Grey's Anatomy's newest episode, "The Becoming", left me in the "gray" area about whether or not the show's worth my time anymore.
This latest sex-obsessed episode gave me mixed feelings about whether or not the Grey's writers can give us some of the substance back that this season has been majorly lacking.
After McSteamy causes a Nurse's strike because of his manwhore-ness, the Chief's (now gainfully employed) ex-wife Adelle shows her familiar face as a mediator in the matter and institutes a new "Date and Tell" policy at Seattle Grace. She requires all staff to fill out a sheet listing all of the sexual relations they've had in the hospital in an effort to avoid a potential future lawsuit.
This of course brings up lots of old dirt about who slept with who, who forgot they slept with who, and the new dirt: who is about to sleep with who. (Hint: after a major bout of sexual harassment in the hallway, McSteamy's words to Rose end up speeding things in the bed department between her and Derek.)
Meanwhile, Cristina gets haunted by the biggest ghost of her past, Burke, and realizes how far down she's gone since he left. (From being his right-hand man (literally) to not even being able to assist in Hahn's surgeries.) She opts to spend the day in the morgue singing Madonna's "Like a Virgin" to the corpses as she harvests their hearts, in an effort to salvage her own! (Slightly hilarious scene!!)
Not surprisingly, our doctors each had patients whose storylines were quite parallel to their own! Meredith struggled with keeping her work and personal life separate, just like her patient who was struggling with his gay lifestyle while being in the military. (Where coincidentally, again, they have a "don't ask don't tell" policy- and Seattle Grace just made their own "date and tell" policy.) And Alex had was assigned to a case where he had to be compassionate to children, since he's struggling with the idea that he's going to father Ava/Rebecca's child! The writers are getting a little too obvious, in my opinion, with the corresponding stories, but I guess it helps our characters come to essential revelations about their own lives!
For me, the most redeeming parts of this episode were:
1. Bailey yelling at the Chief for being the only one exempt from the "Date and Tell" reporting, and therefore his belittling her womanhood. (FINALLY a multidimensional character with some substance!)
2. Cristina's explanation/revelation about how much Burke has affected her life and how she's not okay with it.
3. The father of said-military man showing some acceptance to his son's lover after his son passed away. (Too little too late, though? Very sad!)
And the downfalls:
1. The whole Meredith/Therapist relationship. Therapists do not yell at their clients! Get a new, professional therapist!
2. The Meredith/Derek eyelocking in order to synchronize their injections. I puked in my mouth a little bit.
3. "I'll stay if you want me to" - Derek to Meredith
4. The champagne speech made by Derek.
5. Derek proclaiming he's more of a whore than McSteamy because he was thinking of Meredith while he slept with Rose. Riiight, as if that even COMPETES with sleeping with every nurse and almost every doctor at Seattle Grace..
So apparently I'm not to keen on where this Meredith/Derek thing is going (Is it going anywhere?!!), and I think it needs to go one way or another QUICK! You can only beat a dead horse so much!
Well, it got me tuned in for yet another week and will keep me going until the end of the season, but I'm still feeling like this season of Grey's is missing something! (Substance, perhaps??)
Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?