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“Grey’s” Anatomy” recap: “The Time Warp”

In Grey's Anatomy on February 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Last night, “Grey’s” had us step into the DeLorean and travel back in time. During the trip down memory lane, we got to see how Callie made her mark at Seattle Grace, how Bailey became Bailey and the beginnings of the Chief’s affair with Ellis Grey. I have to say, I loved every minute of it. When I first heard about this episode; I was a little concerned. I thought the gimmick would be better than the actual episode and we’d get all sizzle, but no steak. Fortunately, the flashbacks did play an important part in the present (especially Richard and Bailey’s).

There was a lot happening last night, so I’m going to skip the long preamble and jump right into last night’s events.

Present day (non-lecture hall scenes):

I guess I was in the same boat as the Chief last night; I thought once he went through his rehab stint, he’d be able to take back the reigns of the surgical department. I knew the board had to approve, but I figured that would be just a formality. Derek made it seem like it may not be as simple as that though. I couldn’t blame the Chief for taking Derek’s attending general surgeon job offer as a slap in the face. In fairness, Richard has no one to blame but himself for this mess though. I also thought his AA speech was very good. It was an honest take on how alcohol made such a negative impact on his life.

Although it was brief, I loved the scene when Bailey was getting ready for her lecture and Ben peeked in and said she looked nice. Hopefully he’ll be around for awhile.

Callie:

As for the lectures and flashbacks, I’ll start with Callie’s case because it was the least interesting to me. And that’s saying something because I thought her flashback was very interesting. I just liked the other two a little more. Anyway, I was shocked about how nervous Callie was about public speaking. She’s such a confident and outspoken character; I never would have imagined the thought of public speaking would make her sick to her stomach. I guess it goes to show a person’s personality has no bearing on how he or she handles speaking in front of a group. I consider myself to be a reserved man of few words (except when it comes to writing J), but I have no problem speaking in public (I actually spoke at my high school graduation).

I did feel Callie’s pain as she was trembling up on stage and reading, quietly, off of her note cards. I couldn’t believe it was the same person who had that loud, knock-down fight with her dad over Arizona. It was great to see Arizona and Alex step in the help her along with what was an amazing and very interesting medical case.

Callie’s flashback highlights:

-The immediate fireworks between Alex and Callie; that had never been put on display until that flashback. When she was introduced on the show, she starting dating George, hooked up with Sloan and eventually married George. I don’t even think Callie and Alex have had a ton of interaction during the run of the series.

-I couldn’t believe that Alex initially took credit for George’s dramatic elevator save when he met Callie. Anything to impress a girl, I guess.

-I thought the Chief’s first impression of Callie was interesting; since she was privileged, she was arrogant and thought she could do things beyond her ability. I never took the Chief as a guy who judge people before meeting them.

-Not that I was glad to see Callie’s patient have a scare on the operating table, but I did like that Alex’s lie did come back to bite him when he was asked to perform an easier version of “his” elevator save. In that moment, I also liked the Callie gave him the vote of confidence that he could.

-And last, but certainly not least, how about Callie and Alex’s celebration?! I can’t believe they “got together.” By the look on Arizona’s face neither could she. I can’t believe that had never been alluded to until last night. So let the record show that’s three gals that Alex and George have been with (Nurse Olivia, Izzie and now Callie).

Bailey:

When news first came out about this time warp episode, I was the most excited about this one. I couldn’t wait to see Bailey as a timid intern. I was not disappointed either. The glasses, the hair, the name, the low talking in the very back of the group; I couldn’t believe this was the same character who has the nickname that she now has. And I couldn’t believe how tough her resident (played brilliantly by Missi Pyle) was on her, my goodness. I thought Bailey was tough on Meredith and Co. when they started at Seattle Grace, but she was a teddy bear compared to Dr. Baylow. To me, Bailey became her, but with a heart, if that makes sense. I did find it interesting that in the first episode, Bailey called Meredith and friends the same thing that Baylow called her, “interns, the bottom of the surgical food chain.” After the torture her resident put her through, I thought Bailey wouldn’t want to repeat history. I guess she figured as much as she hated Dr. Baylow, her toughness made her the surgeon she was today.

Bailey’s flashback highlights:

-I have to mention again how Chandra Wilson was made up for her scenes as an intern. I especially loved the glasses.

