Just when I think I'm out, it pulls me back in ...
I take a backseat to no one in my frequent and considerable irritation with "Grey's Anatomy," a show that manages to go in directions that are simply appalling, with the Dead Denny Debacle and the Hahn Purge as glaring recent examples and Izzie's still having a hospital job being an ongoing error in narrative judgment.
But just when I am ready to write the show off for good, I think, well, it has been awful in the past but it has also been quite engaging and maybe Shonda Rhimes has one more rabbit to pull out of her hat. And doggone if she hasn't done it again.
This week's episode was not as strong as last, when the whole rescuing-Derek story was funny and dramatic (and I really liked the Chief's reminding us that Derek's bender was peanuts compared to what the Chief went through in his bad old days). Still, there were many virtues, from the unapologetically terrifying strangulation scene to the payoff with the patient's cold-hearted children (perhaps not plausible, but still touching) to Alex's bringing out his frightened-boy side again, to the elevator scenes.
I know, I wonder too why it had to be in an elevator. And I suspect a big reason was so they could have that little bit with the Chief keeping Meredith from getting on the wrong one. And, when talking about the episode today, I was reminder that Meredith's faith in Derek has a lot of echoes of Yang's faith in Burke during his troubles. And I prefer Yang when she's tough to when she gets vulnerable -- although that reminds us that her relationship history includes the earlier attempt to save a wounded beau.
But I still got to the end of the episode with a sense of satisfaction, and of an hour not wasted. Good stuff with O'Malley, both in terms of the character and as meta commentary on how his character has been shoved aside on the show. Solid Callie and O'Malley, where their painful history was used well. Derek in the OR bringing brought back to life by being second-guessed. THis is all why I don't give up. Next week may be terrible, but I'll be back the week after that, with hope.