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Grey’s Anatomy – 7.9 – “Slow Night, So Long”

November 19, 2010

If you watch a dramatic series long enough, eventually they’ll air an episode where characters behave “uncharacteristically” and their uncharacteristic behavior is then blamed on a a full moon, the cover of darkness, a funny reaction to medication or, of course, alcohol.

On Grey’s Anatomy, however, long enough = once per season. We’re only nine episodes into season seven and we’re already gotten the drunk episode out of the way. The intersection of two shaky premises; Derek Shepherd winning the research grant whose proposal he couldn’t figure out how to write a few episodes back and Cristina starting her new life as Tom Cruise’s character in Cocktails seasoned with a bit of Bridget Moyanhan from Coyote Ugly. Actually, I think Bridge’s character was a bit nicer.

Cristina serves the gang – Bailey, Derek, Mark, an ever whining Callie and later Teddy – some vile looking (and apparently tasting to everyone, but Bailey) blue drink she nicknames some horribly offensive and ableist thing. Don’t worry, someone actually calls her out; well kind of. Only because the ableism directly affects Derek Shepherd.

Anyhoo, Teddy breezes in from another wretched internet dating experience with a dude who, “lives with his mother.” I’m not sure why a world class surgeon needs to hit up OK Cupid to find boyfriends, but okay Grey’s Anatomy. Why can’t Mark or some other dude introduce her to someone they know, but the audience has never seen or heard them talk about? Still, Teddy was on fire and hilarious with her drunk rantings and interactions with Callie, Mark and Bailey.

And Bailey. With 24 hours of daycare secured, she got her drank on! That teeny tiny Bailey must have sucked back like two hundred drinks while blathering her opinion on a host of topics including: Alex Karev, separating two kids who’d superglued themselves together and her ex boyfriend Ben. Unfortunately, her unwitting audience was the terminally perky Dr. April Kepner. Oh I love April. She’s like a Sydney Heron I can actually stand. (though I loved the actor who played Sydney’s performance.)

Meanwhile Alex and Meredith were stuck on the services of the laziest attending – Dr. Stark – who admonished him not to call him for any reason, which of course, Meredith ignored to her own peril. Somewhere along the way their medical case got more severe and the chief got roused out of bed by an angry parent and ended up jacking up Meredith and Alex. It was a smart use of Chief Webber, since a) he don’t drink anymore and b) I’m not sure he’s forgiven Derek for the dramedy of that whole stealing the Chiefhood thing.

Lexie was finally able to tell another pair of loved ones some bad news without making it about herself and her fears and good for her. Nice Lexie moment was then quickly marred by her getting all up in Jackson’s grill because he has some kind of fucked up “Door on the Floor/Widow for one Year” John Irving drama in his past (they haven’t told us what) which results in him having night terrors and behaving like season four Owen. Seriously? Grey’s.

Oh yeah, Mark and Callie hooked up!

All in all, the episode was as advertised in the teaser and while I found it to be a satisfying – albeit seat filler-ish – episode, it wasn’t terrible and did move the characters along very nicely. I think episodes like this one tend to be received with less enthusiasm because they don’t have a lot of action, but they are necessary for Grey’s because there are still a few characters who I believe are ill defined and some I believe have had their story arcs go off the rails. This was an episode to reverse some of the mistakes of characterization that’s been happening this season; particularly with Mark, Alex and Cristina.

What did y’all think of last night’s episode?

Don’t forget; you can get more juicy analysis of this week’s episode at Bitch Media. Click the icon and see what the rest of the round table thought of the episode.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2010 4:07 pm

    Oh yeah, Mark and Callie hooked up!

    Yeah but did you get the look on his face when he realized what she meant by “sorbet?” It was like she’d asked him to lend her money. He looked horrified! At first. And then the man-whore (Bailey’s words, not mine) kicked in and he reacted just the way we would expect him to.

    I really liked the way Alex resigned himself to dealing with Stark. Quite a concept, him not being confrontational. Oh right, Jackson’s now the resident (pun intended) hothead.

  2. evmaroon permalink
    November 20, 2010 2:16 am

    Alex keeps showing us he knows way more about doctoring than he lets on. Although I’ll note that even a drunk-off-her-keister Bailey knows more about getting rid of crazy glue than all the other doctors put together. I hope she meant it about Ben, because I would love to see them get back together. Please, goddesses of Grey’s!

  3. cindy permalink
    November 20, 2010 10:44 pm

    Plus fistulas, fistulas, fistulas! I might actually have to look up what they are.

  4. cindy permalink
    November 20, 2010 10:50 pm

    PS I love Bailey so much. Each week/scene with her just cements my love. Like, her staring up in confused wonder at the vending machine that won’t take her dollar bill. The little things. Plus the big things, like the way she kills her speeches.

  5. evmaroon permalink
    November 20, 2010 11:34 pm

    Yeah, Bailey’s going to single-handedly stop fistulas from happening, or something else magnificent.

  6. Q.V. permalink
    November 21, 2010 12:55 pm

    I like the paramedic who brought the two brothers in. And it was nice to see some other Indigenous Characters too–the walls are covered with Coast Salish and northern prints, but it’s pretty rare that any of Seattle’s Native Americans or Alaskans are there as patients or staff, even though they make up about 2 percent of the local population. Too bad I can’t find the name of any of those actors in the credits at IMDB or TV.com. Anyone recognize them?

  7. November 21, 2010 1:31 pm

    @Q.V. – The mom of the little kid? I’ll hunt down that info for you.

  8. Q.V. permalink
    November 21, 2010 2:11 pm

    Quyanna! Thanks! She’s given a story within the system (nurse at another hospital) so I thought it would be more prominent. And the paramedic too!

    In the meantime, I am learning a lot about guest starring Native American actors.

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