This week’s installment of Grey’s Anatomy was all about making choices. The episode also featured a lot of “baby talk” . . .
. . . and not nearly enough shirtlessness and/or sex for my taste . . .
A Shirtless Justin Chambers is a TERRIBLE thing to waste!
As is a Shirtless Jesse Williams, for that matter!
What choices did our characters make this week? Let’s analyze, shall we?
To Grandpa, or Not to Grandpa . . .
In the past, Mark Sloan has been known throughout Seattle Grace as the Resident Man Child, a walking Mid-Life Crisis in Scrubs, if you will. The moments he wasn’t in the operating room (and, let’s face it, we almost NEVER see this guy operate), Mark could typically be found trolling for women . . . .
. . . making sexually suggestive (and slightly creepy) comments to anyone who would listen,
“Hey baby, did I ever tell you about the big yacht I own? It’s IN MY PANTS!”
. . . and starring in sex tapes with actresses and call girls . . .
(Oh, wait . . . that last one only happened in REAL life)
However, lately, viewers have begun to notice a “softer side” of Mark Sloan. During the last few episodes, Mark has been toying with the idea of settling into a serious relationship, and starting a family. This idea was first brought to the forefront a few episodes back, when Mark’s long lost 18-year old daughter, who he heretofore never knew existed, arrived on the scene and announced she was pregnant.
Mark and his daughter (Little Sloan) had previously discussed Mark raising his grandchild on his daughter’s behalf. However, Little Sloan got cold feet, and decided to put the baby up for adoption. In the opening scenes of this episode, Little Sloan arrives on Mark’s doorstep about to give birth. Fortunately for Little Sloan, Mark lives in Doctor Central. So, she didn’t even need to go to the hospital to deliver her baby. Dr. Teddy Altman . . .
. . . (who Sloan just so happened to be screwing, while his daughter’s water was breaking all over his Welcome Mat), delivered the child, with nothing more than a pair of scissors and a bunch of towels. Once the baby was born, a highly hormonal Little Sloan began to have second thoughts about giving it up for adoption.
And despite the fact that Little Sloan had Bad Mommy written all over her (Her idea of “baby gifts” was a messy purse filled with enough lame dollar store doodads to LITERALLY choke a baby! These “bite-sized” toys might as well have had “Swallow Me and Die” written on their surfaces), Big Sloan seemed to think it was a GREAT idea! He was thrilled at the prospect of being able to have a grandchild in his life. Fortunately, Arizona stepped in to show him the error of his ways.
In a heart-wrenching scene, Mark is forced to hand the child over to his new adoptive parents. Once it is all over, he and his daughter vow to remain a part of one another’s lives. So, it seems as though Seattle Grace’s most immature resident may have FINALLY grown up. (Oh, and did I mention that Little Sloan was significantly less annoying this week, than she has been in past episodes?)
Oh Baby or No Baby . . .
Speaking of Arizona . . .
. . . she and Callie seemed to be having baby issues of their own this week, since Callie wants to have a child, and Arizona doesn’t. Throughout the episode, Callie tried a number of tactics to get Arizona aboard the Baby Train.
First Callie tried guided imagery. “Picture a beautiful baby,” she prodded.
“I’m picturing a trip to Spain, a glass of Sangria, and you in a bikini,” replied Arizona. “Oh, wait. We can’t go to Spain . . . or DRINK, because of the BABY!”
Callie then tried to psychoanalyze Arizona, patronizingly explaining to her that the real reason Arizona didn’t want a child was that she was afraid it would get sick and die, like Arizona’s own brother, or the babies she treats at the hospital each day. Arizona is offended by Callie’s insinuations. “I’m not broken. . . I just don’t want a child,” Arizona explains, before storming out of the room.
And even though the couple seemingly made up at the episode’s conclusion, I am not entirely sure that this is something they will be able to overcome, in the long term.
To Be a D-Bag, or NOT to be a D-Bag . . .
Remember all those times, when Seattle Grace was in financial trouble, and Derek self-righteously lectured Chief Webber on the importance of not letting the interests of money and prestige override the need for a comfortable work environment, where doctors can work together as a team? Remember that “Back to School” episide, where Derek tried to demonstrate that Seattle Grace was, above all, a “teaching hospital”? Well, it appears, that “power corrupts,” because the Derek of this week’s episode has completely turned his back on everything he once believed.
For what seemed like the umpteenth time in the past few seasons, ANOTHER “Cardio God” entered the hallowed halls of Seattle Grace. And, once again, the typically tough-as-nails, Cristina Yang, turned into a puddle of sycophantic mush around him. Karev was right when he said she treated well-renown doctors like trading cards . . .
