Personal growth was the name of the game of the Grey's Anatomy episode airing tonight, March 20 — Season 10, Episode 16: "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" — and we loved seeing the docs get real!
Let's give quick verdicts about the less weighty storylines of the episode. Cristina (Sandra Oh) was totally right to deny Shane's (Gaius Charles) teen patient, even though it was a heartbreaking decision. Sweet and pitiable as the girl was, Cristina knows that the clinical trial can only succeed without emotion. Similarly, Alex (Justin Chambers) was right to push Jo (Camilla Luddington) to get over her agreement-phobia. Also, it was great to see Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) grab her portal vein project by the you-know-whats.
Now, onto the biggest fireworks of the episode — the explosive conversation in that unassuming conference room, in which Catherine (Debbie Allen) proves that she's not the monster-in-law she seems to be — but actually the voice of reason, saying that Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew) haven't thought through their future together. Sure enough, the newlyweds realize that religion is going to be a major sticking point between them.
Cristina, perhaps guilty over having slept with Owen (Kevin McKidd) that night is his trailer, pushes him to start online dating, even starting a profile for him. But the "perfect match" he describes sounds an awfully lot like Cristina. Uh-huh. Later, he acts all confident and totally weakens Cristina's resolve. Yeah, they're totally friends with benefits, and we're not mad at it!
Birthday boy Richard (James Pickens Jr.) spent the episode trying to prove his vitality, when really, he was just unnecessarily insecure over his age. As proven by his surprise party — and the toasts therein — the doctors still revere him and rely on him.
Perhaps the most gratifying step forward was made by Derek (Patrick Dempsey), who won us over all over again by writing a "No Bullies" Post-It and putting it on the computer screen while he and Callie (Sara Ramirez) video-conferenced with his superiors — before "overthrowing the government" to protect Callie's project, as she would later proudly proclaim. Only more proof that the guy has a gift with Post-Its!
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