E: Sorry I’m so late – what with the Oscars on Sunday, I spent the week watching pretentious and depressing movies. What a relief it is to arrive back at Seattle Grace, where people at least sometimes laugh. This episode was full of patented Grey‘s moments. Lots of excellent, heart breaking patient cases. Unexpected romantic moments. Great lines. And a lot of whiney speechifying where someone grandstands about how no one understands the depth of their need. Blah blah blah. Oh well. I’m starting to wonder if any of these writers actually knows what a successful relationship looks like.
First off, I want to say how pleased I am that Meredith’s blindness was in fact a reaction to the fertility drugs and not dragged out into a very special episode. That said, of course it’s really lousy. Poor Meredith has to stop her cycle two days before egg retrieval. That’s gotta suck; all those shots and mood altering hormones for nothing. I like that Alex is her confidant, though, and that hot ob Lucy Fields has him twisted around one of her spiral curls. She got him to ask her out again, just so she could say no. Love it. Especially since you know she likes him and is just making him work for it, something which is really, really good for Alex to have to do.
Second, we have interrelated caseless plot lines. Callie needs to decide whether to have an amnio. Mark is against, Arizona is for. (“You’re not 45, so you don’t need it,” which, hello, have you ever visited an ob’s office? 35 is considered “advanced maternal age” in them there parts, Marky, not 45. Crazy.) Mark is down with raising a special needs child, Arizona is not. Mark gives a lot of speeches about how he’s 33% of the vote and Callie does not, in fact, get extra votes for the baby or for the birth canal. Callie decides to get the amnio, not because she wants to act on it but because she wants the information. Mark is perfectly fine with that (he just wanted to make her think about it) but Arizona whines about how none of this was the life she planned for. I get it, but welcome to reality, honey. It’s never the life you planned for.
Cristina sees all this, and is so, so pleased that Owen doesn’t care about knocking her up. But guess what, he actually does! For the record, Owen is an ass for assuming Cristina would change her mind about wanting kids. Has he even met Cristina? Did he think her biological clock would start ticking. away. just. like. this.? Seriously? They did discuss this – we’ve heard them. She made it very clear. I’m with her. He should have thought of that beforehand.
I knew this was going to come up. He thought she would get over this selfish, anti-kid pov once her residency was over. Really? To assume she was just going to grow out of it is patronizing to say the least. Now, okay, I do know people whose ideas on this subject have changed, but you can’t marry them assuming that’s going to happen. Most people who are soft on the subject say they don’t want kids now; if someone says they don’t want kids at all, you really have to take them at their word. If you wanted a family, Hunt, you should have picked Teddy, who was dying to give you one.
Okay. Sorry. Tirade #1 over.
Patient case #1: Adele falls again, and once again, she’s confused about it happened. The details don’t stay the same and they never add up. I think it’d be beastly if they made Chief Webber lose both Ellis and Adele to Alzheimers. Can’t you just see her now, enrolled in Derek’s study? And Meredith (or Derek, but probably Meredith) has to choose again, when it comes up that she’s in the control group, and she lies and gives her the drug anyway, and eventually gets found out and it’s a whole awful thing that maybe brings down the study which is Derek’s way of saving Meredith? Sigh. I’m not about that, but I’m happy that Richard finally gave in and asked Derek to take a look at Adele.
Case #2 – Nancy Travis, enrolling in Alzheimers study, has a cute little boy (maybe 9 or 10?) who spends a lot of time taking care of her because his step dad has to work crazy hours to keep up their health insurance. Boy has massive lump in the side of his neck, which Meredith notices (which step dad has been meaning to get someone to take a look at) and gets April to take a look at. April discovers that – of course – it’s surgical (duh) and in fact could kill the kid if it obstructs his airway; there’s this weird lack of urgency on the part of the docs to do something about a condition Stark seems to be convinced is eminently life threatening. Also? Stark wants Meredith, April and Arizona to call child services because this benign neglect has become life threatening. They don’t want to put the kid into the system (although Stark makes a nice point about social workers being bleeding hearts who are nicer than he is – not, of course, that it takes much) so they put it off, especially after seeing how important the little man is to keeping his mom sane. The scene where she’s freaking about him having surgery, and he sings “Walk the Line” to sooth her just about broke my heart.
