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Grey's Anatomy Review: "Not Responsible"

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This week's Grey's Anatomy, “Not Responsible” focused on the complicated relationships of Seattle Grace. And we mean complicated, even by Grey's Anatomy standards.

After looking at Derek’s plans of the dream house, Meredith admitted to Alex that she was having problem with her eyes, which seemed to get worse throughout the episode. Meredith finally admitted to Derek that she could not see well when he asked her to assist with a surgery.

Lucy told Meredith that she had to discontinue the fertility medication, and the Chief said that Meredith could not even observe surgeries until she recovered. If Meredith is forced to choose between her career and having a baby, which do you think she will choose?

April and Stark

Alex asked Lucy out yet again, and she refused once again. This is becoming a common theme on the show. Will she eventually give in when she so obviously has a crush on Alex?

One of the Alzheimers patients had a young son with a bump on his neck. Because the cyst was dangerous and the child had not been receiving proper medical attention, Dr. Stark asked Arizona to call child protective services.

April tried to help the family and told Dr. Stark that the son was cherished by his parents.

Dr. Stark decided against calling CPS and asked April on a date since she was the first person who was able to change his mind in 10 years. Dr. Stark was a little bit more likable in this episode.  Do you think he will be a good addition to the show in the future?

Could he and April possibly work as a couple?

The saddest sub-plot of the show involved a cystic fibrosis patient who needed a lung transplant. Since the patient’s girlfriend also had cystic fibrosis, they were not supposed to date because it was dangerous for both of them.

The patient explained to Teddy that life without risk was not worth living, and Teddy ordered him to break up with his girlfriend or else she would not allow the transplant to go forward. The couple broke up, and Lexie convinced the girlfriend to leave the hospital, explaining that everyone had more than one true love.

Lexie also admitted to Avery that she missed Mark and actually believed that everyone has one soul mate. Avery told Lexie that he had feelings for her. Were you surprised that they ended up in the shower together? Is this the beginning of a legitimate committed relationship or is it going to be casual? Lexie seems to be confused about what she wants.

Adele and Miranda

Adele was back in the hospital after another accident, and the Chief assigned Bailey to the case. Ultimately, Bailey convinced the Chief to talk to Derek about Adele’s possible early on-set dementia.  Where do you think this story line is going? Does Adele actually have Alzheimers?

Arizona wanted Callie to have an amniocentesis, and Mark did not want Callie to have it because of the risk involved. Arizona and Mark tried to show who is boss in their relationship with Callie throughout the episode. Callie decided to get the amnio, and Mark explained that he really just wants everyone to vote on the decisions affecting the baby.

Arizona admitted to Callie that she is upset that she’s stuck with a lifetime full of Mark. Do you think that Callie, Arizona, and Mark can ever really have a perfect relationship or will Arizona and Mark keep competing with each other? Would Callie cut Mark out of the baby’s life to please Arizona? Would Arizona walk away from Callie?

Cristina mentioned to Owen that she does not want children. He replied that she will probably come around in a couple of years. Owen also became angry with Cristina for refusing to share his life vision. This led Cristina to second guess their marriage. 

Do you think Cristina’s being unfair or should Owen have known what he was getting into when he married her? Do you think that their marriage will last?

The end of the episode was reminiscent of past seasons. Meredith and Cristina were discussing their problems while Mark, Owen, and Derek hit golf balls and talked about their woman issues. How did you feel about the ending?

Here are some of the night's best Grey's Anatomy quotes ...

