Grey's Anatomy recap: The Ballad of Meredith and Cristina

The lesson of this Meredith- and Cristina-focused hour? You gotta have your friends, especially your "person"
Ep. 05 | Aired Nov 8, 2012

BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) reunited during a touching hour of Grey's Anatomy.

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Last night’s episode, however, wasn’t all about the death of Cristina’s old-man friend. There was a little bit about her sex friend, Parker, too, but not too much. (Cristina’s interaction with Parker, however, did produce another great line for her, when she told the cuddly guy, in bed: “I’m not a spoon. I’m a knife, and I’m going to stab you in the eyeball.” That’s genius on so many levels.) Mostly, though, Parker just wanted Dr. Feeny to quit the hospital, and Cristina wasn’t going to stand for that.

But the crux of this episode -- and the reason for this recap’s title of The Ballad of Meredith and Cristina -- was the interplay between these two characters, whose lives were paralleling each other from across the country. Both were dealing with dangerous surgeries/patients, while also dealing with important people in their lives: Cristina had the near-the-end-of-his-life Feeny, while Meredith had the near-the-beginning-of-her-life and sick Zola, who was passed around Seattle Grace like a hot potato and was never in the arms of her mother.

Meredith’s lesson during the episode is a little bit harder to distill than Cristina’s: Was it that she learned that she could have saved Lexie if she’d had all the right tools? If she’d been in a hospital, like with the similarly injured patient she saved last night? Or was her lesson more about the perils of parenting? And how to prepare a multi-cultural meal of fish sticks? (Seriously, how are fish sticks Brazilian? Are they?)

Ultimately, the lesson for both Cristina and Meredith was this: You gotta have your friends, especially your "person." And that’s such a powerful, powerful message. These two are each other’s “person.” I’m so happy they’re back together.

During this whole experiment with Cristina off in Minnesota, I kept asking the question: When will she be back at Seattle Grace Mercy West? Because, we just knew it was going to happen at some point. Judging by the previews for next week’s episode, Cristina is indeed back at Seattle Grace, and in full, full force. She seems pretty nasty, though -- which makes me wonder if she actually learned anything from her old-man friend Dr. Feeny. Didn’t he tell her to “breathe”? From the preview, it looked like she was dinging the interns left and right -- naming them after the Seven Dwarves -- which is something you’d expect from Old Cristina. But maybe Old Cristina just exists now with old-man-improved New Cristina. They can coexist maybe? I suppose we’ll see.

Hopefully we’ll see Cristina and Meredith having some 30-second dance parties in coming episodes. (I loved it when post-surgery Meredith started a dance party and told her interns: “Dance, or you’re fired.” They smartly complied.) Who was shocked to see Cristina and Meredith didn’t enjoy a 30-second dance party when they first saw each other again on Meredith’s doorstep? I was primed and ready for that! But I guess the moment -- a good one, with Cristina liquored up on tequila -- was a good one regardless, just seeing these good, old friends cross paths once again, as they should.

But what’d you think of the episode, Grey’s Watchers? Are you happy that Cristina is done with her odyssey to Minnesota? Are you ready for updates on what the rest of Seattle Grace is up to after this Cristina- and Meredith-focused episode? Where’s Adele? And, answer me, please! Are fish sticks a Brazilian delicacy? Sound off in the comments below, please.

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