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Tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy, "These Arms of Mine," gave us the kind of perspective on Seattle Grace life that we haven't seen in six-plus seasons ... literally.

The documentary-style filming made for a new experience, that's for sure. But did you like it, and was this the turning point at which we can start to move past the shooting?

TV Fanatic will post its review quotes, music and Round Table Q&A tomorrow. Now, we want to hear from you via comments below and in our Grey's Anatomy forum!

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What did you think of this week's Grey's Anatomy?

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This episode was a groundbreaking piece of television because it was unique, original and accurate despite some of the people on this website who have said otherwise. The characters were put under a different kind of spotlight which was a genius idea because the audience were given the opportunity to rekindle their love for certain characters. It was professionally executed and underrated for its groundbreaking approach to creating an episode of television. David Greenspan done a beautiful job with the editing and made a huge contribution considering the difficulty he must have had editing such a different episode to what he has edited before. This show continues to astound me and despite some people's negative opinions toward the episode, I have to say that I thought that this episode of Grey's Anatomy was sublime. :)


@mcseriously I completely agree with you. I have been waiting for Avery to break down. We have seen it coming. I think Avery is a hero too, but I think he wants to ignore what happen. Avery is a man, and they have their pride. But there have been clues leading up to it....April saying that he had nightmares and woke up screaming, him messing up and being off his game in surgery, and now this. Being trapped somewhere with a patient brought back what happened. It was surprisingly heartbreaking to watch! As for the episode, I knew people were either going to love it or hate it. And as I said before, I was one of the rarities that LOVED it!


I really liked it. It was different and refreshing. It gave SGMW a "real" feel to it. Although the flow was different from what we're used to, I still liked the fact the the storylines moved forward. I really liked seeing Avery's trauma spilling out. The look on his face when he was doing CPR and Teddy was telling him to stop cause they had opened the doors. It was like he was in another world, crazy! It was believable to me because we've seen bits and pieces of what the shooting did to him, but he's been trying to hide it being all smooth and swave. The doors locking on him brought everything back to the surface. Lexie was so, so funny, I thought she was great comic relief! I'm scared for Cristina now... this funk is now coming between her and Mer, very excited to see what will happen between the twisted sisters. Calzona, I got both sides too. AND was surprised at their resolution, but that's love. Not TOO thrilled that Callie, once again, has to be the one to give in. But Africa, that's exciting, and her smile was so sweet when she said "I'm going with her". She sure loves her gal! Derek was a bit blah tonight, but he didn't have much. I loved his line about Cristina and Mer's sleep overs. It would have been funny if he had added, "not as fun as it sounds"... ah but McDreamy is too mature for those Sloanish What else? I was shocked that Mary died for sure, I teared at that one. Alex was super sweet but I'm in love with him too so, no surprises there, he's just awesome! The arm guy adding a tattoo saying "Thank You" was too cool. Overall, I really liked it, and I loved the way it's going, much drama in the near future!


Does anyone else think Webber came off as a total jack ass- could barely watch him. Alex made this watchable. And what the hell happened to Jackson? All of a sudden he's traumatized? He was just an arrogant sexy boy hitting on Teddy! Acting like a hot shit with his Egg, now its all drama. I didnt buy it. Sorry - it was a miss with me.


Just one thing: I cried like a baby at the end.
But there's something, that bothers me. Avery. He was in the OR with Cristina and he was in the exact same dangerous situation as her and it was his idea that saved them all (ok, not Mer's baby, but this was the result of all the crazy stuff she experienced that day). So how come he's not a "hero"?
Do you guys understand what I mean?
Best line ever: Being a hero has its price.


Meredith looked so gorgerous. She's rockin' her new hairstyle. :) Oh, Alex Karev. I love him even more. So sad sweet Mary died.


Alex was awesome. So sad that Mary died. And her husband was awesome.


LOVED IT!!! Such a cool idea! I knew that something was going to happen to Mary, but it was still very sad :( When they kept saying what an easy surgery it was, I was like "Oh no, she's going to die." My friend who usually doesn't watch Grey's told me to not be that negative, but then I told her that I've been watching this show for nearly six years now, so I know the way it goes...
It's lovely that Callie is accompanying Arizona to Africa- but that means they're not gonna be at SGMW!!! Nooooo :(
Oh, and no, I don't believe this is the "turning point when we can move past the shooting"- from the promo it looks like next week is going to be super intense! Can't wait, again. I love Grey's Anatomy!


what a boring episode! Grey's anatomy is a tv show not a some bored documentary film. so lame. There is one thing, I liked in this episode. it's Alex, and Mer's new bang.
please, shut up. Lexie. you makes me sick.


It's official: This is one of my favorite episodes of Grey's Anatomy, ever! And all for reasons that would fill up pages if I typed them all out. It sent me through every single emotion, had amazing character development both personally and professionally (Karev! Callie! Arizona! Cristina! Bailey! Sloan! Avery!), had touching and riveting medical stories all of which proved that not everything has to be some crazy, rare disease/trauma of the week in order to tell a great story - I doubt it would have been the same if it had been, because it was what our doctors did to try to fix it, and how they handled it, that made the cases great. Or for that matter, that there didn't have to be any real DRAMA of the week. The biggest personal drama that we really saw was the Callie/Arizona thing, which was handled subtly and beautifully behind closed doors, and ultimately had an awesome and gasp-causing (but in the 'we know they'll be back in a couple of episodes kind of way) conclusion. And how about that ending to Mary's story?! That was what caused me to gasp the most, and I actually started crying! Because there was no lead up to it, like we normally would have gotten. We would have seen the doctors notice her lack of brain activity, and watched as they monitored her closely and ran all of their tests. But in the way they did it, I felt almost as shocked as her husband must have been. And then we really got to see how it affected Bailey. I applaud the director, because docu-style versions of what normally are four camera angle dramas are either hit or miss, with most of them erring on the side of the latter. But the director (and writers!) somehow managed to give us both a more intimate AND a more voyeuristic view of our favorite doctors at the same time, and one wouldn't have been possible without the other. It's like.. it was more intimate BECAUSE it was voyeuristic, y'know? Instead of watching a show with fancy camera work that we ourselves would never be able to catch, with an omnipresent birds eye view into the hospital and the doctor's lives, we saw something real, honest, and HUMAN. We didn't see Bailey actually break down and cry. Normally we would have. Some would say that us seeing her break down would actually be more intimate, but I'll argue that the fact that we didn't actually made it so much more intimate. The implied break down evoked more emotions in us, the audience, and it broke our hearts just as a friend's silent suffering would. I really hope this episode and the people involved in it grab some emmy nods. They deserve it. And on a lighter note, I LOVED seeing our doctors and the patients cuss. SO much more realistic. I really hope they include an un-cut, un-EDITED version on the DVD set next year! :P -Emma


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)