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Grey's Anatomy Season Premiere Review: "With You I'm Born Again"

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Okay! So we were all anticipating and wondering how Shonda Rhimes would bring back our beloved surgeons from such a traumatic season finale and I must say, I think she did a pretty decent job with last night's episode, "With You I'm Born Again."

Obviously, you can tell that Lexie is not the only one who is dealing with PTSD and from all the flashbacks that we saw, it looks like every one of our Seattle docs are.

An R-Webb Photo

The only doc that had me laughing and smiling was Chief Weber. Hail to the Chief! Boy! That man has moves! I loved every second of him doing his victory dance.

It was also pretty cute having Meredith be the one to find him. It really solidifies the father-daughter bond that I see growing between them.

Dr. Perkins is the new doc in town trying to figure out who's ready to go back to work and who isn't. By the looks of it, he is not on Meredith's favorite people list. 

One by one each doctor recounts what transpired during and after the mass murder. Here is a brief summary for each of our main characters:

  • Bailey is still trying to hold everything in her life together with "tape and glue" so she finally confronts her budding romance with Ben and tells him it's just not the right timing.
  • Alex decides to keep the bullet that is lodged inside of him to pick up chicks. He breaks up with Lexie because he can't deal with another crazy chick.
  • Lexie is the most obvious person dealing with PTSD. Sloan commits her and Dr. Perkins releases her back to her job after a good night's rest (or three).
  • Cristina and Owen decide to marry each other. After her meeting with Dr. Perkins, she realizes that she just wants to be a simple woman because no one ever shoots a simple woman.
  • Derek quits his job as chief and gets arrested a bunch of times for speeding. He feels guilty because it was him who the shooter was after.
  • Meredith has yet to tell Derek about the miscarriage. She knows that this is something that could really put Derek (and herself) over the edge, but still wont say anything.
  • Arizona is freaked out that Callie wants to start trying to have a baby, but all she really wants is Arizona to move in permanently. Arizona is overjoyed.
  • Jackson and April are still just trying to fit in.

Because of all the flashbacks of what transpired in last season's finale, I know these issues are just the tip of the iceberg for all of the characters. Something big will have to hit in order for them to move past the experience and work in the same environment again.

One really great part of last night's episode had to be Lexie telling off Alex when she said: "You think that you're so bad ass because you lived, but I'm the reason why you lived. And while you were dying you were crying out for the wife who left you. So that's the opposite of bad ass for whatever it's worth."

I wanted to get inside the TV and give her a high five! Last season I was kind of rooting for them to make it, but after the way he decided to treat her, I am SO over them.

An Alex Karev Photograph

Alex will always be the asshole guy with all the excuses why he's an asshole, but I'm just so over it! He needs a woman in his life that will help him man up. Do you think that woman could be Lexie? Or do you think Lexie and Sloan are MFEO?

All in all, I was pretty happy with the layout Shondra put together for the season premiere. I for one, can't wait to see what's in store for us this season!

Until next week, here are a few of my favorite Grey's Anatomy quotes from last night ...

Cristina: I think your either born simple or you're not. I want to be the person who gets happy over finding the perfect dress. I want to be simple because no one holds a gun to the head of a simple girl. | permalink
Alex: You look hot. The whole crazy eyes, tight dress thing is working for you for whatever it's for.
Lexie: You think that you're so bad ass because you lived, but I'm the reason why you lived. And while you were dying you were crying out for the wife who left you. So that's the opposite of bad ass for whatever it's worth. | permalink
Cristina: I never gave you any crap about your post-it.
Meredith: You look beautiful.
Cristina: I know. How's Owen? Is he good?
Meredith: Owen's perfect. He's perfect.
Cristina: Thank you. | permalink
Derek: (to Dr. Perkins) Life is short. So now I think less and just do. | permalink
Meredith: You're driving awfully fast Dr. Sheppard. Least you could do is wear a seat belt. | permalink
Owen: That was quite a show this morning.
Derek: I didn't plan it.
Owen: That made it even better. Any regrets?
Derek: No, any regrets to proposing to Cristina?
Owen: None.
Derek: Getting shot turns out to not be the worst thing after all.
Owen: I need a best man. I know I know we're not that close, but I don't know, you being married to the other twisted sister I just thought it makes us brothers or something.
Derek: I'd be honored. It's an honor.
Owen: Thank you.
Derek: You need a bachelor party?
Owen: No.
Derek: Even better. | permalink
Callie: Welcome back Doctor Sheppard.
Derek: Thank you Doctor Torres. | permalink
Derek: The truth is I hate being chief. Chief Webber is our chief. | permalink
Cristina: I'm not wearing white - its sexist and vaguely racist. | permalink
Meredith: Every cell in the human body regenerates on average every seven years. Like snakes, in our own way we shed our skin. Biologically we are brand new people. We may look the same, we probably do, the change isn't visible at least in most of us, but we are all changed completely forever. | permalink

