Everyone on the team ends up getting a shock in various ways — some are more deeply hurt by the jolt than others in Station 19.
In the latest episode of Station 19, Chief Pruitt (Miguel Sandoval) reacts to catching Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) and Jack (Grey Damon) making out and getting things on and poppin’ in the captain’s back office in the last episode. He tells them that they are both adults, but he also warns them that their relationship is bad for the station. Maybe one of them should consider leaving? Although he says he’s cool with the secret affair, Pruitt is clearly taking out his frustration on poor Jack. (Did you catch that killer backslap the old guy gave him? Ha!) And when a pregnant woman comes to the station seeking help with installing car seats for her triplets-to-be, guess who gets stuck with the task? Yep, it’s Jack. Kind of like he’s being hazed all over again.
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Meanwhile, Ben’s (Jason George) wife Dr. Miranda Bailey (Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson) pays a visit at his new workplace and, meets most of his new co-workers for the first time. It’s all smiles and light teasing (“So, you’re the puppy guy?”) at first until Bailey sees Captain Pruitt sitting at the table chilling when he’s supposed to be at home resting. She snaps into Chief of Surgery Bailey and lets him know that he needs to take his health and recovering seriously. Meanwhile, besties Andy and Maya (Danielle Savre) are out on their first stakeout with Officer Ryan (Alberto Frezza) and his squad running the sting inside a warehouse. The rest of the team is out responding to a super dangerous call: a motor vehicle accident involving a down electrical pole. All in a day’s work for a firefighter, right? Not so fast! This call takes a shocking (ugh!) twist.
And, ready to slide down the pole, suit up and sound the siren, it’s our brave Station 19 volunteer squad:
Seana (@pottsy000): Seana is a University Student from England, an avid TV Show watcher, and a LGBTQ member
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): Native New Yorker, mom of 2, lover of all things Shondaland. Used to run marathons, now I binge them.
Jasmine (@jasjanae): Jasmine is a witty Ravenclaw, working mother of a sassy toddler, mental health awareness advocate, and can win a crawfish-eating contest.
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): Rodnicka is a native Detroiter and taco connoisseur, who wishes she lived in #Shondaland.
Camila (@lalipolaroids): Camila is 14 years old and lives in Argentina. She’s a big fan of
Danielle Savre and Caterina Scorsone, and her dream is to be a surgeon!
1. Let’s start with a friendly face from Grey’s Anatomy. How great was it to see Dr. Miranda Bailey on the scene? Did you have a sense that things were going to go south and Ben would be put in serious danger?
Seana (@pottsy000): It’s always amazing to see Dr. Bailey on my TV. She just brings something special to every episode. That first scene when Bailey didn’t want to hear about Ben being in danger with his job, that gave me tingles. I knew something bad was going to happen to Ben this episode and he would be put in danger. Never talk about dangerous things as something will always happen! Learnt that from Grey’s Anatomy.
Camila (@lalipolaroids): Was really so great!!! I love Bailey so much. I think it was obvious that they were going to have so many calls in the station. But still, even knowing that, I kept screaming: OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?!
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): It’s always great to see Bailey! I love the Grey’s connection to Station 19. I’m a huge Grey’s fan and have loved her/Ben’s relationship. I kind of had a feeling something big was going to go down, but didn’t expect what it actually was!
Jasmine (@jasjanae): It was great to see Miranda in Ben’s new work environment! I love that she wants to have a better understanding of why he’s passionate about the job. Because of their conversation in bed, I knew something dangerous would happen this episode… I just wasn’t sure what! Also, loved her chat with Pruitt; I hope he takes her advice and takes care of himself. And I totally expected Miranda would have to deliver those triplets in the station.
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): It was refreshing to see Dr. Miranda Bailey visit Ben at work considering her reservations for his career change. I had no idea Ben would be put in such serious danger. He was forced to rely on other, more seasoned responders rather than diving in head first like he did as a surgeon.
2. Jack let the entire cat out of the bag about his and Andy’s secret relationship! Travis’ face was the best. How soon before this all comes back to bite them both Andy and Jack in the bum?
Seana (@pottsy000): Travis’s reaction was the best, thinking he knew and then realising he didn’t know at all! I can see it coming soon… I mean a relationship between the top two people in the firehouse can be dangerous. If this relationship goes south, the entire firehouse is going to suffer and then will they have to pick a new captain, and have that shake up the firehouse even more. I have a fear it’s going to come sooner rather than later.
