'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Time Warp' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Feb 19th 2010 9:40AM
(S06E15) It's the dreaded flashback week on 'Grey's Anatomy,' and we follow three flashbacks: Bailey, Callie, and the Chief, each following one of their first cases at Seattle Grace. All the flashbacks were because Derek reinstated Lecture Day. The Chief is finally getting back on his feet with 45 days of sobriety and was invited to speak. While we had actors portraying young Richard and young Ellis, Bailey and Callie adjusted their hair to represent youth.
While seeing a very yellow Seattle Grace in 1982, the one thing that was amazing was that the soundtrack for the Chief's flashbacks tapped into the '80s soundtrack. Anytime we have the Go-Go's 'We Got the Beat' and Hall & Oates' 'Maneater,' I approve of the episode.
Bailey's story revolves around how she evolved from a minnow into the shark we know and love in 2003. I love Missi Pyle for the way she can contort her face, and her character fit the mood of the scene; unfortunately, some writer picked a name that sounded similar to "Bailey."
Bailey's flashback involved the ground rules of being thorough with patients. It was nice seeing how 'Mandy' had enough guts to stand up against a resident. She went from zero to Nazi in one breath. I find it funny that we got the term "scut work" after never hearing much about it. How is it that somehow Mandy used to have glasses and Bailey doesn't? I can't believe contacts would have been the right answer seeing how a surgeon would have to be in surgery for hours.
After seeing how confident Callie is in the surgery, it was funny seeing her nervous just for public speaking. I got nervous in the first shot seeing her in front of a toilet; if she mysteriously got pregnant I'd have to quit the show. I appreciated the odd nuance of skirting around the George situation by placing Alex in Callie's back story.
I'm sure Alex's lack of hair evolution made it easier. Callie's patient was an amazing feat for any surgeon, but after realizing that Alex and Callie had sex, Arizona's face at the end was priceless. Though realizing that Callie had sex with Alex, she's had sex with half the men on this show.
It's odd seeing the difference in our society how in 18 years I, as a patient, wouldn't mind having an African-American or female doctor, find it standard to hear questions about sexually transmitted diseases (I've never heard the term GRID), and how the term "a gay" was acceptable.
There was a wonderful outcast connection between the patient, Richard, and Ellis. The moral of the chief's story was to take care of any patient no matter who they are; it was touching seeing him say his oath (which wasn't the Hippocratic Oath). The struggles with Richard and Ellis were quite intense and I'm sure that Richard wonders what would have happened if Ellis actually left Thatcher and Meredith.
There was a point where the flashbacks went back to back to back too quickly. While all three story lines were quite different, one sentence would end and then quickly segue into the next flashback and then into the third. Let's hope the directors can adjust the timing of each flashback so that they can attempt this in a future episode.
While Mark, Owen, Teddy and Arizona weren't original Seattle Grace doctors, if the producers could create a 1980's Seattle Grace, it should be easy to make a different hospital or a triage in Iraq. It would also be a great excuse to see Kevin McKidd in fatigues.
As for the small nuances, I loved bartender Joe's hair and how for Bailey "hit the books" meant a visit to the bar. Young Meredith was really cute, as well. Why did all the chocolate candy Bailey threw have to go to people we knew? I understand that it's 'Grey's Anatomy,' but seriously, everyone else in that auditorium were qualified doctors. Some extra would have loved to scream out "lead poisoning!" and it could have been the height of their career. Apparently, the key to having good sex is to work as a surgeon. Why did we get one shot of Owen and Mark behind the anesthesiologist? Are they not allowed to sit next to Callie and Arizona?
It seems like there won't be any new episodes of Grey's until March. How did you like or dislike the episode? Leave comments below.
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