-I loved the “Who’s talking?” scenes with the Chief when Bailey was mumbling correct answers in the back of the group. Bailey’s height is rarely, if ever addressed on the show.

-Speaking of which, I loved the Chief’s pep talk to Bailey about not being a minnow, and Bailey asked if he was talking about her height.

-I can’t let this flashback go without mentioning Joe the Bartender’s hair back then. Absolutely fantastic. I also couldn’t believe there was a time that Bailey drowned her sorrows at Joe’s bar.

-Of course the ultimate highlight was when Bailey finally became “Bailey” and told off her resident. It wasn’t exactly Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader, but it was still pretty good. The icing on the cake was the Chief asking her to come into his office to make it look like he was reprimanding her for disrespecting a resident.

The Chief:

This was my favorite of the three flashbacks because it gave a little more insight into the Chief’s past with Meredith’s mom. Until then, we’d only get bits and pieces about it. To actually see how things began between them was cool. It makes sense how they gravitated towards each other, seeing as they were the lone minorities in their group. It was also interesting to see how AIDS treatment was handled back then; and to see how far we’ve come in understanding the disease. Ellis and Richard were practically in hazmat suits when they were in the room with their patients. It blew my mind that their attending refused to operate on him.

I was also glad to get a little insight into Meredith’s childhood, even if it was brief. I’m sure there were a lot of moments where she wanted to see her mom, but she was too busy with work. That scene makes it easier to see why Meredith has some of the issues that she has. It was also good to see that the balance of power in Ellis and Thatcher’s relationship was the same from the get-go; she really chewed into him about giving Mer that doll before her birthday. Speaking of which, that doll that young Meredith had was “Anatomy Jane” that we were introduced to a couple of seasons ago. I didn’t put two and two together, but some sharp-eyed viewers did.

I always thought the end of Richard’s affair with Ellis drove him to the bottle, but it turns out it was the beginning of the affair that did. I thought that was interesting. I also found it interesting after Ellis told him he needed to grow up and they should leave their spouses, he looked down at his soda pop and the vodka and contemplated which one to go with before taking a swig of the hard stuff. I was waiting for “SYMBOLISM, SYMBOLISM!” to begin flashing on the screen, as the soda obviously was his marriage while the vodka represented his affair. Despite that, I really enjoyed everything about Richard’s lecture/flashback, especially the standing “O” he got after he recited the doctor’s oath.

Two other thoughts about Richard’s flashback:

-I thought Hall & Oates’ “Maneater” was the perfect song of choice for the scene when we were introduced to young Ellis Grey.

-I thought Sarah Paulson did a great job portraying Ellis, but why not have Ellen Pompeo do double-duty and have her play the part? In the first episode of “Grey’s,”  Richard told Meredith she was a spitting image of her mom. I didn’t think Paulson and Pompeo looked similar at all.

OK, a few random thoughts and I’m finished…

*Were Sloan, Teddy and Owen all MIA last night, or did I just miss them. It makes sense that they weren’t at the lectures since they’re attendings (if Callie wasn’t speaking, I’m sure Arizona wouldn’t have been there either).

*If my professors handed out chocolates for right answers when I was in college, I would have paid more attention during lectures. 🙂

 *Line of the Night: “Make sure you’re a shark and not a minnow.”

*Honorable mentions for “Line of the Night”

-“She’s dong her pee dance.”

-“Flattery will get you to an on-call room in five seconds or less.”

-“Give me candy.”

-“Just because you haven’t, doesn’t mean you can’t.”

*If you have a Twitter account, I recommend following “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes. She’s good about answering fan’s tweets and you can get some good insight about the show. For example, Chyler Leigh (Lexie) is a natural blonde. She asked Rhimes if she could change her hair six months ago, but she told her know. She let her do it recently because it fit in with the storyline. Here’s the link to her page: http://twitter.com/shondarhimes

*Grey’s is not on next week, but will return the following Thursday, March 4. Episode description courtesy of TVGuide.com: Tensions mount between Derek and Richard (and the staff is on edge) when a famous surgeon with a tie to one of the doctors is rushed to the hospital and requests an unorthodox procedure. Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona try to help Teddy and Sloan get over past disappointments. (Joe’s note: is that Sloan the doctor, or Sloan the daughter?)

I think that’s all I have. I hope you all enjoyed the show as much as I did. Have a great day 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.

