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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Episode 15: Jackson says goodbye to Meredith Grey, Tom to join him in shocking twist

The news of Andrew DeLuca's death is broken to Meredith finally and her reaction surprises Dr Webber and Dr Bailey
Jesse Williams as  Dr Jackson Avery on 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)
Jesse Williams as Dr Jackson Avery on 'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)

The latest episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' has plenty of reasons to cheer, as Dr Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) finally gets ready to go home. But while the physical hardships of the past few months might be behind her, there is still a huge emotional challenge in front of her. Or so the rest of the team at Grey Sloan Memorial thinks.

 After much contemplation, it is Dr Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Dr Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr) who break the news of Andrew DeLuca's (Giacomo Gianniotti) death to Meredith. They are quite taken aback when Meredith already seems to know and tells them that he is ok and with his mother. 


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One fan tweeted, "richard and bailey when mer knew Deluca was dead #GreysAnatomy". Another fan tweeted, "He’s ok He’s with his mother yea good fucking night #GreysAnatomy".



This is not the only surprise that Meredith delivers in this episode. In what is Jackson's (Jesse Williams) final episode on the show, Meredith and Jackson discuss how they both don't particularly like the clap out tradition for Covid patients at the hospital. Meredith says she wishes she could just avoid it, and Jackson helps out his old friend one last time. We see Meredith being wheeled at top speed to her car under cover by Jackson so she can avoid any unnecessary fanfare. Fans are certainly going to miss this friendship.

One fan tweeted, "the last of the original residency friendships</3 #greysanatomy". Another fan wrote, "LOOK AT THEM RUNNING OFF LIKE TWO CHILDREN #GreysAnatomy".



Talking about surprises, there was one more big one in store for fans. Jackson is not just taking April (Sarah Drew) with him to Boston. Tom Koracick (Greg Germann), in quite a twist, tells Jackson that he wants to do more work promoting racial equity in healthcare, because of what he saw during the pandemic. After being affected so seriously with Covid, Tom says that he would like to spend whatever time he has left making a difference. Jackson tells Tom he starts on Monday in Boston. Fans didn't see this one coming for miles. One fan tweeted, "WERE LOSING TOM TOO?!?!?! #greys #greysabc #greysanatomy".


The road is now clear for  Dr Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Dr Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) who have both reunited after the emotional upheaval that they have both been through lately, largely due to Teddy's affair with Tom. But fans were not happy about this. One fan tweeted, "SO EVERYONE IS LEAVING BUT TEDDY AND OWEN GET TO STAY COME HERE KRISTA #GreysAnatomy"


To find out how life at Grey Sloan Memorial pans out after so many goodbyes, you can catch the latest episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' on Thursdays at 9 pm on ABC.