“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.

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“She’s Killing Me” – Grey’s Anatomy

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 2.15.37 PMWe seem to be thoroughly unenthused about last Thursday’s episodes. Grey’s Anatomy, like Go On, was less than amazing. Best described as ‘fine’, it neither kept us on the edge of our seats nor moved us to tears – the two staples of ‘good’ Grey’s. This was pure filler.

It wasn’t without merit though, and kicked up some interesting storylines for the future. Most notable of these, and now in its second week, is that of the kid (Ethan) whose parents are both on the brink of death, and Owen’s relationship with him. We may be way off base here, but we see this causing problems down the road. We envisage two separate scenarios. In the first, Ethan’s parents both die and his grandma doesn’t want to take him, so Owen adopts him (or tries to). In the second, Owen is just reminded about how much he wants kids, and that causes problems with him and Cristina.

Also of interest for the future development of the show (and likely to feature in the Season 9 cliffhanger, provided that there are no shoot outs in the hospital) is this week’s epidemic strand. Bailey appears to be spreading infections in her patients, and the final scenes of “She’s Killing Me” could be troubling for Bailey fans. It’s unclear what will happen next (though lawyers, depositions and investigations will almost certainly feature) but, potentially, the least we can expect is a job-on-the-line cliffhanger. We may close out the current season unsure whether or not Bailey will be returning in the Fall.

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“Can’t Fight This Feeling” – Grey’s Anatomy

A strange offering from Grey’s, this. Enjoyable, certainly. Funny in places, sure. Drama filled? You betcha! But it was also a little disappointing. This episode was being promoted as “a mother’s worst nightmare”, with a healthy dose of lives on line, near misses, and parental solidarity. And, to a certain extent, we got that. But, confusingly, it felt like that wasn’t even the focus of the episode. It felt pushed aside in favor of some extra Kepner and Avery time. And it was missing that emotional core (the one that leaves you sobbing by the episode’s final scene) that makes Grey’s so successful.

From a more pragmatic point of view, we have to wonder about the wisdom of promoting this arc, and highlighting it as a real life story. We imagine the doctors watching the show are shuddering at the thought of the influx of mothers who will now start arriving in ERs with a list of internet-sourced maladies that their children are afflicted with, and refuse to leave because “that mother on Grey’s Anatomy was right, so I must be right, too”.

We may sound overly critical here, but the episode wasn’t a complete wash. Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) as the mother with a ‘feeling’, Casey, was fantastic. Her range here made us realize how criminally underused she was on shows like Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother. This left us hoping that casting directors everywhere sit up and take notice. We’d love to see more of her on our screens.

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“Idle Hands” – Grey’s Anatomy

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I really enjoyed this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. It was just what I needed to lighten the mood after a week of stress and misery. It completely embraced the silly side of the show that’s been missing in recent weeks. It was more childlike (in a good way), more fun. It didn’t skimp on meaty storylines – Bailey petitioning the doctors for funding; Cristina’s resentment of people who see her now as a board member, not a doctor; Arizona finally allowing Callie to see her stump; the school teacher (Annette O’Toole, Smallville) dying of cancer; or Meredith’s fears that something will be, has to be, wrong with the baby – but it didn’t make them the focus, either. It wasn’t afraid to make pranks and marbles the point, and it was far better for it. It left us feeling immensely positive about life, about everything. Bailey got her genome lab, Cristina got her research, Alex got to torture Wilson’s new boyfriend, and Meredith and Derek’s baby (a boy!) is perfect. It’s nice to watch something uplifting, for a change. – K

Quoteworthy: “I’m Derek Shepherd. Today is a good day to save lives. … I’ll channel you in my own voice.” – Dr Shane, to Derek

“Walking on a Dream” – Grey’s Anatomy

So much happened this week, and yet nothing did. I was able to achieve the unprecedented milestone of fitting all of my notes from a 42-minute-format show onto one page. What? But it still felt as though the episode was jam-packed with info. Aside from Arizona’s phantom-limb pain, maybe it focused a little more than usual on the medicine – albeit with a staff-centric slant. One case was designed to showcase Shane’s incompetence and to highlight that, although he’s a genius, he still has a lot to learn. The other was designed to test Derek’s newly-working hand. All of this was overshadowed by the presence of a former student of Webber’s, Alana Cahill (Constance Zimmer, House of CardsJoan of Arcadia), the hospital’s physician advisor, there to examine the hospital’s efficiency and see where they can save money. I thought the hospital was going to be declaring bankruptcy and closing its doors, so when did they decide that, actually, all they needed to do was tighten belts? Regardless, Cahill lets them know that, to stay open, they have to close their ER. No one’s exactly happy about it but, when Derek raises objections, Bailey smacks him down with a very pointed “some of us don’t have a few million to fall back on”. We have to agree with that – the plane crash survivors seemed to be oblivious, up to that point, to the fact that the hospital was in financial difficulties because of them. We’re also presented with the potential loss of Webber. There might be an interesting few weeks ahead. – K

Quoteworthy: “I just left a surgery because there’s pain in a part of me that no longer exists…” – Arizona 

“The End is the Beginning is the End” – Grey’s Anatomy

“The End is the Beginning is the End” saw the plane crash storyline come to an end… oh wait. It didn’t. Can it soon, please? It has now surpassed the shooting in terms of repercussions. And I know that a plane crash that nearly killed off all of the hospital’s best staff members is a big deal, but can we please move onto something new now? Yes, Grey’s does need a deep and recurring plot point every season – something to make us forget that nothing happens in the hospital except for call-room sex and partner swapping – but I think, at this point, it might have been okay just to have a simple resolution and move on to the next disaster. Could everyone not just have been happy with their $15 million each for a few weeks?

