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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S8E16: One element Grey's Anatomy prides itself on is its ability to make the audience deeply feel for its characters. Grey's won't let us sit idly by, not feeling the emotional pull of each and every character. We've grown to know and love them on their journey as both doctors and regular people, so when they hurt, we hurt as well -- a fact made abundantly clear in this episode.
Normally Shonda Rhimes draws our attention to the younger couples: Callie/Arizona, Mark/Lexie, Cristina/Owen, and of course Meredith/Derek. These pairings have become the major focal point for most of the show's romantic stories, however, this episode temporarily shifted the primary focus away from them and onto Richard and Adele, whose story has thus far been more of a subplot. But with Adele's Alzheimer's worsening, Richard soon realizes he must face one of the toughest decisions any spouse ever has to make. It's a heart-wrenching topic to undertake, however, Grey's handles it will the delicacy and care it deserves, making us root for their happy ending just as much as we have for Meredith and her McDreamy. You might want to have tissues on hand.
"Ever seen a baby that weighs less than a pound?" - Alex
"No because babies that weigh less than 16 ounces don't survive." - Lexie
Lexie joins Arizona and Alex in pediatrics for the day in the hopes of getting a break from Derek's "lost cause" brain patients. However, she finds that everything isn't all pacifiers and cute baby noises in peds when she's assigned to work with Alex on the intern, Morgan's, premature son. The baby is dangerously small and in constant need of observation, which causes Morgan's boyfriend (and the baby's father) to give up based on all the negative odds. He suggests that maybe the baby just wasn't meant to be born, which ends in Morgan kicking him out of her life. And good riddance too, since it looks like things could be heating up with Morgan and Alex somewhere down the line. Now that he's back to being the sweet, adorable Karev we all know and love, it will be easy to get onboard with this pairing. It's about time Alex was shown some love.
"This is sexual harassment - you know that, right?" - April
"I like to think of that as sexual encouragement." - Mark
When an espresso machine explodes in a coffee shop, Meredith and Cristina are assigned to Devin: the victim of the explosion who's hopelessly in love with the coffee shop's barista. However, it turns out she doesn't feel the same way about him, a fact that Cristina makes him aware of in the bluntest way possible. And while this would normally seem like just another insensitive Cristina thing to do, it's very reflective of just how much she's hurting over the whole Owen ordeal. Throughout the episode, she's overcome with the fear that Owen is cheating on her, which quickly grows into an obsession. She, like Devin, can't bear the thought of being forgotten -- something that the old Cristina would have never cared about. This preoccupation shows how much her character has changed since meeting Owen. But as for whether suspicions are actually true, the truth remains unclear. Although, if this distance and lack of communication continues, it could very well be possible.
Meanwhile, Avery accidentally snaps at his patient thanks to his obsession with studying for the boards. This prompts Mark to offer some sage advice: get laid. He even tells April that she and Avery could become something a little more than just study buddies -- an idea she doesn't exactly get too thrilled about. And although this doesn't initially seem like a pivotal plot point, it reveals a significant piece of intel. After Mark tries and tries to pimp Avery out, he confides to Mark that he just can't be with someone right now. And even though he doesn't come out and say it, Mark takes it to mean that he's still in love with Lexie. And since Mark probably still has feelings for Lexie too, that could mean trouble for their newfound bromance. Let's hope not.
"I have Alzheimer's, don't I?" - Adele
Then we come to the most significant story line of the entire episode. After Adele accidentally starts a fire in the kitchen, Richard considers moving her to an assisted living facility. But when they go visit, Adele comments that it's too small for the both of them, especially if they want to start a family. Of course, this is an example of one of her Alzheimer's episodes - in that moment she believes they're a young couple just starting out. Overcome with sadness, Richard changes his mind and immediately takes her home.
But as Adele's condition worsens, it slowly takes a toll on Richard's emotions. Eventually he breaks down crying at the dining room table, literally at a loss of for how to handle his wife's affliction. But then Adele enters the room, fully returned to her cognitive state of mind. She now realizes the extent of her condition and pleads with Richard to let her go to the assisted living facility. He tries to fight it, but she insists, not because she really wants to go, but because she knows it's the best thing for Richard. The fact that they're both trying so hard to do what's right for the other shows just how much love the two of them share. It's downright heartbreaking and proves that there are things even the finest medical surgeons can't prevent. It makes their characters excruciatingly real and truly added an extra layer of value to the relationship - and to the series itself.
What did you think of tonight's episode? Were you pleased to see the Adele-Richard story take center stage? Will a romance spark between Alex and Morgan? Is Avery going to let Lexie know his true feelings? Sound off in the comments or get at me on Twitter @KellyBean0415.
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.