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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 7, Episode 15 Recap

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 18th 2011 11:55AM
Grey's Anatomy season 7, episode 15['Grey's Anatomy': 'Golden Hour']

Everything about 'Golden Hour' felt very familiar: young doctor takes charge of a shift for the night; a slew of interesting, humorous and tragic cases come through the doors; a patient dies despite best efforts; a patient with a personal connection to hospital staff unexpectedly shows up; and the outcomes of the various cases end up having an emotional resonance for that young doctor.

So, this is nothing we haven't seen before on every medical drama on television. It's not that 'Grey's Anatomy' didn't do it well, but when you've seen this kind of episodes umpteen times, the story lines can't help but be predictable.

Meredith had to oversee the E.R. and as she noted, the "golden hour" is a term doctors use to describe the crucial 60 minutes after someone experiences a trauma. This is the hour that often determines whether a person will live or die, and as Meredith found out, "An hour, one hour, can change everything. Forever."

Among the many patients she had to deal with on her shift was Chief Webber's wife, Adele, who came in with an arm injury. Or so it seemed. Meredith began to feel suspicious after noting that Adele was trying to get down Christmas ornaments in February. Then Adele forgot she'd been examined already, and of course, Meredith wanted to run more tests to see what was happening.

But the Chief was in total denial. He's already dealt with his lover suffering from Alzheimer's, and likely doesn't want to face the idea his wife might be similarly afflicted. No doubt this storyline will come back in a big way in future episodes. If Adele does end up with Alzheimer's, the Chief will be wrecked.

The saddest case of the night was probably Oliver, the dad with chest pains who just wanted to take his son to a basketball game. That his prognosis turned dire so quickly was horrifying, and watching Teddy and Meredith scrubbing up with hand sanitizer in the elevator was a chilling scene.

That contrasted starkly with the guy who came in with a knife in his head. Somehow, he ended up walking away, while Meredith had to make the awful phone call to Oliver's family. Miracles happen to some people and not to others, and it's all just a big mystery.

Other notes:

• Derek's faking out Meredith in the elevator was hilarious ("Drop your pants. I'll be quick, I'll be in and out.") So was him walking in on Bailey and her boy toy.

• Scott Foley returned as Teddy's "husband," and it's great that the show is using him so judiciously. I loved when he told Teddy that her date "used the word shan't -- and he wasn't being funny. As your husband, I think we can do better."

• The Alex/Dr. Lucy Fields flirtation continues. Is anyone else starting to tire of the whole "look how dedicated Alex is, look at that heart of gold under the a**hole exterior!" stuff?

• The Avery/Lexie flirtation also continues. And now they're going on a date! (Let's hope it involves Avery shirtless)

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It was some kind of scrubs reunion: Elizabeth Bogush (JD's girlfriend Alex in season 1), Josh Randall (Elliot's boyfriend Jake in season 5) and of course Scott Foley (Sean, Elliot's boyfriend in season 1/3). I mean, what are the odds of that? :)

February 18 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode made me miss E.R. *sniff*

February 18 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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