“Lost” thoughts: “The Substitute”

In Lost on February 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Last night on “Lost,” we got a Locke-centric episode, which I thought was much better than last week’s Kate-focused hour. Especially when it came to the characters’ flash-sidewayses. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Terry O’Quinn play virtually two roles last night: U.S.-bound Locke and a resurrected “Man in Black” on the island. I thought he knocked both roles out of the park.

Like I mentioned in the season premiere; it’s interesting to see Locke be such a non-believer in his flash-sideways scenes. For five seasons, we watched this guy be the eternal optimist and now it’s just odd to see him be so hopeless in the alt-timeline scenes.

I also liked the non-Locke scenes, which looking back there were few and far between of those. I loved the burial scene; especially when Ben wrapped up his eulogy by saying, “I wished I hadn’t murdered him.” I also loved Lapidus’ reaction, “Weirdest (darn) funeral that I’ve ever been to.”

And I think that that might have been it for the non-Locke scenes, save the other beach scene when Sun said they had to bury Locke and the 30 seconds that Richard and Sawyer had together. Despite the lack of character diversity, I still thought this was a solid episode.

Some other quick-hit thoughts from last night…

*I really felt for Locke in his first scene. First the ramp from his fan fritzes out, then he falls out of his chair and then the sprinklers turned on him. I wanted to laugh, but I felt bad about it, but fortunately Locke did the only thing he could—laugh and then I joined in.

*I’m very curious about how Locke and Helen’s relationship in this flash-sideways. How’d they end up staying together? If my memory serves me, in flashbacks Helen left, because Locke couldn’t move past what his dad did to him. Helen mentioned they should round up her parents and his dad and just get married in Vegas, so did Locke’s dad not push him out a window and he just ended up in the chair somehow else? Or did his dad push him, but Locke forgave him and in turn Helen stayed with him? Or does Locke have a different dad in this timeline?

*The main reason I enjoyed Locke’s flash-sideways scenes more than Kate’s from last week was because of the interactions he had with the other passengers/island-dwellers. I loved his scene with Hurley; how great was it to see a confident, self-assured Hurley hook Locke up with another job?

Speaking of which, I forgot until I read another review of last night’s show (http://sepinwall.blogspot.com/2010/02/lost-substitute-happy-john.htmlthat) that Locke’s boss who fired him was the same guy Hurley worked for at Mr. Cluck’s Chicken before he won the lottery. Why Hurley would hire the guy is another story.

I had a feeling that when the woman who was interviewing Locke at the temp agency went to get her supervisor, it would be someone we knew. I was delighted to see it was Rose. I enjoyed her talk with Locke about accepting her cancer and encouraging him to do the same with his paralysis.

*As much as I loved the appearance of Hurley and Rose, my favorite interaction Locke had was with Ben, European History teacher. I loved watching him flip out about the unchanged filter in the coffee pot. He wasn’t on the doomed Oceanic Flight 815 though. What’s he doing in states?

As for what’s going on back at the island…

*I liked Sawyer and “Locke’s” scenes. I thought for a moment that “Locke” was leading him into a death trap when they started climbing down the rock on those rickety ladders. I especially loved their earlier exchange: Sawyer: “I thought you were dead.” “Locke”: “I am.”

*Speaking of “Locke,” I found it interesting that the Man in Black used the original Locke’s catchphrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” I know he took his body, but does he have some of his memories too?

A few of my burning questions from last night:

-We kept hearing people were candidates last night. Candidates for what? “Locke” said to be the protector of the island, but I don’t know how reliable of a source he is these days

-I found the wall with a lot of their names interesting, but why wasn’t (Kate) Austin up there anywhere?

-And finally, who was that kid and why could “Locke” and Sawyer see him, but not Richard? And what did he mean when he told “Locke” that he could kill him (who?) and that he knew the rules?

So, overall I though last night’s show was a strong episode, that gave us inklings, but not answers and threw a few more questions on to the pile. Hopefully next week, we’ll get a little more.

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.

