Thursday night’s “Grey’s Anatomy” episode shined a spotlight on Jesse Williams‘ conflicted Dr. Jackson Avery, focusing the entire hour on his personal and professional struggles. The showcase was a long time coming for the popular character, who was first introduced to ABC’s long-running medical drama back in 2009. Do you think Williams deserves an Emmy for his emotional work in this Season 13 episode, titled “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)”? Vote in our poll below.
The episode began with Jackson and April (Sarah Drew) traveling to Montana in order to perform a complicated vocal surgery on a child patient, but April soon discovers that Jackson has ulterior motives. Jackson’s real goal in Montana is to meet his biological father Robert Avery, played by Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (“Runaway Train,” 1985). After they meet, Jackson takes a deep dive into alcohol and lies, and April is forced to get him focused on the patient. After their experimental vocal surgery succeeds, Jackson and April celebrate by making love. Is this the return of the former power couple, or does what happens in Montana stay in Montana?
Williams took over the show’s narration for the first time from series star Ellen Pompeo, who along with the bulk of the cast was absent this week, although Kevin McKidd did direct the episode from a script written by Elisabeth R. Finch. We have a feeling that fans will remember Williams’ heartbreaking performance in the episode for years to come. But is it enough to earn him an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actor? The most recent “Grey’s Anatomy” cast member to win was guest star Loretta Devine in 2011, and supporting player Katherine Heigl also memorably took home an Emmy in 2007.
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