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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Push' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 12th 2010 4:06AM
Lexie Grey is in tears.(S06E17) Chandra Wilson gets the opportunity to direct her own date this week on 'Grey's Anatomy.' Previously, she directed the episode 'Give Peace A Chance.' Sadly, the episode was not really substantial in any form or fashion. It followed the mold of the patients shaping the doctors (Teddy shouldn't be a bitch, Richard needs to calm down and see the big picture, and Arizona still doesn't want kids).

While everyone was working in a buddy system this week, in all truth, the only two pairs that worked were Meredith with Derek and Meredith with Christina. Maybe this show should return to the fact that it's 'Grey's Anatomy,' not 'Torres' Anatomy.' Meredith successfully called out Owen for being wishy-washy, and the five seconds of her with Derek was the best relationship in the whole episode.

I loved the whole 'Bailey is nervous' storyline until the whole show became a TMI-fest. There were too many waxing the vagina/prepping for surgery double entendre jokes. They couldn't recycle the term "va-jay-jay" from retirement? Then someone considered a 'Nazi' in surgery transforms into a bumbling teen who can't get her own condoms? I have to reiterate that if you can't get your own condoms, then you're not ready for sex. The date was a bit forced, but Chandra got to direct herself, so it's her fault. The big plus was when the gas man (Ben) called Bailey out for lecturing everybody; that was long overdue. In the end, if Bailey is happy, then I'm happy.

With Callie and Arizona dating, I'm more surprised that the two never have time to create a plan of attack for helping out their fellow doctors. I mean Arizona tried to pair up Bailey with Ben and then Callie is giving Bailey dating advice. Why couldn't the two stop and talk about Mark and figure out if Teddy would be a fit over breakfast one day? It feels inevitable now that Callie and Arizona have their one chink in their armor that they will not survive. Having children is a deal breaker in lots of relationships, and I hope one of the two will change to maintain their stable relationship. If the two break up and Callie has break-up sex with Mark, I will up this show; if she has make-up sex with Lexie, I know this show has jumped the shark and is doing anything for ratings. The nuance of having Callie sit back and make cartilage was interesting, though, and shows that one doesn't need surgeries to show character.

Speaking of Mark, there is no way that this Mark and Teddy relationship will ever work. When the two are on screen it feels forced and painful. It's like "Oh no, we have no more singles left! Let's try whoever is left." The big question has to be: are Kim Raver and Eric Dane just bad actors? I hope it was just poor script writing. There was a bit of chemistry right at the end, but not enough to save the whole episode's lackluster performance.

As for the small nuances, poor Alex; now he's afraid of being stabbed by Mark. That guy can't catch a break, can he? Let's just get the whole show to jump the shark and have him end up with Mark. It really feels like the whole Mercy West merge storyline faded away to having Jackson as part of the main cast because he has a famous last name. I recall reading an article that claimed that there would be a "rotating door" of cast members so the audience wouldn't see that Katherine Heigl wouldn't be around. It really has whittled down to Teddy and Jackson's characters being seen. How did you like the episode? Leave comments below.

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I actually thought Bailey's nervousness leading up and during the date was adorable and right on target. She's never had to question herself as a surgeon, but when she got divorced, she inevitably was forced to question her abilities as a wife. She was married for years to the only man she'd ever slept with. She never had to navigate the treacherous waters of the grownup dating pool. So it would make sense that she'd have no idea what men are "looking for" these days, and what the status quo is regarding contraceptive responsibility. I would be scared to death.

March 23 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

Comment #4: You're the malaprop gift that keeps on giving. Marriages may begin with "happily ever after" but they sure don't end that way. Quite the opposite.

It's clear you didn't read the question--can you at least read your answer before you send it?

With regard to the rest: Anyone on the show who's been married--Richard, Grey's parents, Shepard, Izzy, Callie, George and so on--is now divorced or otherwise split. That's the perspective of the stories--all the characters' relationships, for one reason or another, are transitional. No Disney stuff here, sport. Your personal illusions of marriage--we're guessing you've never been there--are irrelevant to a discussion of the show and an annoying distraction.

March 12 2010 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
matt h

Sucked. For about the last three years now Grey's Anatomy has a theme - six crappy episodes and then one brilliant one. It's like they figure out just how far they can push you to being ready to dump the whole lame thing and then suck you back in for a while longer.

