First of all, I know that some were disappointed in the amount of screen time that Cristina and Owen had together (or Owen, in general); but we got a lot of Cristina/Owen scenes last time, so it’s natural that they’d have less this time. Also, given that the theme of this episode was paranoia, it is fitting that Owen did not get that much, since he is probably the calmest person in the hospital right now: he’s not worried about himself, and he’s not worried for Cristina (though she’s in full panic mode).
Speaking of paranoia, let’s start with Cristina. Even though she’s the top resident, and recognized as such by her superiors (remember, the attendings unanimously chose her for solo surgery before she got disqualified), she’s still panicking. And Cristina in full-blown panic mode is hilarious, ingratiating herself to Arizona so that she can be safe since “no one likes dead kids.” (Cristina in Peds is a comedic gem. “Yes, I would.” Spit-take worthy.) Once again, we see Cristina’s tendency for inappropriate or politically incorrect humor flaring up when she’s under stress. Last time it was lack of sex and denial over George’s death, this time it is the pressure of not getting fired.
Cristina and Owen had a tiny snippet of a scene while the first trauma victim came rolling in (the male patient whose cheek was partially gone to the point where you can see the mandible, or jawbone) where she explains why everyone is there at 4AM. I found it interesting that Owen didn’t show any outward reaction towards Cristina sucking up to Arizona — granted, he’s busy with a trauma, but he knows that Cristina well enough to know when she’s putting up a front. He “sees” her, through all the BS and masks — and he loves her because of and/or in spite of it. In the trauma scene, we see them in their professional capacity. Unlike the other couples, these two actually have a pretty separate professional life. They don’t mix their personal and professional lives too much, which is an advantage because when they disagree professionally, it doesn’t affect their personal lives (which we’ve seen in 5.16 with Dino and later on in the episode). These two are total badasses at work and softies at home with each other. Love it, love it, love it.
So, the epic bridge scene (boy, do they have some awesome moments on the bridge) was hilarious and definitely showcased what kind of couple they are. While the other males are comforting and coddling their significant others, Owen is giving Cristina a dose of honesty and rationality — two things that she is not utilizing at the moment. She’s lying about wanting to be on Peds and going bonkers over the possibility of losing her job. What I love is how Owen’s “rough” treatment of Cristina (in comparison to the other men) shows how much he respects her. He is being this way because he doesn’t see why she is worried over her job. He tells her that she should be the last person to be worried over her position — he sees how brilliant she is, even if she can’t due to the blinders that her paranoia is placing over her eyes. And Cristina is brilliant — even if she is starting to annoy all the attendings.
I love how Owen looks the tiniest bit confused when Cristina first asks him to tell the Chief that Owen needs her. At first, I thought (and it seemed that Owen did as well) that Cristina meant it in a personal way — that he needs her in the emotional sense, being the love of his life and such. And when Owen glances at the Chief, I can imagine him wondering why Cristina would want him to disclose the depth of their personal relationship to the Chief. Of course, this is just my interpretation; but it sure makes it funny to imagine it that way. Anyways, Cristina goes on about how she wants Owen to tell the Chief that she’s his new “guy” — she’s not. She’s his woman, not his guy — even though I’d love to see these two work more on the same cases together, Cristina will always be a cardio gal.
As Joan Rater said in the writers’ blog, this is really the first time that Owen’s seen Cristina at her most intense. And he’s not the tiniest bit taken aback or turned off by it — in fact, he is totally getting a kick out of it. We see this as Owen smiles when Cristina is not looking: when they’re interrupted by the pager and when she’s walking away. He finds it charming, but he’d never tell Cristina that, especially when she’s in the state she’s in. I find it all the more hilarious that he only smiles when she’s not looking — he knows that if she catches him enjoying her panic attack, he’d be on the sofa for a while.
When Cristina first starts ranting at him to go talk to the Chief, he actually humors her for a brief moment, letting her drag him towards the Chief’s office. (How cute was it that she looped her arm with his and pulled him along — I bet if it had been a different context — like…oh, I don’t know…towards the bedroom — he would have been more willing.) But then he turns around and refuses her. And the great part about this is that she doesn’t really get mad at him for not giving in. I don’t think she even really thought he would, since he hasn’t been one to give in to her at work (as in 5.16). Personal situations are another thing — he tends to give in when it comes to them as a couple; but as colleagues, he stands firm in his beliefs. And honestly, I think she admires that about him — even when it means he’s disagreeing with her and saying no. Loved the two lines they exchanged: “So this is a no?” “This is a no.” Once again, even as she’s giving him the glare of death (or “no sex for you tonight”), we aren’t at all worried that this will have a negative impact on their personal relationship (and this is evident later in the scene that contains my new favorite 3-word line, “Let’s go home”).
The “Schindler’s List” joke and reference — personally, I thought it was HI-larious. I honestly don’t think she realized that she was taking lines out of the movie until Owen pointed it out to her, thus the pause before she says, “I’m Jewish.” I love that Owen calls her on her irrationality. To her, in that moment, the possibility of losing her job was as on par with the Holocaust. See? Irrational. The two situations cannot even compare.
