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Grey’s Anatomy Gets Complicated With A “Map Of You” This Week

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Updated 10/25/2013 6:51pm
Grey’s Anatomy Gets Complicated With A “Map Of You” This Week
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Rosie Clarke

Staff Writer

It was certainly a one in a million episode...if only for the fact that it managed to get us emotionally invested in a mug. No, not Owen (that would be impossible), but an actual coffee mug. Derek... Well, who’d of thought it? McDreamy actually had more than a few seconds of screen time tonight! He even took charge of the monologue and the episode opened with a shot of ferry-boats! Good on ya, Derek! As his voiceover chattered away about maps, we got to see him watching Zola crayon for a while. He has an epiphany while she’s zig-zagging across her page and then we flick to the hospital, where he’s designed some zig-zag inspired sensory device. Little Zola’s a genius I tell you. We also see him gulping down the last of his coffee from a bright red mug that keeps popping up everywhere throughout the episode. It’s symbolism or something. I’ve gotta say though, I do love the little home time scenes with the McDreamys...they are adorable even if they're a tad boring now.
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Derek and Callie are apparently working on a fancy schmancy sensory trial (was I the only one who missed that?) but Callie’s nowhere to be found so Derek decides he wants to shut it down to have more time with the kids. Except he can’t seem to drag himself away from lovable trial patient, Mickey who’s brain is rapidly deteriorating. There’s some animosity between him and Shane (who’s now a second year resident as apparently there was a time jump?) and Shane wants off his service. Derek thinks it’s something to do with the recent death of Brooks. But no, Shane sets him straight: “I don’t wanna work with you. I’m not interested. Can I be more clear?” Eeesh. Poor Der. Sadly, Micky dies on Derek’s table (watching McDreamy test the guy’s no-longer-existing gag reflex was super gross), so Derek takes out his brain in the name of science like Mickey would have wanted. I’m not sure what further information his dead brain could possibly provide, but it was a nice moment for Derek and his sister-wife, Callie (who then dropped his kids back to daycare for him and Mer).
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At the end of the episode, MerDer rush home to admit that their child-rearing methods are currently being curtailed by their almost savage professionalism. Luckily Derek decides to take a back seat at work this year, so Meredith can focus on her career. What a modern gent! Meredith’s definitely not turning into Ellis though, if that’s what you’re thinking. Nope. Definitely not. Except she kind of is. But not really, because Ellis was a total witch and Meredith has a heart...we think. Der: “Spending time with the kids is not a consolation prize, it is the prize. You want fair, maybe down the road I’ll give you a year with them... Maybe when Zola’s dating ‘cause I don’t wanna be around for that.” Mer: “... I love you” Der: “Oh you should, what I’m doing is gonna be amazing for you.” Mer: “Urgh. You’re gonna have more fun than me.” Der: “I know.” Cutting back Derek’s OR time might be an indication that McDreamy’s onscreen time is about to be slashed even more... Poor old Derek, he’s had a pretty bad day really, and he doesn’t even know it. He found his red coffee mug though, Meredith brought it home with her mother’s journal. So that’s a win.
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Arizona and Leah... That’s right folks, I finally learnt Perky’s first name. And all it took was a great speech and some tears. Dry those eyes Perky, I mean Leah... It looks as though you might be about to snag a good storyline. Okay, so Leah’s all super happy and jolly about something, or *someone*, but she insists she can’t tell the other interns. Well, now they’re second year residents but I feel like they’re still interns because we don’t really care about them yet. They seem to be enjoying their new second year digs. Cut to the following one-liner surprise of the night: Leah: “Why are there no doors on these?” Stephanie: “I know right! It’s like, ‘hello tampons, meet everyone’.” Officially warming to the interns. We then get an incredibly awkward encounter between Leah and the slutty shadow of Arizona’s former self. What is wrong with you, Arizona? It seems like they hooked up at some point and Leah’s all excited and Arizona’s all guilty and weird. It reminded me of the first time we met Arizona, when Callie asked her out and she was all “I don’t date newborns”. Getting the sense in this scene that Leah is way too excitable for Arizona. Alex and Arizona finally have another few scenes together! Yay! I love these two. They make the best besties. Alex jibes Arizona about how he should probably chaperone her next surgery because the “hot” visiting fetal surgeon will be scrubbing in. Alex: “What? We’re not joking about this yet?” Arizona laughs...so apparently, they are.
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After my recent complaints about how confusing Leah’s personality is, it was great to see the show dissect it tonight! Well played, Grey’s. During surgery, Arizona asks Alex if he’s ever dealt with a girl who got “way too attached” after a one-night-stand. “You know who’s like that?” Alex quipped. “Leah Murphy. That girl goes from zero to I love you in seven seconds.” Flash to Leah, telling Jo, “I’ve never ever felt this way.” Classic. Arizona later overhears her telling the other interns about their non-relationship. Leah to Shane: “If you have to label me, label me ‘in love’.” She gets ushered over to an embarrassed Arizona, who promptly informs her they will never be lady lovers. This is when we get the teary Leah speech...it’s a funny scene but it’s also kinda tragic. Arizona seems cold and aloof. And Leah finally connects the dots for us as to why she’s so shrew one minute and perky the next. “It’s my fault. I don’t open up to people much, and when I try to open up a little bit I can get carried away. It’s happened before. And I’ve just always admired you as a surgeon and a person.” Bless her cotton socks, I almost feel bad for laughing at her earlier...almost. 
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As the final voiceover begins, we see Arizona looking restless and uncomfortable in bed. Where is she living now, by the way? Pretty sure Callie kicked her out and the last we heard, she’d been invited to stay at Leah’s... She flicks on her phone and tentatively brings up her and Leah’s text convo. I must admit I did feel bad for ole Perky here. She’d sent an excited, emoticon-filled text about passing her intern exam and Arizona had blankly replied with, “Congrats.” Ouch. But also, LOL.
