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Friday, October 7, 2011

Alex, finish your paper and get back to peds, so you can be a human again

Grey's Anatomy - "What Is It About Men?"

This episode had a focus on the guys, which was ok, but we felt like it could have been funnier. There was a lot of untapped potential with this idea, but at least it brought back some of the fun and humor the show has been missing for a while.

This episode also had a HUGE lack of Meredith in it. After one surly conversation with Derek, she had the same amount of screen time as your average walk-on role. Cristina too. We get that the episode was guy-centric, but guys interact with ladies, right? We were actually a little bored by the boys and the stereotypes that came with them.

Derek spent the episode looking for a new resident to be a regular on his service. His main neuro girl and wife has quit working with him, and no one else seems to measure up. He tries for Alex, but Alex is only interested in using Derek to fill his non-peds surgery requirements. Derek realizes then that Mark isn’t using Jackson well, so he tries to steal Jackson from Mark. Mark does not take well to this, and it all turns out great for Jackson, because Mark realizes that Jackson needs to be given more to do in the plastics O.R.

Another untapped thing? Having all the nerds in the hospital and highlighting their nerdiness in a way that felt like mockery and lazy references, rather than actual funny jokes and situations. The only part of that we liked was when the nerd girl expressed disdain at April’s being unfamiliar with hobbits. After that (awesome) movie trilogy, who doesn’t know and love hobbits? Nerds are a great source for jokes (just ask The Big Bang Theory), and we didn’t chuckle once. Can we also point out that April looks nothing like Daenerys the Dothraki "princess"? She's a queen, not a princess. Yet more evidence that this episode was written by non-nerds trying to pretend they know ANYTHING about nerds.

One nerd gets beat up trying to save April from a large, dangerous, violent patient, because apparently there is no reliable security in this hospital. Owen comes along and punches him in the face. Owen refuses to apologize for this, because he’s satisfied with how that whole punching thing turned out. Way better than the choking, anyway. The guy might sue Owen, but Owen doesn’t care. His conduct with the guy was the first time we'd ever seen him be unprofessional at work, and we didn't care for it. Good punch though. He spent the episode trying to be chief and not be stuck in an office at the same time. Good product placement time for an iPad?

Dr. Ben Warren and Nurse Eli (who Bailey has moved in with) are fighting over Bailey. Derek invites all the boys over to help build his deck. Derek doesn’t really know what he’s doing, so they build it wrong/it’s not level. Hammering is guy therapy? No wonder all the guys in our schools are so angsty. They are “indoor guys”/metros and can’t build squat diddly. We thought that Mark taking care of his baby was really cute, but then he hands her to Owen to play with while he speaks with Derek. Mark, that was a really bad/depressing call. There were, like, three other guys there. This is one reason we don’t think the abortion anger is over. That and the punching.

Episode grade: B-

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