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Recap and Review of Grey's Anatomy Episode "Holidaze"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown, "Holidaze"

As evidenced in my holiday TV sneak peek, this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy puts the doctors on a fast track that starts on Thanksgiving eve and runs through New Year's Eve. As we all know by now, the Seattle Grace surgeons aren't always big on merriment, but the holidays are always the perfect time to bring out the truth in feelings and relationships.

Meredith bonds with the Chief while Mark learns that he has a teenage daughter. Bailey has a confrontation with her father and Teddy and Owen's sexual tension comes to a head. To read all about it, just


  • As the episode opens, the Chief is trying to justify his drinking to Meredith — explaining that his alcoholism was "misdiagnosed" and that he was actually suffering from situational depression. (Um, right.) It's unclear whether Mere takes his word for it because she believes him or feels like she has to, but she accepts his mentorship. Later she bites off Thatcher's head when he suggests that the Chief shouldn't be drinking, and by NYE realizes that he does have a problem, but continues to keep it a secret. There is one good thing that comes from it: Derek and the Chief finally make amends after duking it out all season.
  • Bailey does her best to avoid acknowledging the holidays because she's afraid to tell her parents about her divorce. Instead, she gladly dives into work — until her father makes a surprise visit on Christmas Eve. After watching Miranda perform surgery, he delivers a way harsh speech about being ashamed of her decision to "break" her family and put work first. At Christmas dinner (with the whole Seattle Grace crew, no less), Miranda finally puts her foot down and tells her dad that she's not willing to settle for a bad relationship. Did anyone else want to slow clap, at this point? Because I did.
  • Mark gets a blast from the past when a buxom blonde appears at the hospital claiming to be his daughter. (I kind of love that her name is Sloan). Mark isn't exactly thrilled with feeling old, joking that "death has come to call." Lexie is also troubled by the news at first, and I couldn't blame her for slicing her finger when Mark drops the bomb that Sloan is moving in. Two months later, he hasn't made any progress, and it's clear that his daughter isn't exactly a cup of tea. Just when Mark finally gets the nerve to kick her out, Sloan reveals that she's pregnant with a baby of her own. Instead of contemplating his potential grandpa status (talk about feeling old), Mark's paternal instincts kick into gear with impeccable timing and he comforts her. Sidenote: I find it interesting that Mark handles the situation exactly how Quinn wished her parents had on Glee this week — stroking her hair, assuring her that everything would be okay.
  • Teddy is already coming between Cristina and Owen's relationship, even if just with pages. Still loving her new cardio god, Cristina is happy to be Teddy's bitch (as Alex calls her) and work as a team — until she catches Owen giving Teddy meaningful glances. Owen confronts Teddy and reveals that he had feelings with her when they were overseas together, and in turn Teddy confesses that she's always been in love with him. They are literally this close to kissing, but Owen says he loves Cristina and runs to her instead. Despite their passionate makeout sesh at the end of the episode, I still have an ominous feeling about Cristina's kiss with Avery (who is still giving her flack about her relationship with Owen).

What's your verdict on this week's episode? Are you sad to put Grey's aside for six weeks? Did it put you in the holiday spirit or did it all seem a bit premature? Don't forget to keep the conversation rolling in the Grey's Anatomy McAddicts group in the Buzz Community!

