Grey's Anatomy Review: "Golden Hour"

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Golden Hour” marked a new format for Grey’s Anatomy in that everything on the show took place in one hour’s time. Additionally, lots of old characters made appearances tonight, including Henry, Adele Webber, and Bailey’s love interest, Nurse Eli.

Other mainstays were basically absent, including Owen and Arizona.

Meredith volunteered to help run the ER for a night in order to get a leg up on the chief resident race. The first patient had chest pains and wanted to get out of the hospital quickly to go to a basketball game with his son. He later needed an emergency surgery, and Teddy and Meredith had to prep in the elevator.

Her Golden Hour

Despite their best efforts, the patient died.

Meredith became emotional when she had to call the time of death. The deceased patient’s son called his phone, and Meredith broke the news to his family.

Afterward, she went to look at the newborns and confided in Cristina that she did not want Cristina to be Callie’s baby’s godmother because it made her feel like Cristina did not think that she would be able to have a baby. Cristina agreed to tell Callie no and showed Meredith in a subtle way how much she loved her.

As demonstrated during Derek and Meredith’s one-minute date, Meredith is now on fertility drugs. Did you think that they were going to try to make a baby in the elevator like I did?

Do you think Meredith will actually get pregnant anytime soon? 

Teddy put her date with a new guy on hold to help care for the heart patient. The date and Henry ended up sitting in the waiting room chatting for an hour, and Henry ultimately told Teddy that she could do better.  Teddy went on the date any way while Henry looked on longingly.

What do you think is going to happen with Henry? Did Teddy made the right decision?

Alex came in to the hospital on his night off to sign charts. Dr. Fields ended up helping Alex so he could go to a college basketball game and they bonded. She also got Alex to ask her to the game and then told him she could not go because she was on call.

She seems to be playing a lot of mind games with Alex.

How do you think this will end? She clearly showed interest in Alex when he helped operate on the pediatric patient in the OR instead of going to the game.

Nurse Eli asked Bailey to have sex with him in the hospital. Derek caught them but did not tell Meredith. Do you think Nurse Eli and Bailey being together is a good thing? He clearly has some power over her and can get her cut loose and do things she would not normally consider doing.

Lexie treated a migraine patient and somehow missed that he was having a stroke. Meredith figured it out after he was discharged and ran out to the parking lot just in time.

Perhaps the funniest scene of the episode was when the stroke patient told off his selfish girlfriend and took his key back.

A drunk man walked into the ER with a knife sticking out of his head.  He was very unruly, and the patient’s friend pulled the knife out while the doctors were meticulously planning the surgery to remove the knife. 

The patient was incredibly lucky not to have sustained any lasting injury, and this was an interesting contrast to the father who ended up dying from heart problems.

She's Runnin' the Show

Lexie took Avery’s side in a little argument with Mark. Later, when Avery asked Lexie to go to the basketball game, she said yes. Mark has to realize what is going on at some point. Do you like Lexie and Avery together? The fact that Lexie keeps going out of her way to complain about Mark implies that she still has feelings for him.

Finally, Adele came into the ER without the Chief knowing for a wrist injury.

The Chief was annoyed with Meredith when he found out his wife was a patient. Meredith ordered a precautionary head CT for Adele, which upset the Chief.

Meredith also told the Chief that she was worried about Adele’s memory problems, and he got angry and accused her of having “Alzheimers on the brain.” What do you think is going on with Adele, and do you think the Chief is in denial?   

What did you think of this week's episode? Did you enjoy the format? Leave a comment with your thoughts, and browse some of last night's Grey's Anatomy quotes:

