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Season 12 | Episode 4 | “Old Time Rock and Roll” | Aired Oct 15, 2015

Sex is an important part of life. It’s an even more important part of Grey’s Anatomy, so it was only a matter of time until Maggie ended up in the sheets with one of the hospital’s finest. Who knew that it would be THE hospital’s finest? While Maggie was finding the finer things in life by adding in a character, Meredith is discovering that less is sometimes more. Let’s discuss:

Vagina City: Population One
Maggie wakes up as Dr. DeLuca is leaving her bed, and she begs him not to leave because someone might see him. Completely cavalier about being seen semi-shirtless, he sashays out of Maggie’s room—as one does when they’re shaved and pectacular. Amelia is the first one to see him and announces it to everyone. It’s such an Amelia thing to do. “If they don’t go down to lady town the first time, then there should be no second time.”

Maggie starts having a panic attack about having naughty sex with Dr. DeLuca, and all of a sudden, it hits Meredith that she hasn’t had sex since Derek. Y’all, it’s been well over two years. Vagina city is a ghost town, as Meredith puts it. DeLuca and Maggie finally run into each other, but she hides behind Meredith before coming out from behind her and telling Dr. DeLuca that she’s tired of scrapbooking and glitter and talking about jumbo condoms. It’s a lot.

Silver Flood! The Musical
There’s a silver flood at Grey-Sloan Memorial. It’s almost as if there’s a musical number that should be devoted to this, as many times as it’s yelled out in the span of 45 seconds. Finally, Dr. DeLuca is told what silver flood means—it’s the code word for older people, but when he announces that, the whole silver flood washes him away. DeLuca has a terrible track record with essentially everyone except Maggie.

The group turns out to give the doctors of Grey-Sloan quite a day, but one patient’s case in particular, an 85-year-old man named Abe, hits Arizona especially hard. He had finally found his soul mate, but he dies. Owen decides to use the interns to inform the loved ones of all the patients who’ve died, and when Meredith finds out, she loses it. Rightly so—and that’s why she gives them a heartfelt speech about what it’s like to take their loved one away. It’s a heartfelt moment in an otherwise pretty light episode.

Stephanie and the trial
Stephanie has been everyone’s favorite resident this season, and Jo has been feeling it for real. But this week, things finally did not work out in her favor when she let a patient in a medical trial fall out of standard care. And after Amelia lets her have it, Stephanie reveals that she was in a clinical trial herself for sickle-cell anemia as a child and completely owns the moment and Amelia. Jo calls her out afterward for using a sob story to get ahead and Stephanie looks shocked, but responds with, “Well it worked. Maybe I’m better without a conscience.” Whether you thought Stephanie was lying here or not, the big takeaway is that Stephanie doesn’t stop to get ahead, and you kind of have to respect that. Amelia tries to apologize to Jo later, but then Jo can’t handle it and tells Amelia that Stephanie lied. YIKES. Turns out she wasn’t lying, and when Amelia throws her under the bus to Webber, it almost breaks her heart.

Don’t tell Penny the dinner party’s dead
Meredith is apparently hosting a dinner for practically the entire cast, which feels like such an anti-Meredith thing to do, but we’re like … 12 years into this journey, who am I to say that this isn’t a Meredith thing to do. Jo doesn’t want to go to dinner with the inner circle, which is pretty much like me trying to get out of every date I set up. But eventually, the party makes sense—especially when we finally discuss that Meredith is a widow.

In short, Meredith doesn’t feel the need to dive into romance or sex right now because she has her kids and her job and her friends, and that leads us to the dinner party. Apparently, an invitation was extended to everyone—including Callie, who decides to bring her new girlfriend. Not only does Callie show up late (rude) but she shows up with Penny. Who’s Penny? That spineless woman who’s practically responsible for Derek dying at that Podunk hospital last season. CHILD.

Notes from the O.R. Board

  • “Do I look like a guy that needs a pill to pop a woody?” –Older gentleman in the OR who can produce an erection on command
  • “The father of my children,” –Meredith, when asked what kind of attending screws the intern
  • Dr. Cross got full-blown body slammed tonight. He is not having the best time at Grey-Sloan Memorial.
  • “Oh sweetie. This is about me. Not about you.” –Arizona to April, crying in the closet

The episode felt airy, guys! Relaxed even. We had some heavy moments when Stephanie revealed her sickle-cell anemia and when Meredith gave her speech about telling someone they’ve lost a loved one. But it was light … until Penny. If that woman becomes a series regular, I swear. I can’t even. I think I’d rather see that harlot that loved Derek last season. What’re your thoughts? How shocked are you right now?

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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