E: Okay, so it wasn’t one of the all time greats, but it was still pretty darn good, I thought. Maybe it’s because I’ve known people with the medical ailments detailed here, but I’m mostly down with this episode. Well, sorry. I don’t know anyone who had a knife stuck in his skull.
What I liked:
Meredith did quite the good job running the ER, don’t you think, all things considered? She was calm, she was in charge. She totally saved that dude having a stroke in the parking lot! (I also enjoyed him waking up and dumping his girlfriend from hell, insisting on getting his key back before booting her from his hospital room. Nice.) Sure, she wasn’t able to get everyone seen on time, but have you ever been to an emergency room? That’s what it’s like. Well, actually, most emergency rooms have waiting areas, but that’s beside the point. You wait a lot, and yes, you do get pushed aside for someone whose aorta is about to blow out.
That storyline was devastating. The guy seems normal. Why can’t he take his kid to the ballgame? Because, it turns out, he’s going to die here in the hospital, all alone. I have a hard time talking about this one. When the blood started running out of his nose – and then later when Meredith answered the son’s phonecall? Oh, wow.
And of course there was the comic relief of the drunken idiot with the massive knife stuck in his head. Most people have probably heard stories or seen pictures of this – someone who has a nail or a knife in their skull and turns out to be fine. I almost feel like Grey’s has done this before. The comic angle made it so much more fun, though. When the guys kept pulling beers out of their clothes? I’m sorry, I laughed. And holy crap, what an ending? How much did you howl when the friend pulled it out? YIKES!
My heart goes out to the family of that poor little boy who kept getting pushed aside for more emergent case, though. And because of that, I could pretty much hug Alex for giving up his courtside seats to stay and help the poor little guy with the broken femur. You knew Karev would cave as soon as he saw him – and I don’t know why Callie or Arizona couldn’t have helped – looked like they only had the former for one tiny scene and the latter not at all.
To my amusement, Meredith and Derek aren’t going to have sex in the on-call room or the elevator – he’s going to shoot her up with fertility drugs! This cracked me up. The fact that she was so pleasant and perky and capable while on those drugs? That was even more impressive. That regimen is not easy, oh no it is not, and I don’t know anyone who’s been on it who’s had an easier time being nice during it.
Avery and little Grey going on a date! Now, is she sufficiently over Mark to give Avery a chance? Should she date her housemate? I almost don’t care. Are they finally, finally going to get him a girlfriend? I know lots of people love Mark and Lexie together, but I’ve never been able to see how they were going to get past their different relationship expectations, and with the baby on the way, those differences seem insurmountable. Where as the handsome Jackson Avery is right where Lexie’s at.
What I was indifferent to:
Teddy, you need to wake up and fall in love with Henry, okay? I was glad to see him, but I want more movement on this storyline, please! How cute was he, after he’d interrogated Teddy’s date? “Let’s just say, I think we can do better.” Also, I really wanted to know whether he explained the relationship to the date, and how that might go down with perspective suitors. Henry, however, seems much too smart to have introduced himself as Teddy’s husband, since actively screwing up the date would have just pissed her off.
Bailey in the on call room. She’s funny with nurse Eli, but I wouldn’t mind if the sex part was a little more sexy.
The idea of Cristina as Callie’s baby’s Godmother. Meredith’s reaction wasn’t particularly attractive, but totally understandable (infertility takes that kind of toll), and I give her huge maturity props for being able to explain to Cristina what was bothering her. She felt like somehow it meant that Cristina was assuming Meredith would never have a baby; they both acknowledged it was irrational, but like a true best friend, Cristina stepped up. No, my confusion is with Callie. I know that Cristina and Callie were good friends, former roommates, but really? I still don’t buy it. Why is Callie even talking about this at 3 months? And, I don’t know, but do people who aren’t even remotely religious get Godparents for their kids? Being a Godparent isn’t the same thing as being in someone’s will as a legal guardian. I can see Callie’s family wanting her child to be baptized, although I don’t know if I see Callie going along with it – and if she did, it would matter to her family’s church that Cristina’s an atheist.
Anyway, here’s my point. My friends who have their kids baptized have Godparents. The ones who don’t, don’t. I can’t see either Meredith or Callie baptizing their kids, so what gives? Is this some sort of fad?
Lucy in the Strawberry Fields with Diamonds flirting with Alex by helping him forge his signature. I think I’m going to like them – I like the way she teases him, and made him ask her out even when she couldn’t go to the basketball game – but that was both obvious and (as April pointed out) illegal. (Don’t even get me started on Alex asking April for help cheating.)
What I didn’t like:
Adele’s early onset dementia. Whether or not it’s Alzheimer’s is beside the point. Is too much. You can’t do that Adele, she’s too good a character, and you can’t do that to the chief, but even if that was okay, it’s played out. We’ve been there with Ellis.
“We call it ‘the golden hour’ – sigh. Was it just me, or did the opening voice over seem much more trite than the show? Even more so than usual?
The preview for next week. How 90210 is that? This week, Meredith suddenly goes blind! Will she ever operate again? Oh no! Whatever will they do if she can’t operate? Right, cause that’s going to happen. (Tell me it’s a symptom of the fertility drugs, please!)
And that’s it for me. What did you think? Did you enjoy it? Are you looking forward to next week’s very special episode?