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Review: Grey's Anatomy - I Saw What I Saw

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 23rd 2009 2:02AM
A fight breaks loose on Grey's Anatomy.
(S06E06) There were so many people on screen last week on Grey's Anatomy that I didn't even realize that Mark Sloan wasn't in the whole episode. Luckily for any Mark fan, he becomes an essential character when burn victims show up.

This week, one of many hotel fire victims dies because of negligence; everyone tells their side. The multiple perspectives became more and more difficult to keep up with, because the original Seattle Grace doctors defended each other, while the Mercy West doctors tried to throw any of the Seattle Grace doctors under the bus.

I didn't see twelve different perspectives as the commercials announced, there were only nine perspectives that had any effect on the story:

1. Owen
2. Cristina
3. April
4. Bailey
5. Charlie
6. Lexie
7. Jackson
8. Alex
9. Reed

The other three, I assume came from the interviewers. The commercials disappointed me again. I know that Derek, Mark, Callie, and Arizona were not interviewed, even though several of them were waiting outside to find out what happened.

There was a lot of potential that this episode could have gone with. With Mitch Pleggi guest-starring again, I'm reminded of one great episode of X-Files, "Bad Blood," where Mulder and Scully had to recount a vampire story. The thing about what made the X-Files episode good and the Grey's episode poor was the fact that in Grey's all perspectives were the same. The medical charts didn't lie and everyone was in the same area at the same time for the whole episode. There was no big change in perspective. Both Owen and Bailey weren't in the room when the mother died. We could have omitted their interviews and it wouldn't make any difference.

How does someone that doesn't even show up on the screen mess up the whole show? The thing that I hate even more about Izzie was the fact that if she just talked to Alex when he was about to get his blood drawn, half of the events that happened wouldn't have. I didn't think that I would watch a tough guy like Alex crumble, and he doesn't deserve all the crap that Izzie gives him.

I still haven't warmed up to the Mercy West characters, though it seems like Reed is the only one warming to me. It's probably because of her squeaky voice and pixie haircut. Do people really call people douches when they've never talked to each other? Their first impressions of the Seattle Grace doctors was a bad first impression for me. Why didn't the doctors have icebreakers or a luncheon so that they could at least know each others' names? Luckily, with one gone, Izzie not around, and Meredith recovering, I'm hoping that Charlie, Jackson, and Reed grow as characters.

Without Meredith, I think Lexie did a fine job being the Grey for the episode. Even though she cried and still reacted the same as she always does, she sucked it up and did her job. Big kudos goes to Arizona who snapped her into place. I was cringing when I kept hearing Evan, the Asian burn victim, scream and how they cut his arm. If I was Lexie I'd need a few minutes to compose myself, as well. Are dangling earrings kosher in a hospital? That accessory seems like it would just get in the way.

The little things that I liked about the episode were the over the shoulder transitions, the way they covered Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy bump with a wheelchair and a big bag, and the firefighters flanking their fellow officer near the end of the episode. What did everyone think of this a-typical episode? Should they attempt it ever again? Leave comments below.

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I loved this episode! It was really focoused on the medicine part and I think alot of this exist in the american healthcare system. This episode also got me angry. I hated when the one who had to quit was leaving full of shame. Arizona or what she is named said that she had perfect scores and so. This mistake problably ruined her whole life. The thing is that it was not even her fault. It is sad that one worker has to take the blame for a system that is failing horribly. Its the chiefs faults not the doctors and nurses. I think she acted very good because I was suffering with her.

November 06 2009 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the best Grey's shows in 2 seasons. This should win an emmy for editing - the way they spun, sliced and spliced those stories and perspectives together was absolutely brilliant.

October 24 2009 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually liked this episode. How it played out kind of reminded me of that episode of "House" where Chase kills a woman and everyone interviews him on what happened that lead to the mistake, just on a bigger scale.

October 23 2009 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I enjoyed this episode--it really was difficult to pinpoint who was responsible. The explanation made sense, although it wasn't completely satisfying. I had pretty much decided that it was actually the chief's fault, because he allowed the merger to happen without providing any real guidelines or policies about *how* it should happen. As a result, he created chaos and fear for both the Mercy West and Seattle Grace doctors. When Derek stepped in to say that very thing to the chief, I cheered--the chief had that coming. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the chief does about it.

October 23 2009 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lexie really is showing her skills this season. We never get to see her do some hardcore acting but this season showcased how great of an actress she really is. Hoping we get to see more of Lexie and kudos, to Chyler Leigh, who I think i'm falling in love with.

October 23 2009 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Why didn't the doctors have icebreakers or a luncheon so that they could at least know each others' names?"

I think there are two reasons why: 1.)Companies in today's environment are rarely allowing employee lunches to be covered, and 2.)In a merger of like businesses, where performance is a major deciding factor of who stays and who goes, there is a lot of backstabbing. And doctors work in real time with real consequences, so there's rarely an opportunity of "do-overs".

October 23 2009 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Derek was POV #10 in that he felt the chief created the climate that lead to these events.

The chief was #11 in that he explained his POV to Derek at the end.

October 23 2009 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Technically I count 10, since we got Meredith's point of view as well.... The point of view of 'Why is Bailey taking so long to get to me?'

October 23 2009 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Liked this episode a lot. Lexie held up in her role as the title Grey this time around. Though, I was hoping Evan would hear from his dad!

But the final scenes were the best....Derek called the chief on the BS that is going on in the hospital, and I HOPE that makes TPTB stop and take notice. It HAS been complete chaos in the ER the last couple of episodes, and people are being so petty. I hope that stops soon and we go back to getting to know some of these new characters and storylines.

October 23 2009 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a piece of crap episode. Just didn't work.
And to fire the girl from Everwood? I was hoping she was coming on full time. But no, they kept the boring ones.

October 23 2009 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to GrumpyOldMan's comment

There were two girls from Everwood in this episode, not to be nitpicky, but Sarah Drew is a talented actress, and it's unfortunate that she's leaving so soon.

October 23 2009 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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