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“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “Beautiful Doom”

In Grey's Anatomy on November 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

By Joe Dyton

I hope you all had a nice weekend and your day is off to a good start. I finally got around to watching Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s” over the weekend. I don’t have a ton to say, but I did have a couple thoughts.

*While I thought the episode itself was decent, what I really liked about it was how the writers “shortened the bench”, and focused primarily on Meredith and Cristina. I find sometimes there are “Grey’s” episodes that would be much improved if there was less going on. I’d be all for “Grey’s” going forward with focusing on two or three characters each week while others take a back seat like on Thursday. The key though is that the stronger core characters (Meredith, Cristina, Bailey, Richard, Derek, Alex) always have to be some of the characters that are part of the focus.  That’s why this most recent episode worked; an episode that focused on say, Jackson, Owen, April or the new interns wouldn’t be very interesting (at least to me).

*I feel like “Grey’s” has been so-so to start this season, but I was really starting to enjoy the show Cristina was on that took place at that Minnesota hospital. The best part of this season so far has been the relationship she formed with Dr. Thomas (William Daniels, who was excellent). Rather than “Private Practice”, I wish this had been the “Grey’s” spin-off; Cristina leaving Owen and Seattle behind to form an unlikely partnership in Minnesota with a wise, old doctor near the end of his career. Sadly, that’ll never happen since poor Dr. Thomas was killed off. The minute he started telling Cristina about the bright future she’s going to have, it was pretty clear he was a goner. At least he went out doing what he loved.

*Specific thoughts on the episode…Good, but not great…it was nice to see that Lexie and Mark haven’t been forgotten…I loved that Meredith thought fish sticks was a good contribution for Multi-Cultural Day at the hospital’s day care…I wasn’t a huge fan of Meredith and Cristina’s inner-dialogue…I did like how their surgeries were done side-by-side though…signs that Bailey is one of the best, if not the best, characters on the show; she had just two scenes and they were both good and impactful…I’ll miss seeing William Daniels on the show, he was great…it was nice to see Cristina back in Seattle again.

A couple more thoughts and I’m done…

*My apologies for not recapping the last two “Grey’s” episodes. I did watch them, but I didn’t have much to say. Going forward for episodes where I don’t have a ton of thoughts, I’ll just do short recaps like this one.

*I’m going to assume Meredith having the other docs pass Zola around like she was the Stanley Cup while she worked was more for comic relief and not foreshadowing that she’s going to have a tough time balancing being a surgeon and mom like her mother, Ellis did.

*Speaking of William Daniels, did you see there’ve been talks of a “Boy Meets World” sequel show called “Girl Meets World” that would focus on Cory and Topenga’s kid? Sign me up!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC, a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD host of the “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton” podcast and co-host of “The GD Podcast”. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “Going, Going, Gone”

In Grey's Anatomy on October 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

By Joe Dyton (thedytonian@yahoo.com)

I apologize for the delayed “Grey’s” recap. I didn’t get to watch it over the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll be able to watch the show sooner going forward.

Well, Season 9 of “Grey’s Anatomy” started out with a lot of gloom and doom, huh? While the episode itself was a bummer, I was OK with the circumstances that made it that way. I’ve been screaming in this space for the last couple seasons that things needed to be shaken up a bit. I’d say killing off Mark (and Lexie last season) was a good start. Although, the writers missed a golden opportunity from a storytelling perspective by killing them both off. It would have been interesting to see Lexie and/or Mark try to cope without the other. Sure we’ll see Derek and Callie mourn Mark and Meredith will be broke up over Lexie, but it won’t be the same as watching the star-crossed lovers get over the other’s death.

I also felt last season that Callie and Arizona had become stagnant since they got married. Well it looks like that’s about to change. It’s a shame it took Callie taking off Arizona’s leg to make them more interesting, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. I wish we could have gotten more than a couple of minutes of those two, but we’ve got all season to see how this affects their relationship.

Speaking of waiting to see how all of these stories play out going forward, I’m OK with how the show aired these first two episodes. At first, I was surprised that we didn’t get the aftermath of the crash and the rescue in the season premiere. However, since we got the fallout first, I’m happy with how it played out. If we gotten the second episode first, seeing Mark in a coma the following week wouldn’t have been as jarring. And of course, Callie and Arizona’s “snap out of it” argument wouldn’t have had the same impact because we already would have known her leg was gone. I’m already looking forward to seeing how everyone got to where they are in Thursday’s episode.

As for the rest of the episode, the other thing that stuck out to me the most was Cristina in Minnesota. I’m curious why she decided on going there when she had her pick of hospitals. I can’t imagine her wanting to work at a place that was so happy-go-lucky and non-competitive as that hospital. It’s not in her DNA. I wonder if something happened after the crash that limited her options. Anyway, it looks obvious why Cristina will end up back at Seattle Grace. I get why Meredith is upset, but I don’t buy her Bailey/Ellis Grey impression. It’s just too far from her personality. I could see Cristina treating her interns that way (heck, we have seen it), but not Meredith. I wouldn’t be surprised if Meredith begins to soften as the season goes along.

A few random thoughts and I’m done…

*Thursday’s show was a who’s who of some of my favorite TV shows with the guest stars; Mr. Feeney from “Boy Meets World” (William Daniels), Rex Van de Kamp from “Desperate Housewives” (Steven Culp) and of course Brian “Smash” Williams from “Friday Night Lights” (Gaius Charles). Nice job by the casting department!

*I’ll admit it; I like Happy Bailey. She had to be the bad cop, no-nonsense, responsible one for eight seasons. It’s nice to see her having a little fun. I never thought I’d see the day where she’d get a nickname like “BCB” though.

*I’m still torn on whether I buy Alex giving up his fellowship at Hopkins to keep his program with the kids alive. Part of me does, but at the same time, all he ever wanted to do was get out of Seattle.

*Who would have thought that all those years ago, George had no chance of succeeding in that appendectomy surgery that Burke selected him for in the first episode? It’s set up for the (un)lucky intern picked to fail. I’m impressed that Shonda Rhimes kept that from us for eight seasons.

*I enjoyed the Sloan Home Movies. The one before Derek and Addison’s wedding was especially interesting since Mark told Derek he’d never have a friend better than him, and of course we know Mark ends up ruining Derek’s marriage.

