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Grey's Anatomy Recap: Episodes One and Two, "Dream a Little Dream of Me"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episodes One and Two, "Dream a Little Dream of Me"

Grey's Anatomy pulled out all the stops for its season premiere on Thursday, with a two-hour episode that seemed at times to be atoning for the show's previous sins. It's packed with romance, dream sequences, and a scene that will make it impossible for me to ever look at icicles in the same way, so to talk about it, just


The fairytale — Can fairytales come true, and would you even want them to? That's the central question of this episode, which finds the doctors treating three "aging princesses" and their three husbands, who were on their way to a ball in a Seattle freak snowstorm when both of their limos crashed. One is having an affair with her best friend's husband, which leads Meredith to question (and question, and question) her decision to move in with Derek. One has a spinal injury that needs a revolutionary treatment, which leads Callie and Erica to muse about trying something new. And one is left with a memory that resets every 30 seconds, meaning her friends have to tell her over and over again that her husband has died — until Izzie realizes she can lie and tell her that her husband is right around the corner. It's a sweet but painful moment, made sweeter/more painful by Izzie's own fantasy version of her story with Denny. Man, every time he shows up, I feel so emotionally manipulated, but it always works.

The icicle — Ack! OK, I don't know why it was snowing in September in Seattle, other than to give us that moment where the icicle stabs Cristina. That story ends up delivering two of my favorite scenes: Cristina imagining herself and Mere as old ladies eating a chicken while wearing what was apparently the world's worst old makeup, and Cristina making out with Dr. McArmy, who's kind of her new rough-and-tumble surgical idol. Cristina got a lot of interesting stuff this episode, actually, between the kiss and her realization that as much as she knows, it's not nearly good enough.

The meta stuff — Seattle Grace has fallen from second in the surgical rankings to 12th — which, as this guy points out, is the approximate trajectory of Grey's in the ratings. Cristina repeatedly tells Meredith to shut up. George says he made a lot of mistakes, but he's trying to do better. Whether intentional or not, all those things certainly seem like commentary on the show itself, and they gave me some of the biggest chuckles of the night.

Some other thoughts:

  • Lexie loves George! And, in true Grey-family fashion, she can't tell him. Her little whispered "I adore you, by the way" was cute, but I really like how this is setting up a fun relationship between Lexie and Mark.
  • Speaking of Mark, his description of his teaching methods: "I'm like a guru. They come to me for help and I gently guide them along the path to truth and wisdom."
  • I'm still getting used to the idea of Callie and Erica together, but it's interesting that Erica has also never kissed a woman before. I think I like that they're new to this together.
  • Meredith on Derek moving in: "He's got fishing gear. And boots. And hair products."
  • So Rose is kind of a crazy, but not as much as I feared they'd make her. Nonetheless, glad she's gone.
  • Anyone in the medical field want to explain to me what the surgical rankings and the level of a hospital's trauma center have to do with each other?

So, what did you think? Is it "a mistake of massive proportions" for Mere and Derek to move in together, or is it about time? Why does Alex always make himself such a jerk in the end? And who else's heart fluttered at the sight of Denny Duquette?

