Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Poker Face"

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Welcome to our weekly Grey's Anatomy Round Table!

Our official Grey's Anatomy review broke down Thursday night's episode, "Poker Face," in detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff writers Courtney Morrison, Sean McKenna and Christina Tran have gathered for a Round Table Q&A to further discuss, debate and dissect the goings on at Seattle Grace/Mercy West:


What was your favorite scene/quote from the episode?

Courtney: I'm torn. I loved Meredith pulling the strings to get Derek to work on her patient's butterfly tumor but I equally loved Sloan and Arizona's new found love of cooking. Loved Sloan coming in at the end of the episode and Arizona getting up to tell him how amazing the food looks. Sorry Callie, but it looks like your wife has a new friend, and that friend is your baby daddy.

Sean: I liked Callie telling Sloan to get lost and get laid. She managed to get a hold of her relationship and hopefully set the wheels in motion for Sloan to find his own love interest. Let the steaminess begin!

Christina: I liked the Sloan and his scones scene, but I also loved the simple sister bonding scenes between Meredith and Lexie. Lexie’s been MIA for awhile, but she made up for it with some pretty funny lines. Here, let me remind you of a couple: “Can you go have sex with him so he’ll be nicer?” “So, I’m a tumor mule?”

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The cast of Grey’s Anatomy is one of the largest on TV. If you could cut out one character completely, who would it be?

Courtney: I thought about this for a while and definitely have mixed feelings. The characters I disliked the most are already gone (Izzie Stevens... Erica Hahn). If I'm cutting one, its probably Teddy, just for the fact that she is underused and is not nearly as big of a Cardio God as Preston Burke.

Sean: I’d have to agree with Courtney and cut Teddy. She hasn’t really done much recently in terms of the larger story and I can totally see her fading further into the background.

Christina: Although April has kind of sort of grown on me, I’d cut her in a heartbeat. Alex’s impersonation of her annoying voice was dead-on.

Better case: The spinal surgery with the annoying parents or the new mother with the butterfly tumor?

Courtney: I call butterfly tumor, no doubt! It was emotional, had the opportunity to be tragic, and it allowed us to see Meredith in her vagina squad scrubs!! In all seriousness, the thought of giving birth and then no longer being here in six months is one of the saddest stories we have had all season. Derek had to fix up that tumor because I'm not sure I could have handled watching the husband/father leave that hospital with his baby and no wife.

Sean: Definitely the new mother with the butterfly tumor. It was filled with an emotional punch not only for Derek, etc., but even for me as well. I was afraid for the bad news when he came out to talk to the father. Thank goodness, it wasn’t. Man, what a classic Grey’s Anatomy case.

Christina: Definitely the latter. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen such an emotional case. I may have shed a tear or two.

C-Yang Action

Cristina and Owen: Avoidance seems to be working for them. Is it going to catch up to them or will the two make it for the long haul?

Courtney: These two can be a mystery. Sometimes I think it feels forced, other times they are the perfect fit. Obviously they will not be able to go on without even mentioning the children subject, but for the time being it is working. Who knows, maybe one of them will change their mind, but Owen knows who he married and he has to accept that. I hope these two make it for good because Owen is one lucky guy. Seriously Cristina? Stand on your head type? Kudos to you!

Sean: It’s going to catch up to them eventually. Nothing ever goes perfectly. That said it was rather funny watching them act like a couple of bunny rabbits all around the hospital.

Christina: They say you can avoid reality, but you simply can’t avoid the consequences of doing so. It appeared that avoidance was working for them last night, but I definitely think that it’s going to catch up on them eventually. Hopefully, it’s later rather than sooner.

More underused this week: Sloan, Arizona, or Jackson?

Courtney: Jackson by default because he only appeared in the last minute or so. The one that needs more screen time - Sloan!! He has been the main character providing the laughter for the past couple weeks, but the man needs a great surgery and a woman (Oh hey, Grey's Anatomy spoilers section!). Remember the days when Mark reconstructed peoples faces and performed groundbreaking surgeries? I miss those. But I would totally settle for watching some Food Network with him given the chance.