*April working on a farm? I don’t have much else to say about that one.

Lines of the Night:

“I’m a gentleman. And also, I don’t wanna.”

-“Especially today.”

-“They call you Medusa.”

-“Soften up those sharp Seattle edges.”

*Finally, “The Dytonian” is hitting the airwaves! Maybe. I am going to be co-hosting a sports podcast with my friend, Mike in a few weeks. Anyway, I recorded a TV-based podcast last week just to test out my broadcasting skills and equipment. I may keep the TV one going as well if there’s an interest. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://dyton99.podomatic.com/entry/2012-09-29T20_23_16-07_00

Well, I hope you all enjoyed the show! Here’s hoping that as the docs recover from the scars of the crash, we’ll get some sunnier episodes down the road.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. 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: “Dark Was The Night”

In Grey's Anatomy on November 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

By Joe Dyton (thedytonian@yahoo.com)

Last night’s midseason finale? Now, that was an episode of “Grey’s”! After a few weeks of watchable, but unsubstantial episodes, we finally got something we could sink or teeth into yesterday. There was tension, high stakes, decent comic relief; these are the things that make “Grey’s”, “Grey’s”. I still wrestle with is it worth it to sit through uneventful episodes to get a big payoff like last night. I still think I’d rather have some excitement every week and a strong payoff episode rather than go through nothing going on for episodes at a time and one or two big POW! episodes a season. I understand every episode can’t be like last night’s; if you keep the pedal to metal full-time, you’ll burn out the engine. I’m just looking for a few more speed bursts. Anyway, this isn’t about the season so far, it’s about last night’s show, so let’s get to it.

I have to applaud the “Grey’s” writers’ room; they got me to care about Henry’s well-being. Just last week, I said I had a hard time emotionally  investing him because he was married to a third-string character. That changed when Cristina was put in charge of Henry’s surgery. Now, we were getting somewhere. Cristina tasked with saving her mentor’s husband’s life? That’s good drama. Although, I felt Henry’s fate was sealed when Teddy passed up on Richard’s decades’ worth of OR experience in favor of a fifth-year resident just because Cristina knew how to do a more state-of-the-art procedure. After that decision was made in the elevator, I wrote in my notebook that Henry was finished. I know hindsight is always 20/20, but I don’t think keeping Henry’s identity secret was the best way to go. Her cavalier, just another patient attitude might have made her a little sloppy. From all we’ve seen from Cristina, the pressure of operating on Teddy’s husband wouldn’t have gotten to her. She operated on her best friend’s husband at gunpoint for crying out loud. It doesn’t seem like Henry had much of a chance anyway, and by not telling her it set up the great, but painful scene where Owen broke the news to her who it was. Putting that scene behind the glass and out of earshot was a good idea, and well-executed. A small part of me wishes we could have heard the conversation though. In seven-plus seasons, how many times have we seen Cristina lose it like that? Off the top of my head, I can only think of two times; when she lost her and Burke’s baby and when she begged Meredith to take of her wedding dress after Burke disappeared. Again, it was a small part of me that wished that; I think they made the right call.

I thought losing Henry on the table was painful enough, but then they go ahead and make us sit through Teddy talking to Owen as if he made it through the surgery fine. I felt so bad for Owen as he was battling through his Chiefly duties and his friendship with Teddy about whether to tell her not. You could see the wheels turning in his head. Richard was right; that news couldn’t be delivered as she was trying to save a patient’s heart. It just stunk that he had to lie to his friend. He probably would have been better off avoiding her OR all together. For the first time in a while, I can’t wait to see what happens next on this show. Will Teddy blame Cristina? How will she react when she finds out Owen lied to her? The rest of the episode could have been bad, and I would have been OK with that because the writers found a way for me to care about a Teddy storyline.

Speaking of the rest of the episode, I was actually kind of surprised that the McDreamy’s aren’t going to get Zola. At least it doesn’t look that way. Until they get an official word, I’m not writing that off just yet. It’ll make for a more interesting story in terms of Meredith and Derek’s relationship if they don’t get her though. Will Mer blame Derek like he thinks she will? On the flip side if they do get Zola, I’m sure the writers can get plenty of mileage out of Derek and Meredith being parents, so it’s a win-win there. I liked the domino effect that Jackson and Callie’s mess-up started, even if leaving equipment in a patient was already done on “Nip/Tuck”. If that doesn’t happen, then Teddy’s not in surgery and she’s probably watching Henry’s surgery and all the backlash from the dishonesty wouldn’t occur. And of course, there was Alex and Meredith trying to get a newborn back to the bigger, better-equipped Seattle Grace Mercy West. You’d think hospital ambulances’ engines would be checked so often, they would never break down like that, but what are you going to do? We have to let some things  slide for the sake of entertainment, right? Anyway, they were just lucky the thing didn’t blow up when they got hit like the driver said they might. My goodness, that was an eerie ending with the passengers from the other car just lying in the road, but what a way to end the last episode of 2011.

OK a few more thoughts and I’m finished…

*I enjoyed watching Mark and then Arizona try to sell Derek on him and Meredith co-parenting Sophia (I guess they’d be parents four and five, so would it be quint-parenting?). That was nice comic relief to a somewhat heavy episode.

*Between what happened to Callie last season and the passengers that hit Alex and Meredith last night, is “Grey’s” the best “always buckle up” PSA ever?

*I was shocked when I saw this was “Grey’s” midseason finale. It aired on November 10!!! Couldn’t they have had one more episode next week before Thanksgiving? No new episodes in December? That just seems early to me.

 Line of the Night: “She’s a baby, not a timeshare in Cabo.”

*Honorable mentions:

-“I have Alzheimer’s in my family history, what’s your excuse?”

-“I think we should get another surgeon.”

-“I’m not her valet.”

-“I knew what J-Lo wore to the coffee house. That’s what I was doing.”

-“She’ll never forgive any of us.”

Well, that’s all that I have. I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did. That’s a wrap for “Grey’s” in 2011. We’ll reconvene about this show next year. Have a wonderful weekend!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. 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: “Heart-Shaped Box”

In Grey's Anatomy on November 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

By Joe Dyton

Like the last couple of episodes of “Grey’s”, I thought last night’s wasn’t bad, just weak in terms of story content. There was nothing that really took me to the edge of my seat, or had me anxiously awaiting the return from a commercial break. It was a serviceable episode, but it would have been nice if there was just one hook during the 60 minutes.

