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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 7, Episode 5 Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 22nd 2010 7:00AM
Kym Raver as Teddy Altman on Greys Anatomy['Grey's Anatomy' -'Almost Grown']

'Grey's Anatomy' is starting to inch closer to the classic seasons when Meredith, Cristina, Alex, and even Lexie, were given a challenge and reacted maturely to their patients' situations. This episode also made Jackson and April look like total fools. I loved the idea of the Chief giving the fourth-year residents a chance to step up, even if it was for a day. It also gave the others to create a pitch for the Chief. While $1 million should be chump change for a high-ranking hospital, it was interesting to see what each of the doctors would do with the money.

Sara Ramirez showed really good comic timing in this episode, with Callie attempting to psych-out all of the other doctors. Freaking out Teddy with the table of contents joke, handing Arizona the packet of tissues, and then her interactions with the chief were priceless. We saw a glimpse of the cafeteria B-table (Callie, Arizona, Teddy and Mark) and it made me miss the original cafeteria room banter.

The pitches were a nice cross between reminding the audience where each doctor's passions lie and the group's inability to be professional with the Chief. All of them started with a medical fact and then switched over to trying to compel the chief with anecdotes. My dislike for Teddy grew in her presentation after realizing that she spits out distain for people even when she's not drunk. Admitting she has a grudge against Derek was a foot-in-mouth moment for her, seeing how the Chief is probably the closest to Derek in the hospital. I thought Mark's lack of sex speech was hysterical. After Arizona's verbal diarrhea kicked in I knew the children would not be getting the money. Then Callie topped it by saying that a million bucks would make her a better lesbian. While I would have preferred Bailey and her motherly realism, or Derek's Alzheimer's approach, it was nice that Owen won. I'm not sure how exactly spending a million dollars telling doctors where to go in an emergency is flashy, but I'm sure there was more to the disaster training than Owen explained.

Alex has been set up to head toward the pediatrics side of medicine where he can be the voice of reason saving each patient. This week Alex had "Boobie," the thirteen-year-old that needed a gynecomastia. Alex realized that the kid shouldn't be picked on and fought for him in the end. I appreciated that he did his surgery solo, but while I can survive worms and spiders, I cringed a bit watching Alex remove the boy's nipple.

I was in total support of Meredith this week, her quick and sharp reactions to Lexie's patient, and her reaction to Jackson beating her was a great combination of emotions. You could feel the smile on Derek's face behind the mask when he arrived to find Meredith handling everything. I actually worry more about Derek than Meredith with the forgetting where she put things. He's going to stress himself out more thinking about how each little thing that Meredith does is Alzheimer's-related.

Cristina was finally getting her spark back. It's been slow, but watching her fight for her lung patient proved that she may not become a plumber. I had trouble believing that April was beyond an intern in this episode -- she lost all confidence when the Chief walked into the panel. If I heard April's voice all the time, I'd zone her out just like Cristina did.

Lexiepedia reemerged in full force and Lexie was one of the few characters that didn't have someone hovering them the whole episode. Why is it that Lexie looks like the only third-year resident after the budget cuts? Wouldn't all the compensated experience since there were few third-year residents around almost automatically propel her into the fourth-year section? I'd trust Lexie more than I would April or Jackson who was having a downward spiral. Where is Jackson's storyline going?

As for the nitpicks and quick moments, I was a bit disappointed that all the women, except for Bailey, kept blathering on like harpies to the Chief. That's a way to dismiss seasons of Callie popping shoulders back in with a confident nature, Arizona fighting for her pediatric patients, or even Teddy's military background. One of my favorite scenes was the shot of all the loved ones waiting to hear any results. Cristina admitting she always looks like a sourpuss? Priceless. Finally, that's got to be a waste of eggs -- somewhere a 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' contestant fantasized about baking several cakes with those.

What did you think of the episode? Leave comments below.

'Grey's Anatomy' airs Thurs., 9PM ET on ABC.

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Couchtime With Jill

I thought this was a good episode, even if not much happened. I thought the pitches to the Chief were good, and it wasn't just the women who blathered on. Mark bombed too. The point is that most people are intimidated by him. Check out my review at www.couchtimewithjill.com

October 22 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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