April 1st, 2011
12:05 PM ET
“Grey’s Anatomy” mixed its medical dramatics with singing on last night’s episode, and as with all musical episodes of TV shows, it can be a risky proposition.
Quick catch-up: Dr. Callie Torres (played by Sara Ramirez) and Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) were in a car accident following Arizona’s marriage proposal, an accident made all the more horrifying by the fact that Callie’s pregnant. That trauma is how we got this singing business incorporated in the first place.
As the New York Post explains, “‘Grey's' solution for that [spontaneous singing] problem was theorizing that the brain does crazy things after an injury, so a post-crash Callie was hallucinating that everyone at Seattle Grace was bursting into song.”
Reaction to that move has been pretty mixed.
First, as the Post points out, "the majority of songs were not performed with any proximity to Callie, so this became a musical episode with zero grounding in reality." But that doesn't mean it's all bad: both the Post and E! News agree that while Ramirez clearly has vocal skills, so does Chyler Leigh, who plays Dr. Lexie Grey.
"There is usually a lump of ice and cynicism where our heart should be, but we'll admit we got chills when Lexie sang 'Breathe,'" says E! in a review. "There's been a lot of talk about Sara Ramirez's awesome pipes, something about a Tony, but we are going to give tonight's rookie award to Chyler."
Yet it doesn't seem critics are letting "Grey's" off the hook for going all "Glee" on us just yet. Entertainment Weekly’s Jennifer Armstrong, despite being “a person who likes ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ musicals, karaoke, and out-of-body-near-death experiences very, very much,” still thought the episode was only “okay once for fun....but let's not do this again, shall we?”
TV Squad’s Denise Warner said she couldn’t help but be distracted by the song choices, which only reminded her of how great “Grey’s” used to be.
“It goes beyond the musical episode being completely ridiculous, which it was,” Warner writes. “Is Callie really hallucinating kitchen counter sex between Owen and Cristina?... No. The real problem was bringing back the songs that played a major part in the heyday of 'Grey's.'”
But iReporter and "Grey's" fan Kathi Cordsen isn’t complaining one bit.
“I didn't think Grey's Anatomy could get any better but tonight they did something completely different than normal,” Cordsen writes in her iReport recap. “Showcasing the cast's singing ability during a very emotional episode where Callie is fighting for her life. The way they incorporated the songs with the scenes was wonderful, I sometimes had misty eyes.”
The Twitterverse was equally divided. While Thealmightymel thought “The latest Grey's Anatomy episode was just a huge ad” for Ramirez’s singing prowess, others enjoyed it.
“‘Grey’s Anatomy’did #Musical,” tweeted simplymerry. “All the cast sang beautiful, Chasing Cars, How to Save a Life & Grace fits the story. Really great episode!!”
Twitter user Billverstein, however, isn't sure "what's worse: Rebecca Black or the singing in this 'Grey's Anatomy' episode #stopsinging."
Love it or hate it, EW’s Armstrong predicts that “Grey’s” “drama, which has been damn good this season for seven years in, can recover from any damage suffered during this bizarro turn into ‘Glee’ territory.”
What did you think of last night’s “Grey’s"?
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