Grey's Anatomy Review: "Sympathy for the Parents"

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Last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy it was all about children. Everyone in one way or another was connected by either being a parent or the potential to becoming one.

The best way to sum it up is through Meredeth's very own insightful words:

Meredith: It's the most important job in the world. You probably should need a license to do it, but then most of us wouldn't even pass the written exam. Some people are naturals. They were born to do it. Some have other gifts. But the good news is biology dictates you don't have to do it alone. You can waste your whole life wondering, but the only way to find out what kind of parent you'd be is to finally stop talking about it and just do it. | permalink

Since each character had to go through their own path, let's dissect "Sympathy for the Parents":

  • Meredith and Derek: The episode began with Derek asking Meredith how she felt about starting a family with babies (then he quickly changed it to a baby - obviously Derek sensed the shock in Meredith's body language). Because of a patient dying, it made Derek realize that he did not want either of them to be alone when the other kicked the bucket. Meredith, thanks to her new BFF - (BTW - how great is Alex and Meredith as besties!? So cute!) she realized that she will be nothing like her mother and agrees by the end of the show to start a family with McDreamy! All together now: Aww!
Family Rivalry Brewing
  • Alex and Aaron: With Aaron's arrival we got to learn so much about what made Alex the man he is today. He basically was the father in Aaron's life from the time he was just a little kid himself. Having to handle such grown up issues and such a young age really makes you a different person. We get now why he has so much pent up anger and how scary it must be to even think of becoming a parent. It was good for Meredith to be there for him and let him know that he is nothing like his father. We heart Alex!
  • Callie and Arizona: It is like the big pink elephant in the room that neither one of them wants to discuss. The whole episode, Arizona basically wanted to talk about everything under the sun, but kids. Callie on the other hand, really weighed the pros and cons about being a parent. And thanks to Miranda and her ridiculously cute story about Tucker, she was able to conclude by the end of the show that she definitely wants kids.
  • Owen, Cristina, and Teddy: Our favorite love triangle that no one wants to own up to. Teddy is still very much in love with Owen. Owen wants to one day have children, possibly with Cristina, and Cristina never wants kids. Period. What a tangled web they weave! There's been a couple times now where we've caught Owen glancing at Teddy in a more than best friends kind of way. Will this be the feather that breaks the camel's back? Will Owen leave Cristina or worse, will he cheat on her? We hope not! We liked the way it ended with Cristina offering her hand to Owen. There is definitely something special there.
  • Mark and Sloan: She's back! We know how much Mark wants to have a family and raise children. So much so he has been willing to change his ways and actually court Teddy (we still do not like them together). Now that his daughter is back with baby in tow, will she stay for good? If so, will that take the pressure off of Mark to want to be a father?
April and Lexie

We thought there were plenty of touching storylines on last night's episode. But one part that was rather annoying would be April's obsession with McDreamy! What is that? Thank God Lexie saw it and confronted her about it, but she didn't really do anything else.

C'mon Lexie! Stand up for your sista!

So our question for all of you out there: Do you think Derek will ever cheat on Meredith?

What did you think of last night's episode?

Don't forget to check out our favorite Grey's Anatomy quotes after the jump!

Derek: If anything should happen to me, I don't want you to just be you.
Meredith: Well we would make pretty babies.
Derek: So you're thinking about it?
Meredith: Oh, I'm thinking about it. | permalink
Bailey: If you are going to wait for the perfect time to have kids - you're never going to have kids. | permalink
Teddy: Don't tell him what to do, just tell him how you fell. | permalink
Lexie: How did you do it? How did you learn?
Mark: I'm still learning. | permalink
Owen: When you're commanding officer tells you to stand down, you stand down.
Christina: I'm not in the army and you're not my commanding officer. | permalink
Cristina: (to Teddy) You want to have kids?
Callie: You don't?
Cristina: Have you met me? No! | permalink
Bailey: So what happened after jouvey?
Meredith: Dr. Bailey, I don't think Alex -
Bailey: Mind your business. | permalink
Cristina: I hate men, they're stupid.
Meredith: Derek asked me to have a baby with him this morning.
Cristina: Really stupid. | permalink


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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (49 Votes)

@ana114: Thanks! :)
Well then, I honestly have no clue what game-changer this season's finale can offer, but I have faith that the writers can still pull something shocking (hopefully in a way)...
And the more I think about it (yeah, I'm thinking about this instead of writing my freakin' thesis...LOL), the more I'm convinced that April will try to do some harm..I mean it's obvious that her feeligs towards Derek are totally one-sided; Derek barely notices her, so I think Shonda came up with something else, something better, something creepier regarding April's SL.