Camila (@lalipolaroids): Travis’ face was so funny — haha! Good question, but I really don’t know when or if it will come back to bite them.
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): Travis was definitely shocked! I think this is going to bite Jack more with Miller than Travis. Miller seemed more upset that Jack hadn’t confided in him.
Jasmine (@jasjanae): Travis is my favorite and their conversation was hilarious! Once Jack started talking he just couldn’t stop. Total word vomit. Travis’ reaction was fantastic, but overall he held it together well. I do wish Jack’s confession had been to Dean since their relationship is stronger.
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): I must admit, I expected the scene with Marshall to be a typical rescue scene. I was SHOCKED (pun intended) that he didn’t make it!
3. Did you think Marshall was going to jump to safety and be free and clear? Also, did you holler like we did when he took that fateful jump?
Seana (@pottsy000): I thought he was going to stay in the car at first. In a high-pressure situation, it’s so scary and you don’t want to move or do anything. That fateful jump was heartbreaking he had done so well to actually get out of the car in the first place and make those initial jumps. Sadly, that’s how things go. Unfortunately, you make it so far only to fall at the last hurdle.
Camila (@lalipolaroids): That scene was so amazing, and it hurts but I kind of thought that he was going to die. Poor Marshall and his wife.
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): I honestly thought Marshall was going to make it. I was really hoping he would. Why couldn’t he have taken tiny hops so he would be more balanced? I wouldn’t have taken such big hops!! Ugh!!!
Jasmine (@jasjanae): That scene was intense! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Ben did a wonderful job coaching Marshall. I really hoped Marshall’s bunny hop would lead him to safety.
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): I must admit, I expected the scene with Marshall to be a typical rescue scene. I was SHOCKED (pun intended) that he didn’t make it!
4. Andy is still feeling something for Ryan. Her reaction upon hearing the gunshots at the stakeout made that pretty obvious. Do you have a side you’re leaning toward in this triangle—Jack or Ryan?
Seana (@pottsy000): It is very clear to see that Andy has deep feelings for both guys in this triangle— unlike me. I don’t really like this triangle they are going with. I feel like Andy shouldn’t need to pick between two guys. Being a member of the LGBT society, I thrive for more LGBT characters and I was hoping Andy would join Maya in that, but sadly she isn’t. However, I am just going to stay with picking Maya for those who ship Andy and Maya!
Camila (@lalipolaroids): Oh, yes! Andy is so in love with Ryan. No doubt about that!! I am on Ryan´s side. Love him so much.
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): It is super obvious that Andy feels something for Ryan. I’m Team Jack; he’s taking the breakup harder. I see a triangle possibly forming between Andy/Ryan/Maya now, though!
Jasmine (@jasjanae): After all the back and forth Andy has had with Jack I was pretty surprised at her reaction to hearing the gunshots. I adore the idea of Jack and Andy together, especially after what Andy told Maya about Jack seeing her as she is now, not chasing an idea of who she used to be.
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): #TeamRyan all the way! Ryan reminds me of all the things we need in a mate, but we overlook for the sake of excitement. He’s boring. He’s safe. However, he’s perfect for Andy.
5. Ugh! The Marshall twist was gut-wrenching. Did you see the pregnant-with-triplets wife piece coming?
Seana (@pottsy000): My heart broke when Marshall fell to the ground. I thought he was home and dry and going to get out of there! The fact he was still alive and then had to die minutes later was horrible, but I am so glad he got to say goodbye to his wife one last time. I had this feeling that the woman that came into the fire house was his wife because of the very first scene when she drove past them fixing the same exact power lines.
Camila (@lalipolaroids): Was so weird. I didn’t see that coming! I felt so bad for Marshall´s wife.
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): I thought it was the pregnant wife who was the motor vehicle accident — that her water broke and she panicked and hit a pole or something. But as soon as Marshall said he wanted to call his wife, my heart sunk and I knew it was the pregnant wife.
Jasmine (@jasjanae): That was awful! I did correctly predict that Marshall was the father of the triplets, but that didn’t make it any easier to watch. What a heart-wrenching final phone call!
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): I KNEW the pregnant woman would be important, but I didn’t know how. That entire scene turned my stomach. All I could think of was how this woman would be left to raise THREE children alone. Sad.
6. Andy and Jack decide to tell the team about their relationship—after the squad already heard this news from Travis (except for Ben). The “who would you save first in a fire” question was legit. Was breaking up the right move for Andy and Jack? Do you see them getting back together soon?
