The tenth season of the riveting ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy returned on Thursday September 28, 2013. The two-hour long premiere conjured a whirlwind of suspense, heart quivering moments, and laughs. While the poignant and even paced plot didn’t solely revolve around the lives of the couples on the show, much of the drama came from their fissured or harmonious love lives. Here’s a rapid relationship reaction:
Meredith and Derek
They have healthy a baby. They survive the episode. They’re in love. They still provide community housing that condones late night drinking. There’s nothing to see here.
Owen and Cristina
This couple continually engages in connected stares and sultry gazes. They enduringly linger in hallways. They admiringly marvel at the refection of each other in the heart of their eyes. The entire episode, they jostled with the hazed and fragile line between a relationship ending and starting again. Owen flirtatiously suggests a final fling in an on-call room as a touching, tantalizing, and lasting goodbye. However, their interaction seemed all too familiar and in no way concluding. With the departure of Sandra Oh at the season’s end, an unbraiding process must begin with Cristina’s storyline and the viewers. It’s apparent, similar to Owen’s patient and enveloping arms around her body; the audience will struggle to let go. This relationship will be the catalyst for that process.
Alex and Jo
These two characters are tough, emotionally guarded, and personality adjacent. The beautiful thing about these similar individuals is that they sentimentally mirror each other, making their true feelings transparent. The entire episode they attempt to sleep together. Each time, they fail to achieve ascension. Jo continually shuffles remarks highlighting where Alex had sex in the hospital and with whom. This is a ruse; it’s the “Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital”. This is a hospital where, everyone has slept with everyone, everywhere. The past tumbles between Alex and his conquests aren’t important; the key here is that Jo wants their first time to be significant. This is a big deal for both characters. The constant room shifts and questions are merely an outward display of the inner panic taking place in the minds of both. They think: what does it mean to be vulnerable, to feel safe, and to be happy again? They even try to lighten tensions, joking about which will have the most friends to turn to when their relationship ends. The episode concludes with them not sleeping together, creating a buildup that won’t be easily subdued. It’s time to let go of the history of hurt and emotional baggage their shouldering. It’s time for these two to strip.
Kepner and “Whoever Says Yes”
The episode begins for April with her love proclamation still coating the walls of Jackson’s room. She is prepared to leave her fiancée and huddle back to the embrace of Jackson. The major issue is that Jackson is in no way enthused by her remarks. He’s been an emotional piñata for April in the past. He carried the guilt of taking her virginity, tainting her concept of faith, and was rejected by April through a lengthy and heart hollowing process. April assumed that Jackson was waiting for her and existed in a transitory relationship, passing time until she realized and recognized his love for her. Jackson tells her the truth: their relationship was never about two people, it was always about her. She succumbed to lust. She needed to repair the divide that her religious guilt created and Jackson became caught up in her confusion. Even with her fiancée, she remains conflicted. She went to him declaring her wish to be his wife hours after believing she wanted to discard him. Her fluctuating desires echo the identity crisis lurking within. She went from a modest faithful virgin, to becoming sexually active with a co-worker, and later pretending to be a virgin. She won’t be able to decide on anyone until she decides to accept herself. There can only be tumultuous chaos for her in the future.
Callie and Arizona
The episode pitches to an alarming degree when Callie tells a room full of doctors about Arizona’s infidelity. Stares began to volley between each character in the room after her verbal explosion. The scene begins with Callie wrestling to make eye contact with Arizona and ends with an utterance that bridges not only her wife but the other doctors in a moment of shock. Their next interaction comes when an intern can’t strangle a sheet around a patent’s pelvis tight enough. Callie intercedes and a physical tug-of-war begins between Callie and Arizona, who was holding the other end of the sheet. Callie demands to have Bailey scrub in on the patient’s surgery but is dimmed by the fact that she must operate with her salacious wife. Arizona’s attempts to talk to Callie are stunted and she returns to an empty apartment later in the episode. Meredith tells a panicked and pacing Arizona scenes later, that Callie and her baby are staying at her house for the evening. Arizona thunders over to Meredith’s and the pair begin to hurl harassments and insults. The next morning Callie tells Arizona that they’ll begin a schedule of sharing Sophia indefinitely. The episode ends with Arizona clamoring at the door of Derek and Meredith’s house sobbing to see Sophia. Callie reacts in rage and refuses but, in the end, Arizona has her moment with her daughter. She is edged in the corner of the front porch, immersed in melancholy heartache. Callie’s processing was a calculated one. She’s already been cheated on and essentially begged her husband to stay with her in a previous season. She spent a good hour of the two hour episode thinking. When Richard echoed, “Is this the best you can be?” the comment lingered with her face on the screen. The confrontation that transpires at Meredith’s highlights key things. They throw around power phrases about the desire to wed and to have a baby. It’s obvious that the broken trust between the two has revealed other splices in their relationship. Both individuals will seek to define themselves again, which will be more daunting for Arizona who hasn’t been able to since the loss of her leg. This couple has been surged by acts; a shooting pushed them towards wanting kids together, an African departure led to a pregnancy, and the potential of a co-parenting future led to a proposal. Where infidelity propels them, the season will decide.