Whoo hoo! Here’s yet another installment from the ladies of Seriously Grey’s Podcast! Listen to Sam, Kay and Amanda as they dish and dissect last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Do You Believe In Magic?” Here’s what you can expect:
-First, listener feedback! What’s the difference between Calzona and Crowen when it comes to the babygate? Also, was it out of character for Alex to reveal Jo’s past?
-We don’t care how much we’re supposed to hate Lauren,she’s hot and thinking she’s hot is easier than thinking Calzona Paradise is in danger.
-Management fails once again… Can they not see that Bailey is not giving them the silence treatment?
-Finally someone tells Jackson a compliment that has nothing to do with his eyes or chest.
-Callie plays volleyball
-McDreamy the McPrincess!!!! CUTENESS!!!!
-Who touched my jo!?!?!
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These ladies ALWAYS make me think about a GA episode in a that I wasn’t thinking, but THIS one tops them all considering how close we are to the finale and especially their take on what’s happy in Calzona’s world. Have you listened to this podcast? If not, check it out! And don’t forget to hit us with your comments!
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.”
As you know, the episode that is being shot right now was written by Dan Bucatinsky and is being directed by Kevin McKidd!
Dan tweeted this picture!
Hey there, folks!
Looks like GA’s own Kevin McKidd is busy with yet another GA episode this season! Look out below!