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Review: Grey's Anatomy - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 22nd 2010 3:30AM
Izzie and Alex actually spend some on screen time together.
(S06E12) This episode of Grey's Anatomy reestablished Meredith as the core character of the show: she was the one who had to deal with Derek's problems with the chief, the aftermath of Alex and Lexie, Christina's driven nature, and had to console the chief. Fortunately for her, it was one of those weeks where she actually had the time to brush her hair.

I've gotten some criticism when I declined to watch the Private Practice crossover. After seeing this episode, I don't think that I needed to watch the crossover episode at all. Mark was devastated about Lexie, had sex with Addison because he was so depressed, and was upset that Lexie acted so immature. He quickly explains that in one minute. There goes that relationship.

The core storyline this week came from the one patient with a tumor on the lungs. Before I get into any analysis, I have to commend the show for allowing a gay couple to be on without having to emphasize the fact that they were gay. This week's patient tied in with Cristina's passion for surgery versus love, but the situation bled to Alex since he would have picked the surgery, as well. I have no qualms about Cristina being a driven person who gets pleasure in doing something she's very passionate about. And she's blunt about it. I do think that it was quite stereotypical having Teddy blurt out things while she was drunk, but I'm really excited to see how Owen will try to sway Cristina. I'm willing to have Teddy around (she hasn't grated on me yet) just to keep Cristina's storyline going.

I hated the line that Izzie said, "It's like it never happened." People should be ecstatic if their cancer was completely gone, but for Izzie and the Grey's Anatomy universe, it's all too unrealistic. Izzie disappears, only to reemerge trying to make everything all nice and happy. I'm very proud of Alex for not taking her back, because in the end Alex will become a better person. All I hope is that there is no long term relationship between Alex and Lexie.

Derek didn't want to become the new chief; I think that Derek wants someone who can lead Seattle Grace and teach its interns and residents. A marriage is sacred (if they start using the Laws of Post-It as if it was the Bro Code, I will be upset), but even Meredith should know the line of when to intervene. Meredith is stuck with this image of trying to have one big happy family after having such a broken childhood that she can't see that all her relationships have cracks.

Our odd form of comic relief came in the form of Callie. I loved how she was stuck in the gauze paws and that she still looked attractive even with blotchy red bumps on her face. Somehow Arizona can pull off a little white lie and it magically works for her. It ended up strengthening their relationship, as well.

As for the little things, I really like the term "Twisted Sisters," both because of the musical reference and the fact that it describes Cristina and Meredith's relationship so succinctly well. Speaking of Owen, I find it funny that with the supplies being so low, Owen was willing to have his own personal stash of supplies. The episode pulls up an interesting question, would you pick love or your favorite passion? Leave your choice and any other comments about the show below.

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Shark jump, meet Grey's Anatomy. IMHO, this was the WORST episode ever. I hardly know where to start.... As noted, Izzy's sunny, "well now that is done, let's go back to 10 months ago" is soooo unrealistic. Alex's speech in dropping her was nonsensical. Meredith's reaction to Derek revealing the Chief's "secret" was beyond comprehension. Derek's bland failure to defend himself when his WIFE -- the person who is suppose to love him and accept him -- makes such a blatantly wrong accuation is simply baffling. Christina's whole schtick is just old.... I found nothing in this episode worth remembering. Is is possible for them to do-over the last few weeks??? Maybe Meredith can wake up realize it was just a dream (and find Bobby Ewing in her shower)?

January 29 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The scene with Callie and Mark was like they were mocking me or someting. Come on!!! those two have as much chemistry as all the other couples combined. And as far as this episode it kind of depressed me, its like i finally realized what crappy people they all are. Izzie, Cristina, Bailey, Meredith, Mark, Lexi, basically all had one reason or another for me to not like them.

January 26 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"gay couple to be on without having to emphasize the fact that they were gay"
They couldn't have been more sterotypical.
Show a normal couple without making one a waif and the other an overbearing controller who only thinks of himself.
Closer to what Cally and Arizona are like.

January 25 2010 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that Mark's reaction was pretty immature. I mean, I understand him being upset she slept with someone else and I understand she is being immature for thinking that being 'even' makes everything okay (would she have slept with someone else after finding out he slept with Addison to fix their relationship?). However, I think it's just that his image of Lexie is still that of a young woman. He expects her to be waiting for him and his return but when she didn't, he got upset and reverting back to his old ways. Hopefully he can get over it though because I really like them together. I thought they were great together and hopefully they can get over this little bump in the road. :) lol

January 23 2010 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Which doesn't make the Mark Sloan reaction any less hypocritical. In one fell swoop Rhimes and company took Mark Sloan 100 steps backward. So much for character growth.

January 22 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well I certainly can't disagree with everyone here - the show has lost it's edge "big time" and I'm bummed about it! I still hold out a flicker of hope, but just the flicker.

Not only do I dread a great deal of the story lines but none of the new characters do a thing for the show.If Christina and Bailey had less screen time this show would fall asleep on itself. Half the time they are the only thing holding it together.

The only comment I'd make is that, although I can't fault the author of this review for not watching the cross-over element last week, (I for one have only ever seen Private Practice when it's a cross-over). Mark slept with Addison for his own selfish reasons (and perhaps fears) - He didn't want to be ALONE with the whole daughter/grand child thing. The minute he slept with Addison he was ready to move in with her and bring the family along because he thought he Addison would be great with the kid(s) and they could have a second chance with a child since Addison aborted his years ago. Again, can't fault you for not watching the cross over but that is hugely different in my book from thinking he slept with Addison because of being hurt by Lexie.

January 22 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Never liked Izzie and wished she died at the end of last season. I've been quite happy not seeing her much this season so I was reluctant about this episode especially if they were trying to reconcile Alex/Izzie. Frankly, Alex DOES deserve better and I'm very glad for him that he found the self-respect and strength to know that as well. He really has grown up, hasn't he?

Still finding the Cristina/Owen/Teddy a bit fascinating. It's almost as if you can't blame how all three of them are acting/feeling. And I know a lot of people don't like Teddy, but for me I think she'll be good for Owen/Cristina in the long run.

As for Mark's reaction to Lexie, I think it made sense in light of what happened in Private Practice. His life pretty much flashed before his eyes as he contemplated on what was next for him. Addison then makes this big grand gesture of basically telling Mark that if he truly wants to be with her, then can go into the sunset together. At that moment, I'm sure Lexie popped into his mind and he turned Addison down en route to Lexie... who ultimately disappoints him.

January 22 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lexie acted immaturely? I am 25, the same age as her, and there is no way in hell I am ready to be a mom - let alone a GRANDmother. And this episode is seriously testing my love for Mark Sloan. Double standard much? I kind of wanted to punch him in the face... this show just gets worse and I have no idea why I keep watching it.

January 22 2010 at 7:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Katie's comment

I don't believe the "immature" part of Lexie was running away or sleeping with someone else. The immature part was thinking that just because they both did it that it was ok and "no harm no foul" sort of thing.

January 22 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Which doesn't make the Mark Sloan reaction any less hypocritical. In one fell swoop Rhimes and company took Mark 100 steps backward. So much for character growth.

January 22 2010 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

here's the thing : it's not a choice between love and your 'favorite passion'. It's a choice between love and someting that defined who and what you are.

I would chose my companion over my job, but I would chose being Me over being with him.

January 22 2010 at 5:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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