Welcome back, Grey’s Anatomy fans (Greysians? Is that a thing? Let’s just go with it). While many of us have been busy expanding our holiday waistlines and making ambitious New Year’s resolutions (like promising to read super cool recaps written by super cool people), our beloved Grey’s characters have been dealing with a crash-cart full of stress and leaving a lot of lingering questions in their wake: What does fate have in store for Adele? Are Owen and Cristina on the road to reconciliation? Will Miranda Bailey ever make it down the aisle?
“Things We Said Today” made sure to touch on all these cliffhangers and added in a few other drama-filled plotlines for good measure. Yup, looks like 2013 is going to be a doozy of a year for these docs. So without further adieu, read on, my fellow Greysians! (Oh yeah, I’m totally making this fan name happen.)
Runaway Bride & Bridesmaids: While Bailey is busy scrubbing in to Adele’s surgery, poor Ben is left to deal with a restless wedding crowd. (Luckily, there were macaroni and cheese cupcakes around, so the day wasn’t a total bust.) Callie, of course, blames herself for the delay since she had jokingly told Bailey she could run away if things got too scary. This makes Arizona nervous that Callie will leave her since they’ve been going through a pretty big rough patch after the whole leg ordeal. She even plans a sexy hotel hookup, but is unable to follow through at the last minute, claiming she’s still just not ready. Callie promises to be there for her no matter what, which ensues a middle school-like make-out session making them late for the wedding. Adorable!
As for the bride herself, after performing a five-hour complex surgery on Adele, Bailey tries to explain everything to Ben, even admitting some of her fears and doubts she has about getting married. Her ambition and ridiculously busy work schedule ruined her first marriage — what’s to stop it from happening this time? But Ben assures her that, as long as they love each other, they can make it work. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me even if it’s only in five-minute increments every few months?” She does! And yet another Grey’s wedding takes place.
Hookups & Breakups: Surprising to probably no one, a lot of sexual tension builds between Avery and the newly-made-over intern, Stephanie, and results in them having sex in Avery’s car by the end of the night. So that’s happening now. Anyone else think April was an absolute idiot for letting Avery and those gorgeous baby blues get away? Speaking of hookups, Karev and Jo seem to be heading in that direction now that they’re drunkenly bonding over their terrible childhood backstories (picture Oliver Twist meets little orphan Annie). Mark my words, it’s only a matter of time before these two check into an on-call room together.
Cristina and Owen, on the other hand, are a completely different story. After a steamy rendezvous in Chief Owen’s office, the star-crossed doctors were rousted from their potential reconciliation to deal with a bunch of injured bikers. (Note to self: Anyone who goes by the name “Gasoline” is not to be trifled with… ever!) In the end, however, Owen presents Cristina with divorce papers and admits that they should’ve never gotten married in the first place. Ouch… talk about running from hot to cold. Now, whether or not this was all just an act on Owen’s part to help with the whole lawsuit ordeal remains to be seen, but something tells me their future together is looking pretty bleak.
Guilty Conscience: Let me just start by saying that James Pickens, Jr. really deserves some major kudos for his performance throughout the entire episode. So moving! Anyway, poor Richard is suffering from a serious case of guilt. He realizes that Adele’s condition would never have advanced to such a serious level if someone had been there to notice. But since he had stopped visiting, her condition went completely unnoticed. And although Bailey was able to fix the aneurism, it was too much for Adele’s heart and she died a few hours after her surgery, unbeknownst to Bailey. The episode ends with Richard putting on a brave face at the wedding (for Bailey’s sake) and flashing back to his wedding dance with Adele as their song “My Funny Valentine” played on in the background. Let the waterworks begin!
So what did you think of tonight’s heartfelt episode? Do you agree with Owen’s decision? Will Bailey and Ben live happily ever after? Were you surprised by Adele’s death? Sound off on your dissections and opinions in the comments below!
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We Bought a Zoo opens with the voice of Dylan Mee (Colin Ford) narrating glimpses of his journalist father Benjamin's (Matt Damon) worldly adventures. Ben's been embedded with violent dictators covered with killer bees and flown through the eye of a hurricane but as Dylan explicitly states "nothing prepared him for this one"—the "this one" being the titular purchasing of a zoo on the brink of closure. Director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire Almost Famous) has never been one for subtly but that's never been the goal. We Bought a Zoo drops the cynicism wears its heart on its sleeve and doesn't mind laying it on thick in an effort to move you which it does—whether you like it or not.
Six months after his wife's death Ben still doesn't have a grasp on how to be a good parent. He struggles to throw together bagged lunches for his daughter Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) watches Dylan downward spiral into school expulsion reluctantly accepts lasagnas from the sympathetic family friends and grieves over iPhoto montages of a life that once was. Every corner of his home conjures up familial memories prompting Ben to hightail it out of town. After a desperate house hunt Ben sets his sights on a stunning country home that comes with one twist: it's the home to lions and tiger and bears (oh my!).
Along with its diverse collection of fauna Ben's new zoo sports a colorful cast of staff members including Peter MacCready the temperamental Scottish maintenance man Robin the laid-back handyman with a monkey on his shoulder and Kelly the young committed animal handler (Scarlett Johansson). Ben inspires his team with motivational speeches (and signed checks) and together they work to rebuild and reopen the park.
We Bought a Zoo explores its themes of loss and renewal on the surface with cartoony characters hammy dialogue and a score by Jónsi of Sigur Rós that steers you towards an emotional destination. But it all works thanks in large part to Matt Damon's charm and a general air of niceness to the whole package. Damon is one of the few stars capable of playing a Regular Joe. Watching him have his butt kicked by zoo chores is delightful while he adds true gravity to the dramatic moments. Whether he's butting heads with his morose son in a screaming match or tearing up over his inescapable past Damon digs deeper than Crowe and Aline Brosh McKenna's (The Devil Wears Prada 27 Dresses) screenplay. The rest of the cast manages to elevate the material too—Johansson keeps herself down to Earth; Thomas Haden Church as Ben's skeptical brother Duncan knocks every joke out of the park; And the young Elle Fanning inspires once again as Kelly's bubbly tween cousin who falls for the disgruntled Dylan (although no one seems to have a problem with a 12-year-old spending her days working/living at a zoo; her parents are completely out of the picture).
The movie doesn't take unexpected turns or make profound statements but it succeeds in its goal of tugging the audience's heartstrings. The world of We Bought a Zoo is one where everything works out if you persevere have hope and open yourself up to love. That's not reality but rather inspirational thinking. Perfect for the holiday season.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.