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Season 11 | Episode 12 | “The Great Pretender” | Aired Feb 19, 2015

When we left off last week, Grey’s Anatomy left us with a heavy hint that Meredith could be cheating on Derek, and this week we find out the truth. Jackson and April are in the background recovering, but that’s no excuse for you—you’ve got to handle all of that Shonda Rhimes-induced sadness either way. If it doesn’t come in the form of Baby Avery-Kepner, it’s going to come from somewhere else, so let’s hop in.

Mama knows nothing

I think it’s great that Catherine was pseudo-nice to Richard last week, and her new hairstyle is on point for sure, but she’s still awful. She ruined everything for Cristina and kind of snapped on April—she’s just a mean lady who has hurt a lot of our Grey’s veterans. But now she’s here again, staying over with Richard and scrubbing in on surgeries. Jackson and April asked for space, but in regular Catherine fashion, she’s doing anything but that. Oh, Catherine. She uses Richard to get to Jackson, and once she’s done that, she leaves. Like … she did exactly what she’s done time and time before. I’m sorry, but Catherine is awful, y’all.

You’re a dirty, dirty girl

Dr. Herman did not seem like a nice person at first. She didn’t seem like a character that anyone could ever get attached to, kind of like Dr. Erica Hahn (sorry I’m not sorry). But the longer she sticks around, the better she gets. I blame some of that on the writers, but the biggest kudos goes to Geena Davis because, um, Geena Davis. This whole episode starts with Arizona and Jo sharing quite an awkward shower moment. When she tries to address it with Alex, it ends up getting back to Dr. Herman, and she LOVES IT.

Arizona eventually tells Dr. Herman that she cheated on Callie and she says, “You’re dirty. You’re a dirty, dirty girl.” They end the night camped out on a couch together, agreeing to stay over at the hospital—even though Dr. Herman says, “I’m not going to have sex with you.” They trade stories about life, and for the first time, a hospital without Dr. Nicole Herman seems like a really terrible place to be.

Secrets, secrets are no fun

In the middle of all the other hospital drama, Maggie tries, as awkwardly as ever, to confront Meredith about her whereabouts the previous weekend. She packed a bag of lingerie and had a great time, but according to the calls Maggie got from Derek, it clearly wasn’t with him. You kind of have to feel for Maggie, because she’s just this new person in the most unprofessional hospital ever.

Midsurgery, Meredith asks what Maggie told Derek, but she still doesn’t offer any real reason to explain why she wasn’t with Derek. Maggie continues to press, saying that Meredith owes her an explanation because she trusted Maggie with her kids. She snaps back, “I trust my babysitter with my kids; it doesn’t mean I owe her my life story.” Yikes, Mer. Eventually, Meredith comes forward and admits that she tried to go. She wanted to see Derek, but she froze. And then Maggie gave her a huge awkward hug. She’s no Cristina, but damn it, she’s trying.

Not Curtis, not yet Rosalyn

Bailey, Ben, and his brother, Curtis, start in the middle of the forest, spreading their father’s ashes. When Curtis challenges Ben in a race to the top, Curtis collapses and rolls back down the hill. They make it to the hospital, but Curtis wants NOTHING to do with being there. Meredith takes over, and you can just tell that Bailey loves that. Except not. When Meredith comes back to check on him, she tells him that his liver enzymes are off the charts and he has the estrogen levels of a young woman, which everyone knows means … yeah, I don’t know either.

But as Ben Quizmasters his brother on drug use, Meredith and Bailey start putting other clues together: hairless chest, eyebrows we would all kill for, the estrogen levels. It appears that Curtis might be in transition. Eventually, Bailey breaks it down to Ben, and all he can do is laugh. Then he realizes it’s not a joke, and he’s left speechless.

But the best moment of the episode is when Curtis comes forward and tells Ben that he’s known that he was meant to be a woman since he was 5. “I’m tired of pretending. I just want to be happy with who I am.” Ben explodes—not the greatest reaction. He tells Bailey to stop referring to Curtis as “her,” but she won’t. She responds, “Get off the stage. It’s her song. Let her sing.” Curtis finally reveals his chosen name is Rosalyn. Bailey sets him up with Jackson so that he can transition safely.

Notes for the O.R. Board:

  • It’s not like we didn’t see it coming, but Amelia brought Owen some … wait for it … sparkling water, and then he kissed her.
  • Callie did shots and asked a gorgeous black man to dance with her.
  • When alone, Meredith likes to drink, scream at the TV, and jump on the bed in her underwear … just like us!
  • Alex says he’s going to marry Jo.
  • This all happened in the last four minutes of the episode, like it wasn’t even a big deal.

That’s the episode! We got a much-needed break from that Jackson-April heartbreak, but now we have all this other potential heartbreak with Meredith and Derek and Dr. Herman and Arizona and yiiikes. Luckily, ShondaLand is able to space that out over 12 MORE EPISODES.

Until next week, hang in there, guys. It has to eventually get better.

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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