Previously Station 19, Dean decided to go after the cop who had pushed him, Travis found his father on a gay dating site, Jack moved in with Inara, and Vic started flirting with another firefighter. Meanwhile, on Grey’s Anatomy, André is dead. Read on for my Station 19 4 × 07 review!
The episode begins with Vic going for a run in hopes of finding his firefighter crushing Ruiz. She sits down on a bench, disappointed, only to have him join her. They both admit running the trail in search of each other. As they speak, her fingers brush hers in the most sexually charged brush I’ve ever seen. He could win me over a little.
Andy and Sullivan share breakfast in bed. She tells him that Maya has appointed her acting captain. Sullivan makes sure she won’t give him any special treatment. However, throughout the working day, he will absolutely ask for preferential treatment and then accuse her of not supporting her. Luckily, Andy will silence him and remind him that she is in charge. I spend most of the episode watching Sullivan for his attitude.
Travis is still trying to get information from Vic about his crush. Emmett is there to do their Covid tests, and he gets into the teasing. After Vic leaves, Emmett asks Travis if he’s dating anyone. Travis says the desire is sort of dead once he finds his father’s dating profile. Speaking of the devil, Travis’ dad shows up at the station. He asks Travis to help him set up security on his computer because his photo has been stolen. Travis is about to dive into this conversation, when the station gets a call and has to leave.
“If I believe I can fly, I can fly”
They arrive at a building and find people in identical suits fidgeting as a man stands on the roof, encouraging them to continue to vibrate. Dean instantly realizes that they are dealing with a cult. I am so excited. Cults fascinate me, both real and fictional. Everything goes back to the episode “Boy Meets World” where Shawn found himself in a cult. My first thought is always to assess the cult and see if it would be able to recruit me. So let’s look at the worship of Brother John.
There’s a lot of beating in an almost dance-like way that also suggests they can be drugged, so it’s a strike against that. However, Elder John is very inclined to tear down the structures of society that breed fear and shame. The sociology major in me is intrigued by what he has to say, so he would probably be able to bring me in. The biggest blow against him, however, is that he would demand that I stop believing in gravity. He tries to convince his followers that if they believe it hard enough, they will help him fly. Let’s call it the Tinkerbell Theory.
Andy basically taunts him from the ground, which honestly makes me love him more. She sends Jack up to the roof to try and get Brother John to talk. He begins by asking Jack to dance with him to help him conserve his energy. Jack starts to pounce, which Vic records hilariously from the ground.
Brother John understands that Jack is an orphan who is afraid to love. He struggles with his feelings for Inara and whether to open up to love. Brother John tells Jack that he is going to show him what love and fearlessness is like, that is, when he dives from the roof. You can see on some of the followers’ faces the moment they remember the existence of gravity. However, there was enough time to install the airbag to cushion his fall, so everything is fine.
They put Brother John on the stretcher and put him in the ambulance in Gray-Sloan. Jack asks to go upstairs with him. He asks if Brother John was trying to die. Brother John says he was trying to fly, jumped up and “had a moment of pure freedom.” Jack decides to take this as a clue. That night, he comes home and immediately kisses Inara. He asks Marcus if he can be his mother’s boyfriend. Marcus adorably nods, “I thought you were already,” and I clap from my couch.
“Heroes don’t have to mend their faces”
Police respond to the scene with Brother John, including at least one who was there when Dean was pushed to the ground. Vic reminds Dean that they can’t touch him while in uniform, which he says is part of the problem.
Dean and Vic are dealing with a guy who fell from a stump and dislocated his shoulder. He claims not to be drugged, but based on his licking Dean straight from the center of the forehead, I suspect he’s lying. Dean is going to clean up. One of the agents comes to apologize for what happened. He says he denounced Agent Schneider, who is currently suspended. Dean reminds her that he also stayed there and did nothing to help the girls in this house, so apologies are not enough. In the background, we see a white cult member launching himself at a policeman. All the police officer says is, “Please take your hands off me. Just another reminder of the differences in the way the police treat people based on race.
When they return to the station, Sullivan reminds Dean that they have to work with the police, so he should “fix his face”. Dean says he can work with the police, but maybe nothing has changed before because they’re too quick to fix their faces. He says they’re heroes, and no one tells Batman to fix his face.
Back at the post, Dean says he decided not to take the lieutenant exam because the only part of his job that isn’t corruptible is the part where he actually helps people. If he goes up through the ranks, he takes refuge in the system and everything stays the same. He points out that Sullivan and Chef Gregory got seats at the table, but nothing has changed. In order to help Joyce, he has to put his career on hold for a while.
In a moment of levity, Dean says he can’t believe a guy lick his face. Vic jokes that she can’t believe she was jealous. She decides to call Ruiz. At first he seems in a rush to hang up, so my first thought was that he had a girlfriend. Fortunately, I was wrong. In fact, he showed up at the station with flowers for Vic. They adorably wonder when their next Covid tests are and plan to go out the next day.
“You forget how to breathe”
As everyone deals with the cult, a man named Jerry shows up with an injured hand. He cut it with a cloth cutter. Jerry has HIV, so he’s scared to go to the hospital for fear of catching Covid. At first, Warren says he can’t help Jerry. But we all know Warren can’t turn anyone in need anyway.
As Warren repairs Jerry’s hand, Jerry shares how the Covid pandemic reminded him of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. He talks about how scared he was. Eventually, Warren begins to confide in Jerry about the loss of Bailey’s mother, and then the loss of Andrew. Jerry talks about what it can be like to drown in your own grief and the importance of finding your life jacket. That one thing that will keep you afloat. Jerry tells Warren that he thinks his life jacket is medicine. It was a sweet story that I imagine will lead to Warren continuing to fight for the Mobile Surgery Unit.
“Give me your guilt”
Maya is on bereavement leave with Carina, who is not doing well. She said the bed and sofa were “too soft”. Any comfort makes her want to cry. She starts by laying down on the kitchen floor before heading to the shower and just watching. Maya encourages him to scream out her grief, but every time she tries she can only come out with a pathetic moan. Stefania Spampinato absolutely kills it this episode. Her grief is like a visceral punch, and I continued to cry with her.
Carina realizes that she must inform her father of Andrew’s death. Then she lists all the other completely mundane things that happen when someone dies. Inform the owner, call the bank, plan the funeral. She is submerged and ends up in the shower. While she’s in there, Maya takes care of all the logistical things. You can tell Carina has always been the one to take care of things so it’s overwhelming for her to have someone take care of her.
Later, Carina has a breakdown and feels like it’s her fault Andrew died. She recounts how she should have stopped him from getting on the train. Maya consoles her and then has my absolute favorite sentimental line from the episode. As Carina sobs, Maya tells her:
“Give me the guilt, okay?” Give me the blame, give me the part that stings the most. Let me hang in there for a little while. And when you feel a little stronger, you can get it all back.
Carina instantly begins to sob harder as Maya realizes she was “too soft”.
After some time, Carina finally decides to call her father, only to find out that he learned of Andrew’s death two days earlier. He just never bothered to call Carina and check on her. She’s almost ready to yell at it. Maya takes her to the fire station and turns on the sirens, muffling the noise as Carina finally lets out the scream she gave in all of the episodes. It turns to sobs, and I’m absolutely not sobbing from my couch, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Carina ends the episode finally able to sleep in a bed again while Maya holds her.
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