Well, it was nice while it lasted. After embarking on a refreshing detour in the Callie-centric "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", Grey's Anatomy
returned to it's regular format this week. Unfortunately, despite being written by one of my favorite GA
scribes, Debora Cahn, "Somebody That I Used To Know" was a hot mess. In fact, season ten in general is pretty much a train wreck. While I don't expect to like every storyline at any given time, right now there is precious little that is working on this show and a whole lot that isn't.
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Forced Story #1: Meredith and Cristina
Am I the only one being driven crazy by this story? I just don't feel like it is being well written at all. Meredith and Cristina have been through so much together and this just feels...tedious. It's been shoved down our throats for nine seasons how Mer and Cris are (pardon the expression) yin and yang. They are each other's "person" and the show's truest "love story"... a friendship that transcends all of the crap they've endured, which is a lot. They understand each other better than they do themselves and value each other above all, even their husbands.
So now after all of that, we are to believe that they are just completely out of sync and utterly at odds? I don't buy it. It feels like a blatant manipulation to facilitate Cristina's exit from the canvas when Sandra Oh leaves at the end of the season.
Forced Story #2: Miranda's OCD
Had this story been better executed, I think I could have accepted it. After all, Miranda did go through a huge trauma at the end of last season when, due to defective gloves, she spread a staph infection which ended up killing several patients. This shook up our beloved Bailey in a major way and OCD might not have seems entirely implausible had it not occurred completely out of nowhere!
Now, for the record, I am not a medical professional. Perhaps it is perfectly reasonable that, after seeming to be back on track having been snapped out of her funk by delivering Meredith's baby in the middle of a storm, Miranda exhibited OCD characteristics suddenly and without warning. But even if that is the case, as a viewer I am finding this entire story overwrought and hyperbolic. It is too much. Dial it down, please. Seriously.
One Bright Spot
Two Words: Richard Weber. Just...perfection. With Meredith. With the newly-minted residents. His scenes are like an oasis in the desert and James Pickens Jr. is a national treasure. Love him.
Couple Catastrophe #1: Calzona
So Callie and Arizona are back together. Sort of. They're trying to reconcile and doing a fair job of it. Then Callie finds out that Leah is the person Arizona dabbled with when they were separated. That news went over well. Not. Can this relationship be saved? Should it be saved? I'm not so sure. I've never been a huge Arizona fan and, honestly, I like her way better with Leah than I ever did with Callie. As for Dr. Torres, I've always liked her a lot and I think she can do better than Arizona. There. I said it. Paging Dr. Owen Hunt...in season eleven.
Couple Catastrophe #2: April/Jackson/Stephanie
I used to really like Jackson with April but I continue to be pleasantly surprised by how much I now like him with Stephanie. In fact, I'm getting rather sick of April's neurotic weirdness and just want her to marry Matthew already and leave Jackson and Stephanie in peace. Right. Like that will ever happen.
Couple Catastrophe #3: Crowen
I get that Sandra Oh is leaving Grey's at the end of the season, which doesn't bode well for my favorite couple. But why on earth are the writers wasting the chemistry that is Kevin McKidd and Sandra Oh portraying Owen and Cristina? This makes zero sense. Give them some meaningful scenes! Stat! There's plenty of time for Owen to find a new love (with Callie, not Emma) after Cristina is gone.
Owen spent this episode giving his girlfriend Emma chaste pecks on the lips while planning a Thanksgiving dinner that grows exponentially larger as the day progresses. He even asks Emma if they could invite Cristina to dinner (as a friend, of course) since she has no plans. And Emma agrees because the poor thing actually believes Owen when he says he is over Cristina. He is so not. But here's the catch. He's not lying to Emma. At least not on purpose. He's lying to himself. This will not end well. I actually feel sorry for Emma. She seems like a nice person and she is going to get her heart broken into a million pieces.
Meanwhile, Cristina is grumbling about how little action she is getting (while also privately mourning the loss of Owen in her life). Shane offers to scratch that itch but she turns him down flat. However, by episode's end, after Shane defends Cristina to an increasingly prickly Meredith (is it me or is Cristina totally being the mature one in their on-going spat?), Cristina responds by kissing him. On the lips. I'm not sure that means she'll be sleeping with him anytime soon. It may just be a token of thanks as he's the only one who has had her back lately. But even if they do get horizontal, it won't mean anything. She's still in love with Owen. Ay yi yi. See what I mean? Train wreck!
The next all-new episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Man on the Moon", airs December 5 on ABC.
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