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Review: Grey's Anatomy - Holidaze

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 20th 2009 3:20AM
The Seattle Grace family celebrates Christmas
(S06E10) In the last episode of 2009, Grey's Anatomy combines Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all in one eventful episode. I'm still not in the holiday mood, but the show got me there, except for the fact that they played Christmas music on New Years. Christmas music should stay between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What happened to Alex in this episode? This would probably be the hardest time for a husband who doesn't have his wife for their first Christmas together. Wasn't he invited to Christmas Dinner? At least Meredith could have mentioned that he was stuck at work?

Chandra Wilson was at one of her peaks as Bailey this episode. The fact that she had the combined submissiveness of being a daughter with the strong Bailey we know shows depth, maturity, and the fact she can stand up for her beliefs. If Bailey can provide a happy environment for her son, then she succeeded. The divorce vs. lesbianism parallel felt weak, and it didn't seem like Callie's interference was necessary.

Mark's long lost daughter showed up, and while I hope the storyline ends quickly, Sloan had some great one-liners. Mark's grown from his runaway syndrome after dating Lexie. Lexie slicing off her finger was an amazing reaction to the news. Mark would make a good father now, and I do think this storyline is better than Mark having a baby in a basket pop up, Family Guy. There is an interesting parallel of Mark's daughter being pregnant and getting kicked out with Mark walking out on Sloan's mother. This is his opportunity for redemption.

The chief's drinking problem continues to plague him, but now he's dragging Meredith into his black hole. The chief may be a doctor, but he's not a psychiatrist. He should go to Dr. Wyatt (Meredith and Owen's psychiatrist) and find out his real problem. Or if they are going to make it a hard storyline, get Thatcher to confront him. I'm going to be upset if Meredith reverts back to gloomy, depressed Meredith because she gains a drinking problem. It clearly was a cover for the chief to get Derek's forgiveness so Derek wouldn't continue to badger Meredith. Sadly, Meredith didn't listen to her father.

I'm still unsure of Teddy as a character. I love her "go get 'em" attitude, taking one step at a time, and dealing with the situation as it comes. Her relationship with Owen is a dynamic that hasn't been on Grey's before. Clearly, the story about the snow machine and the soldier crying referred to herself. The fact that she confronted Owen is admirable, but she shouldn't expect reciprocation. I will be upset if they get rid of yet another cardio surgeon as I finally warm up to them. It's nice to see Owen passionately in love with Cristina, and I secretly love his extreme emotions.

As for the little things, I hated the skyline shots with the obviously fake snow. I celebrated that Reed didn't show up for the whole episode; it was my Christmas present from the show. I wonder how much money it took to build that smaller tool for the little boy, because in the long run, wouldn't several children with similar problems go to Seattle Grace since they now can specialize in it?

I can see this episode being used for Bailey, Owen, or Teddy during awards season. Their strong gamut of emotions were a good way of ending Grey's for the year. How did you take the episode? Will you be suffering from withdrawal from Grey's until January? Leave comments below.

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Anne T

I am confused about the mention of Meredith picking up a drinking habit. I don't think she will, she is weighed down by the chief's secret, although how secret is it if he chooses to get drunk at the hospital's go to bar. Very stealth. Does anyone think Mer will herself become an alcoholic?

November 20 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MB

I think it meant that Merideth "picked up" or took under her wing a person with a drinking problem. Another wounded stray she takes in.
I don't blame her reaction to her father, but, hey, at least he was invited to dinner!
As for Teddy, I'm ok with her as long as they move her along as a character and give her an identity. I'm more than done with her doe-eyed, longing stares at Owen! Give her something else to do, and she may be a good addition.

November 22 2009 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
verbono

I STILL think the chief is Meredith's dad!

November 20 2009 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

What I found most annoying about this episode was Meredith's reaction to her father. I don't know what daddy issues Shonda rhimes has that won't let her allow Meredith to grow as a character but it makes Meredith even more unlikable as a character.

November 20 2009 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jill

Absolutely Loved this Episode!

Bailey and her dad was heartbreaking and wonderful all at once!

Loved Owen and Cristina but despise the triangle! The actress that plays Teddy is so one note, just don't like this character as a doctor and definitely don't like her messing with the O/C romance. Was so happy that Owen addressed her, even though it was emotional, I was so happy that he told her in the peak of the emotional confrontation, "I am IN LOVE" with Cristina!

The ending scene where Cristina goes looking for Owen was an absolutely wonderful and passionate! When Cristina started to tell Owen she is not oblivious and her voice started to crack as she continued to talk, my heart was breaking and started to tear up! Then Owen reacted with his heart and passionately kissed her and declared that he wants to be with her and LOVES HER! Thank the lord! Cristina and Owen's chemistry is so HOT! The passion and love jumps off the screen! This couple has the kind of passionate love that is rare!

Now for the triangle, Owen has declared who he loves NOW, and don't want to see any more Teddy fawning over Owen or vice versa (that book should be closed and move forward)! There is so much to do with Cristina and Owen to keep rehashing the same stupid triangle setup!

November 20 2009 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lisa

Absolutely HATE Teddy! Don't want another Cardio doc to go but she needs to leave!

November 20 2009 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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