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Review: Grey's Anatomy - Give Peace a Chance

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 30th 2009 3:00AM
The doctors of Seattle Grace work on a surgery.
(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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AlleyKat

One of my favorite shows along with Private Practice but I'm fed up with the loud background music. It's just too dificult to hear the dialogue. Guess it's time to find other great shows to watch. There are some new ones that may actually be better, at least I'll be able to hear them.

November 20 2009 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xina

LOL..the language is completely appropriate. Did you know that studies show using strong language when you are upset, stressed or simply worn out is GOOD for you? It lowers your blood pressure, takes pressure off your heart, and decreases your chance to stress related migraines? One would assume that DOCTORS know that and act accordingly.

"Gee, Alex...your so mean."

"Alex...you're a douche." Might not sound nice, but it fits to context it was said in. That IS realistic...and since when are doctors about it all? They are people just like all of us....sometimes they might actually be annoyed, and heaven forbid they express it! I mean, I wouldn't want some tightly wound stuck in the mud cutting open my spin.

Needless to say..LOVED this episode. Alex making the choice to TRY and be there for Izzie only confirmed my dislike for her....keep her gone...

October 31 2009 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hal

The language doesn't bother me so much since I don't find all that much in the show to be realistic. It's entertaining though.

However this episode was really dramatic, with the surgery and detail. I thought it was exciting, and beautiful the way they juxtaposed the banality of diaper wearing, with a life or death ground breaking surgery.

October 30 2009 at 8:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dkny

Certainly nothing childish or high school about this little tit for tat but it's entertaining so keep it going

I only have one comment but I'll number it too

1)this is the first episode in a while that felt like a Grey's and not an exercise in explaining cast adjustments

October 30 2009 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

Dave--Sage advice. Couldn't agree more.

October 30 2009 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

Michael-You're letting CM3 get to you. Sometimes the best response is "Thank you for your comments and I will consider what you've said in future articles". And then move on......

October 30 2009 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

This is exhausting and probably pointless to continue. But to respond to each of your points:

1. Just because it's Disney owned doesn't make it Disneyland. If you want entertainment (dare we call it art?) that's been scrubbed of all real world influence--especially contemporary vernacular--turn off your TV, move to Orlando and buy a season's pass. You're insufficiently sophisticated to watch 2009 TV. Today's children don't share your handicap.

2. If you want stares to convey emotion instead of real world dialogue, turn off your TV--are you detecting a trend here?--and limit your entertainment to Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd silent films. By the way, glassy means vacant. You likely meant angry. Where'd you put that dictionary?

3. I'm a professional. I've learned I can professionally discharge my professional obligations and interact with my colleagues at the same time. It ain't that hard.

4. The part of New York I grew up in was populated with people who understood context and reacted appropriately. I fully understand if you were beaten regularly.

5. Your use of facetious--kudos on spelling it right--indicates you still don't know what it means.

Keep trying. But, please, turn off your TV. Or at least stay away from shows that require anything close to an adult sensibility with regard to language and theme. Thanks.

October 30 2009 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

1) As a fan of Disney, I've been to Orlando several times, I have family that lives there. Not the point. Disney runs the gamut from peaceful (Snow White) to Violent (Apocalypto). There's a time and place for everything and I just don't think that screaming douche to people is appropriate for prime time without warnings. Family Guy warns their viewers to have discretion and is on at the same time different night. Grey's doesn't (other than the TV rating in the corner).

I truly hope that children nowadays can distinguish art and acting from real world scenarios before they think that calling someone "their bitch" is appropriate. I truly hope that children know that Miley Cyrus dancing on a pole is a performance and not something they aspire to do. I truly hope that children who read about Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan partying (or watch Gossip Girl or 90210) know the consequences and repercussions of a partying lifestyle. I also hope that they know that as attending doctors, they have responsibility to care for their patients.

2) Although I'm using the worst example ever, Tyra Banks teaches her model hopefuls to use passion and emotion (through "009 terms like "H2T" and "smize" which I also hate, but that's because she's creating silly words) to sell a photo/product. But she also teaches connection with commercials. A girl can read lines, but it's her passion that sells the product. I've never seen someone in a commercial go "You're my bitch, buy my product," nor have I ever seen a Grey's Anatomy commercial that used the words douche or bitch to sell the show.

Oh and I meant "glassy" as lifeless. Izzie has sucked the life out of Alex, and Reed only realized that afterward. Alex could have given the S.O.S. glassy eyes and Reed would have been able to see that something is wrong.

3) Are you speaking that way in front of clients? I don't. I'm not judging you. I'm just stating that's what Reed and Alex were doing. The Izzie situation was clearly upsetting him, but he was doing his job. Reed was the one who reacted funny (for a lack of a better term) in front of the patients. When Alex said no, they should have continued working until they left the room. Instead she cut him off from his work.

In last week's episode, there were several viewpoints that could have made the doctors look worse (half of the nursing staff, the little boy, the firefighter, the person next to the woman who died all had vantage points) or better (Arizona, would have been positive about Lexie's strength). Other people could have gotten fired for negligence.

