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Grey's Anatomy Review: "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"

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This week's Grey's Anatomy solved some mysteries (i.e. who is Dr. Fields’ love interest going to be?), but also created some new issues (i.e. what is going on with Lexie and Avery?).

Throughout "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," Meredith demonstrated her ability to relate to Alzheimer’s patients and their families. The Chief decided, however, that he wanted to start a clinical trial to cure diabetes based on research he found in one of her’s mom’s journals.

Richard explained that he would not complete the trial without Meredith, and she ultimately had to choose between Alzheimer’s and diabetes research.

Best Friends on Grey's

Meredith gave the Chief permission to go through with the diabetes trial alone after she decided curing Alzheimer’s was more important to her than continuing her mother’s work.

This plot line emphasized that Meredith really never knew the same woman that the Chief did and is most concerned with keeping others from suffering from the same pain that she faced growing up with a sick mother. 

Mark and Arizona ganged up and tried to keep Callie healthy for the baby. Callie could not resist caffeine and eventually rebelled against Mark and Arizona. The episode ended with the three of them actually getting along in the apartment. 

Do you think that Callie, Arizona, and Mark can maintain this positive dynamic? 

Callie, Owen, and April operated on a patient who tried to be a human slingshot in an attempt to find Internet fame. The patient figured out the error of his ways when Owen told a story about a soldier who was injured trying to save others in combat.

Owen did not have a very large role in this episode, but this was a strong scene. Will he fade into the background or will a new story line thrust him back into the spotlight? 

Thatcher Grey was admitted to the hospital, surprising Lexie and Meredith. Lexie found about his new girlfriend when the girlfriend arrived at the hospital kissed him.

Lex and Dad

Lexie was upset that the girl was her age and acted cruelly toward her. After Meredith told Lexie to let their dad be happy, Lexie and the girlfriend found common ground in caring for Thatcher. Lexie has had her share of problems lately. Hopefully, things will start looking up for her.

In other Lexie news, Mark bribed Avery with surgeries to get him to spy on Lexie and find out why she was so upset. Avery successfully got Lexie to spill her guts in exchange for candy. 

She admitted to being upset that Mark is having a baby and leaving her behind without consulting her. She also said that she missed Mark but that the relationship had to end since Mark had messed up for the second time.

Avery told Mark that he could not get any information from Lexie, but Mark still let him scrub in. Avery seemed to have a real connection with Lexie. At the end of the episode, Avery asked Lexie out informally, and she said yes.

Avery and Mark clearly both want to be with Lexie. If Avery had told Mark what Lexie had said to him, do you think that Mark could have fixed things with her? Did it make you like Mark any less that he abused his power to get Avery to spy on Lexie? 

Mark clearly will not be happy if he finds out that Avery and Lexie are spending time together. Who do you think Lexie is going to end up with?

Finally, Alex and Dr. Fields got off to a rocky start when he used offensive language to describe a baby that was a candidate for organ donation.

Dr. Fields had Alex removed from the transplant case and made Alex feel insensitive for not thinking about the mother who birthed the injured baby.

Dr. Fields later saw another side of Alex when he insisted on staying with the recovering baby in the NICU. Alex and Dr. Fields ended up in an elevator, and she refused to go out with him. It seems like the writers are setting up a future relationship.

Do you think they have good chemistry? Did you like the episode overall? Browse some of the night's best Grey's Anatomy quotes and comment below!

Lexie: You're not his family! You're his midlife crisis! | permalink
Mark: Peanut butter cups. She's a stress eater. You get her eating, you get her talking. She loves peanut butter cups. | permalink
Alex: I thought I knew all of the nurses on this floor. How did I miss you? | permalink
Mark: That goo looks great. I say stick with the goo. | permalink
Meredith: One of the hardest lessons as a doctor is learning to prioritize. We're trained to do all we can to save life and limb, but, if cutting off a limb, means saving a life, we learn to do it without hesitation. It's not an easy lesson to learn, and it always comes down to one question, "what are the stakes?" What do we stand to gain or lose? At the end of the day, we're just gamblers trying not to bet the farm. | permalink
Cristina: If you continue to whine about how you can't decide which groundbreaking medical advancement to put your name on, I'll punch you in the ear. | permalink
Cristina: It's Sophie's choice.
Meredith: It's Sophie's choice?
Lexie: I've never seen that movie.
Cristina: Well, you should. It's really funny. | permalink
Callie: Kepner, I need you to speak differently.
April: I'm sorry.
Callie: It's your voice. It's a little um—just speak differently.
April: Like with an accent? | permalink
Cristina: There's no way she's twenty. She's gotta be like 26, 27.
Lexie: I'm 27.
Cristina: Oh. Gross. | permalink
Teddy: For someone who has a history of ambivalence towards motherhood, you got the whole guilt thing down cold. | permalink
Cristina: You're the one who needs to keep his mouth shut, cabbage patch. | permalink
Lexie: That's what happens when your boyfriend's an old man. Old men get cancer. | permalink
Lexie: I never really got it before, but this is how he operates. He starts up new families, stops talking to the old ones. He'll go off marry Dani the tattooed lady, have six little mid-life crisis babies, and I'll never hear from him again. It's exactly what he did to you. | permalink
Chief: She didn't give you a lot of love, but she gave you her talent and her name and this. | permalink
Lexie: Crap, my dad's tatted up skank isn't the bitch. I am. | permalink
Meredith: I think it's right that you continue her work, but I just really want to cure her disease. | permalink
Meredith: Surgery is a high stakes game. But no matter how high the stakes, sooner or later, you're just going to have to go with your gut, and, maybe just maybe, that'll take you right where you were meant to be in the first place. | permalink

