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“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “Good Mourning”/”Goodbye”

In Grey's Anatomy on September 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Well, after a long wait this summer, “Grey’s Anatomy” finally waltzed its way back into our lives. Well, maybe waltzed isn’t the right word. It’s more like the show bulldozed its way back in, right?

As I was watching the opening scene, I couldn’t help but wish networks were able to keep contract negotiations with actors in-house. Knowing that Katherine Heigl would be back and T.R. Knight was let out of his contract killed any possible suspense about their fates. How much more punch would have Lexie’s, “That’s not George” line had if we all didn’t know that George was going to die three months ago? Of course it was George! When all the doctors were yelling at Meredith, it would have been a great spot for her to break the fourth wall, and say to the docs, “Of course it’s George, don’t you read Entertainment Weekly?” I know that couldn’t happen on a show like that, but it would have lightened the mood a bit.

As for the episode itself, I thought it was good. Very somber, but good. Honestly, it’s tough to criticize an episode like that, but if I had one complaint, it’s that there were a lot of other good storylines packed into the two hours that were overshadowed by George’s death. I can’t blame the writers for weaving other stories in there; two hours of just focusing on the loss of George would have been too much to take. Part of me wishes that they wrote in a bunch of “D”-level storylines that didn’t matter that much, rather than the impactful plots that kind of got lost in the shuffle.

Consider that besides George’s the death, the following happened last night…

a) the board of directors was looking to push out the Chief and name McDreamy his successor

b) Callie was denied her promotion to attending and quit to work at Mercy West

c) Lexie finally moved in with McSteamy

d) Izzie not only survived, but it looks like she’s OK, or as OK as she’s going to be

e) Owen and Cristina made a breakthrough in their relationship

f) Arizona had a “House”-like medical case that she couldn’t crack

g) It was announced that Seattle Grace and Mercy West are going to merge and some won’t be safe from the chopping block

Those are some pretty good plotlines, aren’t they? Some could have been their own episode. So, my only real complaint wasn’t even much of a complaint, it’s more of an “I wish the writers could have done this instead” kind of thing.

Overall, I thought the premiere was well done, and George’s death was handled as well as it could have been. I am looking forward to next week when it looks like “Grey’s” will be back to normal.

Here are few more thoughts about the show…

What I liked…

*McSteamy providing the comic relief. One of my favorite scenes occurred when he asked Lexie what the heck was the appeal with George. In an episode that was so sad, I was willing take chuckles anywhere I could take them. While we’re on the subject of comic relief, I also enjoyed Lexie’s reaction to Callie and Mark’s oh-so-close relationship. Lexie’s reaction to Callie’s shower pop-in was especially hilarious.

*Derek and Bailey’s elevator scene. I loved Derek returning Bailey’s favor by stopping the elevator so she could vent like she did for him in the “Into You Like a Train” episode in Season 2 when she knew he needed to cry it out.

*McDreamy and Meredith in full-on “honeymoon” mode. Well I guess what I really liked about it was the funny interruptions they kept encountering. Granted all of the “honeymooning” was Meredith’s coping method, but it was entertaining.

*Justin Chambers’ performance. He’s really stepped it up since last season. He was especially impressive near the end of the episode when he finally broke down and admitted to Izzie he’s afraid of just about everything. Alex’s transition has been one of the best character developments on the entire show.

*Arizona. In an episode like this, there needed to be someone who could keep it all together and who better than the character that knew George the least? I felt for her when she went to Bailey for help with her patient. It can’t be easy talking shop with someone who just watched someone close to them die. On a lighter note, I loved at the end of Callie’s breakdown when she said that Arizona kept bringing her doughnuts.

*The cast narration at the end of hour two. I thought that was a nice touch. I’ve always enjoyed the episodes when someone other than Meredith narrates the show, but having everyone chip in at the end of such an emotional show was a stroke of genius.

