Well that was an interesting experiment. It seems like every season, Greys tries to pull off a different kind of episode. Some like the musical episode failed miserably, while others such as the one that adopted a real time 24-style format succeeded superbly. This hour falls somewhere in the middle. While it wasn’t fantastic, it was definitely far from horrible. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and thought it was a strong offering albeit a bit heavy handed at times.
I don’t think they needed to be so on the nose regarding various aspects such as Meredith & Christina bonding a bit too much in a reality where it just wasn’t realistic, or Addison carrying Mark’s baby. Yes they were definitely amusing touches but a bit too crazy for my liking. Nevertheless, this was a dream episode so I’ll let them slide because I still enjoyed the hour immensely.
It was particularly intriguing to watch the havoc that Ellis Grey would cause had she still been alive. Also, I loved Callie and Arizona bonding as well as Meredith & The Chief (and of course Baily being an utter wimp). The hour was simply filled with a bunch of amusing and charming little touches (Mcdreary comes to mind) that managed to overshadow the cringing-worthy parts.
Ultimately, it was a nice change of pace although I’m excited to get back into the thick of things next week.