Athima Chansanchai writes: After a long mid-season hiatus (almost all of December), “Grey’s Anatomy” came back strong with last week’s “Disarm,” which brought the return of surgeon Cristina and an all-hands-on-deck team effort that saw them save 26 victims of a mass shooting. (Yes, the timing with the Arizona shootings is eerie.) The momentum continues with this week’s “Start Me Up.”
All the things that first made me fall in love with this show are back in 2011: quick banter, Cristina/Meredith, inappropriate relationships, teaching experiences and the competitive streaks that bring out the best (and worst) in them.
We can’t tell you how relieved we are to see Cristina in the OR again, confident, smug even, and grudgingly learning to teach a first-year med student, even after he gave her a less than stellar evaluation for her normally less than empathetic manner toward anyone she considers below her professional skill level (which is to say, nearly everyone).
But, she’s back. We indulged her amusing bartending lapse, her foray into mall life and her wishy-washy "surgery’s not for me" madness. But now, the Cristina we know to be a born cutter has returned. All is right in the world again.
A few housekeeping points: Derek and Meredith are trying to get pregnant, which has her peeing on sticks 10 times in a single day. (She’s a doctor, right? How many false positives can a person have?) So expect them to have a lot of sex in that quest. (Yawn.) And Bailey and Eli are openly flirting and having fun, adopting a “Why the hell not?” mantra, which is also such a nice change of pace for our favorite tough-love teacher.
Ok now, let’s move on.
Competition comes to the fore again as the Chief engages our feisty staff in a race for chief resident. Their first test is to oversee a group of first-year med students for a day, something Cristina likens to “court-ordered community service.” She treats her student like “(a child) at a dinner table,” “to be seen and not heard.”
Basically, they all treat their students poorly, except for Karev, whose attraction to the hot girl doesn’t entirely distract him from being the best teacher of the lot. He wins that round AND gets to help construct new cheekbones for a teen tomboy who wants to play sports.
Teddy’s philanthropic marriage hits its first snags with Henry’s post-wedding operation, which reveals how very little she knows about him. And the Chief also throws a fit when he finds out what she’s done to ensure Henry is insured. When scolded, she reminds the Chief that this hospital runneth over with “inappropriate relationships.” These two could actually turn into a real couple, even with the crazy start. We see some potential here.
Arizona continues to try to court Callie, who tells her she doesn’t trust her not to hurt her again. Mark spends most of the episode carving a list of Arizona’s flaws that she can pass onto Callie to admit she knows she’s not perfect. Callie spends most of the episode mad, eager to work on whomever comes in on the “stupid meat wagon.” She gets her wish with a guy trampled by horses (brought by his well-meaning groom) on his way to his domestic partnership ceremony. She softens up by the surgery’s aftermath, finding something endearing about the partner who won’t leave his lover when the going gets rough.
She puts a contrite Arizona to that test when she drops a bombshell in the elevator, where bombshells often occur in the hospital: she’s pregnant with Mark’s baby.
Grey’s is getting good, again. Amen!