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Crowen recap 10 x 03 – Everybody’s Crying Mercy
At the end of last week’s episode, it seemed that Cristina and Owen were going to try to navigate this new world where they would no longer be lovers. As we see in this episode, it’s still very hard on both parties.
The first scene opens with Cristina at Alex’s house, observing that intern Jo (aka Ponytail McGee or Hairball, as Cristina had previously dubbed her on two separate occasions) is sleeping on the living room floor with her fellow interns, who apparently had an overnight study session.
She then goes in to Alex’s bedroom and tells him to move over, as she gets into the bed next to him. She tells him that she hadn’t been able to sleep all night and she was bored. Alex tells her “Nope.” She responds, “In your dreams.” He then advises her to call Hunt. She quietly says no. Her tone is recognition of the state of affairs between her and Owen.
He then says that she should try the internet. “For porn?” Alex says for dating, so she could find somebody else to get horny with. “I have a girlfriend,” he declares.
Cristina notes that the said girlfriend is passed out with her friends. “Does she ever sleep with you?” she asks. “Did you guys have sex and it was awful?” Alex replies in the negative. Cristina continues to needle him, asking whether it was him who was awful and that he was so ashamed that he couldn’t even look at her. He says no. “Was it weird? Is she a man? Does she have a secret penis?” Cristina asks.
“Shut up!” Alex implores. Then, the light dawns. Cristina realizes that Alex and Jo have not had sex as yet. She notes that it has been like a week and they haven’t done the deal, as yet. “What have you done with Evil Spawn?”
“I was sleeping,” Alex says. She nuzzles him and says that she knew he would make her feel better.
I love the Alex and Cristina dynamic. They are so much like brother and sister and this scene was a wonderful example of that. On a clearly superficial note, did you all see that lavender nail polish that Cristina was sporting? It was so pretty.
The next time, we see Cristina, she and Arizona are being led by Owen in one of the corridors of the hospital. Arizona is all perky with a brand new haircut and a red dress with an asymmetrical neckline. Cristina observes, “haircut” and says nothing else. Arizona tells Cristina that she has to say “nice haircut” or she’ll think that it is a bad haircut.
“You look tense,” Cristina replies.
“Say I look nice,” Arizona demands. Cristina accedes to her request and tells her that she looks nice.
Owen leads them into the badly damaged Outpatient Surgery Wing, which has a huge hole in the roof. The place has suffered tremendous storm damage. Owen tells Arizona and Cristina that it is leaking money. Insurance can’t handle it, right now, since they have been swamped by claims.
Owen informs them that the regular ORs are being overloaded with patients, who could have been treated in the Outpatient Surgery Wing. He wants the board to get together and make a plan. Arizona protests that they are all swamped, now that Webber is down and MerDer are doing diaper duty. Owen also adds that she and Torres can’t be in the same room, together.
As he says that, Cristina’s face changes expression, a reflection on what she thinks about being in the same room with Owen. She knows she can’t be in the same room with Owen, too, but for an entirely different reason from Arizona and Callie.
Arizona excuses herself, saying that they need doctors more than board members. Owen argues that they need both or they were going to be in a lot of trouble. As Arizona leaves, Cristina goes to Owen to take his hand but stops herself halfway from doing so. “I should go,” she says.
“Why?” he asks, softly. She answers that they can’t be alone together. He replies that they’re just talking about work. Cristina makes her exit, with some strange hand movements, indicating that she has somewhere to go.
When next we see Cristina, she and Alex are dealing with a 17-year old heart patient and his parents. The patient received a heart transplant as an infant but his mitral valve is now failing. Cristina wants to try a mitral valve replacement, which might negate the need for another heart transplant but Alex thinks it is better that he goes on the heart transplant list since the surgery is very risky. The parents and the patient want to do what Cristina suggests because he nearly died, waiting for a heart.
Meanwhile, Owen is doing his chiefly duties by scheduling patient surgery on the OR board. Avery comes up in a huff, complaining that his pro bono facial reconstruction surgery had been cancelled. Owen says all funds had been relocated to storm repair until further notice. Avery demands to know who said that. Owen replies that it was the board and therefore, “you.”
Avery says the board will meet to approve his surgery. Owen replies that when they do, they should get together so they can discuss how they can fund the Outpatient Surgery repair so they are not drowning in patients. Avery says they will get together until things slow down. Owen tells Avery that things won’t slow down until they get to it. Owen tells him that they don’t have the money for the surgery. Avery demands that his pro bono surgery go back on the OR board. He says that he is the one that makes the rules. He tells Owen to make room for the surgery, transfer some patients to Seattle Pres and that the surgery is going to happen. Owen says, “Yes, sir” (with more than a touch of sarcasm) and walks off in disgust.
In the meantime, Cristina chats with Meredith on the phone about her case but Meredith is too busy with baby duty and complaining about Derek taking a nap. Cristina tells Meredith that she almost touched Owen today. “He’s so stressed out about the hospital. I thought I would offer some support and touch his arm. But then you touch his arm and then you’re in bed and nothing’s changed.”
This is my advice. Don’t fight it, Cristina. The sexual tension and the chemistry between the two of you are too great. Just one touch and you’ll be in that on-call room again, steaming up our screens.