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@Boston#1. I agree with you thoughts flow absolutely & there's no way I'm gonna argue about them.The show used to be really fab & grounbreaking just like you've said but it's been ebbing for a while now...it's ok though I'll suck it up and I'll stick with it all the same. I only hope that the writers will prove me wrong somehow & recover the show if not to its former glory than at least to the levels when it becomes believable & realistic, & I'm not talking just about C/A/M triangle. I love my gay friends dearly & non of them is very happy with this SL.At the same time I think we all need to give the writers a chance, they could create something amazing out of it all (I doubt it though), we'll see...not like we have another option here, lol. However, things like musical episode aren't helping either.

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I forgot to say that I loved the vagina vote and when Christina is bitching to Owen about hpw Mer has to pick between the 2 trials and she does not even have 1 then Owen reminds her that she has a husband that loves her and Christina says Mer has that too!

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Ok, so I am happily married and have kids. However, I have to agree that the CalzoSloan SL is totally messed up and I have to agree with Boston#1. Callie and Arizona are a couple. For all you out there that are straight and can't understand why Mark being presence in their relationship is annoying, let's use an example. There is a couple, man and woman. The man cannot have kids but the lady desperately wants one. The couple slips up for s short time and during that time this lady jumps in bed with her bff and ends up being pregnant. The man and woman get back together and the bff is excited about being a dad so is always with the couple. How would this make you feel? It is just wrong! As far as Lexie, she does need to sit down and have a heart to heart conversation with Mark. One thing that does bother me too is the fact that you would expect doctors to use condoms. I don't think they had sex so that Callie would get pregnant but to "forget" all the worries Callie was having.

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I've been thinking about an issue I think the show is having for a while and I was just wondering if anyone feels the same. To me it feels like now days there are just too many characters for the show to follow and portray each week. In the first 3 series, (which are still the best in my opinion although I have loved many story lines/episodes from later series), it seemed like there were less people to worry about. You had the 5 interns, Bailey, the chief, Burke, Derek & Addy, then eventually in season 3 Mark and Callie became solid fixtures too, although you didn't see many regular surgeries from them in comparison to the others.I know some characters left but Avery, April, Teddy and now Dr fields replace characters whose specialties were already shown. The introduction of Arizona, Owen and two new specialties of surgery, then adding Dr Stark, has made it a little crowded to give each surgeon a good surgery every episode and do it justice. I also noticed lots of the old nursing staff who I was familiar with have left which was a shame. The staff other than the main doctors go fairly unnoticed now and never get a line in anywhere. Lots of them used to be more involved, as they would be in a real hospital (at least in the UK) and there were a few classic interchanges between the lead characters and other staff that were amusing and played to the realities of hospital workings. It also annoys me from a medical point of view that for every major incident all the same attendings get paged each time, even though they are meant to be constantly in surgery all day etc, they just seem to be doing nothing until the lead case arrives. It would be nice to see some more imaginative writing on this front, maybe seeing a few other surgeons at Seattle Grace getting some credit and decent surgery. I mean what happened to 'shadow Shepard', the characters discussed that he was a great surgeon but hes never mentioned now. Plus it wouldn't hurt for the residents to handle more cases solo. They used to treat patients in the clinic all the time and be overseen by doctor Bailey from afar, now it feels as though they don't do any real grunt work, to maintain a realistic working hospital. The show used to be able to make a storyline from a head scrape or a burnt hand, now it seems the writers only believe the show will remain watchable if each medical drama is better than the last. It could also use a few episodes where people have crazy illnesses that are hard to diagnose and maybe drag it out for a few episodes, show how hard that is on a patient etc, it would be a new angle. Just want to add that I dislike the Callie, Mark, Arizona triangle, Callie is expecting a lot from Arizona. She can't have a boyfriend and a girlfriend! The mere fact she uses Mark for sex, is dangerous, let a known the part where he lets her, if she ever fights with Arizona she will probably go back to him for more and I can't see him saying no, they both need to grow up. I also thought it was terrible for Mark to ask Callie if they should get married - completely forgetting Lexies existence - then getting upset when Lexie left again. I liked them together before but i'm starting to think he does not deserve her. Mark needs to get lost and grow up abit, maybe he should have been the one going to Africa! I will stop now as this was meant to be a short post, I just wondered if anyone was having any of the same thoughts feelings?