Steph w

Derek won't cheat on Meredith besides he can't live without her, if you think about the times that she has been there for him and helped him, for example the woods thing she made him come back, and he said in the elevator all of the things. In season 4 he told mark that he could'nt stop thinking of Meredith when he was with Rose. I think april might make a move but derek will not take it he is too hung over on this baby news.
That is my theory lolxxx


@greyone Read news that most of the cast are signed up for the next two season so I don't think anyone will be leaving apart from KH this season, unless is a mercy western.


April is definitely creepy. But if they actually go down this fatal attarction road, this thriller-like atmosphere would definitely be something unusal and new to Grey's, and I think it COULD work if it'd be well-written. Who knows, maybe it even has something to do with that oh-so-big "game-changer" thing that Shonda is twittering (or whatavering) about...because seriously, what can be a game changer after everything that happened the previous years, especially last year?? I hope April is there for a good reason, cause otherwise, bringing her back was just pointless and frankly, she's just toooo annoying to be on the show without any GOOD reason. BTW, does anyone know whether there is someone else leaving the cast this year? Cause if I remember correctly, then the contracts with the original castmembers are for 6 technically, they could be released after this season. An news on that? Or am I totally wrong here?


I have full confidence that Derek will NOT cheat on Mer.
But I'm scared for April. She looked kind of creepy when she was staring at him. I hope it doesn't go overboard! D:


I've disliked April from the start and this is not doing anything for me. I thought she was just a lusty resident until I started reading stuff on here - now I'm very scared for MerDer!


MerDer4EveR: I agree with you anuflas. Derek is definetly not cheating on Mer! Shonda even said that on twitter!
April is annoying and I think she is going to do something to Der or Mer.. Do you believe to what Shonda says on twitter? :D I remember reading there that Katherine Heigl is on maternity leave, she's definitely coming back and fans should stop asking about that all the time. I dont's trust her anymore and I would be worried :)


Yeah, some people do that. I just noticed it. :P It's not weird to me. I noticed that (maybe coincidence) all of me and my brother and sister's names are famous. Alexandria, Darwin, Victoria. (I'm Alexandria. xD) I'm named after my grandpa (lol) on my mom's side, Alfredo. I love my name because it sounds exactly like me. I can be sweet at times but I'll kick an ass if a guy gets too close to me. (tries to look angelic) :)


In the last scene between Mer and Der ,that Der 's saying:"If anything should happen to me..." it worried me,if that mad-woman of April does to the damage to Derek,i'm thinking,or if she takes her with Mer this is a cliffanger...April in those conditions she is dangereus that's game-changer.I think that she want to kill Mer so she stay with Derek,one of two remain seriosly wounded ,perhaps Der and in the sametime Mer is pregnant.As somebody of you said fatal-anatomy.All this ,i'm scared,naturally Lexie must speak of this to Derek...This was a great-episode.I like Alex-Mer friendship,Cri and Owen don't go there's shade-teddy.Sloa-Sloan again,at times return.


I am really tired of the Little Sloan situation. But I do like Mark with Lexie. Still not liking Teddy too much. April is irratating but I think something scary could happen with her. Pep up the show a bit. I notice reading different ratings that GA's have been going down this week only 9.5 million. I really want Callie and Arizona to be together forever. The two actresses have great chemistry and C/A are MFEO. But I do read SPOILERS and it doewn't look too good.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 19 Quotes

Christina: I hate men their stupid.
Meredith: Derek asked me to have a baby with him this morning.
Christina: Really stupid.

Mark: Come on code for something dirty right like she eats your pound cake and you eat her pound cake.
Callie: No.
Mark: Oh please tell me its something that is dirty because otherwise that was the most boring conversation ever.