Collect them all!
At least Cristina is not afraid to ADMIT her flaws. (I loved when she called herself a Cardiothoracic Whore!) This, unfortunately, is more than I can say for Derek . . .
Apparently, Seattle Grace is still in need of a Head of Cardiologogy. And while, Teddy, who has been performing the job on temporary contract, would seem to be the most likely choice for the job, the prospect of getting a bigger name (in this case, “Dr. Evans”) to fill the position, put dollar signs in McDreamy’s puppy dog eyes.
In Derek’s defense, a skittish Teddy was screwing up all over the place, this week, sneezing on patients and failing to recognize that they were suffering from sepsis, before operating on them. And, yes, the DULL Dr. Evans did seem like a “good surgeon.” However, he was a Crappy Teacher, forcing Cristina to sit on the sidelines and watch a surgery she had scrubbed in on, while he performed the entire thing on his own. Not to mention that the absence of the well-liked Teddy would have certainly caused a good deal of upheaval amongst many of the doctors — most notably, Mark Sloan who she is currently screwing. Under normal circumstances, a doctor’s popularity and good teaching skills should not be the sole reasons for her getting a job. However, for a Chief who got HIS job on a platform of “education and togetherness,” such reasons should certainly be persuasive ones.
Fortunately, for Teddy, she ultimately got to keep her job. However, at the end of the episode, when Old Chief Webber makes a point to congratulate Shepherd on his decision to award loyalty over prestige, Derek defiantly admits that he had originally offered Dr. Evans the job, not Teddy. However, Dr. Evans passed on it. I’m not a fan of what “chiefing” is doing to Derek’s character . . . Here’s hoping that Old Chief Webber resumes his post REALLY SOON!
“Sober up quick, Chief McBoozy! We need YOU!”
To Threesome, or Not to Threesome . . .
In other D-baggyish news, Owen came VERY close to cheating on Cristina, by almost making out with a vulnerable Teddy, in an admittedly sweet elevator scene. Interestingly enough, THESE actions are NOT the ones with which I take issue. After all, Owen ultimately DID NOT cheat (only because his pager went off . . . but still). And, Owen and Teddy do have chemistry and a strong history together, so I can understand his moment of weakness.
What I COULD NOT abide, was what Owen did NEXT. In a highly uncharacteristic move, Cristina plays the Girlfriend Card with Owen, asking that he plead Teddy’s case to McDreamy, so she can keep her job. Owen AGREES to do this. However, once he gets inside the Chief’s office, he pleads DR. EVANS’s case instead, asserting that Teddy would be “just fine” if Derek didn’t choose her for the position. One could argue that Owen truly believed that Dr. Evan was the “better man” for the job. However, I think this had more to do with Owen’s own concerns that he won’t be strong enough to not make out with Teddy, the next time the two of them are stuck in an elevator . . . And, if that ‘s the case, that seriously SUCKS for BOTH Teddy and Cristina!
To Grow Some Balls or NOT to Grow Some Balls . . .
In still MORE D-bag news, Alex treated his sort-of girlfriend Lexie like total crap this entire episode, berating her, making fun of her, and STEALING her surgeries. When Lexie solves a medical mystery and ALMOST allows Alex to steal her thunder, it takes a tough love speech from Bailey (Doesn’t it always?), for Lexie to finally realize that she is being mistreated. At the end of the episode, Lexie confronts Alex, by giving him a serious “I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR” – type talking to.
Alex seems impressed. He even gives Lexie a beer. And you KNOW how boys hate parting with their beer. But was it too little, to late?
Finally, in Bat-Sh&t Crazy News . . .
. . . April continued to awkwardly fawn over the married Dr. Shepherd, much like the creepy school girl she played in that Glee episode a few months back . . .
I LOVED how Dr. Avery, a.k.a. Dr. Hotness . . .
. . . totally called her out on her freak show behavior, not to mention skewered her with a few spot on impersonations. “Oh, Chief Shepherd, you can spank me if I’m wrong. And I DO hope I’m wrong!” He mimicked.
(Could somebody in the writing staff PLEASE give the funny and adorably sexy Jesse Williams more to do on this show? A storyline? A relationship? A surgery? ANYTHING AT ALL? Need I remind you what he looks like with his shirt off?)
Anyway, methinks the slow boil of Bat Sh&t Crazy April is about to bubble over REALLY soon. So, Derek should definitely hide his meat cleavers . . .
. . . and his BUNNIES . . .
. . . both in the literal AND the metaphoric sense. You can spank me if I’m wrong. And I DO hope I’m wrong . . .