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Friday, November 12, 2010

Grey's Anatomy - Something's Gotta Give recap/review

There was a new pediatrics attending to replace Arizona, and his name was Stark. Is Stark cool? No, but that is actually a good thing. First of all, when you take a character everyone likes off a show and replace them with someone else, the audience is going to hate them, no matter how cool they are. Why even try? Why not introduce a villain? This show doesn’t have many villains who stick around for long, and we know Stark won’t be around forever. Arizona is coming back. Alex and April had to deal with this new tool. This blogger’s roommate lamented that “all attending are like that,” because they were mistreated by attendings when they were residents and interns, and that it’s a vicious cycle. We wonder if this is true. The rest of the doctors on Grey’s are nice! Alex came up with an idea to save a baby patient with a ping-pong ball (just go with it), and Stark took credit. April made sure that the chief knew the idea was Alex’s.

Teddy had to do a presentation for all the doctors on the patient Cristina saved last episode. There, Teddy revealed that Cristina had quit to a couple of people who hadn’t yet heard, including Mark Sloan. We loved his reaction: interrupting the presentation, asking Owen and Meredith what happened, and going into some spastic denial. The chief prepared to send a letter that would officially end Cristina’s employment at the hospital, but Owen and Teddy convinced him to hold off until they could have an intervention and get her back. Cristina was at home, in the old firehouse, unpacking, dancing, and listening to her iPod. Well, at least she has a big job to do. Callie was still on leave because she had planned to vacation in Africa with Arizona, so she took the time to drop in on Cristina. Callie mentioned that she was considering a haircut, so Cristina crazily whipped out the scissors and took a big chunk out of it, helpfully getting her started.

They went to the mall together to look for furniture for Cristina’s apartment and to have someone finish Callie’s haircut. There, Cristina admired the slow-moving mall people, wondering how they do nothing but walk around, shop, and eat all day. They also decided that Cristina would have a housewarming party that night. We call shenanigans. How could they just have a party that night? Nothing was unpacked. Callie must be an unpacking machine. Not to mention all the furniture had to be delivered and assembled. All the decorative accessories had to be laid out. But anyway, the two sent texts to all of Cristina’s friends, and the party was on. Callie is now wearing a curly bob with blue streaks in it, which we like. It makes one of us want to get dark purple streaks like it.

The big patient of the week was a VIP accompanied by the State Department. The agent ordered complete secrecy regarding the fact that the patient was there, hurt, or even in the country. He also made it clear that it would hurt foreign relations if the patient died. We found out that he was from a Middle East country and was involved in a traffic accident leaving a secret meeting in Seattle. Where all secret meetings with our country’s leader’s take place??? Teddy provided a helpful line: “His people are supposed to see their first elections, right? [If he dies] the doors open for Al Qaeda to move in.” So then we knew what was at stake. He needed heart and brain surgery at the same time, which required Derek and Teddy to work together, even though they aren’t getting along well since Derek tried to fire her. Derek, Owen, and Teddy argued about what they should do about Cristina during the operation. HELLO. Why would you talk about that? It was an emotional issue for all three of them that was sure to distract. Whatever. They pulled it off and the guy lived and left the country.

The national security surgery was secret from everyone not working on it, and Jackson was ticked to be left out. He and Bailey were caring for a chronic pancreatitis patient named Louise. Jackson’s sole job was to watch Louse’s fluid bag to make sure everything was alright, because the pancreas can get ugly, quick. Jackson misinterpreted things and thought that he had been given an unimportant job, so he shirked it and the patient died. Consequences? Maybe next episode. We don't like that Jackson's character revolves around him being good-looking, and now he's being a bad doctor as well. He needs a big storyline, possibly a romance, and a personality, stat.

Old romances are still good. Meredith and Derek caught a little make-out time in the on-call room. New romances are blooming. Callie and Mark are going to move in together, and even if they don’t have sex, their friendship is cute enough to make us happy. April had her eye on Alex at the beginning of this episode, and Jackson was scoping out Lexie. We think everyone caught some vibes between the secret service agent and Teddy, too. Be careful Teddy. The last time someone on TV who looked exactly like you dated a government agent, she ended up a vegetable.

The Alex/April thing ended badly. She came to his on-call room to express her admiration for his deeds that day, and he kissed her. She was going to sleep with him, but she asked him to slow down and he yelled, “You wanna screw, let’s screw. You don’t, then get out. I’m not gonna hold your virgin hand and walk you through it. You’re not a child. I can’t take care of you.” She just wanted a little foreplay! JEEZ. This blogger has always liked and defended Alex, but this was just too selfish and insensitive. This is the least likeable Alex has ever been to us. It turned out that he was still reeling from having to fly out of town to commit his schizophrenic brother who had attempted to kill his 16-year-old sister. No excuse. We are still mad. Poor April. She showed up at the party still shaken. We loved confused Owen when April came up to him talking about housewarming gifts and started crying. Shortly after that, April told Jackson what happened, and Jackson punched Alex a few times. They were terrible punches, so Alex is alright. We hope Jackson gets April’s V-Card now.

Derek went to Cristina’s place before the party to rescue her from the intervention. He helped her escape to the roof, where they had wine and talked about home decorating. This was one of our favorite Derek moments. He knows that Cristina is not ready to face her issues, that she needs a break, and that she doesn’t need to be bullied, even for her own good.

This season is awesome.

Episode grade: A-


  1. I loved this episode and I hated it at the same time. Finally, some plot progression. And I loved how Derek helped Christina escape the party. I'm not so much a fan of Callie's hair cut, but no biggie. Dr. Stark has potential to be interesting. And Alex Karev, what a JERK!! Every time I start liking him and trusting him, he totally ruins it.

  2. We are kind of ready for Alex to get some permanent growth, like Meredith, rather than this being nice and then backsliding thing. Ugh.

    We thought Callie's haircut was going to be so much worse. We like long hair on bigger girls. But it was at least cute. And we are into big colors lately. That's not everyone's taste. In fact, most of the people in our families think it is tacky.

  3. Totally agree with you about the Alex needing permanent growth thing. He's been emotionally constipated for way too long. I loved watching Meredith grow and progress over time and it's about time for Alex to do the same thing.

  4. It might be realistic though. In life, we have seen lots of women grow and change, and most of the men we know are the same as when they were 20. It looks like the big grower this season will be Cristina.

  5. I also agree that it would be rewarding to see some permanent growth in Alex. The tool thing is getting a little tired for me. The weird thing is that this show doesn't move in real time, so it's in its seventh season but Meredith and co. are still residents. As far as we know, they're all only 27 years old or something! I doubt that someone as tool-y as Alex could become a "good guy" before the end of his 20s.

    I also agree with you about Jackson. Something else needs to happen with that pretty face sooner rather than later.

  6. We know Meredith and Cristina didn't apply for med school right after college, so they are probably older. You're right, Alex would be around 29, and that's still pretty young. If they are second-year residents, and Alex went straight to med school, he should be around 28 or 29.

  7. He's got two options by 40: show actual growth and be nicer to people, or become a decidedly pervy, middle-aged alchey.

    Btw, I saw this and thought it was HILARIOUS. All I'm saying is that for health and safety's sake, it's a good thing Koepner didn't hit that this week:

  8. That was epic. Especially Meredith's personality profile. ROFL.