Last night we got our first new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” in almost two months. November 19 was the last new episode that aired. That seems like a long time for a show to go on a non-summer hiatus. Anyway, I was grateful for a new episode last night. Was it worth the near two-month wait? Not really. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I just wanted a little more after such a long break. It’s my own fault for setting the bar too high. There were plenty of good stories in the hour that made this episode pretty good.
For starters, I have to applaud the writing staff for finally, finally giving Eric Dane some time to shine. I’m not 100% sold on his kid having a kid storyline, but if it gives the Mark character some long overdue screen time, I’m on board with it. I enjoyed all of his scenes last night, especially the ones with Addison (I’ll touch on the big crossover in a bit). I wrote at the beginning of the fourth season that he deserved to have a true storyline of his own. It may have taken two and a half seasons, but he got. Bravo, writers. Bravo. It’s just too bad that when he finally gets a storyline to himself, he loses his girlfriend in the process. I’m not saying Lexie walking out was right, but I can understand why she did it. Going from living with a boyfriend to living with a boyfriend, his 18-year-old daughter and newborn grandson in less than a year’s time is a lot to take on for anyone, especially someone as young as Lexie.
On the Addison front, I am always happy when she comes back to Seattle Grace. I never thought she should have left in the first place, but I understand why it happened the way that it did. I would have liked to have seen her interact with some of the other characters more, but given the circumstances of the medical case she was brought in for, I can let it slide. After all, the brief time she did have with some of the other docs did lead to the bad, but hilarious, idea of trying to set up Bailey. There a lot of good moments last night, but I think the episode highlight for me was when Bailey gave that poor doctor that McDreamy tried to set her up with her two-minute life story. It was pure genius and totally Bailey.
My favorite scenes from last night included Cristina and Teddy. I was blown away when Cristina was flying solo on a heart valve replacement and started to drown and Teddy just sat there thumbing through her magazine. That scene was intense and jaw-dropping to me. I’m not 100% sure the “sink or swim” method of teaching is the best way to go when it comes to literal life and death situations. Fortunately, Cristina made it though. The crazy thing is that wasn’t even the most intriguing part of their storyline last night. That honor goes to Cristina begging Teddy to stay and asking it would take. I couldn’t believe my ears when a) Teddy said she wanted Owen and b) when Cristina said she could have him. Whaaaat??? I’ve watched every episode of this show, and I can’t think of a line uttered by any character that got me to straighten up on my seat like that one did. After I was over the shock though; it made sense to me because of who said it. I totally believe Cristina, especially in the emotional state she was in, would trade a boyfriend in for a “Cardio God.” It’s been awhile since something happened on “Grey’s” where I couldn’t wait to see the aftermath, but this will be one of those situations.
I wondered how long Meredith would be able to keep the Chief’s drinking a secret. That was quite a secret he burdened her with. I can’t blame her for finally spilling the beans to Derek. Especially since he was so keen on finding out why he was doing less and less surgeries. I read that Meredith is going to be mad at Derek for making a secret of hers public; I can’t help but wonder if this one is it.
In honesty, the only thing I didn’t care for about last night was all of the Alex and Reed stuff. Maybe in a different episode it may have worked, but there were too many other more interesting things going for me to care about their mind games yesterday. And to make matters worse after all of their nonsense, there was no real payoff for the audience. Although I did like Alex’s line to Reed about how he doesn’t trade “get togethers” for surgery. If she wants to “get together,” she just has to ask. Speaking of Alex…
It had been teased that Alex was going to “slip up” pretty early in his marriage with a mystery woman. I never thought it would have been Lexie. I guess because at the time, I didn’t know that she and Mark were going to break-up. That was just bad, bad, bad. And Meredith is right; although Alex probably doesn’t feel like he’s married, technically he still is (shades of Derek in the first season). I’m curious to see how Izzie will react when Alex confesses. From that initial preview it looks like none too well.
Here are a few other random thoughts about last night’s show…
*I enjoyed the other medical storyline about the start quarterback. I wonder how many pro athletes (especially in football) want to quit out of fear, but can’t. I loved how Derek heroically came up with a way for him to leave the sport without actually looking like he quit. As for Cristina’s case, I enjoyed watching her patient make her run through hoops while she tried to make a decision on her heart operation. If any other doctor had this case, I would have found it annoying, but with Cristina it worked incredibly well because bedside manner is her medical Kryptonite.
*The best throwaway moment for me was when Lexie came over to shower at Cristina and Callie’s. She was expecting Owen in there only to catch Callie and Arizona. Very funny stuff.
*I have to rant about the crossover for a second. First of all, I hated how ABC pumped it up like more of each show’s cast was going to interact with one another. I remember one specific preview where it looks like Cristina is kicking Tim Daly out of the OR, but it turned out it she was talking to Owen. And I know I’ve said it before, but I feel like ABC is holding “Grey’s” fans who don’t normally watch “Practice” hostage with these crossover events. The only thing that made it a crossover was Mark going to L.A. to have Addison operate on Sloan. If someone doesn’t watch “Practice” every week, they’d have no clue of knowing what else was going on with the episode in any scene that didn’t include Mark and Addison. I know the network wants to get more people to watch “PP,” but this isn’t a good way to do it. I’m fine with “Grey’s” characters crossing over, but the episodes should be independent of each show, so “Grey’s” fans can decide if they want to watch “Practice” or not. Last night, “Grey’s” watchers had to watch that “Practice” episode, or they would have had no idea that a) Mark considered leaving Seattle for L.A., b) he and Addison “got together” and c) Sloan and the baby would be OK. Well, people would figure out “c” on the next “Grey’s”, but you know what I mean.
*Speaking of ABC’s promo department, I can’t help at laugh at how they’re marketing that “Deep End” show; “From the network that brought you ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.” Seriously, that’s the best they could do? I’m supposed to watch this show because it’s on the same channel as “Grey’s”???
*Kevin McKidd discusses the bomb that Cristina dropped at the end of the episode on TVGuide.com. Here’ the link:
*Honorable mentions for “Line of the Week”
-That’s quite a sandwich.
-“I can’t have a stumpy baby.”
-“Get me Addison Montgomery”
-“That’s not how you bond with children.”
-“You want lunch or you want the scan?”
-“They call me the Nazi, and not because of my icy blue eyes.”
-“Pig or cow?”
-“The Sloans are a passionate people.”
Well, that’s all that I’ve got. I apologize for this being so long. I think I’ll add to my list of New Year’s resolutions that I’ll learn to write more efficiently.
Have a great weekend!