Problem is for Mark as regards to wanting to talk to somebody about Lexie (other than Callie)is he can't turn to Derek about it as its pretty clear that Lexie has got Derek in the 'divorce'
First thing, that's some funny stuff. I always thought Addison was the extra one in the marriage, LOL.
As for the other, IDK. I've never seen Mark really try to talk to Derek about Lexie on any level, when they were together and when they're not. He always goes straight to Callie. Mark called Derek "married and self-satisfied, it's annoying" as an excuse not to talk to Derek about Lexie but if someone has insight...it's him. Derek did tell Lexie that Mark was worried for her, so I assume in some level they did talk about her but it doesn't mean he can't turn to Derek for it. Seems just like another weak plot device to see the lack of boundaries between Mark and Callie, IMO.
How I wish it was S4 again for Mark and Derek.
In several key ways, Mark has grown, IMO.
ITA. It's been slow and it sometimes get overshadowed by the childishness from the whole story with Calzona but he has. I feel Mark takes two steps ahead and goes one back. This Calzona thing was one back but he's taking adult steps to deal with it. It all seems halfways because we then see his lack of respect for the Calzona relationship but he wants to take care of the child. I think it's very confusing to define what's grown up and not in the story as the whole thing is very childish but that's more on Callie's side and drags Arizona and Mark with her on that sense. It's how I see it.
Or in relation to his no-boundaries friendship with Callie. Which he probably thinks is completely normal. If you take the sex out of the equation, that's probably what his friendship with Derek was like before Mark had an affair with Addison. He and Derek probably had a very similar symbiotic friendship, given their history together and given Mark's tendency to cling.
I agree but not at the same time. I think Derek and Mark's relationship is another thing than Callie and Mark's. I mean, Derek and Mark were raised together, as brothers. As far as both are concerned, they are brothers. They have a more familiar relationship rather than a friendship. I doubt Addison had ever a problem of Mark hanging out with Derek, like Arizona has. Addison may have seen this from the angle that Derek and Mark are family whereas Callie and Mark are friends with extra benefits. I think both relationships are very different in terms of clinging, even though he might have done the same thing in both...in one is a family thing while the other is already borderline creepy.
Mark was really excited about it, talking about how he was learning all sorts of things about her because they were actually taking the time to get to know each other before having sex. But then Mark ruined it by sleeping with Reed. Which was no big loss, since he was still in love with Lexie anyway, but it does prove that Mark doesn't always get emotionally rejected.
Exactly! He was trying, he was willing to give the chance to actually move on and have a real relationship. Loving Lexie or not, it proved that Mark was trying to change his ways. Of course, nothing gets done overnight.
sounding board to discuss this whole CALM debacle with (since Derek seems to be too busy, or otherwise disinterested).
I think the writers forgot that Derek and Mark were supposed to be brothers/best friends and that they talk. I mean, they have interacted little this season and all has been mentions of it. "Mark was with Derek when I left" (Cristina to Meredith when she was getting the DNC), the whole little speech of how Derek was Mark's other half, when Mark broke the news of Callie's pregnancy, and the golfing scene (which was tainted with Owen). As far as I can tell, the writers have a hard time having CAM interact with anyone else at this time. Mark cannot talk to Derek, Arizona cannot talk to Teddy, Callie cannot talk to Cristina (?) because that'd mean that they have to interact outside of the circle of doom. I loathe that as Mark and Derek were my second shipper but also because the male bonding is so lacking on any level. I don't get it why neither can't talk to anyone else.