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Arizona’s clearly not interested in Leah, but she can’t stop herself from sending another text: “What are you up to?” She doesn’t look happy about it, she looks ashamed.
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At this point I would hack off my own leg to know what’s going on inside that character’s head! Come on Shonda, throw us a bone; give us some therapy scenes, please. Dr Yang... Christina has possibly the most random day ever. Stephanie alerts her to a patient who came in with a broken ankle, but she discovers he also has an inoperable AVM in his heart. Oh dear. When Christina tells the guy and his wife though, he’s just annoyed she found it. Turns out they’d been having a whale of a time running up credit card debt and traveling the world since his diagnosis. A shellshocked Christina isn’t used to having such cheerfully terminal patients. “Sweety, I know it’s hard, but you have to let it go,” the wife tells her. Too bad Yang’s not great at letting things go. Shane gets a brainwave and shows Christina the glue Derek uses on his patients’ AVMs, wondering whether it can be used in the heart as well. Christina: “They glue neurological AVMs because they’re microscopic, these vessels are huge.” Shane: “Are you saying it won’t work?” Christina: “I’m saying...I’d need a crap-load of glue.” And that, my friends, is how they get shit done in the cardiac wing. They even manage to pull off their totally obscure, never-been-done-before approach, even though the patient himself was hoping he’d die on the table so his life insurance would clear his wife’s debt. “You are full of surprises, Sharky.” Yang has spoken. Shane will now forever be known as Sharky.
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Christina also suffers a minor existential crisis after realizing that Owen nonchalantly invited his new girlfriend to the hospital without thinking to tell her that Christina is his ex-wife. Awkies. She vents to Meredith: “I think I’ve ceased to exist. I made history today, literally. Operated on the inoperable. Saved a man from certain death...and then ruined his life. Oh, also Owen seems very happy with that Marling person, to whom he has never even mentioned me. It’s as if the last few years never happened. Also the automatic paper towel thingy won’t recognise me as human; I’m just standing there waving my hands like an idiot.” Meredith: “I’m sorry, what?” Christina looks hurt for a second, then she changes the subject, asking what Meredith’s doing. Meredith tells her, and Christina enthusiastically asks her how she’s going to proceed. But Mer shuts her down for suggesting last week that she couldn’t be both a mother and a great surgeon. I totally empathize with both parties, sorta, but Meredith is being kind of a terrible friend right here. You don’t just ignore your person.
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Fingers crossed they patch it up before they part ways for good in the finale... It’d be heartbreaking to think otherwise, after all these years! *Melodramatic Fist Shake*
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Alex and Jo (and Richard)...  Woot, Alex’s dad is back! Although we don’t find out for sure until the last half of the episode. Instead we have to watch Jo freak out thinking he might be cheating on her. Come on girl, haven’t you seen this show before? When we finally do see Alex reunite with his dad, it’s at a rundown bar where he’s been gigging with his band. Alex has been there every night this week! Awww. He even buys his dad a drink when they end up sat together after the show. He doesn’t realize who Alex really is, but he’s happy to accept the free drink. They have a little chat about how important family is and how grateful Jimmy feels towards pediatric surgeons everywhere for saving his son many years ago. Awww.  I’m not quite sure how it happens, but they end up playing guitar together, singing a song Alex says his dad taught him once. It’s the cutest moment ever. Who knew Karev could sing?
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Until Jimmy pulled out a photo of his son to show off, and a slightly warmer and fuzzier Alex leaned in to take a look, only to discover the picture wasn’t of him, but a random other kid. So Alex has a half brother...wonder when he’ll pop up to the hospital? Poor Alex can’t handle this latest blow, so he outright punches Jimmy in the face. A bleeding Jimmy Evans looks up at him from the floor, suddenly recognising his son. Ah man, and it was all going so well. Back at the hospital, Jo is running around trying to diagnose Richard’s ailing shoulder. She’s not very good at it but Richard seems amused. Jo: “Oh! You don’t need an x-ray, you need an ultra-sound." Richard: “...I hope you’re not thinking I’m pregnant.” Alex eventually catches up with Jo back home and blames her for telling him to talk to his dad in the first place. “Well, thanks! I didn’t think I could feel this crappy again after 18 freakin’ years!” Cue impassioned mug toss into fireplace. Alex doesn’t have the McMug magic that Derek apparently has. Is this symbolism again? Dammit.
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Meredith and Callie...  Ellis Grey’s old diaries resurfaced last night, as Meredith tried to pick a research topic before the submission deadline. Leaving things to the last minute again Meredith... Tut tut tut. I actually thought it was kind of sweet that she so took Christina’s words to heart by taking on some research, even though she’s probably doing it out of spite. Mer can’t decide whether to continue with one of her mother’s ideas, or pick something else. Callie’s still high on empowerment from her underwear dancing escapades last week, so she tells her to build on the Grey family name and pick her mother’s idea.
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Mer’s not sold. But eventually she decides to “go with what her mother gave her”; “sharing her passion,” not “riding her coattails” by continuing her work. This encourages Callie to stick with the sensory trial her and Derek began, telling him she’s no longer doing it for Arizona but for patients like Mickey.
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Good call, Callie. Overall...  A pretty fun-filled episode with enough drama to keep us interested! The writers are doing a much better job integrating the interns this season, although it means we’re seeing less and less of our old faves. We need to see some drastic changes in Arizona (for better or for worse), before we just get bored. But I'm loving Karev's storyline this year... See y’all next week! And don't forget to check out the promo, it's Halloween themed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPeZA1wFDSc http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Tumblr.com/ http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.wordpress.com/ http://www.PopWrapped.com
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