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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.
Thought you would enjoy our amazing friend’s review of Crowen in Season Five. It is their beginning and this is dedicated to my best friend Lisa & also to the author of this review who chooses to remain a secret writer. I appreciate being able to look through those Crowen glasses. I love how all you Crowen love your ship. As Dido sings- ” I will go down with this ship and I won’t put my hands up and surrender” Lets hope Shonda heard Lisa’s plea… Save them Shonda
Once upon a time, there was season five of Grey’s Anatomy.
Yes, there was the intern fight club, the character of Sadie, Erica Hahn disappearing in a parking lot, and a little plotline known to many in the Grey’s fandom as well as many media outlets as ‘ghost sex’.
But it was also, for Crowen fans, an incredible season in terms of the stories for the pairing and the arc that made us invested in this couple in the first place. It wasn’t the type of story that was happy and shiny. It wasn’t a season where they were drama-free and happy every moment we saw them onscreen – not by a long shot. It was not a typical start to a relationship that we see on Grey’s: there was no meeting a hot woman/man in a bar, the first time they were in bed together, one of them was actually sleeping, and their struggles stemmed not from a third party or differences in personality but from something neither of them could control or eventually ignore. It was a season, however, that provided a well-written storyline that focused on drama that was organic, and that showed no matter how difficult the characters or pairing had it, that there was no doubt that the two of them loved one another and wanted to be together.
It was a season that encapsulated why Crowen fans fell in love with this couple and why we still root for them even though so much has changed for the characters since season 5.
Here are some of the most memorable Cristina and Owen moments from season 5. Because sometimes we all need to go back to the start to remember what we love about television characters and pairings and why we still root for them in spite of ourselves season after season.
1) The first kiss
Truth be told, there were many memorable moments for Cristina and Owen in Owen’s first episodes: he entered the series with a bang by traching a patient with a pen, he stapled his own leg from injuries from the car accident (with Cristina’s gleeful assistance), he went head to head with Derek about freezing his patient, and he came to Cristina’s rescue after she was karmically impaled by an icicle that never seemed to actually melt. Then there were the little moments between Cristina and Owen: the looks (aka eyesexing), the hints of chemistry and mutual intrigue, the reassurance and advice Owen gives Cristina to let her know that mistakes were how they learned, all of which lead up to their final, intense scene in the two part premiere.
As quickly as Owen Hunt entered her life, he was destined to leave it, as Owen explained to an eager Richard Webber in response to a job offer that he was due to return to Iraq after his brief leave home so he could finish his tour. Cristina looks a bit disappointed by the news, and both Cristina and Owen are initially subdued when Webber leaves them in the exam room. But that’s before Owen discards his gloves, closes the blinds, and turns around to give Cristina one hell of a goodbye kiss. And say what you want about the way this couple kisses-Cristina and Owen both look like they’re enjoying it every time. Cristina looks as though she’s losing herself in the spontaneous kiss until rationality catches up to her and she points out that she doesn’t even know him.
Owen just smiles at her: “So?”
And that was the moment where Crowen fans (or at least I personally) first lost their sanity to this pairing and the potential that these characters had together.
2) In the after
I was approached early this week to do a Crowen panel – get a set of questions together and ask Crowen shippers and a couple of non-Crowen shippers to share their perspectives on the ship & their viewpoints. Honestly, the first thought that crossed my mind is that Greys Gabble is United Nations of Greys. While both Lisa and I have our personal ships – we never will want this to reflect onto GG. And honestly, since taking GG over I don’t have much time to ship. But I love every character- some less, some more – but I appreciate the process of Grey’s Anatomy!
With that said, I realize that we all claim to have Ph.D.’s on Grey’s – we all claim to know why and how these ships work or why/how they don’t! So instead of trying to convince or make anyone understand the depths of Crowen – I thought a panel was a brilliant idea.
As some of you may or may not know-Lisa ships Crowen. I do not ship Crowen, but I root for them, I hope for them! And my experience with Crowen shippers is that most of them are kind and non-judgmental of other ships on the show (as it should be-there’s no competition or contest, these ships coexist on the show and their shippers in the fandom should as well). Yet most of what you hear about Crowen is that they’re in trouble! They don’t belong together! Crowen’s relationship is only physical! The issue of having a child is their “deal-breaker”-The list goes on and on yet unfortunately, often the opinions of the Crowen fans aren’t included in said list.
Because of the suggestion, we realized that every ship (and their fandom) deserves to have a voice. With this Crowen panel we wanted to give the opportunity for shippers to have that voice, to view this pairing through the eyes of shippers, and also to allow shippers and non-shippers to express their opinions on the pairing in an articulate, sane – and unapologetically passionate – way.
Here’s the panel of amazing souls who get Crowen and one or two that claim to get Crowen but doesn’t necessarily believe that Crowen is best as one…. Liv
1) What originally drew you to the pairing of Crowen and what do you think makes their relationship unique?