Owen, in the meantime, is busy rescheduling surgeries and putting freezes on spending, while fielding complaints from Arizona and Callie. Avery demands to know what happened to his pro bono surgery patient, who seems to have disappeared from the hospital compound. Owen says that he transferred her to Seattle Pres and that he has put the plastic surgeon on a couple of gluteal liposuction surgeries. Avery is not happy.
The next time we see Owen and Cristina together, is in the x-ray consulting room, where he is looking at one of his cases. Cristina hesitates a bit, before coming in, because she realizes the implication is they are going to be alone together. She and Owen discuss her risky surgery, which she still plans to do, even though it seems that the better alternative is to put the patient on the transplant list. He tells her good luck. He has a wistful look, remind them that normally, he would kiss her and wish her good luck.
Callie interrupts them and asks them about their couples counseling and asks if it helps but then she remembers that Cristina and Owen are divorced. “Well, obviously not, look at you guys. Uh, no offense.” Cristina screams, “Offense!” Owen gives a wry smile and leaves.
Now in the OR, Alex and Cristina are working on their 17-year-old valve replacement patient. Alex asks her to close the patient up if it gets too gnarly. Cristina tells him that he keeps wringing his hands, it’s no wonder he can’t have sex. Alex says he can have sex. He affirms it loudly to anyone within earshot, which just happens to be our favorite surgical nurse of all time, the inimitable Bokhee.
Cristina asks if his hydraulics isn’t working, she could write him a script. Alex says that it’s not that; it’s just that he wants it to be the right time. Alex admits that since Izzie, there have been a lot of nobodies and that he felt it was important. Cristina realizes that he wants it to be special. “When we’re done, can you braid my hair?” she jokes, thinking that he is a being a girl about it.
While Cristina works in the OR, Owen is again dealing with the likes of a very steamed Avery. After sucking fat out of three different behinds, Avery wants his facial reconstruction surgery back. Owen tells him that he has another patient for him and shows him, the facial reconstruction surgery patient. Avery says he thought that Owen had transferred her. Owen admits that he lied. He explains the three liposuctions that Avery did would pay for the pro bono surgery. The money has to come from somewhere, Owen explains.
He says he wanted to make a point and until the board was willing to come together to solve the budget issues caused by the storm, the problems of the doctors were not going to go away. “So you need to do something now.” Avery can see the logic of the thinking and finally agrees that Owen is right. An idea pops into his brain as he tells Owen that he is the boss and he can lie.
Things are not going well for Cristina and Alex in the OR but she presses on. Turning back to things Jolex, Cristina told him that he needs to get over the special thing. “Just throw her over your shoulder and go to town.”
Alex scoffs, “Every girl’s dream.” But Cristina counters, “She’s the thing that is special. You have the right person; you both want the same thing.” And that, dear readers, is the crux of the problem between Owen and Cristina. They both want different things. She wants to focus on her surgery and he wants a family.
Things continue to go south in the OR, until Cristina agrees with Alex that the kid needs a new heart and they decide to close him up. After the surgery, they inform the patient’s parents that the surgery did not work and he needs to go on the transplant list. Cristina reminds them that they have to tell him that there is a donor out there somewhere. Well, we all know that Grey’s Anatomy loves patient anvils. Some are subtle; some hit you over the head. This one didn’t hit me, immediately but I got it, when I re-watched. It was put there to remind Cristina that there could be other people out there for her and Owen. (Hear that sound. That’s me screaming in pain at the thought).
The financial situation is finally being addressed by a ruse put together by Owen and Avery to get the board together. The board members get paged for an emergency in the Outpatient Wing. When they get there, Owen and Avery, tell them that they are going to have a party – a gala fundraising event to raise money to fix their budget issues. They advise them to settle down because planning was going to take a while. Thus, setting up our 200th episode celebration, where everybody gets to dress up and look fabulous.
Finally, it’s the end of the day – Owen meets Cristina in the elevator. They look at each other and even though they don’t say anything at first, their silence speaks volumes about their longing for each other.
Then, she speaks. “Eventually, I am going to touch your arm and you are going to kiss me good luck before surgery,” she says.
“Cristina,” Owen says her name in the special way that he usually does.
“Let’s date other people,” Cristina says, again. “It’ll suck and it’ll feel forced. But maybe it will help. Maybe, eventually, I won’t want to take your hand we get off the elevator at the end of the day.”
“Oh, come on,” he says and goes to hold her.
“Don’t. Just tell me you’ll try,” she says. As he walks out of the elevator with the saddest of faces, he looks resigned, nods and says, “I’ll try.” His look is one of reluctance.
The next few episodes are going to be tortured ones for Crowen fans. We’ve been warned enough by Kevin McKidd that Owen will make steps to move on. I greatly suspect that he meets someone at the gala, as Sandra Oh teased in an interview that there is a development at the party. Oh says that Cristina gets a glimpse of the impact of her decision, and having to hold fast to it and be supportive.
Even though Cristina is the one encouraging him to move on, can she move on herself or can she even stand to see Owen with someone else? That will certainly be answered in the upcoming episodes.
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