Review: Grey's Anatomy - New History
by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:42AM
(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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