Amelia has been through so much so we’ve gathered all of her moments that made us ugly cry and compiled them into a list.
Amelia Shepherd has had quite a tragic past on both Grey’s Anatomy and its popular spin-off, Private Practice. She has struggled with addiction constantly but has also suffered several tremendous losses and yet she has still managed to retain her quirky personality and sense of humor throughout.
After appearing in 3 seasons of Private Practice, Amelia made her way on to the parent show, where she has remained to this day. Amelia grew close to both Meredith Grey and Maggie Pierce and views both of them as sisters. However, despite her cheerful attitude, when Amelia is alone and in pain, it’s absolutely devastating.
When She Finds Out Who Penny Is
This was one of the best episodes of the medical drama’s twelfth season. Derek Shepherd, Amelia’s brother and the love of Meredith’s life, had died in the previous season and so Season 12 saw both Amelia and Mer attempt to try and move on with their lives. Unfortunately, it was never going to be that easy.
Meredith hosted a dinner party at her house, to which everyone was invited, including Callie Torres. However, Callie brought her new girlfriend, Penny Blake, who treated Derek before he died. When Amelia found out, her devastation was uncomfortably clear; this was the woman who was partly responsible for Derek’s death.
When Derek Bullies Her
Sadly, viewers didn’t get to see Derek Shepherd at his best during his last season on the show. He and Meredith were arguing about Derek giving up a job with the President to stay in Seattle with his family. Derek was in a constant bad mood around the hospital and he took it out on others.
Amelia bore the brunt of his anger as she was his sister and had also taken over Derek’s job as Chief of Neurosurgery. Derek resented being demoted and so treated his sister like garbage; he suggested to Owen Hunt that Amelia might not be suited for her position because of her past drug addiction.
When She Broke Down Before Nicole Herman’s Surgery
One of Amelia’s main character traits was that she was impulsive and often neglected to look before she leaped. When Arizona Robbins secretly ordered in scans of Dr. Nicole Herman’s inoperable brain tumor, Amelia saw them and claimed that she could operate and get rid of the tumor.
This was never going to be an easy surgery and the pressure started to build as the operation drew closer. Viewers saw Amelia lose her confidence slightly as she began to wonder whether she had made a mistake. The worst came when Amelia visibly broke down and started crying right before the surgery.
When Her Family Refused To Come To Her Wedding
Amelia’s relationship with the rest of her family is rocky at best. She seemed to be closest to her brother, Derek, but as we’ve already pointed out, that bond was extremely flawed. Additionally, her mother and sisters didn’t really appear to understand her and so maintained an emotional distance.
This probably affected Amelia more than she let on. In Season 12, when she and Owen were about to get married, Amelia was devastated when she learned that none of her family would be coming to the wedding because they didn’t trust how quickly she and Owen got engaged and didn’t think it would last.
When She Discovered She Had A Brain Tumor
Obviously, this is pretty terrible news whoever you are. However, the ramifications of Amelia’s tumor affected her deeply. Essentially, Amelia had been living with this tumor for a good ten years, meaning that every decision she ever made could have been a result of the tumor, including Herman’s surgery.
Once this dawned on Amelia, she went into panic mode, requesting notes on all her patients and worrying that she might have killed them. Thankfully, Richard Webber was there to comfort and reassure her. This didn’t stop Amelia from telling everyone she loved them right before her big operation.