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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.
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The impending new year is upon us and with it come the usual resolutions and wishes. Check out what some of TVLine‘s readers desires to see in 2014!
TVLine asked you, our faithful readers, to share your TV wish lists with us, and there’s one thing you really want the programming gods to bring you in 2014…
Christa: “I wish that Meredith and Cristina [on Grey's Anatomy] would stop fighting and be each other’s person again, especially since Cristina’s character is leaving the show this year.
Me too. But as weird as this might sound, I’ve been enjoying their incessant bickering. In my honest opinion, this has been a solid, inevitable storyline given where they started in their relationship and where they’ve now found themselves. I do believe (and truly hope) they’ll come out better for it in the end.
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CROWEN RECAP – 10 x 12 Get Up, Stand Up
This is the first episode in a long time that I actually think I don’t mind writing the recap. It is no secret that I have been terribly bitter by the whole Crowen storyline, especially in Sandra’s last season. The episode was mainly about April and Matthew’s wedding but there was so much other things going on at the same time. Owen and Cristina interacted mainly on a professional basis but there was a significant moment later on in the episode.
The episode opens with Cristina at a press conference for her Nathan Glazier surgery. The flashes from the cameras are blinding and she looks very uncomfortable. On either side of her are Shane and Owen. (Kinda weird since she has slept with both of them. Though I do wonder why Shane is there because he is a second year resident and the assisting surgeon was actually Alex). Meredith is also there at the press conference.
Owen introduces her to the press. She thanks him and immediately starts to fumble. She does not seem as strong and confident as she usually is. In fact, she sounds extremely cautious. We will find out later why she is acting this way. Cristina says the procedure is so relatively untried that the associated risks are unusually high but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t try. Meredith seems to be looking a bit resentful.
Cristina closes her folder and Owen asks if she is okay. She says yes and continues in the same halting voice. She says that fortunately, the patient is responding well for now. His vitals are stable and the hope is that they will continue. “And if it does, I am cautiously optimistic that we can call the procedure a success,” she says.
Shane butts in and grabs the microphone, saying that home run is a better word. “Dr Yang hit a home run. Thanks to her, baby Nathan is thriving this morning.” Meredith has a quizzical look on her face, while Owen and Cristina gave Shane the death glare. Clapping ensues from the press corps. As usual, this is a case of Shane overstepping his boundaries. He doesn’t seem to remember that he is just a second year resident and therefore, should have said nothing. His cockiness is bound to get him into trouble, as we saw later in the episode.
After the conference, we see Owen, Cristina and Shane coming out of the room. Shane is particularly ebullient as he says that it went pretty well. Cristina is still steamed from him butting in at the press conference and immediately, turns on him. She tells him he is off her service and he has got to be over his hours. She tells him to go home and take a day off.
Shane is flabbergasted, saying “What?” Cristina answers him that he doesn’t know to keep his mouth shut. Shane argues that the press needed to hear that it was extraordinary. Cristina cuts him off and says that she is not comfortable speaking for her, especially about this case.
Owen defends Shane, saying that he said what needed to be said. He tells Cristina that she was not comfortable at all and she was tanking in there. In the meantime, Shane is tapping on his tablet, trying to prove that he is not over his hours. He says that he is only at 68 hours for the week. We find out later that that he has been fudging on his hours, so he can continue to work.
Owen leaves, telling her that JAMA wants an interview in Conference Room C and it should be short. Cristina then tells Ross that she is worried about him and that he has been going too fast lately. She says that she is not the only one who has noticed it. Shane is ready to find out who has been talking smack about him. He asks if he has screwed up. Cristina tells him that his work has been great. Shane touches her arm and says that he thinks what he knows this is and that she needs to work off some tension. (Get your arm off her, Shane. Don’t you dare touch her). She shrugs off his arm and tells him that they were not going to do that anymore. (And this is the point that I fall on my knees and give praise. Hallelujah! No more scenes of Shane and Cristina in the on-call room).Read More
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
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“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