Grey's Anatomy Review: Phantoms and Flying

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Grey’s Anatomy aired "Walking on a Dream this week, an episode that brought a new face to the hospital, while also offering a setback for Arizona - along with a big step forward for Mer. Let’s discuss, shall we?

Phantom Limbs. Arizona has been dealing with Phantom Limb Syndrome, something that makes you feel pain in an amputated limb. Can you imagine? Not only was she in a plane crash, but she lost her leg and now she is feeling pain in something that is not even there?!? Luckily, she has Owen to help her.

Dr. Hunt in Action

It was seriously enjoyable to see Owen in an arc that wasn’t related to Yang. Although I am a fan of the Cristina/Owen ship, it’s still important that they have their own stories. Kevin McKidd was great in this one. Even better? Jessica Capshaw. She has been playing this character amazingly since the plane crash. Such emotion, such drama. Love it!

The Claws Are Out! Meet Dana Gordon Alana, the financial advisor who has come to keep Seattle Grace to help keep the doors open. The character, played by Constance Zimmer of Entourage fame, is not super nice and even kind of shady.

Her job is to find ways to cut costs, meaning she wants to close the ER. She also has a weird way of handling Webber, who was a former teacher of hers. Anyone else notice that?

The worst thing to come out of her visit was the remark from Bailey. The docs don’t want to shut down the ER, but Bailey realizes they need to listen so they can keep their jobs. Not all of them have a few million to fall back on. Burn!

Looks like things are about to get tense between our favorite surgeons.

Mer and Cristina Looking Concerned

No Shipping Tonight. There wasn’t too much going on between any of the couples, except for the ridiculous cuteness between Mer and Der. Sometimes this series goes overboard with the relationship drama, but without it, the show felt a little empty. 

The only bit of shipping to go on was Jackson shutting down with Stephanie after the mention of April. On the other side of the hospital, Kepner was getting asked out by the adorable paramedic. Seriously, that girl has some luck!

Side Notes:

  • Meredith got on a plane and flew! She deserves some credit for that.
  • How funny was Yang fighting for the Africa program?
  • My vote goes to Ross for favorite intern! Who’s yours?
  • Derek operated! McDreamy is back!

Overall, an okay episode. Not every hour can be great, I get that. But this one felt a little dull. I guess for a show that has bombs, plane crashes and shooters, a slow episode isn’t too bad.

What did you think of “Walking on a Dream?” Did it fall a little short or was it as good as you expect from the veteran series? Sound off below and let us know what you thought. Don’t forget to check back for the Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. For now, here's next week's promo.

Until next week, Grey’s fans!


Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (247 Votes)

This epi was good. I'm glad that Jessica Capshaw was able to get a nice meaty epi on Arizona. I thought she did a great job. I did miss Callie!!! That's my girl!
Dr Bailey was awesome. That's the doc I grew to love. She doesnt blame the other docs. At the end of the day she has to be concerned with her livelihood. The hospital gets such down she wont have a job. She merely suggested that those complaining be a part of the solution and not the problem. Everybody knew it was best to shut up than take on the Nazi!
Love Owen for wanting to help Arizona and love Christina's sarcastic mouth!

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I think Bailey was a little out of line! She has no idea what it was like to be on that plane, in the wilderness for days,seeing a loved one die and Mark in pain, as well as Derek and Arizona. She did not lose a leg and have many painful surgeries on her had and she did not have PTSD. She also does not realized that they think it is blood money!
How on earth does April get the hotties? WOW!


i got where Bailey was coming from and it shut Derek up as he was being downright condescending and rude to the adviser and wasn't helping the situation with his commentary. as for the survivors feeling guilty, I do think there should be some guilt coming if they find out why the hospital had to pay had to do with Arizona taking Alex's place. Should they no but they need to shut their traps as at the end of the day they sit pretty good compare (monetary wise) to their fellow colleagues. Derek was being rude so unless he had another alternative other than shutting others down, he needs to just sit there and look cute. I like April teaching Stephanie who unfortunately I think due to her relationship with Jackson has turn into a school girl. As for Webber being fired, Adele died last month something the adviser is not aware of, so I doubtful Owen would take her recommendation on that as she wasn't aware of Arizona's disability.


Thank you mate. I wasn't expecting support, I'm pleasantly surprised. ;)


@Lucy that was a mean and horrible thing to say to Ninna. You should apologize. What you said was rude. @Ninna she probably won't apologize for her ignorance but I will do it for her. I am so sorry she has spoken to you in this manner. You did a great job typing English. It was clear and concise. Thanks for your comment.


Thank you ;)


Sorry, my comment got cut.
Last part of the last sentence was : but closing the hospital or having one or more of them losing their job would probably be at least as horrible. ---
Btw I second Ninna on the whole don't judge other people's english in here. (and her english was pretty good) For some of us here, english isn't our first language ;) And if you're going to criticize someone else's english, at least post a comment about the episode while doing so?


I, for one, really liked the lack of relationship drama. I like drama as much as the next fan, but sometimes I feel like Grey's is going a little too far for me. This episode was really good, great character development, Arizone was as awesome as ever and Capshaw is doing a veeery good job. I liked seeing Owen without the whole Cristina drama (as much as I love Cristina) And I do understand where Bailey is coming from. She's not really angry at those who got the money/the survivors but she just doesn't see an easy way out of the financial problems for the hospital and they were offered one where none of them lost their jobs! So they should be happy for that, at least. (though I'm still wondering why the hell the advisor didn't talk about firing Webber, that would have seem logical even though I like his character, he's not doing much) (and I know he was her teacher, but still) It's horrible to cut the ER, but closing the hospital or having one or more of them losing their job would probably be at least as horrible.


Ah, and by the way I was not speaking I was writing. How come a person so perfect like you didn't notice that?


As you're the Pinnacle of the of knowledge, I would dare to challenge you to comment in my own language. Do you think you're able?
Moderate your arrogance, please. We don't need here someone who barks when doesn't have arguments.
You're right, there ought to be a law against such pageantry. Se não conseguires entender o que acabei de escrever manda um e-mail que eu faço um desenho, OK?

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