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Boiled bunny and 3 other great 'Grey's Anatomy' moments this week

Season 12 | Episode 3 | “I Choose You” | Aired Oct 8, 2015

Alex Karev wasn’t even supposed to be a long-running character on Grey’s Anatomy, but then Justin Chambers turned him into this pillar. And then after George and Izzie and Cristina, it’s just the woman that the whole show is named after … and Alex Karev. So it’s always nice when there’s an episode that helps us to remember why Dr. Karev is the man of Grey’s Anatomy after all of these years. Sure, there’s some sister drama and Bailey is chief and there are hot new interns, but this week is overflowing with Alex, and it’s overdue.

Sister Lady Chiefs

Apparently Dr. Bailey’s offer to Meredith last week was cheap—or at least, that’s what every other doctor at Grey-Sloan Memorial told her this week. So Meredith spends the episode trying to poll other doctors on their salary, which is SUPER-awk. You just can’t do that, Mer.

Richard Webber literally cannot resist the urge to fight for Meredith. He tries to come after Bailey for low-balling her in her salary, and that’s when she explodes back—she gave Meredith the skills to fight for herself, but she didn’t use them. She said that she’s not going to coddle Meredith when she knows exactly what she needs to do to get a higher salary.

Boiled bunny and the D-word

Jackson is super -over April. Like, way over April. Change-the-locks-and-use-the-divorce-word-over April. It’s not super-surprising because they did get married on a whim, and then had the better part of their legitimate relationship defined by their differences. But there’s something extra-harsh about Jackson calling April crazy and asking her if she’s made “boiled bunny” for dinner. April comes home and the locks aren’t changed, but something is different. After thanking Jackson for not changing the locks, she realizes she’s thanked no one at all. She’s talking to an empty apartment because Jackson is sleeping on Bailey’s couch. Quitters never win, Jackson.

Dr. DeLuca hates kids

Arizona and Alex help to deliver a pair of newborn twins, but soon after birth, they realize that both babies have tumors on their livers that cause heart failure, because Grey’s Anatomy isn’t Grey’s Anatomy if just one baby’s life is in jeopardy. When the parents are tested, only the father is a match. Unfortunately, he can only donate to one, and suddenly the newborns’ parents start to FALL APART. Alex takes the responsibility, though, because he’s the good man in the storm. Alex is the people’s champion.

As time runs out, Alex doesn’t feel like he can make a decision and wants to give up. That’s when Arizona goes full-blown mom and gives Alex the speech he needs to hear—about how he’s become an incredible doctor and how he’s ready to make this decision. After a whole episode of Alex’s struggle and Dr. DeLuca trying to convince everyone that he doesn’t hate kids, Alex tries to save both babies and pulls Dr. DeLuca in to operate, even though he’s poured his heart out about why he doesn’t want to do pediatrics. At the end of the day, Baby Daniel dies in Alex’s arms in the OR.

Pregnant with rage

Jo kicks off the episode with Stephanie in the bathroom, vaguely alluding to the idea that she’s pregnant, and that’s when Stephanie asks if she’s talked to Alex about it. After dodging what appears to be a very important conversation, she finally approaches Alex when he takes a break from the babies he’s trying to save. What does she hand him? Not a “You’re a father!” cigar. She gives him the paperwork from when he fertilized some eggs. Remember those eggs? Izzie’s cancer-baby eggs? Yeah, Izzie is still ruining Alex’s life.

Jo is clearly upset and asks Alex what she is to him, but he doesn’t have time for it—remember those other tumor babies? THEY NEED ALEX. At the end of the night, though, Alex comes home to Jo in bed and announces that he’ll have her children and that he loves her. Then he drops his trousers, and we’re suddenly reminded why Dr. DeLuca and all these other newbies will never be an original. Oh, Alex.

Notes from the OR Board:

  • “Your babies will be all foul-mouthed and dirty and cute.” —Arizona to Alex about his future children
  • “This is what a feminist looks like, sir.” —Miranda Bailey to Dr. Webber
  • Nurse Bokey made an appearance again this episode, and honestly, guys … how long has that woman been on this show? We need an episode through the POV of Nurse Bokey. She’s earned it, y’all.
  • Maggie making out with Dr. DeLuca at the bar is my world, but Maggie pulling back mid-kiss, assessing her target, nodding in affirmation, and jumping back into the makeout is my UNIVERSE.

Nobody likes it when babies die, but that was a really good episode. Somehow Grey’s Anatomy has found a way to be smart and fresh and still pay homage to its originals, including Nurse Bokey, who legitimately deserves her own Grey’s hour. Can you even imagine? It’s just her passing off scalpels to these people, with an inner monologue about her lasagna waiting at home, or that time that she was equally responsible for saving Derek’s life, or just how it would be nice if someone recognized that she even EXISTS. Or maybe she would just reminisce with us on that final shot of Alex in his boxer briefs. Yeah, probably that one.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on 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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