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Grey’s Anatomy is still going strong, one of the few of those ‘hit dramas’ that have managed to retain both their audience share and their excellent plot twists.
After last seasons shocking hospital shooting, the residents of Seattle Mercy West have moved onto to new and exciting dramas. I don’t know how they manage to do any work when they’re thinking about Callie’s impending pregnancy, Meredith’s desire to be pregnant, the Chief’s wife’s deteriorating mental state, Bailey’s new relationships with a very, very pretty male nurse, Lexie and Avery getting all nekkid in every room in the house, Alex crushing on the new hot gynecologist, and the usual endless parade of intense medical dramas.
However this week the hot doctor’s changed their usual modus operendi and burst forth into song.
Well, some of them did. Callie, (played by Sara Ramirez) noticeably along with Dr Owen (Kevin McKid) and Dr Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson).
For back-story for those who have not been up to date with the twists and turns of the overworked, oversexed members of staff at Seattle Mercy West, last week Arizona, Callie’s long-term girlfriend, proposed. And then their car careened into a truck.
Because that’s how this show works. A moment of irrepressible joy. And then boom. Comes the truck.
Callie went flying through the windscreen, while Arizona sat dazed and confused at her side.
Then the strangeness began – as Callie looked up and saw… herself. Looking remarkably well presented, standing above her in full make up and gazing down kindly at her beaten up body.
And that’s when the singing began.
The weird thing was that she was basically singing songs that I mentally labeled ‘Greatest Hits of Grey’s Anatomy’. Chasing Cars, How to Save a Life…. Every other song that’s played a key role in this television series was there.
It was kind of like watching an extremely emotional session of SingStar. When after every song everyone turned and had dramatic arguments with loved ones, or wept openly, or had life changing experiences. And then went right back to the ‘Pop Rock’ edition of SingStar.
I could kind of see what Shonda Rhimes was going for when she wrote this episode. But it just didn’t quite work. It almost worked. Almost. But there was always this little part of me saying ‘What on earth are you doing? Why are you singing pop hits? You’re a doctor! Say some doctorish things and then stop her bleeding out!’
I just ended up feeling that the strangely out of place singing was distracting for an emotional and interesting episode. But I suppose that’s out of the way now, so we don’t have to fear for the inevitable musical episode anymore.