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Grey's Anatomy Review: Riding Solo

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Three hours into Season 8 and there is no doubt, Grey’s Anatomy is back.

The recipe is the same from the beginning: complicated relationships, great friendships, and heart-wrenching cases. This is exactly how I like my Thursdays, tied up in a perfectly wrapped Grey bow. Corny, I know, but I had to go there.

A Bright Shade of Grey

So let’s get to it. "Take the Lead” was exactly that. The fifth-year residents got their first solo surgeries and took steps to mend their relationships. Others let go of their lead and some were just MIA.

Have Fun Teaching Skills Labs, Goober. The cases were the best part about this episode, hands down. Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition, especially when it leads to Sloan calling Jackson a goober and Cristina and Teddy forgetting the basics. Avery was the loser by forfeit. Guess the Gunther thing only lasted a week.

Awaiting Instructions

Chief Dr. Webber. Well, that’s that. Webber stepped down in light of the Meredith situation and named Owen his replacement. Bailey = pissed. Not only is she angry about him taking the fall for Mer, but now he has someone else fill his shoes? I would have totally chosen Bailey. Just saying. The upside? Bossy Bailey Is Back. Webber does seem much happier though, doesn’t he?

How Do We Fix This? Relationships were on the mend tonight and it’s about time. After some awkward moments, Cristina and Owen shared food poisoning on the bathroom floor. Nothing like a bad spring roll to ease the pain. This scene was flawless.

Meredith and Derek...wow. Derek was no McDreamy during surgery, leading to a big fight at home. To play devil's advocate, you can see where he is coming from. Maybe they can’t work together because the trust is gone, but I was glad to see Derek admit he won’t walk away from Mer. Now we wait on the news for Zola. Honestly, I won’t be devastated if she doesn’t return. Will you?

Jackie PictureOther thoughts...
  • Where is Lexie? She made a brief appearance last week and wasn’t even mentioned tonight. What’s the deal Little Grey?
  • Minimal usage of Callie, Arizona, and Sloan. As much as I love me some McSteamy, I am really enjoying the focus on the original characters.
  • April Kepner...you are starting to grow on me.
  • Next week will be an episode form the boys’ point of view. Good idea or bad? I’m thinking AMAZING. Watch the promo HERE.
April K.
So another solid episode coming out of Seattle Grace. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Did you miss Lexie or not even notice she was gone? Is it time Derek stops being angry? Sound off below and let us know what you thought of “Take The Lead."

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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While I do like Lexie's character, I didn't even notice she was missing! What I did happily notice was the lack of Calzona drama, and I really appreciate that it hasn't been a factor so far this season. The show is best when it focuses on the original characters. How great were they all this week? And even though he's not an original, I love me some Owen Hunt. Looking forward to next week's episode and some good Chief Hunt scenes!

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I think "first" solo surgeries is inaccurate. They all had their first solo surgeries back in season 5 (at least the original characters). This episode was very similar to last season's episode where they were attendings for the day.

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Great show tonight. I'm glad Derek went back to the Post-it note. I was wondering when he was going to do that. About time! :)

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One of the first things I noticed was that Lexie was missing from the episode. She wasn't in the next weeks preview. I miss Little Grey. Other than that, I thought it was a flawless ep! Feels like old Grey's again:) Glad to see MerDer are on the mend, and so hope they get Zola back. And while I'll miss the Chief, he does seem much happier. On a side note, anyone know what the song was playing towards the end of the episode? If my sister does find out asap she may have an anuerysm.

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Poor Karev, he was a nervous wreck.
yelling at April and almost shouting at Richard tonight.
Wow, he has a human side again.
Teddy and Cristina was hilarious, both dont know their general surgery steps.
they got showed up by a nurse. Kudos to all nurses.
Derek and Meredith is finding their way back.
They realized that they shouldn't be working so closely. Its bound to cause friction. I see its going to take time for them to be themselves again.

Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 3 Quotes

How can he not tell me he's Chief of Surgery? Because I didn't have his baby?

Cristina

You work, you study, you prepare. Months and years leading to one day, the day when you step up. On that day you have to be ready for everything, but there's one thing you can never quite prepare for. A day when you step down.

Meredith

Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 3 Music

  Song Artist
Nothing-but-time Nothing But Time Opus Orange iTunes
Each-other-brother Each Other Brother Mozella iTunes
Rain-setting-out-in-the-leaf-boat Rain (Setting Out in The Leaf Boat) The Innocence Mission iTunes
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