'Grey's Anatomy': Sloan wants to commit and Bailey's dating

Chandra-Wilson-Grey's.jpgIt's a weird world on "Grey's Anatomy" when Webber's poaching patients, Sloan's looking for a relationship, and Bailey's asking Callie for relationship advice.

Hunt and Webber and Derek: Hunt has a patient with a football-sized tumor and a dicey prognosis, and Webber swoops in and plays the "I'm an old man and probably won't see too many more giant tumors like this so do you mind if I take this case?" card. Of course, Hunt falls for it until Cristina's shock and disgust at his naivete pulls him out of it. He and Webber practically duke it out over approaches (figuring that there's a Harper Avery at stake here) until Derek steps in and says he'll make the call on what to do after hearing their plans. Cristina chooses to work with Webber so she can spy for Hunt. But Webber's wise to her game, and dangles complicated procedures in front of her like bait to turn her into a double agent. Oh, Cristina -- you'd fold under questioning if they offered you a good surgery. Bad girl.

Derek picks Hunt's approach, which is more risky and exploratory than Webber's, and gets an earful for his trouble, as Webber tells him why he's screwing up on the job because a chief should encourage surgeons to approach problems their way, not the way the chief would do it. Blah, blah, blah, Richard -- totally transparent. The patient, a woman who just wants to make it through the month to see her daughter's wedding and has to be convinced to roll the dice on the surgery (what a great scene, and a great speech from her husband), starts to go south in the OR, and Hunt brings Webber in. Between them they take care of the tumor, which also includes removing the woman's liver to get at all of it. Wow. Even better: the patient lives.

Meredith and Cristina: Meredith is shockingly low-key and adult through the whole scenario, and I'm forced to mention again how much I dig what they're doing with her this season. Adult, better-adjusted Meredith with perspective and who's part of an ensemble rather is endlessly more interesting (and less exhausting) than a dark and twisty lead who makes horrible choices time and again. But she shined completely in the scene where she essentially told Hunt that he'd better watch himself. Cristina was actually happy and laughing and doing great work this week (how fabulous was that to watch?), and Meredith, after seeing Hunt react jealously to the prospect of Teddy going out with Mark Sloan (more on that in a sec), tells him that it's taken a long time for Cristina to be happy, and no matter how well he works with Meredith in surgery, it's Meredith and Cristina who are the team. She didn't quite say she'd sweep the leg, but she definitely wasn't messing around. Girl power!

Mark and Teddy and Lexie: Mark has come to terms with the fact that he's sad and lonely and wants to date, but just because Callie tells him to get out there and behave like a normal dating adult, it doesn't mean he knows how to. Now, I get that Mark's most recent bout of promiscuity stems from his breakup and his daughter leaving, and I get that he's, ahem, exceptionally fun to look at. And he's a doctor. But precious few guys, even with all that going for them, can score that much without at least a little bit of game. So I don't totally buy the "I don't know how to talk to women" bit that they're trying to sell us here.  

But Mark buys into the advice, and after Teddy needs him on a consult -- a patient who had a lung removed years before now has a syndrome causing his heart to float around inside his body, and she wants to use saline implants to keep it in place -- he decides to bite the bullet and ask her out. Teddy's stunned and says no, but after conferring with her new pal Arizona, who encourages her to have a little fun, she decides to say yes. Owen witnesses a little of this back-and-forth, and warns Mark that Teddy's not the kind of woman you mess with, because she deserves better than that (which Meredith witnesses). When Teddy realizes he wants to have dinner and not just a quickie, she freaks and says no. Mark gets all down-in-the-mouth about being treated like a piece of meat, even during surgery. Later, Teddy waffles again (I kind of like that they make someone as beautiful as Kim Raver as neurotic as she is), he tells her that they should have lunch, in public, and get to know each other. Because he wants to build a life and have a family and doesn't want to waste time with someone who doesn't want those things. So it's on, and in one fell swoop it seems Teddy might be able to get over Owen.

But it's not that easy for Lexie, who's been convinced that Mark was just trying to make her jealous. But when Alex confirms that what's going down seems real, she falls apart at the notion that Mark's really moving on without her. So clearly my "they'll be back together in three episodes" predication was totally wrong. But I hold out hope.

Bailey and Ben: While I'm thrilled that Bailey's getting a social life of her own and is getting to experience all the random human insecurities that everyone else has been struggling with, I really really hope they don't take it too far. I love Bailey and I love Chandra Wilson, and while she walks a great line between tough and vulnerable and has been brilliant when she's let her nerdy side (the Han Solo monologue) or her insecurities come out, it would be a real shame to have her venture too far into this territory, like Callie freaking out during the presentations a couple of weeks back.

So Bailey's about to go on her third date with delicious anesthesiologist Ben, and he's cooking dinner for her. Which Callie, when consulted, of course tells her usually means that it's the sex date. The first part of the "have you prepared your surgical field?" conversation is much funnier, because we get to see it sink in for Bailey. After she tries to go to the spa for a waxing and freaks out, it's a little bit less charming -- as is the condom discussion. She's a grown woman and I know she'd figure it out. Far and away the best part, however, was the date itself, when she started a Bailey speech about what she is and isn't comfortable with. That's where it got brilliant, because Ben stopped her, encouraged her to have a conversation rather than give a speech, and informed Bailey that unlike everyone else, he's not scared of her. And then they kiss. Wooot! It's fabulous to see Bailey with someone worthy of her, who's just dirty enough.

Callie and Arizona: Miraculously, Callie and Arizona really do become the couple other people want to be, and they're doling out very sound advice to prove it. Callie's hard at work on research in the lab, and Arizona's got a complicated case with a little boy who had a cyst that burst, but in between they're counseling Teddy and Mark and Bailey, and they're getting along on top of it. That is, until Callie shares a fantasy of them living in a big house with a bunch of kids years down the road, and Arizona -- the gifted pediatrician -- says she's not interested in having her own kids. Uh oh... Well, it wouldn't be "Grey's" if there wasn't something for people to get wiggy about.


What did you think? Do you see Mark and Teddy as a couple? Do you think Owen can let go of his feelings for Teddy? Are you so psyched about Bailey's love interest? And how do you feel about the idea of a "Grey's" without Katherine Heigl?

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