank, is also handed a recommendation letter. She protests, but Annalise won’t hear it, and Bonnie’s left alone with a single tear trickling down her face.

She recovers quickly, though, because the next time we see Bonnie, she’s sitting outside the ADA’s office, waiting to meet with Todd Denver. Going immediately to Annalise’s nemesis looks like a betrayal — the reading of Annalise’s recommendation letter, which lauds Bonnie for her loyalty, plays over the scene — but it seems too obvious. Besides, Annalise’s letter leaves me even more convinced that Bonnie’s the John the Apostle of her former boss’ last supper.

Everyone else handles Annalise’s rejection with varying degrees of success. Michaela psychs herself up — “Beast Mode time,” she says— so that she and Asher can become the Michelle Obama and White Barack they were meant to be. Oliver’s impressed with the recommendation that Annalise has written for Connor — Oliver hasn’t even been told he’s fired yet— but Connor’s dismissive. He politely rejects Oliver’s marriage proposal, claiming he wants to wait until things are “normal and good,” but when have they ever been more normal or good? It’s like he’s striving for the life he thinks he should want and not the life he actually does. He’s the Bette Porter of HTGAWM.

And then there’s Laurel, who settles into bed in Wes’ old apartment, with a handgun next to her, gently rubbing her swelling belly. She’s interrupted by a text from her father and she types out “Why did you kill Wes?” in response— which feels like a bigger revelation than the show treats it as — but she sends “love you too,” instead.

Three months later, Laurel wakes up in the hospital to Frank and Annalise’s therapist, her swollen belly gone and with no sign of her baby.

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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39 Comments

  1. “I think we both got into Smith”. Bahaha.

    Arizona Robbins has game. That storyline was a nice surprise. Although I have not worn heels since I was 18 and had to go to church every week, I wholly and completely embrace that storyline.

    I have had a crush on Kim Raver since Third Watch.

  2. I absolutely loathe Connor, always have, and wish he had died instead of Wes so they can finally give Oliver someone worthy of him.

    I don’t believe for a second that Bonnie would betray Annalise. It’s not like Annalise hasn’t pushed her away before. Their relationship dynamic has always been the most interesting to watch from day one. Bonnie would do literally anything for Annalise and I know that one day that will eventually be her downfall.

  3. CP your Greys recap was sensational! Loved loved loved it!
    I’m so glad Shonday is back. And Teddy too! Love Teddy. The only thing better than Teddy’s return would have been Yang’s return. But Eliza I really won’t miss.
    Dear Arizona, I’m a brunette who speaks four languages. How you doin’?

    • Thank you! Grey’s Anatomy has been my favorite show (even when I’m mad at it) for basically the last decade. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to write about it for you guys! And I’m even more excited that you enjoyed it, because you are a long time regular when it comes to Grey’s Anatomy (I still haven’t forgotten that it was your advocacy that brought Grey’s recaps to Autostraddle, way back when Gabby Rivera still wrote them- and thank you for that as well).

      Also re: Arizona, once I saw the pattern, I really couldn’t un-see it.

      Also Also re: Cristina Yang, I was so geeked out that we got two mentions to her on Thursday! Once via an article she published and the once again when Meredith told Jo to “be a shark”! More Yang all the time, please and thank you.

      • Wow I thought I was the only one that remembered my request for Grey’s recaps and Gabby Rivera writing them. You have an excellent memory.
        I am always pro-adult lesbians coverage. We get so little representation…
        #OlderStraddle

  4. This was the best Grey’s Anatomy first episode in ages! It had the right amount of heavy and light stuff, and this Arizona new love interest is VERY interesting indeed!

    I loved them together and I hope Carina doesn’t end up suddenly gone like Eliza ’cause, although I didn’t like the character she deserved a better closure.

  5. Oh I loved this Grey’s Anatomy recap!

    Apart from all the excellent plot points recapped, one of my favorite moments this week was Dr. Bailey interrupting her husband giving some opinion to Jo and Dr. Bailey saying “you don’t know what it is like. you don’t get to have an opinion on this” and having him reply “You are right.” Such a chill response. LIKE, Shonda, thank you for modeling healthy relationships and giving me hope we can one day have less mansplaining all around.

    Finally, I wanna name I am aggressively concerned about Dr. DeLuca’s project situation becoming a lightning bolt for transmisogyny. Shonda has been pretty awesome with trans storylines in the last couple of seasons, but the language around this project gave me pause. I’ll be keeping a close eye on that.

  6. I’m way too invested in Shondaland these days, but Carmen and Natalie’s recaps made me feel 100% better about it.

    Some thoughts on Grey’s:
    1. Glad Eliza Minnick is gone, but feeling weird about her getting the Erica Hahn treatment

    2. Teddy Altman is still far too good and wonderful to be a point in one of uber-bland Owen’s love triangles

    3. Owen’s weird “there’s something wrong with you” speech to Amelia for having the audacity to be not that into him made me itchy? Not sure I like the show calling her soundness of mind into question with a tumor when I am also like “bleh, Owen” and so was Cristina Yang, a queen among fictional docs. Maybe it’s not a tumor. Maybe she heard him sing once and/or doesn’t want to have his babies.

