Grey's Anatomy Guest Review

Grey’s Anatomy 11×18 – “When I Grow Up”

“I am just so blessed.”

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Every once in a while, this show produces highly emotional episodes that don’t focus on our favorite doctors’ personal lives, but instead give us a heartbreaking medical case that is brutal to watch. And I love that.

At first, I wasn’t ready to enjoy this episode because it seemed a bit predictable and something that we might have already seen in seasons one or two. But almost halfway through, I found myself thoroughly enjoying how complicated things had gotten for the mother of the two brain-dead officers. I love that there wasn’t much happening here; the case was as simple as that, and it made me remember the season-six episode when everyone focused on one patient and the medical mistake that killed her. Just like that one, this hour was relatively calm and simultaneously heartbreaking.

Another thing that made this episode truly entertaining was Callie bonding with one of her police-officer patients. It has been amusing as hell to watch Callie being single (sadly I haven’t been a Calzona fan in a while), but for some reason I can’t wait to see her go out with another man again. You go, girl!

Bailey, on the other hand, continues to be annoying this season. I get that you’re not supposed to care about patients’ backstories, but if that were true then this entire show would have been boring. Meredith snapping at her was exactly what she deserved because Bailey was being too coldhearted and reckless when Mer was slowly talking to the mother. I think it’s time to give Bailey something better to do, anything that would make her likable.

Same goes for the school field trip that was very fun to watch at first before it became too predictable—did the little girl really have to go missing? I did love her little chat with Derek as they watched Meredith operate especially since the girl definitely looked like a young Mer, but Alex and Arizona acting childish when someone asked about the meaning of a ‘womb’ was just lame.

One last thing I loved was Derek and Amelia’s final scene. These two haven’t had a lot to do except banter and fight over patients, so it was absolutely riveting to see them finally act like brother and sister for once. I was almost expecting Derek to come clean to her about his D.C. kiss, but wasn’t too disappointed when it didn’t happen. The way they ended their conversation, talking about saving lives and how that should be enough, was a perfectly calm and fitting end to this quiet episode.

Bits & Scalpels

– Really loved the music this week. It was all perfectly timed and dramatic enough to tug at our heartstrings.

– I was almost ready to write about how boring Stephanie’s C-subplot was, but it got amusing when the guy she was flirting with turned out to be a high-school student. Jo’s laugh though! HYSTERICAL.

– Loved the Mark Sloan references here. It makes sense that they would be mentioned in such a poignant episode.

– Jackson and April’s scene at the end was kind of perfect. Do I secretly love these two together?

– Incredibly touching montage of Owen handing the organs and watching the police-cars take off, one by one.

– Meredith’s voice-overs are always cringe-worthy, but they were good enough here. Reminded me of the heartbreaking season-five finale actually.

– Amelia telling Derek that he’s always been a “runner” when it comes to relationships seems a bit out of character. For years, it was known that he wanted a life and a house and a family with Meredith but she was the scared “dark and twisty” one who was afraid of commitment. *meaningless rant over*

Grey Banter

Jo: You need to expand your horizons.
Stephanie: My horizons haven’t been expanded in a very long time.

Meredith: You know those very happy, cheerful people who have everything and when the fact that they have everything comes up, they act very humble and they say “I’m just so blessed”? Those people…you want to punch those people in the face.

Meredith: (opening v.o.): Picture the life you dreamed of living, the person you pictured being with. Picture the job you dreamed you’d have. Are you living the life you envisioned for yourself? Are you who you wanted to be, when you grew up?

Meredith (closing v.o.): Open your eyes. Take a good look around you. How’s the view? Do you like what you see? Think back again to when you were little. Are you living the life you pictured for yourself? Or are you still dreaming of something even bigger?

Amelia: I think I’m falling in love with Owen Hunt, and I’m really afraid that it’s gonna destroy me.
Derek: It wouldn’t be love if it didn’t.

Must-Download Tunes
Was There Nothing? by Asgeir
You Need Saving by Neulore

Conclusion
I honestly don’t know why, but I really loved this episode.

Chris Rating
A-

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