Grey's Anatomy Review: Deal or No Deal

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The tension was so thick on Grey's Anatomy this week, you could cut it with a scalpel.

"Hard Bargain," complete with extra drama-inducing rain, was not an episode overly filled with joy, miracles or ping pong tournaments. Rather, the stress surrounding the hospital buyout continued to push the doctors closer to the proverbial edge, leading toward a final decision that's bound to have major consequences.

Remember when the survivors found out they won $15 million a piece and Cristina jokingly said, "Mo' money, mo' problems?" Her words couldn't have been more true.

After all, the entire predicament of the hospital is based off the fact that it couldn't afford to pay off the survivors in the first place... leading to the need for new ownership to keep the place running. So what do they want to do with their newfound money? Buy the hospital!

It's a weird circle of life, right?

That Yang Look

Yet, even if the whole concept of the survivors owning the hospital sounds ridiculous, that's definitely looking to be the plan going forward and ultimately it spawned some great character drama out of the buyout mess.

I was certainly glad that not everyone was on board with the idea to pool all the money together right away. Arizona had some great points, even if the argument got heated and Derek was called "egomaniacal."

Even Cristina laughing her head off hysterically at the thought of the survivors' idea was funny. It's true that they don't know the first thing about how to run a hospital.

Thankfully, Derek had a financial advisor who was able to spin the negative situation into a positive one, albeit with some unfortunate side effects.

And I guess on some level, I'm kind of glad that all of the survivors finally decided to band together to do what was right and keep the hospital from turning into a robotic factory.

It was also truly great to see Derek stuck with some real problems. Normally he gets to just be the smiling nice guy, but he was conflicted over being the face of the hospital and taking fake surgery photos, all the while trying to lead the crusade for the hospital. Derek was getting his hands dirty.

Which of course resulted in the hilarious revelation that he sent the intern, Shane, to deface all the posters with his face on it. You have to admit, those posters, including the defaced ones, were funny. A photo with Derek and the word "compassion" was genius.

But can you believe that the doctors decided to quit as a last resort to stop the buyout? They're definitely gonna have a lot of free time to come up with that new name for their group now.

It's just unfortunate that Owen, who has been desperately trying to make up for putting the doctors on the plane, had to become collateral damage.

Even if the group thinks that this "bitter pill" will make it better later, it's going to be hard to get Owen back on their side. He felt completely betrayed and I've got a feeling this will push him even closer to Alana, perhaps even romantically.

Cristina and Owen have been doing so well that it was unfortunate Cristina got stuck in the middle. Can their relationship even go anywhere now because of what she chose to do? I get not telling Owen because of the lawsuits he could face, but on the personal level, for him, it's like that huge slap in the face.

There's definitely going to be a divide now, and I can only hope that the eventual outcome brings them all back together.

In addition to the heavy handed drama, there was a bit of romantic relationship happenings as well.

While the show seemed to have been pushing Jo and Alex closer together, it took that dangling love rope and yanked it right back. All that talk about co-worker romance and the hinted possibility of the two of them getting together... only to find out Jo is seeing someone else? Poor Alex, harsh world.

At the same time, April received some sound advice from Jackson (who I can't tell if he actually wants to get back with her) about being open and honest with the paramedic Matt. And I'm glad that she planned on doing so, but was bummed that the situation became contrived in that Matt happened to be saving himself too.

It's fine that he's doing that, and it's great that she found someone she can be with that thinks the same, yet it felt way to easy of a fix for their relationship. And I'm glad that she didn't mention sleeping with Jackson to him because let's be honest, she doesn't need to tell him.

I'm sure he'll find out and get upset because she's now not really a virgin, but I guess for those two crazy kids, I hope it all works out.

This was actually a pretty intriguing episode that really dug into some major drama for the characters, reinforcing the idea of taking action and standing up for what you believe in. It just makes me wonder how smoothly and nicely that final outcome will be.

Will the survivors' plan work? Should they buy the hospital? Sound off about the episode below, and check out the promo for next week's "This is Why We Fight"!


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Well I personaly think that is nice to see our doc's out of surgeries and OR's...loved this episode, and I think it's one of the best in Grey's history...Would you rather been seeing something like "Denny the ghost - I'm here for you - creepy stuff"????


