Athima Chansanchai writes: Don’t fall for the title of Thursday night’s “Grey’s Anatomy”: “Superfreak.”
In this week’s voiceover, Meredith tries to tell us about the freakish nature of surgeons and those who love them, as if we haven’t already figured it out after a couple of years of watching these folks in action.
This episode was all about sensitivity, or the lack of it, and it’s nothing you can really blame on freaks.
Surgeons don’t have a monopoly on freaks, OK?
But while they can hide their freakishness inside, some of their patients can’t. Thursday night’s Monster of the Week: a man covered in warts so severe he looked like a tree. He was a tree man -- a tortured, angry, angsty, anti-social mini-Ent with branch-like horns growing over his fingers and limbs.
(Curiosity led us to a case in 2007about a man afflicted with the same debilitating condition, from contracting the HPV virus.)
The tree man undergoes a surgery that removes the warts, but turns his body into a canvas of scars, into “Frankenstein.”
As they remove 12 pounds of warts from him, Lexie and Jackson revert to adolescent behavior. Bailey, as usual, is the adult and makes them deal with it, until she freaks out over seeing a spider crawl out of one of those horns.
Miss Insensitive No. 2: Amelia, Derek’s sister visiting from “Private Practice.” She’s trying to un-estrange their sibling dynamic and is also giddy about bringing him a brain tumor patient. She almost literally pushes a still traumatized Cristina out of the way on that surgery, and proceeds to insult her behind her back. That doesn’t go over well with Derek, who tells Amelia he owes Cristina everything for saving his life.
The siblings make up, but even by dysfunctional family standards, the neuro-Shepherds are off, or maybe that’s just because Amelia does not endear herself to anyone. (Let “Private Practice” have her, please!)
Miss Insensitives 3 and 4: Arizona and Callie, who really, really, really want Cristina and Owen to move out. Meredith makes Callie feel like a monster after she chews her out about her PTSD’d best friend, who crawls into bed with Meredith and Derek when Owen is on call at night and who still has a hard time with OR's.
At least Arizona shows some empathy for Teddy, who has swapped out her GI Jane toughness for Attachment Barbie with the trauma counselor, whose time is up now that he’s signed off on all of them to return to surgery.
The sensitive ones, it turns out are the mentor-prone fellas, with the Chief hopping on elevators with Alex (to help him get over his fear of this reminder of the shooting and keep him off the stairs) and Derek doing whatever he can to get Cristina back cutting, including using a corpse to help her get her mojo back.
In the last act of insensitivity, the tree man’s wife leaves him, showing that love isn’t enough for freaks.
But sometimes sex is (unless they’re 28-year-old virgins like April, who we’re starting to like ... a little).
The show ends with Mark and Amelia getting their freak on.
Athima Chansanchai is the Seattle-based president/founder of Tima Media who has more than 15 years experience as a reporter and editor.