Grey's Anatomy Review: "I Will Survive"

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Don’t you love Thursday nights?!

I’m biting my bottom lip now trying to simply review last night’s absolutely incredible episode, "I Will Survive," and desperately trying not to comment just yet on the previews for next week’s Grey's Anatomy season finale.

Honestly, I can't wait to see the repercussions from yet another strong installment. Now, let’s talk about the perfectly delivered, emotionally-packed performance by our favorite doctors.

Derek With a Baby
Adopting a Baby?

First off, I really liked the fact that Calzona was not the main focus this week. Without them in the limelight, we were able to see the competition for chief resident at its best. 

Not surprisingly, Alex told on Meredith about her messing with the Alzheimer’s trial. I just knew he would though. I doubt that Meredith will lose her job or McDreamy, but she will certainly be facing severe consequences. Rightfully so, though.

Then again, let’s not forget about what Izzie did and how she was only put on probation.

While I found it slightly annoying that Cristina didn’t follow protocol and tried to hijack a patient without even trying to talk to Teddy, I appreciated the new friendship between both April and Cristina.

It made complete sense when April explained that she always follows protocols because of the incident when she was fired for killing a patient due to missing a simple step.

April’s grown on me over this past season, but I still don’t want her to be chief resident. I can truthfully say that I have no idea who should be chosen now. 

Moreover, Owen was right. Cristina isn’t meant to be chief resident. She’s meant to be a surgeon.

As for Alex, I was happy to see that Lucy was back. However, it was unfortunate that it took him too long to realize just maybe his career shouldn’t come before a shot at love. I can’t say that I saw it coming that she would be the one to take the clinic job in Africa.

I, for one, liked Lucy and Alex together. With her out of the picture and his betrayal to Meredith, I wonder how Alex will react. Will what he did to Meredith affect their friendship? 

Charlie's Angel
Definitely in the Running

While Avery backed out of Chief Webber’s diabetes study for noble reasons, I realized that I almost forgot that he was a surgeon. After all, we haven’t seen him in the OR lately.

I found it a little strange that Callie was back to work already, but it’s great to see her happy with her “crack baby”. Plus, how amazing was Mark with baby Sophia?

As a Mark and Lexie fan, I loved all of their scenes together. Their chemistry is undeniable, and they just need to be together. Although there are so many issues for these two, it was completely obvious how much they missed and needed each other.

I also loved the MerDer and Zola scenes. As expected, Meredith was nervous about her interview with the social worker. I certainly liked how she admitted she didn’t know much about being a good mother, but she was willing to do whatever it takes to be a good mom.

I’m wistfully hoping that Derek forgives her for jeopardizing the Alzheimer’s trial sooner than later, and that things work out for them with baby Zola. 

Meanwhile, I can’t say that I’ve been fully invested in Teddy and Andrew Perkins or even Henry, but I do wonder if Teddy will really move to Germany.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent episode and am especially excited about the upcoming season finale. What did you think of “I Will Survive”?

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 


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I too think that Callie and Mark with Sofia was the cutest thing ever! And I really hope that Mer doesn’t lose her job, husband and friends and adopted baby all in one episode next week :/


Please Not April For Chief Resident - Her Voice Is Enough To Grate On Your Nerves - Best Person For Chief If Not Mer Would Be Her Sister LEXI. Mer&Der Belong Together- Please Let Them Sort This Out. Also Hope Shondra Is Working On Mer&Der Continuing On After Season 8. No MerDer NO GREYS.....Please Shondra We Are Counting On You To Keep Them From Leaving. Thank You.......................


I also want Lexi and Mark together. He needs to settle down! Mere should have not messed with the test. However I wanted the drug to go the Chief's wife. I'm glad the blond doc is leaving. Christina I'm afraid she is going to ruin her marriage and I like her with her husband.