What I didn’t like…

*How things were handled with the Chief. It seemed like a bad time for the board to form a coup against Richard, wasn’t it? Kudos to Derek for being a friend and buying him as much time as possible

*The gals who left their travel mate high and dry at the hospital because they “had a concert to get to” and everything about that storyline. I just didn’t care for it, although I wish there were more throwaway storylines like this last night so the good ones weren’t overshadowed by George’s passing.

*I thought Amanda, the girl George saved, lurking around the hospital was just bizarre. It kind of reminded me of Izzie spending the entire day outside of Seattle Grace on the day she was going to try to get her job back after she cut Denny’s LVAD wire. The difference though was Amanda was hanging around for days and days (as we could tell from the trusty day counter that kept popping up between scenes). I was more than happy to see Izzie tell her to get up and get a life.

*How things just “happened” all of a sudden. I understand that time went by faster than normal last night because the days kept flashing by, but it was just bizarre how all of a sudden Bailey as an attending. It would have nice to see that promotion unfold. Same with Lexie saying she was going to be a resident tomorrow. Huh? Meredith and Co. were interns for three seasons! And let’s not forget Callie barking at the Chief to all of a sudden having an attending job at Mercy West. Did I nod off and miss her application and/or interview? I guess we can appreciate that we won’t have to waste time watching these things happen, but I still found it off-putting that such big career changes seemed to happen so fast.

OK a few random thoughts and I’m done…

*I wasn’t sure how to feel about the funeral laughs. I totally understood that sometimes a person can be so depressed that all they can do is laugh. But I wasn’t sure how to react; part of me wanted to laugh with them, but the other part of me was uncomfortable. I guess I was dreading someone walking in on them and telling them they were being inappropriate.

*I also liked the scene with Owen and George’s mom. He said a lot of good things about him. I was nervous that scene was going to go another way. I thought for a minute she was going to blame Owen for what happened to George.

*Speaking of Mrs. O’Malley, I can’t believe she put George’s organ donation decision into Callie’s hands. What a tough position to be in. I thought it was great that she went to Izzie for that

*I watched that “Flash Forward” show before “Grey’s”. I thought it was OK. My concern is the premise might be more intriguing than the actual show. It might have made a better movie than a weekly series. I’m willing to give it another shot though. On the flip side, I thought ABC’s “Modern Family” was very good. The jury’s still out on “Cougar Town” though.

* “Quote of the Night”: “If George O’Malley can jump in front of a bus, we can answer our (darn) pages.” 

Honorable mentions:

-“Yes I’m ordering you to be her friend because I’m sure as (heck) not doing it.”

-“Was (George), you know….hung?”

-“Why do cancer people have all the fun?” (So wrong, only Cristina could get away with delivering a line like that.)

-“He probably doesn’t want to end up with a cancer pop.”

-“I majored in freaking history.”

-“We’ll be sure to clean up the table top.”

-“I get the whole McDreamy thing now.”

-“George O’Malley died.”

Well, I think that’s a wrap. I hope you all enjoyed the show. Hopefully we’ll get some sunnier episodes down the road. Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

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“Entourage” recaps: “Security Briefs”/”Berried Alive”

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Hello “Entourage” fans.

I apologize for the delayed recap on last Sunday’s episode, “Security Briefs.” I thought I’d share a few thoughts on it before I went ahead to this past Sunday’s episode, “Berried Alive.”

Overall, I thought “Briefs” was alright. The best part of the episode was the Ari-Lloyd showdown. I couldn’t blame Lloyd for finally walking out on Ari. He had been pretty abusive towards him. I guess the lesson is never to question Ari’s word. I loved the scene when Ari kept tacking on more days to Lloyd’s hazing period and Lloyd told him this wasn’t “The Breakfast Club,” this was his life. I am a little surprised that Lloyd decided to take a job offer from the slimy Adam Davies, considering it was he who got Ari fired from Terrence’s in the first place. I guess getting a shot at being an agent beat taking any more crap from Ari, even it meant working for Davies.

Drama was great in this episode as well. Watching him saunter around in that horrific make-up job was one of the week’s highlights. I got a kick out of watching him track down Vince’s alleged stalker and enjoyed it even more when he started interrogating the suspect. Nobody messes with Johnny’s “baby bro.”

