So if I'm being honest I have to tell you that I started last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Golden Hour," not really knowing what to expect. I'd read that it was structured in real time, so we would be privy to an hour in the life of Meredith Grey as she worked in the ER. I like Meredith well enough most of the time, but the thought of having her (or any one character) in pretty much every scene? That concerned me.
However, I also knew that the episode was written by one of my favorite GA scribes, Stacy McKee. Stacy wrote my favorite episode of all-time, "Elevator Love Letter" (519) and she also penned the other concept episode of this season, "These Arms of Mine" (706), which was in documentary style. Oh, Stacy, how much do I love you? You came through again with an engrossing hour that illuminated how doctors spend the minutes of their days -- juggling their personal issues with their professional obligations all while dealing with life and death stakes.
An Hour in the Life of Meredith Grey
I have to give Ellen Pompeo a great deal of credit for the success of this episode. I suspect it was a daunting task to have the weight of the entire show on her shoulders, and she came through in a big way. I found myself completely absorbed as Meredith dealt with FIVE patients (Heart Dad, Broken Legs Little Boy, Knife Man, Adele Webber and Stroke Guy) and major stress (death of a patient, compassion for a child in excruciating pain, incredulity at the dumb luck drunk people seem to experience, deep concern for a friend and mopping up a misdiagnosis) all in the space of an hour. She also grappled with her continued infertility. I loved her scenes with Derek and Cristina. MerDer in the elevator was pretty darn adorable, and the Twisted Sisters rocked it again.
My one quibble concerns the whole Cristina-as-godmother subplot. I get where Meredith is coming from, truly, but that struck me as more than a little selfish. Plus, I'm not sure how Cristina being the godmother of Callie's child has to impact her being the godmother of Meredith's child. Cristina and Callie are friends, too, and I hope Cristina's decision to defer to Meredith's wishes won't strain the Cristina/Callie relationship because I love them. OK, true confessions. There's one more quibble. Zero Cristina and Owen? Again? Seriously? Waaaaaaaaah!
The Dating Lives of Miranda and Teddy
What can I say about Bailey? How about this equation? By-the-book-and-very-flustered Bailey plus hot-and-mischievous-and-did-I-mention-hot Eli engaging in clandestine-on-call-room shenanigans equals hilarious. Pretty much perfection. I really love how Eli brings out a playful side of Miranda and how he just gently but firmly ignores her when she takes herself too seriously. And the look on Derek Shepherd's face as Bailey screamed in horror? Classic Grey's.
As for Teddy? Hell must have frozen over because I find I don't loathe her anymore. See? I can be fair. Now that she's far away from Owen I can look at her more objectively. For perhaps the first time last night, I saw true toughness and skills in her as a doctor. And although the whole Date vs. Husband of Convenience story was silly, Scott Foley's Henry is so darn charming that he made it work. Wake up, Teddy! You've got an adorable husband who seems really into you! Stop dating random odd men.
Two Things I Loved Plus One I Didn't
Alex Karev gave up floor seats to the Huskies basketball game because a little kid needed help. I don't care that I saw that one coming a mile away. Karev plus peds equals swoon. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. Lucy Fields is coming around.
Jackson and Lexie are going to the game together. I shall now duck the rocks that Mexie Fans will soon be throwing my way as I say, "YAY!" I think they are adorable. Plus they are age-appropriate and at similar places in their lives. There's real potential here.
I caught it immediately when Adele kept telling different variations of the story of how she injured her wrist. I fear that Meredith is absolutely right in being very concerned about the state of Mrs. Webber's mind. Oh, Shonda! How could you? First Ellis and now Adele? Poor Richard. Please tell me that he's not about to lose the other love of his life to early onset Alzheimer's disease. I have a very bad feeling about this. Sigh.
The next all-new episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Not Responsible" airs Thursday, Feb. 24 on ABC.
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