During the ten- year run of Grey’s Anatomy, the viewers have witnessed all kinds of natural and human disasters- car crashes, ferry crashes, plane crashes, bombs in a body cavity, sink holes, mud slides, floods, storms and a gun man on the loose. Finally, the earthquake made its way to the list of disasters that have befallen the hospital. And if we were hoping or anticipating another one of those intense episodes that would keep us on the edge of our seats, well last Thursday’s night we were proven wrong. Despite the earthquake, the episode was rather uneventful and crossed within the borders of Boredomland.
The earthquake itself was used as a tool simply to flood the Grey- Sloan Memorial emergency rooms with patients and to provide another opportunity for Meredith Grey to work her doctor magic and criticise Alex’ love life.
Also the non- responsive 911 line was a convenient excuse and a cheap attempt for drama. But regardless of this, it served its purpose. We were reminded of Owen Hunt’s obsessive need to have a child in his life and his unhealthy attachments. What’s more, the gathering of three doctors, instructing a child over the phone how to save her mother’s life was like a callback from the earlier seasons when Izzie Stevens had to drill in a man’s skull without proper medical equipment during a ferry crash. Toward the end of the episode the writers actually took Hunt and Shepherd’s characters where they have been aiming to all along- adrenaline and tension release behind the walls of an on- call room.
Speaking of the “nasty, nasty” thing, Callie Torres finally met a patient who understands the profoundness of physical needs. Since her quest on finding someone to warm her bed has been rather unsuccessful so far, she desperately wanted to go all invasive on her patient for the sake of the awaiting list with sex positions. She even directed her sexual frustration, this time in a very comical way, towards ‘the-happy-to-be-alone-but-sometimes-lonely’ Dr. Peirce.
In the mean time, Avery was trying to court Bailey’s husband in his corner by adopting a bit of a Mark Sloan attitude. Poor Avery would never be Mark Sloan, but at least he had learnt a thing or two from his late mentor. He shed some light and provided an understanding for the stubborn Dr. Warren and his issues with his transgender sister.
And if you have blinked, perhaps you would have missed the perky and sweet appearance of Dr. Robbins and her speedy update on Dr. Herman’s recovery. Herman/ Robbins storyline has officially come to an end and Dr. Robbins disappeared once again somewhere around the hospital and was never seen again by the end of the episode.
Perhaps, the writers’ intention wasn’t to kill the viewers with boredom and at the end of the episode they pulled the real earthquake card and spiced things up for the Mer/Der fandom. What is a far greater concern is the fact that Meredith Grey is doing pretty well and doesn’t seem to need Derek in her vicinity. If the writers reduced Derek Shepherd to the cheating husband again, it would be another character assignation. Whether or not they are trying to play the adultery card once again remains to be seen.
Until then follow the beat of the song “Staying Alive” and tickle a few feathers!