When Grey Girls Collide: Meredith Meets Lexie

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It's so great to have the Grey's Anatomy cast back, and so far, the critics seem to agree - "A Change is Gonna Come" - has been received positively by most.

We've read many reviews since the premiere aired. Here's an interesting one from Jennifer Armstrong of Entertainment Weekly that sums up the feelings of fans who really love their favorite show despite its many perceived faults.


So here we are, back again at Seattle Grace Hospital. Our first few scenes back made it clear â€" with a Shonda Rhimes-penned script, no less â€" that there would be no dark Sturm und Drang to match that very emotional finale.

When Grey Girls Collide: Meredith Meets Lexie
Shiny new interns! Happy opening music! A sunny establishing shot of Seattle! It feels like the first day of school â€" a brand new day, to borrow from a certain omnipresent promo ABC has been running for a certain spin-off show on Wednesdays.

The back-to-basics vibe stuck throughout "A Change is Gonna Come," which, while not exactly life changing, did successfully deliver a very strong message right from the source: Classic Grey's Anatomy is back, viewers.

Yes, we can totally do the addictive combo of banter, soap and metaphorically resonant surgeries without Isaiah Washington and Kate Walsh, dammit!

All the trademarks of old-school Grey's Anatomy were there:

  • Alex and Izzie and Cristina and Meredith traded mildly witty barbs while sitting on that one gurney in that one hallway where they like to hang out.
  • A mid-level disaster (car accident) provided a variety of surgeries (pregnant lady with severed arm, dude who seemed dead but wasn't).
  • A quirky twist (the deer from the car crash must be saved)!
  • A string of preposterous coincidences popped up to wreak havoc on our characters' already complicated personal lives.
We might as well go ahead and talk about Little Ms. Coincidence first, as she was one of the bigger developments of the night. It so happens one of the new interns is
Lexie Grey, the half sister Mer never met or saw photos of.

Of course, we've known since the penultimate episode last season that this was coming, thanks to Lexie's flirtation with Derek Shepherd in the bar.

The good news is they didn't drag it out. They just plopped her intro to big sis in the middle of getting victims out of the ambulance, actually, which was awkward but better than an annoying multi-episode arc during which everyone would have to keep it a big secret. You know that would totally happen on a lesser show.

Turns out there is a certain self-absorption that runs in the family. The first big dialogue for Lexie came when she fluttered in to deliver X-rays to Cristina.

"I met my sister for the first time," Lexie blathered, by way of apology, while a recently-dead-turned-back-alive man lay on a gurney. "So then I got lost in my head on the way to X-ray because of Meredith..."

Next, Lex was caught right in the middle of MerDer's first apparent face-to-face since their quasi-breakup at the almost wedding.

That's when Meredith learned her sister was the infamous "girl from the bar" whom Derek had flirted with!

"The girl from the bar?" Mer fumed. "I'm the girl from the bar."

And with that line alone, Grey's Anatomy was back.

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Did anyone else notice that Lexie sounded like a Mini Meredith- same female woody-allenish stutters, same run-on sentences. I always thought that if it weren't for Ellen Pompeo's superb acting, I'd find her character really annoying. Seeing another actress do the "meredith tic" proved me right. How on earth can any of us find Lexie anything but annoying, even if she is nice to George? We *all* want her to just Go Away, right?


The show was slow with a big bang finish. I was disappointed until the last five minutes. I miss Dr. Burke more than Cristina. Even if you don't like Isiah Washington, you have to have loved the awkwardness of Burke and Yang together. How is McSteamy really going to be in Seatle "to get Derrick back" its ridiculous for him to be there without Addison, or atleast someone else to sleep with. Izzie and George together Hell Nah WHATEVER!


didn't love it. thought shonda could do better. but im hopeful... it wasn't a bad episode... maybe it was just all of the change (no pun inteded) it was a lot to handle! can't wait for next week!


I was incredibly disappointed with Season 3...I was going to see where Season 4 is going and it has GONE GONE GONE. The magic is gone. Shonda may have penned this one no less but her mojo has left her. It was all over the place and the premise was stupid. Grey's Anatomy S4 bad investment. I hate bad writing and this was definitely schlocky. Ba..bye... Going back to good writing CSI FOREVER!!!


i'm so glad not to see Isiah Washington on the show, that alone made it a hit for me, besides just being great tv


Last night's first new GA episode was a guilty pleasure. And by the end of the episode, watching the chemistry of lead couple Meredith and Derek and that hot "on call room" scene, I was like "lexie who?" Completely hot. I'm so glad Shonda came to her senses with Meredith and Derek. They light up every scene they are in, which in GA case, is all too few! Great show!


The show was ok. I think they were easing us back in. Next week they will break out the big guns (from what I could see by next week's previews). Bless George's heart!! But, it's back and I'm so happy about that. Seriously!!


Loved it! I felt like I was back in the glory days of season one, with Meredith and Derek sneaking around. I also liked that Mark "confessed" why he really came to Seattle, that was priceless.


I thought it was pretty good.. not absolutely incredible, but pretty good.


So true...


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.