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Grey's Anatomy Review: Making Strides

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Surgeries were not the only complicated thing on "I Saw Her Standing There." This episode focused on several situations that were perfectly messy in only the way Grey’s Anatomy can do. Time to discuss...

Boss Grey

Can’t Hardly Wait. Arizona took her first steps towards recovery in getting fitted for a prosthetic. This is huge for an amputee. Like we discussed in “Love The One You’re With," mean Arizona is no fun. The way she is acting is very understandable, but you can’t help but feel bad for Callie. The woman lost her best friend/father of her baby and her wife’s leg from the same accident. Having Alex talk to Arizona definitely made a difference. These two work well together; Robbins has made him softer and it’s a huge improvement. 

The best part about Arizona moving forward was meeting her doctor. It took me a second to place him, but sure enough... Ethan Embry could not have made me smile more. I know I’m not the only Can’t Hardly Wait fan, right?? Looks like we may be graced with him presence a few more times.

Man To Man. Welcome back, Catherine Avery! Debbie Allen returned to reprise her role as Jackson’s mother. Not only did she have the most tension, joke-filled case of the week, but she caused quite a stir between two of our favorite men. Gorgeous Eyes Jackson decided to have a talk with the former chief about sleeping with his mother. This might have been the most hilarious scene of the hour.

Check out the Grey’s Anatomy quotes page for the showdown between the two. 

Jackie Avery Photo

Old Fashion. Let it be said, Dr. Thomas may be ancient, but he is the man. If we have to settle for having Yang at The Clinic, at least we get to watch her interact with Thomas. These two have great chemistry and are perfectly suited to teach each other. This was the first time we saw Yang smile in quite some time.

Not a fan of Dr. Parker and his plans to push out Feeny Thomas. Here is hoping that Cristina can teach and learn from the doc and he can keep his job. At least until she is ready to return to Seattle. This pairing is seriously so much fun to watch and most definitely one of the highlights from this somewhat slow episode.

Yang - what are you thinking? We know you like men in authoritative positions, but really? Dr. Parker?!? You can do so much better! Turning him down to have drinks with Thomas was the smartest decision she has made since getting to Mayo. 

Jackson, Mer, and Karev

Elsewhere...

  • Owen is staying at Derek’s trailer. Things are not looking too bright for him.
  • Nice appearance of Joe’s Bar. Wouldn’t mind having a few more scenes there like we used to.
  • Jackson and April are still sleeping together. How long until his mom finds out?
  • Looks like things might be getting better for Callie. She got to watch American Bake-off with her wife.
  • Can Alex get a real arc sometime soon?
  • How cute are Meredith and Derek? After all these seasons, they can still put a smile on your face.
  • Did anyone else notice Jackson’s haircut? That boy is hot!!

Overall, a solid episode. A little slow moving, but it brought back Catherine, got Bailey to make some jokes and featured a solid amount of screen time for Yang and Thomas. 

What did you think, TV Fanatics? Was “I Saw Her Standing There” up to Grey’s Anatomy standards? Sound off in the comments and let us know. And check back later this week for the always fun and entertaining Grey’s Anatomy Round Table

Unfortunately, no new episode next week. Let’s use the time to chat it up about the hour and to figure out where this season is going. Is GA losing its steam?

Until next time, Grey’s fans. 

Review

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Baily was a trip! Loving how they've been showing different parts to her character. I want them to not forget the edgy "Nazi" that we love from S1 on and bring her out every now and then but, do like the different sides to her. The silliness and fun she was having in that OR... hilarious! Let's be real. She knows about the chief and Catherine. She knows about Jackson and April. They don't know about each other... they do but then they really don't.. Baily is in the middle aware of it all and can feel and see the tension coming from every angle... if I were her... I would laugh it up too! She was simply basking in the awkwardness of it all... As the eps progress, I feel more and more confident that AZ is not as ignorant of what happened as I thought she was. I kept thinking that she was behaving rather dumb by being angry and straight up mean that her leg was amputated. I mean, she's a surgeon with access to her medical file. I'm pretty sure she would have asked to see what measures were taken prior to coming to that final decision. She should trust that Callie would have not come to that conclusion lightly - especially after such a promise. I can understand her being angry and hurt to wake up with her limb missing when she was expecting to go into surgery the next day to try and save it. Now with what has happened in the last eps, I'm leaning more to think that she is hurt with Callie and just generally angry at the situation, especially with the end of the latest ep. Can't blame her though. She herself has said she has an A type personality. She has always been independent and self-sufficient and coming from that and being that confident to then wake up and realize you need help and will need to depend on someone for a while if not forever can break a person. Her self confidence and esteem was shattered and she allowed herself to get so little, hit rock bottom in her opinion, dwell on all the bad and sit in her pee. I'm so happy she snapped back a little bit from last ep and took a step forward into recovery. I'm in love with her prosthetic doc! He is an awesome actor and love him in all his roles but he killed this one! So on point and just what AZ needed. With him helping her, giving her a bit of tough love as well as the talk with Karev, I'm so happy to see AZ on her feet again - no pun intended. But I'm so happy she is starting to find herself and realizing she can be independent and be the best person, wife, mother and surgeon she has always been... not going to happen overnight I know but just glad it started. If I had to witness one more ep of angry, hurt and self-pitying AZ... I would have still watched because, hell - I'm a fan and love the show but... I would have not enjoyed it...

