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Grey’s Anatomy – 7.8 – “Something’s Gotta Give”

November 12, 2010

You don't need to come and confess... Dr. Jackson Avery's looking for you...he's gonna find you...

With all the attending physicians paying rapt attention to Teddy’s presentation of her successful lung transplant from last week, is it any wonder that 20% of Seattle Grace’s pancreas surgery patients develop fistulas and die? And who thought that rubber faced Peter MacNicol would be a fine replacement for temporarily exiting series regular Jessica Capshaw who’s on maternity leave?

“Something’s Gotta Give” had to a lot to live up to besides its rather provocative name and in the end it didn’t. The various story arcs collided haphazardly into each other like cast members in a West Covina dinner theater production of Noises Off and with the same amount of emotional pay off. Let me start by asking who’s bright idea was it to have Mark Sloan popping up out of his chair during Teddy’s presentation as though Mc Dreamy had stocked Mark’s chair with thumb tacks? And were we really to believe a staff so insular and nosy wouldn’t all be aware of Cristina’s spur of the moment decision to quit her residency. Granted, Mark and Cristina have not had much direct interaction, but Mark was trying to holla at her mentor Teddy for a minute, so perhaps during one of their two awkward dates Teddy might have had occasion to mention her star – and only – pupil if only to break up the awkward pauses brought on by their lack of chemistry and badly written dating storyline.

Dr. Teddy Altman, Dr. Grey and Dr. Owen Hunt

In theory I appreciate any attempt by Grey’s writers to do Teddy a solid, and this week was utterly Teddytastic. Though I don’t mean that in a good way. Pitting her against fan fave McDreamy is one of the worst decision in a long, sad history of bad Teddy story arc decisions. Nobody goes up against McDreamy and comes out better for it, and that was certainly the case for Teddy. Now McDreamy did eventually back up off Teddy, but not before playing the I-got-shot-real-bad card and making everyone else in the O.R. – treating a terribly hatched plot point, I mean VIP – visibly uncomfortable. I can’t have Teddy go out like a sucker. Oddly enough the most Teddy applicable line, “I just need a win,” came not from Teddy herself, but rather Bailey, who once again found herself wheeling another routine surgical patient into the morgue for a toe tag fitting.

Callie. Lawd, what did they do to your hair? You know you have to like leave your house and eventually work again, right? Oh Grey’s, don’t you love yourself a lady break up trope. And Callie why did you think allowing a totally bananas Cristina to cut your hair with kitchen scissors was a good idea? It wasn’t. Though I did enjoy seeing Cristina and Callie shore up their bond and prove to Grey’s fans that Cristina can relate quite nicely to females that aren’t Meredith or Teddy. Gone were the pained, stilted conversations that infected nearly all of MerCris scenes and they were replaced by easy, breezy mall talk and impromptu furniture shopping. I wouldn’t mind more of the Cristina-Callie hour as long as it offered no more break up tropes or haircuts. I hope this is some kind of Halloween fright wig and there will be gratuitous use of the wonky Grey’s timeline to correct Callie’s unfortunate hair situation.

Dr. Alex Karev and Dr. April Kepner

Oh I see you, Alex. Okay, it would be so much more helpful if you didn’t wait until I’ve nearly gone back to my online spades game to impart important exposition regarding your hot and cold fuckery. I know you’re family is jacked up and April was warned about your inability to have any sort of healthy relationship that doesn’t involve fuck buddy status, but you did not have to go off on April like that. I’m sorry Alex, but you cannot be making it easy for the bitchy, finicky fans to turn on April again, simply because you don’t like her or a lot of chow chow before unlocking her panty badge, so to speak.

What about Meredith? What about the Chief? What about that interracial couple nobody seemed to notice was interracial? If you want more then simply click on the Grey’s icon below and see what our round table had to say about the episode “Something’s Gotta Give”

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  1. November 12, 2010 11:54 am

    I thought “Something’s gotta give” meant we’d finally get some resolution about Cristina, but no, she’s still wading into the deep end of the avoidance pool. Her musing about the “mall people” was weird. Does she really think those people just hang out in the mall all day to avoid there demons like she was doing? The best part of the episode was the teasers for next week. I can’t wait to see what happens with Mark and Callie as roomies. And Cristina as a bartender? In the bar across the street, no less? By the way, has anyone else ever seen a bar across the street from a hospital?