I also can’t forget Frank Darabont’s hilarious cameo. His story about the “Shawshank” stalker was fantastic. I couldn’t believe it when he pulled a gun out of his handbag. I hope we get to see more of him when the cameras start rolling on Vince’s Enzo Ferrari movie.

The only thing that was disappointing about this episode was the revelation of Vince’s “stalker.” I felt this was one of the most interesting storylines the show has ever had, and it turned out to be a silly sorority prank. And not only that, the victim of the prank was Turtle, not Vince! Granted, the stalker angle did allow for some funny scenes with Ari’s security team, but the plot resolution fell very flat for me.

OK, on to “Berried Alive”…

There was a lot of good stuff in this week’s episode, but let’s start with the episode title reference. I was glad E finally saw Ashely for the crazy gal she was and cut her loose. It’s too bad it took this long for him to realize she was nuts. You would have thought he would have realized it when she crashed the “Gatsby” premiere party, or spent the entire day at E’s place after they slept together. I can’t help but wonder if she left that bracelet at Vince’s on purpose now. Anyway, I’m glad the email reading request was the final straw. It is the final straw, right? We’re not going to have to deal with or see Ashley again, right? I was excited when they broke up before, only to see her back on the screen again. My fingers are crossed she’s really gone this time.

For the second straight week, we were blessed with an Ari-Lloyd showdown! This time they were racing to get Johnny out of his “Five Towns” contract (more on that later). I don’t think it came to a surprise to anyone that Ari beat Lloyd to the punch. He’s just more resourceful and connected. It was just too bad Ari wasn’t doing it for the right reasons like Lloyd was. I was upset to Lloyd leave Ari, but if it means we’ll get to see them go head-to-head as rival agents, sign me up!

As for why Johnny wanted to leave “Five Towns,” (besides Dan Coakley’s weekly torture) he had a shot to be on “Melrose 2009” after a chance encounter with one of the producers. I’m dying to know if the “Entourage” writers had any idea that “Melrose Place” was being revived on the CW when they came up with this storyline. Going by how dated the season premiere was (Leno still hosting “The Tonight Show” and Andrew getting applauded for signing the creator of the now canceled “My Name is Earl”), my guess is they had no idea. But if they did know, then I fear Johnny isn’t going to get a part on the show. It would be bizarre for Johnny to be on a TV show that is really on the air. Hopefully he gets it; I kind of like seeing Drama have some success.

I was also happy to see Drama stick with Lloyd. I mean how could he not after Lloyd’s convincing pitch. I did enjoy seeing Drama test Ari’s interest in him; it was kind of pathetic, but funny just the same.

And then there’s Turtle. I’m not sure I buy him being torn between the UCLA co-ed and Jamie Lynn. Sure the sorority gal is cute, but he’s with JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER! She’s a gorgeous, caring celebrity. This is no contest! Can’t the writers just let Turtle be happy with her while he takes business classes? Are they really so desperate to give him some conflict that they want to put him in an unrealistic love triangle? I feel like Jamie-Lynn getting offered the lead in a TV show that shoots in New Zealand is conflict enough. There was no need to throw the sorority girl in the mix. I also was a little surprised that Jamie-Lynn was so threatened by the girls stealing Turtle’s underwear. She’s a famous actress; is she really going to be jealous over some random co-eds? I didn’t really buy that either. If she was with another actor, I could understand her concern, but I don’t think Turtle is going anywhere.

Well, that does it for this week. What did you think of the last two episodes? Were you satisfied with the revelation of Vince’s “stalker” or were you disappointed like I was? Do you think Drama will be back at “Melrose?” “Will Ari and Lloyd ever repair their relationship?” Comment below!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

“Entourage” recaps: “No More Drama”/”The Sorkin Notes”

In Entourage on September 2, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Here are some quick-hit thoughts on the last two episodes of “Entourage”…

“No More Drama”…

*It was nice to see Vince actually have a storyline again. And it’s pretty interesting to boot. I think Vince having a stalker is a great wrinkle and it’ll be interesting to see if he or she is actually caught. *I was glad that Drama didn’t get fired from “Five Towns”. Given the title of the episode, it really could have gone either way. I loved how painfully obvious it was that he was trying to record his conversation with the studio exec Dan. He was right, it was right out of a bad cop show. I can’t wait to see just how Dan plans on torturing Johnny. And, where can I get one of those gift baskets? That thing was intense; three iPods??