    4. I consistently like Japril/ the healthy boundary setting they have to do. They’re messy, but those two and Bailey/Warren are maybe the only pairs who just try to respect and love each other to the best of their ability without explicitly ignoring each other’s wishes.

    • Mina, did you happen to break into my apartment last night and lift these comments directly from my notes? I have questions!

      (This is my attempt at humor to say, yes! I share all of these concerns. One of my first thoughts when I saw that Amelia had a brain tumor was: “If they use this to squish her back with Owen and/or say that she left Owen over a brain tumor and NOT because he’s an ass- which he absolutely is- I am going to throw a fit”

      • I’m so glad we’re on the same page!

        I feel like they’re going to do something extra, like have Amelia ask Meredith to do the surgery (“because Derek trusted you and you’re my sister, so I trust you” Amelia will say), and then profess her love to Owen and die on the table just so he can be sad beloved Owen again, and then ensnare Teddy in his love web when he’s done brooding.

        I’m tired of him trapping phenomenal women into roles they don’t want!

  7. Some thoughts on HTGAWM:

    1. Every Cicely Tyson scene makes me want to bawl even though I don’t cry much?

    2.I read some good Laurel/Michaela fic and now the whole show falls shy of my gayest dreams. I’m coping, but barely.

    3. Michaela and Asher dating makes me so sad. He’s not a white Barack. He’s not even a Bill Clinton. Michaela is so smart and talented and ambitious, but Asher is going to sink her like a murderous Anthony Weiner. Laurel would clearly be the trophy spouse. Secret genius, duh.

    3B. Asher was super disrespectful of Michaela last season and is also a big baby who pouted until she told him she loved him and pouted until she agreed to date him and pouts when someone notices how great she is, and I don’t like it.

    4. I cannot emphasize enough how little I care for Asher. He’s played off as “the silly guy”, but also 4 of the K5 killed Sam while trying to protect each other in a drawn out compound assault. Asher murdered Sinclair in a fit of uncontrolled rage because she was taunting him. At least Bonnie thought she was protecting secrets and Frank felt indebted to Sam and will tell you he’s not a great dude. Asher thinks Annalise broke him, too, but she didn’t do any of this. He’s just an entitled white boy raised on too much money and too few consequences who learned that he can hurt people (or let his rapist friends hurt people) and get off with a pouty face and a willingness to push blame elsewhere.

    5. Aja Naomi King is the cutest.

    6. I knew this baby thing was going south, but I s2g is Annalise has taken it, I’m flipping every table between my house and Shonda’s office.

    In short, Asher can fuck right off, but the ladies are all flawless and wonderful and I miss Eve.

  8. Natalie, I just finished watch HTGAWM last night (craaaazy weekend for me, if I have to put off the return of Shonda! But alas, here we are) and your recap was excellent!

    I don’t know any performance on television that is more intense and impressive than having Viola Davis across from Cicely Tyson.

    These are two Academy Award level actresses (and let’s be real- the only reason Cicely never won hers was 1970s racism) that we are getting to watch on our television! And not even on pay cable, but on broadcast for free! HOW?? WHY? How on earth did the universe smile upon us so? I will never know.

    I feel like it’s just not marveled upon enough. So I will do it here. Cicely Tyson is doing some of her finest work in years and yes that’s saying a lot. They just keep raising each other’s game higher and higher. Let me tell you, the whole arc surrounding them was astounding, but by the time Cicely uttered the “I promise you I will hold on to me for as long as I can, and what I want is for you to hold on to you too” I WEPT LIKE SMALL CHILD.

    I thought back to what you wrote earlier this summer, about Annalise makes you feel seen in ways that can feel more like exposure. It’s a show that is brave when it comes to exposing the emotional scars of black women. And for me this scene was one of those moments. It’s so hard to hold on the truth about ourselves in world that would prefer our picture perfect lies. I think a lot of black women know that particular pain, and even more so for black queer women.

    (And since I’ve fawned a lot over Cicely, I want to say: the woman playing Annalise’s sister was also superb with Viola. I love all her family scenes. They raise the bar.)

    OK, I have taken up faaaaaaaaaaaar too much comment space, so let me end with this:

    “She could waking up beside Eve in an outrageously expensive flat in Paris with a view of the Sacré-Coeur, but no…instead, she’s here trying to save these ungrateful nobodies from themselves.

    Welcome to being a black woman in America, friends.”

    HAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!!!
    You nailed it.