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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
I thought it was good! Maybe season 5 will be better than 4 I hope! I don't know how I felt about everything being resolved so quickly, but I feel like that won't be the case for the rest of the season!!
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 8 years
Aw! Denny! My eyes are never dry after an appearance from him. I want McArmy to stay on and rock Cristina's world! She needs it. I think Meredith and McDreamy should move in, if it fails we just get more drama...if it works then they'll have to put more focus on the other cast members, b/c lets face it people! Who really wants to watch happy people?! We like the drama, even when we're cursing it!
Nina_79 Nina_79 8 years
Actually all in all I really liked it. Meredith is annoying, but I think her sister is more annoying. I do wish they would resolve the whole Mer-Der issue soon, it's mostly more of the same. Like the addition of McArmy and really liked Christina in this episode.
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
I'm pretty sure it wasn't supposed to be September in Seattle... I think real time isn't quite in sync with Grey's right now. And I thought the old person make-up was really good!
recompose recompose 8 years
SO underwhelmed. SO over Meredith being indecisive, for the 5th season now. New materials please. SO annoyed that icicle stayed frozen for hours despite the fact that it was lodged IN Christina's abdominal. And it "hit nothing"? WTF?! Does McArmy's character seem unstable and awkward to anyone else?
Rioja Rioja 8 years
I'm not sure what my expectations were, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. I can see why some people feel the MerDer thing should be resolved already, but with so many other good story lines set up for season two, it wasn't an issue for me. I liked the icicle bit, because really random weird stuff that doesn't seem possible actually does happen in emergency rooms. The truth is way stranger than anything that has ever been on Grey's. By the way I am so loving the Grey's facebook page. Have you seen it?
kitten6500 kitten6500 8 years
I'm so over Meredith questioning her relationship with Derek... Come on after the whole drowning thing and now we're back here? Sick of it!
avocado_seed avocado_seed 8 years
I was really hoping that the premiere episode would be good, but I found myself getting bored quite a bit, and it just dragged on for me... I think I'm just getting more and more annoyed at the characters, and their issues that never get resolved... ESPECIALLY Meredith. Ugh! She finally has him back after moping about him all last season. UGH. I'm so sick of her. McArmy is hot. I'm glad that Christina will finally have another love interest. Seattle Grace definitely needs a new face. I thought the "old Christina" was hilarious in a bad-make up kind of way. Maybe it's just me... but that dream sequence was kind of ridiculous.
however, they are all really hot. i just appreciate the diversity
the new army doctor is smokin in a rugged way. the other doctors on the show look manicured
Gossamer Gossamer 8 years
wouldn't it be technically April, since this basically picked off where the finale ended. (Callie and Hahn haven' talked yet)
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years
I'm so sick of Merideth. I thought she came to the conclusion that she was ready to take it to the next level, and now she's all wishy-washy about Derek, and why does she need Christina's blessing? It's just weird. Why can't Alex just be a decent person? I hate that he just has to keep up his "jerk" persona as soon as anyone things he is getting soft. Bernadette Peters looks awesome for her age. I like the chemistry between GI Joe and Christina. We need a new hot romance at Seattle Grace! I can see him clashing with the other docs because his way of treating patients is so opposite of everyone else's. Lexie is annoying, but her and George would make a cute couple.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
Honestly my friends and I were pretty bored with this episode. We found our attention drifting to side convos. Maybe the second episode will be better.
lovelystate lovelystate 8 years
LOVE part of the premiere. He's the perfect foil to Cristina. I'm so sick of Meredith though. All in all, I thought this Grey's was pretty good.
bunnyOhare bunnyOhare 8 years
I was seriously underwhelmed by this episode. At one point, I was so bored, I *swore* it had to be almost over and it had only been about 35 minutes! There were good moments (like the "I adore you" comment from Lexie) but in general, the whole thing was unbelievable. Yes, it snows in September, but no way in hell would it have formed an icicle of the size that stabbed Christina. And the "patients as metaphors" stuff was blatantly obvious last night, moreso than previous episodes. I found myself saying "really??" to the TV.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
My favorite scne: Izzie's dream sequence of Denny. I started crying. The writers made a BIG mistake killing him off so soon, they should have kept him on for a couple more seasons at least. I like that its Callie and Erica's first experiences at being lesbians, although Erica seems like she has been a long-time lesbian. I think this couple is slowly growing on me. I like Lexie and George. I think they could actually be good together. Oooh the military doctor is really hot. He's so great and take-charge. I like his chemistry with Cristina. The icicle thing was soooo random. Couldn't Cristina just move slightly out of the way to avoid it? I know her back hurt, but she knew it was coming. Alex/Izzie are just meh. She has more chemistry with dead Denny. I thought for sure that Derek was going to get in a car crash after he left Meredith with all of the candles, but thank God it turned out to be a dream sequence. The medical case this week was incredibly depressing. It was just a lose-lose situation.
mariemjs mariemjs 8 years
Kevin McKidd = the win. I've never been a GA fan but I will watch from now on, because Journeyman has been taken from us, and that will be my only weekly fix of McKidd hotness on Tivo now!! The man is the sex. :D
menthadict menthadict 8 years
When they opened that car door and the "princess" came out I thought, um, why is this turning into Enchanted?
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
rockn, no worries, I was mostly talkin' to those that think we don't get ANY snow here. Just Rain. LMAO Snow happens. It's usually turned to slush and yuck within 2 days, but it does happen! My husband grew up in Tacoma, and he always said, "It snows Ash around here!" because the snow is so dirty almost the instant it hits the ground it looks like Ash from Mt. St. Helens.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
It's not on because of the VP debate. I forgot about that.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
The Vice-Presidential Debate is next Thursday.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
mykie...its not on next thur for whatever reason we have to wait 2 weeks
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
Mykie, I've lived there/grew up around there too. I didn't mean that its not possible, i just meant in the show it was kind of unbelievable. Dont get me wrong I love winter. IF ONLY it was snowing right now, that'd be awesome :pray: lol sorry my previous comment should've been explained better.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
It's not so funny to have Snow in Washington in late September. It happens. Believe me, I've lived here my whole life, and while yes, it's rare, it's happened. Heck, we had snow in MAY a couple of years ago. So while a little far-fetched, it's not completely out of the question.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
LOL @ snow in September. YEAH RIGHT. anyway i loved the episode. The army guys NEEDS to stay :cry: he's awesome. mark was funny, as usual. mcdreamy + meredith annoy me to NO END. lexie is kinda cute, i feel bad for her to be honest. im lookin forward to next weeks episode :woohoo: oh and good riddance, rose!
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