Saturday, May 3, 2008

Grey's Anatomy: The Return of Addison and, Y'Know, the Plot

The first thing that struck me about Thursday night’s Grey’s Anatomy is that...it was funny. I laughed out loud multiple times, which is a rarity for any Grey’s episode, but particularly one I’m watching at three in the morning.

Mark’s God complex about his silly skin flap? So funny. [Mark: “Is that a euphemism?” ::Dies::]

The blatantly metaness of Meredith, Derek, Addison, Mark, and Rose in the elevator together? Hilarious. [As I listed those names, my first instinct was to type Jack and Kate. This blog may be about Grey’s Anatomy, but this weekend at least, my heart belongs to Lost.]

What really takes the cake, though, is undeniably the exchange between Callie, Meredith, and Cristina regarding BFFs being confused for lovers.

Callie: “Did anyone think you two were a couple?”
Meredith: “No. Because we screw boys like whores on tequila.”
Cristina: “And then we either try to marry them or drown ourselves.”

That’s, like, one of those almost-too-soon jokes, like when I wanted to go to a costume party dressed up as this girl who drank herself into expulsion. It’s funny ‘cause it’s true.

I can’t even explain how happy I am that Meredith is making positive changes in her life. Losing Derek—at least temporarily—seems to be the best thing that could have happened to her. I also love how this episode kind of tampered with her progress in a great way—Meredith’s making slow but steady progress with her therapist, but it’s Addison who gives her a swift kick in the don’t-let-Derek-go direction.

Let’s say an official farewell to the Derek/Addison ship. She peaced for California without any real closure to that relationship, and I was quite grateful to see it in this episode—even if the scene didn’t even include McDreamy. [PS, snaps for Addison and her “Is the Mc thing over?”] Addison’s goodbye to Meredith showed not only Addie’s acceptance of the Derek/Meredith relationship, but her respect for Meredith. She creates an Early Season 2 : Late Season 4 analogy, in which Addison : Meredith :: Meredith : Rose. I can’t recall right now, but I’m willing to bet that Addison used to the term “doe-eyed” to refer to Meredith at the beginning of that story arc. Except she pushed Meredith to do what she couldn’t—hold onto him.

Whereas last week’s episode merely entertained me, this week’s really moved the story along and make me crack up laughing. It had all the trappings of a classically good Grey’s episode—humor (as noted), patient drama beautifully mirroring doctor drama, and emotional plot development. I’m legitimately intrigued to see how all of the stories turn out, not just the Derek/Meredith crap.

Like the Jane Doe/Rebecca/Ava craziness! I’ve pretty much been with Mae this whole time on ending her storyline—she’s boring, y’all. So if she has to stay around, then this way is definitely the best choice—make her crazy fake-pregnant. Having her be for-reals pregnant would be awfully lame and oh-so-typical, especially for Grey’s, so this little twist is exciting. Does she really think she’s pregnant? (Why would she allow bloodwork to be taken if she knew for a fact that she’s not?) Or is she really crazy and just trying to trap Alex? I don’t know but I can’t wait to find out!

Also, I think as soon as he figures it out, Rebecca’s going to be officially out of the picture, much to Mae’s relief.

Maybe Rebecca will turn out to be, like, one of those women who so desperately wants a baby that she pretends to be pregnant until she, like, physically can’t anymore, and then she’ll, like, STEAL ONE from the hospital and pretend like it’s her own.

That hasn’t been done on Grey’s yet and would be freakin’ crazy. And Rebecca getting carted off to jail for babynapping would be a really effective way to write her off the show...

[Babynapping! Jack and Kate! Aaron! Okay, I’m done.]

I am also enjoying the story exploitation of the tension between George and the interns and George and the residents. As I recall, only Lexie knows that George is repeating his intern year, no? So then how come nobody gets curious as to why the residents let George eat lunch with them every day?

Also, remember how awkward it was when Bailey came to Meredith’s house party and caught Derek and Meredith having Car!Sex? This episode put a nice spin on that season one episode, showing Izzie awkwardly encroaching upon George’s intern friend base. It made me think about Bailey, mostly, and how, quite frankly, our beloved interns-turned-residents are way more awesome than she was as a boss. ‘Cause, seriously, can you imagine Meg or Izzie or Alex or even Cristina freaking out on one of their interns for having Car!Sex with an attending? Maybe it’s just because they made it through, perhaps, a year of extraordinary amounts of inter-office sex, but I sincerely believe that any of them would just roll their eyes and then avert them. Sure, Bailey’s all about the tough-love attitude, but she really is a Nazi, y’all.

Last but not least...is Hahn a lesbian? I think she’s a big lesbian! T’would explain her (let’s face it) irrational aversion to Mark. Just accept the fact that he’s slept with everyone in the hospital and take your turn, woman! Also, that was a pretty lascivious look she shot Callie there. Poor Callie for misinterpreting Hahn’s friendship. Poor Hahn for misinterpreting Callie’s sexuality. Callie should try to set up a threesome with Hahn and Mark, because that seems pretty win-win-win to me. HA! Mark.

Okay, that's it. I apologize for this blog being an organizational nightmare. My brain has been addled by Jack/Kate kissing, Jack/Kate living together, Jack/Kate sex, Jack/Kate family, and Jack/Kate engagement all being made canon in the span of one hour. I’ve officially lost my mind.

4 Responses to “Grey's Anatomy: The Return of Addison and, Y'Know, the Plot”

mistopher said...

No all the interns know that George is a repeat because Alex told everyone one day in the elevator

Caroline Carter said...

THAT'S RIGHT! Thank you, I had completely forgotten about that... Thanks, writer's strike.

Anonymous said...

ARGH SPOILER. I haven't gotten around to watching last week's Lost...I thought this was a Grey's Anatomy entry, so I kept reading. Thanks for spoiling the Jack/Kate stuff for me, much appreciated.

Mae Vaughan said...

... I guarantee you that Caro's sorry about that one. Jate Day kind of made us all go temporarily retarded for about 4 straight days. Again though, we kind of consider anything fair game for discussion anywhere in the blog once it's aired. Still, apologies.

I will say though, that I was spoiled before that Lost ep aired in EVERY WAY. Like I stumbled on a recap by the Canadians just a few hours before it aired here, so they ruined my surprise. And, for the record, it didn't make any second of that Jate hour less enjoyable. Hopefully you had the same outcome :)