Saturday, May 5, 2012

'Grey's Anatomy' Review - 8.22 Let the Bad Times Roll

        In the newest episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, the residents agonize over their oral boards, reliving every answer they gave during their exams; Arizona's close childhood friend comes to Seattle Grace for medical help; the doctors work on a patient who is missing one third of his skull; Julia asks Mark to start a family with her; and Catherine tells Richard that one of his residents has failed.

My thoughts below in bulleted format - due to the lateness of the review.
  • Overall in this episode, the stories surrounding the residents taking the boards were great why the cases back in Seattle were a little lackluster.
  • I'll talk about the Seattle stories first, I love David DeLuise and Cynthia Watros but I just could not get into their story at all. The premise was fun in that he was missing a chuck of his skull but the delivery just fell flat.
  • Conversely, Arizona's childhood friend Nick appearing was the show's attempt to give Callie & Arizona a compelling story during the final episodes of the season. I approve of giving these two something more to do and I wanted to learn more about Nick and his relationship with Arizona but the show really cut down on their screen time that it was difficult to do so.
  • Lexie's declaration of love to Mark felt eerily familiar to Meredith's famous "Pick Me. Choose Me. Love Me." speech and to the scene where Meredith had to choose between Derek and the vet in season two.
  • Loved the scene where the attendings realized that they had to do their best in order to keep their residents from leaving them and the hospital. This is a great realization to have if we are to believe that the residents are willing to choose to stay instead of going to the other high facility hospitals across the country.
  • Yes, Richard and Catherine are cute together and the scene where they make plans for the future was well done. However, I truly believe that Richard should stay faithful to Adele until things inevitably end.
  • Throughout the entire hour, it felt like the show was building up April to be the resident to fail and thus until the end I thought it was almost too obvious. But on the other hand, her session clearly had the biggest mistakes so it was refreshing that the drama went that way instead of going after one of the other residents for shock value.
  • Although I completely respected the friendship between Jackson and April up until this point, that scene in the bathroom was hot.
  • The interactions between Cristina and her examiner were the best amongst all of the residents and felt in line with her character.
  • Is Meredith's stomach flu not just the stomach flu?