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?


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The show was ok. I don't like Mark and teddy together. I want him back with Lexie. Lov them together. I want more Merder, love them as well. Don't like Derrik as chief. Overall it was so so.


@Mia I stopped liking Lexie the moment she told Meredith to "give me my dad back" and stole Meredith's file to see if she was a match for the liver transplant, that was so wrong IMO After she broke up with Mark she been acting like spoil child.


ugh Lexie annoyed me in this episode. Now she's sad after she slept with Alex many times that Marks moving on... can't stand her, she's very much a hypocrite. Cristina was freaking Hilarious! Love that girl :) and Arizona she's just so adorable and funny all wrapped in one. Callie is amazing! I kind of like the idea of Mark and Teddy


I’m still disappointed. I miss the old GA. I miss George, the five interns. They friendship and conflicts. I like they are grown up, at least some of them. But I miss the interaction. The dynamic the show had before. But most of all I miss Meredith and Derek. A little chat in the nurse station, a coffee, a lunch. Something.
I really can’t understand why they can’t have a scene together. Doesn’t make sense. Don’t need to focus on them. But just a scene? I can’t. I’m upset and frustrated.


Sorry, but I from my point of view Lexie and Sloan were a miss! I am sorry to say, but I don't stand her character. Never did. She was bearable somewhere in the time, when she moved in with George. I just can't stand her character. Sloan is so over her.
Sloan and Callie would be hot and a great match


Ive got high hopes for this episode. I was rooting for Owen trying to keep up with the doctors of Seattle Grace by being a bit more competetive.But mostly this episode made me think about him keeping up with Cristina. I think it was a sweet gesture that subconsciously Owen was trying to prove that professionally he can be competetive. He is portraying this amazing humble doctor, I get that, but this episode showed more of his side. To be honest, Cristina pushed him well enough to see his potentials. I love the idea of this healthy competetive interaction among these doctors, old and new. I understand that a lot of GA fanbase are not at all please but I think the writters are trying to provide alternatives for us audience to think about the potentials of all the GA characters. I know it lack MerDer scenes but the writters wants us to focus on other GA characters lives as well. I started watching GA because of Owen and Cristina and to be honest I wont be interested anymore as I am right now if they separated the two. So I understand the MerDer fans if they get furious for lacking more MerDer scenes. I know that GA first 3 seasons was all about the lives of the 5 interns. But like in the real life some characters have to move on. Life is not constant it is ever changing. The characters of GA will eventually move on. A lot of loyal fans out there will beg to disagree but thats life even in this fictional series. I love MExie, they are my 2nd most fave couple. But when I saw Mark hooking up with Teddy, I was kind of please and relieved that finally Teddy will take her mind of Owen and it's about time. Owen understandably is kind of jealous but Im so much happier that Mer was there to remind him of Cristina just in case he forgets. Mer and Cristina allies for life. The most touching scene for me was when Lexie broke down in tears realizing that Mark has moved on and Mer standing there clueless of what to do with her grieving sister. It was for me really heartbreaking, there were tears in my eyes. Watching Bailey and the gasman was abit awkward for me I must admit. Im glad that Jackson Avery would stick around longer. I really like him. While I still got hope for MExie getting back together, I think Jackson should hook up with Lexie. The best line ever was Cristina's bitchy lines "this message was brought to you by Harper Avery foundation......" and Webbers " you just did it Ginger" referring to Owen LOL! That's my two cents worth or probably more!


The first episode this season (which is one of my favorites so far) that just wasn't interesting at all! Couldn't care for the Owen-Richard SL and Bailey and Sloan may have been funny, but were totally out of character. The only thing I liked was the groundwork for the Callie-Arizona "bump on the roads" SL. I love them (seperately as well as together), but I need some drama around them. Some depth, some tears - so I can cry along. If that means a short break-up, than I'm okay with that. Cause I have faith. I know they're Shonda's second fav couple... so they'll be fine! But first some tears please, it's been too long... ;) ps. I agree with Ela, the actors don't look that good these days. They all look tired, pale, chubby (or too skinny)... well, not good! The result of 16-hour work days?!


I can understand why the cast of GA has expanded to give a wider scope for storylines. Avery is making more appearances than most of the additional cast members do. I think the structure of the episodes makes one character more central to each episode. Ep 18 will be Hunt centric. Karev will be central when his brother turns up. But I don't like the way MerDer are now being background characters who can get through a whole episode without even having on camera conversation with each other. Having them in the same room on camera isn't good enough. In ep17 Der left and Mer stayed at the hospital. We don't even get a goodbye now, let alone a kiss. I'm glad to see how strong their marriage is, but give Kirsta and Shonda need a reality check. You have to indulge your fan base in order to keep people watching. I read that Kirsta is saying EP is working a bit less. I'm really happy EP chose not to take her maternity leave entitlement but carried on working. But use any on screen time EP has wisely, and give us some MerDer time .Please


(Second time saying this ;D)
I agree with you. On EVERYTHING. It's gone waaaaaaaay downhill for me and I kind of ponder if I will or will not watch the 7th season. Some of the episodes in the 6th season are a little interesting, interesting enough for me to watch them. Though, I think Grey's Anatomy has hit rock bottom for me. I'm probably not going to watch it anymore if it doesn't get better (PLEASE GET BETTER). My brother thinks it stupid that I'm watching it. :P I am this close (puts up a hand and makes about a centimeter with two fingers) to agreeing with him. Sorry, Grey's Anatomy. You have hit you're low for me. :(


Shonda is shutting her mouth about, obviously, she wants more people to watch this horrible excuse of "medical" drama, or should I say "highschool-pretend-you're-a-doctor-and lets-make-out-drama". And of course who is she going to use? It would be the only person who won an Emmy from her show, and of course the "ungrateful-beyotch-who-just-can't-keep-her-mouth-closed". It's always a ploy to put some controvery on the show esp with the series' decling ratings. She's using KH , but of course, she's the only one now that's doing movies and is successful. All those haters out there, it's kinda true. yes! Now, KH definetly needs to go too, I mean, it's about time, the show never appreciated her, give her the most over the top storyline, but no matter how stupid it is, we kept on rooting ofr her still because she is defintely a talented actress. Now can we also kill that stupid character of Lexie who's before the stupid"I-want-my-sister-to-love-me intern" to "I-strip-in-front-of-a-oversexed-doctor", to "I'll-change-my-hair-color-bad-ass-ness", God, just a stupid character, ! GA, you used to be better than this, now I'll go watch seasons1 and 2 and think that the day after the PROM, a nuclear bomb was planted at the hospital and the hospital went ka-boom and all were dead.! SO BETTER! I'm gonna watch reruns of ER now............Shonda-epic-failure all over !

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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.


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