This afternoon I finally sat down to watch Grey’s Anatomy: Season 15: Episode 19 appropriately title Silent All These Years. This episode is the perfect ending to Women’s History Month. If you don’t watch on the regular at least watch THIS episode.
Episode Description: When a trauma patient arrives at Grey Sloan, it forces Jo to confront her past; Bailey and Ben have to talk to Tuck about dating.
It is a tough episode, the toughest I have seen in all 15 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, and I have watched every episode. But this one deserves a f*cking standing ovation. It was incredibly written and very well done. The actors gave it the perfect tender loving care that is required. Damn it, man!
I am speechless. I am triggered. I am sad. I am emotionally exhausted. I am all of those things and I suddenly have a headache. Despite all of my very valid feelings, I am so proud. Proud that Shonda Rhimes continues to give a voice to the voiceless. She shines a light on dark situations. She allows us, in this case, BLACK WOMEN to be seen and be heard on a scale that makes YOU feel. You the viewer, you the person that dismisses sexual assault. You who blame women for being raped.
They gave a vivid look into what sexual assault looks like cradle to grave. The way Grey Sloan Memorial handed this situation should be the standard. Jo’s character recognized the signs of trauma and literally held her hand the entire episode. Dr. Altman also rallied around her immediately and provided a safe place for her.
The patient in the episode was terrified to get the surgery she needed. Every man looked like her attacker. When she closed her eyes she saw her attacker. Her two doctors rallied around her in the best way possible. OH MY GOSH! The minute I realized what they were doing my eyes filled with tears.
The other end of this story is Jo found her birth Mom. It was tough but she was finally able to sit down with her and find out about her own self. In doing so she learned that her birth mother had been raped and that is why she gave her up. Jo was devastated to find out she was the product of a rape. I wanted to hate her mother, I wanted to punch her face, but then you see she is hurting too. WHAT DO YOU DO!
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline | 1-800-656-HOPE | online.rainn.org
Can we give Shonda her Nobel Peace Prize now? I’m tired of waiting, she earned it years ago but this episode is just extra validation of what we already knew.