“Remember the Time”
Grey’s Anatomy 9 x 02
“This is a place where horrible things happen. You were right to go. You’re probably escaping disaster. Look at me. I practically grew up here, and you’re right, it’s hurt me in ways I’ll probably never get over. I have a lot of memories of people. People I’ve lost forever. But I have a lot of other memories too. This is the place where I fell in love. The place where I found my family. This is where I learned to be a doctor. Where I learned how to take responsibility for someone else’s life. And it’s the place where I met you. So I figure this place has given me as much as it’s taken away from me. I’ve lived here as much as I’ve survived here. It just depends on how I look at it. I’m gonna choose to look at it that way, and remember you that way. Hope you’re good. Bye.”
This week we flashed back to more of the immediate aftermath of the plane crash that ended Season 8 and it took us up to the events that happened in last week’s premiere. I thought the way they did it was fantastic. We only saw flashes of their time in the woods, and we saw the full picture through Cristina’s BRILLIANT monologue in the bathtub. That was all we needed. I saw everything that happened through her words and her glassy-eyed, dead inside, soulless delivery. I can’t get over the fact that Sandra Oh doesn’t have an Emmy for this role. It’s a travesty.
Can we talk about the amazingness that is Meredith Grey for a second? Because she is freaking awesome. What I have loved about these post plane crash episodes is how they all reacted exactly in character. And Meredith is a ROCK. You would think after all she has been though that she would become this bitter, angry, dark and twisty person (much like how she was in the early seasons) but she has become the opposite. She is strong and brave in the face of adversity. She is the one who keeps everyone together. She has come SO FAR from her tequila drinking “Pick me. Choose me. Love me. ” days. Basically, she’s my hero. And I LOVED her for telling off Cristina right before she left for Minnesota.
And of COURSE Cristina reacted to the crash the way she did. Cristina, who puts up such a brash facade, is scared of EVERYTHING. She runs away from her problems. She shuts off all of her emotions. We’ve seen her do this before…when Burke was shot. When Meredith almost died. After the mass shooting at the hospital. She is GREAT while things are happening (continuing to operate on Derek with a gun to her head, clearly being the fierce protector in the woods), but afterwards she shuts down. I’m not saying she’s weak, because she is not. She just has trouble dealing with her emotions and opening herself up to how they make her feel.
I loved Owen for how gentle and caring he was with her, especially considering the state their marriage was in before the crash. I mean if anyone knows how to handle PTSD, it’s him. I’m very curious to know the current state of their relationship, because they haven’t outright stated what it is in these first two episodes. Are they still married? Do they communicate at all with her being in Minnesota? This episode definitely showed that they spent time together while Cristina was healing, but she still chose to leave. But I still imagine Cristina will be back in Seattle by November sweeps, so I can’t wait to see what happens.
Ugh. That’s all I have to say about that.
Confession: Arizona is probably my least favorite character on the show. For someone who called Alex out for being selfish, I have ALWAYS found her to be incredibly selfish (Um, hello running off to Africa, and then returning expecting Callie to welcome her with open arms). I understand that she is angry and she is hurting and looking for someone to blame. And sure, it is easy to play the “what if” game and blame Alex Karev for the situation she is in. But this was WAY HARSH. It physically hurt me to hear her call him out for having no one and say that he is a horrible person, despite her mentorship. Because Alex HAS changed. He’s a better doctor because of his work with Arizona. He is a good person when he is not hiding behind his douchebag sleeping with the interns persona.
Clearly, I have a soft spot for Alex Karev. I wonder what that says about me? (Answer: I’m all about the “my love will heal him” characters.)
Shallow note: Sara Ramirez looks AMAZING this season. Getting married clearly agrees with her.
I love that Mark Sloan had such a dignified exit from the show. He was a character that was easy not to take seriously, and only when he leaves do we see the impact he had on the other characters. I was devastated that he didn’t get to see his daughter again before he slipped into that final coma. But Mark died knowing he had loved and WAS loved. It killed me how the Chief (I will ALWAYS call Webber that, even though he isn’t the Chief anymore) made sure that Mark set up his will and that he stayed by Mark’s side to the very end. Ugh. He will be missed.
Overall, this was a very powerful episode. I didn’t ugly cry like I did last week, but I was just as blown away by the quality of the acting and writing. We’re off to a very solid start for season 9. I hope they keep it up.
We’re on hiatus next week for the stupid Vice Presidential Debate. Boo election season.
Yeah, I said it. AND I’M NOT EVEN SORRY.