S10E12 – Get Up, Stand Up
“Failure is inevitability. Every scientist was told so. Over and over. The ones we remember, the ones who changed our lives. The Curie’s, the Salk’s, the Barnard’s. They’re the ones who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.”
Very rarely do weddings in Shondaland go completely as planned without some type of crisis, misfortune, or disruption and the Season 10 winter finale is no exception to the rule, leaving the viewer’s hanging on the edge of their couch cushions, eagerly hoping the next two months fly by! Oh Shondaland, how you torture us so!
As if one’s wedding day isn’t somewhat stressful enough, April’s newly appointed bridesmaids don’t help the matter when she ends up spending most of the day hunting them down, (comically) forcing them to put their personal matters aside to focus on her and her big day! Naturally this takes place after she witnesses Meredith and Cristina brutally battle it out, bashing one another for the faults they’ve recently acquired, having sworn they’d avoid in the past. Meredith has become progressively irritated with Cristina’s recent acclaims for the successful surgery she performed on the infant, to which she has no clue exactly how she saved the infant’s life. Cristina, meanwhile, points out that Meredith isn’t the surgeon she once knew, having chosen her family over her career. The two continue bickering back and forth and before storming out of the room from one another, Meredith accuses Cristina of “becoming the thing you worship”, to which Cristina responds, “And you’ve become the thing we laughed at.” Ouch.
Arizona and Callie appear to be making some headway on repairing their marriage but over time throughout the episode, we see a brittle Arizona become more and more uneasy with Callie’s growing excitement over her plans for her and Derek’s brain mapping program to which Callie is hoping Arizona could potentially benefit from. In a moment of vulnerability, Arizona breaks down, (inconveniently enough in front of April on her wedding day) confessing to April she cheated on Callie because someone else was attracted to her, regardless of her amputated leg. Not long into April’s (again comical) attempts at consoling Arizona, Meredith and Cristina barge in, picking up their argument where they left off. Turns out the two admit to one another the reason why they’re growing apart is the same reason they became twisted sisters in the first place: competition! Before the two can call a truce, April goes Bridezilla on them all, telling them this is HER day and instead of fighting, crying and focusing on THEIR personal business, they should be focusing on HER instead. Way to go, April! You tell them whose boss…. er…. Bride!!
Meanwhile, Alex continues to work on making peace with his estranged father but not after a few shouting matches first. When Jimmy admits he did his best to be there for his family, Alex shouted back that “his best was worthless” and that because of Jimmy’s alcoholism and abandonment, Alex had to be the man of the house. Later on, Alex visits Jimmy again and in a round-about way, thanked him for leaving their family because ultimately, they all turned out for the better because of it, especially Alex. Soon after, Alex and Jo meet up before April’s wedding to which Alex tells Jo they are all the family they’ll ever need, etc… smooch, kiss, embrace, etc… Hey, at least one couple on the show is getting a pleasant ending… so far!
Back at the hospital, Shane is playing Mr. I Can Do It All by fudging the amount of hours he logs per week to up the chances of him becoming Dr. of the Year. (OK, not really, but you get what I mean.) Cristina warns Shane to take a break in light of getting burnt out but Shane disregards Cristina’s advice, clearly becoming more and more self-destructive than one could imagine. His assertive, arrogant attitude lands him in a difficult predicament when he goes rogue and attempts performing surgery on an ailing Jimmy by himself. Leah calls for help and when Richard arrives, Shane has flash backs to the super storm and admits he was at fault for Brooks’ death. Richard takes over and attempts to save Jimmy’s life and the last we see of Shane, he’s standing in an elevator; covered in Jimmy’s blood looking like he’s ready to join the cast of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.Read More
“Every doctor has a dirty little secret. We’re all competitive science nerds. In grade school, we made the biggest and the best volcanoes which erupted actual fake molten lava. In junior high, we spent hours laboring over our rat mazes. So that one day, we’d be the person who changed the face of medicine. Forever.”
Two words: Kepner. Overload. If you haven’t already watched, be prepared because that’s exactly what you’ll get this episode and I’m not just talking about April. We’re talking April times 3! April’s sisters come to town to throw her a bridal shower however things don’t go exactly as planned! Turns out April’s sisters aren’t quite what you’d expect them to be. IE: Generous, loving, accepting… blah, blah, blah. In fact, they’re downright rude, especially to the bride-to-be herself! Since childhood, the Kepnerettes (as Sarah Drew calls them) dubbed April as Ducky (as in Ugly Duckling) since she spent most of her childhood embracing life with acne, braces, and following in the shadows of her more beautifully gifted sisters. It isn’t until they’ve pushed April too far when they humiliate her at her own bridal shower when April finally gets the guts to stand up to her sisters and tell them enough is enough with this Ducky business! April is so ticked she even goes as far as firing them all from their bridesmaid duties and enlists her fellow co-workers Cristina, Meredith and Arizona to take their place! (I have to admit, I was pretty amazed and impressed with April’s sudden outburst! Besides, her wedding will be way more fun with her new wedding party than the old one!) Side note: Anyone else get a major kick out of the expressions on Mer, Cristina and Arizona’s faces when they heard the news? Pure comedy gold!
