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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 7, Episode 8 Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 12th 2010 7:00AM
Mark talks to a drunk Callie with a new haircut.['Grey's Anatomy' - 'Something's Gotta Give']

'Grey's Anatomy' has proved that the main cast was too inflated. With Jessica Capshaw on maternity leave, the characters have been shuffled around more, and it gave Callie the opportunity to have scenes without Arizona by her side. Having the main characters actually interact outside of their main circles was a breath of fresh air. Derek with Cristina is always a combination that never gets explored, yet the two of them share a great bond.

The writers are starting to throw Alex under the bus to make the audience like both Jackson and April. Alex was finally learning the Arizona way of making any situation work and not giving up hope. The interaction with April and Alex was cringeworthy. April probably didn't think she'd lose her virginity in a hospital anyway.

In an episode where there were a lot of scenes outside of the hospital (Alex on the side of the road, Callie's temporary apartment, the rooftop of Cristina/Owen's apartment, the mall) no one thought that we could have had a scene at the beginning with Alex dealing with his family in Iowa? Convenience wins again.

It was great to see the return of Callie and Cristina hanging out together. The former roommates interacting outside of the hospital had a lot of comedic timing. Why Callie thought that Cristina could cut hair was beyond me, but the short hair looked stunning on her. The blue steaks seem to disappear in the preview for the next episode, but it still looked beautiful without the highlights. Kudos to Callie for arranging the furniture immediately after Cristina bought it.

The plotline following the Middle Eastern diplomat fell short; it wasn't dramatic and was basically a shameless excuse to get Meredith, Owen, Teddy and Derek in one room to discuss Cristina's situation. I'm a fan of Teddy as the aggressive, take-action doctor instead of the hopeless babbling Barbie that she was a few episodes back. Her aggressive actions with the secret service men and the other foreign diplomats proved her prowess. I'm surprised that the show didn't mention whether the Middle Eastern diplomats had an issue with Teddy being a woman. It was a bit sad to realize that Teddy had more chemistry with the secret service agent than anyone previously. Derek's reaction to Cristina was probably the best. Not only did he warn Cristina that there were people who wanted an intervention, he talked about house remodeling instead of anything medical.

Dr. Stark was a complete 180 from Arizona -- instead of being someone who cared for their patients with a bubbly attitude, Dr. Stark was an ass. He lied to the WebMD paranoid parents and tried to steal Alex's thunder. Luckily April was nice enough to chime in at the right time. The big issue was how Alex's interaction with April was so abrupt. How does a guy take a handful of compliments as a trigger for "let's have sex" and knowingly make a move on the virgin? His whole family drama felt like a convenient excuse for his stress. The interaction at the end with Alex and Meredith was a nice touch, and I hope the two of them get more time together.

Poor Bailey hasn't gotten past Mary's death, and the loss of the patient this week was just another hit. While Jackson wanted to be part of a surgery, if he was actually as dedicated to "baby-sitting" Bailey's patient, she would have survived. Instead, he sulked and blew off the minor check-ups until it was too late. It wasn't his surgical room actions -- it was what led up to it that was his downfall. Bailey's talk with the chief at the end was a nice touch. During their conversation about the others, it was like they were children and Bailey and the Chief were the proud parents.

Finally, there were some odd and funny nuances of the episode. Right at the beginning, when Mark made all the doctors turn and stare at Meredith, was hysterical. How was the chief in the liver surgery when he should have been dedicated to the Middle Eastern diplomat? The chief even made it a point to move all his patients to Bailey, yet had some time to watch Dr. Stark put a ping pong ball in a little girl.

What did you think of the episode? Was the balance between hospital and the outside world effective? Leave your comments below.

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

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Gabrelle

I am so glad that Dr. "The Biscuit" Stark IS NOT going to be a regular!!!

February 11 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bashar

there are thousands of powerful women in the middle east that are well-respected. Just because they're from the middle east, you expect them to be sexist pigs?

November 13 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xina

Perhaps it's just me, no wait I don't think it was...but the Chief AND Bailey said that there was NOTHING Jackson could have done. If jackson had fallen short, Bailed would have called him on it without a doubt.

Michael this isn't the first time you have missed key dialogue. If you are going to keep reviewing the show perhaps you should pay more attention.

November 12 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hjhain

Didnt they cancel this show when meredith was underwater for 45minutes but lived? If this show is considered a "hit" why did they take "As the world turns" off the air? Greys is as bad as soap gets

November 12 2010 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
candigirl1968

When Alex went for the "let's have sex in the call room thing," I knew somethig was up. That is what he does every time that he has a real problem. Some other hints that this was coming would have been nice, though.

November 12 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

The biscuit!!!

November 12 2010 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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