Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Old Time Rock 'N Roll

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Well, Grey's Anatomy, you just keep pulling out all the stops.

There's an important balance that needs to be struck for Grey's Anatomy to work, and this season seems to understand that balance perfectly. It's a balance of humor, emotional moments, sex, and good old fashioned drama.

And Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 4 balances those elements exceptionally well.

Maybe what's even more than that is that everything feels perfectly connected. Owen decides the interns need a hard lesson in learning how to tell someone their loved one has died, but when Meredith finds that out, she takes it personally.

She's been there. She's been given that terrible news, so who better to give the interns in a proper lesson in how to deliver it than her?

When you walk into a room to tell someone that their loved one has died, it's more than just a list of bullet points you've memorized. Yours is the face they will remember for the rest of their life. They were fine before they met you. They picked up their children from school, they made dinner, and they got a call.


More and more, we're seeing the purpose behind Derek's death. It's all making a little more sense. And let's be honest, Meredith is already a more likable character than what she's been in past several seasons. She also expresses that she's moving forward, and you have to admire her strength.

I'm happy, and I never thought I would be again. But I am, and that's all I need.


Grey's Anatomy isn't going to let us get off easily. We're still going to see flashbacks of Derek's death, and that speech from Meredith is reminds us of all of those emotions. But it also shows how much she's changed, and it how tough she is. She's taking her experiences and making them be, at least in some small way, productive.

Unfortunately, it looks like her strength is about to be tested in a very uncomfortable way.

We should have known that Callie's mysterious new girlfriend was going to be someone important. We also should have known that something was going to happen at that dinner party. But yes, everything about this story is connected, and after Meredith tells the interns that the face of the person who breaks that bad news will be a face they'll remember forever, she suddenly has to see that face again.

I do think it's a good move to bring that doctor back into play, since her interactions with Meredith were given so much focus. It's going to be interesting to see where this goes next.

My one major complaint is the music. At first, my problem was simply that the cover songs were weird and felt strange for a show that used to have an amazing soundtrack – a soundtrack that they even re-used in the musical episode as a way to drive home emotional scenes.

Heck, they even re-used some of those songs in Grey's Anatomy Season 11 to make Derek's death and the moments surrounding it that much more powerful.

Now, instead, we've got what feel like random cover songs from various decades and genres that don't always fit the mood. What's worse is that they're distracting to what's actually happening on screen. Sorry, but I can't focus on what Arizona is saying when a cover of Cher's "Believe" is playing a little too loudly over her.

I'll get over the music, for now, though, because I'm loving everything else about Grey's Anatomy these days.

What did you think of this "Old Time Rock 'N Roll"? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Old Time Rock 'N Roll Review

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Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 4 Quotes

Aw sweetie, this is about me. This isn't about you.


How many hours? How many days? How many surgeries have you spent with Edwards? She's been your right hand, so why was it so easy to question her integrity based on the word of a doctor you barely knew?