‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Recap: Derek Doesn’t Want to Settle

'Grey's' Recap: The Rescue
In Season 9's second episode, we see the rescue of our doctors.
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On the third episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, the doctors who were in the plan crash are still trying to recover. But even those that weren’t are recovering in their own ways, as well. You’d think that only the people who were actually on the plane would be affected by it crashing into the ground, but by the end of Thursday’s episode, I saw that that’s not necessarily true.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “Love the One You’re With.”

The episode starts out with everyone who was either in the crash or related to someone in the crash meeting with lawyers from the airline. It was something that I honestly never thought about before: The legalities of what happened to all of the people in the crash. The lawyers are offering a big settlement. And for a while there, it looked like everyone was going to take it.

Then Derek (Patrick Dempsey) talked to Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) about the times that the hospital has paid out huge settlements and I realized that Derek had reason to be suspicious. Why is the airline offering them what sounds like astronomical sums of money? Sure the money would be great to help all of their families move on, and sure you want to think that both Lexie (Chyler Leigh) and Mark (Eric Dane) would want everyone to do that, but wouldn’t they also want to find out what happened? So though at first I thought Derek might be subjecting everyone to more pain by fighting the settlement, by the end of the episode I was completely on his side.

Those still dealing with the aftermath of the crash are doing so at different levels. Right now, I’d say that Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) is of course bearing the brunt of it. She did lose a leg after all. Most of her scenes were pretty hard to watch as it’s no fun seeing someone that close to giving up. The scene with her and Callie in the shower nearly broke me, especially when Callie (Sara Ramirez) basically said that she had nowhere to go because it was her life, too. Powerful stuff from those two in this episode, that’s for sure.

Meredith seems like she’s completely moved on, but the fact that she still needs to sleep with the lights on belies that. Cristina (Sandra Oh), too, seems like she’s starting to move on, but her conversations with Owen (Kevin McKidd) seem to say otherwise as well. I really wanted to hate the hospital and the doctor that Cristina had to work with, but after a while I have to admit that the old guy had won me over. Not completely though; I mean if she said she was coming back on next week’s episode, I’d be perfectly happy with that.

Under the category of those who weren’t in the crash but still affected by it and dealing with it, we have Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Karev (Justin Chambers), Avery (Jesse Williams) and Kepner (Sarah Drew). Bailey’s attempts to get the new attendings to behave themselves in her territory were hilarious until I realized where her feelings were coming from. And though I really thought that Karev was being a jerk with his intern, it turned out he had good reason as well. I personally love Alex, even though he can be an ass, so it was nice to see that this time he wasn’t being an ass for no reason at all.

As for Avery and Kepner, I don’t know how I feel about them yet. I guess it was a given, this show being what it is, that they were bound to keep sleeping together. But the idea of her attempting to be “revirginized” had been growing on me. I had been looking forward to the two of them sharing longing glances and trying to avoid one another. Oh well, I guess it can be fun this way, too.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Derek going to see the plane’s wreckage and reliving the moments as he walked around all of the pieces.

Thank you, TV gods.: Owen and Cristina’s phone conversations and the way it seems like they might, just might, be on their way to a reconciliation.

Awk-ward: I hate to do it to her two weeks in a row, but once again Arizona gets this one. I’m sorry but if sitting in a pool of your own urine doesn’t count as awkward, I don’t know what does.

Hotness: Even though I didn’t necessarily want it to go there, Kepner and Avery’s kiss at the end was pretty darn hot.

Fab-u-lous: Derek and Meredith’s house. Seriously that place looks gorgeous and I love how every time they showed it to us, it was lit up like something out of an interior design magazine.

Can. Not. Wait.: To see the group not just sue the airline, but get them to admit what their mistake was and promise that it will never happen to another plane again.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8. It didn’t have quite the emotional pull for me that the first two episodes have had this season, but still a very strong episode.

So what did you think of “Love the One You’re With”? Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

-Michelle Carlbert

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