Meanwhile, Stud 1 and Stud 2 (aka Jackson and Matthew) finally break the awkward barrier that’s been looming between the two over April and Matthew’s upcoming nuptials. Kind of. Away from the hospital, the two randomly run into a victim in need of an emergency tracheotomy and it’s Matthew that doesn’t waste any time stepping up and taking care of the job. Only Jackson makes it blatantly obvious he doesn’t approve. After the two guys go head to head on how one would’ve done the job better than the other, they somehow end on good terms with Matthew even going as far as insisting Jackson attend the wedding! Wait, wha?? Yep. Now it’s a waiting game to see if Jackson actually attends… and how does it go? Speaks now or forever holds his peace?…
Alex’s dad makes an unruly appearance in the episode when he shows up at the hospital in dire need of medical attention from trying to get clean. As luck would have it, Jo happens to be one of the first people Jimmy runs into but turns him away, insisting his efforts to get sober be taken up with a rehab center. As if on cue, Jimmy collapses and Owen gives orders that Jo take him on as a patient. Jo tries her hardest to help but when Jimmy goes into a withdrawal-induced rampage, he slams her against a wall, forcing Alex to step in and come to her rescue. Alex insists he leaves and goes to a rehab clinic where he belongs but it’s Jo that insists Jimmy stay and try to get clean at the hospital. How long will Jimmy hold on without the alcohol and drugs now that he knows Alex is his son?
That awkward moment when you see Cristina and Shane in an on-call room. Yeah. The writers actually went there. Um, er… besides that….. Cristina, with a huge audience watching her every move during surgery, implants the 3D printed valve into her infant patient and at first the surgery looks unsuccessful. Simultaneously, Stephanie and Meredith are performing surgery a few ORs down the hall and implant their 3D printed portal vein into a sheep. That’s right, a sheep. At first, their surgery looks to be successful to which Stephanie celebrates a little too soon. Later, Shane (who is extremely crabby at the thought of having lost to Meredith and Stephanie) begrudgingly congratulates Meredith for having won the “competition”. Meredith, unamused with Shane’s recent disrespectful ‘tude, confronts Cristina on the matter to which Cristina becomes snippy, assuming Meredith is insinuating she is the reason for Shane’s unpleasant demeanor. Still with me? Naturally as one would think, this causes the wedge between Meredith and Cristina to further widen, and the two end up fighting once again. Sigh. When will this feud ever end? Side note: Cristina and Shane’s surgery was successful and saved the infants life while Stephanie and Meredith’s surgery….well, didn’t have the same result.Read More
“The body is an infinitely complex mass of interacting systems. People like to think doctors see it all clearly. But it’s not always obvious what’s a hiccup in the system and what’s full-on medical disaster. We figure that out in our first year of residency. We spend the rest of our careers lying about it.”
Thanksgiving is but a few days away and the GSMH crew (or at least Meredith anyway) is busily making plans to celebrate the special day. Since Mer’s cooking capabilities are, well, nonexistent, she’s enlisted Owen’s new lady to do the brunt of the work. Little does Emma know, the small gathering turns into quite the party when Meredith ends up inviting most of the Attendings and their significant others. Yikes! No pressure, Emma!
With Emma’s presence in the hospital becoming more frequent, Cristina becomes increasingly antsy to pursue an interest of her own that’s become fairly absent as of late. Since her and Mer are still on the outs (more on that later!) Cristina feels it necessary to express her need for, er… sexual encounters to someone that will listen, whether he actually wants to or not! That person: Alex! Alex, clearly uneasy about Cristina’s choice in conversation with him, tells her flat out she just needs to get laid! Enter stage left, Shane who overhears the conversation and later offers to ‘service her needs’. To all viewers’ relief, Cristina immediately rejects Shane’s proposition (thank goodness!) but later has second thoughts about what it is that Shane really offers… um, ew.
