It’s been a heck of a long wait, but Grey’s Anatomy finally returned with a new episode on Thursday night called “Where the Wild Things Are”! I know I’ve been down on Season 4 for the most part, but there’s no question that I missed this show while it was off the air, so I was very happy to get back into the swing of things. I didn’t watch a single rerun during the writers’ strike and therefore forgot nearly everything that was going on before. Fortunately, it didn’t take very long to get back into the swing of things.
Most of the episode focused on a competition that the Core Four (Meredith, Izzie, Cristina, and Alex) were having whereby they received a certain number of points for performing various tasks. For example, a suture was worth one point, observing a surgery was worth three, and solving a medical mystery was worth 80.
Apparently, the contest had been going on for two weeks already, during which time they all lived at the hospital in order to be on hand the minute something good went down.The winner — Meredith — ended up receiving a sparkly pager giving her first dibs on any surgery that passes through Seattle Grace for the next three months.
Here’s what else happened:
Meredith: She’s currently seeing the hospital psychiatrist because she hasn’t been able to sleep in five weeks. She doesn’t want to believe that the problem is Derek’s new relationship with Rose, but the signs are all there. On the professional front, she lost her mind and joyfully exclaimed, “Tumor!” when one of her patients ended up suffering from more than just a hand wound, and then she made up for it by potentially discovering a way to treat that kind of inoperable brain tumor. Of course, she needs Derek’s help to run the clinical trials, so….
Cristina Cristina is still trying to figure out a way to get Hahn to like her, but hasn’t been able to make any headway. Meanwhile, Hahn is now Callie’s new BFF, and they sit and socialize in Cristina’s apartment — while excluding her from their gossip sessions.
Derek/Rose/Sloan: Derek and Rose are still going strong, much to the amazement of Sloan. He’s especially baffled by the fact that Derek spends so much time with Rose despite not having slept with her yet. Sloan thought that he and Derek would be hitting the bars and picking up women together, so he’s very disappointed with the latest developments. As for Rose, she inadvertently lets it slip that she “loves” Derek at a time when Meredith happened to be within earshot.
Lexie/George: They moved into a roach-infested apartment together, with George complaining about it the whole time. Lexie decided to try to make the most of the situation by stealing stuff from the hospital to decorate and furnish the apartment with. George ends up appreciating the effort, so he vows to stop complaining so much and just enjoy things for a change.
Izzie: Made yet another huge misstep by putting a patient through $120,000 worth of painful, unnecessary tests all in the hopes of uncovering some hidden ailment so she could win the competition. The Chief chastised her a little bit, but not nearly as much as she deserved.
Alex: Didn’t do much of anything this week. He did have one nice scene with the Chief, where he refused to accept the “underdog” label, insisting that all he does is try to make the most out of whatever hand he’s dealt.
My Reaction: This was not a great episode, but it was a lot better than most of the stuff that has gone before it here in Season 4. I loved seeing Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, and Alex competing with each other again. That was such a key element to the success of Season 1 and Season 2, in my opinion, so it was great to see that aspect back again.
I find Meredith and Derek to be infinitely more likable when they’re not a couple. I didn’t roll my eyes at them once during the entire ep, which is a good sign for sure! Hopefully, they’ll stay separated at least for a little while longer. I have a feeling that creator Shonda Rhimes thinks of them as the show’s super couple, so her ultimate plan is probably to have them together, but for now, I’m glad they’re broken up.
Izzie… what is going on with her? She has fallen so far in the past two seasons that I’m really having a hard time believing she’s still a doctor. I don’t follow GA gossip in the tabloids or anything, so tell me: does Katherine Heigl want out of her contract so she can pursue film roles? It seems that the writers don’t know what to do with Izzie at this point, and they’re letting her stagnate just to make it easier to get rid of her later on. Who knows, though.
Anyway, I’m happy that Grey’s is back, and I can’t wait to see what happens next week when Addison returns for a visit!