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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 13 Episode 16 Recap: Jackson Confronts The Dad Who Abandoned Him

By Dante Noe Raquel II , Mar 18, 2017 04:30 AM EDT
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Thursday's "Grey's Anatomy" saw Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) confronting his separated father when he toured to Montana for work.

'Grey's Anatomy' Recap

Robert, played by Eric Roberts, owns a diner and was excited to meet Jackson, but Avery did not share the same enthusiasm. Jackson didn't even want to meet with Robert, but April (Sarah Drew) persuaded him that he'd regret it if he didn't go.

"You know he's a good father, you took us both in. You took care of [Harriet] when I couldn't and you never stopped caring either of us since. You came here to tell him something. Don't leave till you do" her speech began.

Avery's purpose was to meet Robert and close that door, but it soon became clear Robert wanted to start a relationship with his son, and the granddaughter he just learned about.

"I don't think there's going to be the next time," Jackson said to his father. "My mom becomes a wonderful grandmother and you seem like a decent guy, but you're not a grandfather. You're not my father. I figure when you're having a kid, you're making a promise, and I don't like to break promises. That's the real difference between you and me. Take care, Robert. I'm glad I met you. Goodbye."

No, Follow Up Scene On Jackson's Father

And that might be the first and last time we see Robert, but knowing Grey's, who knows what they might have under their sleeves. As far as Jackson and April's relationship goes, it remains unclear. The show has positively been bringing them back together, but for now, it could still be weeks away before it ever happens.

Both Williams and Drew tweeted about filming this episode, with Williams praising his co-star. "100% team effort," he wrote. "Couldn't ask for a more artistic, generous and dedicated co-captain."

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