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Crowen recap – 10 x 14 “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”
For the second week in a row, it was a great episode – funny and sexy with lots of good stuff for all of the ships. So far, 10B has been showing itself to be far superior than 10A. Let’s hope they can keep it up for the rest of the season. I am hoping for stellar episodes to showcase Sandra Oh’s immense talent in these final episodes. This episode was written by Tia Napolitano and directed by Ron Underwood.
Crowen fans, this is the episode that we have been waiting for – the one when we say goodbye to Emma Marling but of course, we have to deal with the likes of her to be able to get rid of her.
In the first scene, we may have to block our eyes because Emma and Owen are cuddling in his trailer, basking in the afterglow. There is a lot of kissing but let’s just not dwell on that.
Emma says that she can’t believe that she is dating a man who lives in a tin can. Owen reminds her that it is a tin can with wheels. She asks if he ever thinks of moving to a place that won’t roll away. He replies that he hadn’t given it much thought. She says that it’s not that she doesn’t like the trailer, it was like camping. He tells her that she hates camping. She admits that she does.
Owen comes up with the bright (not) idea that they should get a bigger place, together. She answers that she thought that he hadn’t given it much thought. He says he did and he’s a fast thinker. She eagerly replies that it was a good idea and that she was a fast thinker, too. They kiss and roll around but the less said about that, the better. This is as barf-inducing as watching Cristina with Ross.
We then see Owen and Derek making their way through the crowded hospital lobby. A meeting has been called and all hospital staff members are there. It is clear that Owen has told Derek that he was planning to move out of the trailer. Derek tells him that he wasn’t getting his security deposit back. Owen replies that he didn’t give him any. Derek says that they are really serious. Owen confirms this to be true.
Overhearing this conversation is Cristina, who quickly puts two and two together. Meredith comes up and joins her. She asks Cristina if she missed anything. Cristina responds that Owen and Emma are moving in together. Meredith replies if he is holding a meeting for that.
Owen starts the meeting by thanking everyone and informing everyone that a new non-fraternization policy had been approved by the board. “This hospital has to be a safe work environment where our focus remains on clearly providing the best patient care possible. Moving forward, all relationships with co-workers will be discouraged and all relationships between superiors and subordinates strictly prohibited.”
Do we really think this is going to work? The hospital in all of its incarnations – Seattle Grace, Seattle Grace Mercy West and Grey Sloan Memorial – is a hotbed of inappropriate relations. Every single person has been guilty of fraternization with another colleague.
As Owen ends the meeting, he encounters Dr Webber, who asks him if he is now the panty police. (Ooh, I love that term. Webber, you’re killing it here. Last episode was the “Big Dogs” and this week, it is the “panty police.”)
Owen replies that he knows that there will be some feelings and since Webber has established a good relationship with the residents, he wants him to make sure they understand the policy. Listening nearby are the residents, with Jo Wilson being the most anxious to them. Webber is not too happy being the panty police and replies, “Nuts to that.” (Good one, there, Webber)
Jumpy Jo interjects that she has some questions about the policy. She is anxious because she and Alex are in a relationship. Owen hands it off to Webber, saying that the former chief would answer all of their questions. He then leaves.
We next see Cristina joining Meredith and Derek, who is informing his wife that he has another interview. Cristina asks where he was going. He replies that he has another interview with the White House. Cristina jokingly says he is a show-off. Derek departs, leaving the two best friends to chat.Read More
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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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CROWEN RECAP – 10 X 11 Man on the Moon
This was one episode that many Crowen fans hoped that they would never see. Yes, they did it. I can’t believe that the Grey’s writers went there by pairing Cristina and Shane together. Overall, there was a lot of Cristina, as expected. We saw a bit of Owen nearer the top of the show, but after that, he was never seen again. Through it all, they only shared one scene, together.
So let’s get the bad news over with. Cristina and Shane are in bed in an on-call room, where she is raising her ya-yas. They have obviously finished doing the dirty deed. She compliments his performance, giving him an A. He goes to kiss her. She pushes him back, saying that they have a lot to do today before the procedure. (I give thanks that we do not see them kiss). He says the conduit is coming off the printer in 2 hrs 47 minutes which gives them another 30 minutes before they have to start prep. He persuades her to do it again.
How many of you were grossed out by this scene? A show of hands, please. Yup, I have two hands in the air. Who wishes they could unsee that? Yeah, me, too. I have to say that I am equally grossed out by this scenario as I was when she hooked up with creepy old Dr. Parker from Mayo. The less said about this horrible scene, the better.
The first time we see Owen, he’s greeting Meredith at the nurses’ station. He tells her it is a big day. Meredith agrees that it is. He asks if she’s going to watch. She is surprised because she doesn’t know what he is talking about. Owen tells her, “Cristina’s surgery.” Meredith says that she has her own surgery.
Owen remembers that it is the pig. (Is this a call back to when he first came to the hospital and stabbed those pigs?) Meredith corrects him and tells him it’s a sheep. Given that Owen doesn’t even know what type of animal that Meredith is using in her surgery, shows the general lack of interest in it.
Then he notices that Webber is coming down the corridor. “Hey, here he comes,” Owen says as all of the doctors clap as Webber is leaving the hospital. Webber wants to know what the big fuss is about.
Meredith says that they came to see him off. Arizona says they couldn’t let him leave without saying goodbye. Callie says they will miss him. Webber says he is just going home, not retiring. He needs a vacation from all of them. Everyone disperses, as Webber is wheeled to the elevator.
Then, we have the only scene in which Owen and Cristina are together. Owen and Shane are in with the Glaziers and baby Nathan, explaining about how they want to live-stream the surgery. Owen is trying to convince them that the cameras will only record the doctors and the surgical field. He tells them that their son’s identity will be completely protected. Cristina and Alex enter the room. She says, “Good morning. Big day.”
Ashley, Nathan’s mom is upset. She says that they’re just hearing about the cameras. Cristina is clearly confused as she has no idea what Ashley is talking about. Shane jumps in and says that they were just telling the Glaziers that they have a lot of people who would like to observe the surgery so they set up a live stream. Don, Nathan’s dad, says that they would feel better if they knew the focus was on the baby and not putting on a show.
Owen says the cameras are there so that if successful, other doctors can learn the technique to help other kids like Nathan. Cristina and Alex exchange incredulous, disbelieving looks. Ashley says that doesn’t work for her and that he’s just a baby.
Cristina saves the project by reassuring the parents that it is she, who will be performing the operation and her focus will be on her son. That’s all she cares about, she tells them. She may have said that then but she is clearly not pleased when all four doctors leave the room to discuss the live-streaming.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