'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Humor, Sex and a New Meredith

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On this episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, directed by star Kevin McKidd, we finally began moving forward from the terror and trauma of the airplane crash.

After watching people die, lose limbs, go temporarily insane and suffer in other ways, it was nice to have an episode that felt somewhat normal. We were back to the daily drama of the surgeons dealing with difficult patients, mixed with some humor and a whole lot of, well, sex. Like I said: back to normal.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy, "I Saw Her Standing There."

You know, I can't say that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has always been my favorite character on this show. In fact, I know for a fact that there have been plenty of times over the past nine seasons where she has driven me downright crazy. But on the most recent few seasons I have fallen in love with her story, and tonight we met a new Meredith.

This new chick is a badass and I dig it. I am amazed at how far she's come since the neurotic girl we saw on Season 1, and every week I find myself looking forward to seeing what's going to happen with her next.

Another story I enjoyed on tonight's episode was Arizona's (Jessica Capshaw). After watching three episodes where I alternately wanted to scream at her or smack her, Arizona finally got to a place where she accepted what had happened in the crash. The scene at the end where she actually looked at her leg and confronted the damage was great. I know that wasn't easy for her and, I'm not gonna lie, it made me tear up a little. I'm so happy to see that she and Callie (Sara Ramirez) are on the mend.

One story that I didn't like so much in the beginning of the episode was Cristina's (Sandra Oh).

I know she's always been pretty much a cold fish, but I just couldn't understand the flippant way she discussed her new "sex friend" with Meredith. Sure, Owen (Kevin McKidd) cheated on her and they're not exactly together right now, but it still felt like she was doing it to get back at him. Trouble is, Owen didn't do it the way she did. He slept with one person one time because he was upset and drunk. The only thing that redeemed her story for me was the development of her friendship with Dr. Thomas (William Daniels). I'll admit that surprised me a little bit and I'm curious to see where that goes.

Avery (Jesse Williams) and Kepner (Sarah Drew) continuing to sleep together, while promising that each time would be their last, provided a few laughs. As did Bailey's (Chandra Wilson) attempts to steal surgeries and all of her wacky jokes in the operating room. I never thought I'd see the day when Meredith was the one acting tough and Bailey was the one acting funny, but yet here we are.

We may not have seen much of Karev (Justin Chambers) in this one, but when he did show up, he definitely made a difference. From his priceless reaction to the guy with the swollen testicle, to his quiet and earnest conversations with Arizona, Karev managed to do a lot in very little time.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Arizona falling down, her leg falling off and Karev catching her just in the nick of time.

Thank you, TV gods.: Arizona pulling that blanket aside and inviting Callie to sit with her to watch a baking show.

Awk-ward: Avery, Kepner, Webber (Richard Pickens Jr.) and Catherine (Debbie Allen) all working in one O.R. together. Yikes.

Hotness: The entire first two minutes of this episode. It was all sex, sex, and more sex.

Fab-u-lous: I know I've already mentioned it, but they keep showing us more bits of Derek and Meredith's house so I can't help but to mention it again. I mean come on, did you SEE that kitchen??

Can. Not. Wait.: It's probably not fair to mention something that I saw in the preview, but the one for the next episode looked amazing and I truly cannot wait to see it.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. This episode felt like the good old days and I liked it.

So what did you think of "I Saw Her Standing There"? Let us know in the comments below!

-Michelle Carlbert

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