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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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    my fav quote: "don't act like it's easy with your gorgeous eyes and white coat. it's insulting"

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    @DG are we going in for a time jump? I don't get the time line with this show at all in Disarm it was already six months to the shooting indecent and then in last epi Bailley said its just been an year of her being an Attending. Wasn't she an Attending way bck in s six premier? And lexie said in epi 14 she is 27 and in s5 in the epi where Derek's mom came in Lexie had told Mark she was 24 and i figured MD got married some weeks or months later in s5 finale so that made at least three years to their marriage by now since lex turned 27 now and she was 24 back then u know? So I just don't get whats up with the time line in this show And ikr? I ld puke if Cristina changes her mind. its OKAY to not want babies you know and Owen can't throw this at her now. anyone who claims to even remotely KNOW Cristina Yang would know she doesn't wants kids, Owen claimed to love her so he definitely aught to have known that, if he didn't then maybe he was loving a painted picture @Ben....ooh now I get your point:)I dunno if I wld have loved or hated MD if they were new chars To be honest if it was a long standing show and its season six and then MD were introduced suddenly out of no where I certainly wouldn't have been able to connect with them and like you said I wld have rather hated them being given screen time and story arches coz all I wld have wanted was to see the people who made me fall in love with the show in the first place. You know?
    Thats exactly what Shonda needs to understand, she can't throw new characters in when the show has matured and is in its sixth or seventh season, because after such a long time. after years of loving the characters who made the show for them, people would only and only care about them and want to know more and much more about them, no matter how good or grate the new characters might be they wld always be a misfit.
    And I totally agree about whatever you said abt MerDer and what a breath of fresh air they are. they seriously are a sort of belief and faith that true love is out there that people can stay committed that you can spend the rest of your life just loving and wanting one person that marriages even a Post It marriage can survive, all you need is love trust faith and respect.
    lets say "Touch Wood" for the sanctity of MerDer's Post It, wld hate it if anything touches it

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    Callie & Arizona are the best, I always loved them & I always will & nothing is gonna change that, not even pathetic crapy story lines they are going through atm. As long as they are on the show I'll give it my time & my attention...Seems like there aren't many fans of these two left, well I am one of them & I'm not going anywhere! Same thing can happen to MerDer too you know, Callie & Az had a long, stable & loving relationship 'till the writers ruined it... I mean really what is it with American TV & gay/lesbian characters?..here in Europe we aren't scared to portray gay people as actually normal & adequate, why is it so hard to do it in the States? I'd recommend to all the Calzona fans & Shonda too to find the show called Bad Girls (English version, not any other!) & watch first 3 seasons of it & then tell me if we aren't more understanding & respectful & accepting of gay people over here in Europe... ...plus Shonda may really pick up a tip or two on how to show the real gay characters to the audience with a lot of emotional roller coaster & without driving fans insane for all the wrong reasons. Other than that I am fed up with this Bermuda triangle, I hate Mark & want my girls back together properly, but that's not gonna happen, is it? A loyal Calzona fan forever.

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    @Smriti No disrespect taken at all. I don't agree with the acting but I do agree with everything else. The CAM sl feels incredibly forced. I too, am sick of it as it has ruined Calzona forever by permanently attaching Mark to our ass. Thank god for the time jump that way we can over this ridiculous sl. Regarding other sls, Shonda just needs some continuation. Bailey's sl just pops up every now and again and I think she's run out of things for Alex to do. And as for Cristina, Crowen now has baby fever? Really the only couple on baby mode should be MerDer. That's where that sl makes sense.

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    @smitri.
    i was portraying my assumption of how the writers (mainly Shonda Rhimes) perceive the storytelling process they contribute heavily to. I did not mention my opinion on the relationship potential myself. My opinion on their relationship and them as a storytelling device is that Derek and Meredith's real relationship (real in the sense that they are committed and honest and stable and not cheating on one another) is a wonderfully refreshing portrayal of how relationships can be, as opposed to constant infidelity and dishonesty in many of the relationships portrayed. It actually surprises me that the writers have kept them stable for so long now. In many ways, I agree with you, Derek and Meredith have lots of potential, but is this only because we have esperiences the journey they went on to get to where they are now with them? Do you think that if a married heterosexual white couple in their mid-30s turned up as two new character, we would be as interested in them as we are with Meredith and Derek? Would we not hate them as they would be getting in the way of another story arc that we have experienced for a large number of seasons? These are just questions. @GA fan
    The point I made may well not apply to you, but I think that it still applies to many people nonetheless. What was refreshing about my the earlier part of my last paragraph?

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    The scene where Lexie was in the shower with Jakson was sooooo cute :) I would like to see more of that! Let it be a happy ending.

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    @Ben Very interesting analysis of the dynamics between a show and its audience. I found also your point of view as a Christian very refreshing, until I read your conclusion "We love to ignore the true relationships of our real lives, whether these relationships be spiritual or romantic, and be fixated not on these relationships, but on the characters and storylines that Greys Anatomy so artistically portray. May this observation be a warning to us all." Do you really think that Grey's characters are for "us" more important than "our" true relationships in "our" real life?! I don't know about you, but that doesn't certainly apply to me!!! So, I would suggest a small alteration to your conclusion, if I may: "I love to ignore the true relationships of my real life, whether these relationships be spiritual or romantic, and be fixated not on these relationships, but on the characters and storylines that Greys Anatomy so artistically portray." Your experience then may indeed be "a warning to us all"

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    @Ben Very interesting analysis of the dynamics between a show and its audience. Thanks. I found also your point of view as a Christian very refreshing, until I read your conclusion "We love to ignore the true relationships of our real lives, whether these relationships be spiritual or romantic, and be fixated not on these relationships, but on the characters and storylines that Greys Anatomy so artistically portray. May this observation be a warning to us all." Do you really think that Grey's characters are for "us" more important than "our" true relationships in "our" real life?! I don't know about you, but that doesn't certainly apply to me!!! So, I would suggest a small alteration to your conclusion, if I may: "I love to ignore the true relationships of my real life, whether these relationships be spiritual or romantic, and be fixated not on these relationships, but on the characters and storylines that Greys Anatomy so artistically portray." Your experience then may indeed be "a warning to us all"

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    @Ben Very interesting analysis of the dynamics between a show and its audience. Thanks. I found also your point of view as a Christian very refreshing, until I read your conclusion "We love to ignore the true relationships of our real lives, whether these relationships be spiritual or romantic, and be fixated not on these relationships, but on the characters and storylines that Greys Anatomy so artistically portray. May this observation be a warning to us all." Do you really think that Grey's characters are for "us" more important than "our" true relationships in "our" real life?! I don't know about you, but that doesn't certainly apply to me!!! So, I would suggest a small alteration to your conclusion, if I may: "I love to ignore the true relationships of my real life, whether these relationships be spiritual or romantic, and be fixated not on these relationships, but on the characters and storylines that Greys Anatomy so artistically portray." Your experience then may indeed be "a warning to us all"

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    Patrizia io sono d'accordo con te...secondo me invece vorrebbe portare avanti la serie anche oltre all 8 stagione, con questi nuovi personaggi...April ,Jackson, Teddy... non rendendosi conto che sono noiosi! e con la stodia di Mark e Calzona ha proprio sbagliato tutto,noiosissima!!!