The crown jewel of the episode of course was the return of Mama O’Malley. It wasn’t so much what she did, but her presence helped remind me of how good the show was. I enjoyed Mer, Cristina and Alex (sort of) reminiscing about great George moments like when he flew solo in the elevator. Mrs. O’Malley’s also gave us the great scene when Bailey admitted she had been so hard on Meredith because her behavior, even when she was doing the right thing was, “maddening”. Bailey telling her what to wear to her court hearing was a nice touch. We also got Alex to admit he only called George a creep because he reminded of him of Izzie, which made Alex sad. An Izzie mention? How about that? And of course, I can’t forget the comical scene when Callie freaked out when she saw her ex-mother-in-law and introduced her wife to her as Dr. Robbins. My favorite part of the episode came when Callie went full disclosure on her life and all Mrs. O’Malley wanted to see was a picture of Sophia. That storyline saved what was more or less a mediocre episode.

I also got a kick out of the Chief playing Jiminy Cricket to Cristina and Jackson, but rather than telling them to let their conscience be their guide, he told them to look to the heart in the box. I was wondering how the Chief was going to stay relevant now that he’s not technically the Chief anymore, but it looks like he will be more of a guidance figure. Until the writers realize the show’s at its best when Richard’s in charge and give him his job back, of course. The Chief’s advice seemed to work though; Cristina came up with a quality wish list, and Jackson realized learning from Mark was more important than being with Lexie. I can understand why Jackson did what he did, but I feel like the writers missed an opportunity by rushing the break-up. It would have made for much better theatre if he continued to date Lexie while learning from Mark and then something ends up happening between Mark and Lexie. Then there’s a great inner-conflict; could Jackson still want to learn from the guy who messed around with his girlfriend? That’s better than what we got; Jackson deciding whether or not he could learn from the guy who his girlfriend still pined for.

The rest of the show didn’t interest me very much. I felt more was going to happen with the peds fellowship interviewee Arizona was dealing with. She kind of came and went, and just happened to mention on the phone that Arizona kept going on and on about Alex while he was in earshot. I felt there was going to be more there; maybe an actual encounter with Alex or something. Did they really just bring her in so we could find out Alex is the frontrunner for the fellowship? I wish I could be more interested in Teddy, but I can’t. Her and Henry arguing about him going to medical school? Zzzzzz Honestly, I thought it was a cool ambition on his part. There was some drama at the end when he was coughing up blood, but it’s hard for me to emotionally invest in the husband of the show’s third-string head of cardio (behind Burke and Hahn). The writer in me found the storyline with Lexie and McDreamy’s patient somewhat interesting (plus Alfre Woodard was excellent). Of course the love triangle in the books paralleled what Lexie was going through; she had the right a guy, a nice guy, but she can’t fight the pull towards the flawed one.

OK a few random thoughts and I’m finished…

 

*The heart in a box was a cool apparatus, but watching it beat on its own freaked me out a little bit.

 

*Sorry I didn’t get a chance to write about last week’s show. Overall, I felt the same way as I did about this week’s episode; not bad, but not engrossing either. I will admit, ABC’s promo department got me good. The prior week’s preview had me thinking we were in for another Cristina-Teddy blow-up and break-up. All they did was reshuffle their conversation to make it look like Teddy was saying Cristina was done in a negative way. In reality, she was graduating her! Good job, ABC, you got me hook, line and sinker! I also wanted to give Alex a thumb’s up for his efforts to get Meredith and Derek’s adoption case in front of a judge. The softball scenes were very funny; although I can’t believe in that big of a hospital, Owen couldn’t put together a team of 10 staff members who could actually play. I did especially like Lexie pegging Mark’s new girlfriend with the ball, even if that was what led to Jackson and Lexie’s downfall. And, during that episode, there was a “Private Practice” promo that called it, “TV’s most provocative medical drama”. Umm…did “Grey’s” pass that torch and I just missed it? Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but that felt like a slight on “Grey’s”.

Line of the Night: “She let a starving person loose in a grocery store.”

*Honorable mentions…

-“She’s all dressed up with no place to go.”

-“The Plastics Posse!”

-“I’m picking Mark.”

-“I have a reputation for arrogance.”

-“Want me to drop a note in his locker?”

That’s all I’ve got for this week. I hope you enjoyed the show. Next week’s episode looks pretty tense, but I thought the same thing about last week’s, so don’t take my word for it!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. 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”: “Love, Loss and Legacy”

In Grey's Anatomy on October 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm

By Joe Dyton

Thursday night on “Grey’s” the heartbeat of the episode was obviously Jackson’s mother, Dr. Catherine Avery, popping in to perform a high-profile operation (let’s just leave it at that). Overall, I thought the storyline worked. Debbie Allen was great in role, not that it was any surprise. I think what I liked most about her being there was her presence wasn’t just about Avery. It was funny to find out that she and April were Facebook friends, that she always carried a torch for Richard, and of course it was great to watch her go toe-to-toe with Mark Sloan.

Mama Avery also gave us a look at how Ellis and Meredith’s relationship would have been if Ellis had been lucid when the series began. I have to imagine Ellis Grey would have been just as hard on Meredith as Jackson’s mother was on him. Nothing would have been good enough. Although the difference, in my opinion was Catherine was tough on Jackson out of caring, while Ellis was just tough to be tough.

I wasn’t sure how to react about Alex letting Derek and Meredith know that Zola had been admitted. As a human being and a friend, I totally get why Alex did it. On the other hand, doesn’t professionalism have to take priority there? It was explained very clearly what was at stake if Derek and Meredith were made aware of what was going on. I always wonder if the rules are as fast and loose at other hospitals as they are at Seattle Grace. I’m trying to think about a time when one of these docs had a dilemma like Alex and actually decided, “You know what? This is going against the rules. I want to do it, but I can’t.” If anyone can think of a time when one of the doctors did the right thing, please refresh my memory. Given this is the place where Izzie cut Denny’s LVAD wire to move him up on the heart donor list, my guess is morality hasn’t conquered all too many times.