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I am loving the season so far! I felt a bit bored mid S8 but from the end of the last season up to now, I'm feeling the drama, tension and just more drawn to the show as I have been since S5. I'm loving the stories and just how everyone can be multidimensional... Loved how Christina is showing signs of the original. In the last two seasons we saw scraps of her original wit and now, she is getting her mojo back. I always loved her with Owen but damn! Now I don't want her near him. They looked so meant to be front the start but the as his character progressed, things got so jacked up. I hate her being away but love that she is finding and being herself again. I loved MerDer! They have come soooo far! Perfect convo with Owen and the aftermath... shows how much they have grown together. Same old loving couple... just more evolved... Baily was a trip! Loving how they've been showing different parts to her character. I want them to not forget the edgy "Nazi" that we love from S1 on and bring her out every now and then but, do like the different sides to her. The silliness and fun she was having in that OR... hilarious! Let's be real. She knows about the chief and Catherine. She knows about Jackson and April. They don't know about each other... they do but then they really don't.. Baily is in the middle aware of it all and can feel and see the tension coming from every angle... if I were her... I would laugh it up too! She was simply basking in the awkwardness of it all...

Dhowe

Last thing, I know there's a Mer/Christina episode that Shonda says will have "meredith coming to terms with the fact that her sister's dead in a major way", BUT damn they have barely mentioned Lexie's death and gave Mark the best send off possible. Even George gets a mention here and there! You can tell who Shonda's favorites are just by the writing and I definitely don't think that's fair. Lexie was a major part of the series, give her some love!

Dhowe

such a bitch and I hate it! I miss our wheelie wearing, bubbly, and optimistic Peds Surgeon. I hope she's making strides to come back. And I wish they would focus on Callie a bit more. I feel like they're not getting too deep into anybody's story like they used to do and the storytelling has just gotten a bit lazy. I miss the original badasses! Speaking of badasses, what have they done to Bailey?!?!!? I get it, she's happy now, but she was happy before her first marriage went sour and wasn't this soft and silly. I miss the Nazi and this new thing they're trying to do. Stop ruining one of TV's most beloved characters! One last thing....April and Jackson? *rolls eyes* NEXT! Phew, okay I'm done with my rant. I love this show but it's just not the same for me because actors seem bored with their characters. There is no new spark to them anymore like there once was and rather than drag something out for a long time with no retribution, it might be time for an ending. =( Just my thoughts!

Dhowe

I hate to say it, but I think it might be time for Grey's to say goodbye in another season or too. I can't let go either but it has lost its steam tremendously, ever since season 5 with the Izzie/Denny thing. I love these doctors but end it before it gets a little ridiculously and the actors come to resent it (although it already seems like Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey are over it already from some of their previous interviews). In terms of this episode, I liked the whole scene between Jackson and the Chief; I thought it was entertaining. Also, the scenes between Feeny and Christina were AWESOME. I love that he's kind of her new person now at Mayo, and it's a whole new dynamic. It was nice to see her smile like that -- she doesn't even do that with Meredith! But everything else? Ugh... Other notes: Christina's new sex friend: I kind of want to punch him right between the eyes. I love the way she just deaded him at the end of the episode! Classic Christina. Arizona's being such a bitch and I hate it! I miss our wheelie wearing, bubbly, and optimistic Peds Surgeon. I hope she's making strides to come back. And I wish they would focus on Callie a bit more. I feel like they're not getting too deep into anybody's story like they used to do and the storytelling has just gotten a bit lazy. I miss the original badasses! Speaking of badasses, what have they done to Bailey?!?!!? I get it, she's happy now, but she was happy before her first marriage went sour and wasn't this soft and silly. I miss the Nazi and this new thing they're trying to do. Stop ruining one of TV's most beloved characters! One last thing....April and Jackson? *rolls eyes* NEXT! Phew, okay I'm done with my rant. I love this show but it's just not the same for me because actors seem bored with their characters. There is no new spark to them anymore like there once was and rather than drag something out for a long time with no retribution, it might be time for an ending. =( Just my thoughts!

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birdy - i'll never forget you
is the name of the song at the end

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This was a pretty good episode. I knew right away it was Ethan Embry...I am a fan from Empire Records and Can't Hardly Wait. I can understand that Arizona is mad but she is being a beyotch you would think that she was the only one in the accident. I am glad that Alex talked sense into her. I am likely lovey Mer and Der and the talk Owen had with him was perfect.

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Love seeing Meredith shine and being awesome! MerDer are the best couple ever. More scenes like this please :)

Aries93

Once again, Cristina was the only real character who had shined. More Cristina, please!

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Arizona is scaring her (the awkward sitting on the couch) Callie has her guard up she's a soldier by swallowing it, many would have done other things but Callie loving her too much she's swallowing her tongue and taking it not to mention Arizona "Doesn't want help from any one" and as for Sofia.. Her and Arizona have a baby monitor Callie can hear her plus Arizona has crutches I think it's about time she at least learn how to take care of Sofia in her condition it's not impossible my Mom did it she can do it she would never hurt Sofia and there is nothing wrong with her hands plus Sofia is big enough to walk so Arizona doesn't have to pick her up, and if Arizona want's Callie she can Call her or use the crutches (Even if she falls that's what there used for so you won't fall) Plus once again Arizona Keep Pushing Callie Away And Won't Let Her Help Her or Touch Her, but anyway everything should change now a little since Arizona accepted her condition and let Callie in

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 Episode 4 Quotes

Meredith: This is a cry for help.
Cristina: No, this is a cry for an orgasm.

The clothes a surgeon wears help to present an image. The lab coats and badges and scrubs all work together to indicate a person of authority, someone you can trust. When the clothes come off, that's a different story. We're sensitive, lonely, human.

Meredith