Did I fall asleep and wake up sometime in the middle of season two of "Grey's Anatomy"? This is the second episode in a row that hasn't had me wanting to hurl things at my TV, and it had enough good in it to remind me of "Grey's" of old. To hear the rest of my take and add your thoughts, just
The two major themes in this episode were speaking (or not speaking) and losing a step with age, both of which collided in the case of the woman who needed to have her tongue removed/replaced. The Chief — and, for whatever reason, Mark — needed to prove to themselves that they were still spry enough to learn new procedures, but that got them into dangerous territory when they had to make up the surgery as they went along. Yes, it was medical history, but it was medical history that very nearly left a woman unable to talk, and I was glad Derek told them off for being too cavalier.
The other major development was the awakening of Really Old Guy, the semi-comatose man whose room the interns/new residents had been using as their personal lunch site. When he woke up, he knew everything — that Meredith and Derek are having problems, that Alex was crushing on Ava, that Izzie wants George to leave Callie. He also knows, or thinks he knows, that George won't leave Callie, and for much of the episode it looked like he was going to be right. Of course, in true Izzie fashion, she got a little too attached to Really Old Guy; who didn't know, the second she started giving him a speech about needing someone to talk to, that he was going to be dead? I liked the idea of this story, but I was expecting Really Old Guy to blab George's secret to Callie. Now that would have been interesting.
The end of the episode brought two big moments: Alex telling the other interns that George was a repeater, and George telling Callie that he slept with Izzie. Two big things that had gone a long time unsaid are out in the open now. What's going to happen next?
Some other thoughts:
- Alex's case seemed the furthest removed from the rest of the goings-on in the episode, but it did feature one of the grossest medical procedures I've ever seen on "Grey's." I think it was supposed to serve as a lesson that age doesn't necessarily bring wisdom. I wonder if that older intern is sticking around or if he was just a one-time metaphor.
- Cristina faking miserable to get surgeries was classic: "Sad is mine. Go find your own pretend emotion." I loved how Meredith really piled it on when she realized she was being played, asking Cristina to come over and cry.
- Bailey rocks. I love her proposal to Callie that they tackle this job like a team; some people have said that was a sign of weakness, but I think Bailey is sick of being angry and just wants to get back to what she does best: whipping people into shape.
- Lexie and Meredith took baby steps toward civility this week, after Lexie decided Meredith was pushing her too hard. Meredith's response was to get the file from the day Susan died and walk Lexie through it. I hope that leads to less resentment between the two.
- I'm really liking the friendship between Derek and Mark. They have a fun chemistry together; is it wrong to say they're currently my favorite "couple" on the show? And while we're at it, would you marry McDreamy?
Your thoughts? Will Callie leave George? Will Gizzie finally be broken up? Will "Grey's" stay good for a whole season?
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