Thursday, April 5, 2012

'Grey's Anatomy' Review - 8.18 The Lion Sleeps Tonight

        In the newest episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, a lion breaks loose in Seattle, leaving a couple's lives at risk; Lexie overhears Mark's discussion about moving in with Julia; Teddy begins to take steps towards coming to terms with Henry's death; Callie grills Arizona on her past lovers; and Alex requests to be taken off Morgan's baby case when she becomes too dependent on him. Meanwhile, Meredith tries to be a support for Cristina as the tension between her and Owen hits a boiling point.

        The cases on this show always tend to parallel the situations that the various doctors are going through. So when we saw Teddy at a grief meeting and were then introduced to her patients it was obvious that one of the happy elderly couple would die in the hour. I would have honesty picked the husband to be the one since he was the one with the surgery and she felt bursting with joy. It was great to see the show once again feature Teddy's wonderful grieving story after putting it on the back burner for quite a handful of episodes.
        Alex sure can be a jerk sometimes (and didn't really need the pep talk from Jackson to tap into the side) but that was exactly what this story with Morgan needed right now. If we had to sit through another hour of these two being in puppy love, the story would have felt static. The fact that the Morgan had to now think about allowing natural death gives this story more gravitas and realism and hopefully comes to a bigger in the next hour.
        The whole lion story did feel a little out there in terms of reality but I do have to recall that these circumstances do actually exist - which is crazy but true. However, the overall story allowed for some interactions between Richard & Jackson and Meredith & Derek. I don't recall Jackson ever having so blatantly terrible bedside manner with his patients.
        Sandra Oh is still fantastic at giving a scene by herself without having to say a single word. The tension between her and Owen is so palpable bad that their silence towards the other is exactly what the story needs at this stage in development - before everything hits the fan next week! The fact that Cristina didn't tell Meredith all of the details of the situation was unique and made the impact of Owen blurting it out even more powerful. Plus who thinks that Bailey will have more to say about the situation - at least she should, she hasn't had a story in forever!

Side Notes:
  • We all know that Mark won't move in with Julia because the show has never made fans want to root for them. Why even try to bring it up when we never get to see or get to know her as a character?
  • Likewise, why is the show so constantly teasing Mark-Lexie! Put them together or not but make a firm decision soon and stick to it that way both characters can move past it and actually grow as characters.
  • Is Callie & Arizona's story here suppose to be the start of a small arc for them over these last few episodes or what? I'm not too sure on why we needed it here.