The main focus of “Everybody’s Crying Mercy” was Richard’s recovery, and that was something we could be glad of. It meant we didn’t have to focus too much on Callie and Arizona’s bitter separation, Derek and Meredith’s exhaustion or Alex and Wilson’s sex life. Though these were all touched on, it was blessedly sparing. Enough to let us know that certain storylines are continuing. What more do you need?
The real disappointment came in Shane’s arc. Though he had a few nice interactions with Bailey and Meredith, and one fantastic scene (and monologue) with Richard, we felt that this was overlooking the most important takeaway from the double-episode season opener – it is his fault that Brooks is dead. He is wracked with guilt. Why didn’t we see that this week? We saw him, yes, a little more serious than normal, and a little less inclined to crack a smile. But where was the hand-wringing? Where was the fallout? We’re all for subtlety (and we think Gaius Charles is handling the internalizing of guilt well), but we’re not sure this is the occasion for it. Grey’s has never shied away from over-expressions of emotion. Why start now?
We particularly enjoyed, this week, the small nods to April and Jackson’s relationship. As Kepner awaited the results of her board re-sits, there were a few tension filled moments and moments of real sweetness. The final shot, after she gets her results – she passed! – and they go their separate ways, spoke volumes. There’s no way her engagement to Matthew can last. Nor can Jackson’s relationship with Steph. Kepner and Jackson are happening. We can all see it. Why must Shonda Rhimes drag it out so very, very much?
Not a bad episode, but not a particularly good one, either. We’re hoping for more from Grey’s as they ramp up into the rest of the season. Fingers crossed it’s just been a slow start. – K
Quoteworthy: “I think if you fail twice they just stop talking to you and hope you get the hint.” – April