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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 8, "Forever Young"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 8, "Forever Young"

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes often describes Seattle Grace as "high school with scalpels." But this week's episode took the analogy one step further, bringing high school directly to the surgeons by way of a bus crash. As catty girls, awkward outcasts, and backstabbing friends filled the ER, the surgeons ended up reexamining who they were in high school — and, in a few cases, reverting to their teenage personalities. To read my take on the episode, just

Maybe it says something about the kind of girl I was in high school, but my favorite story was Bailey dealing with the arrival of her old crush. It surprised me that Bailey could still be so easily wooed by the cute guy who's just trying to use her — but then I realized, she wasn't even Bailey around Marcus; she was "Mandy," the subservient girl who does what she's asked and prays to be noticed. Even George wanted Bailey to give Marcus one of her trademark long speeches; instead, Derek bore the brunt of her ranting about attractive, popular guys not seeing girls like her. (Who else cracked up at the mental image of high school Derek with his afro and band uniform?)

Speaking of cute and popular, the girl with the broken ass (hee!) led to a nice resolution with Callie's demotion. Callie is a rockin' surgeon, but she's not an organizer or a manager. And, like the pom squad ex-captain, she now gets to focus on the part of her job she really loves.

It's a shame that Gizzie ridiculousness nearly ruined the night's best medical case for me. I was touched by the story of the girl who stayed by her best friend's side as he slipped into a coma. But the second Izzie equated that girl losing her friend — who was effectively gone forever — with her losing George — who was very much alive and just not good at hashing out the issues of awkward sex — I was done.

Meanwhile, Meredith and Lexie (the prom queen and valedictorian) hashed out some childhood issues of their own when Thatcher showed up drunk in the ER. It was a nice twist that challenges Mere's idea that Lexie has the perfect life she never got — though Mere didn't realize it until Lexie told her off. And just when Lexie thought she had the upper hand, there's Alex with plenty of tough-life stories of his own, telling Lexie to grow up.

Some other thoughts:

  • I find the entire idea of Derek dating Sydney completely hilarious. I kept waiting to find out that Mark had paid her off again.
  • Meanwhile, who's that nurse flirting with Derek all of a sudden? I suspect we'll be seeing her again.
  • Best line of the night: "You look exactly like her dad."
  • I don't know what's with Hahn's respect for Izzie (presumably she still doesn't know about the Denny/heart situation), but it has to be so especially painful for a doctor like Cristina to be told to be more like Izzie.
  • When Mark explained the difference between pom and cheerleading, I was hoping he'd end up revealing that he was a male cheerleader.
  • Biggest groaner: the Chief explaining to Meredith that she was in the principal's office. Did this show always make things that explicit?

Your thoughts? Are you loving Alex as much as I am? Did anyone else have dead-Mere flashbacks at the promo promising a Grey's event? And what instrument would you have guessed Derek played in high school? I would have said trumpet.