*I enjoyed E’s “first day on the job” storyline as well. Ari’s pizza delivery bit was fantastic. “You’re no longer a pizza boy, you’re now a pizza man.” Eric’s retaliation wasn’t as good, maybe he should get some tips from Adam Davies. I hope the writer’s give Kate Mara more to do than just answer E’s phones. She’s such a talented actress. The highlight of E’s storyline though was Bob Saget’s cameo. He was great in the Season Two episode, “Neighbors,” but the took things to new heights in this one. I couldn’t believe he said he’s sign with Murray’s company if he could have sex in his office. And I really couldn’t believe Murray said it was fine, just as long as E had a cleaning crew come in afterwards. I also like the rivalry that looks to be brewing between E and co-worker Scotty Lavin.

*As much as I loved Saget, I laughed the hardest when one of the guns Drama brought over went off and blew out one of the windows, followed by Vince saying, “Maybe we should call Ari’s security guy.” Turtle’s Pesci in “Goodfellas” impression was pretty good, wasn’t it? The thought of those guys carrying guns was funny enough, but one actually going off was the perfect way to end the episode.

*Overall, I thought this episode was pretty good. I would have been nice to see a little more Ari, but I guess everyone has to take a backseat each week in a 30-minute show. He made his impact with the pizza bit anyway.

On to this past Sunday’s show, “The Sorkin Notes”

*I thought Ari’s security team turning Vince’s house into Fort Knox was hilarious. I loved the line about how there was about $600,000 worth of cars in their driveway and they should think about putting that kind of investment in their protection. I also liked when team was running drills in the house. Watching Drama get hauled into the bathtub and he and Turtle pretending to be Vince and an, ahem, overnight guest was a riot. After finding the possible stalker’s driver’s license in the couch, I wonder if they’ll be able to track him down.

*It was depressing to see E dragged back into the Ashley-Sloan mess. I was hoping after last week, we’d get to see him concentrating more on his new job. Instead he spent the episode working with Vince’s security team and getting ready to meet Sloan for “friendly drinks.” Ugh, enough with the soap opera stuff already. I will say I was glad that E put Sloan in her place and said he was sick of the back and forth. I just wished he didn’t go back to Ashley. She’s like the neighborhood cat, she won’t go away. Hopefully her time will be up by the end of this season.

*As each week goes by, it looks more and more like Babs was right about Andrew. It was pretty horrifying that he slept in Ari’s office and woke up to a crowd of people while he was in his PJ’s. Although I enjoyed watching Andrew drive his car through his living room (for a minute, I thought he was going to run over his wife), I wasn’t a big fan of that scene. It went on for too long and while Jami Gertz was great when she went storming through the Miller Gold office a couple of episodes ago, her screaming was a little annoying this time to me. Like I said before, I’m more interested in how Andrew’s affair affects his relationship with Ari, rather than Marlo. Speaking of Andrew…

*I loved the Sorkin cameo. He was great. I loved that he wasn’t shy about his dislike for Ari and Babs. The highlight of the episode for me was that he was willing to go to see Andrew in jail to meet with him. His ideas sounded that interesting I guess. And how about the fact that Andrew was able to sign him and save his job? A pretty decent ending to an otherwise awful day for Mr. Kline.

*Overall, this episode was OK. E’s back-and-forth with Sloan and Ashley turned me off a bit, as did Andrew’s fight with his wife. I’m looking forward to seeing how if the stalker is caught in the next episode.

So, what did you think of these last two episodes? Will Vince’s stalker get caught? Will Andrew last even a year at Miller Gold? Will Sloan and E ever make it work? What exactly does Dan Coakley have in store for Drama? Comment below!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.