    • Can I tell you, @c-p, that I wrote the stuff about the Keating Five Four in no time but I sat with those scenes in Memphis for such a long time that I wasn’t sure I’d have anything to submit. Those scenes–and that line in particular–cut so close that excavating them felt a bit overwhelming.

      I’m so grateful that HTGAWM doesn’t go to Memphis that often, I’m not sure my heart could handle it.

  9. A few thoughts on Grey’s

    1. I miss Jerricka Hinton so much. I know it’s only been one episode but she was a great character and a buffer between me and my disdain for Jo…

    2. I’m glad Teddy’s back but when she was lecturing Meredith about what’s appropriate, I kept thinking “girl, you used to work here. You know that what’s appropriate has never been a guide for how these doctors work.”

    3. I’d feel more invested in the Jackson/April stuff if them getting back together didn’t feel so inevitable.

    4. Don’t miss Minnick but I hate seeing another character subjected to the Erica Hahn treatment.

    • 1. Same. Nobody blots away the annoyingness of Jo like Stephanie Edwards. Ben can try,but he’ll fail.

      2. Why do any of them pretend there are standards in place and being adhered to??? It’s the wild wild pacific northwest out there.

      4. SAME

  10. @c– I What with Jewish holidays and roller derby playoffs and trying to finish What Happened and oh yeah, the new girlfriend taking up all of my time (if you’re reading this, hi ;) I’ve fallen seriously behind on my tv watching-schedule, so I’ve only JUST gotten around to watching the Grey’s premiere. I’m SO EXCITED to see you recapping!

    Like you, I wanted to hate the Megan plot line, but oh my god, I fell in love with her after about 5 seconds. She’s amazing, and I’m glad she turned Riggs down because clearly she is too good for him, and I just want her to somehow get her son to the US so she can stay in Seattle and be Meredith’s new best friend.

    You’re completely right about Arizona’s type. Already after only a few scenes, I’m completely into this new pairing. I really disliked Arizona and Minnick from the start, but DAMN, Arizona and Carina have incredible chemistry already. Honestly, the apartment-full-of-movers, like the parking-lot-of-no-return, is actually a GOOD thing, because they both replaced love interests who didn’t work with ones that DO.

    Amelia. I understand the pathos of giving a brain surgeon a brain tumour, and this show loves its pathos. But good god, I REALLY do not like the implications of that tumour. This is Izzie all over again. I mean, Amelia’s actions have not made sense for about a season now, but are they really gonna retcon all of that as a tumour? Isn’t the fact that her and Owen disagree about having kids EVER gonna come up again!?

    Finally: Shonda Rimes 2020. Please?! We need more shows talking about these issues.

      • Yeah. I know I’m definitely in the minority about this, and it might be partly that I didn’t realize I was gay until after Callie met Arizona, so Hahn’s glasses speech and her relationship with Callie didn’t hit me as hard. But honestly, I disliked Hahn’s character from the moment she first showed up. She was terrible to Cristina, and I just don’t tolerate people who are terrible to Cristina, especially when she was so weirdly two-faced about being terrible to Cristina and then being so friendly to Callie. Her whole relationship with Callie was weird from the beginning because it was so out of character compared to how she treated everyone else.

  11. @pecola Ditto what I said to Carmen above about being too busy to watch HTGAWM until now, and ditto about my excitement about seeing you recapping it!

    This was a much slower start to the season then we usually get with this show, but damn did I appreciate it. I loved Michaela’s “she doesn’t have a soul” line because this episode showed us so clearly how much Annalise really DOES care. You put it perfectly:

    “She could be waking up beside Eve in an outrageously expensive flat in Paris with a view of the Sacré-Coeur, but no…instead, she’s here trying to save these ungrateful nobodies from themselves.”

    If we find out that Annalise kidnapped Laurel’s child, I will be PISSED. Though my guess is it’s probably NOT that, because it’s too easy and obvious. More likely Laurel’s father is the culprit.

    Your reading of Bonnie as John is spot-on, I think, which is very interesting re: Asher as Judas. I’m definitely going to be paying more attention to him this season as well.

    Thanks for the wonderful recap, I can’t wait to see what you think about the rest of the season!

  12. I’ve seen FGT no less than 30 times. It is in my top 5 all time favorite movies. I love that goddamn movie and I love Sipsey and I just realized this episode that the actress who played her is Annalise’s mom. I’m feeling a bit of actual shame on this one.

    That being said, so happy htgawm is back. Viola Davis kills it, every time. The entire supporting cast is so good it’s stupid and that Bonnie/Annalise tension tho.. I will watch this show until its dying breath.

  13. Lets give some love to “The Young and the Restless” too..I don’t know if they are losing viewers over it, the the burgeoning romance between Mariah and Tessa is taking up where “Guiding Light’s” Otalia left off. We should give them the ratings that they deserve for tackling this lesbian love story.

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