We Need To Talk About The 'Grey's Anatomy' Sendoff For April And Arizona

We Need To Talk About The 'Grey's Anatomy' Sendoff For April And Arizona

This needs more than an epi.

I've been watching Grey's since I was ten years old. It's the reason why I was interested in science and want to become a doctor. The thing I love about it the most is the fact that it's a powerhouse of strong female characters who kick ass at their job and in life, even when it gets complicated. Shonda Rhimes made this amazing show that glorified girl power.

That's when the bomb, or should I say two bombs dropped.

So I was enjoying my International Women's Day at the library when I get a notification on Twitter. Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy after season 14 ended. Mind you, we are in the middle of season fourteen and have SEVEN EPISODES left in the season. They are still filming the last three episodes.

They aren't just characters we want to see hit by a bus so they can leave the show or some intern we want to see fired after screwing up in the ER. We've lived with these women a decade.

They've survived shootings and plane crashes, lost babies and jobs, been through more relationships than I have that with my Netflix account. And this is how you plan to end their stories? One in the middle of a hot mess while the other's in a meaningless friend with benefits work relationships. They deserved better than this. Now we're waiting to see if they die or get fired before the season finale.

Now there are so many rumors about the reasons why they were fired. Ellen Pompeo got a huge pay raise by ABC that made her not only get paid $250,000 per episode for the next two, twenty-four episode, seasons of Grey's Anatomy, she is now an executive producer.

People apparently connected the dots to assume that the firing was because of the rise. Ellen went on Twitter for three days to respond to fans telling them that the powers that be are in charge of the call sheet. The lead actress of this show, not ABC, not Shonda Rhimes, had to go on social media to defend herself because fans are mad at her for the mistreatment because the show constantly promotes itself for being "pro-women".

I'm not mad at Ellen here. This was beyond her control. The executive producers, the show-runners, and the ABC are the puppet masters in this narrative. This happens in every show that gets big and continues to grow in popularity. When the actors demand a raise, you have to cut the budget in certain places.

Sometimes that includes the supporting cast that are expendable. It happened to Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and even Game of Thrones. All are popular TV shows but suffered in a way by doing a pay upgrade somewhere. I get that they had no choice but to cut cast members. When you have a show for this long, it's hard to come up with new story lines for that many characters.

How are two characters that have emotional story lines and have dedicate half their career to a series to be treated with such unfairness and disrespect to the show's message. I'm not mad, well not anymore, but I'm disappointed in another network taking apart a show for ratings and money.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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