Grey's Anatomy Review: "Almost Grown"

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I may get a bunch of comments that disagree, but this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy really didn’t do it for me. I found myself losing more interest as each minute passed.

Don’t get me wrong, it was awesome watching my favorite residents become attendings in “Almost Grown.” But even the dark navy scrubs couldn’t make me love the episode.

I did find it odd that the Chief would ask each of the head surgeons what they would do to make the hospital more inspirational with the $1 million grant. Where did he get the money?

Who do you think the donor could be? Dare I say it’s Izzie?

An R-Webb Photo

Where did the Chief even get a million dollars, Bailey wondered?

The doctors all had inspirational ideas for what he/she would do with the money, but Bailey had the best point. If you look at the situation in a realistic way, getting all the broken equipment fixed and a new night nurse sounds like a logical way to go.

I even love the way Bailey put the circumstance that the Chief’s in:

"Let’s not go to Paris. Let’s go to the grocery store Chief."

Bailey wanted the Chief to realize the importance of putting food on the table. This was a great metaphor for how Bailey has been looking at life since the mass murders. She used to be a big believer and dreamer and now she just focuses on getting by.

My favorite inspirational idea probably came from Derek, who wanted to use the money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s because he believes that Meredith may have it. 

It almost broke my heart to see Meredith unable to find the keys that were in her hand. Do you think that this is where the writers will take Meredith’s storyline next?

If so, I definitely do not like where this is headed. 

Derek and Meredith have been through enough drama to last at least five lifetimes. Now Shonda wants to throw in Alzheimer’s? Why can’t we just focus on a McBaby?

A Callie Torres Pic

Callie says she's not the better lesbian. She's definitely not the better presenter.

It was weird that Callie and Arizona used their time with the Chief to get their relationship anger out in the open. Does this mean that there’s trouble in paradise already?

One great aspect from this week was Cristina’s ability to quasi-open up her shell because of her patient, Roy. At first, it didn’t seem like we’d make any headway this week.

By the end of the episode, however, it looked like there was a flicker of the old Cristina coming back! No more sourpuss on this lady's face!

I am so in love with the way Owen has been treating Cristina! He has been everything she’s needed and more. Finally, here is a man that won’t back down and run away when time gets tough. I just can’t wait to see how their marriage develops.

Jackson had a small part in playing Meredith like a fool this week. Hopefully next week his character will get a bigger role and we can see more character development!

Overall, I felt slightly disappointed, yet still entertained. What can I say? I am a huge Grey’s fan that just expects the best out of these doctors! Until next week, here are a few of my favorite Grey’s Anatomy quotes from last night:

Meredith: We all want to grow up. We're desperate to get there. Grab all the opportunities we can to live. We're so busy trying to get out of that mess, we don't think about the fact that it's going to be cold out there. Really freaking cold. Because growing up sometimes means leaving people behind. And by the time we stand on our own two feet, we're standing there alone. | permalink
Bailey: (to Richard) Let's not go to Paris. Let's go to the grocery store Chief. | permalink
Teddy: (to Cristina) Congratulations. You were a doctor today. | permalink
April: I'm not used to failing.
Cristina: Neither am I. | permalink
Derek: (to Richard) Breakthroughs don't happen because of the medicine. Real breakthroughs happen because someone is scared to death to stop trying. | permalink
Meredith: Let me finish Derek, I got this.
Derek: Yes you do. | permalink
Lexie: You totally sound like an attending.
Meredith: Right? | permalink
Cristina: Everybody will be fine except for Roy. He will be dead.
April: Wow, way to kill a happy moment. | permalink
April: Cardio is not my thing.
Cristina: What? | permalink
Karev: You want your kid to be a man? Let him make his own decisions. | permalink
Owen: (to Cristina) There you are. I knew you were in there somewhere. End this day, good or bad, we're going to go home together. | permalink
Owen: I like the dark new scrubs on you. You look good. Are you okay?
Cristina: My patient deserves a doctor.
Owen: You don't have to cut, no ones asked you to...
Cristina: I know what's being asked of me and I'm doing it. | permalink
Jackson: I just wish we had more time.
Meredith: You did your whole name! | permalink
Mark: Are you excited? I'm excited.
Richard: Leave. Right now. | permalink
Cristina: I don't have a sourpuss this is just my face.
April: It's true. That is just her face. | permalink
Teddy: Dr. Yang, I don't know?
Cristina: I'm here, I'm trying, but ...
Teddy: I'm not asking you to be in the OR. I'm asking you to say something, to participate. We're at a crossroads Yang, a crossroads where you either get in the game or I tell Richard it's time to send you home. | permalink
Teddy: Dr. Yang, do you agree?
Cristina: I don't know.
Teddy: You don't know if you agree? | permalink
Jackson: Competing with the wife. If that's not a stacked deck.
Meredith: It's a game really. All you have to do is win, which you wont. | permalink
Richard: Pray people, we want God in the building today. | permalink
Meredith: They train doctors slowly. They watch us practice on frogs and pigs and dead people and then live people. They grill us relentlessly. They raise us like children and eventually they take a cold hard boot and kick us out of the next. | permalink


