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)

Damn it! She is perfect for Alex! I wonder why this story begins... when she leaves us ... ohh no ... :( :( they're so cute togheter!


Terrible review. seriously, the worst I must have ever read. but what a great episode


Never crazy about the idea of Callie and Mark sharing a baby. His character needs a life of his own. He's a hot guy and the way the shows written makes him look like a loser having to share a woman in a lesbian relationship. Mark Sloan deserves a better story line


Gonna say this for the last time ever... Shonda made it clear a number of times via Michael Ausiello, Entertainmnet Weekly and E! News about the fate of the Callie's Baby!!! He/She will NOT die... Shonda said it a long time ago that she created these story lines so that the show can have a story over and above Meridith and Derek... I have also said before that Mer/Der had the first five seasons, their love story is epic and it hasn't finished but if they made them the focus of season six and seven then the writers would only write them fiting with each other and then that would have been a problem for all the fans who want the Calzona-Mark-Baby storyline to end.
Furthermore I don't see whats to complain about:
Season 6 Main story lines were derek trying to get the chief job then becoming chief, mer adjusting to life as a chiefs wife, realising that she is ready to have children among other things. Season 7 opener was her and derek trying to cope with the shooting and everything that happened as a result... everything else is just bit stories in between that sometimes is pushed to the forefront to created a well rounded, wholesome medical drama. I am NOT a Calzona-Mark fan. I LOVE EACH AND EVERY CHARACTER on the show and love everything that has been done until now(except the ghost-hallucination sex scene) and will watch Grey's Anatomy till the last episode. I will not knit pick and think that I can write the story any better.


What is up with calzona always getting disaster after an incredible intense time between them. Arizona goes to Africa, then Callie does not go . Arizona comes back and wins Callie back and then Callie drops a bomb that she is having Mark baby. Now.. Callie propose and they get in a car accident. Can't they be happy for at least one episode. It's always disaster with them, when they are the second most stable couple on the show that actually looks like they really love each other. Please Shonada.. give them a break..PLEASE!


@Dr.CerrenoMD You still believe Shonda Rhimes & actors like Dane, KMK, etc...after all lies they already said, especially this season? I totally agree with @Géraldine there! :-) So, yes the baby will survive further to the surgery, thanks to Addisson (if not, why to have called her?!) and yes, Callie/Arizona will end to get "married", Arizona/Mark could be even friendly towards each other (Jessica Capshaw mentionned this info to TVLIne) but again, don't hope that this lovely picture Shonda is going to draw keep going like until the next season, not in Grey's Anatomy, no in ShondaLand! I'm pretty sure that the threesome Callie/Arizona/Mark will end working but it will be only during short time and in the final, something will come and break this perfect know, like when you work a lot on something to make it work and when you finally you reach your goal and enjoy the moment, something comes and ruins everything in a snap of a finger! The whole "threesome & the baby" is painful since the beginning of the year and fans don't stop complaining (well a majority of them indded) and Shonda Rhimes knows that perfectly though her tweeter, mails and letter she gets daily, forums and even the press ... The reactions are pretty unanimous to request the end of this bad written storyline! So, do you really think that Shonda is enough crazy to risk everything (her reputation, the ratings) but the 8th season too, just to keep living her model of modern family? NOPE!
She had a plan in her her head, to show that a baby can be raised by a threesome, even if it is often difficult at the beginning but yes, it can work at least.
However, for her show - and if she doesn't want to ruin her next season immediatly again -, she has to drop it with a minimum of class! And the only reason for which Callie/Arizona/Mark stick together since the 7x13 is the baby.
If you retire the baby, the "threesome and a baby" storyline is over immediatly and like this, you don't touch to your 3 characters who can have their own storylines -> in accepting Arizona's proposal, Callie is supposed to have made a choice between Arizona & Mark : Arizona above Mark and I guess that in the future, she will try her best (well better that what she did until the accident and her death experience) to show to her spouse that she is important to her, inviting Mark to stop invading their intimicy or space! :-)


What good writing and a heart wrenching scene on Grey's Anatomy last night by the chief's wife, Adele (Loretta Devine) concerning her onset of Alzheimers. Some of the best acting I have seen on t.v. You need to tell your mate everyday that you love him/her because the day may come that you don't even know them. That goes for all your loved ones as well. My loved ones - I love you.


I hated the ending. Having Callie & Marks's baby die is an awful decision (if that happens) It will not bring Callie & Arizona closer, I think Callie will have so much resentment toward Arizona ( because she never wanted kids from the get-go) that she will throw her to the curb. Mark wanted to be a grandfather so badly to his daughter's baby & was devastated when it was put up for adoption. So, he too, deserved a chance at being happy. Even if it was shared parenting. IF the story line goes this way, I won't watch Grey's matter how much I like Kevin Mc Kidd.


Poor review. Did we even watch the same show?


Arizona is like the cutest thing! Love how she says "Marry me!"
Just for once, i hope Callie comes to her senses and say "I love you" to Arizona. She has not said this since before the Africa thing! And she has to say YES to the proposal! YAY! BTW, I know Mer is the lead but this tv show is also about a group of doctors. Yes, i see your concern and maybe Shonda should give MerDer more screen time together as a couple, but this doesn't mean Calzona should leave.
Plus, i think a few epis back, Meredith had her full hour show, didn't she? She also has her baby SL, Derek his Alzheimer trial,... And Cristina was the center for several epis in the beginning of this season.
So I think Calzona can have their own SL...And i love Calzona so i wanna see it.
Not everyone is following the show just because of Mer (who i also love, don't get me wrong)

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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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