Well, that last episode brought a little bit of holiday cheer, didn’t it? I know we’ve been at this too long to think that all their problems are over, but at least it seems they’re off to a good start toward reconciliation. Apparently, both Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd were telling the truth that the divorce proceedings were ultimately a good thing for their relationship – a way for them to start afresh.
Since the origin of their relationship, whenever Owen and Cristina started to drift apart, Owen has usually been the driving force in trying to get them back together – whether it’s because he’d made a mistake or because he needed to remind Cristina that their relationship was worth saving. However, in our current situation, it’s really Cristina who is laying the cards on the table and wanting to try again. In the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sandra talked about how it’s no longer about fighting their way back to each other but a coming together and rewriting of their relationship.
Now, not everything is going to be solved instantly just because of this kiss. But this has been their first physically intimate action since Cristina ran off to Mayo. And that means something. It means that the attraction is still there, no matter how hard Owen struggles to pretend there isn’t. But as he mentioned in an earlier episode, they want different things – namely children. At least, right now, they’ve both admitted – verbally or otherwise – that they are on the same page regarding wanting each other. But, as we all know, that isn’t always enough when it comes to being able to build a future together when each person has a different idea as to what that future looks like.
I think, if we are to continue down this path that we’ve been set up with, it will be interesting to see how their reunion comes about this time around. This is, of course, assuming that a reunion is the end goal. But the fact that Shonda has called this the season of romance and that it’d really just be a waste for these two not to end up together, I’m pretty confident that it is.
Natalie Abrams of TVGuide.com wrote a pretty reaction-inducing piece on the couple, saying how in order to truly appreciate that they have, they need to find other relationships. I don’t agree. They’ve had other relationships prior to this one, so they know what they have is special. They don’t need to go out and meet other people just so they can be reminded of that. I think they already know. That’s not the problem. The problem is that there are realistic issues preventing them from being able to stay together. And hopefully, these issues will be dealt with in this season. Then again, these two aren’t known for having the best communication skills. However, Cristina made a step in that direction when she openly admitted that she’d wanted to ask Owen to try again before he used the D word (divorce).
When Cristina asked Owen if the only reason he asked for a divorce was because of the plane crash lawsuit, he said there were many reasons. And I think that these two genuinely need to discuss exactly what those reasons are. I certainly think the major catalyst was the lawsuit given how quickly he pushed for the papers to be drawn up. But Owen’s right: there are other issues at hand. And I’m crossing my fingers that Cristina and Owen are finally at a place where they can talk about it and work through them.
Sorry for the short review! I find myself more interested in what you all think (…and also, sadly, with less time on my hands these days). And going with that, here are the questions:
1. Do you think things will be different now that it’s Cristina being more of the driving force in their reunion?
2. What did you think of the scene in the scrub room where Owen blamed himself for the crash?
3. Do you believe that Cristina and Owen are on the path to being together again? Will they achieve the stability that Meredith and Derek have finally found?
4. What was your reaction to Natalie Abrams’ article (if you read it)? Do you think they need to find other relationships first before they can even think of getting back together?
5. Do Cristina and Owen have a thing for kissing against walls? Because, if so, I’m all for it.
Happy holidays, everyone! And see you in the new year!
Take care now,