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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It would have been nice to see Dr. Bailey play ping pong against McDreamy. Would she have kicked his butt? I think so!
Really enjoyed the episode. Catherine, please stay away from Richard. He is mourning Adele and feels guilty about being with you while she was alive. Back off lady. He's too good for you anyway.
So glad Meredith finally told everyone that she is pregnant. Can't wait for next week!


Hmmmm...That was a good episode. I really enjoyed watching how everyone's lives were they were moving on. The cases were...interesting. And i guess the survivors just won't take the money...that simple.
As to the relationships part. Richard and Katherine were the sweetest...i loved their last scene together. Jo and Alex are majorly growing on me. I am very happy that the writers didn't go the traditional way with them and first made them buddies. I love it when that happens...When you are completely negative towards a couple, but then the development totally proves you wrong. I still hate Jackson and Stephanie. And it is not because i like him with April (which i do)... but because Stephanie's attidude changed abruptly in a course of two episodes. They gave me no reason to warm up to the pairing...sorry.


This is not the McDreamy show, its an ensemble cast, they should all get their say. He'll be back in form in the next few weeks I'm sure. I totally buy Alex and Joe as a couple. They are kindered spirits, she sees him for the ass and douch he is and calls him on it. He sees that even thought crap happened to her, she isn't damaged or messed up, she picked herself up and moved on.


@ Delphnick: The writing is not stinking. It wont be like the days when Georgey (your avatar) was there but its not bad at all. The stories are being handled well. The lawsuit was a bit rushed, but it's far from over at this point.
I liked this episode and as Callie said it best, they have moved on, they miss Mark and Lexie but they need to move forward. I just feel sorry that they might not see that money at all. It was a nice twist to have the insurance company find that loophole. It isn't far fetched, I deal with insurers and those people and that rule is absolutely logical. Attendings hold more sway and are expensive so if the insurers would have to have loopholes in the contract. Its normal. The writers and producers research everything and its true.


I'm guessing the doctors won't see a penny of that money. This show is about doctors working hard and struggling, not about doctors becoming multi-millionnaires... Personnally I don't buy the loophole. Is that even a thing that you can't insure 3 attendings on a plane?


Shonda: Can you not give McDreamy better writing and scenes. His scenes were very repetitious. He deserves better.

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