Sean: I’m going with Jackson but I think that was because he had a fair amount of screen time last episode. At least he managed to pop in for a moment. Granted, I think someone always is going to be underused each week with such a large cast.

Christina: Jackson, for sure. Truthfully, I didn’t even notice him missing for all but two seconds of the episode.


I have to say, this feels more like the original Greys that I fell in love with. God season 3, 4, 5 and 7 were just AWFUL. That being said, I'd definitely cut Arizona, Callie, and Teddy in a heartbeat. They just bore me. Arizona and Callie have never been my favorites.. I could somewhat tolerate Callie when they had that whole best friends thing with Mark g oing on but now she is just obnoxious. Arizona is probably the most annoying character to me.. She's worse than April ever was. And Teddy is just useless. Alex needs better storylines. Plain and simple. Justin is the best actor on this show and it's annoying how he gets put to the back burner ALL the time. ugh.


i think i found the song of cristina's ringtone!! :D


The cast is only one person larger than it was from season 4. I don't understand the anger and frustration people have over the cast being too large. I Lexie and Callie became stand- alone characters during that season and made their presence (and separate story lines) felt. Everyone else in the cast currently is there to replace someone who has left over time. Jackson and April are the replacements of George and Izzie (in terms of 5 residents to focus on). I personally have always wanted a "Jackson" on the show because I thought George was not a good balance for Alex. I wanted another male intern/resident who would not get picked on by Alex. Although though do not seem to have a real relationship- I like the Jackson/Alex dynamic much better than the George/Alex one. I personally loved Izzie- she was an amazing "Bright and Shiney" counterpart to Merideth and Christina. Although April does not match up.... yet (I never loved her better than I did when she broke down her life story to the man that was going to shoot her in season 6... really connecting acting- I like how she is portrayed. Not everyone on the show can be so blatantly talented at the same time (Alex was clearly not as talented as Izzie, Merideth or Christina until season 5) and George had to repeat his intern year. There needs to be someone there who will grow along the way. And I like that April is doing that as Chief resident. I'm actually really excited to see where she goes with it. Arizona replaces Addison as a teacher for Alex and bringing in adorable children cases. And Burke was so vital to the show that they had to split his character's role into two- Teddy and Owen. Owen as the rugged, love interest for Christina and a male counterpart for Mark and Derek's egos. And Teddy is the teacher Christina has always wanted. Burke lorded his talented over her and was more of a -follow my lead- teacher. Where Teddy encourages Christina to bring out her inner cardio-beast. She even found flaws in Chistina's surgical methods- hasn't been done in 7 years (not including Hahn who was out to crush her- hated that relationship). Who is too much? They are wonderful actors to a growing series. Last year was too much with a higher focus on the doctors outside of the hospital rather than in surgery. That is why I think the ratings were not that good. Now they are bring their life issues back to the OR and out of the apartments (we saw too much of people dealing with their crap at home as opposed to seeing their life mirrored in their patients like it use to be). But it is coming back. Remember- Shonda has a whole season of growth planned, not just episodes. They are parts of a bigger puzzle. So stop complaining of who you think is too much. Teddy rocks. April will grow on you by episode 14 I'm sure of it. and Jackson should have been their sooner. He is a baby over this Lexie thing (doesn't need to be chief resident, just happy being with Lexie- not the words of a surgeon)- once she leaves him I think he will be a better character


its so nice to see lst weeks episode... brings back some of the orign.
season episode's... with mer/der all hugs and kisses right where thy shld they belong.... the beginning episodes...were so steamy... with the on call room etc.. and stilll alwwys managd.. to hve ... a great stry behind them... lve the show..really do. hpe they renew contract for ellen and patrick.. show wouldnt be the sme w.o. them... my fav. as s o many other... really ... and frnd... too.. more lke lst wk. epis good going
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I agree that the cast is far too large. They can't even delve decently into storylines anymore. Teddy and Henry should go, dead waste. April and Jackson, only in small doses. More Calzona, Cristina (without Owen), MerDer, Alex, Bailey and Chief. I loved seeing Callie taking charge and basically telling Mark to get a life. It was overdue. Tumor patient husband was very good. And Cristina/Callie friendship is one my favorite on the show. Their scenes were great!


