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'Grey's Anatomy': Your heart lives ... where?

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Was tonight's "Grey's Anatomy" episode, titled "Perfect Little Accident," much more fast-paced than usual? The action and especially the dialogue were particularly rapid-fire.  I felt like everyone had suddenly turned into Lorelai Gilmore without warning.

The episode opened with a bunch of hilariously cheesy shots of Lexie trying to arrange herself into the perfect seductive pose on Alex's bed. Unfortunately, just as she pulled the sheet off herself ... Derek burst into the room.  The perils of having casual sex with your married sister's roommate, I suppose.

Alex and Lexie's relationship was a focal point of the episode, though ultimately not much development occurs: They more or less go from being in an unspoken casual sexual relationship to being in a spoken casual sexual relationship.  "I can't have feelings for Alex Karev. Emotionally he's like Meredith, three years ago," Lexie says, echoing her sister's advice.  She's changed a lot more than her hair color since she and Sloan broke up, but Meredith and Cristina doubt she can handle the whole colleagues-with-benefits game, because her heart lives in her ... um, pants.

Sloan takes the opportunity to direct plenty of anger at Karev, from "serial-killer eyes" to good old-fashioned yelling. In between jealous fits, he has on-call room sex with randoms -- including a patient's daughter.

It's childish and a little bit tiresome to watch, but does provide a great opportunity for Callie to step in with one of her famous Sloan smackdowns.  "That is enough. It is sad and pathetic," she snapped. "Sloan and her baby leaving you can either be the worst or the best thing that ever happened to you. You can either grow up, find a woman to love and have a baby, or you can be the ass attending who abuses the residents and screws whatever walks into this hospital." I really love watching Sloan and Callie's friendship play out each week. They've got great chemistry.

Speaking of Callie, Mark wasn't the only one shutting Alex out.  After finding out during Lecture Day that Alex and Callie slept together, Arizona wasn't too pleased with him either. Like most of the characters, Arizona seemed slightly more manic in this episode than usual, but I did like her mission to arrange a "girls' night" at the baseball diamond that helped draw Teddy into the fold a bit.

As for this week's patients, (because after all, this show is still about doctors ... right?) early in the episode we were introduced to the victim of a motorcycle crash who was suffering from severe head trauma.  To add insult to injury, before he could even get through the doors of the hospital, the gurney toppled over and he crashed to the pavement, hitting his head. Despite Owen's attempts to save him, his fate was ultimately to become an organ donor.

Elsewhere in the hospital, Jackson Avery brought his grandfather, Harper Avery, in as a reluctant patient.  Cristina's first attempt to diagnose him didn't go very well, which mortified her when she found out who he was.  Apparently, Harper Avery is a Very Big Deal in the medical field.  "I misdiagnosed Harper Avery in front of Harper Avery," Cristina ranted to Meredith later. "Do you know what that does to my chances of one day winning a Harper Avery Award?"

Harper threw his considerable weight around at the hospital, undermining even Derek's authority when he demanded that Webber operate on him... and allow him to be awake during the major surgery.  Apparently, Harper enjoys the idea of doctors being "challenged and terrified."  I'm all for that, but if I were him, I'd prefer that those terrified doctors have their hands in someone else's gut.

Harper's ego gave Meredith and Jackson the opportunity to bond over the impact of their last names.  Their famously gifted relatives have been both a blessing and a curse on their lives.  This was a welcome chance to get some extra background on Jackson. I'm inclined to believe that if the writers wanted to introduce the handful of new Mercy West doctors, they should've put a little bit more time this season into making the characters more three-dimensional. I'm hoping that tonight's storyline wasn't a set-up for Jackson to move to Massachusetts.

The buzz of having Harper Avery in the hospital (as well as her embarrassment over flubbing in front of him) lights a fire under Cristina.  When Teddy doesn't see much hope for a young patient in need of a lung transplant, because he is a high-risk patient and donor lungs are extremely scarce, Cristina gets creative. Fueled by the idea of potentially impressing Avery, she manages to get the damaged lungs from the aforementioned motorcycle crash victim before the donor team discards them.

She uses a rare and controversial method to repair the damaged lungs. Though Teddy isn't thrilled with Cristina's methods, she agrees to do the surgery, and the young man's life is saved.  Cristina and Teddy's bond is strengthening, and it's making Owen more and more insecure about their little triangle. It's hard to gauge what he's feeling right now, but I'm sure we haven't seen the end of the Owen/Teddy/Cristina drama.

Overall, I liked this episode, but I think "Grey's Anatomy" has been rushing through some rather crucial story lines this season. In terms of Webber's alcohol rehabilitation, we only saw one scene: an AA meeting after 45 days of sobriety. It would've been nice to see his struggle after his leave from the hospital.  We also sped through Sloan's bonding with his daughter, which makes his devastation now that she's gone a little bit hard to buy.  Not to mention those Mercy West doctors, who come and go intermittently, so we never get the chance to invest ourselves in their story.

What are your thoughts on tonight's episode? Do you think Lexie will be able to maintain her non-feelings for Alex? Are you glad to see Webber back in the saddle? Sound off in the comments below and check back next week to discuss the new episode!

