Grey's Anatomy Review: Moving Forward

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I'm curious why we jumped a whole month forward (via a subtle transition), but it looks as if the time since the events of "Things We Said Today" have allowed for some major announcements and attempts at moving forward for Grey's Anatomy.

And "The End is the Beginning is the End" served as a quiet set up for some loud and dramatic things to come.

Doctors Talk it Over

Richard was more recently hit the hardest with Adele's passing, but it was nice to see that even through his own self-appointed misgivings, he was able to meet with Catherine. Simply holding hands was a nice sentiment for them both, and while Richard will always love Adele, at least he will have a chance to heal and grow again.

Cristina and Owen are in this weird place of dating/not dating - hooking up, as those college kids call it - but all under the new pretense of divorce. I like Cristina in her happy state, making jokes and being her regular self. Even her ability to not get upset that Meredith hadn't told her about the pregnancy showed an understanding in their friendship.

And although I felt more comfortable with Jo and Alex being playful this episode, I don't buy them remaining friends. It's too obvious that soon enough that couch is going to get some action from the two not-lovers.

Am I on board with the relationship? Not so much before, and I'm even holding out that Dr. Lucy might return, but I wasn't rolling my eyes with their playful banter this go around. Really, it was nice that things were working out for both of them.

Even Jackson, who's moving forward in his relationship with the intern, also seems to be moving forward as a doctor. Taking a case that was formally Mark's was a huge step not only in remembering the past and the important things he'd done, but the new positive steps that would be taken in his wake.

Sure, he had some arguments with Arizona, but Jackson proved himself by completing the more risky procedure. He's been able to start taking those steps from Mark's protege to his own competent and successful physician.

Likewise, Derek is back on that road to recovery, playing in a great ping pong match. It was rather entertaining that the game became competitive and it was fun seeing Shane break out of his usual calm demeanor. Who knew ping pong could be such good therapy for Derek's hand?

Yang, Avery and Karev

But amongst all the progress moving forward, two major revelations promise to have major impact on everyone:

First came the generous settlement of $15 million each, and all I could think was "wow, what a payout." And good for them. Yes, Meredith mentioned blood money, but the cash could be used for good and Richard was right there to remind her.

Sure enough, the dinner was awkward, and certainly not a celebration, but eventually all of the group came around and began to enjoy the prospects of the outcome.

Meredith even revealed her big secret, which is promising in that she believes good things will happen. That was a nice change for her.

Except the entire episode I couldn't help but wonder the repercussions and why no one seemed to acknowledge them. Even if the insurance company would be handling the financial aspects, the hospital itself would have to have some sort of reprimand, right? You don't just have a major court case and nothing happen but handing out some money.

I'm still a little surprised no one seemed to really think about that.

Yet, the episode itself seemed to offer up the dramatic twist that answered the unfortunate consequence of the win. According to some loophole, the hospital now has to pay out the $15 million each and there's no way it can do that. It looks like bankruptcy and closing the doors will be the only option.

Man, and right after Derek had finally forgiven Owen!

I find it hard to believe that Seattle Grace would be shut down, but I'm trying to guess what will take place to prevent it? Will they use the money to buy it out? Will someone else?

A major conflict of interest was bound to rear its ugly head and, like Cristina said, "Mo money, mo problems."

This wasn't the most riveting of episodes, but I'm glad to see a transition and chance for the characters to move forward from the dramatic plane crash. Although, now this new predicament might make things a little harder. Hopefully, this major bump in the road can find a quick way to smooth itself out with all of the positive changes going on around it.


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Great episode but I am a big confused
Meredith, Mark, Dereck are attendings right? so Arizona in addition would have made it 4, so when the board lasdy says "the minute Robbins boarded the plane they violated the policy, well no, the policy was already broken without Arizona, so I ma not understanding why the board lady is saying that.. any ideas?


I thought that this was one of the best episodes in recent memory. IT felt like the old Grey's. It was quirky but not because everyone was acting awkward. It had some wonderful moments - and the usual 10 mins to the end of the episode didn't have everyone in some state of tears.
It just felt right.


Also glad Jackson stood up to Arizona. When did she become such a fan of Mark? She did not like Mark and Mark was the one who worked hard at being friends with her stupid butt. Never have liked Arizona don't like her now. It should have been Callie and Mark not Callie with Arizona. I loved it then they young man told Jackson Mark told me what works for me is not going to work for you. You have to go your own way. Everyone knew that Jackson would go with the surgery he wanted. Way to go Jackson!


I thought the episode was good and nice to see how everyone trying to move on. Will be interesting to see what happens with the hospital and everyones 15 mil. How about the hairball? Ewwwwww!! But I really wanted to smack that mother right up side of the head!!! Poor kid


I love Alex and Jo together. Alex has always gone for sex first and then what. You have to have something besides sex for a relationship to work. Them being friends first is best. Owen and Christina are better as lovers and friends instead of being married. Baily was funny about simple sex and not getting crazy. Don't like April and Jackson together. She is too much of coward and she only wants him in secrect and when someone else has him. Stupid girl! Can't stand McNightmare. Why is he mad at Owen? did they really think they could sue the hospital and it would not have an effect? That's right Christina Mo Money Mo Problems!

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I thought this episode was so good. I did not see any previews for this episode so I was unaware of what was going to happen. I did not see the twist at the end coming. I am not sure if by law the hospital has to pay or if they all say they do not want the money (which they reffered to it as blood money and not one really seems to want it) if the hospital can then stay open. I loved the dinner scene, Callie did not want them there to celebrate the money she wanted them to celebrate how far they have come since the crash and to also honor Mark and Lexie.


From the first second where they said it was 15Million each,
I knew what they would buy with all that money.
The Hospital.
None of them need the money, but the ALL need their job.
It was so obvious, They are not going to let the Hospital fail.
They will put their money into a place where it will make them all even more money.
And it creates a reason for the main cast to never consider relocating again.
The interesting thing will be will the new owners still want Owen to be Chief?
Or will this finally be the chance for the Chief to return to his rightful position as the Chief?


Yeah I'm with you dil about the lawsuit. It was interesting at the start of the season but now, the ridiculous payout, the hospital having to close doors, and Owen's mix-up in it it's all just a bit silly. I would've loved to see more hurt - I don't have a sister but a half brother and if I lost him I'd be a lot more upset then just an every now and then kind of thing. Torres is also pretty loving and emotional so I imagine her falling a part about Sloan in her quiet moments way more than what we've seen.


owen cristina were show stealers as usual! lawsuit! my god..about time it gets written off..its too much..


Personally it was April and Jackson's moment that stole the episode for me. The moment Jackson said those words to April and her face just changed - tears. Lots of them. Love those two together and I can't help but think... why are they not together? Is it just a misunderstanding or? I recall April believing she maybe pregnant, Jackson proposing and once finding out they weren't April stated the whole "now we don't have to get married" speech which Jackson was upset by. Then this episode April's talking about marriage and looking over at Jackson... like she does that want that. Or is Jackson truly not interested and I've missed something?

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