Mark: I've lost too many babies in my time. Addison terminated. Sloan disappeared. I'm not letting it happen again. I don't care what kind of baby it is. | permalink
Arizona: We have a relationship, Mark. Part of that doesn't include you. | permalink
Alex: Can you even see me?
Meredith: Yeah, and you look like a real moron. I need a real eye doctor. | permalink
Meredith: I'm taking baby drugs to make my uterus less hostile... | permalink
Meredith: Everyone figures doctors are the most responsible people they know. They hold lives in their hands. They're not flakes. They don't lose track of important details or make stunningly bad judgment calls. 'Cause that would be bad, right? | permalink
Mark: Mrs. Webber, I'm about to put a needle in your face. I'd be extremely grateful if you'd stop moving. | permalink
Mark: We're co-parenting us, all of us. This isn't a joke. It's not some cute arrangement where you humor me and use me for babysitting when you want to see a movie. This is my child. We're doing this together. You don't get a bigger vote. I'm a parent! | permalink
Cristina: Nobody parented you. This is to be expected. | permalink
Cristina: I am so grateful you're not trying to knock me up. | permalink
Lexie: He's a good man. I didn't think about it when I walked away. I just got mad, and I walked. | permalink
Avery: You really want to be dating a guy, two women, and a baby? | permalink
Avery: If I had to hear something like that, I'd want to hear it from you. | permalink
Avery: You got to be kidding me with this crap, Lexie. Nobody has just one soul mate. That'd be such a dumb system. | permalink
Lexie: It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love, and then you find somebody else, and it just seems crazy that you were ever worried in the first place. | permalink
Cristina: It was hasty. I was a PTSD wastoid shivering on the coach. Maybe we didn't think this through.
Owen: Stop it. You don't get to pull that crap with me. We got married not because you're a basket case but because we loved each other and we wanted a life together. | permalink
Owen: You have an obligation to at least pretend that you care what the hell I want. | permalink
Arizona: I don't get excited by Mark. I'm not delighted by Mark. | permalink
Arizona: I never picked him, and I don't hate him, but I don't want a life with him. And yet that's somehow what I got. | permalink
Arizona: Ok, can we just be honest about the fact that is some kind of "bi" dream come true? I mean you get the woman that you love and the guy best friend who's also a great lay and then you get a baby. I mean you get it all. Me—this is not my dream. My dream does not look like this. | permalink
April: It's weird, it's weird, it's weird. I mean he's old and mean. He's like the Grinch. | permalink
Meredith: We are responsible with our patients. The problem is we blow it all out at work. In our own lives, we can't think things through. We don't make the sound choice. We did that all day at the hospital. When it comes to ourselves, we've got nothing left. And is it worth it—being responsible? Because if take your vitamins and pay your taxes and never cut the line, the universe still gives you people to love and then lets them slip through your fingers like water, and what've you got? Vitamins and nothing. | permalink

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Because if take your vitamins and pay your taxes and never cut the line, the universe still gives you people to love and then lets them slip through your fingers like water, and what've you got? Vitamins and nothing. What is the meaning of "take your vitamins" in this sentence, I don't understand. Can somebody explain it for me, please?

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Between me and my husband we've owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc.
But, the last few years I've settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

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Do these writers know NOTHING about science? I mean, really, they're going to let the "doctors" yell out medical babble and yet KNOWN of them saw the flaw in their design of the drug trial? It's called a confounding variable, people. That's why they don't do single blind experiments anymore. They do double-blind experiments in which both the doctors AND the patients don't know if they're receiving a placebo or the actual drug being tested.

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@ annie, I think it was important for Arizona to finally say it out loud because her "acceptance" of the situation seemed artificial. Callie has to find a way to balance co-parenting with Mark and her relationship with Arizona and it's not hard (broken straight couples do it every day) but I don't think Callie saw the situation for what it was until it was said because to Callie, they are both "her people" and equally important to her. Arizona is uncomfortable with Mark - always has been, always will be because he knows Callie way better than she does and she's threatened. It needed to be said so Callie could acknowledge it. HOWEVER, Arizona has a choice in this. She can walk away from Callie and leave her be. Callie should not throw Mark out of her life or this baby's life for Arizona. Arizona ended their relationship, boarded a plane and left the country. Callie slept with her best friend who was single and they made a baby. If Arizona chooses to stay she has to swallow that pill but Callie and Mark have to make efforts too. They need to respect one another and their roles in this situation.

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Ok, Cristina needs to stop being so selfish and at least consider what Owen's saying! If they break up i'm going to be so upset!
And when Cristina ended up being pregnant with Burke's kid didn't she start considering the idea? Even though she never had the baby but it seemed she was thinking about the idea. Lexie/Jackson: Nooooo. I don't see a long term relationship here at all. Lexie belongs with Mark. Meredith/Derek: WHY are they making this so sad? Can meredith just have a baby already?! Alex/New chick: I don't like her at all. I don't even think she has any chemistry with Alex, and it's so annoying how she conveniently sees the "good side" of Alex all the time and is now crushing on him, ughhh. She can't act, find someone new for Alex (preferably not someone who works in the hospital!!!) Calzona/Mark: My least favorite storyline but I gotta say, Arizona is pretty harsh for saying that she didn't want a lifetime with Mark when she already agreed to be "in" this whole thing with her. She still keeps reminding Callie every chance she gets that she doesn't like Mark but is still in the relationship...she needs to make up her mind! April/Stark- Actually looking forward to this one.

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@Simriti, Time is moving faster in the GA-universe as of season six. Seasons 1-3 comprised of 1 year, seasons 4-5 comprised of the 2nd year, season 6 is the 3rd year, and season 7 is the 4th year of the show, hence why Meredith, Alex, and Cristina are 4th-year residents. Lexie said she was 24 in season 4, and now she's 27 when technically speaking, only two years have passed. However, what most likely accounts for this is that Lexie was probably closer to 25 when she told Mark her age. Maybe she had three to five months till she was 25, but she was still 24 and turned 25 by the time season 5 closed. So when time became accelerated to fit a year within a season, it became possible for Lexie to be 27 when season 7 came around. Also, the Grey's Anatomy year includes two years: August of the current year to July to the next, given that most residency programs start in July and that's when Bailey was promoted to an attending. At the end of season six and the start of season seven is when Bailey had been an attending for a year. So what she told Chief was accurate, and to emphasis that a first year general surgery attending should not be looking for what's wrong with Adele. Hope this helps.

