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Grey's Anatomy Recap, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

The doctors are in the lion's den on this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, and not just in the figurative sense. A lion attack gets the surgeons in a tizzy (and gives Derek and Meredith a good story to tell). Owen gets himself into even hotter water when he puts his foot in his mouth, and Teddy manages to insult a group of widows.

The biggest development of the episode is what could have been with Lexie and Mark, but without the climax, it's a bit of a dull episode. Let's break it down when you read more.

  • A week has elapsed since Owen came clean to Cristina about his cheatin' ways, and Cristina has been giving him the silent treatment ever since (oh, how the tables have turned in this situation). Desperate to figure out what to do, Owen turns to Meredith assuming she's attuned to the situation, but — oops — his talk of his affair is news to Meredith. Infuriated, she's super icy toward him during surgery, and afterward she tells him that the fact that Cristina didn't tell her is a good sign. Bailey overhears the conversation and is pretty understanding, but when Owen gets home, Cristina throws her dinner in his face. Ouch.
  • Lexie continues to wrestle with her feelings for Mark, and this week's mania is ignited when she overhears Mark telling Derek that he might ask Julia to move in with him. (Is it just me, or does five months seem a bit soon to be taking such a big step?) Of course, Lexie wigs out and even pesters Derek for help, playing the big brother-in-law card. Derek resists initially but then softens up, telling Lexie that she still has a chance, but needs to be absolutely sure of her feelings before she ruins Mark's relationship. Of course, the episode culminates in a Lexie / Mark elevator encounter, and Lexie totally chickens out. I almost screamed at my TV at this point; after all the whining Lexie has been doing this season, now she's balking?
  • Teddy takes a big step and joins a grief group, but it doesn't exactly help her deal with Henry's death right away. In fact, she essentially starts bullying one of the other widows before assuring everyone that she doesn't need counseling. Of course, it's all a facade: after an elderly patient passes away while her husband is in surgery, Teddy begins to try to accept the fact that she's no different from the other widows in her group.
  • Worried that his relationship with Morgan is getting too . . .relationshippy, Alex asks Arizona to let him off the case. Morgan is furious, especially when Arizona presents her with a brutal decision regarding her infant son's life. Arizona applauds Alex for staying professional, but I thought Alex was being a bit harsh (though it's totally typical Alex behavior). Somehow, I still don't think this is the last we've seen of Morgan, though.

What do you think lies ahead for Owen and Cristina? It looks like next week his lady friend will be unmasked, but will his relationship be able to recover?

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