“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “State of Love and Trust”

In Grey's Anatomy on February 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

After an inexplicable break last week, “Grey’s” returned with an episode I’d describe as “weak.” I didn’t think it was necessarily bad, I just didn’t care for how it was put together. Besides cramming too may storylines into one hour, another weakness I feel “Grey’s” has is it doesn’t prioritize its plots in a given episode very well at times. For instance, last night the most intriguing storyline was the one with McDreamy and the Chief. Derek was finally in his dream position, Chief of Surgery, while Richard was deciding between early retirement or rehab. These are two of the biggest advancements in these characters’ history, and they felt like an afterthought. This story should have been front and center for more of the episode than it was. Were any of the other storylines so important that the hour’s best one had to be placed on the backburner? Let’s take a look….

(B) Bailey’s patient wakes up during surgery (good storyline, but no)

(C) Cristina and Owen work through their relationship issues (nope)

(D) Arizona takes Alex under her wing in peds for a day (great medical case and brilliant acting by Justin Chambers, but no)

(E) Mark is still mad at Lexie for getting together with Alex (don’t even get me started)

As I wrote those down, I realized there was more to this episode than meets the eye. I still think the episode’s author and production team’s time management skills could use some work though. I would have been totally OK if last night’s episode featured just the Derek-Chief plot, along with storylines (B) and (C) or (D). I’m still in agreement with Bradley Whitford’s line on the short-lived drama, “Studio 60”, “This isn’t TV camp; it’s not important to us that everyone gets to play.”

Those were my overall thoughts on last night’s show. Here are some a few specific thoughts:

What I liked about last night’s show…

-The Derek and Chief showdown. I loved everything about this; Derek’s awkward speech in the beginning, his much better and more honest speech at the end, the fact that he looked the Chief in the eye and admitted that he wanted his job, it was all great. To me the most awkward, heartbreaking part of all of this is when a nurse came in and asked for the Chief and Richard and Derek both replied to her. Did Derek really think people were going to start referring to him as that on his first day? I was glad Richard accepted the rehab option; although that was obviously what was going to happen.

On a side note about the Richard’s an alcoholic storyline; I beat up the writers a bit in the past for finally bringing him to the forefront after five years and the direction they go in was to have him fall off of the wagon again. I read in a recent TV Guide article that James Pickens Jr. actually went to “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes and suggest this story for his character. So, my apologies to the “Grey’s” writing staff.

-Bailey’s patient waking up in the middle of surgery. There have been some off-the-wall cases in this show, but this one to be in the top 10, right? This story provided a lot of good material like Meredith getting to do the second surgery and Bailey’s rant to the “Gas Man”. How great was she when she just laced into the anesthesiologist (spelled right on the first try!!) for a solid two minutes for his (alleged) slip-up? I hope when “Grey’s” ends, Bailey gets spun-off onto her own show where she runs a free clinic or something. I’d tune in every week. This storyline also looks like it also tried to light some sparks between Bailey and the “Gas Man”. I hope it does; She’s the only character besides the Chief on this show who hasn’t really had a romantic storyline. Granted she was married for the first four-plus seasons, but we only got to see the bad there.

-Alex and Arizona teaming up on a peds case: I honestly could take or leave the medical part of this storyline, but the emotional side of it was very good. I liked watching Alex tear into the penny-pinching father, even if he was in the wrong at the end. Maybe Alex has finally found his specialty. I don’t if anyone’s bounced around as much as he has. He was with Sloan in plastics, then with Addison with babies and now he’s working with Arizona in pediatrics. It’ll only be a matter of time before he’s helping Derek with neuro cases, right?

Cristina and Owen’s final scene: I didn’t like this storyline (more on that shortly) for most of the episode, but I did enjoy scene back at the apartment. Cristina almost never opens up about personal things, so to see her talk to Owen about what didn’t work with Burke was quite a treat. I found it interesting that Owen used pretty much the same line that Burke did when he was dating Cristina, “I want to love you, why won’t you let me.” I’m sure it’s no coincidence that she opened up once Owen said that. On a side note, it still blows me away how deep Sandra Oh’s voice gets when she has to do a crying scene.

As for what I didn’t like….

-The rest of Cristina and Owen’s scenes: I don’t know; these two just don’t work for me. Maybe it’s how violent Owen kisses; maybe I just don’t think of Cristina as the girlfriend type (she wasn’t very girlfriend-like with Burke either), whatever it is they leave me uninterested and not invested in them emotionally as a couple. It wouldn’t break my heart if the broke up.

