The latest Grey's Anatomy hiatus is over and we got a new episode last night. Hoorah! Let me begin by giving a shout-out to one of my favorite guys, Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt) who made his directorial debut with this installment, "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)." He did a great job, because I wasn't thinking about him in the least. I saw no traces as a viewer that he'd never done this before ... so YAY, Kevin! This was a solid outing, and although I missed Owen and Owen/Cristina (who shared not a single moment onscreen...waaah!), I was thoroughly engrossed in what was going on with everyone else.
Derek's Clinical Trial
The Alzheimer's study is finally underway and, man, this one is going to be brutal. It's heartbreaking to see the agony of all involved. We met patients who, in lucid moments, know they are literally losing their minds. We met spouses who are devastated as loved ones slip further and further away sometimes into the arms of a new "love." We even got a glimpse of what the doctors go through doing this essential but, as Karev said so bluntly, depressing work. I give Derek credit for following through with this, despite his own personal terror that he will someday lose Meredith to early onset Alzheimer's disease. I give Alex credit for being man enough to tell Derek that Meredith deserves to be the number two on the trial. She's got both the chops and the interest. Derek needs to put his personal issues aside ... so he does. I also love that Alex is self-aware enough to know that pediatrics is truly his calling, and he shouldn't be spending the next two years on this trial. Besides, if I get my wish, he may be chief resident soon, which will give him lots to do.
In developments that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, the aftershocks of Callie being pregnant with Mark's child reverberated in a million directions. Arizona is very angry, but she's sticking. Lexie is also very angry, but she's bolting. Mark is manning up and being a father rather than a "favorite uncle," despite the fact that it may cost him Lexie. Callie is trying to believe that, for once in her life, things will go right and turn out OK. Say what you will about this storyline, it's certainly made life complicated for lots of people, and there are other consequences as well.
I was a little surprised when Derek wasn't happier for Mark, knowing that his friend is finally getting the baby he's dreamed of for so long. Having said that, it's a very realistic turn of events for Derek to be more than a little frustrated and envious that Mark and Callie made a baby accidentally, while he and Meredith are getting nowhere after months of trying. Unfortunately, that's how things often go in the real world.
In one of the episode's funniest moments, Owen kindly but firmly tells Richard, "Not whatever. It's important you get that one right." If you saw the episode, you know to what I'm referring ... ha! Anyway, Bailey is tweeting during her surgeries, and Richard is none too happy about it -- until he truly understands the technology, the process, and the benefits to both patients and students after which he does a complete 180 and supports the project enthusiastically. This may have been my favorite story of the night.
I always love the interaction between Miranda and Richard ("Don't give me Bailey Eyes"), and it was great to see Richard have an open mind even though he is of a generation for whom things like Twitter might take some time to accept. At the end of the day, however, Richard is an excellent surgeon and a dedicated teacher. When he saw the value in Bailey's tweets, he was a convert. Good for him. Oh. And can I just say that the little scene between Richard and Owen was hilarious? Really cute. It almost made me forget that Owen Hunt was only on my screen for 50 seconds last night. Almost.
Cristina's Sleight of Hand
Admit it. She had you going. She had ME going. In the opening scenes with Cristina and Avery jockeying for the heart surgery du jour I was very concerned that all of the personal growth Cristina has experienced since the hospital shooting had gone right out the window. How glad I was to have been sorely mistaken. Turns out that Cristina 2.0 is still snarky and sassy and sneaky, but she has also found a more compassionate side, as illustrated when she gave sincere, caring support to the heart patient even though there was nothing to be gained in that moment. Teddy wasn't there to be impressed and Cristina didn't find out until she turned to leave that Avery was watching. Did you enjoy the fireworks as much as I did? I honestly didn't know if Yang stalking off in the wake of Avery's insensitive comments was legit, but I guessed immediately that the "sobbing" in the locker room was a ploy. Avery was being played big time and "I need Owen!" was the master stroke. Nice work, Cristina. Glad to have you back and better than ever.
Wrapping Thing Up
OK, kids. I was going to say, "That's it!" But it turns out that a lot happened in this episode. I'll be interested to read your thoughts, so please offer your comments. In the meantime, I look forward to next week's all-new episode of Grey's Anatomy, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," airing Thursday, Feb. 10 on ABC.
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