Grey's Anatomy Recap: Meredith Says Goodbye to Her Father

by at .

“You went and got a whole new life, halfway across the world this time,” she said. “But you didn’t give a damn about the people you left behind.”

Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy was an emotional one. 

Meredith with her Father

Catherine went under the knife for surgery when it emerged that her cancer had to be treated straight away, and Meredith weighed up whether she could say goodbye to her dying father. 

Meredith was open and honest with Richard, a man who has been instrumental in her career from the get-go. 

She wanted to be with him while Catherine was in surgery in the event he needed to vent, or if something didn't quite go to plan. 

However, Richard told Mer that he didn't need her during this time and that she would be best visiting her dying father and trying to make peace with him. 

Meredith Celebrates the Dead

Meredith wondered about whether she could actually press on and visit the man she hated, and she was in for a surprise when she did. 

Thatcher was close to death. As such, he had lost lots of weight, was weak and didn't have much will to live for longer. 

He decided to quit the treatment plan because his condition was terminal, and he didn't see much point in trying to prevent the unpreventable. 

Meredith didn't know what to say, but that was fine with Thatcher. He went on to list some of the things he did following the last time they saw each other. 

Meredith Dressed Up For Her Date

Thatcher said that Lexie's death weighed so heavily on him that he started building schools in Zimbabwe and did so until he got sick. He was also sober during that time. 

That's when Meredith realized she could not sit and allow him to talk. 

“You went and got a whole new life, halfway across the world this time,” she said. “But you didn’t give a damn about the people you left behind.”

That's when we were let in on the biggest bombshell of the season:

Meredith's father did return home, but it was for Derek's funeral. He attended, but Meredith was understandably a bit out of it following the loss of the love of her life. 

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy

What followed were emotional scenes with the father and daughter finally putting the past behind them, but it wasn't long before Thatcher passed away. 

Back at the hospital, Amelia and Koracick were given the green light by Catherine to try and cure her cancer. 

Things got a little too emotional when Catherine handed Jackson her will because she was fully prepared not to survive the surgery.

“I will see you when I wake up,” she promised to her husband, Richard before the surgery commenced. 

Catherine Fox - Grey's Anatomy

Things were tense throughout the complicated procedure, especially when it emerged that the surgeons could not take out the whole tumor. 

Richard said they could try doing it piece by piece and that they did. However, they could only remove 95 percent of it, confirming that there was some going to be left over. 

But this was a win. Catherine could live her life normally ... for now, and that was enough for her.  

“I’ll operate. I’ll hug my son. Make love to my husband. Chase my Harriett,” she said.

“Make mistakes. Fight about who gets to pick the movie on date night. You two have given me my life back.”

What are your thoughts on how all of it played out?

Hit the comments below. 

Grey's Anatomy continues Thursdays on ABC. 

Show Comments
Tags: ,