Check out the writers blog that we have for you below written by Bill Harper on 7.08 “Something’s Gotta Give” Enjoy!
Once in a while, here in the Writer’s room, if we’re stuck on a problem or need a new idea, someone will yell: “Everyone think of three good ideas in the next three minutes — GO!” And we all stop talking and start squinting or staring into space as we think really hard and the room starts to smell like burnt toast, and then, “Time’s up!” And we go around the room and we have to say what we came up with. And this game pretty much always works. We always come up with something. Why? Because we had to. Because pressure – even fake pressure – pushes your brain into survival mode, causes you to think differently, move differently and become very creative, because the stakes have suddenly become life-or-death. Which is why I was a little surprised to learn we’d never done “Pressure” as a theme in six-plus seasons. I mean, these doctors have life-and–death stakes every day. So we were interested in what extra pressures we could put on these doctors, but even more interested in what happens when all the pressure is taken off.
Like when you…say… quit your job.
So, yes, let’s talk about Cristina first…. She left the hospital, under what might have been the worst possible circumstances: not in a panic or a fit of anger – these are conditions you can get over — but with a clear-headed decision that surgery is just not what she wants to do. Which is more frightening, because it means she might never come back. What’s even scarier for Cristina is the question of what she will do now. Now that the thing she’s been working toward, preparing for, eating, sleeping and breathing for all of her adult life is suddenly off the table. Here, she’s clearly avoiding the question, as she grasps at any and every notion that crosses her path — from haircuts to housewares. Anything to keep from looking at the real question: “What do I do now?”
Callie’s in a similar boat, trying to picture what her life will be after losing the one person she really wanted to spend it with. And it appears she’s as undecided as Cristina, as she spends the whole day trying to put a good face — and a decent hairstyle – on the situation. But what Cristina says is true: we’ve rarely seen Callie when she wasn’t in a relationship. And in the end, she just can’t do it; Callie turns to her friend Mark and tells him she doesn’t want to be alone without someone else. I love those moments, when their friendship becomes a life raft.
Cristina’s departure is putting pressure on other people too: Meredith heard last week that she’s at least partially responsible for Cristina’s troubles; Derek feels a debt to her that he doesn’t begin to know how to repay; Owen wants the girl he met back, for her own sake as much as his; and Teddy (thanks in part to Derek’s misdirected frustration) worries that she could have done more.
So when the Emir arrives, it puts these three in a little political pressure cooker, where the stakes are higher because so many people have a vested interest in the outcome of their work. As the politicos argue about who’s at fault and what’s the best way to save their leader, our doctors have to air their own agendas, point their fingers of blame, and figure out between them the best way to save Cristina. Meredith and Derek clearly disagree, and I think it’s really surprising when he goes behind Mer’s back to steal Cristina away. It’s almost a betrayal. I would say it was a betrayal if I didn’t believe that he was helping Cristina for Meredith’s sake, too. That he wants her to have her friend back. It’ll be interesting to see if Mer sees it that way.
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Original Airdate: 9-30-10
Over the summer, the question I was most often asked about Grey’s was: “How do you come back from something like that?” These people weren’t asking me about the show, or the writers, they were asking about the characters. The characters they know and like as if they were their own friends: How will they come back from that? Well, as of last week, Grey’s is back, but for our doctors, I think that question is still valid.