#1: It's the little things in life that are sometimes the best.
The best parts of last night's episode were those "little moments" that evoke memories of classic Grey's Anatomy while giving us deeper insight into the characters in the process. I loved Bailey being Bailey while giving Lexie sound advice: ''You are handing your power over to a boy because he's giving you sex? I'm Dr. Bailey, I know everything, and you have a super power. That memory of yours is a super power. I don't care how good the sex is. If that's what it costs, you're paying too much.''
I loved Meredith, Cristina, and Alex in the cafeteria. I loved the Jackson and Meredith interaction over April and the subsequent MerDer scene in his office at the end of the day. I loved Lexie telling Alex off because she was right. Little moments can often yield big payoffs.
#2: Eventually this show usually makes its point, albeit in a roundabout way.
I basically liked the Callie/Arizona and Mark/Sloan/Grandbaby stories even though they were both too broadly drawn in the beginning. I like that Callie finally realized that there was nothing damaged or wrong about Arizona, nothing that needs to be fixed. She simply doesn't want a child and that is her right. Since it is also Callie's right to want a child, Calzona is at an impasse.
Likewise, despite the misdirection of most of the episode, I like that Mark realized that Sloan giving up her baby for adoption was absolutely the best decision for all involved and then our McSteamy actually stepped up and acted like a parent. He called the adoptive parents, he called Sloan's mom to bring her back into her daughter's life and, most importantly, he reaffirmed his own relationship with Sloan, apart from his grandson. That's being a good father.
#3: One character really can make or break a show.
I'm talking about you, Teddy Altman. There's a saying that there is no truth, only perception, and my perception is that there's way too much Teddy on Grey's Anatomy right now. She's the newest character on the show and yet she's granted copious amounts of screentime (which is at a premium in a large ensemble cast) while we barely see some of the other characters. Worst of all, since her arrival one of the most original love stories ever on television has turned into an erratic roller coaster ride. No matter how one feels about Owen and Cristina, I think it's safe to say that throughout season five and the first part of season six they were utterly and refreshing original with emotional range and complexity and resonance that I've rarely seen in a television couple.
Since the arrival of Teddy, however, I barely recognize these characters. Yes, there have been epic moments: We Matter, The Burke Talk, The Kitchen Scene. But there have been huge misfires as well. Cristina's willing to "trade" Owen for surgery/Teddy? Despite her ambition to be a great surgeon, I don't buy that. Teddy (supposedly a badass Army trauma surgeon) is mooning over Owen constantly while completely disrespecting his relationship with Cristina? Please. Owen's so conflicted over Teddy that he's been an erratic mess for ten episodes, culminating in almost kissing her in the elevator? I don't buy that either.
That brings up the most interesting scene of the episode. When Cristina sends Owen in to talk to Derek so that Teddy will get to stay at Seattle Grace, Owen instead tells Derek that he should do what's best for the hospital and that Teddy would be fine elsewhere. My immediate reaction to this was disappointment that Owen would even give Teddy a second look, let alone think he had to send her away to avoid temptation. However, a friend helped me to put Owen's decision in perspective. To her, he made the choice any man in a committed relationship should make when faced with temptation (as we all do at one time or another): He tried to make Teddy go away. He tried to remove the obstacle. And he did this because he truly loves Cristina and doesn't want to jeopardize their relationship because of unresolved issues with Teddy. It's an interesting point of view.
I'm curious as to what will happen next week since I have the feeling that decision of Owen's conversation with Derek will come back to haunt him. Teddy got the permanent position (by default) and, thus, will be staying on at Seattle Grace. And since this is GA, you just know that both Cristina and Teddy are going to find out about this somehow and it's not going to be pretty when they do. Regardless, I'm of the opinion that Teddy either needs to be integrated into the fabric of the show or else she needs to go.
I also think that while Owen and Cristina will probably get back on track eventually (I'm actually sticking with my prediction that they'll be in a good place by season's end), the writers need to realize that the journey is just as important as the outcome. The means does not justify the end. A happy ending for Owen and Cristina isn't going to mean nearly as much if their characters are completely compromised in the process. The same thing could be said for any of the characters we've grown to love over the years. They are only as great as the words that the writers put into their mouths and the choices the writers have them make. It's time to step up and fix this before it's too late. With four episodes to go, it's crunch time. Here's hoping for the best.