‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 14x 22 Review: Fight for Your Mind

On this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, we finally put a face to Alex Karev’s mother after 14 years.

We were all given sort of a scare about the well-being of Mrs. Karev in last week’s episode, after Alex’s worry that his mother might be dead in a ditch somewhere or wandering the streets alone. But I’m glad to see that she’s actually doing perfectly fine, which comes to a huge shock to Alex.

One of my favorite moments of this episode was how Alex reacted to all of this. If it isn’t obvious already, I’m a huge stan of Alex Karev. I truly believe this man has had some of the best character growth and development throughout the series and compared to many other shows.

Alex isn’t one to fully show you how he’s feeling. But in this episode, we were able to get a glimpse of his heart. His caring, delicate heart. It sure isn’t easy having to take care of your own mother at such a young age, especially if she’s schizophrenic. He felt robbed of his childhood and his teen years and only wanted a healthy mother that was there for him.

This has played a huge role in molding Alex as a fine character on Grey’s Anatomy. It was something he had to deal with all of his life, and now, seeing his mother doing exceptionally well has become a big moment for him. Justin Chambers portrays Alex so perfectly and the scene in the batting cage is outstanding performance. It’s a mixture of emotions for Karev and I’m glad he was able to let it all out. Free himself from what he’s had pushed aside in his mind all this time. A relationship with your mother is like no other. It’s a different kind of bond and it lives by its quota of ‘unconditional love’.

I think the interactions between Alex and his mother were done so well because the bridge between them that was broken for so long has been fixed. Glued together. Now, they heal. The both of them. Oh, and Jo’s support in all of this? AMAZING. Gosh, I love these two together. They compliment each other so well and the way that Jo is by his side no matter what just proves to you that they are the mere definition of ‘ride or die’.

Don’t get me wrong, that statement doesn’t go quite well for everyone, but for these two, it is spot on.

Meanwhile, at Grey’s Sloan Memorial, Meredith prepares for her presentation and what we hear her say before she begins is the truth, the truth that was buried behind her mother’s past for this long. But it was the truth that Marie needed to hear. It was good that she spoke out on it, given the amount of heat the hospital was already put with the Harper Avery mess.

As for speaking the truth, another person in this episode that spills some good truth that deserves an applaud-worthy speech is Miranda Bailey. She tells off Vik with his pathetic attempt at suing the hospital for getting fired. Bailey has a lot of heart, and she also has strength and lots and lots of discipline.

She is the chief and remember, she did mold our OG interns to be the outstanding doctors that they could be. Her speech reminded me of the good old days. But the way she set Vik straight, she nailed it. Not a fan of his character at all, so immature and childish. The way he went about this thing was unnecessary and he did not deserve an apology from Bailey.

“Fight for Your Mind” is another great and touching episode. This episode is directed by Jesse Willaims and he does an exceptional job with his directorial debut. The episode had some great shots and the angles we saw during Jo and Alex’s trip to Iowa stood out. As we are gearing up for the final two episodes of Season 14, it also means it’s time for us to say goodbye to April and Arizona. *tears*

Did tonight’s episode give us sneak peek of how Arizona’s story will end on this show? Honestly, it’s a better alternative than having to kill her off. The same goes to April as well. I’m nervous NOW.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/9c on ABC.

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