Grey’s Anatomy Resorts to Familiar Tropes After A Very Bad Day
By Alex Cranz
Holy Harry Potter what an episode of Grey’s Anatomy nothing on the show lately can quite top Cristina’s face when she realizes she’s been working on Henry the entire time. The shock, horror, rage and betrayal was fluid and believable and made me sad because it reminded me that Sandra Oh still doesn’t have an Emmy for this character.
The problem with two-parters like this is very little happens in the first part. It’s about setting up the conflict to be resolved. So it’s really difficult to review the episode all by itself. What really worked with this episode was the return to many of the original rules of Grey’s Anatomy. These are things that have been constant throughout the show and always seem to make the drama a bit more intense.
This past episode employed a hella lot of Grey’s rules. Including:
- If Meredith really wants something like will punch her in the fumpa and take it away. Meredith wanted a baby so much she was jealous of Callie and her three parent clusterfudge. She tried all sorts of technological wonders and finally settled on adoption. Only the government decides that she isn’t a fit adoptive parents and they don’t even bother to tell her….and then they hit her with a van and toss her around the cabin of an ambulance like a crash test dummy.
- Derek Shepherd is the only one allowed to douche Meredith around. Anyone else forces him to go into full on McDreamy. All the anger and irritation and McDouchey was put aside so Derek could comfort his wife. Only she wanted no part of his dreamy eyes and full head of hair. He spent a good portion of the episode trying to figure out how to make her feel better.
- Cristina is still Meredith’s lobster. I love that Cristina is the first to find out Meredith isn’t getting Zola. I also love that Derek was totally okay with her knowing first. See Arizona and Mark? People can be platonic friends!
- If Callie is happy she won’t be for long. Like Meredith Callie is incapable of extended periods of happiness. Just when you think the lady’s got it going her patient comes back with a screw through her heart and Callie’s to blame. (To be fair Avery is just as much to blame and I’ve no doubt he’ll get a suspension or something while Callie feels guilty, but this hour was all about Callie’s horror.)
- Nothing good ever comes from a vehicle in motion of Grey’s Anatomy. Stop. Are you in a car, plane, or boat? You are? DO NOT BE IN GREY’S ANATOMY. IT WILL END IN DISASTER.
- Sickly, hunky patients die.I mean, yes, Teddy wasn’t here for the LVAD wire/Denny affair. She missed out on the key lesson learned, but I feel like she should know anyways. Having a hot husband who is also terminally ill is just asking for disaster.
Henry was always going to die–especially after becoming a main character on True Blood. I’m sorry if you were attached to him world…and Teddy. Which brings us to…
- Happiness in the OR is fleeting. Teddy was so happy even as she was pissed in the OR. Her husband had a great surgeon and she had a great surgery and all was right. And now Henry is dead and she’s going to be majorly pissed at the rest of the cast for the foreseeable future. Ouch.
Grey’s Anatomy will be back in JANUARY with the continuation of this episode. Where we will no doubt see Teddy break down, Cristina and Owen fight, Owen break down, Alex and Meredith bond, Avery break down, and Mark, Arizona and Callie snuggle their baby.