Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was called “Life During Wartime” and served to officially introduce the new character, Maj. Owen Hunt, to the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital. Owen enters as the trauma resident, since he has so much experience on the battlefield. Other storylines progressed a bit as well, and I was pretty satisfied with this ep overall.
Meredith/Derek: They had surprisingly few scenes together and seemed to be getting along whenever they were in the same room. What is this, like two eps in a row without some stupid fight? This must be a record! Meredith lugged an “Anatomy Jane” doll all over the place, which earned her a spot on Bailey’s surgery team as well as a guilty outpouring from Chief Webber who I guess feels partially responsible for Mer’s lost childhood.
Alex/Izzie: Alex wants Izzie to teach him how to express his feelings. She starts by getting him to admit that he wants their relationship to be exclusive, which he does. So they’re officially a couple now.
Cristina/Owen: Owen runs a “live tissue” lab in which he stabs four anesthetized pigs and has Yang and her interns try to save the animals. Cristina feels this is a complete waste of her time and skills, but Bailey makes her hang in there. Of course, Lexipedia names the pigs, and after spending all day saving them, the doctors — including Yang — become attached. When Owen tells Cristina to pull the plug on the pigs, she can’t do it — until Lexipedia convinces her that it’s for the best.
Erica/Callie/Sloan: Erica starts off the show with some crazy speech about how having sex with Callie is the best thing that ever happened to her. She likens the experience to getting glasses, in that everything is much clearer now that she knows what she’s been missing. She ends her speech by declaring, “I am gay!”
Torres, meanwhile, still goes to Mark for sex because she can’t figure out why she hasn’t had the same epiphany. Maybe she needs to be with men. Mark later convinces her to give Hahn a chance — and to stop sleeping with him since that’s cheating on Erica. Callie agrees, then asks Mark to get a drink with her, as friends. After all, there’s more to him than just sex.
Bailey: Pulled off another amazing surgery and put the smack down on Hahn for being such a negative, condescending bitch all the time.
Lexipedia/George: Lexie was ignoring George at the beginning of the ep, but by the end of her ordeal with the pigs, she was ready to make up. She cooked macaroni and cheese (from the box, not the freezer) as a peace offering, so these two are now back on track.
My Reaction: I thought this was a pretty good episode, as there were lots of little moments that I enjoyed. For example, Cristina and Meredith running through the halls to avoid Owen right at the beginning was hilarious and had me laughing out loud, and I also loved how Mark and Callie are becoming friends. The part where she asked him out for a drink and he realized that she truly appreciates his friendship was definitely an “Aw” moment.
Izzie and Alex are my favorite couple on the show right now — by far. I hope that by opening up to Izzie, this marks the beginning of the end of Alex’s asshole period. He needs to quit being such a jerk to her and start addressing his real feelings.
Speaking of real feelings, what’s with Grey’s mother’s diaries? Wasn’t she a world-class surgeon who spent 20 hours a day at the hospital? When the hell did she have all that free time to fill up a cardboard box with diaries?
At any rate, there might be hope for this show after all! This is the second good ep in a row in what has been a surprisingly decent season. I can’t wait for next week!