New Beginnings on Grey’s Anatomy

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After a few very rough weeks on Grey’s Anatomy I was very happy to see the #TearsofGreys theme seems to have finally come to an end with Thursday night’s “The Great Pretender.” Don’t get me wrong–I love the emotional storylines and I’m always up for a good cry, but it was time for a bit of a change. My skin was getting waterlogged, after all. Plus it really does feel like things are evolving again on the show. Changing and maybe even heading toward a new beginning. Starting with this episode.

I knew something was up last week with Meredith. She seemed too eager and too desperate to get away. This week that all made sense. It was almost enlightening to hear her finally admit she didn’t want to be with Derek and that they really haven’t been happy together for a long time. I know I’m not the only one who was tired of watching them fight or talk about how things weren’t working out. It was nice to see Meredith finally realize what they really needed was a break. It was also nice to see Meredith finally take some time for herself. Yes, she probably could have done it without sneaking away and lying to Derrick and Maggie about it, but it needed to happen in order for her to find herself again.

Speaking of Maggie, I’m so glad that she confronted Meredith about her lying. Maggie is trying really hard to build a relationship with her newfound sister and I would hate for something like this to push them apart. I think things are going to get interesting between these two as the season goes on. If they continue to get along and actually start to work together they could become quite the powerhouse team in that hospital. Hey, if we can’t have Cristina this is the next best thing.

For that to happen I think we are going to have to see Meredith’s character go through a few changes first. We’ve been watching her repeat the same situations over and over for the past several seasons and it’s gotten a little boring. So why not challenge Ellen Pompeo with something new? I hope the writers use this opportunity to do just that: give her some new, interesting storylines and to push her character in a new direction.

Speaking of changing characters, one that has come full circle over the years is Owen. Through his PTSD and his on-again, off-again relationship with Cristina, he’s come through as a completely different person. He’s no longer that tough, troubled soul that everyone was so intimidated by–he’s actually softened lately and as a result has turned into this confident, friendly and likeable guy.

Watching him support Callie and develop a friendship with her has become a weekly highlight. It’s also interesting that he and Amelia have been drawn towards one another. They’ve both gone through some pretty major struggles and heartbreaks in their respective pasts and I think it will be fun to watch them develop a more serious relationship. Even if it does take a while.

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The one story that was particularly interesting this week was that of Ben’s brother Kurt being transgendered. I really did not expect Ben to be so closed-minded when he found out. When he said that he felt like his whole life had been a lie I was shocked and maybe a little insulted for his brothers sake. I suspect that’s exactly how his brother has been feeling for most of his life, hiding it first from himself and then from others as he began to accept it. Usually when friends or family members come out as being homosexual or transgendered you can think back and realize that there had been so many signs over the years. Did Ben really not see any of them? Denial can be a powerful thing.

Thank goodness for Bailey. Her reaction was more like what I expected from Ben. Sure she was surprised at first but she was so accepting and caring about it all. Hopefully she can talk some sense into Ben and get him to be more accepting and supportive of his brother going forward.

Extra Grey’s:

  • I really hope I’m not the next person to use a campsite where someone has dumped their loved ones ashes. Can you imagine sitting there, kicking the ground around the campfire only to realize that you’re kicking around someone’s remains? Gross!
  • A little note to all the single or dating girls out there. If you aren’t into a guy just tell him. Pretending to faint to get out of talking to a guy is probably not the way to go. Especially when you pretend to faint at the top of a staircase.
  • Is anyone else a little uncomfortable with Richard and Catherine’s relationship? It’s never felt quite right to me and I really dread watching their scenes. Here’s hoping that that was the last of them together.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you think it’s time for a bit of a change? Are you liking Owen and Amelia together as much as I am? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday’s at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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