By shli1117 | March 3, 2013
I’m really sorry I’ve been missing in action for the past month or so. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably realized that I’ve gotten a new gig as a freelance writer/film intern. And unfortunately, keeping up with those deadlines has forced me to put my Cristina and Owen reviews on the backburner while I appeased my editors. But things have calmed down for the moment, and I’m going to lump a whopping seven episodes into one review. Hopefully, the wait has been worth the while. (Also, I should mention that you can thank the wonderful Grey’s Gabble owners for gently reminding me that I was way past due for a review. These lovely ladies have been incredibly supportive and understanding as my schedule blew up. So, huge shout out to Lisa and Liv!)
First things first, Cristina and Owen got divorced. Yeah, that was a tough pill to swallow since I’m a traditional girl, and I loved the fact that they had a real wedding and a legal marriage. But, as Shonda will have us believe, the divorce was the best thing for them. And despite how much it broke my heart to see them sign the divorce papers, all my fears about this relationship being over immediately disappeared when they tearfully grabbed for each other. (What an insanely powerful scene. I’m not going to lie. I may have sniffed back a few tears.)
I guess one could argue that they partly got divorced to make sure the plane crash victims would win their lawsuit and that it shows Owen trying to do the honorable thing; but it doesn’t take a genius to see the commentary on marriage that Shonda is trying to get across. We get it. Being in love and wanting to spend the rest of your life with someone doesn’t mean that you have to get married in order to show commitment. But dammit, I liked hearing them refer to each other has “husband” and “wife.” Well, in my mind, they’re still married. Take that, Shonda.
In a way, they are still very much acting like a married couple – or, more specifically, newlyweds. The dirty text messages and the sex (lots of sex): it all works for me. (Haha, I also laughed out loud when Owen accidentally grabbed Jo from behind, mistaking her for Cristina. Oopsies.) However, the part that really makes me happy is that they’re talking and being extremely supportive with each other. Especially Cristina.
Every time that Cristina defends Owen, I want to stand up and cheer. This has been missing for quite some time in their relationship: her being Owen’s person. Like when Cristina takes on Derek in the ping-pong match and tells Derek to stop blaming Owen for his misery. Huge step forward in the Cristina and Owen relationship.
Since the winter hiatus, these episodes have shown the two of them really addressing the issues that had originally come up during their therapy sessions together. While they hadn’t been ready to patch things up at the time, the repercussions of the plane crash and Cristina’s stint at Mayo changed them both. And now, thankfully, they are able to get back on track. However, the looming questions of where this is all going and the topic of children have still yet to be answered. Ideally, they will be soon.
Until then, our beloved couple are rebuilding the relationship and coming out of it all the more united and also significantly stronger. It is my sincerest hope that there will be no more major breakup. Let’s leave the on-again-off-again to the newer couples. Cristina and Owen have earned the right to be stable. (Honestly, I think they earned that right a long time ago, but this is Grey’s and these two do angst too damn well. It’s such a double-edged sword that Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd are as amazing of actors as they are.)
Another great demonstration of their strength is how they’ve handled the sale of the hospital. Cristina’s immense discomfort over having to lie to Owen is abundantly clear. And she consistently remained in Owen’s corner in the face of the other plane crash victims during their decision-making process, telling them to trust Owen. Because she wholeheartedly does. And that hasn’t been the case for a while.
I’m really glad that Cristina finally came clean about their plan to buy the hospital. She didn’t need to. Richard really did represent far more many years in management and administrative experience. But the idea of letting Owen think that she betrayed him any longer was too unbearable for her to keep her mouth shut. And the only reason she did in the first place was to protect him. I feel as though this level of untainted, mutual caring hasn’t been seen since season five. Maybe I have selective memory, but I feel like something has nearly always tainted Cristina and Owen’s happier moments. This is one of the rare moments where they’re just happy to have each other – and it’s as simple as that.
“We’re safe.” This is the season nine equivalent of the relationship-defining moments of “see me” or “single malt scotch” from season five. Instead of marking the birth of their relationship, we have the reassurance of commitment, which is what you want in a long-term relationship. The passion is still there (uh, they’ve probably had more sex scenes in the past seven episodes than all the previous seasons combined – or at least it feels that way), but it’s different. Instead of the excitement of discovering new things about the other person, it’s the celebration of sharing that intimacy with someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. The relationship is growing up. Hallelujah.
I don’t know what is in store for them, but I can only see it continuing in the positive direction. Anything else would be illogical. (Once again, wouldn’t put it past Shonda to do that.) But it’s been nice to be reminded of why we are rooting for this relationship and seeing their potential as a cohesive pair realized.
Okay, you know the drill. Here come the questions.
1. How did you feel about Owen and Cristina getting divorced? And was it necessary?
2. Is this season holding up to being the season of romance?
3. Do you think Cristina and Owen still act like a married couple?
4. Are you enjoying the lighter moments? Or are you waiting for the other foot to drop?
5. Will Cristina and Owen be able to stay together for good this time?
6. When do you think the conversation about children will come up? And how do you think they’ll handle it this time around?
7. Have you missed me? (I’ve missed you all!)