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Season 12 | Episode 5 | “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” | Aired Oct 22, 2015

That. Woman. That woman, Penny, (sort of) single-handedly tried to ruin Grey’s Anatomy. Okay, so that’s dramatic. Penny didn’t do it alone—it was pretty much that neuro consult that killed Derek, but that’s not enough this week. And even with Dr. Shepherd dead, it’s not like Grey’s was ever ruined, but at the end of the day, Penny is a controversial girl … a controversial girl that Meredith knew about and that we knew about it, but no one else. That is, until tonight. Let’s chitchat about what happened.

Confident hair
Before we get full-blown bucknasty about that life-ruiner, Penny, it’s time to discuss that trainwreck of a woman, Maggie. Maggie Pierce and I are arguably the same person. Why do I say that? Exhibit A: She walked up to a doctor, despite being an intelligent woman who understands medicine, and asked for an STD and HIV test no more than 48 hours after her coitus (and bonus coitus) with Dr. DeLuca/DeLicious. Lo and behold, the doctor she gets is Dr. DeLuca. It’s a super-cute moment between them, because they stop having sex for a minute and just get to know each other. The best line? “Your hair is very confident. It reaches out to people.” Oh, Maggie. Never change.

Pretty Penny killed my husband (please pass the peas)
When Meredith and Penny finally get to exchange notes this episode, Mer goes full Tyra Banks and essentially tells Penny to stay quiet. Even from a mile away, it’s clear that a small confrontation is not enough, but for a while, Penny and Meredith danced around each other. For most of the night, Meredith holds back her resentment for Callie bringing Penny, but as the conversation turns to Penny and the fact that she’ll be transferring her residency to Grey-Sloan Memorial, the truth begins to bubble out. At the head of the table, Meredith very calmly says, “Pretty Penny killed my husband.” The entire table freezes, and Meredith repeats herself, vaguely explains the situation, and then asks April to pass the peas because the food is getting cold. It’s the outcome that everyone was waiting for all episode.

Before I kill her
Okay, here we are. Since Derek died, I’ve been making the case that Amelia has been rolling a little too far into the deep, but no one has agreed. But as the Penny drama escalated to new heights, Meredith finally steps into place. When Amelia begins to break down and say, “We’ll get that bitch fired,” Meredith hits her peak and begins to lose it, saying that she has to be strong for her three kids, but that Amelia is falling apart. She yells at Owen to get Amelia out of her room before she kills her. Finally, viewers get proof that Meredith is still our Meredith—a strong, powerful woman who is still very much mourning her husband, even if that dark-and-twisty side is a couple layers deep now.

Meredith and Alex sit in her room with a bottle of tequila after the big announcement, and Meredith tells him to go. Alex asks what she’s going to do if he leaves, and she points to the bottle and smiles. They take turns taking shots out of the bottle until Callie interrupts and asks Meredith how she is. She responds, “Great,” and then shuts the door again with her foot. There’s not a lot of dialogue, but there’s so much that’s said between Alex and Meredith without words, because when you’re in each other’s lives that long and accumulate so much history, sometimes all you need is a glance and a shot of José, am I right?

Notes from the O.R. Board:

  • “Stop trying to make us even, Jo, because we’re not even.” –Stephanie to Jo, spitting a painful truth-bomb. Get it, girl.
  • “I’ll see you Monday. Don’t be late.” –Meredith to Penny, literally being the biggest person ever.
  • Speaking of Meredith being the bigger person, I feel like she’s done more than enough. Let’s not keep Penny on the show, okay?
  • Drunk Arizona was my world tonight. Arizona should be drunk every episode.

Y’all. That was a heavy hour, but such a necessary hour. And now we’re stuck with Penny, like … well, an actual penny. Sometimes you have to take off your recapping hat and put on your personal hat, and just let the world know that you don’t love the idea of having Penny around. You don’t love that this woman who kind of killed a main character gets to hang around. It will take some getting used to. How much did you love Meredith though? And Alex, too. He’s our guy 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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