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Grey's Anatomy Review: "Push"

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An episode in which Richard is looking to snag surgeries, Mark wants a committed relationship, Bailey's asking Callie for dating advice and Meredith Grey is the mature one?

Definitely not your older sister's Grey's Anatomy!

While the dynamic between Derek and Richard and Owen grew intense and even more complex, both Bailey and Mark ventured out of their comfort zone romantically.

It was fun to watch these developments, even if they were a bit over the top. Click here for our recap, quotes and music guides, then read on for our review of "Push" ...

MARK SLOAN, FAMILY MAN: Mark has come to terms with the fact that he's sad and lonely and wants to date, but that doesn't mean he knows how to accomplish it.

Seriously. The guy is a bumbling idiot all of a sudden? Wasn't he just in a committed relationship? When he asks Teddy out, it's like he never talked to a woman before.

Sadness in Seattle

Poor Little Grey thought Mark wasn't really moving on.

Thanks to some encouragement from her new friend Arizona, Teddy then decides to say yes ... with the expectation that Mark Sloan being Mark Sloan, this would just be a fun fling.

Now that we find believable.

Owen makes the same assumption, and warns Mark that Teddy deserves better than. Great scene when Mark indignantly tells him he's actually the piece of meat in this equation.

Later, after Teddy waffles again, he tells her they should have lunch and get to know each other, because he, Mark Sloan, wants to build a future and doesn't want to waste his time.

Just like that, it's on! Next week, Mark and Teddy reportedly hook up, which will just make Lexie even more depressed, as she was convinced he was just trying to make her jealous.

Looks like he's really moving on. Without her.

An interesting side plot to the Mark-Teddy setup is the role played Callie and Arizona, now all of a sudden the couple others aspire to be like. But is there trouble on the horizon there?

At the end, Callie shares a fantasy of them living in a big house with a bunch of kids years down the road, but Arizona says that she's not interested in having her own children. Hmm.

Also a great little wrinkle? Meredith telling Owen to back off and let Teddy be happy. We love how Mer is now such an adjusted adult with perspective and a great part of an ensemble.

Cristina was actually happy (and even funnier than usual) this week too - imagine that!

THE POACHER: We never thought we'd see Richard Webber in this situation, but such is life in Season Six. The ex-Chief totally wants in on Owen's patient and his football-sized tumor.

Derek will decide who gets it after hearing their plans. Cristina works with Richard so she can spy for Hunt, but he catches on and bribes her into becoming a double agent. Hilarious.

Ultimately, Derek picks Owen's, which is more exploratory, and Richard tells him off, saying a chief should encourage surgeons to approach problems their way, not the chief's way.

When the surgery starts to go haywire, Hunt brings Webber in, and they team up to remove the tumor. Awesome moment. The patient lives. As does Richard's resentment of Derek.

First Kiss Alert!

Ben is really bringing Bailey out of her shell.

CONDOMS: Bailey's been out of the dating game so long, she doesn't even know where to find them. But when Callie tells her the third date is usually the sex date, she freaks out.

As Ben makes her dinner, he senses she's uneasy and calls her out, telling her to have a conversation rather than give a speech. It took six seasons for someone to stand up to her.

She respects it, too. The Bailey speech about what she is and isn't comfortable with was brilliant, because it was so heartfelt, but also for the way Ben stepped in and took control.

While we love the fact that we get to see one of our favorite characters' social life at long last, and go through insecurities everyone else deals with, do you think they take it too far?

The line between tough and vulnerable is tough to walk, and Chandra Wilson does it as well as anyone. But she's still an adult, and at times, the vulnerable aspect was a tad overdone.

The waxing and condom discussions seemed a bit forced, but other than that, we're happy with this story line and thought the episode was solid overall. How about you? Comment away!

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

 

Review

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I HSTE Teddy and Mark together, it just sucks! Lexie helped bring out the softer side of Marka and should end up with him. The punishment for her childishness is enough!

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I guess the problem for the MerDer storyline is that they are happily married. It's quite an achievement to have made their courtship and many breakups last for over 100 episodes. The problem of Webber's drinking temporarily increased the number of times they shared a scene together. Now they appear together but their interaction isn't the purpose of the scene. All work and no play make for a below par MerDer storyline. But even that's not true anymore cos MerDer don't even do cases together anymore. I really am missing Der in the OR.

