Grey's Anatomy: Elevator Love Letter
by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 27th 2009 1:02AM
(S05E19) After the commercials continued to mention how wonderful Grey's Anatomy was going to be, I was brainwashed. This episode had to be good. For me, it delivered. In the first five minutes, we were given Owen's PTSD situation and it set the tone for the rest of the episode. Then we get the wonderful voiceovers from Alex, a good change from Meredith.
There were definitely serious tear inducing moments, along with two really funny situations. We also had a believable patient. When does this hospital get normal patients? Probably when they went down a few ranks. More thoughts and analysis after the jump.
The Owen/Christina situation is touchy. PTSD is a subject not often covered on television, and I appreciate that they are making mention of it. I'm sure there are many veterans that are too proud to admit things, and I hope shows like this (and the Real World: Brooklyn) pushes them in the right direction. I get why Christina couldn't sleep with Owen, but the two of them work really well. I'm not sure if it's just good acting by both Sandra Oh and Kevin KcKidd, or the fact that Christina's cold nature was warmed by Owen's situation. They work in that weird way that Meredith/Derek and Callie/Arizona work: opposites attract.
We finally get a patient of the week that isn't a big stretch: an old woman that's due to die ... soon. I understood where the anger emerged from the family members (mostly based on wasted time and money), but on the aunt's defense, that was the only reason that her niece and nephews would even bother to visit her. They were her support and were genuinely hurt when she passed. She fit perfectly with the idea that Alex, and the rest of the cast, should be supporting Izzie, not ignoring her. Bailey came to the rescue for most of the episode as the mother figure. Hopefully, she's balancing the home front as well as she is the hospital. As an aside, I also appreciate the interns for not being total idiots and actually being concerned for Izzie.
I've always been on the fence about Meredith as a character. I've related to her depressed moods and her passion for surgery, but sometimes she just didn't fit with everyone else. I finally realized this episode that though Meredith isn't a great main character, she's actually a wonderful bouncing board for everyone else. She brought out the best in Derek and defended Christina. She was there for Christina in a moment's notice. She took a little bit of a back seat in the episode and it worked. Grey's Anatomy is a great ensemble that's not being led by one person.
I appreciate the connection between Callie and George. The two had a connection at one point and it was nice to see that they could still discuss things. Callie's dislike for Izzie was something that also got ignored after the George situation (the writer's strike last year threw a few things off).
How many times could the show dodge using the word "semen" without it being really annoying? Apparently less than five. I found the word "contribution" to probably be the most effective, but did Alex use the word "spooge" in the end of the show because it sounded like "snoozed"? I guess I should sharpen up on my Urban Dictionary lexicon. It was really awkward for the Chief and Alex to discuss the process, but it became comedy gold. Putting down the specimen cup right in front of the chief while he was eating lunch? Genius. Continuing with the funny, Lexie with the pacemaker situation. That's just a weird after effect from a pacemaker that I never thought about.
The elevator should be noted as one of the most important characters on the show. That boiler room was getting a lot of air time, as was the bench by the emergency doors, but when the situation got serious; we went back to the classic elevator. It was a perfect place for Derek to propose. To top it off, he even decorated it with memories.
On a fashion front, I hated the turtleneck. Yeah it was necessary, but clashed with the rest of the ensemble. Bailey looked really pretty in that shade of green for the scarf. Finally, shaved Derek looked better than woodsman Derek, especially when he's dressed up.
Before I forget, I totally loathe Dr. Swender. She's aggressive and not in a good, Bailey kind of way. I don't like that she took over Izzie's case without a hello. She is annoying and the negative energy would probably doom Izzie. Then at least we have a scapegoat, just in case Izzie dies.
I don't know if I could take a few weeks off from this show. After having several good episodes, we hit a wall. Fans have to wait for April 23rd for the next new episode titled "Sweet Surrender." We're almost at the 100th episode, as well, and rumors of a wedding will be revealed in all due time.