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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why is owen suddenly the bad guy? all christina is good for is having sex with him. she is not the most understanding person and frankly even once said she would choose surgery over him. so i applaud him for reaching out to someone else.


owen slept with bailey. preposterous? no more preposterous that bailey has had not one but two hot men pursuing her. that has stretched the limits of imagination two too many times.
i personally don't like the character of christina so frankly i think owen is better off without her. he should be with teddy. eventually.

Tracy lloyd micks heiba

I was in too hurry to wait for today so I commented in the review! lol! If Owen cheated with anybody it would be Teddy but she was in love with her hubby so maybe b4 he came along? OR he's going to say something like "yes I cheated on you but not with another woman - i cheated you out of my feelings!" LOL! I think I watch too many of these shows! I almost threw my remote at the T.V. when it went to fade!! lol! I liked seeing some of the old Mark last night joking with Avery! lol! Speaking of (sorry can't think of her name - but Catherines intern that was ordered to follow Avery around!)... I thought she said she had a boyfriend? so then wtf was she doing boinking Avery in the "co-ed" change room?!! No respect for her! I immediately disliked Catherine trying to get with Richard! hmmm... this whole episode was a case for morals! I did have to laugh at the offhand comments such as "smashed up face who ended up peeing on Meredith's couch!" and all of the indivduals commenting "yep- he's doing her!!" regarding Alex and Morgan!


Another thing, why do people want Cristina to be passive and remain the person she's been since season 1? Why can't she change? Some of you say things that imply that she's not responsible for her actions and isn't allowed to feel. What's wrong with growth? It's normal to compromise not be rigid.


People, Owen is not likely to go anywhere. It's Cristina who is likely to leave the show. Sandra Oh's contract is up the end of this season not Kevin McKidd's.


I really used to love Owen and thought that Owen/Christina were perfect together, but if it turns out that he really did cheat on her I will be totaly pi*&$d off! It would be totally out of character for him. Shonda has always written him as an honorable man, but I understand he's hurting now. He's also destroying Christina. If he can't get it together then I'd like him to move on. Leave the show. It's amazing how two powerful men have been so in love with her but remained just as determined to change her into something she isn't.


2lolo - That's your opinion!


This episode set up the possibility of a smooth exit for anyone to leave the show.


@ 2lolo
okay srsly what has that to do with this episode?!
grow up


For an Asian "Christina" Is UGLY......

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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.