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4 best moments from the 'Grey's Anatomy' midseason premiere

Season 11 | Episode 9 | “Where Do We Go From Here?” | Aired Jan 29, 2015

Well. Grey’s Anatomy left us with a lot of big questions that were sure to bring all of its fans to #GreysTears. The hashtag kept appearing throughout the episode—but no matter how many tears were shed, there was no way Grey’s could bring resolution to a power couple’s separation, an inoperable brain tumor, and a breakable baby in just one hour. There’s a whole second half of the season to address those issues.

But the midseason premiere of Grey’s Anatomy did offer some amazing moments and character development (and maybe the most quotable 7-year-old ever). Here are the four best moments from this week’s episode, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

4. The Brick Wall Assface

I know that singling out a patient as a highlight of an episode is a little crazy, but honestly, when a 7-year-old gets to say “assface” on television (and so snarky, at that), you have to pay attention. For such a little guy, the younger of two brothers involved in a car accident really steps up and steals the show. He repeatedly tells Dr. Bailey that he’s a “brick wall” after his older brother tells him to keep his mouth shut about the accident. He even calls her bluff when she threatens to call child protective services. He only caves when his brother almost dies on the table.

3. Smart, Brilliant Tumor Versus Smart, Brilliant Surgeon

Amelia is a tricky broad, but she’s also arrogantly charming in that Shepherd family way. As Dr. Herman discovers that her brain tumor has been put in the art gallery of Seattle Grace Mercy West brain tumors, she flips and tells Arizona and Amelia to shut it down. Amelia responds, “Your tumor is smart and brilliant, but so am I.” And the entire episode shows Dr. Herman pushing back against any idea of a surgery, until the beautiful moment Geena Davis has in the bathroom when we finally see Dr. Herman cry. It takes an impassioned Arizona to finally make Dr. Herman see that hope doesn’t have to be lost.

2. A Broken Post-it Note

So, if you were confused about who was really going all-in with this D.C-forced separation, the Post-it trashing should have made it clear. In the most Ellis Grey way imaginable, Meredith tucks Zola into bed, looks up at the Post-it, rips that trendy shadow box off the wall, and tosses it in the trash like Denny Duquette’s first heart. And what makes it even harder? Derek had the same moment, and left it on the wall. At the end of the episode, Meredith gets one more opportunity to ask him to stay, but she lets him leave for D.C. anyway. Meredith didn’t need Derek to leave—because in her mind, he was already gone. Sure, the Post-it was replaced by the end of the episode, but it’s still got a big chunk missing.

1. Mother of Faith, Mother of Science

We don’t get to hear how Jackson breaks it to April that their “little Buddha” has a rare disease that is almost certainly fatal before birth, but we do get to see it. And as fantastic as every Jesse Williams outburst is, it’s Sarah Drew who really pulls the weight in the midseason premiere. With her maternal duties suddenly shattered, April goes on the warpath: Callie, Stephanie, Maggie, and Owen all end up being casualties. But at the end of the night, April has given up almost all hope. She finally wonders how God can let these things happen. It’s going to be a long, ugly, beautiful season for April Kepner.

What do you think? Did the midseason premiere live up to your expectations? How crazy do you think Amelia’s plan is? And can we make sure that little kid gets to guest star, like, every episode?

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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