Seana (@pottsy000): It was the right move to break up, like I said earlier: they need to put the firehouse first. You could see after that question they realised in high pressure situations would they save each other first because they have feelings for each other or the team because they are a family. The team comes first over a relationship that might not even lead somewhere. If something bad happens, I can see them reuniting but for the sake of the firehouse and the team I hope it
Camila (@lalipolaroids): That question [Hughes] asked left me thinking about what they would do in a situation like that. I think breaking up was the right move. I like Jack, but I don´t know if he is the right guy or who Andy deserves.
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): Big picture, yes, it was better that they broke up while they are in the running for captain. I don’t see them getting back together anytime soon unfortunately even though I want them together. I think Victoria’s question was fair. Them being in a relationship now muddies/would have muddled their priorities and focus.
Jasmine (@jasjanae): How funny was Ben’s sole bewilderment? I’m glad Andy and Jack finally came clean, even if it was because of pressure from Pruitt. I appreciate that Travis asked if one of them was going to leave because of obvious bias– I think that question made Andy and Jack realize the severity of what they’d done. Breaking up was the professional thing to do, but I’m still pulling for them to end up together.
Rodnicka (@rodnickahills): Andy and Jack should’ve never been together. They work entirely too close together for anything good to come of their relationship. Rule #1: Don’t s*** where you eat. Andy and Jack will eventually end up back together.
7. Did your heart go out to Ben after the really rough day he had? Did you agree with him totally downplaying everything that happened with Marshall when he and Miranda turned in for the night?
Seana (@pottsy000): Every day, on the job for Ben is going to be rough he is new to it all but today was a crappy day for him and the fact he can’t really talk to Miranda about things that happen make it worse for him. I get it he wants to protect Miranda and she doesn’t want to know about the danger Ben gets into, but she needs to realise that this is Ben’s job now and needs to be able to hear about his day, so she canbe there for him. This could lead to the marriage problems if it doesn’t get sorted out and I would hate to see that happening to them.
Camila (@lalipolaroids): A part yes, but everyone in the station had a bad or hard day. I don’t think I agree with him not talking to Miranda about it.
Kasandra (@UrbanInSuburbia): I did. I can’t imagine how it must have felt… to know you could have potentially saved a life but the situation was poor and you wouldn’t be able to do what you needed to do. It reminded me a lot of when McDreamy died on Grey’s.
I don’t agree with Ben downplaying it. I understand WHY he did it however, it was obvious that Marshall’s death impacted him. Burying those feelings isn’t good. Eventually they’ll come back up as he faces more dangerous events and loses more people (rather than save them). Those feelings are going to bubble up and spill over and will impact other parts of his life. Marriage is a partnership and Ben needs to tell Miranda sooner rather than later.
Jasmine (@jasjanae): I really felt for Ben after losing Marshall at the scene. That could not have been easy. I’m glad he was able to get emotion out by using the punching bag at the station. I respect his choice to downplay the traumatic day for Miranda’s sake. He is valuing her peace of mind over his own need to discuss the events of the day.
Rodnicka (rodnickahills): I didn’t feel sorry for Ben AT ALL! He signed up for that. No, seriously I felt bad for Ben. He took the Marshall’s death to heart. I wish he had shared his experience with Miranda, although I know why he chose not to.
Whew! Feeling like we took a Ben-punching-bag-style uppercut to the gut with the Marshall’s pregnant wife reveal, then comes another shocker: Andy and Jack called it quits and she may have more feelings for Ryan than she was willing to admit.
The sad Marshall storyline was a hard one to shake. Though some viewers seemed to figure out the twist early, it still didn’t make it any less heartbreaking. And after having to experience that trauma, the team finding out that Andy and Jack have been secretly smashin’ all over the station house was the last thing they needed. It feels like distrust may bubble up and have a ripple effect, causing some friction in the “family.”
Although having Andy out at the stakeout created an opportunity for her to “see” that she has feelings for Ryan, it felt like she and Maya were on a different show. Other separate-the-team storylines work, this didn’t quite do it.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Andy-Ryan-Jack triangle shifts in the next episodes, especially since Jack seems to be pretty pissed about the breakup and already isn’t too fond of Good Guy Neighbor Ryan sideling up to Andy. Also, the captaincy drill test —with a dozen other players gunning for the one and only captain’s vacancy at Station 19—is about to get real serious. Dare we say, it’s about it be lit? (C’mon! We had to say lit. This is about a firehouse!)
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