October 2010

Well, we don’t really have the scoop just yet, but do know that the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy is sure to be an exciting one! It was alluded to in this week’s entry on the Grey’s writer blog.

Finally, what’d you all think about the Chief’s cryptic suggestion that things would be “different” around Seattle Grace in the coming weeks?  In the previous week’s episode Chief Webber was scrounging around for money, and suddenly in this one, he’s got a million dollar surplus?  I’m sworn to secrecy, but I can safely say that next week’s episode is a doozy, and completely unlike any other episode of Grey’s Anatomy you’ve seen before…

What could it be? Is the hospital about to get some huge benefactor? Is someone with a huge salary about to get fired? Is an entire department going to be cut from the hospital? Something is definitely up and it’s going to be big!!

Brian Tanen is a new writer on the Grey’s Anatomy team, and to learn more about him, you can read his complete blog entry on the Grey’s Anatomy writer’s blog. But, before you do that, let’s revisit the very first episode that he penned and some of the inspiration behind it.

We really wanted to do an episode where our residents were forced to “grow up” in a way – to be taken from their respective comfort zones, and thrown into the fire.  Shonda pitched a “Residents-take-point-day” – a day where our doctors would take charge of patient care from start to finish, without the guidance of their attendings.  All the responsibility, no safety net.  It’s one thing to want to be a surgeon, but another thing entirely to hold a drill in your hand, and burrow into a person’s skull.  

For Meredith, the challenge wasn’t the least bit daunting.  Mer probably didn’t have much of a childhood, what with Ellis being all career-obsessed, and Thatcher being absent. The idea of “no safety net” doesn’t much bother a person who never really had one to begin with.   I think Mer had to be an adult at a pretty young age, and this is why she’s so strong when life throws her an endless number of curveballs.  In fact, Mer is so sure she’s ready for the day’s challenge, she barely remembers that she has to compete with Jackson for the brain surgery.  He hustles her into believing that he’s a klutz with the surgical drill, and then he kicks her ass during their skills lab competition.  It’s a pretty childish way for Jackson to earn some adult responsibility, and karma turns out to be a bitch when he botches the surgery he stole out from under Meredith.  If you’re noticing that Jackson’s been a little off his game this season, you’re onto us. Something’s up with him.  Stay tuned. 

Alex finds himself on a slam-dunk case featuring his two favorite specialties – plastics and peds.  It should be a no-brainer for him, but he runs into a bit of snag with his thirteen-year-old patient’s mother – who’s suddenly reticent to let her kid have surgery for his gynecomastia (aka “man boobs”).  The tricky part of Alex’s day is “parent management.”  He knows he can rock the medical, but how do you convince a very strong, vocal mom with cold feet? Because sometimes stepping up to the plate isn’t just about excelling at surgery; it’s about standing up for the patient.

For me, Cristina’s reaction to this “residents-take-point-day” is the most interesting and unexpected.  In any other season, Cristina would have relished this kind of responsibility, but in light of her recent trauma, she spends the episode looking like a deer caught in headlights.   I love the scene where the Chief hands out navy blue scrubs, telling the residents that they are attendings for the day.  Sandra Oh played the scene beautifully as though the navy scrubs were a punch to the gut.  With only a look, we know that she is not up for the challenge today.   And though Cristina ends up with a win, we can tell that she’s still a shadow of her former self.

I’d be completely remiss not to mention the superhuman efforts of Chandra Wilson on this episode.  The episode was a little light on Dr. Bailey, and the reason was because she was behind the camera, directing the thing!  Is there anything this lady can’t do?  Aside from being an incredibly talented actress, Chandra is also an accomplished director – this being the third episode of Grey’s that she has directed.   On more than one occasion, I’d walk onto set and find Chandra alone, talking to herself, lining up every camera angle of the upcoming scenes in her head.  She sort of looks like she’s conducting an imaginary orchestra when she does it, and it’s kind of funny and amazing to watch. 

Monday, October 25 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

When the CEO of a successful surf company is murdered, Kono is personally affected. The investigation takes the team into the varied but interconnected worlds of North Shore surfing.

10:00pm – Monday, October 25 on CTV

Live coverage of the municipal election results in the region.

10:00pm – Monday, October 25 on CTV

This one-hour CTV News special focuses on the 2010 Municipal Election and re-caps the election results.

9:30pm – Monday, October 25 on /A

Also airs at 10:30 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10:30 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Mike (Billy Gardell) invites Molly (Melissa McCarthy) over to his apartment, his plans for romance are interrupted by an untimely call from his mom, Peggy (Rondi Reed, The Astronaut’s Wife).

Monday, October 25 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

The Lightman Group’s expertise is questioned when a woman (guest star Tricia Helfer) takes Cal on a game of cat-and-mouse while he’s checking for security leaks at an art museum prior to a major exhibition.

9:00pm – Monday, October 25 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Charlie (Charlie Sheen) has trouble adjusting to dating a slightly older woman (guest star Liz Vassey, CSI)

8:00pm – Monday, October 25 on CTV

The remaining celebrities and their professional dance partners continue to waltz their way towards the Mirror Ball Trophy.

8:00pm – Monday, October 25 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When a series of young prostitutes are found murdered with homemade prayer cards attached to their bodies, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) struggle to find the common thread. Mischa Barton (THE O.C.) guest stars.