Things seemed promising for this episode of Grey's Anatomy when it opened with Bailey in a fuchsia twinset, the cute anesthesiologist watching her primp in the mirror and telling her she looked good. She looked so good, in fact, that it made me want to call her Miranda. It's rare that we've seen her glammed up and out of scrubs, and pink is totally her color. Also promising was the fact that the No-Longer-Chief - I guess we'll call him Richard now - was in front of an AA meeting saying he was 45 days sober. Well done, Richard. In fact, I was feeling so good I decided to give the cute anesthesiologist an actual name. (Also because I had tired of typing anesthesiologist.) So I decided to call him Ben Warren. Namely because the Internet told me that is his name.
Oh, but then my mellow was harshed a tad when I realized that this was the much-discussed flashback episode. Not that there's anything wrong with flashbacks â I simply prefer moving real-time plot forward rather than walking down memory lane. Alas, we would be time-traveling, even though we were not watching Lost. So be it. The conceit: Derek, a.k.a. the new chief, had decided to bring back the boringly named Lecture Day. Apparently no one needed surgery that day, so all of our favorite hot docs could convene in an auditorium to hear three of their colleagues - as it turned out, Miranda, Richard, and Callie - talk about former cases that had taught them important lessons. I don't know if anyone was clamoring for backstory on these particular three, but, sure, why not, right? As Derek said, Their losses will save you losses. Their mistakes will save you mistakes. We would be flashing back to their former ups and downs as they spoke to the crowd while wearing regular-person clothes instead of scrubs. Great! Fun! Just like watching fan fiction on your network TV, totally geeking out on stuff like era-appropriate hairstyles, references to future occurrences, and info about secret hookups we didn't know about before! Let's go!
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