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Review: Grey's Anatomy - New History

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:42AM
Mark and the new doctor
(S06E09) "According to Google, you don't exist" - Cristina Yang

We've reached a maximum capacity on Grey's Anatomy where all the billed characters showed up for a few seconds on the show then disappeared; even the bartender showed up. This left a lot of characters segregated to the side. Meredith returned and was out of the loop for most of the episode, stuck in a room practicing her craft on a plastic dummy.

We also found the return of Izzie and the introduction of a new cardio doctor, Dr. Teddy Altman. While I grew to like Teddy, I really wished that Izzie would just go home and never come back.

The biggest focus on an individual character this week came from Bailey. It was the return of the Miranda Bailey I remember: concerned for her interns like a mother hen, saying a lot of witty comments, and just the general looks that Chandra Wilson gave were great. I laughed when she looked at both Reed and Lexie and considered that either may be having an affair with the chief. We'll see how getting all of the chief's surgeries will affect her in the coming weeks.

Cristina got her cardio god with Teddy. The fact that they clashed early on just shows Cristina's difficulty warming up to people, but the actual surgery finally motivated her. More drama will ensue with Cristina and Owen next week, but I'm hoping that this only makes them stronger.

A big bombshell finally put all of the puzzle pieces together: the chief was so stressed out with work and life that he turned to drinking. I must have been dense to not consider he had a drinking problem; the fact that the bar hasn't shown up for the past few weeks should have tipped me off. Now one has to wonder: was he drunk during surgery? While he was driving his car? When he fired Derek? The fact that Meredith said "I can't solve anything" to Alex and then saw the chief at the bar made me assume that she will try to solve his problem.

Finally, I don't know what to say about the Alex/Izzie situation. I still take Izzie as a person who wants everything to go her way now that she beat cancer. Poor Alex is misunderstood, and Izzie is too stubborn to listen to him. She may be pregnant (or it was a memory relapse), but that doesn't mean I take pity for her. How about this scenario: she goes to the land of Private Practice and never comes back.

As for the small things, I'm really liking the "other" lunch table with Mark, Callie, Arizona, Owen, and Teddy. The fact that even Arizona could stop Mark from putting his foot in his mouth was nice. I will credit the show for at least having an interesting use of focus during Alex and Izzie's argument; it was cliche, but at least attempted. Finally, I love this idea of a "work wife/husband."

How did you all take the episode? Leave comments below.

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Stacie23

I feel the same way as Michael, I am really enjoying the "other" table. The non-1st season cast. Especially Arizona, but Owen, Mark, Callie, and Lexie(even though she wasn't there today). The non-1st season cast has really stepped it up and filled in a lot of the holes that have been around for awhile. Arizona is definetly one of my favorite characters. They have written her extremly well, meshed her with the entire cast, given her lots of great material, and Jessica Capshaw is doing a great job with it. I loved last week's episode when we saw all of the non 1st season cast really step it up, and I hope it continues, even with Merideth coming back and Izzie eventually returning for good.

November 13 2009 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Claire

I thnk Addison is better on Private Practice,. She had no more purpose on GA. How many more sick babies were in Seattle that needed that much urgent care? And, she had slept and broke up with all the lead male characters. Derek has never been in love with her since she arrived. Mark had cheated and would again and Alex? Uhm..I couldn't even take that seriously when it was happening. She's a lead on Private Practice. Please let Kate Walsh be successful there and stop putting her back on a show where she was lucky to get 2 minutes screentime on any given episode.

November 13 2009 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Claire

Who cares? Meredith isn't going anywhere. Shonda Rhimes loves her. First character she wrote/created out of all the characters, put her in the same college as Rhimes went to, written like the creator herself. Ellen Pompeo and Meredith will be there front and center as long as Ellen Pompeo remains on the show. Rhimes herself has said that. So the haters are going to post the ugly stuff because they know she's not going anywhere no matter how mcuh the try to tell you she's not the lead. It cracks me up a little. They complain and Mer remains. You'd think they would move on to what they like about the show but they stay focused on Meredith. Sad, but in some ways pretty funny too. Rock on Shonda!

November 13 2009 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tanya Buchanan

I love Kim Raver and I am so happy to see her on Grey's. I am not a fan of Owen and Christina, so looking forward to the mess she can cause in that relationship.

November 13 2009 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scazza

Great episode! What a bombshell in the end! And to see Christina finally challenged, in a surgical bind and be successful was so satisfying! Loved it. Both plots were built well over the past eps. And Kim Raver totally rocked her role, she shockingly didn't even look new. She got the rhythm and the energy of the show immediately, it was eerie! Like she was born to be here, kind of filling the Addison gap. Yay! I loved how she immediately was complimentary, confident, and a good teacher. I hope things work out with the 3 of them so she stays!

November 13 2009 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dkny

i would have to say that for the better part of the last two seasons the hospital has been the main character and that's what the problem has been.

I don't think the show has been the same since Addison left but I'm happy to see some new people with story lines. New heart chick and Owen are definitely going to be together so just get used to it now. Alex and the pixie (which I endorse and not only because she's hotter than Izzy but far less annoying).

The chief and his drinking is a bit of over kill. Another drunk who has to have the "talk."

All in all though I'm enjoying this show a lot more than in recent years so they must be doing something right

November 13 2009 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patti

Izzie hasn't learned a damned thing-she almost died of her disease, and now she is back to being a spiteful, spoiled brat again. How did she get that way anyhow? She grew up in a trailer park, with a trashy mom and knocked up at a young age. Her character has to die soon, or its just no longer believable. Hey, wait, it isn't now! I feel bad for Alex, she dumped a $200,000 medical bill in his lap, and she wonders why he is mad? There is a word for her, c..t, and I don't use that word much, but if the shoe fits.....

November 13 2009 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

I still love Izzie. She and Alex are the reason I still watch this show.

November 13 2009 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

I might even be willing to concede that back in the beginning of season 1, when meredeth's alzheimers' mom and drunk dad were a major focus, along with "mer and der" being the key relationship, one could make a plausible argument that meredith was the key character. She was the one with the house, she was the one that all the interns were friends with, despite some not liking others, she was the one with the back story with the famous surgeon mom.

So much has changed, I just don't see how anyone can claim that Meredith Grey is more significant than any other primary character at this point in the show. Plus, now that it seems Meredith and Derrick are finally officially together and married (post-it married, but seems to satisfy them), that aspect of the show is gone. Looking back to the first few seasons, you kinda got the notion that if Meredith and Derrick ever got married it would be in the series finale.

But whatever I might be willing to concede about the beginning of the show is no longer true of the show now. Aside from the fact that Meredith still does more of the annoying and pointless "surgeons lives are like raindrops..." 30-second voiceovers at the beginning of the show than Christina or Kerev (though they certainly do some of them), she is now no more important of a character than they are.

November 13 2009 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
googoogajoob

I sort of liked it but also found it too much. what I liked was that it had alot of little things reminiscent to old grey's habits, like the lunch scene, and the bar, and the chief's wife and things like that. but i think they overloaded with the characters and storylines. I'm not sure if I'll remember everyones storylines by next week.

November 13 2009 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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