I agree with the comments about the cast being too large. Yes the likes of Avery, Kepner, Altman ought to be reoccuring like Altman's husband. The main My concerns are MerDer, Cris, Alex, Bailey, Webber. CAlazona Slexie add a different dynamic. But the others take away time from the rest


1. Between Sloan's cooking with Arizona and the Chief catching Owen and Christina at it like bunnies. I LOVE the Chief and how much fun he is now that he isn't the Chief anymore. He's a riot. 2. Just one? The cast is large...too large. I like many of the characters I just think they give out "main character" status too freely. IMO, Teddy, April, Arizona, and a few others should have been more recurring characters than main characters but I digress. If I had to cut anyone it would probably be Teddy. I honestly only like her when she's with her husband. Outside of that she's pretty useless. From a biased standpoint I would love to cut April (even though she's growing on me) and Arizona too. 3.I actually liked the fun aspect of the spinal surgery. They've had a lot of heaviness on the show so I still appreciate the humor more. The bickering parents were funny. 4.It'll catch up to them. It always does. Owen's struggle with PTSD means he has to deal with it and come to terms with it,and Yang is strong but sometimes I watch her and wonder what will make her break. They both have some emotional issues and traumas that could be triggered easily...they have to confront it eventually. 5.Jackson was the most underused this week. I have to admit that fortunately they've been using him better this season then they ever have, and that thankfully he's back to being the kickass surgeon that he was introduced as, but yeah, he was underused the most this week. I also think Sloan has been underused too. I'd love to see him get from underneath the Calzona floors me that he has seniority over both of those characters if I'm not mistaken but to date he's yet to get a really hearty storyline. They drop crumbs of what type of man he is outside of the arrogant manwhore...he has a past that they could explore and yet they only tie him in with somebody else's storyline. I can't wait until he gets something of his own. He deserves it after all this time.


Felt for some time that the ensemble is too large. It keeps adding and adding. The result is too little Miranda Bailey, too little Callie Torres and too little Meredith Grey.


I would cut teddy and her hubby. But I guess she's needed as Cris' cardio attending. Can i cheat and add Avery and Kepner too please
I think Crowen are only delaying the inevitable difficult scene about the abortion. If i were owen I'd be saying 'I can see how great you are with Zola, why couldn't you do that for our baby?'
I think we'll see all the main characters have episodes where they don't have many scenes. We had a lot of Avery last week, I'm grateful to see less of him. Arizona will get involved in Zola's SL next week. But I miss the DerMark bromance, we're getting too much DerOwen and Mark's sidelined too much in Der's SL


1) Has to be Callie telling Mark off. I agree with her, he needs to get laid again, although I do like a man, who can cook… But for that, we still have Sloan’s number one apprentice Avery. Also loved the way Callie was slowly losing her mind over her lost orgasm… All I could think of, when she was talking to Cristina was: Callie, drifting! 2)I couldn’t and wouldn’t cut anyone. Simple as that. With a cast that large, yes, screening time for several characters has to be limited, but it leaves room for development. I remember myself getting tired and bored over the same people sleeping with the same people at all times. “Oh, no you didn’t. You slept with your best friend’s husband?� Happened too often, didn’t like it and don’t want to see it on Grey’s. Everyone has their little domain and I like that. 3)Although I liked Tyler and his family issues, the butterfly tumor was just more touching. It felt good to see Derek do what he does best (besides kissing his wife in the hospital) and the heart-felt reaction of the husband simply got me. 4)I doubt they can avoid their problems forever. The only reason why the writers would put in such sexual tension/avoidance into the show is to make it blow up at some point. Sorry Cristina, but at some point, you just gotta talk about it… No matter whether or not you can stand on your head. 5) Definitely Jackson. I love Sloan and Arizona together, their “bromance� gave me some good laughs this week and who doesn’t want a good Coq Au Vin and a Pinot from Napa??
We had a very Jackson-focused story-line last week so it’s good that we get to see some Calzona + Baby Daddy again. Feel free to comment my reviews.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 6 Quotes

Can you go have sex with him so he'll be nicer?


So, I'm a tumor mule?