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I really think April needs an older man at this point who's experienced and will take care with her... special circumstances :p

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So late posting my thoughts....since it's not fresh it will be very brief.... Arizona/Callie/Mark: So happy Arizona finally said (out loud) that she's not happy that Mark Sloan will be a part of her life. The truth needs to be out there so Callie can figure out how to work on the family dynamics. I don't think Mark should be cut out of his child's life -- at this point Arizona is optional, not Mark. He is, after all, the father of the baby. However, Callie must really learn how to juggle her co-parenting skills with Mark while not alienating Arizona or shoving him down Arizona's throat. It's basically a blended family scenario. Callie is the full time guardian of this kid and Mark is free to participate but he cannot overstep his boundaries in Callie's relationship with Arizona. It happens every day with heterosexual couples. Callie just needs to point this out to everyone so there are no hurt feelings or misunderstandings. Cristina/Owen: Cristina is totally being selfish here since she is now in a committed relationship BUT Owen never stopped to ask her what she wanted when he proposed to and clearly married a woman heavily influenced by PTSD. If he had waited until she was whole and healed he would have known that she NEVER wanted kids and that's NEVER been a secret. Too bad Owen. Glad these problems are biting them in the a$$. It's LONG overdue. Can't wait to see how they handle it. Glad Owen wouldn't allow her to take the easy way out of this situation. April/Stark: Creepy....just creepy. Meredith/Derek: I really don't like that the writers are so focused elsewhere that they are failing to develop this married couple beyond starving for a McBaby. Derek should be very concerned that Meredith is so obsessed with getting pregnant that she was risking her eyesight (in silence no less) to get there. Yeah, I can see a guy needing to vent to his friends but when he said to Meredith that he wasn't sure whether to be mad at her for coming into his OR with impaired vision or that she hid it from him, I was pissed. What he should have said to her was that SHE was more important to him than a baby that doesn't exist and that THEY will continue to try but NOT at the risk of her health because that's what's most important. He wants to enjoy HER with a baby. Not her OR the baby.... That dialogue should have definitely been there. It didn't have to be sappy but it should have been noted and he should be concerned about Meredith. Maybe she wants this WAY too much.... Lexie/Jackson: I'm sad for these characters. This is a pointless relationship (though I always thought they would be good together) that no one should become comfortable with because it has PLOT DEVICE written all over it. I'm tired of plot devices. We are an intelligent audience. You can give us more than that. Ok, so I lied...it wasn't short and I remembered more than I thought I would :)

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Im with you all the way bazuka!!!! Im a Calzona fan 4 ever!! Their sl sucks. But hey everyone on this show has had a sl fans were not pleased with. Im hoping the musical will bring this couple back to their awesomeness!!!
Im a fan even if in one alone. CALZONA 4ever!!!

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constato con piacere che il calo degli ascolti di grey's anatomy ha generato una interessane analisi che sta permettendo a tutti di poter interagire e spiegarne le ragioni.Mi sono imbattuta in GA per puro caso una sera di primavera ,ho guardato "massacro di S.Valentino",è stata una folgorazione!Ho acquistato tutti i cofanetti delle stagioni precedenti e ho trascorso la mia estate in compagnia di dermer e di tutti gli altri protagonisti,ho ricordi quindi molto recenti e non posso dimenticare momenti straordinari come la scena di Derek in ascensore con Miranda dopo che aveva scelto Addison quando il suo dolore è così forte che la B.con forte sensibilità gli permette di piangere e poi riprendersi,o anche quando seduti su una panchina Meredith chiede a Derek se ama ancora la moglie e dopo in modo struggente gli dà il permesso di salvare il suo matrimonio,mi ricordo il dialogo tra der e addy nel bar alla vigilia di natale quando der confessa che meredith non era un'avventura ma di lei si era innamorato,potrei elencare tantissimi momenti di tutte le stagione per sottolineare la liricità di alcune scene di come ci siamo commossi e di come abbiamo gioito e non oso pensare che tutto questo possa finire ,sono delusa ma non rassegnata.Inoltre vorrei dire la mia anche su alcune tematiche che si sono affrontate in grey's antomy come ad esempio la facilità con cui si possono acquistare armi in America,l'argomento è stato trattato con garbo con una denuncia del fenomeno misurata e intelligente.Non mi danno fastidio le relazioni gay,nel modo più assoluto,ho adorato la delicatezza dei due ragazzi militare nella quarta stagione per esempio,mi irrita la forzatura della storia di CAM,voglio sperare che abbia sviluppi migliori Sarà anche intrattenimento ma c'è anche un desiderio di identificazione nei personaggi e vederli scadere così tanto è deprimente.