It’s rare that I watch an episode of television and then feel compelled to find out who, specifically, wrote that particular hour. But that was the case with last night’s stellar episode of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Love the One You’re With,” which — thanks to a quick Google search — was penned by Zoanne Clack, who’s been working on the hospital soap for several years now. Anyway, kudos to you, Zoanne, for putting together an hour of television that was simultaneously funny, moving, delightful, heartfelt, and dramatic. It was purely Grey’s — it just had that signature Seattle Grace magic — and it had me feeling tingly a lot of the time. Is that weird?
But why was the episode so good? Well, I could have just been in a really good mood as I was watching — I’m generally a sunny-side person! — but it seemed to have the right mix, the perfect balance of funny moments, heartfelt moments, and a bunch of other only-on-Grey’s moments. And that’s what it was about while I was taking notes: moments. I found myself zeroing in on a string of really great instances that touched. So let’s examine those particular examples, specifically, as a way to recap last night’s hour.
The touching settlement decision. What would be the virtue of starting at the beginning? Much of the episode concerned a decision by Derek, Meredith, Callie (as Arizona’s proxy), and Owen (as Cristina’s proxy): Would they take a cash settlement for the plane crash and jettison away any findings from an investigation? Could they take the money and walk away from what could potentially be a protracted legal battle? Throughout much of the episode, it seemed like the doctors were leaning toward settling. “We aren’t built to settle, but that doesn’t mean we won’t,” voiceover goddess Meredith Grey told us. The doctors were compelled to take the money to just get on with their lives — in essence to take the money and run.
NEXT: Derek helps the doctor crew make their decision; Callie and Arizona come to a head