The beauty of this scene is the fact that their roles have reversed. In season 5, we saw Owen being the one in emotional distress and having panic attacks. In season 6, we see Owen being the rock and Cristina being the one going through difficult times. It’s nice to see him there for her. I think he likes being able to be that person for her, especially since she is that person for him.
Now, for the “lets’ go home” scene. It’s brief, but it says so much. “Let’s go home,” he says softly to her. Total swoon moment for me. And the part that makes me swoon is the assumption that he stays over at Cristina’s so often that he considers it “home.” It’s a subtle word choice. Now that they’re a “real” couple, you can really imagine them spending their nights and free time together. And furthermore, they’re a more public couple (hello, they basically go on a triple date). Owen says this in front of Derek and Meredith, something I don’t think he would have before simply because it’s a private moment in a relatively professionally setting. My bromance (did you see that look between Owen and Derek after Cristina and Meredith’s refusal to go home?) and double date radar are going off. Anyways, I definitely don’t think he meant going home separately. From his tone, I got the sense of him wanting to take her back to her place (since it’s closer and we have yet to see his place) and taking care of her since he knows that she’s emotionally and physically exhausted. She hasn’t slept yet — he knows this. Now that work is over, he wants to “coddle” her — as the other men have done with their women during the day. This episode really was about these men (Mark, Derek, Owen, and Alex) being there for their other halves. And just a side note, Alex is making me love him more and more. Just watching that scene of him bringing Izzie her meds , water, and banana set my heart aflutter. So sweet. And in respects to Owen, I feel that he wanted to do something just as sweet for Cristina when they got home. Unfortunately for Owen, his woman is a stubborn one — and thus, the baseball scene.
In the writers’ blog, Joan wrote: ” And I love that he makes her leave the hospital, focus on something else. That’s why he’s so good for her.” Owen really is good for Cristina. Only he could get her to leave the hospital in the first place. And play baseball. I love how Cristina is willing to do things she normally wouldn’t — for him. (And the opposite is true.) She went to therapy for him, and now she’s staying and playing baseball for him. If anyone else tried to talk to her the way that Owen does (“Hit the ball!”), they’d get a kick in the butt. But because she is in love with him — and he knows it, he gets away with it. Him putting on the batting helmet then walking her to home plate was adorable. Hell, the whole thing was adorable: him nearly hitting her with a baseball (and Cristina’s retort of “Are you trying [to hit/kill me]?”), the subsequent look of determination and possible imagining of the ball being Owen’s head, the utter joy on her face when she finally hits it (she’s so happy that she actually hugs Meredith and touches Mark on the arm — yes, she really does, which can only mean the excitement has gone to her head), Owen’s reciprocal look of happiness and pride (total “that’s my girl” thing going on), and Meredith and Cristina’s comments in the background about Cristina’s newfound love for baseball (yes, Cristina only enjoys something if she’s good at it).
In the podcast, Shonda and Betsey mention how the scene was originally going to have each of the couples being in separate batting cages. I would have absolutely loved it if that had happened — curses, shooting logistics. But this explains why Cristina hugs Meredith instead of Owen after hitting the ball because she has to hand the bat off to Lexie. I believe that had the original plan worked out, we would have caught our first Owen and Cristina hug since the “hug of life” after the choking incident. Once again: curses, shooting logistics.
And not only are they doing great, but Meredith and Cristina are doing great as well. They hugged, Meredith has Cristina’s back — it’s awesome. I wasn’t happy about their fight — even though I understood the reason behind it. But Meredith and Cristina’s friendship has got to be my second favorite relationship. (One guess on my first.) And speaking of a Grey, who can forget Lexie’s comment to Cristina in the cafeteria. “You’re pretty.” And the biggest surprise of all from Cristina: “You can have the rest of the pudding.” (The same pudding that the kid wanted but Cristina got for herself because Cristina really does not belong in Peds. It’s not a good sign when you’re doing something to take revenge on a child for not requiring surgery — “miraculously peed without blood” — or wear a Mr. Bear pin, saying that he eats children.)
I know some people worried that Meredith would still hold a grudge against Owen, but she doesn’t seem to be. If anything, I think she also knows just how good he is for her. Meredith couldn’t get Cristina to take her mind off of the hospital drama, but Owen did. Plus, if he is able to get Cristina to play baseball, then he has to be remarkable — nothing short of that would convince Cristina to leave the hospital and then stay at the baseball field.
So, even though their scenes were few and short, they implied a lot about their relationship. And the take-home message is that these two are truly being a “real” couple in a more public way, and this is exciting news. I’m hoping that Joan’s comment about writing more scenes about these characters’ private lives — outside of the hospital — comes true because I would love to see Cristina and Owen being more couple-like or acting all domestic: walking into or out of the hospital together, going on a date, Owen having a drawer at Cristina’s place, Cristina asking Owen to help zip her up, and so on. Sometimes, the little things give us the most thrills.