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Aw, I sometimes feel like I'm the only one who still loves Lexie, standing out here in the cold waving a little Lex flag forlornly *whimpers* Okay, I know she's been acting immature lately, but she should, this was her first serious relationship and she's devastated now it's over. The moment she realized that it really was done and Mark was moving on, she fell to pieces, and I have to say, I felt for her. I suppose it doesn't hurt that I am 25 and broke up with my boyfriend a few months ago, so I can sympathize.

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If I talk about characters as if they are real it is because I've do I see Lexie (and all others) as a person in a TV show. This may me a TV show but there are a lot of Lexis out there that need to grow up, perhaps they watch the show and they can learn something. As far as telling people to stop watching if they don't like it is because as all the TV shows the characters change and "mature", just as in real life. I think people need to either just see the show as it is evolving, which in my opinion, it might be a little different than the first few seasons, but I still like it and not because some other characters are no longer there, I am not going to criticize it and complain day in and day out. There are viewers out there that enjoy the show no matter what and it just get old the whining and complaining.

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I miss the old show as well and contrary to the other post that dis's those that feel this way, I found it a little creepy that you talked to the characters like they were real. I agree with Mari and miss the old GA. The dynamic that was there. I watch the first three seasons over and over but hardly watch the new ones. I noticed Peter Horton - ala Thirtysomething actor and director is now missing. Seems to be the problem. I say fire the writing staff and the producers. Bring back izzy and George you fools.

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Callie and Bailey were so sweet together. I love that Callie is becoming whole and healed and giving relationship advice. Lexie breaking down crying was rather heartbreaking, though. I like Chyler Leigh much better than her character, but that scene was just plain sad. It felt like she was finally coming to terms with the breakup; up until then, sleeping with Alex was just her being in denial. I wish Meredith had tried to comfort her a bit, though. I'd really like to see them bond more.

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A couple of things....I am just so tire of people saying the show has gone downhill, it is not good anymore and so on, yet, they are always the same. Hint, if you don't like it, go watch another show. I just don't understand this.
Lexie, OMG Lexie, I feel so bad for you. First you are a pro, just sleeping with Alex just for "fun" and now that you know Mark is moving on, you can't handle it. Well, hopefully this will open your eyes and make you think about a few things...Do you love Mark? Do you want a family with him? etc if you do, then you better hurry... if not so interested, then concentrate on others and please not Alex, there is really no chemistry there...I've been saying for a couple of weeks I can see you with Jax.
Mer/Chris: love that "couple". I think it was pretty clear who Mer was referring to when she was talking to Owen...
Mer/Der: love it! yes they don't show them like they use to, but at least we know they are in a "happy place"
Chief: love the ginger quote
Cal/zona: yes I see a bump on the road, but I just don't see Arizona and Mark hooking up.
Chris and Jax: loved her quote about the sponsored by the foundation... Overall, I did like it, as usual...

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just love love LOVE THIS EPISODE! favorite moment?...sloan and lexie FINALLY OVER!!!YAHOO! Although I still think mark and addison has better chemistry together but i'm willing to give mark and teddy a chance...anybody but lexie. miranda and ben are quite a cute couple too.hopefully, the writers will let that relationship go on a bit longer

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Oh common, both Mark and Lexie have slept with other people since they've broken up, but Mark and Teddy?? Nooooo.... please, this is ridiculous! Mark and Lexie still seem to have feelings for each other and I liked them as a couple. They should be together again.

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I remember LOVING Grey's, couldnt wait for it to be on.Now I have them on my dvr and hardly watch them. It's sad because it was such a great show. Now there's just too much going on too many couples too many people breaking up just when you start liking them together. I think this is my last season with Grey's. It's sad :(

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 17 Quotes

Callie: Find a grownup that you like and date, like a grownup.
Mark: I don't know what that means.

Surgeons aren't complacent people. We don't put our feet up. We don't sit still. Whatever the game is, we like to win.

Meredith

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 17 Music

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Song Worrisome Heart Melody Gardot
Serve-them-well Serve Them Well Swimming in Speakers iTunes
L-o-v-e L-O-V-E SugaRush Beat Company iTunes
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