Grey's Anatomy Review: It's All About Protocol

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"This Is How We Do It" started out slowly but ended in true Grey's Anatomy fashion.

Jackson and Lexie became more serious, and Lexie told Mark that she is seeing someone else. He figured out it is Jackson at the end of the episode. Do you think that there will be some drama between Mark and Jackson in the next episode?

Can Lexie and Jackson ever have anything more than a physical relationship?

Alex moved into a trailer in the parking lot to gain an advantage in the race for chief resident. The residents are all competing to get on the Chief’s new trial, but the Chief decided that Owen will choose the chief resident.

When Cristina found out, she realized that he could not pick her. Clearly, these events will cause some tension in Owen and Cristina’s marriage. Do you think they can weather the storm? And why would the Chief put Owen in charge? Finally, who do you think will actually win the position?

Bailey, Teddy and AZ

Adele tested positive for early onset Alzheimer’s disease but was in denial. The Chief was desperate to get her into Derek’s trial. Derek would not pull Adele off the waitlist and compromise his whole trial. Derek and Meredith had a new trial patient who dropped out so that her son could be with his boyfriend, thus sacrificing her chance at a medical miracle.

When the patient dropped out, Adele was given the trial test but passed by one point. The Chief explained to her that she has Alzheimer’s but just has not progressed enough yet. 

Adele got extremely upset and broke down in front of Derek and Meredith. Do you think Derek will find a way to include Adele in the trial despite the fact that she passed the test? Do you think that the Chief will be able to handle his wife’s decline after everything he has been through? 

Callie was extremely excited for her baby shower. (We still don’t know if the baby is a boy or girl. Any guesses?) Mark and Arizona fought over what activities to have at the shower, and Arizona became annoyed when Mark seemed to know Callie better than she did.

Do you think that Arizona will ever stop being jealous of Mark and Callie’s close relationship? Do you think Mark will ever give Arizona and Callie a chance to strengthen their relationship without his interference?

Nurse Eli and Bailey got into a fight about their roles in the hospital while treating a patient. Later, they made up outside when Eli said that he gets to be the man in the relationship when they are not in the hospital. Do you think Bailey was right to get annoyed with Eli? Will they last when they have yet to conquer their power struggle?

The Chief performed an experimental surgery for his new diabetes trial before receiving permission from the FDA. The surgery was successful, and then the FDA granted the waiver. Do you think that the Chief did the right thing? Who do you think he will select to work with him on the new clinical trial? 

April was still dating Stark but ended up cancelling their date when everyone teased her and said she was bound to lose her virginity to him. Stark admited that he never wanted to just be friends and seemed sad when April told him that was all she wanted. At the end of the episode, April watched the movie that she and Stark were supposed to view together alone on her couch. Do you think she actually has feelings for Stark? Do you like him more now that he seems to be a real human being?

Lucy asked Meredith about Alex, and Meredith explained what he had gone through in the past couple of years. Upon hearing how complex Alex is, Lucy ended up sharing a beer with him on his trailer stoop. She then kissed him. Can Alex and Lucy be a successful couple on the show?

You Will Be Okay

Henry was brought into the hospital with chest pain. Teddy seemed concerned and stayed on the case. When on medication, Henry admitted that he wanted to be with Teddy. The Chief heard the whole admission.   Teddy told the Chief she did not have feelings for Henry, but the Chief still had Cristina perform the operation on the mass near Henry’s heart.

Henry began to crash in the OR, and Cristina told Teddy to stop acting like a scared wife. After the surgery, Henry again admitted to Teddy that he had feelings for her.

She told him it would just be a good story if they worked out but that she did not feel the same way about him. Do you think that Teddy made the right decision or should she give Henry a chance?  He seems to genuinely care about her.  

Callie decided to take Arizona to a bed and breakfast for the weekend. When Mark texted Callie during the drive, Arizona got angry and told Callie not to contact him because it was their weekend alone together. The episode ended with Arizona proposing to Callie before they got into a serious car accident.

First of all, do you think that Callie will accept the proposal? Do you think the baby will be okay? Also, how do you feel about such a tragic event leading into the musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy? Leave your comments and discuss below.

Some of the best Grey's Anatomy quotes from this week ...

Bailey: Stalking a man while he's in the restroom.
Avery: I'd clean the restroom if he'd let me on his trial.
Cristina: I'd live in it. | permalink
Henry: You're my wife—my hot wife. | permalink
Henry: I've been thinking lately, and I think I've figured it out...why all of your dates go so bad, so, so bad, laughably bad, and it's not your fault—it's mine because I'm not the guy on them with you. | permalink
Meredith: I can't get over the fact that you know what onesie-decorating is.
Mark: I've been boning up. That's what you do for the people you love.
Arizona: Oh, bite me, Mark. | permalink
Meredith: Renegades, rule-breakers, gangsters with scalpels. This is the way we like to think of ourselves. It makes us feel badass, sexy. Problem is it's not exactly true. At heart, we're rule followers, sheep. We don't break protocol. We follow it to a "T." Because if we don't follow protocol, our patients die, and then we're no longer badass. We're just bad. | permalink
Alex: You're gonna screw your way to the top. I'm impressed. | permalink
April: I am not taking my pants off for Stark. | permalink
Cristina: Oh, screw beautiful. I'm brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain. | permalink
Lucy: So this Karev guy. You're actually friends with him? That's real? | permalink
Meredith (about Alex) : You're missing a lot. He had a girl go crazy on him. His wife almost died and then she walked out on him. And then he was shot and almost bled to death in an elevator. He's been through a lot. So the Neanderthal thing is just—it is an act. Well-executed one. | permalink
Arizona: You're not the Callie whisperer. And I'm not a monster for finding baby showers annoying. Everyone woman who's ever had a pregnant friend hates them. It's like a wedding—the bridesmaids always want to strangle the bride. It's practically a rule. The only one who's not normal here is you for acting like you're enjoying this. | permalink
Stark: But that's the thing, you know. I never wanted to be just your friend. | permalink
Adele: Don't look at me like I'm damaged good. I'm still me. I'm still here. | permalink
Eli: Inside the hospital you're the man. That's the protocol, but outside I'm the man. I am the man. Me. Now you can call me cro magnon or old fashion, but that's not going to stop me from taking you home to my bed tonight and showing you what kind of man I am. Now how's that? Does that protocol suit you? | permalink
Arizona: I mean he gets most of you. The straight you, the Catholic you, the girl who loves baby showers. I just get, you know, the gay you, which is really only about twenty minutes a night... | permalink
Meredith: It's every doctor's dilemma. Do you play it safe and follow protocol? Or take a risk and invent a new one? There can be reward in risk. There can also be fallout. Still you need to book the system every once in a while. Bet big. And when you get the results you want, there's no better feeling in the world, but when you don't... | permalink