-- Carina MacKenzie (catch me on Twitter @cadlymack)

Photo: Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). Credit: ABC
 
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I'm pretty satisfied with the new storyline for Richard Webber. In the past seasons, I kept thinking how they're going to be able to maintain his storyline in the hospital without having him retire. This was a good setback and storyline for him. And now, we get to see him as just a normal doctor, how he's going to make decisions, how he's going to live his life in the hospital. I'm curious how they'll play it out.

I like how they're building up Jackson's character though. He's the only one of the Mercy West residents I care about, even if he's a smug bastard sometimes. The reveal about him being Harper Avery's grandson was great. It just added another dimension to him. Frankly, he's the only Mercy West resident I care about. The others could disappear for all I care.

Oh, and I really didn't like the rehashing of the Alex-Lexie relationship again. But I guess you gotta have a dark and twisted character again since Meredith is no longer that girl.

But overall, pretty good episode.

I have to admit that I've found this season of GA's to be boring. 'McSteamy is getting a little too old to play Casanova. Hospitals are small places and his reputation would ward off most of his intended victims. Nurses aren't that dumb.

I like Weber. It's Shepherd that I want to punch. Nothing seems to check his naked ambition and underlying sense of glee at Richard's misfortunes. They'll have to wrest that Chiefdom from Shepherd's cold, dead hands before he'll give it back to Weber. Watching Sloan, et al powwowing in the new Chief's office is reminesent of the castmates going in to the new Head of Household in Big Brother. I despise this whole storyline.

The story needs more Meredith Grey (Have to note how gorgeous Ellen Pompeo is looking these few episodes. the woman only gets better, and bravo on the wonderful acting with so little she is given, sadly). Shes the bond and her presence should be stronger. Plus she didn't have any major storyline this season, did she request less time to spend time with her 5 month year old baby? becuase it doesn't make sense to push your lead into the back as such. are we to expect major Meredith before the end of this seasons with 6 episodes to go only??

Plus I do like Surgeon Derek much more than chief Derek. He is overplaying the part. He should relax and be natural, Patrick is not doing it that well. As a surgeon he was great. I like the Meredith Avery bonding. Its a nice friendship that I would love to see grow. Less of Owen and Teddy PLEASE. they are being shoved down our throats. And I say keep Avery and lose the other three Mercy people. too many chracters to deal with here.

Not a bad watch. but I did miss the core of the show, the essence of it all. Meredith Grey and some actual MerDer love. Where is that?? just cause they're married they have no storyline?? loosing a lot with that.

I am very disappointed with how grey's is going! We hardly get to see Meredith...and I can't seem to get past that and enjoy the show...its very disappointing...

I have to Agree with Lisa, I can't get past the fact that Meredith is being put in the corner for some reason. She ha sbeen back from Maternity leave since Nov. its March now and with 8 episodes to go. I can't enjoy any of the storylines on the show cause the lonk that makes it all Greys Anatomu for me since day 1 of season has been and will always be Meredith Grey. Shonda should really get off her high horse and remember why her shoe became a hit in the first place. Meredith and main 5. Give Pompeo a decent storyline that can give her the chance to shine for God Sake, not just nod and be there to listen to everyone else's story. Shes the lead for heavens sake. this show is going haywire with 100 new hcaracters and not one single one of them has a complete stoyline, ever.
I also agree with Sally about Derek overacting it as Chief. Hes not doing it well at all. give the position back to Webber sooner. horrible acting by Dempsey there. he was much better before as Surgeoun Derek indeed.

I am loving Bailey more these days. but I still need my Meredith fix.. its why I turn to ABC Greys in the first place.

Agree with Lisa, Catherine and Sally. I would love to have a Meredith storyline again. The last storylines she had were quite annoying and it would be sad if those were the last storylines we have of her.

I sure wish they'd build up Bailey's storyline with the cute doctor though. It's pretty cute and I'd love to see them the show all giggly again because of a budding romance.

I too am a little confused by the cramming of so many characters and storylines this season. It's too bad, because I think many of these storylines are interesting and good ones, but there's not enough time to develop any of them. Try as they may, the writers can't make us believe over the course of three episodes that Mark has bonded with Sloan so much that he will be devastated when she leaves. And I'm a little disgusted at Mark's regression to man-whore status. It just doesn't seem believable after what he built with Lexie.

I'm also disappointed at Alex's return to surly, rude and emotionally stunted behavior. I know it's all part of the storyline, Izzie leaving Alex and causing him to give up on love, but in Izzie's most recent episode didn't Alex have this whole monologue about how he's so grateful that Izzie taught him to be a good man? Didn't he say that he knows now that he deserves better? What happened that that revelation?

I actually enjoyed the episode, though! And despite my many criticisms of this season, I've been enjoying the show all year. Good characters, really interesting medical stories. Just give us a few less big stories all at once, writers - just breathe!

I'm disappointed with the direction Grey's has taken this season and close to jumping ship. The Mercy West characters and the Owen-Cristina-Teddy triangle have turned me completely off this show. I couldn't care less about Jackson and am sorry to see him being given more airtime. The actor who plays him is clearly on this show only for his looks because he's not a strong actor. He's being forced down the viewers throats in the same manner as Teddy. I will never buy the Cristina-Owen-Teddy triangle story line and the longer it continues, the more ridiculous it looks. It's clear that Grey's is floundering following the loss of George and the absense of Izzie. Too bad the show couldn't come up with something better than this nonsense.


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