Friday, October 17, 2008

Grey's Anatomy: Brave and New, Indeed

So I know I said the other day that I was going to blog during class. Fear not—I was not actually paying attention to my professor, but some other, more important things came up. Like picking off all my nail polish.

Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t important things to be blogging about. There are, and let’s get to them.

Last night’s Grey’s was amazing.

It was written by my favorite Grey’s writer, Debora Cahn, a West Wing transplant who was the only one who could bring the banter after Aaron Sorkin left. As an aside, when I met the West Wing crew a few years back, I asked a producer if she’d written the episode we were watching being filmed; he said Debora Cahn (who had written the ep) was John Spencer’s favorite post-Sorkin writer, too. Everyone loves her; she is amazing.

Most importantly, “Brave New World” was funny. The theme was beautifully executed across the stories. Sure, the season premiere’s theme was “happily ever after,” but when you only have, like, two stories working for you, it’s pretty easy to follow the theme. Easy, but boring. This episode had so many stories—all of which were great and perfectly did that whole Grey’s Anatomy mirroring-of-the-doctors’-lives thing. It was obvious, but it wasn’t OH MY GOD MY HUSBAND CHEATED ON ME WITH MY BEST FRIEND SO WATCH OUT ‘CAUSE YOUR BOYFRIEND IS GOING TO CHEAT ON YOU WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND MEREDITH GREY.

I’m really feeling for Lexie. She’s in an unenviable situation, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Boys really are clueless, aren’t they?

Derek and Meredith—again, this is the kind of drama I can live with. I love that he gave her the trailer to be her and Cristina’s girl-friendly getaway place—AKA “Dermatology.” Even that whole thing—about the pampered docs up in Derm—wasn’t nauseating, which I thought it would be.

And Meredith’s hair looked amazing.

Alex finally took credit for his douchebaggery, which was appreciated by me AND Izzie. That’s not to say that he’s totally off the hook, but I think we all needed to hear him say aloud that he’s taking it out on Izzie because he knows she’ll still be there once he figures his shit out.

George was GREAT, passing his intern exam and being a fantastic practitioner in the meantime. That kid was my favorite patient in a long time, and he facilitated one of the best moments of the whole episode: “Hey, where’d that guy’s face go?”

Love.

But the real winner last night, hands down, was Doctor. Miranda. Bailey.

That speech about finding the embassy and politely demurring if you find you don’t care for the local cuisine was by far the most amazing Grey’s moment in the history of Grey’s.

Oh. My. God.

Mae went so far as to say that last night’s Grey’s was her favorite hour of episodic television so far this season. If I hadn’t liked The Office’s “Weight Loss” so damn much, I’d probably be inclined to agree with her.

Next week’s Grey’s is “There’s No ‘I’ In Team,” in which there’s some kind of big domino procedure, but the real drama is that Derek’s getting all the credit for the clinical trial. There’s a promo pic that (seemingly) shows Meredith opening a present from Derek, and they sure seem like they’re on good terms by the end of the episode. I’m not worried. Here’s the pic:



In the meantime, I’m anxiously awaiting the new podcast. If you don’t listen to these, head to ABC.com to have a listen. They’re kind of terrible in terms of podcasts, and definitely terrible in terms of making Shonda Rhimes seem like a pleasant person. Last week, Shonda and Betsy Beers spent the entire podcast talking about how proud they were of their biblical metaphor episode. Did you catch that? ‘Cause I didn’t. Y’all, this is Grey’s Anatomy, not Lost. You are the lowest common denominator of television. We watch it for the pretty people, not for its thought-provoking rethinking of the story of Job. Stop being pretentious. If I heard the word “lovely” one more time, I was going to hop on a plane and slap someone.

I’ll be interested to listen to this podcast, though, because, unlike last week’s episode, I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s.

Grey’s is back, people!

2 Responses to “Grey's Anatomy: Brave and New, Indeed”

Pamela Jaye said...

which biblical metaphor?
oh wait.
I got a little lost with Abby from ER reciting from what sounded like Job. It wasn't the same week though.

I can NOT listen to the podcasts (and I skipped a whole ssectipn of your review - as I like to leave next week for next week) Shonda is too self congratlatory. i used to agree with her but i was helped to see the light when she "broke the rules on television, people" and "killed" Mer (whose hair really *did* look good this week, and as a straight woman, let me tell you that Mer looking pretty in an ep is very important! Mer acting smart is very cool too. I'm not sure where the "acting" smart part fits on the cool scale)

I have a daily google news alertfor Shonda. I'm trying to ignore the spoiler it sent me the other day. I don't always read it. Today I did and you were in it.
Nice review. Thanks for the info on Debora (whose blof is boring this week) and hope you got your nails done. :-)

Pamela Jaye said...

PS - I totally missed the sleeping with your best friend metaphor. Maybe I didn't thinkit was something Derek would do, as much of an ass as I think he is sometimes.