Evaluate of the winter finale in station 19: No good deed goes unpunished – plus, the details about the connections

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday's harrowing winter finale from Station 19. If you'd rather watch first and read later, drop this roundup like it's hot.

Impressive. The mid-season finale of Station 19 was so tough that a whole load of viewers probably wanted to stop by Gray Sloan later to get their hearts bruised. Sure, a couple of couples got it, and that was just as cute as it was sexy. But the main plot of the hour, which revolved around two black girls kidnapped by an old white man – and the police's active disinterest in the investigation – was the stuff of nightmares. Read on and we will discuss …

"Oh god, the pipe is back" | When "Out of Control" started our first responders were ashamed when Maya appeared to revert to drill sergeant mode … but she was just kidding, what it should be said she can do. She didn't actually order them to do any exercise, but rather to come to her and Carina to have a drink one day. Unfortunately, Ben would have to take a passport; He had just found out his mother-in-law had died and had to go home and break it Tuck. Jack would be late. He had to help Marcus with his online courses. Or, as his friends put it, he had to help his friend's son. Why, protested Jack, did no one believe that he and Inara were just friends? Andy did it, she said. Or at least, "I think you think you are just friends."

When Ben got home and informed Tuck that his grandma had died, the teenager took it badly. Really bad. How bad that he didn't want to hear that his mother dealt with her grief in her own way, my son. "I am not your son!" Tuck yelled at Ben, who admitted to Roz, "That hurt." So she remembered when her mother died he told her Pops that the only person who had ever loved him was gone. Ben hadn't meant it, but it must have stung her pops. Even so, he had made spaghetti for his son, because that's what fathers do – make room for their children's feelings. That's exactly what Ben did. And while everyone was skeptical of his cooking skills, he drew Tuck out long enough to explain that what got him and Bailey through in their day-to-day dealings with death was belief – their belief that they might sometimes be the answer on someone's prayers and restore their faith.

"There are no rules in a 12-step program." | Robert was related to Richard and admitted that he struggled with his split from Andy. But why did he stay away from his wife? Webber wanted to know. Amelia suggested it, Sullivan explained. Ah, but that suggestion was based on their experience; could be different. As long as he was with Andy, he did not want to drink or use drugs, Richard remarked: "There is nothing in these steps to part with the people who love you." Tell the lightbulb to go over Sullivan's head. While Andy was running out to get snacks for the drink athon, Vic stopped by her parents' restaurant to pick up pierogies … and met Theo. As soon as she regretted using the word "freeze" in their conversation, he asked her … and was shot down. As he took his order so he could eat his pain, I had to wonder if I could get past Vic and Dean quickly. This Theo … he's a charmer.

At Maya, Dean tried to pawn when Travis and Vic's housewarming party presented a teddy bear that his parents had sent to Pru. They tried to fix fences and he didn't; They'd cut him off, for Pete & # 39; s sake. "You're a grown man with a job," said Vic. "Can you stop saying that your parents cut you off?" At that moment they heard screams from next door. A woman named Joyce stated that the man who lived there had her daughter, Jada. The girl had stayed the night before; When she and her friend Shanice were MIA that morning, Mom had tracked her Fitbit to that address. Did she call the police? Well duh But three black girls had disappeared in the neighborhood last year and the police had done nothing. Cops, she said, "don't care about black girls." And sure, those who would show up later in the episode wouldn't.

"IF YOU WANT TO BUILD A VILLAGE, YOU MUST INVITE OTHER PEOPLE TO LIVE IN IT." | At the fire station, Robert caught Andy stealing snacks for the party and brought their breakup to an um, climatic end. At the same time Marcus was taking a nap, Inara suggested to Jack that he didn't have to sleep on the couch or in Marsha's bed, that he could … um … sleep in hers. With that she kissed him, he kissed her back and boom! They had gone from friends to lovers. She didn't usually have sex with her son in the next room, she hastened to notice. But they had been quiet, he said. "Besides," she quipped, "he's deaf." When Jack left to drink that afternoon, Inara asked her not to talk about what had just happened, not yet; She liked the way she felt and wanted to hold on to it a little longer.

Back in front of the kidnapper's house, Dean Vic expressed some of his fears for Pru. It takes a village, he observed, and he didn't have one. Then he had to start letting people in, she argued – even imperfect ones like his parents and the sister who tried to get them to fix things. Finally Dean couldn't take it anymore. He had to knock on the door … only to be fired from homeowner Bob. Later, after Maya arrived at the scene with Shanice's mother Sharon, Dean thought he … Was that a … Yes! Yes, it was a gas leak that he smelled. "We don't work like that," Jack said, inadvertently ironic considering he'd used the same trick to help Inara. Dean was upset. Understandably. There are currently 70,000 black girls missing in the United States. Forty percent of the victims of the sex trafficking were black girls. Fifty percent of black girls experienced sexual exploitation before they were 18. And yes, he knew the statistics – he had been obsessed with them since Pru was born. Vic knew her too; Growing up, she knew that if she went missing, the cops wouldn't waste a tank of gas looking for her.

"SHE ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT HAVE to calm down" | At that moment the police arrived. And they weren't the heroes we might have hoped for. First, they hadn't come because Joyce had called, but because Bob had called. Second, they completely ignored the various firefighters on site with a dismissive “you guys have to stand aside”. Did you smell it now? Asked Dean. Yes, Jack smelled a gas leak. Maya too. When Andy and Robert arrived, a fire broke out in the basement, causing not only Dean but also Sullivan to get in without equipment. You could hear the girls screaming – they had to. When the cops empathized with Bob of all people – "Kidnapping allegations are much nicer than murder" – and shook Vic off with an angry "Back it up, Missy", Dean and Robert located the girls in their prison and carried them to safety through an inferno. When Shanice came to, she explained to her mother that they lit the fire when the screaming outside stopped … when Officer Snyder was taking copious notes. "Just so we can be very clear," Vic said to him, "these girls are your victims."

Meanwhile, Snyder's partner was asking Jada questions about what had happened with the sensitivity of a Mack truck. Dude, you've been kidnapped! "That's what they say," Snyder cracked. "Children lie all the time." Joyce couldn't take it anymore and threw herself, which caused Dean to intervene in her arrest. Before anyone could say, "Oh man, that's not right," he was attacked by three police officers and his colleagues were unable to intervene. Every time they tried, it only made things worse. For example, Andy was thrown to the ground by a police officer. "Nineteen, step back!" Ordered Maya. But it was chaos. Robert ran to defend his wife, Snyder and other officers drew their guns, and in the end, Sullivan and Miller were arrested for rescuing two black girls from their kidnappers, for obstructing justice, breaking and entering and decent people were. This last part didn't deal with the official charges being falsified, but let's be real. What do you think of the mid-season finale? After you rate the episode in the poll below, process your feelings in the comments.

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