“Puttin’ on the Ritz” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 1.30.20 PMA thoroughly enjoyable episode from Grey’s this week, but one in which very little of note happened. “Puttin’ on the Ritz” took place on the hospital’s fundraising night. It offered a lot of humor – Yang’s enjoyment of the fundraising competition set by Avery, the personal competition between Derek and Meredith, Arizona and Kepner getting drunk in one of the closets at the hospital – but the humor was the least important bit of it.

Important arcs moving forward will be Yang taking Ross under her wing (he’s a shark), Ross’s potential feeling for Steph, Owen possibly dating Emma Marling (Marguerite Moreau, The OC, Shameless) and, most importantly, Alex finding his dad after 20 years. This story will be two-fold. First and foremost, Alex will have to get to know his father (a heroin junkie). Secondly, he’s going to have to deal with feelings of resentment towards Wilson for telling him when he didn’t want to know.

Our only problem with the episode was one we also had last week – where is Ross’s guilt for killing Brooks? Or is being fearless the way his guilt plays out? Maybe he will become more and more reckless until he puts someone’s life in danger. It’s a possibility. We just wish we were seeing some manifestation of his guilt now. This all feels a bit swept under the rug. – K

Quoteworthy: “That’ll do, Sharky. That’ll do.” – Yang

Advertisements

“Everybody’s Crying Mercy” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 5.09.17 PMAnother disappointing episode from Grey’s Anatomy, and Season 10 isn’t off to a great start.

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 Continue reading

“Seal One Fate” and “I Want You with Me” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 10.15.16 PMThis was almost exactly the episode of Grey’s we would have expected after last season’s finale – an upswing in drama and disaster (but nothing the characters couldn’t deal with), relationship issues, emotional revelations, just the right balance of lying and bare-bones honesty. If anything surprised us it was that the writers didn’t really deliver an emotional gut punch. That has been Grey’s Anatomy’s standard operating procedure up ‘til now and not only was it shocking that they didn’t follow through, it was a little disappointing, too.

Twilight detractors (bear with me, I’ve got a point) have always pointed to Stephanie Meyer’s lack of lady balls as one of the saga’s main failings. Her inability to kill off ‘beloved’ characters is without parallel. That’s not something that one could ever say about Grey’s Anatomy, until now. Yes, most of the cast has survived a lot of horrendously tragic season finales, but look at everyone who didn’t survive. George, Sloan, Lexie, Denny… Beloved characters to a one. And now, at this crucial moment, with this one death that could have really mattered, the writers pull their punches.

Yes, folks, you’re reading it right. Webber survived. Who didn’t? Continue reading

“Perfect Storm” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 11.08.25 AMThe Grey’s Anatomy finale surprised us, if only because it was actually fantastic. It wasn’t true edge-of-your-seat drama. Come on, let’s be honest. We were all 99 per cent certain that Meredith would survive. But it was still tense enough. There were some fantastic moments – Meredith talking Ross through her own splenic dissection, for one – and some beautiful moments from the characters surrounding her less than easy delivery.

Our biggest disappointment was that they called the kid Bailey. Like, it’s a great name in a ‘James Stewart running down the streets shouting Merry Christmas’ kind of way, but poor Ross is going to be so upset. We know we weren’t the only ones thinking that’s what she meant when she said she knew what she was going to call him. Ross Shepherd has a nice ring to it, too. Bailey Shepherd? It sounds like a drink.

Honestly, though, it was the peripheral stories that most gripped us. Yes we know we were supposed to care about Meredith Grey, but when she’s the central character there’s no need. The characters around her, on the other hand, are relatively dispensable. Which is why our hearts were in our throats for Jackson. His near death scene was predictable, yes – from the moment he started clambering all over that bus crash we knew something was coming – but still got us right where our emotions live. Kepner’s reactions, first to his death and then to his majestic and remarkable reappearance, were perfect and more than enough to make us sure that there’s no way she’d go through with the wedding to Matthew. This is where the first cliffhanger came in, though. As Kepner told Jackson she wants to be with him, and asked him to give her a reason to leave Matthew, the action cuts away. We’re going to have to tune in in the Fall for his response.