Bailey: I'm taking a nap. Uh, I'm sorry. What I mean to say is that I'm going to use this room to take a nap. Because that's what people do in these rooms when they're tired. Cause I have a child and a full-time job and work long hours, so I'm just tired. Just very, very tired. | permalink
Meredith: How much can you actually accomplish in an hour? Run an errand maybe, sit in traffic, get an oil change. When you think about it an hour isn't very long. Sixty minutes. Thirty-six hundred seconds. That's it. In medicine, though, an hour is often everything. We call it the golden hour. That magical window of time that can determine whether a patient lives or dies. | permalink
Cristina: Sado-masochistic chief resident candidate, maybe. | permalink
Meredith: My boobs, they are huge. Am I supposed to like big boobs? | permalink
Meredith: You don't want to be Callie's baby's godmother.
Cristina: I don't?
Meredith: No, I mean think of how many people have to die before you even get to step up. Mark, Callie, and Arizona. That's a lot of people. | permalink
Cristina: I will NOT be taking care of children. That's what boarding schools are for. | permalink
Derek: Never ask me what I might have seen or might not have seen in there. | permalink
Derek: Come on. I'll be quick. I'll be in and out. | permalink
Derek: I can't wait to meet our future fictitious baby.
Meredith: Me either. | permalink
Dr. Fields: No, I'm on call tonight actually. I just wanted to see if I could get you to ask me out. | permalink
Meredith: You know, it's not that I don't want to share you. I mean I don't want to share you, but that's not the reason I don't want you to be Callie's baby's godmother...It just seems like if you agree to be Callie's baby's godmother, you're saying that I'll never have a baby of my own. | permalink
Cristina: Well, I have to go have a really uncomfortable conversation with Callie now. | permalink
Chief: You've got Alzheimers on the brain. You buy a car and you start seeing it everywhere you look. Now, you've been working on this Alzheimers trial 24-7. I get it. Adele is not your mother, Meredith. She's my wife. | permalink
Henry: I just have to say this. I basically spent the past hour on a date with William myself, and I don't know how much you know about the guy, but this is what I know. Um, he wears driving gloves, yeah. And he doesn't live with his mother, but until recently he lived above her house. And he used the word "shan't", and he wasn't being funny. And he has yet to tell a story about himself in which he is not the hero. And as your husband, I think we can do better. | permalink


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I just wanted to add something because it seems that some of you didn't get the point. I did love the episode and it was great for once to have Mer as the center of attention but as an exception. In fact I was just saying that it wouldn't be interesting if every epi was like this! I love all the characters!!
And remember that we all love the same tv show!! :)


I loved this episode!! I think it was great, fastpaced, with serious and comical elements and some romance. I really liked seeing Mer kick but!! P.S. I don't really like dr. Fields (yeah, I forgot her first name), she's kind of... idk, fickle? Or maybe it's just because I love Karev so much and can't handle someone toying with him.


LOL looks like the weight of ONE freaking episode on meredith Grey was so freaking powerful that it has completely wiped out from people's minds and memories the archs and archs of episodes spend on setting up crap like CAM and Cristina's PTSD although the PTSD SL was saved thanx to SO and PD's brilliance but who in the name of hell would save the CAM crap? Sadly no one because not only are the characters ruined the actors too are in a spree to deliver their worst performances ever LMAO
But the point is everybody forgot all of these episodes and started whining just like their Queen Callie in just ONE episode and they have the nerve to attack other fan bases when they complaint LOL Such hippocracy.
Anyways I am proud Meredith Grey's ONE episode had the weight to wash out the entire season's mess thats the reason why its called GREY's Anatomy and not ENSEMBLE Anatomy
And WORD to whoever thats saying it was old school Grey's last night, and I guess the majority is with me so that says it all:)
Ignore the bubble poppers peeps they must have missed their doze of Caffeine LOL


Okay everyone relax, it was one episode focused on the leading lady. This season barely had any Meredith. All Cristina and the threesome crap. So what if one episode was focused on Mer? Well the musical episode is going to be focused on Callie. And what point of it would be if they showed more characters? Mer was running the E.R, why would they show Callie, Arizona, Owen, Mark etc.. from the 30 seconds screentime of Callie she still managed to got on my nerves. So annoying and mean. This season totally ruined her character along with AZ the 'stepford' wife. For me it was the best episode of the season.


where are the calzona fans!!
well Sara has the right to take a day off work,
it was a good epi focusing on the medicine which is great,,,lol "did i quote a Callie quote"!! but it was boring to me coz i didnt get to see my favorite characters, and once Callie had a scene she was annoying,
ive always been a great fan of Mark and Callie then AZ.


agree with you 100%!!!
always almost see only Meredith ,me very tired! stop! we need to see everyone!


@jb4uiwill & @Pri. I'm with you guys, couldn't agree more with what you both have said & you've put it more politely than I would've so thank you.


This is the energy I always expect from Grey's. After all, what is a medical drama, without a little focus on the medical aspect? The cases were awesome, and the comic timing was perfect! Meredith is back to being the tough surgeon she is, and I now wanna see Christina in action too!! :D Awesome episode, it feels like we are coming back to the days when nobody could raise a finger, or whine and complain..I think today's episode has made all die-hard fans of the show very very happy!! :-)) Love Grey's!!


I agree some fans said GA's a medical show,pl make all main charactors be a doctor ,save a life, no more baby, no more triangle
I don't think it's the best ep in S7, too many actors have nothing play in ep15 and GA still hire at least 4 guests-Adele,Eli,Henry& william..
one more thing,unbelieveable Bailey likes Eli? just she need sex ?? it's not her charactor?


I love this episode for two reason it didn't feature Callie whiny about coffee or Cristina being all dead inside. It had a great medical cases and I even liked Teddy. It showed Meredith being a doctor rather than her dark and twisty self well maybe except for the part about her getting pregnant.

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