Grey's Anatomy Review: "I Saw What I Saw"

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Last night's Grey's Anatomy was all about perspective - what happened to a patient who died (and shouldn't have) from the point of view of every doctor who worked on her.

What we saw were 12 panicked doctors saying they saw 12 different things, unfolding gradually via "Rashomon"-like recollections from each as the Chief interrogated them.

The episode, "I Saw What I Saw" (follow link for a full recap), marked a complete departure from the Grey's Anatomy we're used to. The question is whether it worked.

We're going to go with a definitive yes ... and no.

Fight in the Hall

IT WORKED BECAUSE at the very least, it was fast-paced, compelling and far from stale. The us-versus-them theme is already tired, but at least we got to see it from both sides as the Mercy West doctors played an equal role, not just serving as invaders.

Also, Derek calling out the Chief as the real reason for the disaster - because he fosters a tense environment that quickly spiraled out of control - was ballsy and overdue.

Way to go, McDreamy!

IT DIDN'T WORK BECAUSE this isn't ER. At least it wasn't before last night. There was so much cutting, coding and collapsing that it was making us as nauseous and confused as some of those burn victims. No personal life drama or humor? At all?

We get it. There is panic, confusion and fear at the hospital. While different, the narrative structure seemed a bit cheap at times, and the episode felt like filler overall.

Seriously, Grey's. Try figuring out what you are and where you're taking the show before airing it, rather than throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks.

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Personally, I disagree with this review.
This is one of the most memorable Grey's Anatomy episodes I've seen yet. Way to go for changing the pace at that time Grey's. Way to go!

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let the show change its perspective change is good and the episode was great and the merger is a change for the show! let it happen!!! why are u so annoyed? there' still drama we don't' want constant full drama all the time! we need a rest !

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.