The other storyline we loved was, of course Continue reading

“Readiness is All” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 2.23.15 PMPretty standard fare from this week’s Grey’s, but sufficient to tee us up for a tension-filled and possibly fatal finale. The big stories of the week remained Bailey, Karev and Wilson, and Owen and Ethan. There were no real surprises in any of these, with the exception of the revelation that it was Wilson who almost beat Jason to death, not Karev. Richard got Bailey back into surgery. Owen finally admitted that he wanted to adopt Ethan so, predictably, Yang fixed Ethan’s dad.

The will-she-won’t-she cheating arc came to a head by episode’s end, with Arizona and Lauren wrapped in a steamy embrace in an on-call room. The big surprise of the episode came in the form of Matthew’s flash-mob proposal to Kepner, which she accepted. As the episode closes, each of our characters (with the exception of Alex and Wilson who have finally realized how they feel about each other and are at Alex’s house) is confined to the hospital, with a storm raging outside. The generator is on the fritz. Meredith has gone into labor.

Predictions for the finale: Continue reading

“Do You Believe in Magic” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-05-04 at 7.12.10 PMOverall, we didn’t love this week’s Grey’s. It wasn’t bad. Not exactly. It just felt exactly like every single episode we’ve watched in the last five months. Which is why this review starts with almost exactly the same sentiment as last week’s. We’ve seen all of this before. Jackson and April? Old news. Owen and Ethan? Old news. Case inspires doctor to solve something in their personal life? Old news.

There were a scant few aspects of “Do You Believe in Magic” that rose above the usual to pique our interest. First among these was the episode’s arguable core – Bailey. Throughout the episode, she remained holed up in her lab, ignoring everyone. They all thought she was pissed at them. We saw through that. She was clearly afraid to go back into surgery in case she hurt anyone else. But it took the arrival of husband Ben to get her to admit that, even to herself. This was an interesting side of Bailey for us to get a glimpse of. We’ve seen plenty of her neuroses – most notably, this year, in relation to her wedding – but have never seen her lose confidence about surgery. That was something new.

We also got introduced to a potential affair for Arizona. We can scarcely believe we’re writing those words. She’s always seemed so clean cut and innocent and pure. Like a less annoying Kepner. But the vibes are definitely there. Visiting doctor Lauren Boswell (Hilarie Burton, One Tree HillWhite Collar) is turning the flirting way up. She knows that Arizona is married and she doesn’t care. Arizona seems more than flattered by the attention and, with Continue reading

“Sleeping Monster” – Grey’s Anatomy

450x254xgreys-anatomy-sleeping-monster-clip-i-need-you-there_450x254.jpg.pagespeed.ic.7l9263XyidThis week’s Grey’s was a strange one. While watching it we enjoyed it but, now, looking back, it feels static to us. It didn’t give us anything new, aside from Bailey’s simultaneous accusation and exoneration (she was a carrier for the infection, but it was the gloves brought to the hospital by Pegasus that caused the disease to spread). Owen was still really interested in Ethan (in a non-creepy way). Alex realized he’s in love with Wilson, but that’s not really news to us. Yang realized that she’s going to lose Owen, which we saw coming a couple of weeks ago. April and Jackson were fighting, no one trusted Jackson to lead, and April got back together with an ex. Even Bailey’s fight with Webber didn’t excite. The Grey’s staff are always fighting. It never lasts. Call us when something important happens. Right now, it feels like we’re stuck in one place. In some cases – like with Kepner and Matthew, and Alex and Wilson – it even feels like we’ve gone backward a few steps.

Honorable mention for the family reunion storyline. It gave us two characters we actually enjoyed seeing on the screen: teenage journo Frankie (Abbie Cobb, 90210,Suburgatory) and sad sack Uncle Al (Mike Hagerty, FriendsWayne’s World), both of whose stories we found compelling. – K

Quoteworthy:

“She’s my friend.”

“ You sound stupid when you say that.” – Alex, Cristina

PS What is Wilson doing moving in with someone when she hasn’t told him about her past? Idiot.

“Love Turns You Upside Down” – Grey’s Anatomy

        Image copyright ABC (2012)

Continuing the trend of intern episodes being the best episodes (I’m still surprised to be saying that, but maybe what Grey’s really needed was new blood), this episode was enjoyable to the max! I even, for the first time in a couple of seasons, cared about the medicine. Even though I was misguided in that caring (I made assumptions about a case. I was wrong), for once I was invested, and that made all the difference.