4) I would hope that society would react appropriately, but that's not the way that Grey's portrayed it. After both Reed and Jackson used words like Douche and Bitch, in a normal world Lexie and Alex would know that they are the better person and walk away (possibly vent to a friend). In the Grey's Anatomy world, they countered.

Last week Alex almost got into physical altercations with the Mercy West people. I was not beaten as you assume, but Alex would have beat the person if no one was holding him back because they were talking crap.

5) I was being facetious. Who talks about Mad Men during Grey's Anatomy? The show is a totally different world and airs on at a later time on a cable network. Grey's Anatomy is ABC's big fighter on the Thursday television battle.

Grey's Anatomy handles a lot of adult situations correctly and doesn't need to be vulgar in their way through. I loved how they dealt with Callie and her father in retrospect to her homosexuality and they didn't resort to tactless use of language. Instead they got even smarter and used the bible on both sides of the argument. Another example was seeing Meredith understand that Lexie is family and her estranged father was as well was a genuinely emotional scene. Calling someone their bitch, unfortunately is not.

October 30 2009 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rb

Wow. I really enjoyed this episode. I feel that this episode,with the removal of Meredith mainly, but also George and Izzie allowed the writers to paint us a story that was supported by the unique personalities of all of the show's characters. There was a story here, and the speeches and humor and the raw emotion helped to move the story forward. Every remaining cast member was important to the story. Every character flaw and strength was important to this story, beginning to end. Also note that for me, the story was less about the actual surgery and more about how Derek handled the surgery, and Lexi handled the surgery and Christina, and Arizona on down the line. The story is about being inspired to be more, to be bigger, to be greater. Well done writers. Well done.

October 30 2009 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SadiesRotten

I totally loved last nights episode and hope there are many more just like that one. I was on the edge of my seat for nearly all of it and even found myself holding my breath. Good television is when you can be taken out of your element simply by listening to and following along with a great show. Last nights Grey's Anatomy was Great Television!

October 30 2009 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

Wow. Did you actually read that response before you sent it?

Step 1--Get and use a dictionary. The word you mangled is "facetious" meaning jocular. Note--I was dead serious in my criticism of your review. But you only horribly misspelled that one--a minor offense. More serious--certainly for a wannabe writer--is your failure to understand the meaning of "evocative," "lexicon", "Victorian" and several other words important to any point you're seeking to make.

All dramatic dialogue is evocative (I think the subsequent commenter Bruce confused the term with "provocative") if it succeeds in communicating a more complex and complete image. And calling or referring to another as a douche or a bitch or an asshole certainly accomplishes that goal. These terms are legitimate shorthand for painting the writer's picture.

The bulk of your response I simply don't understand. Please ask someone to review and edit your essays for logic and word choice. For instance, I wasn't calling the characters or their dialogue Victorian--that term was directed toward your 19th century reaction to 2009 vernacular that you find offensive. You missed that one. And your expectation that health care workers are fundamentally different from the rest of the population in vocabulary or behavior? When did you last step foot outside your home? Do you think Mad Men is a documentary? Unbelievable.

October 30 2009 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

1) I understand that any dialogue on television will be dramatic and evocative to anyone watching it. I just expect a show on ABC (a company owned by Disney) to have the decency of not diluting my television with garish words to pique peoples' interests. While I don't think children should be watching Grey's Anatomy, they are watching and they are extending language like this to their friends. People often complain that children are growing up fast and having strong language on a show that is accessible to anyone with an antenna is the reason for that.

This show could survive completely with a strong musical soundtrack, sound effects, and no dialogue whatsoever because the actors can emote what's on their faces.

I want you to try something. Listen to Grey's Anatomy without watching the visuals and tell me if you think the writing is good without the physical acting. The only actor I believed last night was Patrick Dempsey. He did a great job, not just with his voice-over work, but he was a gamut of emotions and he never resorted to choosing evocative words.

2) For the Victorian, I thought you thought I was being old in my beliefs. I guess I am. I'm not going to get all "for the children," but there are other words that can mean bitch, douche, and asshole without having to say bitch, douche, or asshole. The writers may paint a picture with the words, but it's the actors that give it character. I think Alex giving a glassy stare to Reed would do the same as directly calling her names. Same goes for Lexie during the vending machine scene.

3) I think that with Seattle Grace (or any hospital in America) lawsuits are prevalent. While they can complain while on break (or in that bar we haven't seen in a while), people like Alex and Reed were talking in front of patients, instead of fully treating them and then walking away to deal with their problems. These patients can stand up in court to defend negligence of doctors by saying that they were arguing in front of them instead of helping them.

4) I was brought up in New York City and if I were to go and call someone a douche or a bitch that I didn't know, I would expect to suffer some form of verbal repercussion (most likely physical repercussion). Where did you grow up believing that screaming offensive words to each other was acceptable? I would have gotten an "excuse me" or a glare and been reprimanded for my words. I wouldn't have gotten "Ooh, you have an evocative vocabulary. Let's hang out."

5) Just to be facetious, Mad Men may take place in the past but they use 60s topics to accentuate the problems in our society today. Even I know that.

October 30 2009 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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