Grey's Anatomy seemed to dig deep into the relationship turmoil as much as it dug into the bloody surgeries this week on "Do You Believe in Magic."
And yet, while there were some interesting things that took place, I wouldn't say this was the most magical of episodes. I mean, the episode started off with a girl cut in half, although I guess you could argue that seeing Patrick Dempsey in a tiara could certainly make up for the messy cases that took place.
I couldn't help but laugh at the magician love triangle and chainsaw box dilemma that got things going. It seemed goofy and over the top, and I instantly thought of Arrested Development when the magician corrected his partner that it's an illusion, not a trick. The same could be said for not revealing the secrets. I'm surprised no doves were involved.
Rather it was the Arizona and new doctor Lauren flirting that proved fun and interesting. Just the demeanor from Arizona's almost shyness to Lauren's smiles and comment about how there's only one Arizona provided something that was entertaining to watch. It's certainly a different dynamic for the Arizona and Callie relationship, especially since the two have gotten past the leg problem that was slowly tearing them apart.
I was also glad that Arizona explained that she was married, rather than trying to hide it, so it didn't take away from her love to Callie. That said, I'm curious as to how the possible love triangle might play out. If it even turns out to be one at all.
As for a love triangle I'm less interested in, I'm not as on board with Jackson and the intern. Sure, they've had some problems with him forgetting her and then they made up, but there still seems to be something strong between Jackson and April. I really feel like no matter how hard they fight it, those two are going to end up back together. I guess it's just a question of how long the writers want to keep them apart.
Which is interesting to think about Owen and Cristina in whether they can last as a couple. They seem to be the strongest and are entertaining to watch, but I can't help but feel like we haven't seen the last major bump in the road.
Of course, with his bonding with Ethan, followed by dealing with Ethan taking his grandmother's sleeping pills, I keep wondering if Owen is going to be placed in a position to adopt. Is that a possibility the show might take and if so would it cause a huge rift in his relationship? The season has certainly been playing up his desire for children, so would he actually pick Cristina in the end?
It was rather interesting to see Bailey locked up in the lab room furiously testing herself over and over. She still feels majorly responsible for the deaths of her patients, and Bailey being Bailey, means doing everything independently.
I'm glad Ben finally showed up to be there for her, as he was obviously the one that would get her to open the doors. I couldn't help but think that every time someone came to the door to speak with her it felt like listening to someone leaving a voicemail. Definitely a unique silent treatment given towards the other doctors.
Alex was sort of in a similar situation of trying to avoid people, but pretty much just Jo. It was like everywhere he turned, she was there. It must have been tremendously awkward for him, especially because he can't seem to get over her.
Yet, it was a major "whoa" moment in the last scene when Alex got all grumpy at her and Jo turned her head to reveal some physical abuse to her face. I was not expecting that at all.
Now was that her boyfriend who did that? What the heck happened? I wonder how this will play into potentially pushing those two closer together, but I'd rather see them come together because they want to, not because she needs saving or protection. I wouldn't doubt if Alex got into a physical altercation with Jo's boyfriend.
This was an OK episode of Grey's Anatomy that did provide some good moments and has me wondering with the home stretch of episodes, where all the relationships are going to end up. Will they be a magical and happily ever after ending or turn out to be more like a trick gone horribly wrong?
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