TV friends that have never dated? PopSugar‘s got a list of ‘em. And look who made it!
Alex (Justin Chambers) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) have been friends since the start, and they know each other better than anyone. They’ve lived together in Meredith’s house, and they’re always there to support each other through the toughest times — like when Izzie leaves Alex. They’re so similar to each other, and that’s why they make a great duo — but just as friends.
After 10 seasons, I am hard-pressed thinking of a time when I didn’t like Mer and Alex’s relationship. Two seemingly screwed up youngsters having grown into a couple of decent human beings. I love these two and I’m SO glad they were never made to cross the line of friendship into something more with each other.
It’s that time for end of the year lists galore, and two Grey’s docs made Yahoo’s 20 Hottest Hookups of 2013:
12. Out of the Friend Zone, Into the Fire: Alex and Jo, “Grey’s Anatomy”
These hot docs are just good buddies — until Alex realizes that he’s in love with his beautiful intern. After Jo gets into a brawl with her boyfriend and Alex helps her, they finally address their feelings for each other and share a passionate kiss in the on-call room.
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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
JOLEX REVIEW 10.11 “MAN ON THE MOON”
Of our favorite blossoming couple, the first we see is Jo giving Leah sympathetic glances, and likely counting her lucky stars that her attending boyfriend is not married and trying to get back together with his wife. We then discover that she’s allergic to wool, which is either the truth, or a fast-thinking lie to make Stephanie feel better about her choosing to watch Ross and Yang’s surgery.
Next we see Jo getting a mysterious page from a nurse. Upon arrival, she discovers that the man who has been asking for her is none other than Jimmy Evans, returned to Grey-Sloan Memorial for the promised help Jo gave him months ago. I love how Jimmy say’s ‘Hi hun’ to her. It feels very paternal and genuine, and I like to pretend that he knows that she is Alex’s girlfriend, which we know he doesn’t yet. Jo, who likely still has the memory of Alex throwing a glass and exclaiming how much worse his father’s presence made him feel after eight years, is adamant that Jimmy not try to detox at the hospital. However, Jimmy makes the decision for her when he complains of nausea and collapses right there and has a seizure.
Insert Alex who is a part of baby Nathan’s team and arrives with Cristina to discuss the procedure one last time with his worries parents. This is where they find out that Ross has made some executive decisions of his own and decided to okay a live streaming session during the surgery. Alex and Cristina share incredulous looks together (More Alex and Cristina, please) and he clearly takes her side when it comes to this. He even gives Ross a look at the end of the scene which shows he clearly doesn’t approve.
Owen tells Jo to admit Jimmy and treat him with methadone, of which he refuses because he’s trying to get clean. Jo is still trying to be a good girlfriend and suggests that they move him to a rehab facility, but Owen reminds her that she is a doctor and to start acting like one. I have to admire Jimmy’s determination to not accept any kind of drug. It’s clear that he wants to get better, and the only catalyst I can see to his decision is his last interaction with Alex at the bar.
Next Jo nervously approaches Alex to tell him that his dad has been admitted. “I have to tell you something that you’re not going to want to hear.” “Then don’t tell me.” If only it was that easy. Alex’s knee-jerk reaction to hearing that Jimmy is back is to kick him out, and he goes to do just that, barging into the room. It’s at that moment that Jimmy looks at him weakly and say’s “Hey son, how you doing?” Alex’s expression is unreadable, but after this brief moment of shock he overcomes it and begins to pull out the monitoring wires attached to his father, trying hard not to listen as Jimmy tries to explain himself. As we already knew, he only recognized Alex after he saw him pissed off, like he was when he was fifteen and told him he wished he was dead. Ouch.
Jimmy claims that he’s been trying to get it right ever since the bar, but Alex is still determined not to help the man who made his life Hell. But Jo is. Because she’s a doctor. She tells him it’s okay and that he can leave, which he does after a moment’s pause. Jo is relieved. Jimmy looks torn.
