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Grey's Anatomy Review: "The Time Warp"

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Not even the most brilliant surgeon is born with the skills, perspective or fortitude to make it to the top. There is always a defining experience that propels them to the next level.

Thursday night on Grey's Anatomy, Bailey, Richard and Callie reflected the cases that helped make them the doctors they are today through a series of flashback sequences.

Gimmicky as it sounded on paper, it really worked for the most part. Click here for our recap (plus quotes and music) from last night. Below is our review of "The Time Warp" ...

45 DAYS SOBER: We open in the present with the Chief talking about his group of residents at an AA meeting. He's 45 days sober, but will not be reinstated. At least not yet.

Derek tells him it'll be a while before the board will consider that, and he's been authorized to offer him a general surgery attending position instead. Richard is not happy.

Still, he agrees to participate in Derek's newly-instituted lecture series in which the surgeons will share stories about some of their most significant cases. His involves Ellis.

The Chief's story may have been our favorite, as the case itself was compelling, we got to see what younger Ellis Grey was like, and it tied in beautifully with his current struggles.

Addressing His Audience

The Chief gets a well-deserved standing ovation.

In 1982, Richard was the only African-American resident in the program and Ellis the only woman. They both take their share of abuse and formed an immediate bond over that.

Richard and Ellis clearly fell for each other but struggled with their affair, as she wanted was for them to leave their marriages and be together. We even got to see little Meredith.

They work on a patient they think has GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency, later called AIDS), and the patient threatens to sue. Their attending wants nothing to do with this.

The patient later ends up back there with complications from Kaposi's Sarcoma, and while they had no idea what caused his disease or how it spread, they operated anyway.

They were there when he drew his last breath after suffering complications from pneumonia, too. Because that's just what you do, fulfilling the oath to do right by the patient.

You have to persevere, no matter how you might lose your way. He certainly knows about that, as back then, the straight arrow started down the road to full-blown alcoholism.

In the end, Richard retakes the Physician's Oath from the stage, and it's an inspiring moment, more profound than any statement or traditional apology could ever have been.

OH, MANDY: Who would have guessed that back in her intern year, 2003, at Seattle Grace, Miranda "Mandy" Bailey was soft-spoken and quiet, with long braids and pink glasses.

She also had a resident (guest star Missy Pyle) who was nothing short of evil.

It was funny to watch the 2010 Bailey, the consummate chief resident and leader, recount her case and see the dramatic shift in personality juxtaposed with her passive intern self.

Seven years ago, Bailey had a patient with chronic pain who had been through many surgeries, including having her ovaries removed. Nothing worked. Her diagnoses were wrong.

"Surgery is a shark tank," the Chief tells her. Will she be a shark or a minnow?

The next time the patient comes back, Mandy cancels her surgery, incurring the wrath of her resident but diagnosing it correctly and saving the patient one more painful ordeal.

She stood tall in the face of adversity, and taught us that the patient's history is the most important part of any diagnosis. Then came the moment Bailey as we know her was born.

When she told off her resident, we couldn't help but exchange high-fives.

Younger Bailey

Mandy proved that a patient's history is everything.

REVISIONIST HISTORY: Callie's flashback was interesting in that it took place in the Grey's Anatomy era - Alex assists her during his intern year, when she wasn't on the show yet.

Sunder, a graduate student whose legs had been twisted and his lungs damaged by polio as a kid, is pushed to the brink by grueling pain and surgeries, while pushing Callie to hers.

Sometimes that's what it takes to get you where you need to go, though. Callie does a remarkable job during one surgery, but is forced to end it because of the patient's weak lungs.

Yet he's willing to move forward, and because of that, so is she. They end up doing a series of surgeries that are incredibly grueling for the poor patient, but he ends up walking.

Once again, moving stuff. Gives you a lot of respect for surgeons' resolve!

On a lighter note, Callie mistook Alex for George, having heard about the latter's heart-in-the-elevator expertise. Alex doesn't correct her, and karma comes back to bite him hard.