-The Mark and Lexie stuff: This needs to get resolved sooner than later. I can’t take another week of him ignoring her and/or her begging him to talk to her. The 10-15 minutes wasted on this could have been dedicated to another scene or two with the Chief and Derek. I’m all for McSteamy getting more screen time, but not like this, in a silly, post-break-up awkward scene. Give him a big medical case, or have him connecting with his daughter.

OK a few more random thoughts and I’m done…

*As far as comic relief goes, Cristina burning herself on the grate was hilarious. There’s no way I could have picked another line than the one that I did. It reminded me a bit of the scene years back when George needed a shot.

*Speaking of Cristina; I was shocked when she ignored Teddy’s page to stay with Owen. I’m glad she addressed that with him at the end of the episode. I was also a little surprised that it didn’t come up between Owen and Cristina that she almost got married until last night.

*I enjoyed watching Alex make the Mercy West docs fear for their jobs with Derek taking over. I’m still not a fan of them.

 -Line of the Night: “Hot-crossed buns.”

*Honorable mentions:

-“He looks like and undertaker.”

-“Undertaker needs a speech writer.”

-“Don’t let the roller skates fool you; peds is hard-core.”

-“We expect the gas man to stay awake at the switch.” (all of Bailey’s “gas man” lines were really good.)

-“This is not a tick.”

-“You have grate marks on your (behind).”

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week. Stay tuned for next Thursday’s episode where a roof collapses on a restaurant known as a trysting spot on Valentine’s Day, interrupting whatever romance plans the doctors might have had; Arizona and Callie play Cupid—for Bailey and an anesthesiologist named Ben (Jason George). Callie also teams up with Mark to help persuade Sloan (Leven Rambin) to do the right thing for her baby. Meanwhile, Derek struggles to manage his time in his new role as chief, and Meredith wrestles with what being the chief’s wife entails. (Episode description courtesy of TVGuide.com.).

“Lost” recap: “LA X, Parts 1 and 2”

In Lost on February 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Well, after a seven-month wait (although it felt longer, didn’t it?), “Lost” finally came back. Around 8:45 last night, I could feel myself getting excited. I rushed around getting all of my nighttime chores (ironing, packing lunch, etc.) done before the show, so I could just hit the sack the minute the show was over (more on that later).

Anyway, I thought the premiere was more than worth the wait. I liked it a lot. It was well-written and all of the performances were great. I did find it funny that despite this being the final season where a lot of our questions will be answered; we were hit with a few more questions! I don’t think we need anymore questions and mysteries added to pile at this point. I guess though, that is what makes “Lost” “Lost”.

What I enjoyed most was the “What would have happened if they landed in LA” parallel storyline. When the episode opened with Jack on the plane, I couldn’t help but think, “Whoa, Jughead worked!” That thought was short-lived when Kate popped up in the next scene stuck in a tree with her ears ringing. I have to admit, I thought my TV volume was out of whack for a second. I couldn’t believe of all the times for my TV to go on the fritz, it would be during the most-anticipated season premiere for me this year. I realized quickly, it was Kate not my TV though. With Jack on Flight 815 and Kate back on the island, I couldn’t help but wonder if maybe the explosion displaced everyone, but that obviously wasn’t the case.

I hope that this parallel story runs all season, although I wonder how/if it’ll eventually tie into what’s going on at the island. Are the characters experiencing both stories, but not realizing it? It didn’t seem like Jack had any memory of the island when he was on the plane (what was going on with his neck?). Or is the parallel storyline just for the audiences benefit? Since this is “Lost” I doubt it; there has to be something bigger on going on there.

Speaking of Flight 815, one of my favorite moments was Boone’s conversation with Locke. I got a kick out of when Locke was telling him about his walkabout, Boone mentioned there was no way they’d survive a crash (obviously not true), he “would last two days without his cell phone” (again not true), and if they did crash, he was sticking with Locke (that’s exactly how it played out). Speaking of Boone, it was great to see him along with other characters we’d lost like Charlie and Claire. It’ll be interesting to see how Kate survives her life on the run and how the rest of the passengers deal with a non-crash life.

One final thought on the Flight 815 stuff before I tackle the island action; I liked the introduction scene between Jack and Locke and what looked to me like a mentality flip-flop. During their time on the island, Locke was always the “Man of Faith” while Jack was the “Man of Science”. During that scene however, Locke proclaimed his condition was irreversible, but Jack told him nothing was irreversible. It’s as if the island changed their outlook on life; don’t forget Jack never gave up faith that he could fix the patient who turned out to be his wife. I’m not sure island-Jack would have even tried.

