What’s On: An Explosive Crisis on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Leads Off a Night of Season Finales
Grey’s Anatomy (8/7c, ABC): Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to set a rapist on fire next to a room full of propane tanks. But that’s where we are as this durable hospital drama wraps its 13th season, with the fate of Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) very much in doubt after the explosion that rocked Grey Sloan in last week’s cliffhanger. Once we learn who lives and who dies in the rush to save the young resident and the little girl she was protecting, there are other pressing personal matters—most notably, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) needing to tell Nathan (Martin Henderson) that Owen’s (Kevin McKidd) sister, long thought dead, is actually alive.
Scandal (9/8c, ABC): Now that we know next season will be the last for this lurid political soap, the stakes feel even higher in the two-hour season finale, with Mellie (Bellamy Young) preparing to take the reins of White House power from Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), and Olivia (Kerry Washington) taking a risk to keep the former First Lady-turned-President safe. Anyone expecting the “Transfer of Power” (the final hour’s title) to go without a hitch clearly hasn’t been watching.
The Blacklist (9/8c, NBC): Two-hour finales are all the rage on this final Thursday of the traditional broadcast season. At least the two-part conclusion of this thriller’s fourth season promises plenty of action, as Red (James Spader) takes on the sinister Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) as she “launches the final phase of her assault on his criminal empire” (NBC’s words). That should be fun. The Task Force has its own headaches, with Agent Gale’s (Enrique Murciano) investigation of their operation in overdrive. And Liz (Megan Boone) faces more questions about her past, because, well, that’s the show.
Supernatural (8/7c, The CW): It was inevitable that Supernatural would eventually reach a 13th season, but that’s next fall’s superstitious bridge to cross. The 12th season concludes with back-to-back episodes, the first bringing the fight between the American and British Hunters to a climax, and in the second, Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) taking on Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) in a battle for the devil’s unborn child.
The Amazing Race (9/8c, CBS): Not a season finale, but it’s getting ever closer as the Emmy-winning reality series airs back-to-back episodes. The first features a 240-foot bungee-jump challenge into the Corinth Canal—I’ve been there, and I get why it would freak anyone with a fear of heights—and then the action moves to Vietnam, where the remaining teams feel the heat as they transport shrimp baskets to a local fisherman.