I’m really excited for the premiere, but I want to remind Shonda Rhimes that it’s called ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and not ‘Torres-Robbins-Sloan’s Anatomy!’
Grey’s Anatomy returns tonight, Sept. 22, and not only should the focus of the eighth season be on Meredith, Derek, Christina, Alex and Bailey, but Callie, Arizona and Mark should be pushed to the sideline!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Callie, Arizona and Mark. But good lord the show was all about them last season.
Over the course of the year, Arizona received an offer to run a clinic in Africa, planned to take Callie with her, but then dumped Callie in the airport because Callie whined a little bit about leaving Seattle. While Arizona was away (Thank you, Jessica Capshaw‘s maternity leave), Callie was so upset she slept with her one-time friend-with-benefits Mark. But then, Arizona miraculously returned and begged her ex for forgiveness, and promised to do whatever it took to win Callie back.
Unfortunately for Arizona, that meant having to raise Mark’s baby, because Callie revealed she was pregnant. The two-mom-one-dad shenanigans continued humorously for a while, until the big car crash. Callie was critically injured and the baby was born very prematurely. We had to suffer through the weird musical episode from Callie’s point of view, while the doctors worked to save her and the baby. Luckily for them, everyone ended up fine. And Arizona proposed.
Then they wed in an elaborately beautiful ceremony (not without a little angst in the form of Callie’s parents) and lived happily ever after — however long that lasts in Shonda Rhimes-world.
Compare that to what happened to Meredith and Derek. They ran an Alzheimer’s trial. That was pretty much it. Yes, they got married and adopted a baby and Meredith messed with the trial and Derek maybe-kinda-sorta left her. But that was all at the end. The Callie-Arizona-Mark show lasted ALL SEASON.
It wasn’t just Mer and Der who didn’t get the screen time they deserved, the other original Grey’s members fell by the way side, too. I want more Cristina (and therefore more Owen), I want more Alex and I want more Bailey. (Surely they have something better for the Nazi than just hot sex with a very sexy nurse. Admittedly, that was fun, but Bailey is more than just a romp in the on-call room.)
As for the rest of the characters, I mostly like them. I hope Lexie doesn’t run back to Mark and sticks with Avery and his beautiful abs. I hope April fails spectacularly as Chief Resident because she annoys me. And I really hope that Henry dies, because this whole Teddy-Henry storyline reeks of Izzy-Denny. (Come on, you know it does.)
So please, Shonda, go back to the original characters and bench Mark, Callie and Arizona for a while! I’m begging you!
– Denise Warner
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