Thursday, October 4, 2012

'Grey's Anatomy' Review - 9.02 Remember the Time

        On the newest episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, the doctors flashback and return to the site of the plane crash and watch as each doctor tries to cope with the heartache and injuries caused by the crash; and, back at Seattle Grace, everyone struggles to find a bit of normalcy amidst the chaos.

        Last season's plane crash has really made this show go through a wonderful creative resurgence this year. After being on the air for nine years, it can be very difficult for a show to still be relevant and game-changing. This episode proved that this show has a ton of fight and story still in it and knows exactly how reinvent each character while still keeping them the same human beings. The premiere was excellent but I think this episode definitely topped it. What I also see as refreshing is the fact that the characters aren't just brushing off the crash and they are so self-referential to all of the tragedy that has happened to them over the past nine seasons. That also made Meredith's closing voice-over to be so poignant.
        Sandra Oh has always been best actor on this show and she continued to bring perfectly tonight with her eyes and the way she delivered her heart-wrenching lines in the tub completely monotone. That scene was chilling (but poor, poor Lexi!). But Oh wasn't that only person to bring their "A" game this episode, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and most especially Jessica Capshaw came out in full force as well. Every Arizona was pure perfection from her resentment towards Alex and to her pleading to Callie to promise her that she will not take away her leg. The fact that Callie so matter-of-factly ordered the amputation was riveting and broke my heart - even though I knew they were building up to that because of last week's premiere. The argument between Meredith and Derek on whether to stay or go was also highly entertaining. Throughout the episode, the show also proved that the ongoing arc of Derek's hand injury will be more than just a rehash of Burke in season three.
        Unfortunately, the stuff between Jackson and April and any of the lines coming from the new interns felt unnecessary and a distraction from the rest of the high-emotion episode. Those aspects are still fairly new to the series. So, I really haven't warmed up to either of them yet which irritated me here because I just wanted to see the emotions play off between the doctors and the relationships we have come to cherish over the years.

So what did everyone think of the episode? Was it nice to fill in some of the holes from the time leap? Were you laughing so much when Bailey referenced Lost? Share your thoughts in the comments.