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Grey's Anatomy Review: Staring At Simba

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After almost eight Grey's Anatomy seasons, I don’t expect to be too surprised by the actions of these characters we have all grown to love so much. Except it happened tonight. And I loved it. There is a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it...

Ripped to Pieces. The cases in "The Lion Sleeps Tonight” were harsh, but in a good way. Morgan reached decision time with her baby, Teddy’s patient made her accept her widow status, and a lion attacked a couple. Well, the lion bit was a little unrealistic. But, hey, it made for interesting television and at least no one was trying to give CPR to a deer. 

Broken Hearts. Teddy’s reaction at the grief group was priceless. First, the laughter and then the outburst. It felt so real, which is something this series does so well. This arc had felt a little dropped over the past few episodes so it was important to bring it back before season's end. Her dealing with the elderly couple was heartbreaking. I know I was not alone in tearing up a bit. 

Teddie Altman

Battle Of The Exes. How do you work side by side with someone for two years that had previously dated your wife and it never came up? That situation totally sucked for Callie but Mark made a great point. She is taking care of a child, a child that Callie had with Mark, her ex. That has to be tough. Who would have guessed that Arizona had such a fun past and that Mark would end up being the mature one?

The Eyeball Doc. Speaking of Mark, he plans to move in with Julia? I don’t think so. This arc has gaping plot holes that need to be worked better. Yes, of course us viewers know they are together. There is a quick mention of them each week. But we don’t know this character. We met her how many episodes ago and that’s been it. Viewers are emotionally involved in Slexie. It’s because we know them. Why would we care if Mark moves in with Julia or breaks up with her? Answer is... we won’t. 

The big brother/little sister interaction between Lexie and Derek was thoroughly enjoyable. We see these two in the OR enough, but seeing the family side is just as fun. 

Der Smiles

Separation. Alex Karev, one of a kind. The man may be arrogant, a jerk, downright rude. But one thing is for sure, he is honest. The situation with Morgan is messy. As much as I want to see Alex get in a healthy relationship, this is not it. The girl needs a friend. 

The Lion. Who knew that Meredith and Derek spotting a lion on their way to work would not be the most exciting thing of the hour? Gotta love Derek bringing a stuffed lion home to Zola. What. A. Dilf. 

Scandal. Now on to the big news. A week had passed and Cristina was still ignoring Owen, being curiously quiet, and had not shared the news with her BFF, Mer. Owen is the Chief of Surgery. He knows better than to discuss this kind of stuff in the scrub room. Breaking the news to Meredith and having Bailey overhear means this story is coming to a head. We still don’t know who the other woman is but we do know one thing: Yang is devastated.

Girlfriend is also super pissed. Her chucking her bowl of cereal at Owen was the highlight of this episode. That was a DVR rewind moment if I ever saw one.

Alex Karev Smiles

Overall, a solid episode on the way towards the finale of Season Eight. TV Fanatics, what did you think? Hit the comments and let us know what you thought of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. How heartbreaking was Teddy admitting she is a widow? Who do you think Owen cheated with? What is Meredith going to do with the information? Who else thinks Bailey needs her own story ASAP? Sandra Oh killed it once again. How cool was the room of things found in patients??

New episode next week. While we wait, look for the official Grey’s Anatomy Round Table to gain a new entry in the coming days.

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    Geelightning

    Aww, why do people think Lexie is stupid and pathetic.

    She DOES love Mark that's why she didn't tell him. Derek said that the only thing that will change Mark's mind is if he knew he still had a shot with Lexie. She didn't bail, she just wants him to decide on his own whether Julia is right for him. If she told him, she would have had made the decision for him. In a way, she is freeing him so if Mark does decide to choose Lexie in the end, it'll be Mark's TRUE will.

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    @crappy student:
    (Rats!!! the system chopped off my final comments again...So here's the whole paragraph...)

    Back in the early days of the silver-screen there might have been some justification for all the subterfuge. But in today's world...well, you've seen one engagement ring, you've seen 'em all. My advice to Sara is that she drop the publicity campaign. Heterosexuality is just so....ordinary. And even if it's true that she isn't even a "newborn", or that she has never stepped foot in a lesbian bar, well...come on. Are you kidding me? She came to GA from the NY theater?? She lived with a "gay husband"??? Oh, puhleeze....(oh, and as an "advertisement for myself", I've written a lot of songs and have several that could put Sara on the charts if she'd record them....CAN ANYONE HEAR ME?? rsvp grrlfriend...)

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    @crappy student:
    Hollywood studios set up known lesbian and gay actors in pseudo-straight relationships all the time back in the day. This was done in order to keep their "cash-cows" from upsetting the ticket-buying popcorn eaters. Think of Garbo, or Dietrich, or Crawford. More recently Rock Hudson...Isn't it about time that the general public has a chance to catch up with the all us flexible and fun-loving show-biz people? Think of "Priscilla of the Desert"...or "Tootsie"...or...