  2. evmaroon permalink
    November 12, 2010 12:15 pm

    I’m going to creep out on a limb and say that Cristina’s almost back in the OR. Because losing herself in an Auntie Anne’s pretzel has got to be rock bottom for her, please. Please don’t make us see her in a Seattle alley behind an OfficeMax, festooned with garbage and huffing on compressed air. We’ll know that’s not real, if only because OMG, Seattle has the cleanest alleys I’ve ever seen in a city. I don’t exactly live in the nice part of town, but I saw a guy with a buffing machine two weeks ago, buffing the concrete.

    The various story arcs collided haphazardly into each other like cast members in a West Covina dinner theater production of Noises Off and with the same amount of emotional pay off.
    You had me at collided. You had me at collided.

  3. November 12, 2010 12:57 pm

    Because losing herself in an Auntie Anne’s pretzel has got to be rock bottom for her, please.

    Those pretzels are so greasy. That’s gotta be a wake up call for an uptight cardio surgeon. And if they go the shameful route of making Cristina a ranging decor and pen addict I will be momentarily entertained, but ultimately disappointed.

  4. November 12, 2010 12:59 pm

    The best part of the episode was the teasers for next week. I can’t wait to see what happens with Mark and Callie as roomies. And Cristina as a bartender? In the bar across the street, no less? By the way, has anyone else ever seen a bar across the street from a hospital?

    Ha. They better not bait-n-switch us. Also words no family in crisis ever wants to hear, “Wait, page Dr. so and so, he’s probably over at the bar across the street!”

  5. evmaroon permalink
    November 12, 2010 4:35 pm

    I’ve seen a bar from across a hospital before. On ER.

  6. November 13, 2010 8:25 pm

    I really believed there was a bar across the street from the hospital in my home town so I google map checked it and its the public library.

    (There is a bar across from the Rehab hospital, though, which is basically connected to the other hospitals downtown. Its called the Booby Trap.)

  7. November 13, 2010 8:32 pm

    But for a real comment — I actually liked this episode way more than last week’s. I was more engaged in the story and felt a great kinship with mall-people watcher Christina, due to spending a Christmas season after a particularly huge relationship failure trying to reestablish my life while selling calendars in a mall kiosk. Here’s a secret about mall people: they exist. And they just come to the mall. Every day. And hang out. And I like Callie’s hair. It reminds me of Halloween.

    I think Alex being an asshole to April was exactly the kind of thing she and everyone else should have expected from him. He likes to live up to those expectations. And I don’t understand why Avery or April would be at Christina’s party.

  8. cindy permalink
    November 14, 2010 3:14 am

    By the way, has anyone else ever seen a bar across the street from a hospital?

    In Utica, NY there was a bar called The Recovery Room next to I think Faxton Hospital (unsure exactly which hospital – this was in the 80s), and when I just went to search to see if it was still there so I could know which hospital it’s next to (goodbye to my memory), I found this about a new Recovery Room bar in a different upstate NY town:

    The Recovery Room is being built right on Route 30, next to the SEFCU bank and across the street from the St. Mary’s Amsterdam Memorial Campus. It’s a location some residents find a bit appealing.

    “I think it’s great next to a hospital. If you need to get over there quick for any reason, it’s a quick ride and also next to a bank, obviously, if you run out of beer money, it’s a quick walk over, you get some money, go back and have a few more,” said resident Dan Quatrini.

    Maybe it’s an upstate NY thing?

    In any case, I like Torres’ haircut.

  9. November 15, 2010 12:26 am

    @Cindy – oh my god. That is so scary. Like bans on porn shops near schools, there should be a ban of bars near hospitals.

  10. cindy permalink
    November 15, 2010 2:20 am

    haha. Seriously. Not only is there the whole doctors drinking thing, but what is it you do when you finally get checked out of the hospital for that debilitating whatever? Well…there’s the bar! woooo

  11. cindy permalink
    November 15, 2010 2:25 am

    There might be endless permutations of wooo! bar – waiting for a baby to be born? Wooo bar! Biopsy results? Bar! Okay maybe it’s not endless.

  12. November 15, 2010 7:06 pm

    The hospital on Milwaukee’s East Side had a Mexican restaurant w/ plenty of alcohol about a half-block down & across the street. The new building has the Mexican restaurant directly across the street. The other corner has Whole Foods, and immediately past WF begins a three-block bar district with probably more than a dozen bars/pubs/food places that serve alcohol.

    And I’m pretty sure you can find a dive bar kitty-corner from the south side hospital too.

    Milwaukee: home to 4-bar corners and the now rare mid-residential-block bar.

  13. evmaroon permalink
    November 15, 2010 7:45 pm

    @Tg: I want to go to there now! I’ve been to Madison, but never Milwaukee.

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