No. Apparently not. Because apparently the hospital’s insurance is refusing to pay due to a technicality, and Seattle Grace Mercy West is going to have to declare bankruptcy and close its doors to pay the settlements. So now we’re going to be subjected to a minimum of three weeks of everyone (with the possible exception of Callie, or maybe Derek) refusing to take the money and Owen refusing to not pay it. And then either someone else will buy the hospital, the ‘victims’ will use the money from the settlement to buy the hospital, or they’ll finally convince Owen they don’t want the money at all. Why couldn’t we just have done all of that in this episode?!

Other things that happened: Jo and Alex’s ‘friendship’ grew (they’ll be friends for, at most, another month before it turns into something more than plutonic); Meredith finally announced that she’s pregnant; Derek and Shane played ping-pong; Kepner regretted not marrying Jackson (he and Steph probably won’t last, though, so she has nothing to worry about); Jackson stepped out from under Sloan’s shadow; and Webber felt guilty for all of a week about cheating on Adele, then went back to Catherine.

In conclusion: please let the countdown begin to the end of this disaster, and the beginning of the next one! – K

Quoteworthy:

“Mo’ money, mo’ problems…”

“I should’ve been on that damn plane.” – Cristina, Alex

“Run, Baby, Run” – Grey’s Anatomy

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Grey’s Anatomy’s Christmas cliffhanger revolves around Bailey making it to her wedding. Which is a little unusual, because you’d think they’d be giving a little of the attention to the fact that Webber’s Alzheimer-ridden wife, Adele, is coughing up blood and may not live through the hiatus. But, no. Shonda Rhimes seems to want us to focus entirely on Bailey ditching her wedding to that guy whose name I can never remember and genuinely don’t care about. … You can tell how invested I am in this match working out. Which is potentially why Rhimes is painting Bailey as the runaway bride. I can’t be the only person to lose complete interest in her relationship with that guy who moved away to LA. Out of sight, out of mind, and soon out of Bailey’s life? But I feel like when I watch the post-holiday episode they’ll sort it all out and will probably go through with the wedding.

The rest of the episode was fairly standard fare, with many fraught emotions and much rending of hair. Meredith is refusing to get excited about her pregnancy because she doesn’t believe she can carry to term. Derek’s sister, Lizzy, hates Meredith a little bit because Meredith never let them into her family. Then they’re friends. Aww. Derek has his hand surgery with all bad grace. Alex tries to mentor Wilson but ends up letting her put a hole in a kid’s stomach. She flips out and tells Arizona he had no business letting her near a surgery like that, so Alex hates her now. Which makes it super awkward that she’s his surprise date to Bailey’s misfire wedding. That happened because Kepner and Jackson think that if they don’t bring dates to the wedding they won’t be able to keep their hands off each other (*eye roll*). So Kepner tells Jackson to bring Stephanie (who’s Stephanie, you ask? Why she’s Grumpy Intern) and Jackson tells Kepner to bring Shane. I think Kepner’s about to go full cougar. Torres finally snaps at Arizona about her leg, which works, in a sense. And Yang discovers (and I don’t know how I didn’t put this together until last night) that Owen is only divorcing her because he blames himself for the crash and he wants her, and everyone else involved, to get the best compensation that they can. So she tells him that before he asked for the divorce she was going to ask if they could try again. All the smooches.

So, in many ways, a traditionally predictable Grey’s from start to finish. But I am interested in whether Adele survives. Luckily I don’t have long to wait to find out. – K

Quoteworthy: “There comes a point where you have to suck it up and stop whining and start living!” – Torres, to Arizona

“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!

“Love the One You’re With” – ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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I could go into great depth here about how the plane crash is this season’s shooting and we’ll have to wait for the next big disaster before we get something else to focus on but that just seems like a lot of effort. Instead, you’re getting a really brief summary. The aviation company is offering a whopper settlement to the doctors who were on the plane (and survived). The episode is about them making their decision. Avery and Kepner pretend for the whole episode that nothing’s going to happen between them, right up until a last-minutes romp. Cristina’s back at work and is stuck with Dr Thomas (old guy) who turns out to be kind of awesome. Alex is a dick to his interns. But he’s a dick to everyone, so whatever. Smash Williams smirks a lot in Grey’s too. Cristina is stuck in a holding pattern with Owen – she wants to be talking to him and whatever because she loves him, but can’t because she’s in Minnesota. Anyone else care to take bets on how long it will take before something brings her back to Seattle? Bailey’s sad because no one needs her anymore and she’s just a General Surgery attending. Arizona’s a bitch, but softens when Torres has a breakdown. Because of Derek, everyone turns down the settlement. – K

Quoteworthy: “We just can’t stand by and let this happen to other people’s Lexies and Marks.” – Derek