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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I just watched the episode again and I don't think Owen cheated with Teddy. I'm betting now that it's just some random person, like a nurse, not a regular character. And did McKidd say "Crowen" would be fine or "they" would be fine? They could be fine individually, though not as a couple. I don't want Sandra Oh to leave but I would hate for Owen to suck the life out of Christina. This whole problem boils down to his thinking that Christina would eventually come around to his way of thinking, but why rock the boat before it was an issue. Wait for the opprtunity. Meredith has a child so Christina should too. Because he wants one. Her not wanting one was never a surprise. She said that she didn't want one in season six, in the OR with Callie, Teddy and Owen there. Teddy just looked at Owen over Christina's head. He doesn't have the right to act so confused that she didn't want a child. He should have had that talk in that episode or the next one. Not now.


I'm sick of Owen's behavior. It's not only cheating, but everything he has done in the past two series.
And no offense, but Kevin McKidd doesn't know a shit about what will happen. Shonda said she hasn't written the finale yet and we don't know who is and who is not coming back. So if Sandra decides to leave, Crowen will be over for good.


Owen looks like a man to me. How many other men/women on Grey's have cheated? Oh they get a pass because no one, but no one, dares to upset Queen Cristina. She'll only be happy with a blow up doll.


Oh that made my day!




i think it's April Kepner~ maybe just accidentally Owen slept with her...heheh


He is so lame. She has always been hardcore and kinda cold. People give her crap and stuff but dude she got choked, liked another chick, and she lives in a firehouse for him. If it was me none of that would of happened. He is a wuss, i understand he lost his child but fuck he kicked her out pregnant and gave her no where to go. He isn't a real man, a real man would not cheat, kick out his wife, and be a bitch to her even though he knows he cheated. If i was christina his ass would of been out


I agree with the idea that Owen cheated with Teddy. I know she said that she hated him, but there's a thin line between love and hate. She loved Henry, but she's grieving right now. It will destroy her relationship with Christina so I imagine one of them will leave. I don't know if Owen and Christina will be able to work things out if it was Teddy. I am so sick of him right now!


Sorry people but mer didn't want to go further without Derek's approval, it was lexie who said that Derek said I could do it as if would be easy so in my opinion lexie was pushing mer to let her do it so her fault, mer wasn't at the Pre op meeting and lexie certainly didn't say anything about was discussed.
Still think that it's going to be cristina who fails her boards with all the distractions in her life currently, don't know so gotta a feeling SO is leaving.
To everyone saying Morgan isn't attractive, sorry but looks aren't everything, it's what's inside that counts.


I was surprised that Owen said that he cheated...I really thought that he was just sleeping at the hospital and avoiding going home. I was angry at Derek for yelling at Lexie and Mer...I mean they made a mistake, but it is not like they went on with the procedure without trying to contact him (Mer paged him multiple times). I hated the way he was yelling at Lexie...I thought that he acted like he never made any mistakes...gosh he is annoying. I kind of like the idea of Morgan/Alex thing because I think he needs someone to be with and Morgan might be good for him. I am ready for Mark and Lexie to get back together!

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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.