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Friday, February 17, 2012

Grey’s Anatomy: Partnerships

By Brianne Moore

Partnership, that’s what this week seemed to be about. Some pairings worked out, and one, rather spectacularly, crumbled.

Let’s get the good stuff out of the way first. Derek’s annoying younger sister, Amelia, bounces into the hospital with a complicated gliosarcoma (a rare type of brain cancer) case and a sympathy-inducing picture of the patient’s kid, to remind everyone what’s at stake if they fail, as if they didn’t always know that. Also—what is it with this woman always showing up with brain tumor gifts for her big brother? Where does she keep finding them? Does she troll whatever hospital she works in for crazy cases? It’s a little creepy. Anyway, Derek takes one look and says he can’t help the woman, then takes off because he’s upset with Amelia for some reason, so Amelia and Lexie spend the day practicing the surgery, and eventually Derek comes around and helps her out and it looks like everything will be OK. Partnership established!

Elsewhere, Meredith’s helping Callie out with a man who got his hand stuck in a meat grinder. In return for helping Meredith study for her boards, Callie makes her take the lead on the case, and they manage to save the hand and do some cool surgery where they replace one of his missing fingers with his second toe.

Karev’s got one of the interns helping him study for his boards, and she spends the day dutifully quizzing him, even though he can’t even be bothered to learn her name. But then she starts getting dizzy and nauseous in the OR and has just enough time to tell him she’s 24 weeks pregnant before she passes out. After she regains consciousness, Alex asks her a few more questions about her symptoms—which included heartburn, shortness of breath, and some chest tightness—and realizes she’s having a heart attack. An important lesson during American Heart Month: heart attack symptoms in women tend to be very different from the “classical” symptoms men exhibit, so many women don’t get help until it’s too late. Stay vigilant, and go see your doctor if you’re not feeling well, ladies! Turns out poor Intern Morgan’s attack was due to acute spontaneous coronary dissection, a rare condition in which a tear develops in the coronary artery. She’s rushed to surgery, the baby’s delivered early and tended by Arizona and Alex, and everyone seems to come out fine in the end. And Alex finally learns the poor girl’s name.

Now for the downer part of the episode: Cristina and Owen spend the whole day with perhaps the world’s least effective counselor (did he say a single word before the last seconds of the episode? I don’t think so.) After finally being called out on the unfairness of acting like he was ok with Cristina’s decision and then throwing it in her face in front of all their friends after four months, Owen spent the time spewing both complete nonsense (“Meredith’s your best friend, and she has a baby, so you should have a baby now.” Say what?) and downright selfish, misogynist sludge that left me literally staring at my TV openmouthed. The moment he condescendingly informed Cristina that she’ll want a baby, because every woman wants a baby, and not wanting a baby is just not something that exists, he lost me completely. I have no idea whether we’re supposed to actively hate him now, or if this is what the writers actually believe, but either way, it’s incredibly disturbing. This is not 1952. A woman’s entire purpose in life is not wrapped up in her reproductive abilities. Some women, as Cristina rightly points out, just don’t want to be mothers and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Not everyone is cut out for motherhood, and I’m grateful to the people who understand that and don’t have kids just because it’s “the thing to do.” Far too many people who shouldn’t be having children have them, and that causes a lot of problems.

This partnership is falling apart. I really don’t see how it can be saved. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is not an area you can really compromise on. You either have a baby or you don’t. It pains me to say it, because I like these characters and think they have great chemistry, but where can you go from here? Nowhere. If Owen wants kids so bad, he’ll have to go find someone who knows she wants them too, and that person is not Cristina.

How did you feel, readers? Was Owen out of line? Is there any way to save the relationship? And do you think Karev might eventually make a play for Intern Morgan once she’s back on her feet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted by: Brianne Moore at 8:57 am