OK, I’ll be the first to admit it. I wasn’t exactly over-the-moon excited to hear that we were going to get a new batch of interns at the beginning of this season. I liked all of our nice, familiar characters and stingily only wanted to see their stories. But, I’ll be darned if the newbies haven’t managed to win me over.
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode, “Love Turns You Upside Down.”
Every intern had their own version of an adventure on this episode, so let’s start with one of my favorites. For a little while there, I kind of thought that maybe Alex (Justin Chambers) might be right about Jo (Camilla Luddington). Maybe she was a little princess who went to fancy schools, and I could see why someone like Alex wouldn’t appreciate that, since he had to fight so hard for what he has. Oh boy, were we both wrong. I never thought that Jo came from such a rough background, nor would I have pegged her as someone who would assault a patient to defend a helpless baby.
Another one of my favorites on this episode was Shane (Gaius Charles). I thought he did an awesome job at sticking by April’s (Sarah Drew) side and helping her with all of that icky lump-and-bump work. Sure, he was more than a little awkward at first, but I see a really nice bedside manner developing in him and I like it. I just loved how he treated Derek as a patient when it was his turn to try out for Callie’s (Sara Ramirez) big surgery.
As for the rest of the interns, I thought that the way Brooks (Tina Majorino) handled Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Derek (Patrick Dempsey), and all of his sisters, including Lizzie (guest star Neve Campbell) was great. Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) and Leah’s (Tessa Ferrer) story was probably my least favorite, but that’s probably because I don’t like watching a couple of doctors fighting over who gets the better case and ignoring their patient. But, our original interns were definitely guilty of the same thing, so I’m sure they’ll learn. Certainly getting banned from the O.R. for a little while should teach them a lesson.
Overall, I did enjoy following the new interns around for an episode, but I am also excited to get back to the original group. Now that we’ve gotten to know the newbies though, I’m sure it’ll be more fun to watch their stories as they are undoubtedly mixed in with the other characters.
OMG!: The interns turning around to find a man holding his wife upside down in the hallway so her heart wouldn’t stop.
Thank you, TV gods.: Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) telling Jo to hang on to Alex, because he was one of the good ones. As a longtime Alex lover, I got the biggest kick out of that moment.
Awk-ward: Shane’s reaction to watching April pulling a “flesh handkerchief” out of a patient’s back
Hotness: Nearly shirtless Shane in the locker room. It was brief, but it was definitely hot.
Fab-u-lous: The way they shot the scene where Shane examined Derek’s arm – first in slow motion and then in real speed as he talked to Derek like an actual patient.
Can. Not. Wait.: Derek getting his arm fixed. This needs to happen, like, now.
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8. Overall a pretty good episode.
So what did you think of “Love Turns You Upside Down”? Did you enjoy following the new interns around during their various adventures or did you miss all the old, familiar faces of our original group of doctors?
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