When the patient crashes and she needs him to work on his heart, the jig is up on Karev. Not that it stopped him from getting with her in her homey, hospital basement crash pad.

Remember when she lived down there? Alex and Callie, who knew?!

RANDOM THOUGHTS/QUESTIONS:

  • We thought the flashback guest stars were well cast. Did you?
  • Which of the three blasts from the past was your favorite?
  • We would have enjoyed a Mark or Cristina flashback.
  • The soundtrack wasn't half bad!

What did you think of last night's Grey's Anatomy?

 

Review

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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (53 Votes)

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If I remember back to that time when Alex and George did save the policeman, Alex and Izzie were just starting to go out, then Izzie discovers Alex slept with Olivia, Alex may have slept with Callie during that time when things were very rocky between Alex and Izzie. That's the same time when Meredith slept with George and Alex guessed at what was bugging George and George thought Meredith told Alex that he slept with her, George later fell down the stairs and dislocated his shoulder and Callie was happy to meet the heart in the elevator guy. The flashback episode with Callie and Alex showed that she thought and Alex let her assume he was the surgeon in the elevator, later in surgery Alex came clean that he wasn't the one who operated on the policeman in the elevator it was George O'Malley, that would explain her attraction to George.

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@Lois It was porphyria

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Re: public speaking fear... I wouldn't believe Callie either - but I know someone who is exactly like this. She's otherwise very personable and confident, but simply cannot deal with the possibility of speaking in front of other people. It's strange, but legit.

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I personally loved this episode, when i first saw the previews i was kinda of indifferent about it because i was thinking that the entire episode was going to be in flashback, like they werent going to show any stuff from now. I loved the Dr. bailey and Ben stuff it is way too cute to see her get giddy and nervous around him. I also love that they arent changing her character about him, they arent making her into some lovey dovey bailey because that would be a little weird. The scenes of her as an intern were my favorites! she was such an awesome intern with a jerk for a resident. the "candy for a question" thing she had going on was quite hilarious too Callie's flashback was okay, it wasnt super exciting but the procedure she did was kind of really bad ass. Arizona gets an epic win this week for trying so hard to help poor callie who apparently has extreme stage fright. I mean really she combed puke out of her hair, that is true love. Kinda ended a bit awkwardly with the whole karev thing haha, oh well. So glad the chief decided to help out in the lecture, also glad that he embraced rehab and went through with it. The AIDS thing was intense, its crazy to see how different times were back then. The part with the oath was awesome too Overall i thought it was an awesome episode, way more than i went in expecting, cant wait for the next one Which is btw on march 4th. Next week is a re run of " I saw what i saw" then on march 4th its "Invest in love" at 8pm and " Perfect little accident" at 9pm

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The name of the disease that Mandy's patient had was Porphyria.

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Who played the mean chief or resident (the guy who wouldn't operate) in the Richard and Ellis story?

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I found this a bit of an anti climax after last week. Is there an episode next week?

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I also didn't think it was very realistic (or true to character) the way Callie was acting when she was to give a lecture. I can see her having some shyness or a little stage fright, but not that much. I have only been watching Grey's for a few seasons, but how was it that Meredith ended up with Ellis? Did Thatcher really abandon Mer or was it more of her mothers doings? It seemed tonight that Thatcher cared more about Mer than Ellis. JMO

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I didn't care much for this episode. I have to agree that I didn't like the casting of Ellis & Richard for the flashbacks...Richard wasn't as bad as Ellis - she just did not resemble the prior Ellis whatsoever to me. Wasn't really exciting or very interesting, though it did have a few good points.

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This episode...i change the title,who guesses,it's put one's hand up...saying that it was orrible for me ,i does a compliment.I'm so sorry for this ,but Shonda must do something and no she thinks other show,Shonda is destroying GA.A question,did shonda saw this,before sending it in tv?I don't think....I'm crying,because i want the true GA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!