I love Bailey, but I wasn’t all that interested in the love triangle thing she had going on last night. At first, maybe I thought it was because I just prefer Bailey in a professional setting, but I remembered that I found her marital woes with Tucker interesting. I guess I wasn’t as emotionally invested in watching her struggle between Ben and Eli because there wasn’t as much at stake. There was still plenty of funny stuff that came out her triangle; I enjoyed the scene with Henry when it was revealed that Bailey never invited Eli to the dinner party (always an awkward situation). I even liked her scene with Teddy when she told Bailey how to break it off. When I like a Teddy scene, it has to be somewhat decent. Anyway, any Bailey is better than no Bailey, so I’ll take what I can get. I just hope she’s in more interesting storylines (interesting to me at least) from now on. My guess is now that “Off the Map” crashed and burned, Ben will be back in Bailey’s life pretty soon?

A few other thoughts and I’m done….

*I loved April’s over-enthusiastically “Woo!” when  Jackson’s mother asked who was excited to make history. I also got a kick out of all the strategically-placed heads around the auditorium when her patient was on stage.

*Another good running gag was Richard trying to guilt-trip Bailey into asking Meredith to help out with his trial. I feel like he’s pumping a dry well there. If there’s anyone who actually cares about following rules at that hospital, it’s Bailey.

*I was certain that the combination of Catherine finding out that Richard was still married, Mark and Catherine’s bickering and Mark longing for Lexie, that Mark and Catherine would, ahem, “get together”. It just seemed like the perfect storm for Jackson’s mom and mentor to go there.

*Line of the Night: “Your left hand is shaking like a motel bedspread.”

*Honorable mentions:

-“You have a mom, Jackson and I have surgeons who procreated.”

-“I have to serve dinner to  a dead man walking?”

-“I am using my powers for good.”

*”Grey’s” is going to need a new lead-in; I just saw that “Charlie’s Angels” has been canceled. I don’t think anyone was surprised by that. I think we’re about four aside for new shows that have gotten full-season pick-ups versus shows that have been canceled. ABC will burn off the rest of the “Angels” episodes that have already been produced.

That’s all I have for this week! Again, sorry for the delayed delivery. Have a great weekend!!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. 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: “Take the Lead”

In Grey's Anatomy on October 1, 2011 at 1:32 am

Last night on “Grey’s Anatomy”, our fifth-year residents got to spread their wings a little further when they got to be the lead in the OR for the first time. I enjoyed that storyline, but it made for a slower first half of the show. Once they got to the actual operations, I found the episode much more interesting. Personally, I’d rather have an hour-long show be a little more balanced as far as intriguing stories go, but last night there was still enough things going on during the first 30 minutes to keep it from being a total snooze pre-OR scenes. I’m just hope more of this season’s shows hold my interest from 9:00 to 10:00 more often than not.

Alright, the goal for these recaps this season is keeping them concise, so let’s get to it…

There were a couple of scenes that really stood out for me last night, but my favorite was during Cristina’s appendectomy. I laughed out loud when it turned out holier-than-thou, “know the basics” Teddy couldn’t help Cristina through the operation because she drew a blank too and their scrub nurse had to bail them out. That was one of those great, comic relief moments the show used to give us consistently to break up the melodrama. More of that, please! I also enjoyed watching Cristina grill her interns for an appendectomy step-by-step under the guise of teaching when in reality she was the one who needed the lesson. Felt bad that she made her one intern cry though. Also on the Teddy-Cristina front, when Teddy told Cristina that questioning her every move never gets old, all I could think was, “Yeah, actually it has gotten old.” It’s never good when a plot device like that has worn out its welcome two weeks into a season.

Obviously, the biggest development from last night was Richard stepping down as Chief of Surgery and handing the reigns over to Owen. Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to avoiding spoilers because I read so much about TV. I read about this over the summer, so I wasn’t surprised about the announcement. I wasn’t expecting it to be so unceremonious though. Couldn’t we have at least seen when Richard offered Owen the job? Also, let the record show this is the third time Richard has stepped down or planned to step down from the post. Is the time it actually sticks? It will be interesting going forward to see how Owen and Cristina’s relationship goes with him having the big job. Between that and Cristina’s recent life decision, there is a lot going on there.

The Teddy-Cristina scene was the funniest (in my mind) scene, and Richard stepping down was the biggestdevelopment, but the best scene was Derek and Meredith’s quasi-blowout at the end of the show. I say quasi because Meredith was pretty calm during the whole thing. I was glad to see Derek finally let it all out; everything he said was right. Meredith does just jump in without thinking and never really suffers any consequences; she’s like an “Entourage” character. I liked that Derek admitted he was sticking around because of the promise he made and all the things about Meredith that make him want to pull his perfect hair out are what he loves about her as well. It’s great to see this couple become interesting again.

OK a few other thoughts and I’m finished…

*I got a little nervous when I saw the “No animals were harmed…” disclaimer before the episode, but last night’s pig operation was not nearly as jarring as it was last time. Speaking of, when everyone was asking Alex if they could borrow his pig was one of the funnier scenes. Do they just have pigs lying around the hospital for practice??

*Has the pressure of being a fifth-year resident and flying solo gotten to Alex? His bedside manner was pretty bad last night. I never remember him being a “cut ‘em open, fix ‘em up and move on to the next” kind of guy. Also, I thought it was going to take Alex a little longer to get back in everyone’s good graces for tattling on Meredith. Usually, I complain when “Grey’s” drags things out, but this would have seem like a logical time to extend a situation four or five episodes.

*The one thing I really didn’t like about last night was Arizona scaring Jackson out of performing his cleft repair. I understand she wanted the kid to have the best set of hands possible working on him, but her tactic felt a little underhanded. She had already told him she was going to have Sloan to do it, why did she then tell him he could do it, just to scare him out of it at the end?

*I also thought the writers got good mileage out of Owen trying to get on Bailey’s good side. Callie’s right; that’s the one person you don’t want against you. I was also wondering if Callie’s crash-and-burn as Chief Resident was going to come up as April tries to stay above water; glad that wasn’t forgotten. Nice moment between Callie and April there. 

“Line of the Night”:

“Are you guys the slow class?” 

*Honorable mentions

-“That wasn’t very Chief-y.”

“Can I have your pig?”

“Good luck with that, MacGyver.”

