Ten seasons. Wow. Grey’s Anatomy has been around for a lifetime, which makes this excellent season premiere even more impressive.
Truth be told, this was a very depressing hour filled with all kinds of misery and heartbreak. And yet, it was gorgeously realized, and a perfect reminder of just how special Grey’s Anatomy is.
First and foremost, it’s phenomenal to witness Meredith Grey’s growth over the course of the series. We’re a long road away from the broody, miserable Meredith of the old days. Not only did Mer become a brand new mama again, she discovered that Webber had given her power of medical attorney. Her maturity was remarkably apparent as she pushed Bailey to follow her gut and find a solution for Webber. It truly felt like the tables had turned and she’d become a teacher. Kudos writers for managing to make Meredith a pivotal part of the hour despite even though she was sidelined to a hospital bed.
I know Shonda Rhimes is a big fan of Callie and Arizona’s relationship, but it seems like she’s going to make season ten a tough one for the couple. I found it very difficult to watch Callie’s treatment of Arizona, and that’s a testament to Jessica Capshaw’s performance that I found myself rooting for her (even though she’s the guilty party). The scene with Arizona arriving to Derek’s house as a quivering mess and begging to see her daughter just about broke my heart on every level. I know this whole debacle will make for some great drama; it’s just going to be hard to watch these two put the pieces back together.
Thankfully it doesn’t look like we’re going to get much mopeyness where Christina and Owen are concerned. Yes they’ve broken up, but it didn’t take long for them to become friends with benefits. Naturally, the story took a darker turn with Christina’s post-sex breakdown, but I’m still optimistic for these two (although I still wonder how they’ll ever overcome the baby hurdle). Since this is Sandra Oh’s last season (why won’t the show just end this year?), I wonder if Shonda has a different sort of ending in the cards. Perhaps Christina’s ultimate path is one where she thrives on her own? That would be sad, but ultimately appropriate.
I want to say I felt sadness for Mousy’s death, but Heather (apparently that’s her name) was never fully developed. Still, her death provided the interns with their best subplot yet as they bonded and comforted Heather’s mom with fake stories about her daughter. The irritating misfits also came to the realization that they have to stick together, which they did by following a guilty Shane on his quest to save some firefighters. I can safely say I didn’t feel like gouging my eyes out this week whenever the interns were on screen (which has never been the case). Not bad at all show.
Another achievement this week: I liked April. After Avery tore her a new one, she realized how badly she’d been treating Matthew (or did she just find herself lonely again?) and took it upon herself to propose to him. Call me a romantic but that was a pretty sweet little scene. Now you can get back to annoying me next week April.
And that ending was positively glorious. Just as Catherine Avery began another one of her tantrums, Meredith finally intervened and assumed her role as Richard’s family. Lo and behold, that’s exactly when Richard woke up. “But I was right about one thing, I was right about this.” And then I just got goosebumps. Beautiful.
Bits & Scalpels
– “She’s the woman Arizona slept with last night.” Really Callie? A bit harsh!
– Mousy finding Webber and getting electrocuted herself made me laugh. I’m sorry but she’s such a klutz.
– Loved the electric touch to the title card. Super cool.
– Meredith telling Alex to pick up the baby and take a breather was a beautiful little moment.
– My favorite scene of the episode: Bailey encouraging Christina by telling her how special she is as she tries to insert the balloon pump into Webber. Chandra Wilson is incredible here, and I love that it culminates with that forced hug. Genuinely moving.
– Badass moment: After Bailey tells Christina that she’s just a fellow, the latter fires back that she owns the hospital. Damn.
– Great character moment for Meredith: When both Christina and Bailey ask her to pick a side, she opts to follow science and asks for more labs.
– I knew a twist was coming with the old lady and the house; I just didn’t expect her to be the mysterious sharpie person. Very neat.
– Cool continuity reference: Callie dancing in her underwear.
– I used to love Catherine Avery. That is until this week when she screamed at Bailey like a madwoman and violently began banging on the glass in the middle of surgery. Geez woman take a chill-pill.
– Derek didn’t get much to do in the second half of the premiere, but I did love his attempts at keeping his house sane after walking in on Callie gulping down his alcohol.
– Avery and April marrying the dying police woman was especially poignant.
– Tremendously cringeworthy moment with Heather’s mom arriving to see the interns wasted and laughing.
– April’s speech to Matthew was beautifully performed by Sarah Drew. See, I can admit when she’s good.
– Love that Christina intervened and took Sofia from Callie so Arizona could have her heartwrenching little moment.
Christina: Two Baileys? You don’t think it’s gonna be confusing?
Meredith: No because if I say Bailey peed on me, I think it’s safe to assume I’m talking about my son.
Christina: Very good.
Bailey: Hug me back Christina Yang. I know you’re not a hugger but right now I need you to hug me back.
Bailey: You are a fellow. I make the decisions here.
Christina: I own this hospital, you work for me!
Christina: I smell dead people.
Bailey: And spiders. Dead people killed by spiders.
Alex: (to Arizona) I think you should stick to “I’m sorry I’m such a slut.”
Callie: (After serious reflection) I don’t dance in my underwear anymore.
Callie: Everybody I love either cheats on me or dies. Or cheats on me AND dies – George did both.
Derek: Arizona is not gonna die.
Callie: Yeah that doesn’t make me feel any better.
Christina: To be honest, I am happy to do the dishes, but there is no universe in which I generate dinner.
Tradition by The Belle Game
Cold Front by Laura Welsh
More Than Anything by Rudimental featuring Emeli Sande
Lie Or Lie Awake by Katie Herzig
A depressing albeit superbly-executed season premiere from Grey’s Anatomy.