Is it just us, or did this episode of Grey's Anatomy remind you of the glory days? It sorta came out of nowhere with an awesome intersection (or web of intersections, rather) of comedy and drama, hope and despair, ridiculous and sublime.
Obviously the main thrust of the drama tonight was the escalating conflict between the show's best besties — Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh). Their juxtaposed views of the career-vs.-family debate came to a head as Cristina zeroed in on her risky surgery and Mer tried to do the same while juggling her motherly duties, ultimately sort of failing at both.
Cristina finally gives Mer a bitter pill to swallow: that Mer has just fallen behind by virtue of the fact that she has other priorities, and its no one's fault that that happened.
On a lighter note, can we just say that we love Callie (Sara Ramirez) rebounding with the McDreamys? Seriously, homegirl seems like such a nice houseguest. We wanna wake up to the aroma of coffee prepared by a hot, surgically-gifted barista who occasionally dances in her underwear!
Unfortunate, Callie still has the thorny issue of her disintegrating marriage to Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) with which to deal, and things with her one-legged wifey seem plenty uncomfortable.
Speaking of whom, Arizona is rendered paranoid by drunken delusions of having hooked up with Leah (Tessa Ferrer) the night of the gala. And Leah just thinks that she found a new buddy!
Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton), meanwhile, has her potential mother-in-law to impress while dealing with a patient's hornet-stung member, which looks like it was mauled by an angry badger. (Jo's words, not ours.) We loved seeing her stick up for herself at the bar in the most awesome, empowering, and self-effacing way. Steph is really growing on us, and we'd be impressed if we were Catherine (Debbie Allen).
Catherine tries to get Richard (James Pickens Jr.) to get away from the Grey Sloan docs — and their kid gloves —with the most endearing "I love you, but I'm not going to coddle you" diatribe. And Richard finally redeems himself in our minds by saying, "These fools need me." (We do! We do!)
Elsewhere in Grey Sloan, Jo (Camilla Luddington) is giving preferential treatment to Alex's (Justin Chambers) dad, pulling strings to get him into rehab, when all the dad wants to do is punish himself and waddle in his self-loathing. (Like father, like son!) Alex, meanwhile, nearly reveals himself to his estranged dad in the elevator.
And finally, Callie dances again in her underwear — and the world rejoices with her.
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