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GREY’S ANATOMY Season Finale Recap: ‘Unaccompanied Minor’

So, you’ve just finished watching the season finale of GREY’S ANATOMY.

What did you think? Love it? Hate it? Did you think it was as good as the past season finales the show has given us?

Let’s review, then chat in the comments section…

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘I Will Survive’

May 13, 2011 by  
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Looking back over this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY, the expression that keeps coming to mind is “the calm before the storm.” I probably feel that way because of Shonda Rhimes’ multiple announcements that next week’s finale will be an emotionally devastating hour of television (everyone stock up on tissues). But doomsday warnings aside, this week’s ep had a definite “filler” feel, like all the characters were being carefully set up for the real stories next week.


Meredith and Derek, for example, spend the episode interviewing with a social worker as a first step towards adopting the African baby. We don’t actually get to see Derek’s interview, but he’s McDreamy so I’m just assuming he smiled and ran his fingers through his hair and the social worker melted. Meredith doesn’t have McDreamy’s hair, though, so she’s a bit nervous. She does fine, and shows the social worker that she really cares about baby Zola and wants to be a great mom to her.

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘White Wedding’

And the countdown continues! Only two episodes left in the season after this week’s semi-chaotic episode of GREY’S ANATOMY. The writers must have suddenly realized there’s not much time left before the finale, because between last week’s episode and this one it feels like we’ve been moving at warp speed.

For example: Callie, who at the beginning of last week’s episode could barely move, is now cheerfully bouncing around planning her wedding to Arizona. Both sets of parents are in town, which would be difficult enough without Callie’s mom acting like a passive aggressive twit – doing the bare minimum in helping prepare for the wedding, giving silent judgmental stares, and even finding excuses not to touch the baby. When Callie confronts her, Mama Torres responds that she simply can’t support Callie having a lesbian wedding and a child out of wedlock. She refuses to attend the ceremony, creating an awkward position for Callie’s dad, who’s come a long way since his anti-gay stance of a couple seasons ago. At Callie’s urging, he reluctantly leaves as well. Callie almost calls off the whole wedding until Bailey (whose role lately seems to be to disappear for most of the episode then step in with an inspiring speech) saves the day with some of her usual wise words. Meanwhile Arizona has a minor meltdown because her dead brother won’t be dancing at the wedding like they used to imagine and holy crap this has officially become the most depressing wedding EVER. Somehow everyone stops crying long enough to get through the ceremony, and Callie’s dad even shows up at the reception to dance with his daughter. Yay, happy ending…sort of. Callie’s mom still sucks.

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GREY’S ANATOMY: ‘It’s a Long Way Back’

Well kids, it’s hard to believe, but this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY marks the beginning of the final run of episodes before the season finale! Not only was this the fourth from the last episode of the season, but we had to wait an agonizing four weeks to get to it. The good news is the writers made up for the wait by cramming eleven weeks worth of events into one hour, so I better get started recapping…

We begin the episode with Callie and baby both still recovering from their respective traumas – Callie having been thrown through a windshield, and baby having been pulled out of a uterus. Neither one of them is in great shape, but they’re hanging in there. The baby is too premature to leave the ICU, meaning Callie can’t even see her since Callie can barely lift her arms, let alone get out of bed. Needless to say, she’s pretty depressed about it, and over the next few weeks she pushes herself hard so she can get strong enough to hold her tiny daughter. Too hard — her wound opens up again and she has to be rushed back to the OR at the same time as the baby needs heart surgery. Both of them pull through, although there’s a pretty tense moment during the baby’s operation. Weeks later, Callie finally gets cleared to go home with her baby — which means she has to get in a car for the first time since the accident. Panic attack. She’s right in the middle of an anxious speech about how a car is too dangerous for an infant when Bailey steps in with some good old fashioned Bailey Words of Wisdom. Yes, the world is a dangerous place for a baby, she tells Callie. But she doesn’t feel that way because of the accident — she feels that way because she’s a mom. (It’s a good speech, Bailey, but I kinda think the accident has something to do with it, too. Either way, Callie stops freaking out and goes home to start living a normal family life. That is, as normal as it gets when there are three parents.)

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘Song Beneath the Song’

The long wait is finally over! After months of anticipation, we finally got to see the GREY’S ANATOMY musical episode. Did it live up to the hype?

To tell the truth, it was kind of a mixed bag for me. Not the best musical TV episode of all time (that honor will forever go to BUFFY), but in the end, I’m giving it my stamp of approval, thanks in no small part to the amazingly talented Sara Ramirez. Now let’s get the plot recap out of the way so we can talk about the music!

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘This Is How We Do It’

Okay, let’s be honest – this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY could have been the best of the entire series and it wouldn’t matter, because really we’re all waiting for next week’s inevitably awesome musical episode. Still, there was some good stuff this week that we shouldn’t ignore, including a fantastic performance by Loretta Devine, alongside some juicy plotlines for many of our favorite surgeons.

