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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Two thumbs up ^^
Im right there with you.


@Pri Well for me, it felt like old Grey's because of the WRITING. It was a well written ep with the humour we've come to know, the drama was intense (the elevator scene with Teddy & Mer) and great medical cases. Most of the eps this season has been written all over the place but this one actually made sense to me. But you're right, we do need all the casts to play their part and have screen time. I think this ep was just a welcome break for some fans because it didn't feature the ridiculous CAM baby sl that most have been frustrated with. Well, at least that's how it felt for me anyway.


I think that people are just overdoing... I'm reading sentences like "yeah I loved the episode, it was like the old Grey's!!"... Really?!? The old Grey's was like that? With 42 minutes of Meredith and 2 minutes for every other character (like Cristina or Alex or Derek)? Just tell me cause maybe I don't remember! I can understand your excitement about mer but let's face the truth guys... if every episode had mer in every single scene it wouldn't be interesting but boring!! Grey's needs all of its characters and this is the reason people watch it!!
Don't get me wrong I loved the episode (especially because of the focusing on the medical part) but was just ONE episode!


Oh my goodness! I loved it


Steve - Please don't tell me you really tried to make a baby in an elevator?? That's gross. It's just a TV's not real. OY


Haven't had such mixed emotions for a long time, a great episode of Greys. The OR scene was amazing, so moving... And Derek's face after catching Bailey is hilarious....miss his mischievous side! Bring on the next episode


This episode was fantastic. Though I'm a devoted Grey's fan, over the last few seasons I have -- like many others -- begun to tire of the focus on childish drama and throwaway medicine. For me, "Golden Hour" felt like a return to Grey's of old, showing us proper medicine and our favourite characters doing their proper day-to-day jobs, without sacrificing those heartfelt or funny moments that were scattered around to spruce things up. Not to mention... oh my god, that OR scene. Ace job, people!


WOW... I mean... wow!! Absolutely the best episode so far in season 7! So good to see the scene in the OR, very intense and heartbroken. Meredith has done a great job in this episode!!


Guilty conscience needs no accuser. I stated some people. If doesnt apply to you, your reply isnt necessary. If it isnt bothering you then why feel it necessary to comment. *Ooops opens window throws your theory out of it.*
There are some comments that suggest a problem with their sexual orientation on quite a few boards. Know what you talking about before you ever address me.
So scream shout, faint, fart, or vomit. My statement still stands. Take it with a grain of salt or risk high blood pressure and take it all in.


@ jb4uiwill
if u think people r hating CA or CAM or Callie per say coz they are a lesbian couple then u g=r highly highly HIGHLY mistaken Most people are detesting this SL coz it just doesn't makes for quality TV drama and believe it or not it has completely ruined two previously very great characters viz Callie and Mark to a point of no return
anyways think whatever you want to think I personally am not letting anything to even come touch my excitement so screaming singing shouting cheering raving what every one else is saying This epi was THE BEST epi all season and THIS is the Grey's we love and will always LOVE

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