Fantastic episode, imo.
I had forgotten how much I like M&C both separately and together. That relationship truly is a cornerstone of the show. I love the way Christina came back. Ms. Pompeo and Ms. Oh knocked it out of the park.
I thought the story with the car accident victim was just enough to get Meredith past Lexie's death. I kinda felt like if it had gone further it would've been maudlin and over the top. The way she said, "Lexie's dead," at the end was perfect. I can accept that after the show faded to black, she and Christina sat and had a good cry together. It worked for me completely.
I predicted Thomas would die, too. I'm actually ok with it, because I am not sure how else they'd have gotten Chris back to Seattle, and really, it was time for her to come back to Seattle. There was really no other way out of the story and the conversations between Parker and Yang were already starting to get repetitive. In fact, tbh, I was worried initially that everything from the get-go in Minnesota was going to seem like filler. To their credit, they did just enough to give Christina what she needed to regain her sense of self and then they got her out of there.
I confess there was too damned much blood for me with that aneurysm surgery and I watched with my eyes half covered.
Zola is adorable. Something about the whole business of passing her around to everyone worked for me. I think becasue I've actually seen similar things happen, right down to the last person who had the baby having to track downm who they gave her to. That bit with April was hilarious. But then, I'm in the minority in that I genuinely like April. I have no use for Jackson, but I like April. I suppose it's hopeless to wish that Jackson could, oh, vanish, and April could end up back with Alex again, eh? I can't remember what happened between them, and I find myself wishing they would revisit the pairing.
Further proof that Zola is adorable? I didn't hate Owen tonight. But he and Christina are just wrong for each other. I really, really can't see myself rooting for them as a couple again.
I am not sure I will ever be able to see Steven Culp as anything but a jerk. There is just something about the guy that always comes across as smarmy. Even as I was listening to him and I had an intellectual awareness that some of what he was saying was valid, I couldn't take it in because he is just so smarmy.
I fell back in love with Dr. Webber again tonight. I was genuinely starting to feel like I was ready to move him off the show at one point. I saw this week how much we still need him, even if only in a more limited role, due to his relationship with Mer. It hit me that the reason I was having problems with him is because I do NOT like the story with Catherine.
So glad to see Bailey back to being more like Bailey... the last few weeks, between the microwave stuff and the balls, etc., I was feeling like she was replaced by PodBailey.
So Callie's back living in her apartment again? I hope that doesn't mean that all is well at home. It would be the first time I'd complain about them treating a same sex couple as different from a hetero couple, were that to be the case.
Between the scene at Callie's apartment door and the presence of pretty much else except her (and Patrick Dempsey? Or was he part of a small scene in the beginning?) Jessica Capshaw's absence from this episode was GLARINGLY obvious. She didn't even get a mention, which was odd. That said, I didn't have an issue with the Mark reference, because it was only one line. And it was something that made sense, as opposed to the ever-annoying "I miss Mark," spiel we've had from Callie this season... I understand why she misses him, don't get me wrong. He was her best friend AND her buffer/sounding board when she and AZ had issues. But still... it was/is getting old.
I genuinely enjoyed every minute of this episode, which doesn't happen every week.
I can't help wondering where the hell Sofia is? She is about the same age as Zola who is talking, walking, and potty training. I would be kind of interested in seeing her, Sofia's, development considering what she went through as a mirco-primie. Is she developing normally? How did being born way to early affect her? Why doesn't Shonda make Sof a visible baby? I mean Calzona went through essentially two seasons of baby stuff. They broke up and got back together because of baby stuff. What was the point of all that if we never see or hear the kid? I would much rather see this storyline then another "Dead Denny" or the continuing saga of April's "reverginizing" (cringe and shiver) or Alex's whoring.
Does anyone else wonder this?
We did see Sofia in 9-2. Bailey brought her by to visit Arizona... that's what triggered her meltdown. She was going on about taking Sofia to the park and stuff and fell apart at the thought of not knowing whether she'd be able to do that on her own, etc.
That said, you make a good point. I think we're to assume all is well with her developmentally. If she's a wee bit behind, she's within basically normal range. I think last year they were so focussed on just showing Calzona happy that they didn't want to go there. Besides, if they had gone and addressed stuff like that in the story it would've meant more throwing Mark in the mix, and by 8-6 (love that episode) Callie had finally set that boundary with him.
I admittedly don't know much about the micro-preemie stuff, but what little I do remember would suggest that if they wanted to go back and do some story around it at some point, they can. For now, it's not necessary... Calzona have enough strain on their relationship due to AZ's disability. Sofia problems can be their Season 10 conflict... one that they can finally be shown to face together, having grown through the process of coming back from the damage this plane crash has caused. And I admit, I'd love to see them, after another brief happy time starting around Feb/March, face a problem TOGETHER, rather than shutting each other out as they have done in the past.
But first they have to show that they're strong enough to work through AZ losing her leg.