Grey's Anatomy has Begun the Healing Process

This season of Grey’s Anatomy has had its ups and downs. We’ve spent lot of time rehashing old territory between Meredith and Derrick and watching new territory that we hope will be old soon between George and Izzie. Meanwhile, more interesting characters like Bailey have been sidelined.

Recently, the season has shown us some glimmers of hope, most notably in last week’s episode. Recently, the good has far outweighed the bad, and we’ve seen some promising new interactions: Bailey stepped up to the plate and showed the Chief that she is the best person to be Chief Resident. This sucks for Callie, who has now had huge romantic and professional setbacks. Hmm, I wonder if Oceanside Wellness needs an orthopedist? Because this Seattle hospital hasn’t been too good to their orthopedist lately. Dr Hahn has been a nice addition to the cast, as well, and I like the interactions between her and the other attendings.

However, the most positive developments last week involved the storylines that have heretofore been the most irritating. Perky, perfect Lexie showed a human side, with her desire to get out of her grieving dad’s house. And who better for her to pair up with than Alex, who knows about substance abusing daddies. I was definitely doing the “told ya so” couch dance last week during the George and Izzie scenes. I have been saying all along that those two have absolutely no chemistry.

This week, Grey’s participated in a tried and true November (and May) tradition: The Sweeps Week Medical Drama Disaster Episode. This year: a school bus crash. These episodes usually take some of the spotlight off of the regular characters to highlight some impossibly poignant situation involving some of the disaster victims. This show is at its best when poignant guest star moments are combined with poignant regular cast moments.

This episode delivered with Marcus, a high school friend of Bailey's showing up as a passenger on the bus. How weird was it to hear someone call her "Mandy." I'm so thrilled that she got something more to do. Bailey is far and away my favorite character on the show; she's like the one grown up in a room full of hormonal, emotionally stunted teenagers. (Well, usually. This week she was acting a little immature and hormonal herself, but I can hardly blame her since the old crush was played by 24's DB Woodside.) Since nothing is ever simple, of course Marcus had a heart crisis and a tendency to take advantage of Bailey. The arc wrapped up with Bailey lashing out at Derrick (Chandra Wilson deserves an Emmy nomination just for her tone of voice when she said the words "hair products").

Another medical drama standby is the gross-out moment. Did you wonder how much Amazon tourism suffered after last season's penis-fish episode? Well, after this week, I can tell you for sure that I will never use a pencil in a moving vehicle ever again. If you were watching, you know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you weren't, well, you really don't want to know. Trust me.

In other developments, Thatcher showed up (drunk) in the ER and wanted to make amends with Meredith, eventually leading to a confrontation between Meredith and Lexie. Cristina and Callie's camaraderie deepened; Sandra Oh's facial expression after Callie suggested that she back off from trying to impress Hahn was just priceless. Mark identified more with a shallow teenaged cheerleader than we have ever seen him do with any other patient. Derrick had a date with Sydney, but made a connection with an outspoken OR nurse. George and Izzie avoided each other, and had a fight fueled by the hospital rumor-mill. Yay! Except for the part that I dreaded, which is that now their friendship is in trouble, possibly over. That's not what I wanted, but it was pretty much unavoidable.

After quite a few episodes that were more disappointing than not, Grey's Anatomy seems to finally be delivering the kind of moments that used to make me look forward to Thursdays all week. Next week will be no exception, as there is some sort of Hard-Hitting! Emergency! Event! Apparently, this event is so shocking and surprising that we were only allowed to see tiny clips and sound bites. Wow, I hope I'm done with turkey in time to tune in!

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Amy Kane spends as much quality time with her television as possible, when she's not busy at her day job as a cube dweller.