Considering the official press release for “One Flight Down”, perhaps many folks got their hopes high up in the sky, flying unattended. Expectations for some meaty and delicious storytelling were born and tingling anticipation was ready to burst like fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Except that all the eager build-up crashed and burnt, and turned to dust. All the potential the episode held dissolved like a mirage in the desert; the opportunity for a decent story and a proper closure for old stories slipped through the Grey’s writers like sand between their fingers.
On the bright side, some humour was injected into the episode to make us a bit high, good, old, sassy, strikes-fear-in-the-residents-hearts Dr. Bailey emerged from her hiding place and to be left not entirely dry we were indulged with some delightful quality scenes. Even flabbergasted Dr. Pierce and her face expression when she heard the doctors’ plane crash story and Jo’s amazed voice were worth every second of filming.
So, what went down on Grey’s Anatomy? For starters: a plane. And if we hadn’t seen it with our own eyes, probably we would have believed in at least one of Dr. Webber’s exaggerated and colourful stories that his imagination unleashed with so much grace and enthusiasm.
However, the accident took the viewers down the memory lane thought flashbacks to the horrible plane crash side in the woods, the season finale that changed the doctors forever. Truth be told, the audience don’t need these visual reminders, because the supple room scene was a well-executed one by both Ellen Pompeo and Jessica Capshaw. Their performance and the short dialog between the characters they portray was enough to awake our memories, relive the season 8 finale once again and experience fully Meredith and Arizona’s PTSD moment. They were vulnerable, alone, fighting with the residue of the old trauma. That’s why Meredith was so frantic in her search for Dr. Robbins. She was looking for a kindred soul, for someone who could completely relate to her state, she simply wanted to be close and vulnerable, strong and safe with the only other person in the hospital who went though the same tragedy. For some short time Meredith needed to rekindle that bond with Arizona which kept them alive and sane in the woods for days. The Meredith and Arizona scene was intensely incredible and deserves five stars for performance, directing and editing.
The unfortunate plane crash also sparked concerns among the other doctors for Meredith and Arizona’s mental state. Callie’s refusal to keep an eye on Arizona sparked probably a variety of reactions among the fans. Alex simply shrugged off her comment, let it go immediately, mentally said “whatever” and did whatever needed to be done. But how many Calzona fans adopted Alex’ way of reaction? Perhaps, not many. Maybe this was Callie’s moment where she broke free from the old habits. However, whether Callie Torres likes it or not, she would be always connected to Arizona through Sofia. So, a bit of concern for her daughter’s other parent would be greatly appreciated but alas Callie wanted to be Meredith’s support system. Whatever her exact reasons behind her actions are, the fans can only speculate from here to Sunday and never come up with the right ones. But all of you can choose one or several, go with them and give it a rest to your troubled hearts and minds and let it go.
And then there was a twist with a turn…Poor Alex and his guilt ridden soul told Arizona that he was the one who actually did her amputation. As if it does really matter…
However, you all would be very wrong about this, because it turned out that it does matter. A lot, by the way! It matters so much because without this piece of information, no matter how irrelevant and pointless, we would have never heard Dr. Robbins say “thank you” to both Callie and Alex. We would have never heard about Callie’s heroic action of preserving her wife’s friendship with Alex. This was the most twisted, microwaved and tasteless pretzel that has been fed to the fans, especially the die-hard Calzona supporters. Certainly, there are other ways and roads, which also could have led to the spill of the precious “thank you” from Arizona’s mouth. This was one big missed opportunity for something more meaningful and more believable, even for something more Calzona-wise. Let’s shrug it off and move on with open eyes and minds. At least the hole in the heart has been stitched up with or without creativity. Case closed!
Somewhere else in the hospital, Owen and Amelia reminded us that relationships in Grey’s universe are never ever let develop smoothly even in the beginning stages. On the other hand, sometimes patients come and go to restore our belief in romance and Edwards even tried to give us quite a lesson how to fight to preserve romance and how to keep it alive.
Derek and his overly cheesy talk to Meredith could have easily put him in the romance savers category, but dirty little secrets and lies are not requirements for this kind of duty.
Speaking of Derek, the dreamy dude went missing and the red and blue lights reflecting over Meredith’s house windows are signalling for something bad.
Despite a few heavy moments, “One Flight Down” managed to reach the balance between drama and comical relief, raised voices and enthusiasm. Entertaining with its light sense of humour, the episode got the viewers one step closer to the season finale.
Be grateful, peeps and enjoy the view! Appreciate what you have now!