Alright, I’ll try to write a little tighter about the island on the action. I was happy to see Juliet survived, at least long enough for her to bid farewell to Sawyer before she passed. I was actually a little surprised that she died; I knew she wasn’t going to be on the show full-time this season, but I thought I read she was going to be guest-starring a bit. I guess she’ll be doing flashback and Flight 815 parallel scenes? Either way, the one positive from Juliet’s death is it will reignite the Sawyer-Jack feud. I didn’t mind it when they started to get along, but for entertainment value, the show was more interesting when they were at each other’s throats.

It was also great to see Hurley in a sort of leadership role last night. He can be quite authoritative when he has to be. I was happy to finally see what the heck was in that guitar case; although, I want to know what fully was written on that paper. There had to be more than just they needed to revive Sayid. Speaking of which, how the heck did he rise from the dead? That’s just one of many questions I have from that entire temple storyline.

I thought the other temple storyline was good too. It was nice after six years, that we know “Smokey” is actually Jacob’s rival, the Man in Black. At least it appears to be. I wonder if Richard will begin to age now that Jacob is no longer with us. And where is the Man in Black carrying Richard to after that beating he gave him? Did anyone else find it strange to see Terry O’Quinn go from playing the gentle Locke to such a mean-spirited, violent character. I don’t think I’ve seen an actor to have to make such a drastic switch in character so late in a series. It should be interesting the rest of the way; I just hope I can wrap my head around it.

Alright, a few burning questions I have from last night and I’m finished…

*So, what the heck was that temple about? Who were its inhabitants? How did Sayid survive? What did they mean about th water not being clear?

*What did the deceased Juliet mean when she “told” Miles, “It worked.”? If the explosion worked, how are they still on the island and back on their flight from six years ago? Are we looking at two different universes/alternate realities?

*Was Sun’s not wanting Jin to find out she spoke English worth having him possibly get arrested?

*How does Oceanic not know where Jack’s dad’s body is? If it wasn’t on the plane, wouldn’t it be at the airport in Sydney?

I think that’s all I’ve got right now; or at least all I can think of. 🙂 Overall, I think the show is off to a good start. I just hope there aren’t any more two-hour airings until the finale. As I get older, making it to 11 is getting to be more of a challenge. It’s especially challenging when I’m watching a show like “Lost” where you have to pay attention to every detail. I almost wish ABC showed the recap last week and aired last night’s premiere from 8-10. Anyway, if my biggest complaint was that the show ran past my bedtime, I guess it was a good show.

Until next time…

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.

“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked

In Grey's Anatomy on February 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Last night on “Grey’s”, Derek chose ambition over friendship, Izzie returned, we discovered McSteamy has a sensitive side, Callie got to experience a miserable childhood past time and Owen found out exactly how much he means to Cristina. Is it me, or was that a lot for 60 minutes of TV?

Overall, I thought last night’s show was pretty good. I thought some parts were great, while others were not so much, which balanced out the episode to make it so-so. To me, the Derek deciding what to do about the Chief was far and away the best and most interesting plot of the night. I never thought I’d say this, but it was actually good to see Derek and Meredith go at each other a little bit. They’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. I just have my fingers crossed that last night’s fight remains the exception and not the rule.

I was a little surprised by Derek’s decision. I always thought he valued his friendship with Richard more than the Chief of Surgery position. I thought he would have confronted the Chief about his problem like he did, but tell him to get it together or he’d have to go to the board about it. I can’t believe he reported him without any kind of warning. And I was very surprised that he more or less blackmailed Meredith into giving him permission to report the Chief by using a job for Izzie as ransom. I never thought we’d see the day where McDreamy would be so underhanded. But, while I was disappointed at how Derek handled things, this was still my favorite part of last night’s show. I loved the interaction between Derek and Meredith, especially in the beginning and the very end of the episode, and I thought the scene when Derek poured the Chief a drink in his office was very good. I just wonder what happens to the Chief now.

