Grey's Anatomy Review: Crossing The Line

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After what seems like a lifetime, Grey’s Anatomy returned with "One Step Too Far," an episode that proved this series can still bring the drama with the best of them.

The hour focused on pushing boundaries but knowing when you crossed the line.

The staff flirted with each other, Catherine Avery used another doctor as a spy on her son, Mark pushed Jackson to find fun; and most of these are innocent enough. But occasionally, they went too far.

Such as Owen dropping the bombshell on his suspecting wife. Let’s discuss.

Back to Neuro?

Uncle Phil! James Avery guest starred as a grieving husband and reminded us why his time on Fresh Prince of Bel Air was so enjoyable. The man can make you feel! Rebecca Hazelwood brought the sexy as Catherine Avery’s co-worker, and Summer Glau returned as Nurse Emily.

All three guests were pretty much awesome. Speaking of Nurse Emily...

Two Patients in Trouble

Can You Stop Screwing My Husband? Cristina was sure Owen was cheating on her with Emily. Most of us fans were positive that if Owen had strayed, it was with this girl, causing us to instantly hate her.

As soon as Emily admitted to flirting with Owen but promising she had never gone there, a little bit of disdain lifted. This is a well-written character and I don’t think I am alone in wanting her to stick around a while.

Then the bomb got dropped. Owen is a cheater! The Chief admitted to straying from his marriage, making our hate for Emily pass right on to him.

Introducing Emily caused us all to believe she was the other woman, but turns out there is someone else. Well played, Shonda, you definitely threw us off the trail.

These two have had some serious ups and downs and there isn’t really an easy way of fixing a broken marriage.

Glau on Grey's

Oh, Smashed Up Face? That was bad. The lightest moment from the episode came from our originals talking over lunch. These moments are too far and few between, much like the great scenes between Bailey and Richard.

Cristina calling Rebecca “smashed up face” was hilarious, and I have to admit, I let out a giggle. 

Alex has not had the best luck with ladies and it looks like that is about to change. Intern Morgan is most definitely smitten with him. Giving him the relationship/saving complex with a patient has been done and this character deserves better. He needs a relationship with someone he doesn’t have to save and hopefully that can be Morgan.

Is she only interested because he is helping save her son or is it genuine? That is an answer we will have to find out before we can make a call on this budding relationship.

Richard in a Tux

Uh Oh, Grey’s. Derek having Mer back on his service did not go too smoothly.

Mer and Lexie caused damage on a patient that can’t be fixed. Who’s fault is this? My vote is on Derek. He never should have left them alone with his patient. Looks like Mer will be headed back to general surgery.

The Averys Get It Done. Catherine got her flirt on with Richard and made him feel like a man, all while inserting a new bladder they had built. Plus, she rocked that gown. Jackson finally got some action. Mark is going to be pleased.

Some Afterthoughts:

  • Richard really is a good man. No doubt about it.
  • Jackson should stop wearing scrubs and wear a tux every episode. That man is gorgeous!
  • Morgan wanting Alex to get in the picture - creepy or sweet? I can’t decide.
  • Quick appearances by Callie, Arizona, April, and Teddy. Let’s get these lovely ladies some more screen time.
Handsome Avery
All in all, a pretty great episode. We had to wait weeks for it and we are going to have to wait again for the next new episode. So while we go through so more Grey’s withdrawal, let’s discuss the episode.

Are Owen and Cristina over now that Owen is a cheater? Who did he cheat with? Should Alex hook up with his intern? When are we ever going to see Meredith and Derek’s dream house? How about predictions for the remainder of the season?

Until next time, TV Fanatics. 


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (317 Votes)

I can't believe you didn't comment on how far MER/DER have come! She didn't run, he didn't throw her out...that is HUGE! It was very realistic IMO...he's so pissed off, he can hardly look at her, but he wants her to stay; did you see that hint-of-a-smile on Mer's face when he said no, he didn't want her to leave him alone??? How precious are they? Great job Ellen & Patrick. Hat's off to the writers also.


Um why is it preposterous that Bailey had two attractive men interested in her? Also irritated by the comments that Morgan is 'unattractive' therefore Alex shouldn't be interested. Seriously?


the most interesting part in epi17 is� I love you so much that it hurts & it hurts to love you “ Classic & Misty !
after reading a lot of recap and post, I guess Owen can’t give up his child with the woman he loves the most,
Cristina,I beg you to adopt the baby,just like Mer can do both of Mother and career very well


I think Owen cheated with Teddy... but here is some food for thought... why on the "what if" episode did it show Owen with Callie? And why is Callie suddenly now grilling Arizona about her past lovers in April 5ths new episode? You never know! Shonda loves to surprise us but its the last thing you'd expect from two married couples right? Or since he didnt even explain himself yet maybe the cheating happened before they were married. Either way I am so sick of people putting the blame on Cristina being "cold and heartless." They BOTH messed up and jumped into that marriage way too soon.


There is no justification for a married person to cheat on their spouse, end of story. Please stop justifying Owen's cheating because Cristina had an abortion. If he didn't approve, he shouldn't have gone with her to support her and just left her then, instead of blaming her for everything. And oh, by the way, for all of the people who blame Cristina for not using birth control, the only birth control that is 100% effective is abstinance. That obviously didn't happen. I have never liked Owen or anything surrounding him. If he was hurt, if it hurts so much to love someone, you leave.


i love greys anatomy..... it's one thing after another i don't think my day would be the same if i didn't watch the show lol but really i think that owen cheated with April i don't buy the innocent act i think she is up to no good


The worst thing is that in real life doctors make mistakes and people end up either dead or with major problems. The story was heart breaking,


Owen cheated on Christina. Still processing this. Of all the male characters, I was really, truly hoping that there would be ONE male character who wasn't jumping from bed to bed. That is why I liked Owen. Despite the Teddy-mental-cheating-love-triangle stupidity, I continued to watch. Despite the trauma of the abortion episode, I continued to watch. It "hurt" owen so much to love christina. It hurts me too much to watch my favorite couple on the show.


Whaaaaaat? No comments on the last MerDer scene? That was so sweet!


I want Alex with April, not the intern. And though I loved Crowen, I'm over it now, it's gotten too difficult. Ready for someone new.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 17 Quotes

Alex: I felt bad that I had to sit with you all night so you didn't cry yourself to sleep over your sad premie.
Morgan: He has a brain bleed!

We're trained to be vigilant, to chase down the problem, to ask all the right questions, to find the root cause until we know exactly what it is and we confront it. It takes an extreme amount of caution or we can't overstep ourselves. We can create problems that don't exist.