Welcome back to the Grey's Anatomy Round Table!
Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 3 was all about relationship drama at GSMH, giving panelists Krystal Sondel, Stacy Glanzman, Maggie Fremont and Amanda Steinmetz plenty to discuss regarding the fights that went down, Bailey getting the seat on the board, and much more.
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What was your favorite quote or scene from Grey’s Anatomy Season 11 Episode 3?
Krystal: Owen’s apology to Callie. “Maybe my dreams are over…” It was tough to watch, and while not funny like last week’s singing sturgeon, it was an incredibly real moment for the show that was acted so perfectly by Kevin McKidd. Callie’s breakdown towards the end of the episode where she echoed Owen’s words, “I need something good, too” was just as painstakingly powerful.
Stacy: The first scene with Meredith talking to Alex in the shower was pretty funny. I liked her comment about his junk and Jo being lucky. Bailey taking the selfie was funny too.
Maggie: This episode was full of some great arguments and powerful speeches, so it’s tough to choose. I think the most moving scene for me was when Richard shows up at Meredith’s so she can finally confront him and the Maggie situation head on. It’s important to be reminded that Richard lived this whole life before our five interns showed up 10 seasons ago. I also love how layered Richard and Meredith’s relationship is. They’ll really need each other to get through this and I hope they both realize that.
Amanda: “Your junk’s spectacular. Can we get back to me now?” Loved that first scene in the bathroom with Alex and Meredith. I don’t think Alex anticipated that being Meredith’s new person meant he wouldn’t be able to take a shower in peace!
On a scale of 1-5, how shocked were you that Bailey got the seat on the board?
Krystal: I was bummed. I can’t say I was really shocked (maybe a 2), especially since the whole episode seemed to portray Karev in a way where he would win (which usually means the opposite). Bailey is the more logical choice given her seniority and experiences, but I would have liked to see Karev in the Board room!
Stacy: 3.5. I really thought it would go to Alex mostly because it’s an easy way to get him back to the hospital. I assume he’ll still end up getting his job back since he needs something to do on the show. Bailey probably is the better choice though, so I don’t blame them for picking her.
Maggie: I’d say 4. Yes, Bailey makes sense in that position… she’s always been loyal to the hospital and Karev is a loose cannon. However, I stand by my feeling that Karev would have been the more interesting choice and I really thought Grey’s would go that way. I’m interested to see what this loss is going to do to Karev - will it push him over the edge or will he look to prove himself in other ways?
Amanda: Maybe a 3. Bailey obviously deserves it, but Alex would be a much more interesting person to be on the board. I was really hoping it would be him. The question is now that he didn’t get it, what will he do since he lost his job?
Whose fight was the most intense and interesting: Shepherd girl vs. boy, Owen vs. Callie, the McDreamy Team, or Calzona?
Krystal: While Owen and Callie stole the show tonight with their scenes, what I love about Grey’s Anatomy is that it brings real life couple issues to the forefront. Deciding whose career is more important and choosing whether or not you want a child are really tough decisions couples face. Is there ever an easy compromise or does someone always end up getting hurt or resenting the other? Derek and Meredith’s short exchange before the board meeting was extremely intense. It left me speechless like Meredith. Where do they go from here?
Stacy: Shepherd girl vs. boy/McDreamy Team. I’m not sure which one to pick since I think the most intense fight was Derek and Amelia’s, but about Derek and Meredith. Derek was really making me mad in this episode. Owen made me mad also, but at least his explanation/apology was understandable and his intentions are to help wounded vets. Derek is just being a big baby right now. His comment about how he’s never had to take a step back from his career? Well guess what, that’s what happens when you choose to have a family. Cristina knew she would always want to put her career first, which is why she doesn’t want children. Meredith has made sacrifices for their family before, now it’s his turn. He needs to get over it.
Maggie: Dr. Shepherd vs. the Other Dr. Shepherd. I’m so glad Amelia is sticking around! She pushes Derek in a way that no one else can and he needs to be called out on his bullshit from time to time. Amelia isn’t afraid to do that. Get it, girl!
Amanda: Definitely Amelia and Derek. You just knew he would let out all his frustration about Meredith and D.C. on Amelia. I’m glad she stuck up for herself though. Derek was rude to Amelia the entire episode, but I understand it. Meredith definitely backed him into a corner, and now that he decided to stay, she’s mad. He can’t win with her. If he stops lashing out at Amelia, she can be there to support him. He just needs to learn to deal with his marriage troubles without letting it affect his other relationships.
What would you like to see happen next with Maggie?
Krystal: Now that everything is out there, it’s going to take some time for Maggie, Richard and Meredith to find their way together as a family. I hope Maggie can understand where Richard was coming from and his reasons for not telling her right away. She can rock an OR just like her father, so I hope she continues to bring the thunder and not let her vulnerable side prevail.
Stacy: I think she overreacted a little with Richard. I can understand she’s upset and he definitely should have said something sooner, but I don’t think it’s hard to believe he was scared and didn’t know what to say. I wouldn’t automatically assume it means he’s known all along and never wanted her. To be honest, I’m not all that invested in Maggie or this storyline.
Maggie: I’m with Stacy - Maggie’s response to Richard felt like a complete overreaction, and frankly, a little out-of-character (from the little we know about her). I mean, it’s only been a week! Give the dude a little time to process. I have a feeling Mags’ new sis will help her see the light when it comes to Richard.
Amanda: I want to see her forgive Richard. Did anyone else yell at the TV for Richard to tell her that he didn’t about her? I’m not sure why he didn’t. I’m sure Meredith will probably tell her that Richard had no clue she even existed. Richard missed out on having children, so I’d love for them to develop a close bond.
If you could tell Shonda and the writers one thing about this Grey’s Anatomy Season 11 so far, what would it be?
Krystal: Write more time in the OR. The doctor exchanges while in surgery and the medical cases are always a highlight for me.
Stacy: I love Grey’s and I know it’s a soapy drama and mostly about the relationships, but it’s also supposed to be about the crazy cases, too. There was a guy with a tree in his torso and it was completely overshadowed by all of the couples in distress. I wouldn’t mind taking a little break from all the relationship drama. The Callie/Owen/Jackson project has potential for some interesting medical storytelling.
Maggie: I’ve been missing some of my favorite pairings: Alex and Arizona, April and Owen, and Bailey and Derek. I hope those couplings get some storylines together soon. On a positive note, overall I really like Maggie and think she fits in well with our band of merry doctors. I’m looking forward to seeing her getting more involved in all the hospital drama.
Amanda: Like Stacy, I’d love to see more interesting cases. With that in mind, I’d also like to see more impactful patient episodes (ex. Bonnie Cransoff, “Into You like a Train”) and recurring patient characters (ex. Denny Duquette, Rebecca Pope, and William Dunn).