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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Eight years, and Derek Shepherd still doesn’t have a house built on that lot.

Grey’s Anatomy - “Poker Face”

April puts on a deeper voice, punishes Alex Karev for his rudeness, and finally becomes a competent chief resident. She’s still mostly annoying though. We’ve defended her for a while, but now we are just annoyed that she seems to be dead weight on this show. The show needs to ditch either April or Bailey, because Bailey has become unlikable over the past few years. Callie performs a challenging spinal surgery with little help from Cristina, who is scared that the surgery will fail and hurt her stats. She learns her lesson though. Meredith proves that Derek needs her at work when she finds him a cool surgery and helps him save the life of a new mother.

Derek doesn’t know that Meredith was involved, because she did all this through Lexie, who is on Derek’s service. We were so, so happy that Derek’s patient lived. Derek was really tolerable this episode too. Bailey is still mad at Meredith and Dr. Weber. Mark, lacking a sex life, starts cooking with Arizona, distracting Arizona from her marriage, much to Callie’s dismay. Lastly, Owen and Cristina are avoiding conversation by having tons of sex, everywhere. Yeah, that’s gonna end well… They look like they are embarking on a long storyline that may have a breakup in the middle of it, but it will probably end with both of them forgiving each other. For the most part, this episode got us emotionally and we were entertained. There were a few laughs too.

Not everyone is as pleased with this season as we are. Lots of people are getting sick of this show. They say that it’s repeating storylines, the show lacks “family values”, Bailey has too many rants, the characters having nothing to do, the characters are written so that they are annoying, and that the show has just been on too long. Lots of people don’t like all the new characters and miss the “Fab Five.” We understand that a show like this has to add and drop characters though. It’s never good to mourn for how a TV show used to be in its first and second seasons when the show is on season eight. You just have to either accept it or drop it. Tons of fans are dropping out. But, while we agree with some of the complaints, we still enjoy it, and we love how the show slowly grew Meredith up. She is a good and tolerable person now. We hope she gets Zola back too.
Episode grade: A-

A Gifted Man - “In Case of Loss of Control”

Michael makes a decision that jeopardizes his license and practice, but it saves a boy’s life and Michael is not prosecuted for it. Michael is upset with the doctors at the clinic because they lied to him in order to trick him into breaking the law, but he goes along with it anyway. Meanwhile, a teenage girl keeps her sexual activity from her father at the risk of her health. Things get hairier when an old flame shoots her for rejecting him. The father finally comes around to her new beau and Michael fixes everything. This episode wasn’t as good as last week’s and there was little in the way of character development for our long-range players. But both cases were pretty good, especially Monica, the teenage girl.
Episode grade: B-


  1. Did you, by any chance, have the title for A Gifted Man wrong? It says on IMDB this week’s title is “Season 1, Episode 5: In Case of Memory Loss Original Air Date—21 October 2011”.

  2. We went with this:

    You're right that imdb says that though. But their description for "In Case of Memory Loss" on imdb says "While at the clinic, Michael runs into a former football star that he performed successful surgery on years ago, and is now a shell of his former self, living on the streets. At Holt Neuro, Michael examines a patient who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder." This hasn't happened yet.

    We guess they aired the episodes in a different order and imdb didn't get the memo.

  3. I thought Grey's was really good. Much better than the "guys only" episode. I think it's been a really good season overall.

  4. Yeah, it was better than the guys episode. The show still has life in it, we think.