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Chocolateluver Chocolateluver 9 years
AWWW! I miss grey's! Come back grey's! Come back!
xmsbby xmsbby 9 years
I loved the part where Cristina was trying not to run down the hall when Dr. Hahn paged her.
thatothrgirl thatothrgirl 9 years
I would gladly watch 2 more years of back and forth of Mer/Der than one more episode of Grizzie. Seriously.
indigojules indigojules 9 years
I would like to echo the McSteamy/McDreamy love...definately the best couple on the show right now. I don't mind Lexie and I think her and Alex have an interesting dynamic going on right now. Plus Alex is another constant and consistent favorite of mine. He always has good lines and he is awesome! I wish Izzie and George would just go away. I could care less. And for the love of Pete, they need to either get McDreamy with Rose, and stay that way, or get him with Meredith, a house, a picket fence and 1.5 kids. I am so freaking tired of the back and forth, up and down between them. It is so redundant at this point and painfully annoying.
d-purple-1 d-purple-1 9 years
Where do I start? 1. I am happy that Gizzie will be laid to rest...finally. 2. Although I am no fan of Lexie (at least not yet), I am so glad she laid into Meredith concerning their dad. Meredith deserved to be told off. 3. It was sorta nice to see Bailey in a different light (teeny bopper crush). I am glad Shonda is waking Bailey's character up from the grave. 4. How can anyone not love Alex? He is so honest and unpretentious. Lexie needs to appreciate him more as a freind not just a bed partner. 5. I really like Callie, whay can't the writers do more with her than have her stand in the shadows? Could she not have been pregnant with George's child at least? 6. Hahn is awfully hard on Cristina...what gives? 7. Derek & Mark are impishly adorable
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
hmmm... who wants to bet that burke and hahn had a thing in the past, and that's where all her dislike for christina coming from?
tiabia tiabia 9 years
bina324, I like Lexie, too. And I was glad that she told Meredith off. Meredith has been telling Lexie what do to all season...stop being like me, don't talk to me, don't be friends with my friends, and so I'm sure Lexie's frustrations with her dad, and Meredith actually trying to give a damn, finally brought her to a boiling point. PS: I just over-analyzed the CRAP out of that scene...hahahaha
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
laney, it took me half the episode to figure out who she was....and then it hit me, from the nanny!! and omg, i was SOO glad we got bailey back in the end....her whining and giggling and all that was too much....i was getting annoyed, and i NEVER get annoyed with her!! and no pacey??? =(
bina324 bina324 9 years
Season 4 is a huge improvement on Season 3 but I'm not liking how they have to make the whole "theme of the episode" so obvious. I cringed so many times this episode, especially when the Chief was talking about the "Principal's Office". That said, I did really like this episode. 1. Alex continues to be my favorite character. 2. Unlike some people, I like Lexie. I think she was right to tell off Meredith after Meredith's "you should keep your Dad under control" comment. 3. McSteamy/McDreamy = the best couple BY FAR 4. My favorite scene was when Cristina was trying to be calm and walk slowly down the hallway but ends up doing some sort of sprint/walk/weird-hop-type-thing. :) 5. I didn't see the previews for next week but if anyone half-dies again, I may stop watching. Haha, who am I kidding, that would never happen.
Elsa2 Elsa2 9 years
The episode was okay, but way too obvious. I can't stand Lexie (I don't want to be mean, but I think it has to do with the actress...). Meredith didn't know her dad had a drinking problem + her dad told her it would've been Lexie's mother's birthday, hence the comment "you should keep an eye on him". I didn't find Bailey's storyline believable. Still rooting for Callie and Christina ! I can't wait for Dr Hahn to find out about the Izzie/Denny/Heart story...
lms lms 9 years
skiwi... He asked her to finish filling out his paperwork.
phatE phatE 9 years
izzy was talking about denny .. and i didn't get how the "principle's office line was meant to be explicit????
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
um did anyone else notice that marissa (pencil boy's bff) was grace sheffield from the nanny??
skiwi skiwi 9 years
i have a question: what did that guy say to Miranda after he had his surgery and before he fell asleep? something about a paper? i was so so happy that lexie told meredith off for some reason! it was such a good scene. wow the tension/rivalry btwn Hahn and Bailey!!!! :| i'm not much of a McDreamy fan but who else thought that he looked extra dreamy this episode? ew pencil in the eye was pretty disgusting p.s. who else is stoked for nxt week's episode?! :D
dwhite-1217 dwhite-1217 9 years
actually, it is your responsibility to take care of your parents when they are out of control and irresponsible. and meredeth had no idea what was going on at home. and meredeth still wouldnt know if lexie wouldnt have blown alex off when he tried to have her handle it.
massagegirl massagegirl 9 years
I thought the episode was entertaining, but I wanted to scream at Bailey for being so weak. Also, I HATE Lexi! She annoys the crap out of me. I used to like Izzy but she is so irritating now. The Izzy and George thing is just weird. They don't go well together. I do love the McDreamy/McSteamy thing. They are very funny. I like Alex too, he is not trying to be someone else and is up front about his intentions. It is also interesting seeing Callie and Christina being friends. Callie has grown on me and I like that she is going to be strong on her own. Merideth really needs therapy. She needs to learn how to be stronger.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I agree, Meredith shouldn't have said that, but at the same time it's not like Meredith could have known what was going on at home with his drinking. She had no idea what he was like as a father when she was a kid, so much more when she's an adult...
page6lovers page6lovers 9 years
dwhite, not to start a lexie/meredith arguement, but the only reason lexie said what she did about thatcher was because of what meredith said to her. it isn't lexie's reponsiblity to control her father's drinking. what meredith said was completely out of line.
dwhite-1217 dwhite-1217 9 years
in all honesty, would derek and mark ever be friends again in real life? i dont think so. but with burke gone(which i know i know he was an ass, the show is really missing him as a character) they need to step up the mark and derek. i agree that hopefully lexie will be under the ambulance. and meredith grey isnt my fav, but my heart kinda broke for her. i thought that thatcher might actually have sincere feelings for her as his daughter, and lexie has to crush it. and sort of resolution and healing meredith had(which isnt much cause shes whiny) is gone. and alex is the best. period.
AirGirl AirGirl 9 years
Pincesskitty: good call on the promo Overall I liked this episode, I'm still not on board with Izzy/George but am very excited to see Derek & Mark together. They're just so cute!
BriaAdele BriaAdele 9 years
When Izzie was consoling the high school girl, I immediately thought of Denny. I didn't get the feeling she was thinking of George.
vickibug vickibug 9 years
My main thought at the end of this episode was that Chandra Wilson better have an Emmy next year. jbloom, I disagree with the "blubbering idiot" comment; I think she was just showing emotional range; it really added a whole other dynamic to her character.
jbloom jbloom 9 years
Sorry, but I'm starting to hate this show. It especially peeved me when Bailey was turned into a blubbering idiot - when did all the women on this show become emotional wrecks? All the women (and George) on the show are struggling with problems that, to me, just aren't that big of a deal compared to some of the other stuff that they're already been through. Take Mere's hyperventilation after Lexie told her off. First, how the hell is Mere supposed to know what Lexie has been through? Second, why is Mere surprised that Thatcher is a jerk and a liar? She's known all along that he is a weak, pathetic excuse of a man AND father. Third, can she just get some help or move on already? I'm sick of watching her flounder in every episode. Poor me, I'm freaky and dysfunctional; choose me despite the fact that I run away from you at every opportunity. And yet I still want Meredith and Derek to be together. Also, I love Alex, but what happened to his face?? He's all...bloated.
page6lovers page6lovers 9 years
i loved the high school theme, except for the cheif comparing himself to the principal. i've been suspecting an episode like this would happen ever since the second season finale. derek was never really my favorite guy, but he was great this episode. i sobbed when he told the girl about her friend. all of his little moments with mark are adorable, there's something so real about it. his response to baily was great. and i love that he played the sax, because i played it in middle school. i'm worried about this "grey's anatomy event". a deja-vu of the ferry boat arc would kill this season for me. but at this point i wouldn't care if meredith died. she really, really needs to stop being such a b*tch oh and the whole hahn respecting izzie thing.. i think it's because of the group izzie is the least like christina. like how all the way back in the first season liz fallon said there were two types of surgeons: those who remebered the names of their patients and those who didn't. i think its because izzie and christina are the extremes of that.
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