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Grey's Anatomy Recap "Shock to the System"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown, "Shock to the System"

The Grey's Anatomy season premiere ends on a shiny happy note with Owen and Cristina's wedding, but this week it's back to post traumatic stress. Cristina's typically the rock of the Seattle Grace crew, but this week she crumbles under pressure.

Meredith and Derek make major strides, while Mark is inspired by a freak lightning strike accident. In the end, there's not a ton of noteworthy happenings this week, but let's review what did go down — keep reading.

  • Despite a riveting and mascara-stained performance with the therapist, Meredith still can't get cleared for surgery. Between episodes of Wheel of Fortune, she comes to Cristina's aid and finally admits to Derek that she didn't bail him out of jail because his reckless driving scares her. To give him more reason to stop his rash behavior, Meredith finally comes clean about the miscarriage. Once all of her cards are out on the table, she's allowed to go back to work.
  • If last week's episode was focused on Lexie's breakdown, this week is Cristina's turn. It starts when she wakes up in a panic the morning after her wedding, and though she lets Owen take care of her (and wash her hair!) she's clearly not comfortable. Determined to play the doting husband, Owen gets Cristina back in the operating room — but she's not ready. She hyperventilates and needs to be bailed out by Mere in more ways than one. Though she has one lapse and hands her ring back to Owen, Meredith eventually "fixes" her best friend and Cristina and Owen make it through another day. The real question is whether or not Owen can start fixing Cristina on his own.
  • Lexie's trying to rise above the whispers about her breakdown, but Mark is standing in her way. Though he's just trying to protect her, Lexie grows more indignant every time Mark tries to prevent her from working. Mark confesses to Callie that he wants to propose to Lexie and decides to seize the day when he realizes that time may not necessarily always be on his side. Unfortunately, Lexie isn't in the mood to be romanced and tells Mark to leave her alone before he can reveal his feelings. It's only a matter of a few episodes, right? Mark's speech about making Lexie happy is too cute to be wasted.
  • Karev's still walking wounded (literally), but Bailey insists that he get the bullet removed from his chest. He gets all sorry for himself about being a magnet for crazy women, but Meredith puts him in his place and encourages him to talk to Lexie. He doesn't take her advice (yet), but he does let Bailey patch up his bullet wound.

How'd you feel about this week's episode? Do you like Teddy's new love interest? Do you think Derek will keep his word to Meredith about staying under the speed limit? Sound off in the comments and be sure to cruise by the Grey's Anatomy Junkies in the Buzz Community!

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larisa5656 larisa5656 6 years
I'm a Cristina/Owen fan to the end, so I was glad to see Owen stand up for their marriage in this episode. Yes, there will undoubtedly be a few bumps along the way (especially as Cristina continues to recover from her PTSD), but I don't think that necessarily means their marriage is doomed to failure. No union is 100% sunshine and getting to wash each other's hair in the shower (loved that moment!), so let's give them a chance before we give up. As for Derek, I too was a little surprised at how little reaction he showed when Mer fessed up about her miscarriage. Its possible that he was just trying to be strong for her in that moment and the reality of the situation will hit him on next week's episode.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i have to saw that this season is actually managing to keep my attention for more than 5 minutes. i used to love the show and then felt that it got derailed a bit and now it's back to where it was. i can only hope that the rest of the season is just as good :)
care0531 care0531 6 years
I think we need a new love for Alex! He makes his rounds (not medically speaking) way too much and would have to start recycling at this point. I feel like he isn't around a lot and not a strong character this season which is the same thing they did with George the season he was killed off! THAT WORRIES ME!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
yeah i thought they were going somewhere with the cristina/jackson thing. i really like the scenes between meredith and cristina, but i know what you guys mean about it not being healthy for their romantic relationships. we need more drama! lol
zeze zeze 6 years
I like Owen and Christina better apart - I liked the chemistry Christina and the Jackson had going for a while.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
i smell a mark/lexie/alex love triangle brewing. it makes sense, but its really predictable! alex needs a good story line after all the crap that he has been thru. also i'm really getting tired of meredith being the "fixer". shouldn't christina be going to owen? i feel like this might eventually cause problems w/ c & o's relationship.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I totally expected Derek to react differently to the news of the miscarriage. It was told to quickly and not in details I think they will have to talk about this more next week because A. she was already upset already and B. They were at the hospital. I felt so bad for Mark this week, and as book smart as Lexi is why the hell can't she see that Mark is trying to protect her and help her? That usually means they love you and still cares for you when a man does that. As for the Owen and Christina thing... I saw problems with that marriage but not so soon. Never wanted them to get married but when she handed the ring back to him I didn't want it to be over. I am happy that Owen came and took a stand on not giving up- regardless if Meredith felt she "already fixed her" I think it was powerful and she was able to take comfort in Christina's own weird emotionless way :)
stephley stephley 6 years
Meredith’s ‘coming clean’ about the miscarriage was over so quickly, with such little reaction between a married couple – then we get a long stretch of Mer & Christina, ending with Mer kind of smugly telling Owen that she fixed Christina. Wouldn’t bode well for either marriage.
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