“Time Stops” got us literally one step away from Grey’s Anatomy season eleven finale. Though, the episode’s emphasis was on stopping of time, literary and figuratively, it was actually the illusion around which the characters deal with changes and all that life throws at them. This ‘time stopping’ looks different on every one and every character at the fictional hospital uses different tools to build this bubble of no motion, of static state in order to process and handle the changing environment. But is the bubble really a “happy bubble” as Meredith Grey called it or is it something else, something bigger than a bubble? Maybe something more like a ‘denial balloon’.
The episode might have come across on the surface as a slightly uneventful. But in slow or rapid motions (whichever you prefer) a few things happened that will shift the characters’ storylines in directions, we can only speculate over.
Owen Hunt resigned as Chief of Surgery and he made his point very clear on a couple of occasions. Between his repeated statements of resignation, he also wrapped himself up around a sci-fi bubble of medical procedure that didn’t suit well neither with Mama Avery, nor with her made-of- honour –to-be son. Maybe Dr. Webber will not be the only one, who is going to be punished for the rogue attitude. In spite of saving the kid’s life, Dr. Hunt may be about to face Mama Avery’s powerful anger. So, here is a question to chew on: is Major Hunt going to leave the hospital for good?
Another one who is hinting at leaving and pursuing some adventure, is Jo Wilson. Maybe if she moves to this training army base, she would actually accomplish more than just being a prop. Wilson and Edward’s characters have never been fully developed, not even in the context of fourth or whatever year residents they are. So, Edwards could stick to her own three rules while trying to boss around the new bunch of chicks and ducks. She ain’t Dr. Bailey and she would never be no matter how hard she tries to ride the strikes-fear-in-the-interns-hearts bubble.
What’s more, Jackson Avery also keeps living in his “happy bubble” of denial when it comes to his wife. But his “happy bubble” of denial is nothing compared to the one of Meredith Grey’s. She keeps jumping from one bubble into another by avoiding facing the reality. First she ran away while actually she didn’t resolve much. Now she believes that putting the house for sale and running to Alex will solve her denial. Amelia’s confrontation was spot on, but obviously not enough. The supply room scene itself was powerful and eloquent and spoke volumes for Meredith’s struggle and inability to face the reality of Derek’s death. On the other hand, Amelia voiced the viewers’ question why she wasn’t present when Derek was unplugged, but also she moved further in the stages of grief.
And the huge ‘good grief’ in the episode was the part where Callie and Arizona were put together to work on a patient and trapped in an elevator. However, the scene gave the sense that Callie and Arizona were tending to two different patients. Maybe in the season finale there will be some resolution to this and what it means.
Buckle up, peeps. Season finale is around the corner. April and the other doctors will be doing the impossible. Dr. Bailey, who has been groomed for chief of surgery for seasons on end, may very well get it.
“Time Stops” laid the ground work and scattered the breadcrumbs that will take us into the season finale. How much of it will be resolved remains to be seen.