Review: Grey's Anatomy - Give Peace a Chance
by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 30th 2009 3:00AM
(S06E07) This week's episode of Grey's Anatomy focused on Derek and evolved the character as someone that's not just McDreamy. The show should start with Patrick Dempsey talking more often. I didn't realize how mellow his voice was, though saying the words "calm," "quiet," and "peace" automatically sound calming. I hope he narrates a Disney movie soon.
If the show continues to be strong with character driven development per episode, I suggest keeping Meredith bed ridden. She's already forgiven her father and has strengthened her relationship with her sister. Let's evolve the rest of the one-dimensional characters while she stays in bed.
I liked our patient of the week. Why couldn't we have Isaac become a part-time character? He works in the hospital already. In a few moments he had a standout background (loss of family, war-torn life, and then finding Derek) and knew the consequences of his surgery. He was willing to be paralyzed just to get the tumor out and was patient waiting for Derek. And he's willing to wait, and sleep on it. I hope he comes back in a later episode just to remind these people about patience and hope.
There were several light moments that balanced out the episode. I really liked the opening telephone sequence where each of the doctors made their opinions on either the tumor or knowing who Isaac was. The pen challenge was a really interesting way of finding a candidate; especially the crushing way that it defeated Cristina. Arizona standing up against the Chief and then falling apart on Callie's shoulder was heavily endearing.
I can't become a fan of the remaining Mercy West characters when the words "bitch" and "douche" flow out of their mouths so freely. It takes me a lot to get upset and call people douches to their face. The two hospitals merged and they all (at the moment) still have jobs. They should be happy about that. I can't stand Alex anymore. Izzie has turned this strong macho guy into a whimpering sob. The only thing that would make his situation worse is if he fell for Reed.
Who wrote the dialogue for this episode? As much as I love the show, the writing in this episode sounded like it came from an MTV drama. Along with the use of bitch and douche, the use of "BFF," "Bad Ass," and "Hardcore" sounds like they tried too hard to sound youthful and exciting. These people are supposed to be mature surgeons; instead they come off immature. Then the biggest analogy of passion and dedication for Cristina and Lexie was the diaper. The two are good doctors and we have to watch them waddle and pick wedgies.
The one thing that justified the whole storyline was the teamwork that all the rest of the characters had with Derek. Bailey knew that it was the surgery that could define a career and supported him during the surgery. Mark, Callie and Arizona all took their time with professional opinions. Even Meredith (who didn't look pregnant in the bed; it had to be the Anna Karenina book) was a bouncing board for ideas.
Overall, the episode was hit and miss. How do you think the episode went? Would you want a spine mural on your wall? Leave comments below.
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