So April takes it upon herself to convince Stark it’s a bad idea, and what happens? He bends. Whoa. That’s surprising. It surprises Stark, too, so much that he turns from the anti-Peter MacNicol into normal softie Peter MacNicol and asks April to dinner. Explicitly, out on a date. Yes. That’s right. Stark asks April out on a date! And like Elizabeth Bennett, she was so shocked she couldn’t think of anything to say besides yes!
I don’t entirely know what to say about this. We know she likes older guys, anyway, and the show has managed to rehabilitate unsympathetic characters before. I guess we’ll see!
Patient #3 is a pale, floppy haired consumptive looking young man who has cystic fibrosis and is about to get a new pair of lungs from Teddy. Lord Byron (oh, come on, it’s so much better than Ricky) has a pretty young girlfriend who turns out – dun dun dah! – to also have cystic fibrosis, which turns out to make them a terribly forbidden love. Apparently CF patients can pass infections on to each other more easily than other people, and so are largely restricted from any physical contact or even riding in the same car. But after 8 years of staring at each other across the waiting room, Lord Byron and Lady Caroline (or whomever) say to hell with it. CF scares the crap out of regular people, but they understand each other.
But once Jackson Avery and Lexie have figured this out, Teddy demands the couple give each other up, or she won’t give Lord Byron the lungs. They say it’s over, and Teddy, while disbelieving, hooks up a beautiful pair of lungs in place of Byron’s blackened hideous ones. Lexie pleads with Lady Caroline (or maybe I should call her Mary Shelley) to save Byron’s life by giving him up. We’re soul mates, the girl pleads. It always feels like that until you find someone new, Lexie counters gently. Later, she explains to Byron that Caro’s not really waiting for him anymore, and he’s gutted.
But Lexie is having her doubts. Was she wrong to give up Mark? She’d overheard him say to Callie he’d raise a handicapped child, and it melted her. (Course, SHE wouldn’t want to raise a healthy child, let alone a handicapped one, but she’s not thinking.) What if I abandoned my soul mate? (That’s right, Grey, make it all about you.) That soul mate stuff is total hooey, Avery says. You think there’s only one person you could possibly love? You dumped him for a reason, Avery continues, and once word gets out that you’re single, a line’s going to start forming.
What, she says, would you line up?
Yes I would, he says. I’m in the line.
Lexie fascinates me. This is perfect, because she’s flirting without acknowledging she’s flirting; she’s bringing everything that’s been building between them to the surface. I got chills from Jackson’s “I’m in the line” line, not to mention his cute little smirky shrug afterward. But for someone who generally overthinks things as much as Lexie does – well, I guess I’m just personally very conservative, because she hops in bed whenever she finds out someone likes her, and that seems wildly inconsistent with her non-dating modus operandi. Because the next time we see Avery and Lexie, they’re in the shower together. I’m not saying it’s not in character; I’m saying it’s bad decision making, and clearly gets her into messes she can’t handle. I remember how it was with Sloan; she had no interest until he was interested. Of course Avery’s incredibly hot, but she’s not even going to think a little bit about whether or not she has sufficient feelings and interest in him to merit radically changing her relationship with someone she both lives and works with? While she’s still not over someone else? If anyone on this show was going to think before they unzip, shouldn’t it be Lexie?
And actually, now that I think about, Meredith – the self-acknowledged slutty one – did her best not to get involved with anyone from work. She picked Derek up at Joe’s, not knowing who he was, and she rebuffed his advances for quite some time once she found out he was her boss. (I’m glad they’re trying that again with Lucy. It was cute.) She ruthlessly resisted Alex. (Let’s forget about that one low moment with George.) Not that I’m sorry to see Jackson finally get some action. It’s just, good grief. I feel a little gypped not to see any of the in between moments. The in between moments can be really nice. I guess I’m impressed they were comfortable enough with each other to skip right to the showering phase. I guess?
So, what did you guys think? How long can Lucy go on resisting Alex? Will Adele end up in Derek’s study? Will Lexie dump pretty pretty Avery to coparent with Mark and the lesbians? Will Arizona just commit already and stop taking her dislike of Mark out on Callie? And will Cristina agree to carry Derek and Meredith’s baby if Meredith can’t? Just in case things aren’t screwed up enough already.