Bad news, Grey's Anatomy
fans. Tonight's episode, "I Bet It Stung", may be the most boring episode of the show I have ever seen. Seriously. If last week's episode
was ho-hum, then this effort was downright snooze-worthy. I kept waiting for something...anything...to happen, but it never did.
I Don't Know How She Does It
Meredith Grey, like millions of other women of her generation, is trying to have it all. Unfortunately, that's much easier said than done. Trying to balance a newborn, a toddler, a husband, and a household all while attempting to maintain a kick-ass surgical career isn't working. There are only so many hours in the day and, in the words of Johnny Mercer, something's got to give.
I'm already shielding myself for the rocks that are about to come flying my way, but here's the thing. In this moment, on this day, Cristina was right. Meredith was in no frame of mind to perform surgery. She was distracted, late, and unprepared. Would you want to have been her patient? Because I wouldn't have.
That doesn't mean Meredith isn't a good surgeon or a good mother or a good wife. But it does speak to the endless choices woman must make as they are pulled in so many different directions simultaneously and, thus, they often feel inadequate in all areas, not quite measuring up in any of them. It was interesting to me that Derek didn't feel the same stress as Meredith did, but that is the double standard of our culture.
At the other extreme, Cristina is consumed by her career to the exclusion of all else (which I find kind of empty and sad, though I'm sure others would disagree), yet she is able to support Meredith's choices even though they are not her own. Meredith, however, saw Cristina's point-of-view as both patronizing and offensive. Not as good a surgeon as Cristina is? Yikes. That's gonna leave a mark.
You Can't Choose Your Family
Alex Karev's father is back in town. Alex knows it. Jo knows it. But Papa Karev (actually Papa Evans as it was revealed that Alex took his mother's name as to have no connection to his father at all) was completely in the dark and perplexed as to why Jo was trying to help him get into rehab and get sober. To her credit, Jo didn't spill the beans about the father/son connection. (See? I can say something nice about Jo. Aren't you proud?) But she did keep pushing Alex to the point that he finally told her to back off. He didn't want to talk about his deadbeat dad. Ever. Yet he came thisclose to talking to him in the elevator.
Meanwhile, Jackson's mother, Catherine Avery (played to diva-like perfection by Debbie Allen), swept back into town. I will admit that she and Richard are sweet together and it's nice to see Richard finally putting some effort into his recovery. But the whole Catherine-catches-Jackson-and-Stephanie-in-a-compromising-position storyline? Please. That was contrived from the get go, but particularly because it was already done on this show back in season three when then-intern Cristina Yang tangled with Preston Burke's mother (played to diva-like perfection by Diahann Carroll. Retread.
Speaking of which, although in this case I'll call it Coming Full Circle, the episode ended with Callie dancing in her underwear after deciding to take back her life. Remember? The first time we ever saw Callie she was dancing in her underwear in the depths of SGH where she was living covertly. Ah, memories. Anyway, Callie finally decided it was time to leave Casa MerDer and reclaim her apartment sans Arizona. Rut roh.
Random Information Tossed In For Unknown Reasons
We learned (in a category I shall call "Out Of Left Field" aka Really Weak Writing) that Arizona and Leah (!) spent time together the night of the benefit gala. No, not like that, although apparently drunken Arizona called Leah 'pretty'. They hung out and bonded. And Leah finally felt that someone 'got' her. Whatever. I do find one thing interesting, however. There was a spoiler a few weeks back that Leah would be getting a love interest. Could it possibly be Arizona? If so, didn't see that one coming. At all.
It was also implied that Owen is seeing that doctor we met last week (Emma Marling, played by Marguerite Moreau). He insisted to Callie that Emma was not his girlfriend, though she did bring him homemade banana bread. This chick is clearly the anti-Cristina. Anvil much? And she'll be back next week. The promo said so. Speaking of which...
Will the Twisted Sisters mend fences or is their "personhood" in jeopardy? Will Alex decide to meet his father before it's too late? Will Owen rebound with Emma? And what will Cristina have to say about it?
The next all-new episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Map of You" airs Thursday, October 24 on ABC.
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