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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Sympathy for the Parents' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 2nd 2010 4:40AM
The Karev brothers fight
(S06E19) This episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' finally gives the viewers the backstory of Alex Karev by introducing Alex's brother Aaron. They also planted the seed that Izzie won't be coming back by lightly mentioning divorce papers in the first five minutes of the show. Since Katherine Heigl is out, I wonder what will happen to Izzie's eggs?

The episode straddled the line between over the top and well executed. There were definite heart-tugging moments matched with actual interaction between Alex and Meredith and Bailey being an excited mother. To counteract this, I'm not on board with the whole "Callie wants a baby" storyline anymore, and I'm not feeling the Mark/Teddy relationship.

I've never been a big fan of Alex, but the background story that they created was fitting for him. I'm with Bailey giving kudos for how he's survived a broken family, foster care, and juvenile detention. My big problem was how it was executed; it almost seemed too convenient that Alex's brother Aaron would gab to anyone who was willing to hear. It makes me wonder how many truckers have heard Alex's adventures shoplifting food for the benefit of his family. It's not in my nature to start a family conversation in front of strangers, so it was odd watching Aaron conveniently scream at Alex in the lobby of a hospital in the earshot of the main characters. It was nice to see Meredith and Bailey support him.

April is getting on my nerves. She's become 007 where all her patients die. To make it worse, she's trying her best to wedge herself into the Derek/Meredith relationship. It was great that Lexie caught that immediately. I've created a crackpot theory that April intentionally fudged the ventilator just so she could spend more time being around Derek since he would have to look at the case. I half expect April to show up one episode with a gun ready to shoot Derek.

Lexie had an awkward night mostly due to events out of her control and April's meddling. I finally grew to like the hair, but seeing poor Lexie about to cry in almost every scene was just heartbreaking.

The Owen/Teddy/Cristina relationship has just gotten too awkward. Teddy has to calm Owen down and translate to the civilians. Then she gives Cristina advice of "Don't tell him what to do" in hopes that Cristina could understand. The problem with Owen/Cristina is that it's borderline abusive. Watching him react to the sausages, you knew that Cristina was just trying to both help and not burn the apartment down (it was the only moment that she tried to tell him what to do). I like Kevin McKidd ever since I saw him in the 'Father Ted' Christmas episode, but I want to see Owen and Teddy out of Seattle Grace already.

As for minor notes, I was happy that it wasn't Lexie at the door at the end of the episode. Why is Sloan going to Mark instead of next door to the hospital if the baby is about to pop? I've pinpointed that I don't like Sloan, because I'm convinced that she's going to become Claire on 'Lost.' After Jackson and Alex's background stories, I need a Cristina one to explain why she's sticking to Owen so badly. On a very awkward note, I don't watch the TV show 'Crash,' but for some reason, Jake McLaughlin has the face for porn.

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Erica H.

finally... someone else who isn't feeling the teddy and sloan relationship!!!
awesome question about the eggs.. .maybe the writers will get her to secretly take her eggs and use them and one day karev will find out that there is a baby karev (yea.. i know... too much days of our lives...)

i love where your taking aprils character/.. i think you are right, we need to see what exactly she did (in a past memory etc.) to see if derek should have given it another look... and her shooting derek... idk... i think maybe meredith, and that's how they find out she's preggers. or maybe derek jumps in the way of the bullet, and etc. (yea, i know... too much soaps)
i love mark sloan.. i think he's grown and now that lil sloan is back, i think lexi is about to realize she wanted the family life after all.
your totally on point, ive been saying to my husband for weeks that owen's gotta go... maybe he gets the bullet...idk. but that teddy / owen thing... ehh, leave already.. they just don't have that charisma or personality that is needed in greys.
on a side note.. i'd love to see the writers bring izzy back for a final goodbye and kill her off or something.. i mean, bringin back the cancer thing is out, but something that gives her a final exit.. not... izzy sent me divorce papers.. the real kind.. oh, and we saw a more human side of alex, and im loving how bailey gave him cudos'. he does deserve it, and he deserves a woman already.. man, give him one! no crazies and no lunes, apply!

April 02 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Erica H.

Oh, and did anyone else say.. yeah when alex hit his brother for saying life father like son.. i mean, we already knew he had a rough past with his dad.. now we just have the deets.. oh, and i rewatched the scene where derrick was in the xray room with april and how eerie she looked after he said there is nothing they can do.l... like.. shit, i went to far... and the look she gave that mad death stare into a wall when he told merredith how pretty she looked... interesting...

April 02 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

You--or more accurately a more mature and experienced writer--could have written about how effectively the episode dealt with (1) the characters' difficulties in choosing whether to have children and (2) the range of ramifications that decision has for individuals and couples. That was the theme of the hour.

"Since Katherine Heigl is out, I wonder what will happen to Izzie's eggs"
"It's not in my nature to start a family conversation in front of strangers"
"April is getting on my nerves."
"I've created a crackpot theory..."
"I finally grew to like the hair"
"Jake McLaughlin has the face for porn"

As for your "minor notes"--pretty much everything you write about this show fits the catagory.

April 02 2010 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to charles melrose III's comment

I have to say I agree! This review is sophomoric and just doesn't address this episode at all. I thought the writers did a fine job with a running theme- well done. And the point someone made about Christina, repeating the same relationship pattern is spot on.

April 02 2010 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The problem with Owen/Cristina is that it's borderline abusive." She had the same kind of retionship with Burke. Great guys with problemes, she keeps on giving and accepting and changing for them, and they keep on taking.
It made me think of episode 613, when she explained to owen what happened with Burke. Well, At leat Owen realised it and accepted to go back to therapy.

April 02 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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