'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Sympathy for the Parents' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 2nd 2010 4:40AM
(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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