“Call the morgue, moron. He’s dead.”

That’s all I have for this week. I hope you all enjoyed the show. Until next week…

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. 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: “Unaccompanied Minor”

In Grey's Anatomy on May 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm
By Joe Dyton
 
Happy Monday! Wow, that just doesn’t have the same feel as TGIF!, does it? Well, I hope you had a nice weekend, and you’re having a nice day.
 
On Thursday, “Grey’s Anatomy” wrapped up it’s seventh season. I have to say, by “Grey’s” standards, the finale was kind of tame, wasn’t it? There was definitely some good fireworks between two of the show’s premiere couples, but besides that, it felt like any other episode of the show. I’d be hard pressed to say I was disappointed about that, but I was definitely surprised.
 
The episode started out with that explosive, “Grey’s” finale feel. When the Chief said there was a plane crash, and it was all hands on deck, I thought we were going to see patients being rushed in, doctors racing against the clock to save lives, you know, the works. Instead, the doctors were just standing around and realized there weren’t going to be any survirors. Fortunately, there turned out to be one, and that led to what was my favorite moment in the episode. I loved when all the families of deceased decided to stick around until the mom of the lone survivor made it to the hospital. It was a touching moment, for what was for the most part a throwaway of a storyline. This was the best the writers could do for the characters not named, Derek, Meredith, Cristina and Owen?
 
Speaking of which, let’s just jump into the two headlines of the episode. It’s been mentioned often in this space that Derek and Meredith had become boring since their Post-In note nuptials. Well, that’s done, at least for awhile. It would have been easy to shake things up between them by giving them a personal issue (Meredith having cold feet about being a mom, a pretty nurse with eyes for McDreamy, etc) to contend with. I like that the writers went the other way and made what’s tearing them apart a professinal conflict. I’m on Derek’s side with this one regarding his anger, but I think it’s silly to think he wouldn’t get back in touch with Meredith. Especially after he would have found out that they were able to take Zola home. I’d like to think he would have put his issues aside to help their daughter settle in to her new home. Sometimes I think writers don’t give the audience enough credit, “Derek’s angry at Meredith, but we’ll show them how angry he really is by having him sleep at the new house.” No, that’s OK, we get it, he’s angry. There was no need to push the envelope by having him not return Meredith’s messages regarding Zola. It’ll be interesting to see how much time will have passed when the season picks back up in September; that to me will determine where Derek and Meredith stand. If it’s only a few days, my guess is McDreamy will still be angry and sleeping under the stars.
 
Since Meredith and Derek had the professional agrument take care of, Cristina and Owen got to cover the personal fight portion of the program. So, Cristina is with child, but doesn’t want to be. Haven’t we seen this show before during late Season One/early Season Two with Burke instead of Owen? Despite this being a recycled storyline, Cristina and Owen’s back and forth was incredible to watch. Kevin McKidd and Sandra Oh really brought it. I was not surprised that Cristina didn’t want to keep it; there was no way Owen was winning that fight. I was shocked that he threw her out of the house though. After all of his, “Can’t we talk about this” pleading throughout the hour, he was quick to pull the trigger when Cristina told him what she wanted to do. I’m actually more interested to see whether Cristina changes her mind than what happens with Derek and Meredith to be honest.
 
As for the third major headline, April kind of won Chief Resident by default, right? After Jackson and Cristina dropped out, it was a three-horse race between April, Alex and Meredith. Once Alex tattled on Meredith, she was done and given Owen’s background and strong belief in character, there was no chance he was going to pick Alex. So, April gets the big job, which I don’t know if she’ll be able to handle. I feel she’s too nice and will get pushed around by the more assertive residents.
 
Other than that, there wasn’t much suspense throughout the episode. It was touching, although not surprising to see Teddy realize she had true feelings for her “husband”, Henry. It was also sweet for Lucy to ask Alex to ask her to stay, but that shipped had sailed the minute she took the job in Africa after he gave it up to be with her. No suprise that Alex told her where she could go for two reasons: a) like I said, she took the job he gave up to be with her and more importantly b) Rachel Taylor has been cast in the “Charlie’s Angels” remake, so she had to be written out of “Grey’s” eventually. As for Mark and Lexie, I thought Mark giving Jackson his blessing was noble if not a little odd, but just wake me when Mark and Lexie get back together, OK?. And lastly, way too little Bailey for my taste on Thursday. I did like that Eli stepped up and pushed until she agreed to let him be there for her, but the heart and soul of the show needs more than a scene or two. I won’t complain about Callie and Arizona more or less being window dressing, since they got their due for a couple of episodes prior to this.
 
*Line of the Night: “This isn’t pizza versus Thai.”
 
Honorable mentions:
 
-“It doesn’t mean you have to feed me warm milk and run me a bath.”
-“The next time you’re in a burning building, no one’s bringing you a glass of water.”
-“You wanna play Angry Birds?”
-“It was Adele’s.”
-“I probably owe him a goat.”
-“I would like to stay.”
-“Get out!”
 
So, overall a decent, but mainly uneventful finale. After last year’s explosive gunman two-hour finale, I guess I can let the powers that be slide on a more muted one this year. I guess all the creative energy was put into the big musical event episode. I’ll be interested to see how things between Meredith and Derek and Cristina and Owen play out, but other than that, I don’t see myself waiting for Season Eight with great anticipation.
 
I hope you all enjoyed the show and Season Seven. Enjoy the hiatus, and we’ll check back in September. 🙂
 
Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC and a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD. 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: “Sanctuary”/”Death and All His Friends”

In Grey's Anatomy, Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

By Joe Dyton

Before we get into last night’s “Grey’s” Season Six finale, let’s step back and take a deep breath. I don’t know about you, but I had quite a time trying to breathe while watching that episode. Holy cow, that was intense. It’s been well-documented in this space that I thought the last few episodes of this season (save last week’s ep) weren’t very interesting. At some point, I finally accepted the fact that “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes was saving the very best for last. I didn’t care for that strategy; it didn’t seem right to bore us for the sake of having an explosive finale, but after seeing it I had one thought:

It was totally worth it. 

