Grey's Anatomy: Tainted Obligation
by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 8th 2009 11:52PM
(S06E04) I love how Grey's Anatomy can bounce between serious and hysterical moments. Old people wanting penile implants, bears attacking a groggy Alex, and a witty jab at CSI in the first ten minutes of the show counterbalanced with Mercy West drama, Christina being ignored, and Lexie's father arriving at the hospital hacking blood.
One interesting point that clears up one question is how much the residents make. According to Izzie, she and Alex barely make $30K a year. I'm not sure if that's combined or individual, but it makes me solidify why a) Lexie lives with Mark and b) Christina and Callie are still roommates.
I loved whoever wrote all the lines for Irving, the penile implant patient. Not only were they poignant (the whole tomorrow speech was applaudable), he was direct about everything. He reminded me of Carl from Up! where he didn't get to spend his dream vacation money because life took twists and turns. I don't get what the son's problem was; the guy's your father. If my parents wanted to do something for fun, I would support the decision. Mark was a great fit for Irving because he's starting to warm up to the idea of steady dating Lexie. I found the Christina twist at the end to be funny.
Kudos to Chyler Leigh for stepping it up for the past few episodes. Lexie has vaulted herself as a believable character whose status can stand up against Christina or Bailey. Of course, Ellen Pompeo matched the dynamic and made Meredith an understanding sister. I'm okay with a Lexie-oriented episode in the future while Ellen Pompeo has her baby.
I appreciated the chief not being stressed out about merging during Thatcher Grey's surgery. He was that warm fatherly type I remember. Even at the end of the episode, Callie didn't have to say anything because he realized that he has to build a hospital full of talented doctors.
It's odd to see Izzie fighting for cancer patients. Her case was so fantastical that the idea of saving a man with end stage cirrhosis was mean to the patient. If everyone beat the odds then cancer wouldn't be serious. You knew the guy was gonna die because Izzie was on the case; I feel bad for Owen for falling into Izzie's trap. Out of the core cast, I can't help but put Izzie on the top of my list for budget cuts.
There were lots of little moments that made me appreciate the show. I liked seeing Shadow Shepherd both in the doctor's conference and in front of the surgery board; the fact that they mentioned him makes me fear for his future. The nuance of having Callie wearing fiery reds and Arizona with calm blues and the two coming together, with the nice bench away from the hospital was a nice touch. The return of the residents eating lunch at an awkward place sans Lexie was a good blast from the past. Finally, if there was any way we could continue the Alex in funny situations storyline, sign me up.
Next week, Mercy West comes in and causes a ruckus. Luckily for us, all the new people will be in orange. How did you like the episode? Leave comments below.
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