Callie and Arizona are on the mend but hit yet another rough patch when Arizona confesses to Callie she was involved with someone while they were separated. Taking the high road, Callie avoids getting angry and instead asks Arizona if whatever it was she had with the other person was really over. Arizona tells her yes although Leah doesn’t exactly feel the same. As if things weren’t awkward enough, Leah, Arizona and Callie are working on the same case together and in the OR, Leah panics at Callie’s instructions on how to proceed with a surgical mishap. Leah demands that Arizona tell Callie to lighten up on her and with a look of realization and disappointment from Callie towards Arizona that could stop the clocks, Callie puts the pieces together and figures out Leah was the person Arizona was involved with. Arizona quickly apologizes to Callie yet again but insists that she won’t keep doing so and that Callie can’t keep playing the victim. Arizona continues on to say that if her and Callie are really going to try and work past their issues, she wants Callie to let her move back from the couch to their bedroom. Au contraire, my dear! Callie doesn’t feel the same, at least now anyway, and insists she needs at least one more night to process the realization that’s come to be.
April is busily tending to wedding duties, one of which includes nailing down the final guest list to her and Matthew’s nuptials. In an awkward attempt to avoid inviting Jackson outright and hurting her hubby-to-be’s feelings, April invites Stephanie “and a guest” instead. Later, Jackson confronts April and tells her that while she has his blessings to move forward with marrying Matthew, he will not be attending the wedding. Something tells me Jackson’s intentions won’t stand true. He’ll be there I’m sure of it.
Bailey continues to struggle with her OCD issues and Ben has no interest in letting her fall victim to this evil disorder. Ben unintentionally leaks Bailey’s situation to Derek who is forced to report her condition because he’s on the board for the hospital. In an effort to avoid any additional stress from the hospital on Bailey, Ben tries talking to her to get her the break she needs to get help. Sadly, Ben’s efforts are dismissed and Bailey wants to hear nothing of it. As a result, Owen later interrupts one of Bailey’s surgeries and tries provoking Bailey’s condition by using Meredith to rearrange her surgical instruments. Bailey freaks and gets kicked out of the OR, further proving her OCD is slowly getting the best of her and her career.
Richard continues his healing process and pushes himself to the limits to prove to both himself and the docs that he is more than ready to leave the hospital and continue healing at home. During a stress test, Richard ups the treadmill to a speed he can’t keep up with and as a result, takes a tumble and breaks a rib, forcing him to stay hospitalized longer over the holiday season. Fortunately for him, he’s got the interns there to keep him company!Read More
“Doctors never mean to screw up. They make a bad call and the unthinkable happens. It’s not like we do it on purpose. It’s not like we want to hurt anyone but sometimes we do. Sometimes we make mistakes. And when we blow it, we’re sorry. Not that being sorry really matters. Not anymore. No apology in the world matters now…”
The Callie-centric episode (or Callepisode as I like to call it) begins with Callie in a determined and frantic state of mind in search for a pair of plain pantyhose. And no, it’s not because she’s looking for the perfect shade of hose to match a cute outfit she’s planning on rocking out later. The normally cool-as-a-cucumber ortho surgeon is anything but calm when she discovers she’s being sued by Olympic snowboarder Travis Reed. Turns out Travis is a returning patient at GSMH having been admitted for a valve replacement that Cristina performed not that long ago. Knowing Callie’s rock star orthopedic capabilities, Cristina refers Travis to Callie for a hip replacement but the only catch is Travis wants the best of the best and requests the Peterson Hip Replacement, a procedure of which Callie has never attempted before. Knowing full well the extreme risks that could come with having never performed this type of procedure, Callie accepts the challenge and moves forward with it with Travis’s (demanding) words of encouragement.
Complications during surgery left Callie in a treacherous situation when she’s forced to close up Travis early, only to find a sponge had gone missing during the procedure and was left somewhere in the open cavity where Callie was operating. Later, Travis returns to the hospital suffering from a severe infection that ended up costing him both of his legs. Afterwards, Travis sues Callie for negligence which brings us back to the pantyhose attire. Callie’s lawyer makes it clear her professional appearance is essential when testifying in court so she’s given strict orders to wear buns, blazers, and even her wedding ring in hopes of swaying the jury in her favor.
The episode itself provides flashbacks that give insight on not only Callie’s potential malpractice suit but also how, when, and why Arizona and Callie’s relationship deteriorated to its barely current state of existence. (I’d like to also point out that the interaction between Callie and Arizona over Sofia’s drawing and the horrendous butterfly rhinestone pantyhose that Callie mistakenly throws on in the courthouse bathroom is nothing short of adorable, heart-melting, and pleasing to see that these two can actually converse for once without arguing!
Speaking of flashbacks, we cut back to a scene I’m certain almost all Calzona fans nearly choked on their tequila, or drink of choice needed to get through the highly intense and emotionally-draining episode! In a somewhat spontaneous moment, the two decide to have a second baby, one that Arizona proudly volunteers to carry. In a more endearing flashback, we see the two rule out potential sperm donors, and later smirk and giggle over the shortcomings of being pregnant. IE: Sausage feet and the no-booze rule. Side note: Raise of hands, who could barely hold back their squeals of delight to see these two laughing together like old times? Sigh. Stacy McKee, I heart you.
