The musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Song Beneath the Song” had moments of beautiful singing but sometimes I just wanted them to stop so the exciting storylines could continue!
I’m feeling very conflicted about “Song Beneath the Song”, the musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy. There were times where I thought “Shonda Rhimes pulled it off!” and other times where I groaned when the cast started singing and thought “Okay, enough now, get back to the story.” But I have to admit, each commercial break felt agonizingly long and I was riveted by the storylines and genuine Grey’s moments sprinkled throughout the hour. And can we please talk about Sara Ramirez and her amazing voice?
My favorite performances were the ones where the cast sang completely iconic Grey’s songs like “Chasing Cars” and “How to Save a Life.” I feel like I got ahead of myself by watching the spoilers which already included these songs, and I think I expected too much by hoping that the entire episode would feel like this. But admittedly, I squealed when Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) started singing and did his duet with Callie (Sara Ramirez). Bailey (Chandra Wilson) was lovely as well, although no surprise there. Oh, and “Breathe” by Chyler Leigh (Lexie)? Already listened to it twice.
When the “Running on Sunshine” scene started with Callie and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) in the car, the cheesiness made me cringe. But it ended up being an entertaining relief from the rest of the episode and I absolutely loved when Alex Karev sang in his trailer. Justin Chambers, hello there! I wish we had more of his singing.
I think the part I most loved about this episode was hearing the actors and actresses I didn’t know could sing, sing. (P.S. Where was Patrick Dempsey‘s voice? Don’t tell me McDreamy is incapable of serenading, not with that hair!) I don’t know if most of the songs shouldn’t have just been an “extras” part of a DVD rather than an entire episode, but it was interesting to hear who had pipes. Especially when you learn fun tidbits like Chyler Leigh has only really sung before to her children. She was beautiful singing “Breathe”, but what I truly loved was her interaction with a crying Mark (Eric Dane). “I don’t hate you,” she said to him, and gave away much, much more with the way she delivered that line. As much as I might cheer for her and Jackson Avery, the chemistry she has with Mark is pretty undeniable.
I could have done without some of the musical numbers that felt random, like Owen’s song to the other surgeons. If they had cut the songs down to about four total I would have liked it better. I felt like the songs often distracted from the intense storyline of Callie possibly dying, which was amazing all on its own. Arizona’s insecurity over “being nothing” after Mark yelled at her, was heartbreaking. I teared up quite a few times throughout the episode for both Mark and Arizona, and felt terrible for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) when she opened up about her infertility problems (although I did think the whole “the universe is mean” thing was a little forced. I mean, obviously it’s mean and random… you are the queen of “dark and twisty”, this isn’t news to you).
I thought the scene where Mark and Arizona flew down from the viewing room into the O.R. to check on the baby was beautifully shot. (Although excuse me why did Addison and Arizona each have to step in for Lucy Fields (Rachael Taylor), is she THAT inexperienced that she can’t bring a premature baby back to life? Isn’t that her job?) I also was a little bit mad at Teddy (Kim Raver) for telling Cristina (Sandra Oh) she can’t teach her. She seemed bitter. Sara Ramirez, whose ridiculously beautiful voice carried the episode, has me rooting for Callie to wake up when she shook the hospital bed and my smile when her “Yes, I’ll marry you” croaked out was only made bigger at seeing the absolute sheer delight on Arizona’s face. Brilliant acting by both women.
All in all, I commend Shonda for stepping out of her comfort zone and delivering a musical episode that didn’t feel like a complete departure from Grey’s Anatomy’s usual tear-jerking drama. And I’ll probably be YouTubing my favorite songs to watch/listen to again. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m relieved regular Grey’s Anatomy is coming back next week, and we can leave the singing to Glee.
What did you guys think of the episode? Did you love it, hate it, or were you as torn about it as I am? Do you agree that the singing was sometimes distracting? Did you feel slightly unsatisfied and like you needed more regular Grey’s when it ended? What were your favorite moments? Who were your favorite singers? And what do you think will happen to the baby?