Everything was going so well.
It was refreshing and little surprising how well Grey's Anatomy Season 12 started. Then Penny came along.
On Grey's Anatomy Season 12 Episode 7 we continue to see how Penny's presence affects Meredith, and the tone changes dramatically.
Of course, Penny isn't the only new character to arrive. There's also the mysterious Dr. Riggs, who Owen, apparently, has a strong reason to hate.
These things combined make for an episode that's heavier than what we've recently become accustomed. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, the more dramatic stories have become a little too redundant. Add to that the fact that Amelia worries over whether or not she's been racist.
I'm on board with anything that helps us see Meredith's character develop, and that was my initial reaction in terms of Penny's character showing up in the first place. But "Something Against You" feels repetitive, despite the fact that Meredith is taking a different approach with Penny altogether.
It really might have been more useful, and more realistic, to have Penny be on someone else's service rather than see her be forced to work with Meredith twice in a row.
The other thing that's repetitive, and painfully so at this point, is April and Jackson. I keep hoping to see resolve – one way or another – so that we can all move on. Maybe that's the case with the way the episode ends, since the two of them actually manage to end up in bed together.
All that said, there really is a lot to love about what's going on, particularly with Owen. Something about Riggs is bringing up Owen's nightmares again, which is something so central to his character that we haven't dealt with in a while. One of the interns walks in on him while he's sleepwalking and freaking out, and you can help but remember Cristina in that moment.
But the best thing that happens comes from Meredith's loyalty to Owen on behalf of Cristina.
I made a promise to Cristina that I wouldn't let you go dark and twisty. That I'd be your person if you needed one.Meredith
Owen won't tell her what happened with Riggs, so Meredith simply asks whether or not she's supposed to hate him. Owen answers clearly that she is.
Hopefully, we'll find out why soon. I'd love to see more focus on Owen.
I'd also love to see more focus on Alex, who again feels like a supporting character more than anything else.
Meanwhile, Arizona has finally decided to try dating again, but she's having trouble finding a wing-man. Richard overhears that she wants to go to a trivia night, and insists on tagging along. It's only after they arrive together that he learns why Arizona really wanted to go out.
Richard's willingness to jump right in and be her wing-man is priceless. He doesn't even think twice about it. Instead, he starts asking about her preferences. This has got to be my favorite scene, and it adds some much needed comic relief.
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