The entire episode was focused on the interns. And I may have learned some new names! Maybe. Honestly I’m not sure about one of them. Is there a Mia? But until the next episode I won’t know if any of them have stuck. I now know that Mac is Brooks and Grumpy is Edwards. But whether I remember that with a week or so between viewings is, as yet, unclear. I haven’t been given a particularly good reason to learn either of them. I have to admit, it was close with Edwards. She seemed to have a heart and seemed slightly less mercenary than the one who may or may not be called Mia. But then she was exactly as mercenary and she faded into relative obscurity again. What I have learned this week, names aside, is that I actually like all of them. Most of them, anyway. Can’t warm to ‘Maybe Mia’.

While it may remain doubtful whether I learn the names of Mac, Grumpy and ‘Maybe Mia’, those of Jo Wilson and Shane Ross are becoming ever more firmly cemented in my mind thanks to this episode in which they both truly shone. He was fantastic, demonstrating excellent comic timing, generosity of spirit, positivity in the face of misery and gross enthusiasm. Not to mention that he appears to be a dab hand at medicine and is (very nearly) the only one who was successful at buttering up their attending. The other one to succeed was Wilson, of course, though I get the feeling that neither of them were trying (even more impressive, really). Wilson’s story – aside from the medicine, at which she, too, excels – centered on her discovering that she has a reputation as a Prissy Princess. She’s not. In a moment that ably showed off her acting chops, she told Alex exactly how little she’s a princess. Abandoned at a young age, bounced around foster homes, living in her car from the age of 16… A bleak picture, but it gives us a glimpse of the person Wilson is. We also see her forming a bond, almost definitely romantic in nature, with Alex. All reasons why I am content to call her by her actual name. Hopefully her comrades will earn that dubious honor soon! – K

Quoteworthy: “I’m here because I want to be. All I ever wanted to be was a surgeon and now Torres just chose me to scrub in on one of the coolest surgeries I will ever see because of you. You gave me 27 solo procedures yesterday. At least one of them saved a woman’s life. I’m grateful for this job and I’m grateful to you. I’m hardly slumming it.” – Shane, to Kepner. Aww!

PS Derek’s sister Lizzy has arrived in Seattle to donate a nerve for Derek’s hand surgery. A surgery on which Shane will be assisting because he’s an all ‘round stellar guy. 

“Second Opinion” – Grey’s Anatomy

       

I feel really bad for those lawyers or damage assessors or whatever they are. The people who are dealing with the aftermath of the crash. They must really hate working at that fucking hospital. Every day, they almost get a resolution, and then someone comes in and has an emotional epiphany. They must just go home every night and sit gibbering in a corner, asking ‘why me’.

All in all, though, great episode! Stuff happened with the usual cast – Bailey got Arizona not only walking but out in public, Cristina met the new cardio chief (Jeff Russell, played by Dominic Hoffman, The Mentalist) and he gave her free rein, Alex bought Meredith’s house, Avery admitted he had feelings for Kepner, the gang was meeting with the lawyers/damage assessors/whatever and we found out that they’re recommending that the gang sue Owen and the hospital for damages – but the bits I enjoyed most (and I’m shocked at this myself) revolved around the interns. We got a taste of who they are. They interacted with the old guard and demonstrated their worth, FINALLY! I now know that tall, skinny girl is neurotic (and reminded me of my boy-obsessed self), Mac is socially awkward, Smash is super enthusiastic, and Wilson (who has earned the dubious honor of being the only one whose name I have learned and will remember) is tenacious, determined and sweet. She’s also most likely to be Karev’s new woman. She was staunchly anti-him until she saw him with her patient and then, suddenly, it was as though she saw him with new eyes. Plus, if you squint a little, she kinda looks like Izzy.

About time they found time for the new guys! I’m looking forward to seeing their involvement with the show growing, now. – K

 

Quoteworthy: “As many of you will wash out or be fired, I won’t waste time learning your names for at least a year.” – Cristina, to the interns


PS – Ahhhh! It’s Pelant! Somebody call Seeley Booth!