Grey's Anatomy recap: Winners and Losers

With Seattle Grace Mercy West's quintet of fifth-year residents flying solo in surgery for the first time, some rose to the occasion -- while other fell flat
Ep. 03 | Aired Sep 29, 2011

REPORTING FOR DUTY Seattle Grace Mercy West's five fifth-year residents were under the gun with their first solo surgeries

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You win some and you lose some. That certainly seemed to be the theme of last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Take the Lead,” which found the fifth year residents -- Meredith, Cristina, Karev, Kepner, and Avery -- very dramatically taking on their first solo surgeries. (“We’ve alerted the morgue,” quipped Torres.) After making a bet amongst the group, each of the five won -- or lost -- at their respective surgeries, and there were plenty of other folks at the hospital who found themselves in one column or the other, too. So in that spirit, let’s take a look at who were the winners and losers last night at Seattle Grace Mercy West.

WINNER: Meredith
Our leading lady kept questioning whether Derek should have overseen her solo surgery because of their communication problems and inability to work as team. "I think you should do the surgery,” she told him just before heading into the OR. “Because we’re not a team right now.” Which was pretty spot on. But their discord didn’t really seem to affect the surgery…too much. Despite the pair having a little fight about which size “clip” to use, Meredith eventually prevailed -- and was the only fifth-year resident to totally, successfully complete her surgery.

LOSERS: Meredith & Derek
But Meredith was a loser when it came to her married life with Derek, who seemed unwilling to really communicate with her about how he was feeling about Zola -- or whether he even wanted to stay with her, after all that she's done. “We’re not a team,” Meredith told him (once again). “Anywhere.” There was no news on whether Zola would be coming back into their lives -- you can bet the producers are going to milk that for all it’s worth.

But they did finally talk a little bit about their relationship, very heatedly, at the very end of the episode. “I promised I wouldn’t run,” Derek told Meredith. “Even when I hate you.” Which is very clearly right now. So there it is! He hates her. But Meredith retorted with an easy escape for him: “I don’t want you to keep the promise,” she said. “Not if you don’t want to.” Finally, the pair came to a solution for how they would move forward, although I’m not really sure how it solves anything. “If we want to stay together -- with or without Zola -- we just can’t work together.” I don’t get how he can’t get over her professional betrayals just by ignoring her in that setting, but he can possibly get over her personal betrayals? Weirdness.

NEXT: Cristina and Owen, together and separate: Winners or losers?

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