‘Station 19’ Season 5 Episode 17 Recap, ‘The Road You Didn’t Take’

ABC’s Station 19 Season 5 Episode 17 recap of “The Road You Didn’t Take” begins with a road trip for Jack Gibson (Grey Damon) and Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz). The series brings in several new guest stars to the ABC drama, including Grant Harvey as Jack’s brother and Romy Rosemont from Big Sky as the mom of a transgender teenager. Vic Hughes (Barrett Doss) and Theo Ruiz (Carlos Miranda) respond to a domestic dispute with the teen. Meanwhile, Ben Warren (Jason George) and Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) help a clinic patient. Station 19 Season 5 Episode 17 proves to be an interesting last episode before the finale — Find our full recap below.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Station 19 Season 5 Episode 17, ‘The Road You Didn’t Take.’]

‘Station 19’ Season 5 Episode 17 recap: Grant Harvey guest stars at Jack’s brother

On the way to meet Jack’s brother in Station 19 Season 5 Episode 17, Andy receives good news from her attorney, Luisa Berrol (Jennifer Jalene). The union reps agreed to allow Andy’s colleagues to testify in her case. While Jack worries about meeting his brother, Andy talks about how nice it was to hug her mom.

'Station 19' Grey Damon, Grant Harvey, and Jaina Lee Ortiz having iced tea together
‘Station 19’: Grey Damon, Grant Harvey, and Jaina Lee Ortiz | ABC/Liliane Lathan

Also, during the road trip, Jack tells Andy that he’s the sperm donor for Maya (Danielle Savre) and Carina’s (Stefania Spampinato) baby. Andy tells Jack that the situation is more complicated than he imagines. She also admits that she worries the assault with Jeremy is her fault for picking the wrong men. Jack tells Andy that nothing that happened was her fault.

Joshua answers the door to Jack and Andy. After an awkward introduction, Josh takes them around back because his family is loud and inside. Jack’s brother explains that he is in finance. Josh talks about his two kids and one on the way. He also tells Jack about his great house growing up and little league baseball. Jack is shocked to hear that Josh grew up with their parents and wasn’t in the foster system. Josh explains that their mom got pregnant when she was a teen and had to give him up for adoption. Jack has sisters and their mother didn’t want to uproot Jack’s life when she started a family. Andy insists that Jack leave because it’s all too much for him. But on the way home, they get a flat tire.

Jack describes getting passed from predator to predator in the foster system and cries because his parents didn’t want him. As Jack talks about his childhood they realize that predators continue to find someone else. The key to the manslaughter case about Andy is finding Jeremy’s other victims.

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‘Station 19’ Season 5 Episode 17 recap: Romy Rosemont guest stars

Before Vic and Theo get a call to a domestic disturbance, Ben Warren announces that they sign the baby Pru papers tomorrow. Ben and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) will officially adopt Pru. Meanwhile, Maya and Carina discuss whether to tell their friends that Jack is their sperm donor. Carina also gets good news that her Green Card test is coming up soon. Plus, Natasha (Merle Dandridge) and Sean Beckett (Josh Randall) agree that they both dislike Michael Dixon.

'Station 19' Season 5 Episode 17 guest stars Romy Rosemont and Ben Bode stand with cast members Carlos Miranda and Barrett Doss all looking shocked at the same thing
‘Station 19’: Romy Rosemont, Carlos Miranda, Ben Bode, and Barrett Doss | ABC/Richard Cartwright

Since Romy Rosemont’s character died in Big Sky, she jumped over to another Thursday night show. In Station 19 Season 5 Episode 17, Rosemont is the mother of a transgender teen. Vic and Theo respond to a domestic disturbance between the father, Brian (Ben Bode), and mother, Jane (Rosemont), of a teen, Matt (Hollidae Livingston). The mother explains that her ex-husband, Brian, came and kidnapped their teen, and now she has tracked them down. Although Rosemont’s character calls the teen, Mary, he tells his mother that his name is Matt, not Mary.

“He told us who he was a few years ago and Jane just freaked out and signed him up for a beauty pagent,” Brian explains to Vic and Theo.

Then Matt explains that his mother never understood him. He always felt like a boy and he’s afraid that if he goes back with his mother he will never get gender affirming care. The social worker (Ritesh Rajan) informs everyone that they have granted Brian full custody, but Jane and her boyfriend grab Matt and shove him in their truck. The officers stop the truck and arrest them. Theo tells the boy and his father that they might want to consider relocating and changing their number. He speaks from experience about a friend from school, Angel. His parents caught him making out with a boy and couldn’t accept him so they kicked him out.

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‘Station 19’ Season 5 Episode 17 recap: Ben and Travis help a clinic patient

Meanwhile, later in Station 19 Season 5 Episode 17, it’s clinic day. A man, Earl, comes into the fire station limping and explains that his feet are getting worse. However, when Travis unwraps the man’s foot, his toes are black and fall off. Ben diagnosis is diabetic neuropathy. Earl explains that his foot was tingly and numb for a few months, but he didn’t have medical insurance so he couldn’t afford to see a doctor. They get him an ambulance to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and insist he won’t have to worry about paying. Afterward, Travis screams again about everything that could go wrong if Dixon is elected mayor. The team suggests that Travis run for mayor of Seattle to oppose Dixon and make changes the city needs.

Robert Sullivan and Chief Natasha Ross discuss their relationship

Later, Ben questions Sullivan and Ross’s relationship. Sullivan insists that Ross gave him the cold shoulder because she doesn’t want anyone to think he’s getting preferential treatment. As Ross takes photos of the clinic, Sullivan tries to talk to Ross but she’s cold. Carina notices the cold shoulder from Ross and asks Sullivan if he’s going to mess with Maya.

Later when they are alone in a bedroom, Sullivan tells Ross that “people are wondering” about the “nature of our relationship.” He also tells her that she’s the “one that got away.”

According to IMDbStation 19 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC, before Grey’s Anatomy. The Station 19 Season 5 finale returns to ABC on May 19, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET.

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