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@Kristen Lol!!
I´m glad to see that we agreed with each other! ;)

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@Kristen Totally agree with you! IMO, the SP showed where everybody is starting at... maybe we´ll see some more developed storylines from now on, with Mer telling Der about the miscarriage, and Cris falling apart in the OR and Alex not being able to operate (thanks to Bailey) and afraid of getting in elevators...

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@carolina I completely agree with you. Izzie always called Alex out and thats when he changed. He NEEDS to hear it, was it below the belt and rude? yes, does alex say things that are below the belt and rude, uh yeah. He'll learn in his own time, and he'll deal with what happened to him. right now, like most of them he is hiding.

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In my opinion I definitely don't think that Lexie went too far with Alex, at all. Alex is acting like a jerk, he knows it, and lexie knows it, and everyone else knows it too. Thats Alex's way of dealing with his pain. It always has been. I think that if Lexie didn't say anything Alex would think it is okay to keep actin like a jerk, and not face his real problems. Its tough love, she did save his life..if it weren't for her and mark, alex would be dead. Alex is one of my favorite characters, and I love him to death, but he needed to hear that from Lexie. I think this is the season, that Alex is finally going to grow up, and learn to deal with his problems and emotions in a grown up way, rather then hiding behind the mean boy facade. I too LOVED Lexie in this episode. Chylers acting was UNBELIEVABLE! She did so great, especially in her freak out scene. I do not believe that she is okay though. Not at all. Lexie has officially become dark and twisty, and that makes me sad. I loved this episode...a lot of people thought it was kinda boring, but I think that they were really setting the tone for each character. Derek hiding behind his adrenaline rush, alex hiding behind his tough boy facade, Bailey is just hearbreaking, Lexie is heartbreaking also, and mer and Cristina, all of them have so much to deal with. It's going to be an interesting season!

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I really liked the episode and I've always liked Lexie,but I'm not really a fan of her scene with Alex...
It's not that Alex was the poster boy of good behavior but,in my opinion,she went too far.I think,after all these years,that we can agree that being a jerk is his defensive mechanism.I'm not saying it's right,it's just how it is.Most of the time,no one says anything about it.The one time that he has every right to be like that,Lexie,a woman who supposedly cared for him,"accuses" him,because,while he was DYING,he called out for the woman he loved?!?Didn't like that...
Again,I'm not saying that Alex is behaving right,but in this case,he didn't deserve it.Leaving Lexie alone,during her breakdown was wrong in a million different ways.But,let's be honest,no matter how much the shooting affected Lexie,it doesn't compare to what Alex went through...
Plus,what she says about she's the one who saved him,is not entirely true.She DID risk her life to bring the blood,but the credits go mostly to Marc...

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Alex was being crude and cruel to Lexie. She saved his life, and he walked away from her during a melt down. Had Alex treated her with at least some respect, I guess she wouldn´t have come so hard on him... But hey, that´s Alex. He only grows when someone calls his crap out on him... Izzy did that hundreads of times, too...

