Grey's Anatomy Review: Left in a "Holidaze"

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Grey's Anatomy attempted to cram all the holidays into one episode last night, and while there were the predictable high points, there was also plenty that fell short.

If you missed any of the drama, here's a recap of "Holidaze." Now, here's a look at what worked and what didn't on Thursday evening, because each is a long list ...

Hits

  • Kim Raver and Kevin McKidd as Teddy and Owen. While some of their dialogue was schmaltzy, they were believably awkward, conflicted and unsure what to do about their feelings for each other. Sandra Oh's Cristina fits into this story well, too.
  • Derek and Arizona. Their efforts to save the boy and do whatever it takes - at their own expense - pretty much solidified them as the coolest people ever.
  • Bailey and her dad. We have issues with the fact that Bailey's personal life is rarely, if ever discussed, and then we have a major story thrust at us out of nowhere. It felt forced. Just the same, Chandra Wilson sold us at the end, like she always does.
  • A nice performance by Kelsey, the girl who survived with no heart, and her boyfriend, played by Nathan West (husband of Chyler Leigh). Loved them both.
Mark's Women

Our sentiments, exactly. Sloane is not doing it for us, either.

Misses

  • A Christmas and New Year's story. On Thursday, November 19.
  • Izzie's just gone again? Why even bring her back at this point?
  • We know she wants to be a great surgeon and everything, but Meredith is really stupid enough to buy what the Chief is trying to sell her? Come on, people.
  • Leven Rambin as Mark's daughter? Not a fan. At least she didn't do much for us this week. He really isn't speaking to her? She just sits there silent? WTF? 
  • The most awkward Christmas dinner ever. NONE of these people have families?! Thatcher and Richard would NEVER both be there. We just couldn't buy it.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Amelia: I think I'm falling in love with Owen Hunt, and I'm really afraid that it's gonna destroy me.
Derek: It wouldn't be love if it didn't.

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.

Meredith