This was the same stupid Grey's stuff we get way too much. Cristina is all about herself and surgeries. Every week we're trying to find a new couple to have sex together - or an old one just doing it again.

And it may not be called Torre's Anatomy, but Meredith looks awful these days. She's the fifth or sixth best looking woman on the show now - it's good she doesn't get much screen time.

The real problem is this - the characters that were the best on the show have either all left or been reduced to next to nothing. Addison, George, Izzy, Preston, the Mercy Westers, etc. - those were the ones who were good on here. Bailey and Sloan and Arizona can keep it afloat, but only so well.

March 12 2010 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you for your review. I couldn't agree more. Specially with this:
"While everyone was working in a buddy system this week, in all truth, the only two pairs that worked were Meredith with Derek and Meredith with Christina. Maybe this show should return to the fact that it's 'Grey's Anatomy,' not 'Torres' Anatomy."
Sadly, I don't think those days will return.

March 12 2010 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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charles melrose III

Are you and the reviewer the only ones who aren't aware that the title of the show is just a medical play on words--and not a roadmap for every script? Gray's Anatomy is the basic anatomy textbook all 1st year med students use. Look on the bookshelf in your doctor's office--it's there.

March 12 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you for your review, I couldn't agree more.

March 12 2010 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kim Raver needs to go or I will from Grey's.
She ruined the season that she appeared on 24. I have not watched it since. I have trouble watching her on yet another show I enjoy. The scripts are suffering from trying to fit her character into the cast. She doesn't work as anything more than a temporary character. Perhaps Teddy should take Owen off into the sunset.

May 13 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

All nuances are small. Like all giants are tall. Please don't continue to subject us to your use of any of the many words you don't understand--even if it leaves you speechless.

Please consider suspending your reviews until you can grasp the concept that "forced and painful" relationships--family, professional and personal--are cornerstones of the structure of the show. They're in there intentionally. They're not the result of failed acting, directing or writing. They're not intended to result in perpetual bliss, but in the stress and conflict that moves things along. Without them, what's left? The contrast between the characters' professional competence and their immature and flawed behavior in every other part of their lives is what drives all the character development and all the stories.

But you don't get it. You think the target is "and they lived happily ever after." No one could be more wrong about this show. If you remove all the bitchy Snow White crap from your reviews nothing's left.

March 12 2010 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

Shouldn't a marriage end with the idea of "happily ever after"? I don't see any of these characters marrying for other reasons (they don't need money, a green card, or feel like it's a last ditch effort for partnership). I mean Derek and Meredith are still the quintessential stable couple and while they argue (everything from Mer's involvement with the twisted sisters, Richard's father issues, or laws of Post-it note), they are happy in the end. Callie and Arizona will probably work through their differences about kids (probably through some pregnancy patient) and end up happy. Don't you want to date someone and be happy about it? It's not "Let's get married and have children because you have good genes."

While I understand that Mark and Teddy need to feel the waters out first and I stand by my statement that the scenes with the two actors acted poorly. But it wasn't intentionally poor ("I was so nervous, I couldn't speak"), instead Eric Dane was stuck reading the script. I get that in real life it would be awkward to go and ask about a date or drink (especially with a co-worker), but the way it was portrayed (without hokey music or even sarcastic looks from Callie), it was supposed to be serious and neither Eric Dane or Kim Raver did the scene justice.

People like Sandra Oh understand their characters and they add personal touches to their character (Someone posted that she was the one that added the cell phone picture last week). It's a possibility that Eric Dane only saw Mark as a sexually liberated man and is having trouble with the whole fatherhood storyline. Speaking of poor acting, I've seen Open Water 2 and remember him on Charmed. Eric Dane has yet to impress me.

March 12 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with you 100%. This is one of the worst reviews I've read.

March 12 2010 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I completely disagree with you, I think Sara Ramirez is amazing.. That's why I don't mind sometimes having "Torres Anatomy" I loved the pep talk she gave to Bailey, I think is normal that she felt that way considering the fact that she only had sex with her ex-husband before. If anything I think each character is having more screen time and more story lines than before but that's just my opinion.

March 12 2010 at 7:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

I'm a big Callie fan on the show, but I say if it was going to be a Callie-centric episode, let's have Sara actually voice-over the episode. Like how Derek did a few episodes back. By placing Meredith as the narrator, it only reminds us that Meredith is around.

March 12 2010 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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