'Grey's Anatomy' Season 7, Episode 12
by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 14th 2011 2:20AM
['Grey's Anatomy' - 'Start Me Up']
Without an over-the-top story line, 'Grey's Anatomy' decided to try invigorating things by having the residents scramble to get to the top of the list for the next chief resident. To add some laughs and extra faces to a still inflated cast, they had first-year students visit for a day to shadow the stars. Sadly, this only emphasized everyone's flaws (Alex flirts too much, Cristina is cold, Meredith was focused on personal issues, Jackson thinks about himself and April lacks delegation skills) and didn't improve anything. All it proved was that in the 'Grey's Anatomy' world, sex and flirtation get you everywhere.
The chief made the most poignant statement that defined the relationships on 'Grey's Anatomy's': They are all inappropriate. Derek/Meredith, Cristina/Owen, and Lexie/Mark are all in power-level relationships, Teddy is married to a patient, Bailey is seeing a nurse, Callie/Arizona inappropriately argue at work, and both Alex & Jackson wanted to create a questionable power-level relationship. It's surprising how cutting-edge Seattle Grace can be with its surgeries when the people are bickering about their relationships.
There are times when Shonda Rhimes and the 'Grey's Anatomy' writing team try too hard to connect the patients of the week with the main characters. This week Callie was paired up with a gay couple who just wanted a real wedding, but settled for a civil partnership. While the relationship was realistic, the segments felt like ABC was heavy-handed in appreciating diversity. You knew that the episode would be sent to GLAAD for automatic accolades; the guest monologue about fighting for gay rights and marriage was odd because it took away time from the main cast. Callie would have done perfectly fine with a straight bickering couple. Either way, she learned the lesson that life always throws you curveballs and that she should have gotten Mark to wear a condom when she was having "depression sex."
Arizona went through the gamut of personality flaws with Mark in an attempt to both get on Callie's good side and try to warm up to Callie's BFF (and now baby-daddy) Mark. I liked how Arizona started off with superficial flaws -- like her smoking habits -- and eventually got to the core of her issues: That she bails when situations get too tough. There will be a lot of drama for the rest of the season since Arizona didn't want to have children and we won't figure out the decision until the future. Do you think that Arizona should stay with Callie if she had a child?
In Bizarro-Denny world, Teddy was now the only connection to Henry, not realizing that he wasn't just a signature on a piece of paper. The chief scolded her for making such a brash decision, instead of agreeing Bailey was in a world of her own. Teddy didn't realize that Henry had no real family and because of all his complications, never could hold a solid job for too long. She couldn't make decisions and let the chief do what he thought was fit. I'm still not much of a fan of the story line, but at least Teddy is finally getting the repercussions for getting married. Kim Raver was still adjusting to this dynamic between her and Scott Foley, but the two are getting better with their on-screen dynamic.
I didn't understand Meredith's drama this week. If she's going to have a baby, it's going to happen and she should have trusted Derek that they should just continue trying. Then again, I doubt that Derek would be complaining about trying to have more children since he was having chronic sex. Why would someone take 10 pregnancy tests in one day? How about just waiting until she had morning sickness? I'm a bit more surprised that Meredith was less focused on her work and more on the concept of her children.
As for the small touches, the return of the Meredith/Cristina dynamic was nice to see. Alex took a side-step by being as flirty as Jackson would be. Lexie was in the background most of the episode, but her support of Teddy was nice. I also loved that Cristina and Owen had dry cereal for dinner. What parts of the show did you like or hate? Leave your comments below.
'Grey's Anatomy' airs Thursdays at 9PM ET on ABC.