Apparently the cast and crew of Grey’s got to watch the entire episode lunch time today, and here are some reactions!
Are you excited yet?! I definitely am!
Hey Gabblers – Well I liked this episode except for a couple of things. First, though we got a good story for Mer we got hardly any MerDer. Boo! That scene at the end when Mer comes home was so cute but way too short. Second, too much April and Jackson for me. The only good thing about April being her annoying self was getting to see the expressions on Callie’s face. Sara does such a good job with comedy. Made me laugh. Thought how much Mer has grown when she told Lexie to be happy for Thatcher and grow up. Lexie was pretty funny about Thatcher’s girlfriend but I am not a fan of Jackson/Lexie being together. I thought it was actually sweet that Mark/Az were working together to take care of Callie but I have mixed feelings about the baby storyline. While I enjoyed it, I’m starting to resent the whole story. I want to be seeing Mer going through caffeine withdrawal & Der hovering protectively. I want to watch MerDer go through the baby experience and I find it hard to believe that if we are seeing this story with Callie, that we will get to see it again with Mer. That will really hack me off. I’m glad Mer choose the Alzheimer’s trial so maybe we will actually get to see MerDer working together. I don’t want another full time cast member but I have to say that I liked Lucy. I thought she & Alex played really well off one another. The scene in the elevator was great. Now on to my recap.
MVO: One of the hardest lessons as a doctor is learning to prioritize.
Shows Mer with Alzheimer patient & their family member. She asked them to remember 3 words. Truck, Cabin & Spoon. Then she asked them to repeat the 3 words to her. The first patient says all three words.
MVO: We’re trained to do all we can to save life & limb but if cutting off a limb means saving a life we learn to do it, without hesitation.
We see Mer with different patients while they try to say the three words. Some struggle.
MVO: It’s not an easy lesson to learn & it always comes down to 1 question. What are the stakes? What do we stand to gain or lose? At the end of the day we’re just gamblers trying not to bet the farm.
Mer gets paged to the Chiefs office. Der is there. She sees that the Chief has her mother’s journals on his desk. Chief tells her that he’s very excited to announce a new clinical trial on Diabetes. He’s starting it based on what he’s found in Ellis’s journals & the work she was doing. He offers the trial to Mer. Says it’s her chance to continue her mother’s works. Her legacy. Der says she should think about it & it’s her choice. Chief hands her a file.
Az pouring Callie some green goo. Callie wants coffee. Mark comes in & Callie says for him to tell Az that she can have coffee. Mark says sure you can. Az asks Mark if he read the studies that link a lot of symptoms of a fetus to caffeine. Mark says that goo looks great. Callie tells them they can’t dictate how she eats & drinks. Az says if it helps they can give up caffeine too. Callie says that helps no one. Mark says let’s vote. All for Callie drinking coffee? Callie raises her hand. Mark/Az vote that she doesn’t drink coffee. They say they win & drink the goo.
Locker room with Mer saying it’s horrible. Cris says it’s the opposite of horrible. Mer – Alzheimer’s or Diabetes? Cris says if you keep whining I’m gonna smack you in the ear. Mer says diabetes? Lexie says it affects 240,000,000 million people a year. Mer and Alzheimer’s. Lexie says it’s the 7th leading cause of death. Cris says It’s Sophie’s Choice. Mer says Sophie’s Choice & nods. Lexie says she never saw that movie. Cris says oh you should it’s really funny. Mer laughs.
Bailey comes in the lounge & asks the Grey girls how long their father’s been having abdominal pain. They look confused. Bailey says Thatcher isn’t easy to get info out of & Lexie says he’s here? Bailey says she admitted him 1 hour ago & didn’t he call them. Lexie asks if it could be related to his liver? Mer says of course he’s rejecting it because it’s her liver. LOL. Bailey tells Lexie to go take a blood sample & try to get more info out of him.
Hey Gabblers – Here’s the writers blog for 7.15 Pretty Young thing on Feb 10, 2011 by Austin Guzman. Comment below.
Austin Guzman on “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”…
Original Airdate: 2-10-11
In last week’s Grey Matter, Mark Wilding told you all about the time he tried (and failed) to be an actor. In high school, I also tried my hand at acting. There’s a difference between Mark and myself, though. I didn’t just try. I freaking succeeded.
Which was handy because I loved attention.
As I quickly discovered, if you auditioned for a play and got a part, people would be FORCED to pay attention to you. And if you got the lead (as I did on more than one occasion – brag, brag, brag), they’d have to pay attention to you for as many as TWO WHOLE HOURS. Once, an elderly couple even came up to me at Hometown Buffet to tell me that they had seen and enjoyed my performance as King Arthur in our school’s production of Camelot. I was a mother-flippin’ star.
But a person gets older. Maybe wiser. He leaves behind dreams of celebrity and pursues a career behind the scenes. (Though still in a capacity where he will be paid his fair share of attention. Hey, reader! Thanks for your time!)
Then one day, while casting actors to play Clinical Trial Patients and their family members for an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, a producer suggests that it would be funny if THE WRITER played one of those family members.
Oh hey there, Former Dreams of Super-stardom. It’s been a while. Nice to see you again.
So, of course I said, “yes.” How could I not? And it’s not like it was going to be super-tough or anything. The family members in this sequence didn’t have any lines. I’d just have to sit at a table, pretend to care about the person sitting next to me and NOT look like a big, fat idiot. I could totally do that. After all, I was once recognized and praised by my adoring fans while loading up on bread pudding in a buffet line.
HERE’S THE THING, THOUGH: There’s a difference between standing onstage in the high school auditorium and being on the set of a television show with a great, big professional TV camera staring you down. You’re suddenly the most self-conscious you’ve ever been in your entire life. You can’t stop thinking about the fact that just two days ago you’d gotten the worst haircut a person has ever gotten. Ever. You’ve also recently put on ten (but probably more like fifteen) pounds, which will combine with the extra weight the camera adds to make you look like Santa Claus, age 29. There are bright lights shining in your eyes making it nearly impossible to see, which you can’t really do anyway because you’ve taken off your glasses, knowing that your mom would later complain that she couldn’t see your face if you left them on even though you now realize that ain’t nobody gonna miss your big damned head because of all that extra weight and HOLY HELL WHY WON’T YOUR MOUTH STOP TWITCHING???
This is your moment. The nation is watching. You’re sitting across the table from Meredith Grey herself in an honest-to-God consult room at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital… and you probably look like a big, fat idiot.
The stakes are huge, people. Which is why I can totally identify with what it must feel like to be a doctor who’s about to perform a heart transplant on a baby who hasn’t been born yet.
In this week’s episode, Alex and Lucy go head to head over just such a case. Lucy is so shocked and offended when Alex refers to a brain-dead baby as a “turnip in the cabbage patch” that there is absolutely no way she’s going to let him get near a baby. It’s a fair position to take if you don’t know Alex Karev. When you’re just meeting the guy, he comes across as a jerk-ass wrestler with a crappy attitude. What you don’t know is that once upon a time, Arizona actually gave Alex a speech about the fact that a peds surgeon has to do whatever they can to not picture “tiny coffins” all day, every day. So you don’t see that what Alex is doing when he calls a baby a “turnip” is distancing himself, playing down the stakes of what he’s about to do, so that he can keep a calm head, not get too emotionally involved, and actually be able to help his patient. Yeah, it may not be the best tactic. And even though Arizona was the one who gave Alex the speech way back when, she’s not particularly thrilled with the way he’s chosen to cope, either. But at least she gets why he’s doing it. In the end, Alex and Lucy are in the same boat – doing what they think is best for the tiny, tiny patients they’re trying to help.