I’ll be honest; I was worried that the finale wouldn’t live up to the hype/anticipation because of how mediocre the last few episodes had been. But it was everything it was cracked up to be and more. I always felt the best episode of the series was the post-Super Bowl “Code Black” one from Season Two. That episode didn’t come close to the suspense that was in last night’s show. Alfred Hitchcock said in horror movies that the terror isn’t in the boom, but in the anticipation of it. That’s how I felt about last night’s finale; anytime a doctor went into the hallway or somewhere they shouldn’t have been, I felt myself climbing towards the edge of my seat. There was plenty to rave about in the episode, but I thought its biggest strength was how well the suspense was built up in each scene. And that was established from the get-go. Reid getting shot was brutal, but she’s a recent addition to the cast. It didn’t surprise me that she was hit; she was expendable But when Alex, who’s been here since the pilot, was shot just a few seconds later; it made the audience realize no one was safe. I thought it was smart to establish that fear right away instead of dragging it out for the first 30 minutes or so.

I was also pleased that even though the finale was two-hours, it didn’t feel like it. Very little time was wasted. There have been a few times that “Grey’s” was extended by an hour and it felt like a chore to get through, but last night that wasn’t so, thank goodness. To be fair, I started the show about 30 minutes in, so maybe it didn’t feel long because I didn’t have to sit through any commercials. But I think I would have felt the same way if I watched it all live. At times, I actually felt like I was watching a movie; it was that tense.

So, that was my quick, introductory view of the finale. To review the rest of last night’s epic episode in more detail, I’m going to break out an old format for a special request I got earlier this week. Without further ado, here are some Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down from last night’s show.

THUMBS UP: To the Chief. Not Derek, Richard! I initially gave him a Thumbs Up for receiving his six-months sober chip, but that was just the beginning for what was a great two hours for him. I admired his bravery and how he was able to sneak into the hospital. There was no way he was going to let his hospital get taken hostage without a fight. And what can I say about his final standoff with Mr. Clark? I loved his “I’ve lived” speech and I really loved how he poured his flask contents on the floor. I have to admit, if I was in Richard’s position, I probably would have taken a sip. No one could blame if he had.

THUMBS DOWN: To the ABC Promo department. Last week’s previews gave away the results of Meredith’s pregnancy test and her reaction to Derek getting shot. Granted, they didn’t show Derek get hit, but when they showed Meredith screaming and Cristina holding her back in that preview, was there any doubt what she was reacting to? I won’t come down on them too hard for showing Bailey being pulled from her hiding spot, because that gave us an idea for what we were in store for, but the other two reveals were inexcusable.

THUMBS UP: To Special Guest Star Mandy Moore’s performance. In the beginning of the episode, she didn’t bring much to the table; she was just good ol’ Mandy Moore. But as the episode wore on and things got tenser, I became more and more impressed with her dramatic acting chops. She really sold how scared her character was when the big emergency was revealed and when she had to assist Bailey in keeping Charles alive.

THUMBS DOWN: To the morbid foreshadowing. I cringed when Derek was complaining about all of his paperwork and wished that something would get plunged in his head just so he could be in an OR. Was there any doubt Mr. Clark was going to find him after that? And then when Cristina joked that she hoped Meredith and Derek would die so she could fulfill her godmother duties, I had a feeling we were in some trouble.

THUMBS UP: To the other strong performances from last night. I thought Chandra Wilson was excellent; but she’s always excellent. She played scared very convincingly as well; and her “The elevators are off” freak-out was very passionate without going over the top. I also thought Ellen Pompeo was great too. I’ve never been overly impressed with her acting; she’s not bad, but over these past six seasons, I’ve never really watched her and thought, “She should turn that scene in for Emmy considerations.” Last night, she got to put on a nice display; of course there was the reaction to Derek getting shot, but she was also good in the OR when she thought Jackson and Cristina gave into Mr. Clark’s demands, her “Eye for eye” bargaining speech was very good as well as when she told April about how it took her a long time to find/want/want to have kids with Derek.

And speaking of April; I have to give Sarah Drew a “Thumbs Up” for her performance too. She was good when she was in shock after finding Reid and even though part of me was hoping Mr. Clark would fire a warning shot in the ceiling to shut her up when she was giving her life story; she was awesome in that scene too. It’s tough to have a bad episode when there’s a good story followed up with good performances like the ones given by Wilson, Pompeo and Drew.

THUMBS DOWN: To the personal storylines during a time of crisis. This Thumbs Down is two-pronged. Part of it goes to Rhimes for putting it in there; to me it was the only weak link in the script. I know she really couldn’t let the season finish without resolving some of that stuff; but when a shooter is roaming around the halls of Seattle Grace-Mercy West; I don’t want to see Cristina asking Owen if she loves her or Teddy, or Mark asking Lexie if she thought more about his proposal and especially Callie and Arizona picking up where they left off on the baby battle. Like I said, I understand why Rhimes put that in there; if the whole two-hours focused on the shooter, the episode would have been even more heavy-handed than it was. Just for my viewing pleasure, I could have lived without that.

The other prong goes to Arizona and Callie. At least Mark and Lexie and Owen and Teddy put a lid on their drama when they realized there was a crisis. It blew my mind when Arizona brought her and Callie’s troubles again once the hospital went into lockdown. I thought Callie said it best, “You want to talk about this now?” I couldn’t have said it better myself. This was the pimple on what was otherwise a flawless episode.

And finally…

THUMBS UP: To Charles’ final words. It was a heartbreaking scene, but I thought it was a great send-off for a character I didn’t care for very much. Remember this is the guy who shamelessly used Izzie to get ahead when he first started there. Anytime someone can make me feel for a character I don’t like, they’ve done good work. I felt awful when he asked Bailey to tell Reid how he felt about her knowing that she suffered the same fate.

OK a few more random thoughts and I’ll see you in September…

*I can’t help but wonder if Lexie really loves Alex or if she was caught up in it all. She didn’t seem to be bothered when he called for Izzie, so maybe she does. I was definitely impressed with Mark’s ability to keep Alex alive while having to watch the gal he loves pour all of her emotions out over someone else. Talk about a true professional.

