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Grey's Anatomy Review: Moving Forward

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I'm curious why we jumped a whole month forward (via a subtle transition), but it looks as if the time since the events of "Things We Said Today" have allowed for some major announcements and attempts at moving forward for Grey's Anatomy.

And "The End is the Beginning is the End" served as a quiet set up for some loud and dramatic things to come.

Doctors Talk it Over

Richard was more recently hit the hardest with Adele's passing, but it was nice to see that even through his own self-appointed misgivings, he was able to meet with Catherine. Simply holding hands was a nice sentiment for them both, and while Richard will always love Adele, at least he will have a chance to heal and grow again.

Cristina and Owen are in this weird place of dating/not dating - hooking up, as those college kids call it - but all under the new pretense of divorce. I like Cristina in her happy state, making jokes and being her regular self. Even her ability to not get upset that Meredith hadn't told her about the pregnancy showed an understanding in their friendship.

And although I felt more comfortable with Jo and Alex being playful this episode, I don't buy them remaining friends. It's too obvious that soon enough that couch is going to get some action from the two not-lovers.

Am I on board with the relationship? Not so much before, and I'm even holding out that Dr. Lucy might return, but I wasn't rolling my eyes with their playful banter this go around. Really, it was nice that things were working out for both of them.

Even Jackson, who's moving forward in his relationship with the intern, also seems to be moving forward as a doctor. Taking a case that was formally Mark's was a huge step not only in remembering the past and the important things he'd done, but the new positive steps that would be taken in his wake.

Sure, he had some arguments with Arizona, but Jackson proved himself by completing the more risky procedure. He's been able to start taking those steps from Mark's protege to his own competent and successful physician.

Likewise, Derek is back on that road to recovery, playing in a great ping pong match. It was rather entertaining that the game became competitive and it was fun seeing Shane break out of his usual calm demeanor. Who knew ping pong could be such good therapy for Derek's hand?

Yang, Avery and Karev

But amongst all the progress moving forward, two major revelations promise to have major impact on everyone:

First came the generous settlement of $15 million each, and all I could think was "wow, what a payout." And good for them. Yes, Meredith mentioned blood money, but the cash could be used for good and Richard was right there to remind her.

Sure enough, the dinner was awkward, and certainly not a celebration, but eventually all of the group came around and began to enjoy the prospects of the outcome.

Meredith even revealed her big secret, which is promising in that she believes good things will happen. That was a nice change for her.

Except the entire episode I couldn't help but wonder the repercussions and why no one seemed to acknowledge them. Even if the insurance company would be handling the financial aspects, the hospital itself would have to have some sort of reprimand, right? You don't just have a major court case and nothing happen but handing out some money.

I'm still a little surprised no one seemed to really think about that.

Yet, the episode itself seemed to offer up the dramatic twist that answered the unfortunate consequence of the win. According to some loophole, the hospital now has to pay out the $15 million each and there's no way it can do that. It looks like bankruptcy and closing the doors will be the only option.

Man, and right after Derek had finally forgiven Owen!

I find it hard to believe that Seattle Grace would be shut down, but I'm trying to guess what will take place to prevent it? Will they use the money to buy it out? Will someone else?

A major conflict of interest was bound to rear its ugly head and, like Cristina said, "Mo money, mo problems."

This wasn't the most riveting of episodes, but I'm glad to see a transition and chance for the characters to move forward from the dramatic plane crash. Although, now this new predicament might make things a little harder. Hopefully, this major bump in the road can find a quick way to smooth itself out with all of the positive changes going on around it.

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I have always been an April sympathizer and I am SO glad that she's not written to be some neurotic shrill this time around, that final scene with Jackson (and later, the patient of the week) really took advantage of Ms. Drew's acting skills. Here's hoping for more good scripts coming her way. As for the payout, my guess is that the doctors will "reinvest" it back into the hospital and be board members/partners themselves.

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The end was very interesting with the loophole from the insurance company. Can't wait to see how that plays out. I have never liked Christina and Owen together and hated when they got married but I like the fun, playful side now of their new relationship. It was sad to see how sad April was when Jackson told her about him and Stephanie. Hopefully these two can find their way back to each other. It was good to see Meredith be there for Richard. I didn't like to see him feel so guilty. I was so happy to see Jackson stand up to Arizona. I hated how everyone wanted him to be just like Sloan. Jackson appreciated everything he learned from Sloan but he has to be his own man and do his own procedures. Good episode overall.

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Does anybody know what april specialty is? Is she in trauma cos owen was preparing her before she left for the boards

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I think that people ought to keep in mind that Owen is not the only person responsible here. Yes, it would have been nice to insist on researching the new plane company, but it wasn't necessarily his responsibility to do that. He was busy running a hospital. Also, the insurance policy would have been valid, with no loopholes, had Arizona not thrown Alex off the plane and took his seat herself. THEN there wouldn't have been three attendings on the plane. Just Mark and Derek. So with that logic, Arizona was as much to blame as Owen. And can I just say that Arizona is annoying? I know the Calzona fans will have my hide, but she is so arrogant and condescending. She treated Mark like crap just because she was jealous of his relationship with Callie and that wasn't the first time she's gone after Jackson and belittled his skills. None of them deserved to be in a plane crash, but I have to keep reminding myself "it's just fiction".

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buying out the hospital seems like the only reasonable option right now..even though predictable.. and frankly i think owen will (or should) remain chief..basically for three reasons-- 1) he does a damn good job of running a surgical staff being a trauma surgeon.
2) no other takers(read-deserving candidates) for the chief job, at least at the moment.
3) putting webber back as chief every other season has become repetitive,and not in a good way!

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Does anyone agree that the "victims: will chose not to take the money, unless, GA is being cancelled or they move to a different hospital, which I doubt

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@sherzz
Bailey didn't kill Adele...Adele had a heart attack.
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to answer why Lexie's dad is not there is because Jeff Perry is on Scandal now and is unavailable to be the dad so most likely Meredith is there by proxy for him and the other sister is still overseas.
I am not sure is girl Sloan has Mark legally named as her father and besides she ran out on him so why should she get something. Also Callie is Sofia's mother so is Mark's kid so she can be there by proxy. However I do think Mark had will so anything Mark gets it goes to Sofia by default.

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HOW IS BAILEY JUST OKAY WITH KILLING ADELE?

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What I don't get is why isn't mark n lexie next of kin not involved in the law suit. For lexie it would e her dad n for mark it would his oldest daughter not callie. It makes no sense to me.

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At the time of the plane crash Meredith was not a attending. Mark, Derek and Arizona were attendings. Meredith, Cristiana and Lexi were residents