I loved this episode; my fave of the year. The last half did feel rushed, though.
Disliked:The wasting Tina Majorino:
It sucks. Enough said. The bikers:
Everyone should've worked on Adele. There had to have been a way to create a convo between Richard and Owen that would've facilitated the same realization for Owen. Cristina/Owen.
The writers seem lost with these two. Either they are toxic or they are MFEO. They can't be both. Yes, SO/KMcK have awesome chemistry. But it's not enough.
I wonder if the show wants to make them the new Mallie? If so, they should just stop. They can't become Callie and Mark. Because although the basis of Mallie was sex, they were friends, too. Crowen do not have that. They have really, really hot sex, and not much else. And too much has happened for them to be friends with benefits. It is too late for that.
Also, as much as I like KMcK., I don't find him particularly convincing in the emotional scenes. I just was NOT feeling him in the scene where they signed the divorce papers. If the show needs to cut someone at the end of the year, my vote is for Owen. He's been written into a corner.
What I did like:The Interns
- The work scenes were dull, but their personal moments were great. Jackson/Stephanie could work. While I like Japril, I'm not super invested in them. I still don't care if Jackson stays on the show, frankly. I do like April and I'd miss Sarah Drew. I love April as Shane's mentor. I vote no to a romance, though.
Jo and Alex are growing on me. Suddenly she doesn't
just seem like Izzie2. She's got a wee bit more spunk than Izzie. Mind you, I like Luddington and I disliked Heigl, so YMMV. The writing was admittedly weak, but the actors were so relaxed and seemed to be having so much fun that I got past that. Yay for smiling Alex! I suppose I also loved them just because I was so thrilled that it was them that scammed the hotel room and not Calzona. ;)The Adele story:
I forgot how wonderful JPJ is. I loved everything he did tonight. He made me like Leah! He showed us that Richard was being clinical like that so as not to completely fall apart. Thank you Grey's for that final scene of them in the hospital, and that dance. My heart was in my throat. I don't tend to cry anymore when I watch Grey's; the big moments just make me audibly go, 'Oooh!' That was one that really got me, as did his moments with Bailey and Meredith back at the reception. Love that Mer knew and Bailey was so focussed on Ben that she missed it. Heartbreaking. I will always ship Richard/Meredith as father/daughter and Bailey/Richard as friends.Ellen Pompeo:
She had the least air time of probably anyone, and yet she did really good work. I actually loved that bit between Meredith and Derek. I got why she was scared... that was very realistic, imo. Even the v/o had more energy that it sometimes does. Bailey/Ben:
I didn't think the wedding would happen and I didn't care at first. But they got me in that corridor scene. Another "Oh!" moment for me. I remembered why Ben is so right for her. I absolutely felt like Bailey earned that happiness. And loved her spunk back at the reception with Callie/Arizona. The writers seemed to have lost Bailey's voice for a while but I think/hope they have found it again.Callie/Arizona:
I was sort of sad that Callie basically said she wouldn't leave Arizona not because she loves her and can't live without her, but because she owes Arizona for sticking by her after the car accident
I totally saw it differently. Callie isn't one to stay with someone out of duty; she's not that unselfish. At the very least, if that was the only reason she was staying, she'd have cheated by now. And I say that as someone who loves her - I am just not immune to her faults. Girlfriend can be self centred and shallow.
What I saw in Ms. Ramirez's performance was a woman who has matured and now understands that love and marriage isn't about the fun, easy moments. That she had to show that she's in this with ARIZONA, and not in love with being in love. A flowery I love you speech was NOT going to reassure her wife at that moment. What AZ needed was for her wife to be able to articulate that she gets that they may not be through all the crap yet, and that she can handle it. Too often, people will say, "I know how you feel," when in reality they don't have a clue. By talking about the accident, Callie was showing Arizona that she gets it... she remembers what it was like to not be able to hold her baby. To not even be able to control her body enough to give Yang the finger! And that, esp. coupled with the ordering champagne and the 'jr high makeout session' was more reassuring to Arizona than any flowery speech ever could be. Any idiot can speak the words I love you. But love isn't just a feeling; it's a behaviour.
I have been watching Callie since Season 2 - SaRa was the reason I started tuning into Grey's. Season 2/3 Callie would NOT have had the depth or maturity to handle AZ not being ready. She'd have headed back to the hospital, probably after being an insensitive jerk and saying something hurtful. Sara Ramirez played it perfectly... from the second they stepped into that room, you knew that Callie knew it wasn't really going to happen. But she also knew that it had to be Arizona who admitted she wasn't ready, because any other way of handling it would've made Arizona feel rejected. The calling Derek bit was adorable; vintage Callie processing things out loud.
The night's 3 stars (forgive me, I'm an NHL hockey fan): Capshaw/Pickens/Ramirez - YMMV re: the order
Honourable mentions: Pompeo and Wilson.
Edited by cycworker, Jan 11, 2013 @ 4:01 AM.