*Believe it or not, Rhimes said in her original script, Mr. Clark shot Bailey, but she couldn’t go through with having the soul of the show being wounded, so she re-wrote it. Here’s a link to more of her thoughts about the episode: http://www.greyswriters.com/

*I did not see Mr. Clark ending up in Derek’s OR coming. Not one bit. When Owen got there and just nonchalantly said it looked like Cristina had things under control and he’d check in on her, I assumed Cristina was obviously having trouble, but he didn’t want to alarm Mer. I couldn’t believe it when Mr. Clark was in there and forcing  Cristina’s to stop operating. To me that was easily the most suspenseful scene of the episode; Bailey and Charles hiding in Mary’s room was a close second.

*It would have been nice to have seen Meredith and Derek’s reunion at the end of the episode. After him being shot and her miscarrying (another shocker; given that she found out on the same day) and us sitting through two hours of nail biting suspense, wouldn’t it have been nice to end things with Meredith giving McDreamy a big, “You’re OK!” hug? I’d be shocked if the Season 7 premiere picks up where this one ended, so I guess we’ll have to imagine how that scene played out. Speaking of Meredith, I was impressed by her strength. She threw Cristina aside like a rag doll. I guess we all get a little stronger when the person we love is in danger.

*Line of the Week: “I’ll be your eye for an eye.”

*Honorable Mentions for “Line of the Week” (Strongest considerations are in bold.)

-“I’m a nurse.”

-“You stop crying.”  (I think I liked the exchange more than the line actually.)

-“I hope it has his hair.”

-“Don’t alarm the makers of the tiny humans.”

-“Did he weep like a (witch) baby?”

-“I wanna see the (witch) baby tears.”

-“I was doing charts, now I’m shot!”

-“Correction, (I) loved it here.”

-“…because that would be the worst break-up ever.”

-“There’s no hum.”

-“Me or you.”

*I was a little surprised Arizona gave in and decided she’s ready for children now. Much like Lexie, I wonder if she got caught up in all of the day’s events and said something she didn’t mean.

*So, given the fact that Owen ran back into a locked-down hospital (nice job by Teddy getting in the way of the cop by the way), entered an OR with a armed man and took one to the shoulder, I guess it’s safe to say he loves/chose Cristina?

*As for final thoughts on Season Six, I thought it was a B, B minus. It started out strong with the mourning of George, but lost its way a bit when the Mercy West crew came in (it just added too many characters and unnecessary plot lines), the stuff with Sloan’s daughter, not to mention the back-and-forth with Izzie. There were some strong episodes along the way, but the second half of the season rarely gave us too many quality episodes consecutively. The last few episodes heading up the finale were tough to sit though from an entertainment standpoint, but the finale more than made up that. This season was a like a college kid who did OK in a course all semester and then aced their final exam that counted for 50 percent of their grade. They saved their best for last, and at the end of the day, I’m OK with that.

I hope you all enjoyed the show and this season as a whole. Thanks for taking the time to discuss the show with me. I look forward to more of what’s to come in the fall.

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: “Shiny Happy People”

In Grey's Anatomy, Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm

TGIF! I hope you all had a great night and your Friday is going well. Since next week is the “Grey’s” two-hour season finale extravaganza, I’m going to keep this week’s recap (relatively) short.

For starters, let me just say, FINALLY. After a few weeks of being stuck in neutral, I felt last night’s show actually moved forward with a few things. I guess with only one more episode to go, the writers had no choice. Like I said last week, I understand all the good stuff is being saved for next week’s finale, but did we really have to be bored until then? Last night’s show was by no means perfect, but it was definitely more interesting than the last few episodes. 

I spent the last few weeks pointing out the bad about “Grey’s”, so let’s start out by focusing on the good this time…

*It was good to get a decent-sized dose of Bailey last night. Episodes are better when she’s involved. I loved her opening scene with Ben, it’s nice to see her get involved in the romantic side of things after being on the sidelines the last five seasons. I got a kick out her and Ben singing the same tune on the elevator the next day; and the look on McDreamy and McSteamy’s faces when they put the pieces together. Her “I don’t have time to play games” speech was excellent as well. I’m glad that her character hasn’t changed just because she has a love interest. On the medical side of things, I liked her telling her burn victim patient it was OK to cry; her disappointment in seeing Ben flirt with a nurse was the fuel behind that speech, but it was a good speech nonetheless. And I guess, I have to mention her asking Sloan if one woman is enough for any man. I mean, could she have asked a worse person that question?? 

*While Bailey may have gotten the game ball from me last, night I thought Alex was great as well. Professionally and personally. On the work side, I was impressed in how determined he was to prove his young patient wasn’t crazy. Where’d that motivation come from? He usually doesn’t make the time of day for that kind of research. Maybe it was because like he said he’s lived with and dated crazy. Or perhaps Lexie is bringing out the well-rounded doctor in him. Either way, I liked his passion. On the personal side, I liked that he eased Lexie’s concerns by saying they were a thing, but I thought that was established last week. Anyway, I’m happy to see him going back to nice Alex (has a character ever yo-yoed personality-wise more than Alex in the history of TV?), and my heart will break for him if Lexie chooses Mark next week.

*Ah, Mark. He cracked me up yesterday. I still can’t believe the took Reid home; or maybe I can, who knows. I guess it’s safe to say that whenever he’s in a compromising situation, he’s going to come out of the bathroom with steam coming out of the door while he’s putting on a towel. Isn’t that exactly how the scene played out when Derek went to see Addison a few years ago? I was blown away by his quasi-proposal to Lexie at the end of the episode. I don’t doubt he loves her, but I wonder if he would have made such a bold gesture if Teddy hadn’t walked in on him. It was like he needed that push (along with a timely pep talk from Callie) to go for what he wanted. Besides the main storyline for next week (I won’t say what it is for those who don’t like to watch previews for next week), I think Lexie’s decision is what I’m most looking forward to seeing resolved in the finale. 

*I also found Meredith’s predicament interesting. I thought for sure she was going to go against Derek’s wishes/orders and tell Cristina why she thought there was something going on between Owen and Teddy. I was shocked that she was able to bite her tougnue for the whole hour. I liked her explanation to Cristina, “It was you and me for a long time, but now it’s me and Derek too.” It makes sense to me; especially considering Derek isn’t only her husband, but her boss too. It’s funny when I was watching that scene last night, I realized Meredith isn’t very interesting or compelling for the lead character in a big drama like “Grey’s”. But maybe that’s a good thing; the strength of the show is the ensemble, her character’s last name just happens to be in the title. Speaking of Derek and Meredith, what was party they were having for anyway? Was it just a pre-housewarming/groundbreaking party for the house they’re going to build?