@crowen4ever: I was already a huge fan of Cristina, and of course Sandra OH, who I just think is amazing. I remember watching the season 5 premier; there was a moment where I shouted out “He’s going to be Cristina’s love interest”! – Now this is before I really started reading spoilers, So I wasn’t aware he was coming back. Something about their scenes. It was when she was stapling up his leg. Just to see Cristina be taken back by someone, it was just really lovely…Like Cristina; I think Owen Hunt had us all at “So?” I’m so happy Shonda introduced Kevin McKidd to us. KENDRA a.k.a Sandra & Kevin have some amazing chemistry.
EllaMarie: In S.5 Cristina was a broken survivor ready to rejoin life and Owen was the first man who saw her as she was, was drawn to her as the person he saw her to be, and communicated with her from the status of being equals. Owen was a strong man not at all intimidated by Cristina’s outer shell or her bravado and yet he never shied from showing his vulnerability and thoughtfulness even in their first exchanges. Their uniqueness, to me, stems from their ability to see each other more clearly through the others’ eyes than they do sometimes through their own. The love and support and faults they reflect back to each other informs who they are and helps them grow in ways that resonates with me, making them a stronger force together than either have been singularly or could be apart.
@kayright: I have always been a big fan of Cristina’s character. She is career driven and makes no apologies for it, she is deliciously sarcastic and most of all she has a good heart. A precious heart that she does not share with everyone… We saw her do it with Burke and slowly we saw her losing herself (and her eyebrows!). And Owen! Love Owen, he’s my guy! Actually no! He’s my man! Owen came into the picture and immediately established his masculinity, his tough attitude, his strong stances he was appealing because he was a nice opposition to Derek’s dreamy, romantic, sensitive type and Mark’s shallow vanity. What I’m saying is: I love Cristina and Owen as individuals! And that’s where it all starts! A shipper must love the two people in the couple individually, in order to want what is best for both characters.
Although this blog has been previously posted- we suggest rereading or reading- since tonight 9.22 airs for all of the Grey fandom to watch!! Happy Grey Day!! Are you all ready for this season to be over?
“The skill of setting is crucial to every team’s success. The ability to attack and score points effectively corresponds to a player’s ability to deliver a ball that is expected and located at the point the attacker wants it.”
-Sean Byron, Assistant Men’s Volleyball Coach, Ohio State University
The Unsung Importance of Episode Twenty-Two
A long time ago, I played volleyball. Well, ‘attempted’ would be better verb for the action performed. Bumping and diving into skin-eating gym floors I could do with wild abandon, but spiking was a different story. I still have nightmares of my little finger catching in the net after one disastrous follow-through. Unfortunately, if you couldn’t spike, my coach had players who could. This is how I found myself playing the elite position known as “bench.” Determined to get off the pine, I decided to try the setter position because 1) I wouldn’t have to risk net injuries that made my hands look like Lady Macbeth’s and 2) it looked easy.
It looked easy, because the senior playing in the position was that good at it. While it looked like she was popping the ball randomly in the air, what she was actually doing was making split-second decisions about placement, speed, and timing. While I eventually retreated from volleyball to sports low to the ground, I learned to respect the setter, because the spike can only be as good as the set.
Now, let’s talk Grey’s.
Grey’s Anatomy has had it share of ‘spike’ episodes. We get them during sweeps and season finales. They are LVAD wires, ripped eyebrows, cement blocks, buses, shootings, plane crashes, and Lord knows what else! As much as you may have hated Izzie, you still grabbed the tissues and the pause button as you sobbed with her over Denny’s lifeless figure. Likewise, you blubbered like a child as Lexie asked Mark to hold her hand as she bravely faced the inevitable. When Rhimes spikes, she hits hard sending your heart lurching while it tries to defend the last shreds of your dignity. It’s ok. Cry. Your dog doesn’t judge you.
However, just as the strength and the accuracy of the spike are entirely dependent on the setter, the gut-shot of a Grey’s Anatomy finale is entirely dependent on the lowly episode twenty-two. For seasons that weren’t twenty-four episodes long, this is the third to last episode, but it still functions as what I’m going to call a ‘22.’ My argument for you to consider is that the emotional magnitude of those season finales was the result of the ground work laid out in the episode twenty-two. I want to look at two examples where we see 22 used effectively against one where it wasn’t. Then, we’ll look at what 9.22 needs to have happen for it to be successful.
Season 5.22 “What a Difference a Day Makes,” Written by Shonda Rhimes
When Shonda Rhimes decides to write any episode, you pay attention to the details. When she decides to write a 22, you grab a magnifying glass. One thing about Shonda’s scripts is that they are much more detailed than other shows’ scripts. Stage directions, character emotions, props, sometimes lighting and character backgrounds are dictated in the script, and 5.22 is not an exception. I love how this episode starts with Izzie’s raspy voice set against a muted background view of her battling cancer in a hospital bed. Visually, she is alone fighting the battle of her life.
“You never know the biggest day of your life is going to be the biggest. The days you think are going to be big ones, they’re never as big as you make them out to be in your head. It’s the regular days, the ones that start out normal. Those are the days that end up being the biggest.”