Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, Airs Thursday 9/8c
Episode: “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (Season 5, Episodes 1 and 2)
Synopsis: After their eventual romantic resolution at the end of last season, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) goes back to agonizing over her relationship with Shepard (Patrick Dempsey) whilst he deals with fallout from Rose (Lauren Stamile) over ending theirs. Cristina (Sandra Oh) finds lust with a sexy army doctor that specializes in pulling icicles out of the torso. Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Hahn (Brooke Smith) spend most of their time avoiding each other, but finally admit that they’re both venturing into new territory. Seattle Grace gets bumped down the nationwide teaching-hospital rankings and dropped to a number two trauma centre, leading to a distinct lack of traumas and one very irate Chief of Surgery (James Pickens Jr). Lexie (Chyler Leigh) plays lovesick puppy over George (T. R. Knight), who’s completely clueless. Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and Alex’s (Justin Chambers) newly restored friendship goes down the tubes over crossed wires, while a couple of staff members discover some important points about their teaching styles.
Review: The new trend for season premiers this year? A double bill. However, whilst shows like Heroes managed to keep us riveted to our screens, Grey’s managed a weak simmering throughout a mid-season-esque double episode. Attempting to catch the attention with an opening “shock twist” which my mother could have (and did) predict, they not only failed to shock but then took the Dallas way out, crying “it was all a dream!”. I’m sorry, was anyone fooled by that, or did no one care enough to pay attention?
The two-part episode’s main thrust was the fact that Seattle Grace, once ranked first teaching hospital nationwide, had slipped to a mere 12th. Adding insult to injury, their ranking slipped from a level one trauma centre to a level two, meaning that Mercy West gets all the traumas and they get only the cast offs. Not only does this cause the staff to question themselves and whether they should work at Seattle Grace, but it also means that there are hardly any patients. In a double episode, this gets felt, even with the stolen patients Bailey snags from Mercy West. If this isn’t resolved soon, this season is gonna be pretty patient light, and if they fill that with Derek and Meredith angst I’m storming the gates of ABC. Who’s with me? This week alone was angst filled enough to drive an entire season. Meredith is definitely in need of more therapy, but preferably off-screen. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, there were some very bright spots which brought the episode up a couple of notches. The addition of McSexy, a military emergency trauma surgeon who rides in with a pen tracheotomied patient and a bloodied leg, could be a much needed fresh face with a new attitude. Plus the sparks between him and Cristina were strong enough to power a city grid. The promise of change and a shake up from the Chief could be interesting, but we’ll wait and see. One thing I did learn, the writers need to put aside more time for Bailey to shine. Chandra Wilson is a gem and her few scenes were far more memorable than the many many Meredith ones. Overall, this had better not be a sign of the season to come.
Up Next Week: No episode next week. “Here Comes The Flood” airs Thursday, October 9th. A plumbing leak becomes a deluge and wreaks havoc at Seattle Grace, as the Chief attempts to implement new policies and George tries to retake his residency exam.
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