‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Soggy returns
Wow, this was kind of a “wackiness ensues” episode, wasn’t it? I mean, we learned important lessons about life and love and the pitfalls of leaky ceilings, plus some people had cancer and serious stuff, but generally, this had all kinds of high jinks. And, naturally, this was the episode I decided to share with my Grey’s Anatomy-virgin male suitor, who had such keen insights as “I hate all of these people.” Of course, even those of us who have hung on every minute of every episode hate all of them, but we do so with love, like hating one’s mother but not wanting others to hate her. Point being, this wasn’t the best sampling of the show to exemplify why I actually do think it’s a damn well-done network television program.
Case in point: I couldn’t even figure out what was really going on the first few minutes, with Meredith blathering in voice-over about “breaking points” and “signs of weakness.” I got that Derek wanted Alex and Izzie to move out of Meredith’s house before he moved in — that crazy Derek, always thinking he lives in a real-life adult world. But beyond that, it was a lot of dithering about nothing. More importantly (though not really, as there’s nothing more important than the minutiae of Derek and Meredith!), the Chief was setting some new rules to bring Seattle Grace’s ranking up since finding out it had dropped to No. 12 last episode. Which meant, among other things, that Cristina was off hearts and onto brains, on deck to help Derek with a patient who’d had a seven-year headache (the always fantastic Daniel J. Travanti, by the way), and might need a frontal lobotomy for it. (I smell an endorsement deal for Advil.)
The new rules also meant, as the Chief said in his rousing speech, that “Personal relationships, personal loyalties, and personal favorites will no longer be a factor in our training programs.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Also: “This is a surgical program. Psychiatry is on the fifth floor. Let’s not confuse the two.”
Once the Chief’s comedy routine was over, we learned that George was taking his exams again, finally. And I wasn’t sure if I should wonder why it took so long or why it feels like he’s always doing this or whether I really care anymore at all. Still, George persevered: “I can do this,” he said. “I’m not married and cheating on my wife with my best friend.” True enough. Carry on, Dr. O’Malley.
Derek, of course, was using this special brain-surgery time with Cristina to manipulate her onto his side in the should-Alex-and-Izzie-move-out debate. “If you were me, you’d want them out,” he said as they looked over some sort of brain scan thing. I’m with him on the sentiment, if not the execution. “Now is really not the time,” my date wisely observed. Oh, he so doesn’t understand anything about Grey’s Anatomy. Other things he doesn’t understand: Derek’s appeal. “The hair,” as Meredith explained to her overly happy and overly interested-in-Meredith’s-personal-life cancer patient. “It’s one of the many things that make me happy.” Oh, Meredith, me, too. Me, too.
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