For example, Lexie and Jackson are still going strong, and by going strong I mean dropping everything to get it on whenever they see each other no matter how inappropriate the location. Poor April keeps walking in on them, much to her annoyance since she still doesn’t have a sex life.  She’s been on a few dates with Dr. Stark at this point, somehow managing to bring out his softer side even though he’s still a giant ass to everyone else. Things are going well until he invites her over to his place to watch a movie. If it were anyone besides Stark, this would be pretty standard code for “the sex date”, but in Stark’s case I can’t tell. Anyway all of the other residents are pretty certain that’s what it means, and their teasing causes April to freak out and cancel the date. Stark walks away sadly, and I almost feel bad for him before I remember that he’s been completely evil up until this point. No sympathy for you, Starky.

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘No Responsibility’

Wow, lots to talk about in this week’s GREY’S ANATOMY! Clearly the writers have been listening to my requests for a meatier episode after a few weeks of relatively uneventful ones. This Thursday’s hour, while still pretty light in tone, was packed full of juicy developments. Let’s get started!

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘Golden Hour’

February 18, 2011 by  
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Welcome to GREY’S ANATOMY, the “24” edition! This week’s episode happens in real time to illustrate how an hour can mean life or death for some patients.

But for me, the most remarkable thing about the hour is that it’s the first one in…I’m gonna go with forever… that centers on Meredith. Missed you, Mer! I was beginning to wonder if the “Grey” in the title of the show actually refers to Lexie. (Sidenote: What happens if Ellen Pompeo leaves the show? Does Lexie get to do the voiceovers? Or maybe Ellis could do them beyond-the-grave style a la DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES…)

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GREY’S ANATOMY Recap: ‘P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)’

February 11, 2011 by  
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Well hello, GREY’S ANATOMY fans! This week’s episode wasn’t the most exciting – in fact, several characters were either barely in it or altogether absent – but there was still plenty to recap, so here goes…

First up, we have Callie, poor pregnant Callie, who wants nothing in the world except a cup of coffee. Mark and Arizona have other ideas though, like healthy dinners and green smoothies that taste as bad as they look…and a complete ban on coffee. They battle it out with Callie the entire episode until finally she gets fed up and gives a big long speech in which the phrase “vagina vote” gets used more than once, and basically states that she’s going to eat whatever she damn well pleases since she’s the one who has to pop out a baby. Mark and Arizona back down, because really, how can you argue with someone saying “vagina vote”? Callie makes a small compromise to at least eat the broccoli that Arizona made – as long as it’s accompanied by a peanut butter sandwich.

In addition to taking care of Callie, Mark is also trying to reconcile things with Lexie. Since Lexie isn’t as interested in talking to him as, say, blowing him off, he resorts to other measures…like bribing Jackson with cool surgeries in exchange for finding out whatever he can about her. This may be an idea Mark will live to regret. Lexie opens up to Jackson over peanut butter cups because Mark told Jackson she loves peanut butter cups and holy crap why is there so much peanut butter in this episode??? Related question: why is there NO peanut butter in my apartment to fulfill my sudden craving? Really, GREY’S, what are you trying to do to me here?

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Smell that, kids? That’s the fresh scent of January, that peaceful little time in between the holidays and February sweeps. For GREY’S ANATOMY, this means it’s a time of relatively few major developments (with one BIG exception, which we’ll get to later).  But these episodes are important as well – every story has to have a middle, and while there wasn’t an overload of excitement this week, we are now nicely set up for the craziness that will inevitably happen when GREY’S returns next month.

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Welcome back everyone! Though it’s been a month since the last episode of GREY’S ANATOMY, this week’s GREY’S picks up right where we left off, and before we know it, we’re diving back into the dramatic and crazy lives of our favorite surgeons, who have an extra helping of stress to deal with due to a mass shooting that just took place at a local college. Needless to say, this brings back a lot of bad memories for everyone at Seattle Grace — except Dr. Stark, who probably wouldn’t know a compassionate feeling if it hit him in his scrunchy little face (sorry Peter MacNicol). More on Dr. Stark later.

We’re first alerted to the fact that something terrible has happened while we’re following Cristina, who’s feeling super energetic after her fishing sob fest. And what’s the best thing to do when you’re feeling cheerful?  Why, finally explore the city you’ve been living in for the last seven years, of course! As she’s trying to find the Space Needle (because a giant iconic needle-shaped building is so hard to find), she sees a herd of ambulances rush past and finds herself running after them. Either she was just around the corner from the shooting, or she’s developed Flash-like superpowers, because she’s able to follow the ambulances to the scene and finds herself surrounded by trauma cases. When the ambulances arrive at Seattle Grace, Teddy and Owen are shocked to find Cristina inside one of them with her hand in a guy’s chest.

And just like that, Cristina is back. She scrubs in on the surgery and does her thing like a pro. There’s just one hitch: in the middle of surgery they discover that their patient is actually the guy who just shot all the other victims in the hospital. Surprisingly, Cristina doesn’t even flinch. The same cannot be said for Jackson, who shall be referred to as Whiny Jackson for the remainder of this recap. Whiny Jackson says he can’t help save the life of an attempted mass murderer and walks out of the OR. Excusable? Maybe, if it weren’t the latest in a string of incidents in which Whiny Jackson acts like a complete baby. At least he partially makes up for it by being the only one who cares enough to update the distraught shooter’s mother about her son’s condition.

