Pushing into their final year of residency, SGMW’s fourth-years are finding it more necessary than ever to start taking their jobs seriously. After playing attendings for a day earlier this year, the doctors now learn the race for Chief Resident is on. Or, rather, it’s been “on” since day one of their residencies and it’s only now coming down to the wire. Of course, with SGMW being a teaching hospital, one would think those docs would be aware of the fact that more than just their skills and competency would be taken into account. A Chief Resident is the ultimate teacher and empathizer. Even though Alex’s positive evaluation could have been influenced by the fact that he was the only resident who actually made nice with his med student, I’ve always thought he was the best fit for a teaching hospital, as he’s always been the only resident we’ve seen actually teaching his interns anything (aside from Izzie’s occasional, typically unorthodox lessons). So his glowing review likely would have been the same from anyone else. I honestly think the writers have been grooming Alex for the role of Chief Resident since season one.
It’s about time someone finally had the gall to point out all of the inappropriate sexing going on within the walls of this hospital. I almost want to say shame on Chief Webber for even reprimanding Teddy’s “inappropriate” doctor-patient relationship while turning a blind eye to the “soapy” romances of his long-time colleagues. Then again, maybe the chief still had the Denny Duquette incident in the back of his mind. Like Teddy argued and Lexie supported: people get married all the time just for the insurance and she wasn’t breaking any laws or hospital policies. She was simply going above and beyond her doctoral duties to ensure the health of a patient who would have been denied such care otherwise. However, when called into the OR to make a life-changing decision for Henry on the spot, Teddy soon discovered her act of kindness came with a few more unexpected strings attached.
Meanwhile, Arizona isn’t giving up on Callie without one hell of a fight—even if it means seeking advice from Callie’s BFF Mark. Given Arizona’s qualms about the nature of Mark and Callie’s relationship, it’s no surprise that she has a hard time taking Mark’s critiques with an open mind. And considering Mark’s concern for Callie’s emotional well-being, the pleasure he seemed to take in nit-picking Arizona’s personality was just as anticipated. After probably one of the most humbling days of her life, Arizona (with Mark’s help) was finally able to pinpoint her greatest weakness: she bails. When the going gets tough, she gets going. She loses sight of her goal and high-tails it in the opposite direction. Arizona saw commitment on the horizon, panicked, and ran halfway around the globe. But she came back. Because she’s so in love. And love will do that to a person. Only, unfortunately for the mostly optimistic blonde, in her absence an even bigger obstacle was created by Mark and Callie: a baby. Something she initially told Callie she didn’t want, but an idea she later gave into because she was so in love. She is in love. And now, after begging her way back into Callie’s life, Arizona gets to test that love by sticking it out with Callie and Mark. I’m incredibly intrigued by this storyline and am very much looking forward to the parenting adventures of Mark, Callie, and Arizona and I really hope the writers are just as much looking forward to telling it.
February 3 on Grey’s Anatomy
Derek breaks ground on his Alzheimer’s clinical trial and Meredith can’t help but feel left out; Bailey’s attempt to take the hospital into the age of new media with live tweets from the OR does not go over well with the Chief; and Callie, Mark and Arizona must learn to navigate through the pregnancy together, which starts off with Callie driving her new obstetrician crazy.