After eight stellar and emotional episodes Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital shut the doors closed and the doctors checked out for a long white hiatus. Of course, they didn’t let us stay in the comfortable zone during the hour, but brought to us the usual gasps and laughs, twists and turns, breath- catching moments and burning questions. Questions, which will bother us for weeks. Unfortunately, we have no other choice but to hang there in limbo, wait for all the storylines to unfold and anticipate some answers.
Grey’s Anatomy’s doctors have always been famous for being put in situations where things are not simply black and white. They tend to navigate through the grey area, through this in between where right and wrong mesh together, where what seems to be right, it’s not always the right thing to do and vice versa, where acting out of character is actually another layer or another hidden trait in the characters’ personality. That’s one of the reasons for the heated discussions and the very many emotions that the show generates; it keeps us hooked week after week, season after season.
In the Thursday’s night episode Meredith and Derek finally resolved their own grey dilemma after another verbal fight. The chaise, the resentment, the passive aggressive behaviour has come to an end; the ticking time bomb blew off and McDreamy did what he wanted to do all along. Derek vocalized once again his pain and actually did something about it; he accepted the job across the country. Now, Meredith Grey can find some peace of mind for a moment while watching Derek fading into the black of the parking lot before her workload and motherhood bring her back to the reality of being a single mother of two children. The outcome of this work/family fiasco doesn’t spell divorce, but rather personal fulfilment, satisfaction and relief.
How Meredith and Derek will navigate their married and professional life, is one of the questions in this midseason finale.
The other married couple on Grey’s Anatomy, Avery and April, will learn soon very bad and heartbreaking news about their little Buddha boy. The baby is destined to die and even the Ice Queen, Dr. Herman, can do nothing about it. But who knows, the show is notorious for its sometimes unrealistic medical solutions.
Little Avery Buddha boy, who is still in the womb, may be on his way to meet his maker, but that turned out not to be quite the case for Dr. Herman and her beautiful butterfly tumour. Dr. Robbins gone bad with good intensions and trespassed the frozen boundaries of Herman’s privacy. First she agreed to keep Herman’s secret from the board and the Chief of surgery, now she keeps a secret from her mentor. Keeping secrets on Grey’s is a dangerous game to play and when secrets are brought to light they are followed by fury, blood and casualties. Dr. Robbins has to be very cautious on this mine field playground when she decides to break the news to Dr. Herman and the involvement of She Shepherd, who is more mesmerised with Herman’s tumour than with Chief Hunt’s friendship offer. Because even a quickie with Graham and the countless orgasms won’t make her any perkier and ready to embrace this invasion of her well- guarded privacy.
Jo’s privacy and Alex are occasionally taken away from her. Whiney Jo has to do some adjustments and stop fighting things that simply can’t be fought, because in the Grey’s universe friends share beds, bathrooms and trailers and the show’s motto is “People need people”.
Also in the Grey’s universe while one is desperately counting every step they take for the sake of one’s health and that would be Bailey, others like Dr. Webber believe they make all kinds of missteps. However, Webber and his wrong steps led him right to the nice side of Dr. Pierce.
And now, can we all just sit back for a tiny moment, forget about the sinking Calzona ship and simply appreciate the quiet and honest scene between Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins?
It’s been a long time since these two were able to converse in a manner that doesn’t involve shouting and yelling. They were nice to each other, despite looking so defeated and actually started talking the shrink language. Even the space between them was no space. And part of the talk was good, relieving and liberating even, because Callie and Arizona are that good at pretending. Sadly, pretending is the very same thing, which got them to the doors of divorce/ spit-up.
Separately, they keep fighting their own battles and demons. Obviously, to keep moving forward Callie Torres needs pushing. Hopefully, this constant pushing won’t break her at some point. But believing that everything she touches goes wrong won’t get her any further, but rather this kind of thinking will make her feel even more stuck.
As for Dr. Robbins, she still keeps a bit of hope in her heart for reconciliation with her ex- wife. She tortures herself with impossible questions and painful answers. She has to stop sticking knives in her own heart and concentrate on suturing the wounds, because she can’t simply let all the love to bleed out of her heart. Things may go wrong for her as well, but she just has to try to roll with them and figure out a way to redirect them in the right direction.
Enjoy the hiatus, peeps! Take risks and listen to your hearts! They are never wrong!