    Back in the early days of the silver-screen there might have been some justification for all the subterfuge. But in today's world...well, you've seen one engagement ring, you've seen 'em all. My advice to Sara is that she drop the publicity campaign. Heterosexuality is just so....ordinary. And even if it's true that she isn't even a "newborn", or that she has never stepped foot in a lesbian bar, well...come on. Are you kidding me? She came to GA from the NY theater?? She lived with a "gay husband"??? Oh, puhleeze....(oh, and as an "advertisement for myself", I've written a lot of songs and have several that could put Sara on the charts if she'd record them....CAN ANYONE HEAR ME?? rsvp grrlfriend...)

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    @crappy student
    So my curiosity (and it is not gratuitous or prurient), regards both the two actors and the GA writers. Capmirez can claim "we are not real doctors (or lesbians), we only play them on tv...". I've written before that Sara's team might be playing up her "straight" "real" life as a kind of career insurance. With two babies and one on the way I don't think JCap's sexuality is in doubt...( but you never know..."Variety" isn't just the name of a show-biz magazine). She probably doesn't need the "insurance" like Sara's people might think she does.

    GA can't last forever. Both Sara and Jessica want to keep working, right? And even though they and the writers are doing so much to bring equality in this last bastion of bigotry towards the LGBTQ communities, they might be concerned with being type-cast. But as I wrote elsewhere, people aren't generally as naive as they were in pre-internet, "Leave it to Beaver" days.

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    @crappy student:

    Really. Seriously. OK, hey, here's the thing....(it's so much fun imitating the GA writers...) Capmirez (if I may be so bold as to conjoin them IRL), must be reading at least some of the fanfic and maybe these reviews as well. They are both extremely talented, intuitive, and smart women. AND they live in the land of "make-believe" Hollywood.

    Prior to GA JCap played at least one lesbian role (on the L-Word), and Sara has too. They are not two hay-seeds who just came off the farm and don't know anything about anything other than "boy-girl, penis-vagina", missionary sex. Callie has come a looong way since she pulled Mark into the break room demanding that kind of sex in order to compare what she had always known with men and the path she had just stepped out onto with Erica.

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    @crappy student: If I were interested in chipping away at my attention span any more than what our general immersion in media produces I might join twitter. If for no other reason than I could contact JCap directly, (much less Sara Ramirez...though I'm not sure my blood pressure would tolerate that nor do I think Sara could handle all the hot lesbians if she were to open a twitter account.)

    If you saw any of the GA concert you know how loud an...unruly... a mob of young, hyper-estrogenated, lesbian fangrrls can be. And from all the recent publicity generated by Sara's PR and management(?) team about her being incontrovertably "straight", there could be a breech in her armor if she allowed herself to hear what her lesbian fan-base might "tweet" her. Ahem...

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    I have to comment on one post on here that pretty much that Christina having the abortion was justification for Owen cheating on her, that makes me super mad that some one would be that naive to think that cheating is justified!

    Sarah-silva

    I enjoyed this episode! I personally do not like Morgan and while Alex has been a jerk at times in the past I do not think he was a jerk to Morgan. She was not getting the fact that he needed distance she was super obsessed with him and yes what she is going through is awful but Alex is not the father or her boyfriend and the pressure she was putting on him was way to much, I would have gone off on her as well!
    So Callie was the Mark equivalent of lesbians at the hospital, sleeping with a ton of nurses/doctors! I liked how they resolved the issue and did not let it fester!
    The end with Christina and Owen was so great, I loved that she tossed the cereal in his face! He deserved at least that! However I think they should have done another take as you can tell that Sandra Oh smiled a little bit.
    I was super sad when the lady died waiting for her husband to come out of surgery, I did not see that coming! It however allowed Teddy to finally start the grieving process!

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    @janet bratter, I agree with everything you said, I wouldn't have said it better myself.It's also interesting that the closing minutes of the episode were devoted to the three couples and I think to some extend they showed us where exactly in their marriages are those people and the background music says it pretty clearly-'It’s the weight of love in your arms'.Moreover, Callie realizing the reality and what place she has in Arizona's heart,Mededith who has always been insecure in her relationship with Derek, so the best she can do is to threaten him.And here comes Cristina,who is totally pissed off and tired of yelling and fighting.All of them are dealing with their personal issues the best way they can, plus they are different personalities and some of them throw bowl of cereal,others threaten or make up in the bed

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    We all have our favorite couples. Cristina & Owen is mine & they have been since the day he arrived at Seattle Grace. From the moment their eyes met he couldn’t stay away from her & vice versa. Their first kiss seemed to happen within an hour after meeting & he proceeded to sweep her off her feet.

    I am barely over this past Thursday's episode & I am happy to have a few days before this week's show which appears to be even more sad & brutal. Some marriages can & do survive infidelity & in other marriages it proves to be too costly. I still believe that passion & love drives them. Keep the faith every one. In my opinion we are watching a really great love story being told by these two fabulous actors & I hope they make it.

    Hopefully next up! Mark & Lexie. I so like them together. He is still in love with her. He "digs & understands her" & she has never stopped loving him & I am not quite sure why she doesn't tell him! I suppose one power couple at a time on this show!




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