'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Suicide is Painless' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:18AM
(S06E18) We finally find out more about Owen's past this week on 'Grey's Anatomy.' The big story revolved around Owen and his time in the army. He's forever filled with guilt that he could have saved his friend's life if the two just held on for an extra few minutes. The biggest problem is that Owen can't put in his head the fact that his squad leader accepted that he was going to die and was at peace. Owen was afraid and still is today, causing him to have trouble sleeping at night. If he could open up to Christina or his therapist, then he might be able to be at peace with the situation.
I wish the show had a bit more of a budget for set design because I didn't believe one minute of the scene that was supposed to be the desert. The explosion was really cheesy looking, and I couldn't believe that Owen was the lone survivor.
Teddy's patient Kim (played by Sara Gilbert from 'Roseanne' and 'The Big Bang Theory') has terminal cancer and wanted an assisted suicide. I never knew that it was such an ordeal for an assisted suicide, but with no turning back, I understand that it should be intricate. Teddy supports the idea and wants to kill the patient, but Owen's past thinks that she can be saved. Sadly, the cancer is so terminal that even a cure arriving would be too late. I was used to Sara Gilbert being sarcastic and nerdy, but I was surprised how well she handled her role. I'll admit that I got choked up when she gave the "death stops being scary" speech. Is the role Emmy worthy? It's a bit early in the TV season to say she'll win, but Sara Gilbert deserves a nomination.
After having only minimal interaction between Derek and Meredith in the past few episodes, we find the couple not in post-marital bliss. Derek is curt with Meredith and then eventually steals her surgery. Somehow both Derek with the help of the chief and Meredith with Jackson come home happy to see each other and not angry.
Richard tries his best this week to not be "The Chief" but instead one of the guys. It's almost sad to watch. Not only did his age show ("her" versus "that"), no one wanted to eat with him because he's the team coach. I'd like to see the chief return to the head position soon after Derek realized that he wants to do surgeries instead of paperwork.
Callie is nervous about having kids, and her patients this week parallel this idea. The three friends all want to do extreme things for each other but don't realize they would be happy together doing something safer. I'm not a fan of the idea that Callie blurted out the one friend's dislike of the extreme vacations. Other than Callie and Arizona not holding hands, we don't get a verbal response. Let's hope that this relationship survives this setback.
On the minor notes, kudos for Christina being blunt as to why they had to re-do a test. Is it sanitary to handle a cell phone while dealing with frostbite? I cringe imagining that the residue will end up on an ear. Also, why did it seem like every shot before the commercial was of Owen? Finally, I really like the mutual respect that Jackson has with Meredith; his one quip about Dr. Seuss changed Meridith's point of view completely.
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