“Most people hate hospitals. But not the interns. For them, a hospital is a magical place. It’s poetic, the rhythm of the machines, the crackle on the trauma gown, it’s a place full of promise, excitement, surprises. It’s a place where dreams can come true.”
“Love Turns You Upside Down”
Grey’s Anatomy 9×08
Did this almost feel like a pilot episode to anyone else? Cause it sure did to me. One of the things a long running show needs to do every once in a while is integrate new blood, especially when cast members leave. Shows like ER and Law and Order tended to do this pretty seamlessly, but Grey’s Anatomy has had mixed results with this in the past. Several examples: out of the five or six interns from Lexie Grey’s intern class, Lexie (RIP) was the only one who stuck. And do we need to discuss to debacle of the merge with Mercy West? Honestly, that is still a sore subject for many Grey’s fans. Jackson and April are the only characters to survive that, and if you read message boards you would know that many people would be perfectly happy if April wasn’t on the show. So even though we’re supposed to be bonding with this new class of interns, I can’t help but wonder…who do I *really* need to get invested in? Which of these characters will eventually get upgraded to full-time cast members? For me, there are three obvious candidates.
Yep. Those three.
Much like the pilot “A Hard Day’s Night”, this episode revolves around an overnight shift for the new class of interns. All of our familiar and beloved characters, as they are all at least attendings now, take a back seat in the episode. Which made this episode a bit frustrating, depending on how you feel about the interns.
For me, the story line with Smash Williams…erm…Shane Ross. His name is Shane Ross. I WILL stop calling him Smash. Once he gets upgraded to full-time cast member. Shane spent his shift on April’s service, which was “lump and bump” day. Since she is not board certified, April often gets saddled with the grunt work, so Shane was none too thrilled to be stuck examining various gross growths while his fellow interns got to be on cool surgeries. But what makes Shane cool is that eventually he came to realize that he WAS learning from April. April tends to have a good bedside manner, and while she was often grossed out by what she was doing, she stressed the importance of treating the patient like a human being and calming any fears they may have. Shane took this to heart and it paid off for him later in the episode when Callie and Jackson called all the interns in to choose one to assist on Derek’s nerve transplant. Shane was the only one to treat Derek as a patient and NOT as a cool surgery…so he got chosen. And it was all because of what he learned from April…which made him come back to assist her a second day, even when he wasn’t required to.
“I’m here because I want to be. All I ever wanted to be was a surgeon, and now, Torres has chosen me to scrub in on one of the coolest surgeries I’ll ever see because of you. You gave me 27 solo procedures yesterday — at least one of them saved a woman’s life. I’m grateful for this job and I’m grateful to you. I’m hardly slumming it. So I’m going to glove up and help you with your lumps and you’re going to like it.”
I know some people are going to ship Shane/April after that, but I don’t. But I do think that they could be great friends. April needs friends. So…please keep it platonic Shonda. For me.