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thanks that's what i thought!


Correct to opening voiceover quote:
... they take a cold hard boot and kick us out of the NEST.(not "next").


People, Meredith forgetting that her keys are in her hands in the end of the episode is not a sign of Alzheimer's disease, it happens to anyone. I'm 24 and it happens to me all the time. That scene was there to show us the things that reminds Derek of the possibility of Meredith getting Alzheimer's hence he proposing using the million dollars for a Alzheimer's cure. It doesn't mean that Meredith will get it, even if she has the gene, she may not develop Alzheimer's.


Um...the Chief said he has a $1 million surplus. I imagine that money came from the budget.


wheres the round table for this episode?


@ele, Derek gave Meredith her first solo surgery on their non-wedding day.


This was my favorite episode this season so far, just for seeing Meredith rock that surgery and I loved that she did it with her sister. Derek pitching the Alzheimer's clinical study was a beautiful scene and his look when Meredith forgot her keys were in her hand was heartbreaking, he showed the emotion I felt was missing when she told him about the miscarriage.
I'm glad to see progress in Christina. I feel that she's back, and hope that is more than just me seeing what I want to see. The line about leaving people behind seemed very ominous though...
I didnt think the episode was perfect though. It seemed very out of character that Callie, Arizona and Mark were so unprofessional. And it seemed inconsistent with the show's history that Mark and Arizona were worried about Alex's ability as a surgeon, because he's done very well so far. I felt that the writer of this episode had amnesia over Alex because he's already shown he can advocate very well for peds patients, so it didn't make sense that it took him a while to step up.
I felt bad for the Mercy Westers and feel it was almost unfair that Alex, Christina and Meredith got placed into the fields they are strongest at but Avery and April weren't.




The 5 original have changed so much from the beginning of the series Meredith, "child of darkness" is happily married and she WANTS to have a baby Christina the robot surgeon is afraid to hold a scalpel Alex, the guy who failed his boards exam (probably due to poor bedside manner) is a kick ass peads surgeon Who would have ever thought that George would die or that Izzy would leave everyone On a different note..... I don't think the writers would give Meredith Alzheimer's. That would kill the show. I think the purpose of bringing it up in this episode was to show how scared Derek was for Meredith. I read a spoiler that Derek does a ton of research (with Christina) to find a cure for Alzheimer's so this episode was just the start of that story.


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Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

Pray people, we want God in the building today.


They train doctors slowly. They watch us practice on frogs and pigs and dead people and then live people. They grill us relentlessly. They raise us like children and eventually they take a cold hard boot and kick us out of the next.


Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 5 Music

  Song Artist
On the sly On The Sly The Bamboos iTunes
Song Head on Your Heart Mat Kearney
Look alive 1 Look Alive Wait Think Fast iTunes