Another week, another solid episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 is on the books. Picking up where we last left off, this week’s episode dealt largely with a potential Omelia pregnancy. And as cute as Owen was fawning over baby Harriet, I couldn’t help spending the entire episode honed in on another pair: Meredith and Alex.
If you haven’t yet watched this week’s episode, head’s up — this is your official spoiler alert. I’m about to reveal critical plot points, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff: Merlex. As in the ‘ship name given to Meredith and Alex because, yes, they definitely have ‘shippers, y’all. Although I hate to admit it, I find myself in that camp more and more these days. I can’t help it; the way they are there for each other is dreamy.
Then there are episodes like this week’s, which remind me why I hope “Merlex the couple” never comes to pass.
In one particularly sweet scene, Alex talks Mer out of making a decision that could cause major problems in her career. You know the scene. She wanted to go guilt an old lady into giving up her transplant liver so that Mer’s younger patient could have it. This sort of behavior isn’t just frowned upon in the medical world, it’s against the rules.
So Alex reasons with her, reminding her that sometimes seemingly innocuous conversations lead to bad consequences — much like her little chat with DeLuca on Alex’s behalf. She concedes the point and sits back down with him.
In that moment, they are precious. It’s easy to be wooed by the way they always show up so fully for one another. Who doesn’t want that in their life?
You’re probably wondering, “I thought you said you didn’t want them to get together?” I promise, I’m getting to that point. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m clearly far too invested in these characters.
Here it is: We need more strong male-female friendships on TV!
Think about it… there isn’t really another relationship between major characters on a TV show quite like theirs. There always seems to be a romantic component or it is made clear that one character or the other is not attracted to the other person.
With Meredith and Alex, we know from their history that he has been attracted to her. It seems safe to say the thought has crossed her mind too. And emotionally, well, they share the kind of connection anyone would be crazy to pass up, platonic or otherwise.
But I hate the message it sends when every male and female friendship on TV eventually turns into something romantic, and I hate it for the same reason I hate the theory that men and women can never truly ever be friends in real life — it makes it seem as though we have no control over our own decisions.
The implication is that we’re just big ole balls of hormones who can’t keep it in our proverbial pants. We’re like magnets, which when placed in close proximity to each other, are compelled to collide.
As a girl who has always had close guy friends (including a few exes thrown in the mix), I know firsthand how rewarding a non-romantic relationship with someone of the opposite sex is. When your “person” doesn’t share your gender, they bring added perspective into your life.
So despite the fact that I definitely swooned a little over Meredith and Alex on this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that the two remain just friends.