Grey's Anatomy Review: The Musical Episode

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The first scene of tonight's episode showed Callie and Arizona post-car crash. Callie was severely injured, but she managed to mention “music.”

Thus began the first musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy: "Song Beneath The Song." Overall, the concept worked since music really has always played a big part in the show. Some songs were more appropriate and/or better performed than others, though.

Callie first sang “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol from outside her injured body. Her rendition was amazing. Owen and Bailey also sang portions of the song and were impressive as well.  In a touching moment, Bailey grabbed Callie’s hand at the operating table. 

And This is How They Operate

Lexie sang “Breathe (2 A.M.)” by Anna Nalick after telling Callie to ... just breathe.

The performance was great and overlapped with Lexie comforting Mark and telling him she did not hate him. For a moment, it appeared that she might return to him.

At the end of the episode, however, she made her choice and went home with Jackson. 

Because Lucy felt uncomfortable dealing with Callie and the baby, Addison Montgomery flew in to help. Although she had not made an appearance on the show in a while, it was not a huge surprise that she came to Callie’s aid given their relationship.

Interestingly, Mark was more concerned about Callie, while Arizona seemed more concerned about saving the baby. This was a switch from their earlier positions.

Arizona explained, however, that she loved Callie and that Callie could not live without the baby. She seemed to understand Callie better than ever this episode. 

One of the stranger moments in the episode involved a flashback to the car scene pre-crash. In this alternate reality, Arizona told Callie to pick up the phone this time when Mark called. Callie knew that Arizona was going to ask her to marry her and realized that she did want to say yes. Callie sang “Running on Sunshine” by Jesus Jackson along with several other members of the cast.

During the song, Bailey and Eli danced, Owen and Cristina hooked up, Teddy and Henry flirted, Alex and Lucy danced half naked, Lexie rubbed Mark’s back, and Derek and Meredith cuddled. This was kind of a strange scene, but somehow sweet at the same time as it focused on all of the different couples at once. 

That Car is So Fake

Cristina presented to Teddy and Owen how they could save both Callie and the baby. Teddy refused to consider Cristina’s recommendation. Owen sided with Teddy over Cristina initially but changed his mind during the actual surgery when Cristina’s plan seemed superior.

Teddy told Cristina at the end of the episode that she could not teach someone who was unwilling to learn. Did you think that Teddy’s reaction was irrational? 

Callie’s singing of “Grace” by Kate Havnevik as she was wheeled into the OR was very well-placed, and the song was beautiful. During the song, there was an image of all of the doctors simultaneously scrubbing in that made a simple medical task seem poetic.

During surgery, the whole cast sang “How to Save a Life” by the Fray while operating. The song seemed perfect for the particular scene, although it was a little weird that the doctors were singing from behind their masks. 

This Is How They Do It

Mark and Arizona ran into the OR after the baby was delivered. Mark gave Arizona a look inviting her to help save the baby, and they reached an implicit understanding that they could both be in the baby’s life.

This was definitely one of the most powerful moments of the episode. They later had a conversation where Mark said that he was the baby’s dad, but Arizona was the baby’s mom. Ultimately, the baby and Callie survived. 

Meredith freaked out to Derek about how the universe is screwed up and how she was jealous of Callie for getting pregnant. Derek promised Meredith a baby “one way or another.”

What do you think this will end up meaning? In any case, it was good to see a classic elevator scene with Meredith and Derek. 

While Arizona talked to Callie about her baby, Callie began to sing “The Story” by Brandi Carlile. The song was sung very powerfully, and the recovering version of Callie woke up and accepted Arizona’s proposal. Do you think there will be a wedding before the end of the season? 

Overall, the episode was well done in that in it used classic Grey’s Anatomy music in very dramatic circumstances. Everyone managed his or her fear and panic through song, just like Callie would have wanted.

The concept also worked in part because it was so new to the show. The format would probably not have the same effect if used in future episodes. What did you think? 


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OMG, I am NOT a fan of musicals ir Glee, but I just had to go to Netflix and watch it again this was the best Grey's Anatomy episode ever! JD


I have never fast forwarded a Grey's Anatomy episode until now.


So i hated this episode the first time i watched it. but its been a couple years later and i totally love it now haha weird how we change. lol


I loved this episode. I didn't care for the singing, but the concept? Yes! I normally hate musical episodes because they're no more than fan service and are usually super awkward having nothing to do with anything. But they exploited the inherent awkwardness of musical episodes here so they could show how traumatic Calli's brain injury was. Pure genius, if you ask me. When Calli looks up and see's herself and realizes Hunt is singing along, her face is priceless. So surreal, and definitely brought home the bizarre experience of her mind trying to cope under extreme stress.


Here we are over 2 years later and I still have not watched a single episode since this pile of trash episode.


This episode was AWFUL!! I totally understood what they were trying to do but it didn't work for me. I actually felt physical pain watching this episode....I love Grey's Anatomy but I hope they don't EVER do something like this again! Whoever approved this episode should be fired!!


oh my god... i was late on this as well, and oh my god. Without a doubt the WORST episode, i've ever seen on television EVER. I...I don't even have any words. They had Meredith Grey singing. MEREDITH GREY. SHE'S ALL DARK AND TWISTY WHY IS SHE BURSTING INTO SONG?!?!? and omg Karev started singing?!?! and Eli just jumped up and started dancing???? my god, this was the worst piece of shit i have ever seen. On the contrary, the storyline was good. A lot of drama and good surgeries and Cristina's idea about Dr. Burke's earlier surgeries. EXCEPT THE EPISODE WAS RUINED BY THE SINGING. I seriously cannot think of anything worse. The reason i'm ranting so much is that none of my friends watch Grey's AND I HAVE TO VENT ABOUT HOW HORRIBLE THIS EPISODE WAS. Don't get me wrong, sure the singing was good and it's good for shows to try a new angle. But a serious medical drama show like Grey's Anatomy? What on earth were they thinking?!??! Callie Torres was DYING, a character i REALLY like, and i just couldn't give a crap because i literally couldn't watch it. I had to fast forward some singing parts. Wow, this episode disappointed me SO much, if they screw up again like this, you can bet they've lost a viewer right here.


I'm a late on this. JUST saw the ep and OMG OUTSTANDING! I loved it loved it loved it.
I have a re-watched it several times. Not all the actors are singers (Karev) but I love that they gave it a go and as far as I'm concerned totally pulled it off. The directing and writing was great and Sara Ramirez SENSATIONAL. Reading some of these comments you can see some people just didn't get it, but that's not the shows fault. The songs did fit, they did tell a story, they were well done, it was a nice change, it wasn't horrid. I'm not into musicals and can't stand Glee so was most surprised how into this ep I got. Well done all.


Horrible. It's on right now, and I'm amazed that the whole crew okayed this. It's ridiculous. Yes, some of them are talented, but this episode is far too serious for musicals. I'm legitimately pissed off that they did it.


This episode was actually one of my fsvorite episodes, i kept replaying it over and over again, its a really good way to get in touch with your musical side, "How to save a life" is a perfect way to define our ever trying medical field as they continue to graciously care for our people. p.s. BE POSITIVE!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 18 Quotes

The brain is the human body's most mysterious organ. It learns. It changes. It adapts. It tells us what we see, what we hear. It lets us feel love. I think it holds our soul. And no matter how much research we do, no one can really say how all that delicate grey matter inside our skull works. And, when it's hurt, when the human brain is traumatized, well, that's when it gets even more mysterious.


If you can think of a reason; any reason at all why the universe is so screwed up and random and mean; now would be an amazingly good time to tell me because I really need some answers.