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Grey's Anatomy recap: 'Second Opinion'

A scattered episode touched on the pending plane-crash lawsuit, Arizona’s return to Seattle Grace, and Karev’s big purchase from Meredith

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Greys Anatomy Recap
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Grey's Anatomy

TV Show
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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
Current Status:
In Season

Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy — titled “Second Opinion” — was, simply put, all over the damn place. No second opinion needed on that topic. If the writers were intending to put out an hour of television that touched on nearly all the storylines going on in the show, then they surely succeeded. However, they also surely succeeded in making what was pretty much a totally schitzo installment of Grey’s that ran amok among all the strands of what’s happening at Seattle Grace currently. (Apologies now to star Chandra Wilson, who directed the episode.)

And before you naysay about that commentary, I’ll just admit: No, I’m never really satisfied. I know that I complain when the show ignores certain characters, and then also — in the case of last night’s hour — I complain when they do touch on every character. The only thing I have to believe is that there is indeed a way to weave several storylines together in a smart way. I believe that, mostly, because I know this show can do that. It’s tricky, though. And for the most part, this season of Grey’s has been good — I’ve said as much in several of my recaps here on EW.com. Last night certainly wasn’t the series’ weakest, but it wasn’t the strongest, either. It had it’s good moments, and it’s bad.

The primary storyline seemed to the be the on-going saga about the pending lawsuit that the doctors affected by the plane crash last season — Cristina, Derek, Callie (Arizona’s proxy), and Meredith — are trying to get off the ground. The dirty work began in earnest, as the doctors were told to spill the beans about how they’d been affected by the tragedy. The lawyers wanted to calculate damages. “Almost anything can be helpful to monetize your injuries,” one of the lawyers told the doctors. The lawyers also detailed the formula for how they’d figure out what figure they would sue for — but long story short, it would be huge huge huge.

The one sticking point during the lawsuit discussion was the plane’s pilot, who the lawyers said they’d be going after for damages. “As far as the pilot is concerned,” the lady lawyer said, devoid of any emotion, “you need to stop thinking about him as one of you and start thinking of him as one of them.”  It was decidedly strange to do that, though, because the pilot had also been injured and — as it was revealed — was paralyzed after the accident. Another discussion focused on Derek and whether he’d ever be able to do surgery again with his injured hand. At first Callie seemed to want to hedge her answer, then she emphatically said no, and then — after a fight with Derek — she recanted and said she’d do everything she can to fix his hand. She explained why she was all over the place on Derek’s hand: “Because I was scared. Because I felt like I failed you. You should have pushed me harder. We haven’t tried everything. You shouldn’t give up until we do.”

NEXT: The doctors find out the lawsuit will hit closer to home than they’d expected