I was wondering how Owen was going to find out that Cristina was willing to trade him for a solid cardio mentor. I was a little bit disappointed that it came from Teddy in a drunken rant, but what can you do. Last week I mentioned I couldn’t wait to see the aftermath of Cristina’s shocking offer, and this week I have to admit it was a bit of a let down if all that happens is what we got last night. I thought the scene when Owen confronted Cristina about it was great and it was cool that rather than fly off the handle he just decided to love her more, but I was expecting some more consequence for Cristina. It would have been more interesting if Teddy made Cristina stew for a couple of episodes; make her wonder if/when she was going to tell Owen what she said. Instead, it seems like the writers wrapped it up almost as quickly as Cristina blurted it out last week. Hopefully, I’m wrong and there will be more to this than we’ve seen so far.

It was nice to see Katherine Heigl’s second return from the abyss wasn’t a dud like the first one. At least she and Alex had some extended conversations this time around. I will admit, I wasn’t expecting Izzie’s reaction when Alex confessed he hooked up with some. “We can work through it.” Really?? Her husband spends the night with another woman and she just brushes it off like she got a bad grade on an exam? I couldn’t believe it. I can’t say I was heartbroken when Alex told Izzie he deserved better. She really left him hanging for no good reason. When Alex was sending her packing, I couldn’t help but wonder if the powers that be at “Grey’s” feel the same way about Katherine Heigl. You know, she’s here then she’s gone, then she’s here again then she leaves. Like Alex, maybe the show needs a gal who will stick around no matter what. With all that’s happened to Heigl and the Izzie character, I can’t help but wonder if this will be last season that she’s on the show.

As far as comic relief moments go, the Callie getting chicken pox storyline was pretty good. Normally, this would seem like a throwaway storyline, just used to fill out the script, but it had a much bigger purpose. It helped push Callie and Arizona out of that honeymoon phase and into the reality that is their relationship. I was surprised when Arizona said she never had the pox either; it seemed odd that both of them being in the 30’s never had it. I was even more surprised when she admitted that she did have it, she just didn’t want to see an imperfect Callie. It was great to see her come around at the end. As Chris Rock said, when you’re in a relationship, you have to be able to love the other person’s “crust.”

Sometimes I wish I didn’t read so much entertainment news. If I didn’t it, I would have definitely been shocked by Mark’s reaction when Lexie confessed about her and Alex. Unfortunately, I read a few weeks ago that it would be a surprise when we saw who was ticked off about their indiscretions. To me, that meant Mark was going to be the one who was upset. Anyway, I understood Mark’s point about how Lexie left him, but I still didn’t think he had a leg to stand on in this argument. They both were with someone else; Mark’s being upset about being dumped doesn’t make his liason any better than Lexie’s. I will say, I like what has been done with Mark’s character this season. He’s been given more depth, which was long overdue. I just hope that with this break-up, that they don’t put Mark in his shallow cad ways again. That would be the easy way out. It would be much more interesting to see him actually hurt for awhile.

OK, I promised to keep these recaps shorter this year, so a few random thoughts and I’m finished…

*The only storyline I didn’t truly care for was the lung patient medical case. I didn’t dislike it, but it was one of those that with some many more interesting things going on last night, I couldn’t get emotionally invested in it. Every time, they came back to it, I was thinking, “Can’t we get back the Derek/Meredith/Chief stuff?” Unfortunately, good storylines get lost in the shuffle. I understand that this case was an eye-opener for Cristina (when the patient was talking about how he lived to sing, and the camera was steadily on Cristina, they might as well have repeatedly flashed “Symbolism!, Symbolism!” on the screen), but it just didn’t do it for me.

*It looks like the Chief’s future is up in the air—at least for a little while, according to TVGuide.com. Here’s a link to the story:

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Greys-Chiefs-Dereks-1014066.aspx

*Honorable mentions for Line of the Night:

-“You mean trading Owen like a horse, or baseball card or a stale peanut butter sandwich from your lunchbox?”

-“Don’t McDreamy me.”

-“Well, McDreamy is being an a**.”

-“Scars are hot.”

-“I choose my gift.”

*I know it was a crowded episode last night, but I would have liked a little bit more Bailey. I’m just saying. She did make the most of her screen time though. I liked her scene with Derek in the hallway. I really thought Derek was going to tell her about the Chief’s drinking there.

Well, I think that’s all I’ve got for this week. I hope you all enjoyed the show. It’ll be interesting to see how Derek handles being interim Chief of Surgery next week. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.