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.