Grey’s Anatomy’s Catherine Reveal Proves the Curse of the Series’ Happy Ending

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The revelation of Catherine from Grey’s Anatomy reversed the optimistic tone of season 18, episode 17, and it threatens Catherine and Richard’s relationship on the show.

Warning: SPOILERS for Grey’s Anatomy season 18, episode 17 coming soon!

The shocking revelation about Catherine (Debbie Allen) at the end of Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 Episode 17, “I’ll Cover You,” provided a stark contrast to the rest of the episode, and it also presented one of the show’s oldest issues, yet again. The main scenarios of Grey’s Anatomy season 18 centers on Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) settling into her new professional life split between Seattle and Rochester and the Gray Sloan Memorial residency program at risk of closing due to a shortage of doctors. In addition to the threats already hanging over Gray Sloan, Grey’s Anatomy season 18, episode 17 added Catherine’s unexpected diagnosis, which could impact both Richard and the hospital.

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The relationship between Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Catherine has had its share of heartbreak. In Grey’s Anatomy season 15, Catherine hid her cancer from everyone, including Richard, until she revealed it to Meredith and Tom Koracick, who should have operated on her. Her refusal to tell Richard until the last moment strained their marriage, which was about to end in Grey’s Anatomy season 17 just before Richard started showing symptoms later attributed to cobalt poisoning. While Grey’s Anatomy season 18 showed Richard and Catherine’s marriage growing stronger, but episode 17 revealed that Catherine needed THC juice to manage her pain as the cancer progressed, taking Richard by surprise as he would have expected to learn it from her and not by mistakenly getting high while drinking Catherine’s medicinal drink.


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Catherine’s shocking revelation once again proved Grey’s Anatomythe hatred of true love. After all, Catherine and Richard’s relationship has been one of the few to withstand everything thrown at them for many seasons. Only Ben and Miranda’s relationship lasted longer than theirs, from Grey’s Anatomy season 6 and still going strong 12 seasons later. For Richard to lose his wife after losing Adele and Ellis Gray would be downright cruel, especially after he and Catherine fought so hard for their relationship and to get over their differences.



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During his 18 seasons, Grey’s Anatomy became known for letting romances end tragically. Although Richard losing Catherine after reconciling would be particularly tragic, it wouldn’t be something Grey’s Anatomy has not done in the past. Indeed, medical drama has often harshly separated couples, either killing half the couple or letting them go their separate ways after putting them through the most excruciatingly painful situations. Considering how Grey’s Anatomy hinted that season 19 is the last and that the major challenge of season 18 and possibly season 19 will be trying to save Gray Sloan’s residency program, it seems extremely cruel to subject Richard to this as well stress.


Richard and Catherine’s relationship ending with Catherine’s death would also prove Grey’s AnatomyThe happy ending problem because they wouldn’t get a chance to work out the thing that’s stopping their off-screen union. In some cases, Grey’s Anatomy fan-favorite couples have reconnected off-screen, as happened with Arizona and Callie, and with Alex and Izzie. Yet that wouldn’t be possible for Richard and Catherine, as not only are they both often on screen and integral to trying to save Gray Sloan’s residency program, but also what threatens to tear them apart. is more definitive than what separated them. other Grey’s Anatomy couple. Catherine’s revelation in Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 Episode 17 feels unnecessarily cruel because it might just hurt Richard, without bringing Gray Sloan Memorial breakthrough surgery like his first diagnosis did. His heartbreaking news would only serve to further prove how Grey’s Anatomy cannot let its characters find their bliss forever in romantic relationships.


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