Friday, May 04, 2007

Grey's Anatomy: California, Califooorniaaa, here we coooome...

Last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, as everyone probably knows, served as a backdoor pilot for next season's spin-off starring my favorite crazy redheaded doctor, Addison Montgomery-Shepherd. The good doctor has decided to visit her old best friend Naomi in LA. Naomi, as it happens, is one of the best fertility specialists in the country. Yes, Addison is trying to get knocked up. Unfortunately, a natural-born baby isn't in the cards for her, as she's basically infertile.

Luckily, there are lots of pretty (and recognizable!) faces at her friend's clinic to distract her from her troubles. We've got Tim Daly (of the late, great show The Nine), the naturopath; Judging Amy, the psychologist; Evil Francie, the aforementioned best friend; Taye Diggs, the best friend's ex-husband/medical guru; Piz, the hot receptionist; and Secret Service Special Agent Paul Kellerman, some sort of baby-related doctor who happens to date hot internet women. As an added bonus, the episode featured a special guest appearance by Sark, so it was an Alias reunion of sorts! Oh, and conveniently enough, the beachfront practice currently has an OB/GYN opening. Hmmmmm....

Back at Seattle Grace things are gloomier, which makes sense weather-wise, I suppose. Jane Doe has bleeding in her brain, and despite the discovery during wide-awake brain surgery that she speaks three other languages, is no closer to regaining her memory. McSteamy is all kinds of pissed at Alex for driving Addison away. Burke and Cristina's moms are in town raising wedding hell, until Burke kicks them out for pushing Cristina too far (but then wonders if he may be pushing her too far). The George/Callie/Izzie drama continues as George realizes he loves both women, Izzie tells him it isn't fair for him to leave, and they end up making out in an elevator. Ruh-roh.

McDreamy continues to match Meredith's best communication efforts with a total lack of sharing, and the beginnings of emotional distancing. Not promising. Oh, and Meredith's other mom dies. After coming in to be treated for a bad case of the hiccups. Um, this isn't PPTH, guys. And as if Meredith couldn't have a worse family situation, her dad smacks her in the face after she breaks the bad news. Damn. That's damaging on so many levels.

In summation, I'm totally psyched for Private Practice, and Grey's Anatomy has continued in its quest to make me cry every single week. Lay off, yo!

6 comments:

vance said...

Okay, the smack on Meredith was a nice touch. I didn't see that coming and made me feel sorry for her again. In that sense, it made a slightly better move to improve things on GA. I'm still not buying Izzie and George. Yuck.

As for the new show, SARK!!! I screamed it out so loudly, my friend thought I was nuts (which she's not completely wrong about).

Liz said...

I totally cried for a second when he smacked her. It was just so horribl, and such a shock! And YES, Sark! I'm just sorry it was such a bit part--someone that good-looking and good-acting deserves to be a regular.

liylak said...

I was totally not into Private Practice. I thought the writing was off, Addison was very un-Addison in some scenes, and just trying too hard. Shonda, real it in!

Nicole said...

Just as liylak said, I didn't think the writing for "Private Practice" was that good. I don't think Grey's Anatomy, or whatever got enought screen time, I understand it was their way of piloting "Private Practice" but there was way to many scenes with Addison in them, my least favorite character.

But, I did love the parts when when they went back to SGH.. Thatcher slapping Meredith was my OMG moment, I love that moment, I just wished Derek would have lashed out at Thatcher or something..

George and Izzie are freakin' disgusting.. To me, they are like brother and sister and I can't see them as anything but.

I really like Alex and Ava even thought like Addison said, it's kinda like Denny.

Liz said...

Honestly, I just loved that on Private Practice, the characters hadn't all slept with each other (YET), and it didn't make me want to cry or throw something at the TV (looking at you on that one, George and Izzie). I'm willing to give it a chance on its Shonda pedigree, on hopes that it will bring me up where Grey's now brings me down. Plus, I do love me some Addison.

Nicole, I agree that the Alex and Ava relationship has some interesting potential. And yeah, Derek for real needs to kick Thatcher's ass. George and Izzie, just...UGH. Way to ruin one of the best, most interesting platonic friendships on TV.

Anonymous said...

I hated the episode. I think what they've done to Addison's character over time is lame. She had a spine once! I also don't like the feel of the spinoff. It felt like it was written by someone who didn't get the appeal of GA. Plus they should drop the whole Izzie & George thing. He was a safe rebound crush for Izzy, and they should just let it go. They had such a nice friendship.
Loved the slap, too. It was a gut punch for me.