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Ooooh p.s I'm not looking here anymore as I'm dreading the backlash I may receive for my suggestions!!! ;) Hope you all get the storyline you crave in some form whether it's on Grey's or elsewhere, but in the mean time, chill out and let it roll....

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First things first - in this message I do not mean to be rude at all so please don't take it that way if it appears rude!!!
Yes I'm straight but also British - may this also reflect the differences in opinion of this storyline? I don't know whether the writers of these comments are British also or American, and I also do not know how gays are represented in American TV or in some states. My opinion of English TV is that gays are represented quite well (quite) now although, being straight I wouldn't actually know this but I may guess that we have better representation than America perhaps?? Also perhaps why my views are more laid back on the storyline as it does make sense to me and means the same to me as a man and woman getting married, having a child, breaking up then the woman pairing with another woman (e.g. Private Practice!!) as Callie hasn't always been with women! And perhaps I'm not so angry at under-representation as I have seen it represented??? Perhaps??? I don't mean to say that representation of the community is always accurate or fully represented but then again noone's lives fully resemble those of fiction TV!!

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@Laura (cc: bazuka74, DG, Jana): I think I can help clarify some of the reaction you got to your post. Without know you at all, I'm going to assume for the sake of my current post that you are straight/write this for straight people who have had the same thoughts about it being a win-win situation. That kind of response is exactly what I am talking about when I posted that SR's presentation of Calzona's + Mark's relationship is the exact stereotype about lesbian relationships I and others are against. The "Oh, that's perfect! They get a baby and the guy is a part of their life and three way parenting!!! I don't see what's wrong" response is exactly the kind of response that I, and others, are trying to end. Because, for the most part, that is not who we are. But that's what pop culture thinks that we are. Grey's has and awesome opportunity to depict members of the LGBTQIA to the world in a way is real. And, trust me, as a lifelong member of that community, there is still plenty of drama to be had. One of the reasons Grey's has been so trendy is because it broke a lot of stupid stereotypes. For example, the Chief is African-American, there was an Asian woman in a relationship with an African-American, a Latina woman had one of the leading roles, and the lead that launched the show was a woman. And on the show, its presented as normal and the way life is. That's ground-breaking! And the first almost two years of Calzona's relationship was groundbreaking as well, being presented as real. But for some reason, that SL has descended into a stereotype, which I find to be untrue to Grey's roots, commits character assassination, and is just sloppy. And in the process, it's reinforcing the kind of response that you and others have had in that you think it's great, that it's a win-win situation. And I don't blame you for that response, and I totally understand why you have it. Really, it makes sense to me. But it's that kind of response that worries me, because it shows me that Grey's is in fact playing to a stereotype that poorly represents both me and others in my community. I truly respect Sara Ramirez, Jessica Capshaw and Brooke Smith (who rocked the Erica Hahn role and was thrown under the bus). It's still gutsy for them, as actresses, to take on the characters that they have, even though playing "gay for pay" is becoming trendy. They are under contract, as employees, to play their characters the way that they are written. They've just been given really crappy writing lately. And I wish they'd be given something that better represents lesbians/bisexual women. Trust me, there is still a lot of room for a lot of drama. The best drama shows character development. But, with this writing, these characters are not developing. That's pretty sad to see.

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Avery/Lexie story line and the drama that it will bring when Mark finds out. I have been waiting for this story line for a loooonng time. So refreshing!

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I just want to clarify that I wasn't being over analytical on Callie/Mark/Arizona and who was right/wrong/whatever, their storyline isn't the one that interests me the most so I'm not particularly critical of it. All i wanted to say is that they are all having a baby and they all want a baby. I did not condone having a baby for the sake of it and I did not say that (it's not up to my to pass judgment on ANYONE).

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I agree with DG, too. I have been in a committed same-sex relationship for 15 years now and one would think I would be more invested in the Callie-Arizona-Mark-baby storyline. Guess what? I'm not. That storyline irritates me to no end. I don't know why in this show, characters have to always be shown using sex to fix problems. Do many people do that? Is that the norm? Because I certainly don't, so this really puzzles me. Mark has always said he loves Lexie. At the time he and Callie indulged in the sexual sorbet thing, it is true he and Lexie were not together. But he continued to pursue her and make it known that he was very much interested in rekindling their relationship. And even after Lexie decided to give him a second chance, he didn't even tell her anything about what he did or was doing with Callie. And all that time, Callie was shacked up with Mark in Mark's apartment. Unbelievable. I don't know where the writers are going with this mess of a storyline.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 14 Quotes

Surgery is a high stakes game. But no matter how high the stakes, sooner or later, you're just going to have to go with your gut, and, maybe just maybe, that'll take you right where you were meant to be in the first place.

Meredith

No matter how high the stakes, sooner or later you're just gonna have to go with your gut. And maybe, just maybe, that'll take you right where you were supposed to be.

Meredith (voice over)

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 14 Music

  Song Artist
Soundtrack to the end Soundtrack To The End Communist Daughter iTunes
Speed of sound Speed Of Sound Communist Daughter iTunes
Song Everything At Once Lenka iTunes