I think Meredith will have to defend herself by quoting all the conversations the chief had begging for Adele to get on the trial, by whatever means possible. If I were Meredith I'd hire a lawyer to fight my corner.He tried arm twisting Derek into giving Adele the medicine cos of their previous history. It's her only defence that his conversation when Adele was admitted was interpretted as switch meds by Mer. If Mer keeps her job, it will not be an easy life for her cos everyone will view her with suspicion and distrust. I had believed SR when she said MerDer were forever. During S6 and S7 the MerDer marriage was solid. I hate what she's done to MerDer now, and wonder how many fans will be totally alienated by this SL too. I am so sad that Alex and Mer are falling apart too. Alex will go to Africa, no doubt. I had hoped Mer would own up to what she did, but Alex as cr wouldn't be trusted by anyone cos he told on his only real friend


while i don't agree with what mer did, i wish alex didn't rat her out. especially the way in which he did it. it is going to be something their friendship will never recover from. let's face it mer was his only real friend. how is derek going to ever trust mer again? and what does adele have to say about? what mer did was wrong, but may have given adele a few more good years.


This episode hasn't been shown over here yet, do you mean that Alex is leaving the show? HOORAY!!!!!!


i understand that what alex did was right and Mer was wrong, but the way that he went about it. at that moment he was upset because of Lucy and wanted someone else to suffer with him, so he took down Mer. I think the way he said was inappropriate


When someone oes something bad, it´s the correct thing to do. Alex did right. It doesn´t matter if Mer is his friend. She did something wrong, that could affect someone else, so she should be punished for that.


Great show last night. Loved the Arizona and Callie screen time because it brought a balance to everything. Alex needs to grow up--he blew it with his girlfriend and because hes unhappy he tells on Meredith. Bad news. Loved Meredith's interview--so fitting for her character. And Yang rocked!
Good review, except for the Calzona jab. Your right the shifting of focas to whose going to be chief resident really ramped up the tension.


Really, really liked this episode! I thought everything about it was right. And I'm not sure if I'm saying that just because it didn't revolve around Calzona. A few things that I just want to mention: 1. I agree with Owen. Cristina wouldn't make a good Chief Resident because she's a surgeon; the type of surgeon that acts on what she wants. It was seen in this episode how she doesn't really recognize the importance of rules or protocols and as Chief Resident it would be her job to enforce those things. So it is logical that it wouldn't be her and she should just focus on being a great surgeon. 2. At this point, I'm pretty sure Chief Resident will be Alex. I refuse to believe that the writers would choose someone that isn't an original and seeing as how Meredith compromised the trial, it makes the most sense to give it to Alex. And all this time, I honestly think that he has shown the most potential. 3. Meredith getting nervous for her "mommy-interview" was an entertaining and cute addition to this episode. I think it showed a lot about who she wants to be as a mother and I think that's good since we haven't really seen that this season. We've just seen her wanting to be a mother but not really what kind she aims to be, etc. 4.Mark and Lexie please!! I have faith that this is their beginning to being with one another again. I mean it's obvious that Mark is still in love with Lexie and knows that she's the only thing really missing from his life. And on Lexie's side, she knows that she still has feelings for him. Just please, please let these two get back together already. 5. Teddy and Henry please!!" I've really grown to liking these two because they do have chemistry. I liked her with Andrew in the beginning of the season but it's nothing compared to what she has with Henry now. I just hope she sees that and eventually chooses to stay in Seattle with Henry. And btw, the conversation with Henry and the Chief? Loved it!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 21 Quotes

Owen: I don't understand.
Cristina: It's two words - no sex.
Owen: I'm sure there should be more words.
Cristina: Look if you're going to choose chief resident, you have to be impartial.
Owen: Come on this - now?
Cristina: Sex with me, however hot and excellent, could cloud your judgment.

We've all heard the saying. It's one of those things you learn in seventh grade science class. Adapt or die. Adapting isn't easy though. You have to fight your competition and off their attacks. And sometimes, you have to kill. You do what you need to do to survive.