Grey’s Anatomy Review: In the Air Tonight (Season 13 Episode 20)

When it comes to planes and Grey’s Anatomy, it’s never a good combination. But, on Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 20, “In the Air Tonight,” viewers get to see a new relationship blooming.

Meredith and Riggs board the same flight by accident, and it turns into a whirlwind of chaos.

April and Jackson had an episode dedicated to nothing but them, so Meredith and Riggs having an episode devoted to them shouldn’t be weird. Except, April and Jackson have significant history with each other and have a relationship that viewers love and want to see more of. Riggs and Meredith? Nothing like that.

I’ve been on the fence about Riggs and Meredith being together since the very beginning, but I think I’m finally coming around to the idea of them being an item. Although, he certainly does not help his case by following Meredith into the bathroom and basically forcing her into it.

Meredith made the decision to sleep with Riggs on her own, but that doesn’t change the fact that he cornered her in the bathroom and that’s why it happened. Nowhere did she lead him on to follow her. She deserves to deal with those feelings when it hits her, not when he wants it and can make her head into it.

Throughout the episode, Riggs is by Meredith’s side almost the entire time. Meredith doesn’t have an excellent track record with planes, and he could tell that it was bothering her. She would never admit it, but him being there with her helped her out immensely.

Going into this episode I expected to see some sort of flashback to the infamous plane crash including Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Lexie, Arizona, and Mark, but it hit harder than expected.

Re-visiting those flashbacks and having Meredith explain the situation – especially the death of Lexie – to Riggs reminded me just how much I miss everyone. I miss Lexie, Mark, and Derek. Cristina isn’t dead, but I miss her as well.

“My kid sister, Lexie.” Felt entirely too much like a punch to the gut for any fan of Lexie Grey.

Had Riggs not of been there, Meredith would not have been able to do her job efficiently because she needed someone to push her to keep going when it got tough. This alone makes me like him even more.

The end of the episode leaves me with some mixed feelings toward them being a couple. Derek was Meredith’s soulmate, husband, best friend, and father to her children; Riggs can’t expect Meredith to get over Derek all of a sudden so she can be with him.

Derek has been gone for almost two complete seasons, but that doesn’t change the fact that Meredith has the right to take however long she likes to mourn the loss of Derek.

“In the Air Tonight,” sets up next week’s episode perfectly. Meredith and Riggs are now a thing, and now it’s time for Maggie to find out the truth.

Other Thoughts:

  • Ingrid is the type of flyer I am if I don’t take any medicine to pass out before hand.
  • It wasn’t much of a twist when the annoying guy needed Riggs to save his life. There’s always a reason when Grey’s puts someone that annoying in your face in this kind of situation.
  • Throughout the entire episode, I continued to wish that they would just slip him a sedative.
  • Although Riggs isn’t my favorite, I’d like to see Meredith happy again and if he does that for her then so be it.
  • My hope is that Maggie is cool with Meredith and Riggs, but I don’t see that happening.

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

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.


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