You just know that Avery gave Kepner very bad advise, and the paramedic that would have been the right person for Kepner if he'd turned up before Kepvery paired up.
Talking about betrayal of a friend, didn't Owen do the same thing in not telling Altman her husband had died. Wasn't that for the sake of the patient and the hospital? But in the promo Owen is standing with the five possible buyers of SGH along with Webber, so it must be OK in the end


I'm rooting for Jackson and April, but I have to say I really liked how it transpired that Matthew wanted to wait too. I think she has felt for a long time that she'll find it hard to find anyone who accepts that and I think it's lovely that he does. I did feel awful for her though, in that she had waited so long, and that just after she caves and hooks up with Jackson she finds someone who shared her ideals. I think she'll have to tell him about Jackson, and it'll cause a fight, but then definitely wasn't the right time. One thing though, ages ago, when she first revealed she was a virgin, she made out that it was just that she wanted it to be special and it had been wrong place wrong time. (Fair enough, she might not have felt comfortable sharing her faith with people). But then she nearly slept with Alex, and the reason she didn't was just that she didn't want to be one of a number for him and wanted it to be special rather than that she wanted to wait until she was married or had an religious views. Seemed like a strange tactic...


I liked the episode. and yes, Derek, the car lights and the guy at the back, PRICELESS. Well, Owen won't forgive them, not just yet. The pill will be hard to swallow. But eventually it'll pass. Poor Cris, she felt REALLY bad. Cannot wait for next episode... Mo problem indeed...
April really found THE guy lol. And Karev looked disappointed...nice !


Around 8-9+ million viewers still watching Grey's Anatomy, and I'm one of them!!!
I really liked this episode, and can't wait to see what happens next. Have seen area hospitals and medical facilities swallowed up around here, most under one umbrella now...and the elimination of some services. Don't recall any complaints, though.
Interesting comment on the parallel to Dempsey/Tully's...and no, it never crossed my mind. Have noticed in past episodes that Derek was "racing" in "With You I'm Born Again," and in "Disarm," the guy on the street giving directions to Cristina (to the Needle, I think) could be Derek's twin or at least brother.


I am looking forward to Derek hooking up with Ross.


This buyout story line is a story about Patrick Dempsey creating Global Baristas and buying Tully's out from under Starbucks ("Pegasus") in order to give the Tully workers a shot at a better workplace and save a loved company. I thought more people would get that.


Hehehehe, Jackson gave April good advice, but she didn't take it. I'm surprised the reviewer thinks April and Matt the paramedic can make it--I watched her make the choice not to tell him and said, "They're doomed." Not that I mind; I'm waiting for April and Jackson. :-)


with Owen is screwed again and it's going to affect the twisted sisters' relationship. As for the residents, IMO Shane and Mousy can stay. I'm on the fence about Jo, but Leah and Stephanie definitely need to hit the road. Replace them with a few low budget interns that probably draw less pay. Remember the black female intern in season six that never said a word, just smiled and looked at people sideways? Or Spaulding, Pierce and Steve from season five and six. Someone for the original group to teach, but don't take up much screen time. And this is all, just my humble opinion.


I for one am tired of this story line. I want it to be done already. I also am sick to death of Owen and Cristina being run through the blender. Owen has been on this show for nearly five seasons now and let's see: he's tried to strangle Cristina, love triangle with Teddy and Cristina, Cristina's PTSD and decision to have an abortion, the abortion and fall-out from Henry dying, the one night stand. Then we had a plane crash and more PTSD for Cristina. They are the poster children for tortuous, painful relationships. Certainly by now they deserve some happiness. It took five seasons for MerDer to be happy and they still mix things up a little bit for them every year, but they work it out. Can these writers please give these characters a break? Maybe for longer than 3-4 episodes? It is exhausting. That all being said, I think an offshoot to this betrayal to Owen is going to be an issue between Meredith and Cristina. Cristina is going to be royally ticked off that her relationship with Owen is screwed again and I believe it will affect the twisted sisters' relationship. As for the residents, IMO Shane and Mousy can stay. I'm on the fence about Jo, but Leah and Stephanie definitely need to hit the road. Replace them with a few low budget interns that probably draw less pay. Remember the black female intern in season six that never said a word, just smiled and looked at people sideways? Or Spaulding, Pierce and Steve from season five and six. Someone for the original group to teach, but don't take up much screen time.

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