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (135 Votes)

I honestly love the Teddy and Henry storyline. Best part of this season for me even if it is cliche with the whole "fake marriage" thing and then they really fall in love, it's still sweet and fun to watch.


How did they get through this with a straight face. Storyline good but the musical was ridiculous!! Just as I predicted, a 1 pound baby & it's fight to survive. (I know it's tv but that was no 1 pounder!)I just want to see Meredith have a healthy, normal baby! Glad Callie survived. I think writers are running out of ideas?


Hate the musical format!! Watched 15 minutes and changed the channel, and I DO NOT miss Grey's. Please don't continue!


I loved this episode. It was really good. The worst part was definitely April/Stark. I hate Stark, I don't care what anyone says, he looks like he's old enough to be her father. That's wrong. As for people who are hating on Mark: shut up, seriously. Mark is one of the most dynamic characters on the show, I absolutely LOVE him, I'm so impressed at how he's grown since he started on the show as the biggest manwhore ever. I adore him. And so does Callie, which is why they are best friends, DUH. Mark was there before Arizona, and seriously, Arizona needs to learn to shut up sometimes. She can't just come into Callie's life and tell Callie who she can and can't be friends with. I'm so annoyed at the way she treats Mark. Yes, Mark slept with Callie and got her pregnant. But that wouldn't have happened if Arizona hadn't had the world's biggest temper tantrum and left Callie alone in an airport. Arizona picked Africa over Callie, and that's the bottom line. Arizona left Callie, and that means she doesn't get to choose how Callie copes with her heartbreak. Seriously, people. Also, we need more Meredith/Derek scenes. That's who this show is about, after all. I miss them.


the good--
Chief-Adele--the best storyline in the episode
MerDer interaction (minus the last recycled bed scene)
Alex teasing April
Marina Sirtis! the bad---
April-Stark the ugly---
Mark and Callie acting like high school children.
C/M/A has destroyed C/A, destroyed Callie, destroyed Arizona, and made Mark even more of an ass.
Worst storyline in YEARS! Nothing about C/A says MFEO anymore. the boring----


@patriziasaltarelli: penso che dica il " Che cosa sta accendendo? "


@patriziasaltarelli: I think she said something like "what is going on"

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Teddy should be with Henry. They would make a damn cute couple! :D
And omg, Callie and Arizona, Mark is way to much involved. It's like they have a threesome, but without the sex. I would be as annoyed as Arizona! I hope they're allright!


I do think it is rational and reasonable for the Chief to ask Owen to pick Chief Resident because of his "I don't pick favourites" attitude and the discipline/self-control he has earned from the military. The chief trusts that Owen would be able to pick someone competent to become Chief Resident. In my opinion, he is indeed the best person to choose Chief Resident amongst the other attendings on the show(besides the Chief of course). Also, the residents have a higher level of respect and fear for Owen more so than Mark and Derek, even if Owen is married to Cristina. They aren't as close to him or know him as well as they are/do with Derek, the Chief, Callie and Mark so they probably wouldn't dare to follow him to the bathroom or stalk him to get the position. He exudes this toughness and sense of discipline and has leadership qualities you don't really see in the others (except Teddy and Arizona though). I'm not too happy with this C/O storyline... but what can I do, I don't write the show. I miss seeing the not-so-scalpel-hungry Cristina in the earlier S7. Of course, I love seeing her get her mojo back but like what others have said, I would have loved to see her stick with the emotional growth she experienced earlier in the season. Love Callie's baby shower scene. Sara Ramirez did an awesome job because I could really feel as if Callie was a glowing, radiant, exuberant and excited mother-to-be. The Lexie/Jackson relationship is probably one of my favourite things in this episode. Although I know Lexie will get back together with Mark later on, I still love them :) That last scene was heartbreaking. Not because Arizona proposed (that's a goood thing I guess), but because I know that last scene leads to a very sad plot in the next episode. I honestly can't wait to see what happens at the end of next week's episode and the episodes after that because we are nearing season finale. I'm not saying I don't want the season to end fast, but I'm anxious to find out what happens in the end os S7 which leads us to S8, the possible last season of Grey's since Ellen is leaving.


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Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 17 Quotes

Oh, screw beautiful. I'm brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain.


I mean he gets most of you. The straight you, the Catholic you, the girl who loves baby showers. I just get, you know, the gay you, which is really only about twenty minutes a night...


Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 17 Music

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Out of style out of touch Out Of Style, Out Of Touch Eulogies iTunes
Little marriage Little Marriage Lia Ices iTunes
Middle distance runner Middle Distance Runner Sea Wolf iTunes