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bridgett08 bridgett08 7 years
yeah i really hate that apparently all of that time passed and we didn't hear one thing from izzy. at this point, that storyline is so completely ridiculous and unrealistic -- there's no way she would just ignore alex for that long, esp over the holidays. the whole thing is beyond annoying.
claudinemurphy claudinemurphy 7 years
i love christina! New Year Eve = Organ Palooza Hilarious!
claudinemurphy claudinemurphy 7 years
i <3 christina! news years eve = organ palooza!
Mädchen Mädchen 7 years
Wasn't that Nathan West, Chyler Leigh's husband, playing the boyfriend of the girl waiting for the heart transplant? I kept wondering where I knew him from and then I remembered that he was in "Bring It On" (well, I think he was, maybe he just looked a lot like him ;)).
zeze zeze 7 years
Thought the same thing about the kiss Glamgal. Like when you do it once, you're hot and passionate, when you do it that many times it just makes me think your that guy that will stalk me and kill every boyfriend I have if I ever leave you.
Glamgal Glamgal 7 years
Sorry...but I did not appreciate being sped through the holidays like that...I put that right up there with seeing X-mas decorations out in stores in OCTOBER! so lame. p.s. I get that Owen is intense and everything but how many hard/rough kissing scenes are they going to do with him and Christina..was too much for me and kinda gagworthy!
DCBaxter DCBaxter 7 years
My favorite part was when Alex called Cristina Teddy's bitch and she fired back with, "Well you were Izzie's bitch" and he shot right back with "You're the bitch!" I laughed out loud!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Thanks for the info about the online episodes. As soon as I heard the Christmas music in the first few seconds of the showI was PISSED. I was like what the H is happening that there is not going to be a show until after New I checked the DVR and sure enough! I agree with the poster above that it was done much better during the time span with George's death. The two story lines that didn't suffer were the patients (the kids nose/brain surgery and girls heart, those fit in with the timeline) other then that I was not a fan really. I liked Christina and Owen's moment outside. Not sure why Mark needs a daughter. Chief is freaking me out. Baileys speech was great.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Oh & in case you guys didn't know, there's a webisode series going up on about the other residents (Mercy Westers and the younger Seattle Gracers), so that'll keep you all going for the 6 weeks between now and the next episode! :P
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I actually really liked this episode. The fact that it spanned from Thanksgiving to New Years didn't bother me or make it seem rushed; I actually felt like it lasted way longer than 40 minutes (in a good way). SO SO SO glad that Owen and Teddy didn't kiss - I still adore him and Cristina together. Avery needs to go away. He's irritating. The whole thing with Sloan's daughter was just kind of... eh. Not a fan of this incredibly random storyline. I mean yeah I guess with his history it's not shocking that he has a kid, but to introduce her, have her MOVE IN, and then oh yeah she's PREGNANT, all in one episode, not so great. Poor Mark, finding out that not only is he a father but soon to be a GRANDFATHER, all in like a months time... yikes. Good thing he's got his hot young girlfriend to keep him sane. The Christmas dinner scene was cute, aside from Bailey's dad being an a-hole. & how fantastic was Sara Ramirez singing Silent Night (that was her singing in that scene, in case you didn't know!)
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I think Baileys story-line was definitely the highlight of the episode for me. Just a wonderfully honest tell-off. The Sloan being a dad story is kinda lame. I enjoyed that Lexie and him were just being normal. Sidenote- How gorgeous has Chyler Leigh become on this show! Her hair and everything. Just beautiful to me.
mndmay mndmay 7 years
i wasn't a fan of the episode. Unlike the season premiere, which also spanned a few months' time, this one seemed rushed and unnecessary. I'm not sure why we really needed to cram all holidays into an hour. I'm sure Meredith is naive about the "misdiagnosis" out of fear of being fired, but I didnt think she had to treat her dad that way when he was just trying to help. I know they've had issues, but didn't she give him a part of her liver so that they could start over? Regardless, I'm surprised she didn't tell Derek about the Chief. Sloane's daughter was an interesting plot, but do we need to add yet another character to the show???
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
hmmm i think its an interesting way to move things along while they are on a break...but 6 weeks?!?! uggghhh!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Wow, the fast forward on this episode is outa control. I didnt like it at all but understand the need for it. Sloans daughter....cant stand her, calling her own dad a pervert? she has the maturity of an ant with a body of a porn star, not looking forward to more of her. Poor lexie. Mere shooting down thatcher telling her about the chief, she needs to forgive her dad seriously, she isnt so high and mighty where she gets to judge Thatch for life! He really was just looking out for the chief AND the chiefs patients. I dont like Arizonas hair straight. Mirandas dad? VERY TALL! and his speeches and hers got my "eyeroll" of the episode. Over the top.
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