Meanwhile, Arizona is back, and totally kicks Dr. Stark’s ass when he decides it’s easier to amputate a girl’s leg than do a little extra work to save it. While Alex literally body-blocks Dr. Stark, Arizona runs to Chief Webber and gets him to reinstate her hospital privileges. After he does, she boots Dr. Stark out of the OR (leading to some very satisfying angry sputtering on his part), recruits Callie, and together they save the girl with all her limbs in tact. Take THAT, evil Dr. Stark! You SUCK!!! (Sorry Peter MacNicol.) Sadly Arizona doesn’t have as much success in her personal life. Try as she might to win Callie back, Callie refuses to forgive her. Gotta say, I don’t know if I could either. The one bright spot for Arizona is that the Chief agrees to hire her back…under Dr. Stark. Maybe not such a bright spot after all. (Apparently Dr. Stark is under a year-long contract and the Chief can’t just waste that money. Except he’s wasting the money anyway because by hiring Arizona he now has a surplus of Pediatrics attendings. But hey, who needs logic when you can have character arcs? Oh GREY’S, your flaws are loveably transparent sometimes.)

The only other major development concerns Teddy, who makes good on her promise to marry Noel even though he’s probably still in love with Felicity who’s in love with Ben, who…crap, I’m mixing up shows again. That’s right, here  Scott Foley is the chronically ill guy who needs better insurance. He and Teddy have a very brief ceremony at city hall, and that night he charmingly makes her celebrate with a drink. Who smells a marriage-of-convenience-turns-into-marriage-of-love plotline? I do, I do! Hey, cliché or not, I’m a fan of any plotline that brings Scott Foley back to my TV where he belongs.

In other news, Meredith and Cristina finally make up, in true Meredith-and-Cristina fashion (i.e. no mushy apologies, just back to normal as if nothing happened). And Lexie tells Mark she loves him. Awww (I guess). Oh, and probably the best moment of the episode: when Dr. Stark comes crying to the Chief that Arizona stole his patient, Chief Webber yells at him to “be a damn doctor” and go save some people instead of whining. Love it! (Sorry Peter MacNicol.)

All in all, I thought it was a pretty solid first episode of 2011. What did you all think? Will Callie ever forgive Arizona? Should she forgive her? And is it just a matter of time before Teddy falls hopelessly in love with her cute new hubby? Leave your comments below!

GREY’S ANATOMY: ‘Adrift and at Peace’

It’s all about the healing process on this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY. For some of our surgeons, that means doing whatever it takes to heal a patient. Meanwhile, others learn to heal themselves…

If you’re a fistula, you’re gonna want to stay far away from Bailey right now, because she is out to get you. Bailey’s War on the fistulas continues, and now she’s getting some of the residents involved by promising a cool surgery to whomever has the lowest percentage of patients with a certain post-surgical complication (hint: it rhymes with “shmistula”). Lexie, Jackson, and April all have their eyes on the prize and try numerous methods, hoping to find a preventative cure. In the end, the winner is…a nurse named Eli, who’s been there 12 years and has a very common-sense approach to treating patients. Thanks to him, Bailey discovers a way to reduce fistulas by 30%, and as a bonus, gets a date when Eli asks her out! Here’s the deal though, Eli: You’re competing with the recent memory of a little slice of perfection known as Ben. I’m trying to be excited for Bailey here, I really am. But I don’t know. Ben was perfect in every way. Are YOU perfect in every way, Eli? You’re slightly less cute than Ben, IMO, so you’re behind right off the bat. But I’ll give you a chance, for Bailey’s sake. Show me what you’ve got.

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GREY’S ANATOMY: ‘Something’s Gotta Give’

The first thing that comes to my mind after watching this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY? Alex Karev officially wins the award for least personal growth by any character on any show ever. At the beginning of the series he was Seattle Grace’s resident jerk, way before Mark showed up and temporarily stole that title from him. Now, six and a half years later, Mark has mellowed out and Alex is still the same old jerk seemingly hell-bent on making everyone hate his guts.

You’d think he’d at least try to be a decent guy to April. She hasn’t been there long enough to know him that well, so she’s probably the only girl in the hospital who’s even capable of being attracted to him at this point. Up until he screws her over too.

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GREY’S ANATOMY: ‘That’s Me Trying’

Is everyone else as stressed out as I am after this week’s episode of GREY’S ANATOMY? The pressure is on for a lot of our favorite surgeons, and when the going gets tough, we see which of them keep fighting, which of them give up, and which of them need to learn to let go…

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GREY’S ANATOMY: ‘These Arms of Mine’

Wow. This is why we watch GREY’S ANATOMY, people. It may not be as “cool” a show as it used to be, and people seem to love to hate on it (though let’s be honest, you don’t hate on something so much if it means nothing to you), but there’s a reason that GREY’S is still one of ABC’s highest rated shows. It’s because they pull out episodes like this…

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