Monthly Archives: March 2010

“Suicide is Painless” but Life is Not

Cristina and Owen in "Suicide is Painless." (Credit for screencaps used goes to freaky_x.)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very real disorder, and many war veterans have to live with it for the rest of their lives when they return home from war – no longer the same people that their families first sent off overseas.  And I really admire Grey’s Anatomy for not just touching upon this topic then dropping it – especially since it’s not the usual storyline that we find in this show.  For the first time that I can recall, this show is being recognized for portraying a story that holds social relevance.  I applaud them for that.  As we fans know, Grey’s Anatomy has a reputation for being a primetime soap opera.

Now, being in the field of psychology that I am, I get real sensitive when people talk about mental disorders.  So, when I read comments on other blogs or columns about how they find this whole storyline boring or make comments about how “Teddy and Owen should be PTSD together,” I see red.  So, I’m calling these people out.  I don’t care if you don’t like Owen’s character or the Cristina and Owen relationship, but to treat this topic matter with anything less than respect is disgusting.  Yes, Owen is a fictional character, but he’s representing a very real situation that exists for many people.  Are we so far removed or desensitized that we can’t recognize this?  I certainly hope not.

This episode was far from boring.  Boring is listening to a professor drone on and on about how a desk is somehow related to cultural anthropology in monotonous, heavily accented English that you can’t understand for two hours, three times a week.  (Can you tell I sat through that?)  No, this episode was powerful and moving – and if you didn’t feel even the tiniest of twinges, I think it’s time to go to the Wizard, Tin Man.

Unlike my usual reviews, I’m not going to follow the chronological order of scenes in this episode because of all the flashbacks.  It’d get just too confusing.  So, I’m going to ramble and hope that you guys will be able to follow my (questionable) logic.  Here we go…

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“Push” for Laughs and Moving Forward

Team Owen and Cristina in "Push." (Credit for screencaps used goes to freaky_x.)

Before I get started, let me make one thing clear: Owen is not jealous, in my very honest opinion.  I’ll tell you why later, but let’s just get that out of the way.  He is not jealous of Teddy moving on.  In fact, I would argue that he sincerely wants her to – but with a good guy who can treat her with respect.  And Mark’s man-whoring ways don’t really suggest respect.  Okay, back to the beginning…

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“Perfect Little Accident” and the End of the Triangle?

Friendships and lovers and monsters. Oh my! (Credit for screencaps used goes to freaky_x.)

Ding dong.  Is the wicked (and frustrating) “love” triangle dead?  This episode really seemed to suggest that the tension between Teddy, Owen, and Cristina is finally over.  Teddy has “[unrung] the bell” – so to speak.  (And so we hope.)

As others have said, this episode was a transition of a sort: going from Teddy’s declaration that any more pining on her part was done.  She was going to be Owen’s friend, and she was going to be Cristina’s mentor.  The lines were drawn.  Of course, as we see throughout the episode, Teddy has now become Cristina’s friend as well.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Wicked Witch of the East (aka the “love triangle”) is dead.  The Lollipop Guild and League can come out to play.  Here’s hoping the Wicked Witch of the West doesn’t turn up to wreak havoc – in whatever form that metaphor manifest itself into.  But have no fear, Dorothy’s got a bucket of water handy.  And by Dorothy, I mean us fans – because I just know that if writers go down a similar path again, there will be an onslaught of angry comments from the Cristina and Owen fans.  (Can you tell I’m a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz?)

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