Grey's Anatomy: All By Myself
by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 4th 2008 11:03PM
(S05E10) Before I even start this review, I've got to vent about the absurd amount of commercials during this episode of Grey's Anatomy. Is it always this bad and I just haven't noticed? Are there always ads every two minutes or so? I found it extremely distracting to be constantly interrupted, especially when there were so many storylines going on tonight.
And we did have a lot to keep track of: Dr. Dixon's appearance, the Izzie / Denny / Alex love triangle, who would be awarded the first solo surgery, Callie's and Sadie's flirting, the medical cases of the week, Yang and Hunt, Sloan and Little Grey, Bailey and Sloan ... I can barely keep track of them all.
Let's break down this episode after the break and try to make some sense of "All By Myself."
Cristina felt alone because she had to choose which resident would get to do the first solo surgery, but also because none of the other residents backed her up when the interns were caught doing surgery on each other. She's fighting with Meredith because Cristina can separate her personal and professional lives, and Meredith can't. Hunt saves the day with the kinky vent. Don't really know what to say about that, but I do love Hunt so I'll let it slide.
The sisters' car accident case was heartbreaking. We've all probably wished someone dead at least once in our lives, whether in our heads or out loud. Can you imagine if it actually came true? How would you live with yourself? The younger sister was classic all-by-herself.
And how about the lady who didn't speak for five years? Probably she was feeling pretty alone, as was her husband. It brings to the forefront the question, "What is communication?" They were spending all their time bemoaning the fact that they couldn't communicate because the wife had no voice. The irony of the beautiful ending of this case, how much is said with just the one word "hi," is very powerful. They really could have communicated all along, but they had pushed each other away.
It was great to see Alex have a vulnerable, human moment of happiness. Yeah, we've seen him cry, but we've never seen him elated and open before. His speech, though a bit cliche, kind of fit Alex perfectly. Why would he be more eloquent than he was, when he's been pretty socially awkward about making connections with people? "You make me better. You make me want to be better. You make me want to be good."
As much as I've enjoyed Denny, I think it is really time for him to go now and let Izzie be with Alex, although his quote after Alex's speech was pretty funny: "I'm really starting to not like that guy."
- Crazy that Denny is sitting on the couch in the doctor's lounge with Izzie in the opening scene. Did they go too far?
- That Miranda is so spunky. She's my favorite character because she's so true to herself.
- Not sure how I feel about Callie and Sadie. With Hahn, it was OK that Callie turned into a Lesbian because it was about the person. It is harder to believe that Callie is suddenly attracted to random females.
- Bailey had such a powerful moment with Sloan in the OR. She is so respectful and earnest, and I love Mark's truly humble reaction once he gets it.
- Izzie's good sex speech to Cristina was fun. It's the important things in life, eh Izzie?
- I can't decide how I feel about Mary McDonnell's portrayal of someone with Asberger's Syndrome. I want to like it, because I like her so much, but I have known people with Asberger's and something about the performance is over the top for me; it just doesn't ring true.
- Liking the Sloan / Little Grey tryst? I am, and I can't wait to see where it goes.