Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. As juvenile as it may be, that was supposed to be my motto this week. I was ready to dig deep into the pure dysfunction that is Cristina and Owen’s marriage, especially in the aftermath of his confession. I was ready to hear Owen explain it away and to watch Cristina silently stare the crap out of him.
Well, our friends over at Seattle Grace weren’t into that motto because we barely see Owen and Cristina interact in this episode. No diving in the deep end of their relationship just yet. Yes, they do get enough communal screen time to let us know Cristina is giving him the silent treatment. Yes, we learned that eating cereal has never been more dangerous when Cristina throws her bowl of cereal in his face, daring him to say anything. But apart from that, they manage to avoid each other this week.
There’s definitely enough avoidance to go around. Let’s begin with Meredith, who doesn’t start out dodging Owen’s pleas to help him fix things with Cristina. In fact, she even offers up this nugget of advice: “You can’t force Cristina to open up; you have to let her come to you.” Sound advice. See the Cristina-loses-herself-and-quits-medicine-then-finds-herself plotline for proof.
But a nugget just isn’t enough for Owen. As they scrub in to save a women who gets mauled by her pet lion, he makes a second attempt to get Meredith’s help. All he wants is for her to let Cristina know how sorry he is. Simple request, right? Not so much, especially when he tells her, “It was just sex.” Meredith visibly flinches and so do I. It’s insulting to think he would believe that’s all it takes to justify his infidelity. “It was just sex” probably makes it worse. All this talk of cheating inspires Meredith to let Derek know that if he ever cheats on her, she’ll kill him. I believe her.
Elsewhere in avoidance island, Alex Karev has just realized it might be time to start putting a little distance between him and Intern Morgan. Morgan, don’t you know you only bring out the puppy eyes after the wooing is over? That’s how you scare them off. And scared, he is. Karev tells Arizona he wants off her service because those puppy dog eyes can only mean one thing: His intern wants him. After a little back and forth, Arizona is willing to oblige but only if he's off the case for good. He thinks he is -- but not if Morgan has anything to do with it. She spends most of this episode texting him. The best way Karev can tell her to stop is to evade her completely.
Oh, the irony. Old Karev would have taken a puppy-eyed intern straight to the bedroom and not given it a second thought. Now, when he needs to pull out his not-so-inner a--hole, he’s struggling.
NEXT: Karev finally comes clean with Morgan when she's at her lowest