*I also enjoyed the love story between the two elderly patients; especially since the woman was played by Marion Ross, aka Mrs. Cunningham on “Happy Days”. I liked how their story motivated characters like Callie and Mark to take a chance and made Cristina question her situation with Owen, but I liked it independent of all of that too. It was just nice to see two patients have not only have a happy medical ending, but a personal one as well. 

*The only thing about last night I didn’t care for was the Cristina/Owen/Teddy stuff. I felt like Cristina and Owen’s relationship has been spinning its wheels for too long now. I was happy when Teddy was brought on and thought her throwing a wrench in the works would make Cristina and Owen more interesting. It had its moments, but overall I could still care less what happens there. I will say that storyline picked up a little momentum when it was revealed that Teddy overheard Cristina and Owen’s argument about her, but I am still hoping that a whole lot of time isn’t spent on them next week. Just sayin’.

*I didn’t have a ton of standout lines that I liked, but my favorite exchanges were between Derek and Mark, “Go Bailey.” “Indeed.” and Derek and Meredith, “I hate your job.” “I love you.” 

Well, in an effort to keep this relatively short as promised, I’m going to wrap up here and save energy for next week’s finale recap. Have a great day and a 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.

“Grey’s Anatomy” recap: “Push”

In Grey's Anatomy on March 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm

By Joe Dyton

Last week, I applauded “Grey’s” for getting back to its roots and focusing a little bit more on the medical side of things. Sadly, it only took a week for the show to revert and focus more on the doctor’s personal lives. I didn’t think last night’s show was bad (it rarely is), but I realized I like this show so much more when it goes the way of a medical drama as opposed to a nighttime soap. I’ve got the new “Melrose Place” and “90210” amongst others if I need that fix.

The sad thing about last night’s show was that the key medical case (trying to remove a near-inoperable tumor) was fascinating, but the writers made it more about Richard and Owen’s competition than the medicine of it all. They were so darn competitive about it, I almost forgot what their medical reasons were for how they’d operate. I did enjoy the competition somewhat, it allowed from good comedic moments, especially watching Cristina go from spy to double-agent. And I liked Meredith reminding Owen that she and Cristina are a team and he better not hurt her. So there was some good stuff there, I just would have preferred if creatively it was handled differently.

I also felt Teddy’s surgery was marred by personal stuff as well. Any medical show that deals with a man getting implants in his chest makes for interesting TV. I thought the writers did a decent job of showing how the patient was dealing with the thought of having implants, but again the focus seemed more to be on Teddy and Mark’s mating dance. Again, that was all well-executed, I just would have preferred the emphasis had been more on their patient. I did get a kick out of the role reversal; Mark wanting a serious date while Teddy was just looking for a “candy bar” experience. And it was very interesting to see Owen was a little jealous, which Meredith correctly called him out on. These two could be an interesting pair, but I have my own thoughts on Mark’s romantic destiny (more on that later).

The third medical case of the evening actually showed why the writers so often wedge the docs’ personal lives into their surgeries. Arizona’s case with the kid with the ruptured cyst, was a very cut-and-dry, focus on the family storyline. From a medical standpoint, it was very interesting and touching that she was able to save him, but it doesn’t always make for the best TV. That’s why this show is at its best when medicine and personal are balanced; too much of one or the other can make for a rough episode.

With that said, I did like Bailey’s storyline, which was completely on the personal side. It was comical to see how frazzled she got after Callie told her that the third date was “the big one.” For five years, we’ve seen Bailey be so self-assured and confident; it was interesting to see her a little off of her game for once. And one of the top moments of the episode was her “surgical area” rant to Callie. There were too many good lines in it to write down, but she delivered it brilliantly.

My second favorite part of Bailey’s story was her actual date with Ben. He’s right, most people are afraid of her, so she can get away with lecturing him or her with out being interrupted. I loved how he politely told her he wouldn’t be lectured, but that they’d have a conversation. I was even more impressed that she was willing to be OK with that. I also thought their conversation was nice. And although it’s a little strange for me to see Bailey getting hot and heavy, I think it’s great she’s getting in on all the fun the other doctors have had for the past five seasons.

OK, on to the random thoughts and I’m finished….

*I wish we could have had one more week of the old Sloan. I thought having him go from getting together with drug reps and nurses in on-call rooms to looking for serious dates and wanting marriage and kids was a little quick. I know deep down he wanted that all along, but I feel after his break-up with Lexie, he probably would have done the single thing a little longer.

*Kudos to Chandra Wilson for a great job of directing last night’s episode and playing a marvelous Bailey as usual. Game ball definitely goes to her.

*If I were a fortune teller, my crystal ball would be a little cloudy right now. But I can see something, it’s cloudy, but I think I see a man, handsome, a doctor, specializes in plastics. I also see a woman, gorgeous, also a doctor who cracks bones for a living. She has a partner who doesn’t want kids. Now I see this man and this woman who have history and great chemistry realizing they want the same things and…darn my crystal ball has clouded up again.

*Honorable mentions for “Line of the Night.”

-“I’m with Webber.”

-“Mark is like candy, you eat and forget about it.”

-“Who treats people like that, like an object, like a piece of —“

“All the years I’ve seen you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you eat.”

-Anything in Bailey’s “surgical area” rant qualifies as well.

*I was a little surprised by Lexie’s reaction after she found out Mark asked Teddy to lunch. She obviously was doing her best to move on given her exploits with Alex. Did she really think Mark wouldn’t try to do the same at some point? I would have had a little more sympathy for her if he left her and she saw him moving on. But since she left him and she moved on first, I really couldn’t feel too sorry for her.

*How long before Richard takes over as Chief of Surgery again? I’m happy that Derek is getting some storylines outside of her and Derek, but I like the old chain of command better. I always thought Derek would get the post at the end of the series when Richard retired.

So overall, I thought last night’s episode was alright. I felt it was more of a table-setting episode for more exciting things to come. It would have been a perfect episode to have on in the background while you were doing other things due to the lack of eventful happenings. In two weeks though, it looks like we’re going to get some interesting insight into Owen’s past. Stay tuned.

I hope you all enjoyed the episode. Have a great Friday and a 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.