I didn't mean to hurt you. That's the last thing I'd ever want, because I care about you more than anything. So no matter how mad you are, how much you want to shut me out, know this: you are my sister, whether you like it or not, and I'm not going anywhere.

Don't Stop Me Now is the twenty-first episode of the thirteenth season and the 290th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short Summary

Bailey and April work to fix things between Richard and Catherine. Meanwhile, Eliza continues to pursue Arizona, and one of Alex's previous patients returns to Grey Sloan.

Full Summary


Main Cast

Guest Stars


Medical Notes

Mary Parkman

  • Diagnosis:
    • Ascaris lumbricoides
  • Treatment:
    • NG tube
    • Surgical de-worming

Mary, 25, came into the ER with severe abdominal pain. She'd had a prior appendectomy. Her abdomen was distended on exam and then she vomited. They did a barium swallow study, which showed what looked like a bowel obstruction. They hoped it would resolve itself, but April found a worm in the vomit just as they saw a worm come through her NG tube. She had intestinal ringworm and needed surgery to remove the worms. The surgery was successful and she was stable and awake afterward.

Veronica Kays

  • Diagnosis:
    • Advanced pancreatic cancer
    • Pregnancy
    • Spinal met
    • Pulmonary embolus
  • Treatment:
    • C-section delivery

Veronica, now 34 weeks and 3 days pregnant, came to the hospital with back pain. She also had tingling in her feet. An MRI showed that her cancer had spread to her spine. Because of the stress on her body from the pregnancy, her symptoms would only get worse and she had only two or three months to live. They also decided to do a c-section to deliver her baby right away. While she was getting her epidural, she asked to sign a DNR. In the OR, Arizona delivered her baby. After the delivery, Veronica's heart rate spiked and she had trouble breathing. They suspected an embolus, so they took Jeremy and the baby out of the OR and they prepared for an embolectomy, but she refused and Arizona continued to close her abdomen as her breathing worsened. She said she was cold, so Amelia held her while she died.

Maggie and Jackson's Patient

  • Diagnosis:
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:
    • EOM Muscle flap

Maggie scrubbed in with Jackson on a muscle flap.

Veronica and Jeremy's Baby

  • Diagnosis:
    • Prematurity
  • Treatment:
    • NICU Care

Veronica's baby was born at 34 weeks and 3 days. He was moved to the NICU after birth, but didn't have any apparent problems.


Song Performer Scene
"Can You Hear Me?" Amber Mark
  • Meredith rehearses what to say to Maggie in the mirror.
  • She continues practicing as she gets ready for her day and drives to work.
  • Alex says she sounds forced.
  • Alex says she should just tell Maggie.
  • She rehearses in the bathroom and Alex says that's the one.
"Already All Ready" La'Porsha Renae
  • The doctors remove the worms from Mary's abdomen.
  • They find a very large one and Andrew measures it.
  • They talk about Mary and Dennis. April thinks Mary should get another chance.
"Boy Like You" Weslee
  • Veronica is wheeled to surgery.
  • The doctors scrub in and get ready.
  • Arizona makes the first incision.
  • Arizona delivers the baby and he cries.
  • They clean him and show him to Veronica and Jeremy.
"Angels" Khalid
  • April leaves Bailey in the scrub room.
  • Catherine and Richard pass in the hallway without speaking.
  • Arizona closes Veronica's incision.
  • Veronica says she loves Jeremy and never told him because they were friends. Her breathing worsens as she says Jeremy's loved her through everything and he'll keep loving her after she's gone. She asks Amelia to tell Jeremy not to look back because he's a dad now and has to be fearless.
  • She asks Amelia to hold her and Amelia holds her while she dies.
"Old Friends" Jasmine Thompson
  • Alex picks up the baby and hands him to Jeremy.
  • Arizona and Amelia watch from the hallway as he tells Jeremy that Veronica died.
  • Jeremy cries.
  • Catherine admits to Richard that she was wrong. He tells her about his patient full of worms and gets his pictures.
  • Owen sees Amelia crying on the elevator and comforts her.
  • Meredith apologizes to Maggie for hurting her and tells her she's not losing her sister over a guy. She convinces Maggie to go out with her and Amelia.

Notes and Trivia

Grey's Anatomy 13x21 Promo "Don't Stop Me Now" (HD) Season 13 Episode 21 Promo

Grey's Anatomy 13x21 Promo "Don't Stop Me Now" (HD) Season 13 Episode 21 Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Don't Stop Me Now, originally sung by Queen.
  • This episode scored 7.02 million viewers.
  • The prep dates for this episode were from February 13 to February 22, 2017.
  • Filming for this episode was scheduled from February 23 to March 7, 2017.


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Behind the Scenes


See Also

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