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! I'm so happy Grey's back. It's a pretty good season premiere. My favorites would be seeing how the shooting messed them up. I think Meredith is in denial, she keeps on saying a change is normal and being changed from what happened is normal. That's probably why Perkins won't clear her for surgery. Cristina, on the other hand, looks like she accepted Owen's proposal so she'd be safe. I loved her "simple girl" line. Kind of true. It looks like Arizona is still not ready to have kids. I think she just said it 'cause it was the perfect thing to say after they survived the shooting. And Mark, it looks like he still wants Lexie back and he really stepped up when he had her committed...he didn't walk away, he might have matured a little. Alex is such an ass. And finally, Lexie stood up to him. That was perfect, telling him he was calling for Izzie and he did live because of her. He was running out of blood and she went and got more, she almost got shot too. I'm so glad she's a brunette again. And Derek just became an adrenaline junkie, wow. He was driving a Porsche right? That was pretty cool. And Mer finally giving Cristina her approval to marry Owen. I guess Mer saw that Owen does know Cristina and he might be good for her. And besides, Cristina wouldn't marry Owen...she wouldn't be involved in the planning if she didn't want to do it. Though it looks like she used the wedding planning as an excuse not to look at an OR. It's hearthbreaking to see a surgery addict like Cristina who can't even look at OR from the gallery. They'll be back. By the way, is it me but I'm finding Teddy incredibly annoying? Even more annoying than April. And the Chief's back! He really did stepped up, he was the one who got Gary Clark to shoot himself and he stepped in for Derek. He's better at it than anyone, Derek hated how the paperwork gets in the way of his surgeries. Oh and of course, Derek feel guilty about the shooting. He's the one who ordered to pull the plug on Gary Clark's wife. That's why Mer won't tell him about the miscarriage, he'll feel more guilty. I love how he told his patient that its "healing pain" and not "dying pain". Good quotes. My favorites: Cristina: I think your either born simple or you're not. I want to be the person who gets happy over finding the perfect dress. I want to be simple because no one holds a gun to the head of a simple girl. Alex: You look hot. The whole crazy eyes, tight dress thing is working for you for whatever it's for.
Lexie: You think that you're so bad ass because you lived, but I'm the reason why you lived. And while you were dying you were crying out for the wife who left you. So that's the opposite of bad ass for whatever it's worth. Derek: (to Dr. Perkins) Life is short. So now I think less and just do. Cristina: I never gave you any crap about your post-it.
Meredith: You look beautiful.
Cristina: I know. How's Owen? Is he good?
Meredith: Owen's perfect. He's perfect.
Cristina: Thank you. Meredith: Every cell in the human body regenerates on average every seven years. Like snakes, in our own way we shed our skin. Biologically we are brand new people. We may look the same, we probably do, the change isn't visible at least in most of us, but we are all changed completely forever.

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Alex was an asshole. If you have daddy and mommy issues, grow up, and move on. He's been a jerk the entire show, and you know what, life is hard, it is really f***ing hard, but him being a total dick and taking his problems out on Lexie? NOT OKAY.
Maybe if he I don't know, went to therapy, dealt with his crap, or if he wasn't a jerk I would have felt sorry for him, but Lexie had every right to tear him a HUGE NEW ONE. You don't see Meredith, who is just as if not more scarred then Alex, going around and being an ass to people.
If Alex is allowed to be a pig, then yea, suck it up when Lexie gives it right back. :)

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Alex owned Lexie nothing. She wasn't his girlfriend. She was his rebound chick. He owned her nothing. He was shot and recovering. Oh, April. I am so sick of her! Can she please be gone? Almost in every Meredith and Derek scene. Ughh. =/ What's next? Be in their bedroom too?

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April should just die. Or disappear. Whatever it takes to get her off my TV screen. Can't stand her. As for Alex, he was shot. He has gone through a hell lot more than Lexie ever will. Just because Lexie reacted in a crazy way, doesn't make her more affected.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 1 Quotes

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

He's fine, we're all coming back to work today (pause - Meredith is thinking about Derek getting shot) - we are all fine.

Meredith

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
Song Midnight Hour Reflection Internal: Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek
Teach you to fly Teach You To Fly Wiz Khalifa iTunes
Song Backed Into The Corner Amy Stroup iTunes