Season Six: Triangles, and Mergers, and Teddy! Oh My!

I think that it’s safe to say that this season was a bit of a disappointment for most Cristina and Owen fans.  Season five left us with high hopes as our couple started on their path in the right direction – only to be jerked off-track with the merger and the introduction of Teddy.  I hear it being called “Season Sucks” – a far cry from its original nickname of “Season Sex” (though, you have to admit, we certainly did get quite a bit of that).

I’m not going to lie; I was frustrated right alongside all of you.  (Thus, the missing gap of episodes 19 to 22 from the episode reviews that I may attempt to go back and write.  But for now, I’ll do an overview.)  But having experienced the whole season and having been able to step back and process it for a month after the very explosive season finale, I have begun to see the reasons – albeit unpopular and unnecessary at times – for the choices the writers made in regards to Cristina and Owen’s journey in the most recent season.

Let’s be clear – Cristina and Owen are essentially at the same place in their lives as they were at the end of season five.  Yes, they’re stronger as a couple.  But in the grand scheme of things, they have mostly remained stagnant.  Instead of a major step forward, the season finale featured the two of the ultimately reaffirming their love for one another – a demonstration of the unnecessary aspect I mentioned earlier.  And this was done by putting them through the wringer that was the triangle – the unpopular aspect.

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“Sanctuary”/Love, Not “Death and All [Her] Friends”

The epic love story of Cristina and Owen. (Credit for screencaps used goes to freakyx@livejournal. Credit for textures used goes to yunhe@livejournal.)

Oh.  My.  God.  Before I jump into this episode review, can I just say that this episode blew my mind?  Not only were the Cristina and Owen scenes epic, but the whole two hours had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  I think I’m still having heart palpitations over this episode, and it’s been a couple days.

I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the reviews.  It was a combination of real life getting in the way and not much (positive) Cristina and Owen scenes for me to make into a full blog post.  But I will start with the season finale and work my way back because this season finale is totally worth a blog post.  An epically long blog post because I’m going to end with my wish list for season seven, and I’m a greedy little coconut who wants a lot for our favorite couple.  Also, I’m going to take a look back on this season as a whole and try to see if I can reason out why certain choices were made (like that cursed triangle).

Note: Okay, so I got to writing the episode analysis, and it’s already getting way too long.  I’m going to put my season seven wishlist and overall look on the season as a whole in a separate blog post as to not overwhelm the system – and all you readers.

Let’s start off with a bang.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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“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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What’s Ahead for Cristina and Owen?

Just having some fun. Feel free to stare...and drool... (Credit for screencaps used goes to In_The_After.)

So, this is something new.  I’m not doing an episode analysis.  Instead, I want to ask all of you, the people who actually read this blog (thanks, by the way), what you think is ahead for Cristina and Owen?  I don’t mean anything that’s been in the spoilers (not that there has been anything about where their relationship is headed), but just what your “gut” is telling you.  (Brownie point for whoever can tell me what episode I’m referencing there.)

We have 9 episodes left.  What do you think will happen for our couple?  Go crazy.  Speculate.  And let’s see how on the money we were at season’s end.  Comment away!

Gone Away

So, as expected, “Time Warp” didn’t give us much Cristina/Owen.  Any, you say?  Well, you would be surprised where a hardcore Coconut can find Cristina/Owen loving and sexyness.  Proof?  A screencap of it, let’s say?  Fair enough…

Oh yeah. So. Happened. (credit for screencap / hilarity goes to WeLoveCrowen on Twitter)

So there you have it.  Our darling Cristina and Owen have entered the deep, dark world of sexting.  I will also point out that Krista Vernoff (executive producer and writer for Grey’s Anatomy) basically said, “hey, why not?” when a fan tweeted her about the fact that Cristina and Owen were sexting during the lecture series.  So there you have it!

As for the rest of the episode, I really liked the Richard/Ellis flashback.   I really liked Sarah Paulson (young Ellis), but casting award of the year goes to whoever found J. August Richards to play the Chief.  Just freakin’ perfect.  And the music!  Playing “Maneater” (by Hall & Oates) during the introduction of Ellis was just fantastic.  Same for “Our Lips Are Sealed” by the GoGos.  It all just got me in the old-school mood for the episode.  Very cute.  I had a huge geeky smile on my face.  Also, I can’t believe it had never occurred to me that the fact that they were both seen as outcasts for different reasons (race, gender) would cause them to be close in the first place.  Very interesting…and oh my god, little Meredith was SO CUTE.  So so so cute.  Her little red shoes and big jacket and carrying Anatomy Jane around?  Just so adorable and seeing Ellis just push her away to Thatcher just gave you some more insight as to why Meredith was so messed up for so long.  And that last scene where we see that Ellis was the one that first got Richard to drink (heavily, I guess, since he mentioned not liking the taste).  Very sad…and a scene full of so much implication.  While I don’t want this every week, it was cool to see.

I also thought Callie being terrified of the crowd was sweet.  It was interesting when juxtaposed with how badass and outgoing she was in her flashback (same goes, in reverse, for Bailey’s).  Because of spoilers, I had figured out that there would be a shot of Callie and Alex hooking up.  It was odd seeing her right before her Grey’s entrance but she looked EXACTLY the same.  Well done them!

Wasn’t a big fan of the Bailey flashback because…while I know it isn’t necessarily a popular standpoint, I just don’t like her.  I like her a little more in the first 2 seasons, but in general just not a fan.  I won’t get too in depth with it, but I guess it was funny to see that Bailey wasn’t always yelling at people.

Overall, it was sad to have an episode without a major Cristina/Owen scene.  But I have faith that we have some good, hot, sexy, and cute stuff coming up–call me crazy!  However, I am going to be unable to update this blog for the next 5 weeks.  By the looks of things, that will only be two episode (6×16 “Perfect Little Accident” and 6×17 “Push”).  I will be back the weekend after 6×18 “Suicide is Painless”, so thank goodness for that.  A girl can only last so long without her fix, am I right?  Well, thank you for reading…and have a fantastic month to come.  Catch you on the flip side! 😉