Alex is in the OR with Ross and Cristina while they insert Nathan’s conduit. I like that even though this wasn’t his first choice of approach to the case, he’s still encouraging and professional in the work setting. After the procedure (where the conduit was found to be slightly too large), Alex tries to assure the parents that it could still work, but he is unable to say more than that, causing Cristina to call him out for his lack of support. This next moment surprises me a little, because up until this past season we haven’t really seen Alex reaching out to the twisted sisters for support, or anyone really to share details of his private life. He admits to her that he’s had a rough couple of days, and I’m curious of how far he would have elaborated until Cristina interrupted him to ask for reassurance and support regarding the conduit. Alex says he’s not sure if it will work, but he hopes so.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
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CROWEN RECAP – 10 X 10 Somebody That I Used to Know
This was an episode where both Cristina and Owen were heavily featured but not much with each other. They had a total of one scene together. That is a slight improvement from the three episodes where they did not share a single scene. With such a large cast, one can expect that certain cast members have had minor appearances in some episodes. Not Cristina, who has prominently appeared in all 10 episodes this season, including the Callie-centric episode. I am going to expect that is going to continue since they would want to use the talents of Sandra Oh as much as possible before she leaves at the end of the season. Now on to the episode.
When first we see Owen, he is with Emma, who has graduated from baking banana bread to muffins. They are in a conference room. Apparently, Emma has come to Grey Sloan Memorial to work on her grant proposal. I don’t know why she couldn’t do that at Seattle Presbyterian. It is just trading one hospital conference room for another. They are looking for any excuse to try and bring her across to Grey Sloan for the day.
Owen tells her that if she needs anything, she should just call him. Emma replies that she doesn’t need anything; she just needs to read everything that was ever written on mediastinal teratomas, crank out a grant proposal and all she needs is quiet. Owen chuckles. He says he can’t promise too much quiet because she did say he could come visit. Emma says it would be the best part of the day. They share a peck on the lips.
Outside of the office leaning against the nurses’ station are Callie and April, who can see clearly through the blinds of the office, so they can observe Owen and Emma. Cristina comes up and welcomes Callie back, who replies that it beats the hell out of a courtroom. Cristina notices Owen and Emma in the office but doesn’t say anything.
Callie says that Emma brought muffins. April adds that it’s her day off and she’s doing homework. Cristina says incredulously, “In a hospital?” (Yeah, my reaction, too.) Callie replies that maybe Emma should go outside and see the world. As they flash on Cristina’s face, the pain is evident on her face and she walks off. April whispers that she thinks it is kind of sweet. Callie agrees saying that it is adorable. They giggle. (Shut up, girls.)
Cristina apparently goes off to the PICU where Alex is with baby Nathan, Cristina’s HLHS patient from Episode 8 – the baby with the congenital heart defect. In that episode, Cristina and Shane had taken possession of Meredith’s 3D printer to try and print a bio-compatible conduit to help him.
Alex is now on the case with Cristina and he says that they have been treating Nathan with diuretics and beta blockers but he still has a lot of edema. Cristina says he will rally once they put in the graft, noting that Nathan has been in the PICU for three weeks.
Alex asks if they are done with all of the test prints. Cristina replies that they finished last night and Shane was now printing out the real one now. She then digresses and tells Alex that Emma was in the hospital with muffins. Alex answers if she wants to get rid of her. (Thank you, Alex for volunteering to do that. We know you have Cristina’s back).
Cristina says no but she was glad that Owen’s getting laid. Actually, she really doesn’t seem happy about it because the words were hard to come out of her mouth. She continues that everyone should get laid. “I should be getting laid. My work suffers when I’m not. It’s bad for humanity.”
Alex doesn’t want to talk sex with Cristina so he tells her to make up back with Meredith so she could handle that. Cristina tells him that he is being a priss and whether he doesn’t talk about sex with his guy friends about who got the best rack in the shack. Alex admits, “Maybe.”Read More