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Recap and Review of Grey's Anatomy Episode, "The Time Warp"

Grey's Anatomy Recap, "The Time Warp"

Ever since I saw the first photo of Chandra Wilson all done up with long braids, I couldn't wait for the flashback episode of Grey's Anatomy. Unfortunately, it turned out to be kind of a snooze — the whole thing felt forced, and what's worse is that it seemed like a whole lot of filler.

It was fun get peeks at the Chief and Bailey in their younger years, but did we really need to devote a whole episode to this? To re-live the trip down memory lane, just


Since not much happened in terms of plot, let's go over what we learned, shall we?

  • Callie has a serious fear of public speaking. Somehow this just doesn't jive with her personality for me. Between the puking and the bumbling over all the cue cards, her antics felt more like something we'd expect from Lexie than Callie. Sure, Callie's been confused and self-doubting in the past, but she's always been pretty high on the confidence scale.
  • The Chief has completed a 45-day rehab program and is back at Seattle Grace, looking for his job. That went fast, eh? He missed fewer episodes than Izzie! He's not happy about working under Derek's wing, but it looks like he's not shipping out just yet either.
  • Back in the day, Bailey went by "Mandy" and was a meeker, more polite version of herself. That is, until the Chief comes along and instructs her not be a "minnow". We bear witness to the first of many famous Bailey tirades as she chews out a resident who's been looking down on Mandy all along. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • Callie and Alex worked together on a case in the past (love that Callie thinks Alex is "not dorky, but hot" when she ends up with dorky George). After they patch up the patient, Callie and Alex get it on — though Arizona doesn't seem pleased with this development. Is it just me, or does it feel like Alex has bedded everyone?
  • We sneak a peek at the life, times, and affair of Richard and Ellis before they became all important doctors. It's nothing new (she wants him to leave his wife, he refuses), though we learn that Ellis is kinda responsible for Richard's drinking problem.
  • The more you know: Before it became known as the AIDS virus, it was called GRID (gay-related immune deficiency) for a hot second in 1982.

Were you digging this week's blast from the past, or did it leave you itching for more real-time drama?

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teegaall teegaall 7 years
I loved intern Bailey. Young Richard and Ellis were kind of eh.
dani19 dani19 7 years
i liked it and i think its always cool to see the beginnings of ppl (though fiction) who turn out to have such an impact. but i kind of had a different interpretation of richard drinking at the end. though i can easily see how it cane assumed his drinking problem is bc of ellis, i feel him drinking after she left as way of reminding himself of her; bc that is something else she taught him to do.
cordata cordata 7 years
I got so bored after less than 10 minutes, I stopped watching. Why did everyone love it? Grey's needs to move FORWARD and soon.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i have to say that this was one of my FAV greys episodes! i loved the flashbacks, and yes, it does like alex was with everyone at the hospital lol. we learned about GRID/AIDS in public health, and while we were taught abpout disease states and how to treat them in classes, it was interesting to see the actual disease states (kaposis sarcoma and PCP). and i cried when the Chief was reciting the hippocratic oath.
AnaMC AnaMC 7 years
I liked the episode. I thought it was really good and I loved the Richard/Ellis flashbacks. Also loved? Mandy and her ramble to Joe. Oh, I hope we can see that again.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I loved this episode actually! seeing one of my favorite actors J. August Richards (who played Gunn on Angel) was a treat!!!! I didnt like Callies stage fright, it didnt jive with how she has been represented on this show, and it really didnt make much sense. Most residents have to speak either to groups of interns, or before committees, its part of the job. ESPRCIALLY at a teaching hospital. I also didnt like how only the series "regulars" got candy from Bailey, no one else in that room knew the answers? seriously? I laughed so loud at the bartenders was just too fake for me to take was thatchers wig.
mndmay mndmay 7 years
I liked getting a glimpse into Bailey's start as a doctor, but, otherwise, I thought the episode was unnecessary and, as you noted, Buzz, a filler.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Eh, I wasn't expecting much (or anything, really) from this episode, so I liked it more than I thought I would, but I didn't think it was that great.
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I really liked this episode! It was awesome to see how these characters developed... Though I agree with you, Callie's reaction to public speaking was SO not her. Also, Callie and Alex? EW! I love both of them, but sleeping together? Ew ew eww!! and how cute was intern-Bailey? Aww. I loved her. And her bonding with the chief for the first time... Love love love.
mannylove mannylove 7 years
I had the opposite reaction. I wasn't expecting to like this episode at all, but found myself getting into it more & more and actually really liked it in the end. I was ok taking a break from all the storylines. I liked seeing the chief taking his very first drink thanks to Ellis Grey and to see how tormented he really was about their relationship back then.
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