Back to present day, Callie is seen sipping on some wine herself, appearing deep in thought while simultaneously removing her wedding ring when who comes a knockin’ at her door but Papa Torres himself (played brilliantly by Hector Elizondo). When Papa Torres inquires about Sofia, it’s then that Callie admits to her father that she and Arizona have separated and that SHE was in fact the one that gave Arizona the boot.
Meanwhile, back in court, Travis over-dramatically takes the stand and testifies that Callie apologized to him for her mistake and told him he had every reason to blame her for what happened. Callie counter-testifies, admitting she did in fact apologize for what happened and insists it’s because she genuinely cares for her patients. “That makes me human, that doesn’t make me negligent,” (<— One of the most heartfelt lines executed in this episode, I might add!)Read More
S10EP08 – Two Against One
“Glioma…..Fibroma….Blastoma. Whatever the tumor, people assume you approach it the same way. You find its hiding place in the body, then open the patient up…. And you cut it the hell out. But you’re not just fighting the one tumor… You’re actually at war with over a billion cells..”
Bailey continues to suffer from what appears to be a gradual case of OCD when she starts off the episode frantically searching through Tuck’s room in the middle of the night for the source of a funky smell. Ben notices Bailey’s constant obsessive interest in this and becomes increasingly worried with her paranoid tendencies. Later when Bailey stops by the OR board to find her surgery had been moved to another OR room, she freaks out on Owen, who dismisses her concern for the change. Before surgery in the OR, Bailey finds out that Ben will be the anesthesiologist on the case and while he and Jo are chatting over an unrelated topic, Bailey goes into freak out mode, counting the surgical tools and blaming Jo for becoming unsterile during prep time. During surgery, Bailey becomes so invested in instructing Jo not to cut the patient’s bowel that Bailey herself accidently cuts the bowl and things take a sudden turn for the worst. Ben, being the
good, loyal, supportive husband he is, steps in and talks Bailey off of the ledge she put herself on and all is good in the world. Later back at home, Bailey reveals to Ben she found the source of the funky smell in Tuck’s room. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s been on Bailey’s mind. Ben knows something’s up and when he suggests that Bailey seek help for her underlying issues, she refuses, telling Ben everything will be fine. Fine. A word we all know in Shondaland a little too well…
Meredith teams up with Stephanie on her 3D printing research project and hopes are high when Stephanie notifies Meredith that the first product of her printing experiment is almost complete. Stephanie gathers all of her fellow classmates to check out the big reveal and as Meredith explains the concept of her research and the project, she pulls out the result from the printer to find she’s miraculously 3D printed…. A plastic fork?? Before she gets a chance to redeem herself to her audience, everyone bails on her. Poor Mer. Door worry, we know you’ll create life saving portal veins….some day!
Meanwhile, Richard is keeping to his hospital bed and avoiding the walking he’s been instructed to do by telling stories of the good ole days to…. well, pretty much ANYONE that will listen. Including his next door hospital room neighbor, CJ (played by the brilliant Lainie Kazan). Unfortunately, CJ is full up to her ears with listening to Richard’s “theatre of boredom” and isn’t afraid to tell him like it is! In a desperate attempt to keep him from retelling his stories over and over again, CJ defers their conversation to a more, um, appealing topic. Meatballs. Or the recipe to make them, that is. Richard let it be known to her how unamused he is of her choice of topic and when Richard hears a crash in the hall and CJ goes silent, he becomes concerned for her safety. In a weary attempt, Richard manages to get up and walk out to the hallway only to find CJ lying on the ground unconscious. Richard’s medical instincts kick in and he
rushes to her side, assessing her vitals when April comes to help. Little did he know at the time, he saved CJ’s life and with that, Richard has a brand new story to tell!
April and Matthew continue their marital classes and are not surprised to see they aced their compatibility test. Much to April’s surprise, however, Matthew suggests they do the deed BEFORE they get married so they’re both “equal”. April stresses out about Matthew’s proposition and seeks advice from her new BFF Arizona but doesn’t exactly get what she’s looking for. Turns out while asking for advice on the subject, she also finds out that Arizona neglected to put the kibosh on taking things further with Leah and doesn’t seem to regret the decision either! Later on back at Matthew’s apartment, April explains to Matthew she regrets the loss of commitment she had to her faith a year prior and knows how awful it feels to break a promise, hoping to keep Matthew from making the same mistake. And with that, instead of doing the deed, they decide to hold out until they’ve officially become Mr. and Mrs!Read More