“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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Are you kidding me?? Ramirez was amazing but Leigh was auto-tuned like crazy!!... And apparently couldn't make an "S" sound without a mouthful of cotton.
Absolutely asinine STUPID.It was awful.What dimwhit thought it this? Jeez let me guess this is Hollywood where being a weirdo is not only tolerated but expected.Uggh Californians.No wonder everyone says stay out of my state.
The singing itself wasn't the issue for me. I was with them in the beginning and then they confused me when they started singing outside of Callie's perspective. By the time Callie sang "you got me trippin on sunshine" I had completely tuned out. The story was way too deep for all that singing and what not. They should have done that with a light story or multiple light stories like the makeout montage. That fit but the life and death of a main character and her baby...not so much.
I'm a huge fan of musicals, so personally I liked it. Some great voices from the cast.
I stopped watching Grey's after this episode, still haven't seen any of the ones after. Christ it was so terrible. Just ruined the entire show for me. R.I.P. Grey's Anatomy. Shame you couldn't just die with a little dignity, had to go out in such a horrible disturbing way.
Whoaaaa!!! I just watched the episode last night!!! Awfuuuuul, seemed more like "Glee's Anatomy" than Grey's!!
I totally agree Michelle someone should have been fired!
Hated it! I was sooooooooooooooooooo irritated!!! It is a medical drama – let's leave it at that!
So glad I was not the only one to think this was the most stupid thing I have ever seen!!
STUPID, STUPID, STUPID, some one should be fired!!
I loved loved loved it. I taped it and watch it over and over and over again. Best one ever.
The show could have been better. As soon
as I got interested they started singing. It was so bad o couldn't get into what happening to my girl Callie and the baby. Please stick to what you do and let glee do the musical show. This show is not for all that singing. This was not a good show
I thought it was Great. The concept that the mind sees things differently (no matter how strange they may seem) is a good one for a top rated medical show to explore. I agree it should have been limited to those around Torres. None the less I really enjoyed the show. I think you would have to go through a close to death trauma to fully understand.
I loved it– it gave me goosebumps. Very talented cast. and Calle was amazing.
I loved it!! It was something new and different for greys anatomy + there WAS a story for ppl who say that the songs distracted the story... Whatever !!! I loved it and I know many people would agree with me .. Stop giving greys anatomy bad comments its either u guys are idiots or somethings wrong in ur brains :o I loved it and watched over and over ..... :D
Loved it, loved it. loved it. Have replayed the last scene off You Tube at least ten times in the last week.
I thought is was BRILLIANT!! and created an amazingly provocative effect, while helping to tone down the enormity of the situation. It was brave and daring. I loved it, saved it on DVD, and watch repeatedly when time allows. Thank you, Grey's for thinking out of the box.
I loved it, it rocked!!!! Sara, Chyler, and and Kevin, great voices, Justin was good as well.
I hated it....if I wanted to watch a musical I would watch Glee. This is a medical show not a musical, and those of you who compare Scrubs to Grey's are dumb. Scrubs is a comedy they barely show anything medical. Its a comedy not a drama...Not in the same league as each other.
I I really hated it..! It was so distracting. For an episode that I was expecting to be extremely emotional, I just couldn't connect. And I cry during diaper ads!!
Never, ever Glee up your episodes again Grey's!
ps- LOL at Owen singing! :p
I loved it!!! I watched it 3 times. It was one of the best episodes ever. I couldn't believe that most of the cast could sing and was pleasantly surprised. They are a very talented group of actors.
NOT A FAN OF "GREY'S GONE MUSICAL" It took the suspense and drama out of the story line... I spent more time looking away at what was hapening online.. Have always enjoyed this show until now.. I hope it doesn't continue .
I had lost interest in the show but that episode made me a fan again. It took some gifted directing and that is what I have missed lately. It reminded me of the Grey's that I could never miss seeing. It was different, fast, emotional and had you on the edge of your seat. I give it a thumbs up and while I did enjoy the music I took it as Callie feelling as if she was about to die, when the other doctors broke into song, I thought it was her experience of the afterlife. It has room for lots of interpretation but that is why I enjoyed it. I felt her fear and that is all a show can hope to offer is that you feel the emotion. Good Job!!
Painstakingly Horrible – Prisoners at GITMO should be forced to watch this episode over and over.
Buffy Musical = One of the best hours of TV ever
Scrubs Musical = Fun and well done.
Grey's Musical = One of the most horrid, sad, awful things I've ever seen and heard.
The people who liked or loved this episode are clearly 'Gleeks'. They would love anything TV show that set to musical numbers. however, from an objective point of view, this 'theme' didn't fit at all. For starters, any episode of Grey's would be jarring if set to musical. The fact that they did this with such an important storyline just completely undermined it
they did the same thing on scrubs like 5 years ago, come on ppl be original!!!!!!
Its always fun to see a favorite show jump the shark...
I'm not a fan of the show and don't recall ever watching any full episode, but I caught this one and was intrigued. Not your typical hospital drama of course and if you're a fan, I can understand your problem with it. However, I thought the singing was great and don't think Glee has much to do with the episode happening. You had to watch it from the perspective of "this is experimental and probably won't be done again" and enjoy it for that. The first song was part of an 'out of body' moment and I found that interesting a powerful. I'm a fan of alot of the music they chose, so, that has a big bearing on my reaction.
Well I love Grey's Anatomy and I mean a lot!!! Frankly it wasn't a big deal for me, but let's just keep it normal from now on, please Shonda Rhymes I beg of you!! I was okay with the songs that were in the episode, but did they all really had to sing?! It could've been done differently, while still incorporating the great songs in that episode, which were the songs of the show from the start or have been a part of it whatever. The thing is let's just keep this normal and do the acting with the songs as backgrounds lol.
I liked it. The music was appropriate for the scene and made me cry.
Please do NOT SING again!! It ruined the episode. I almost turned it off. I felt like I was watching Glee and never watched an episode of that. PLEASE NO MORE SINGING! Let go back to normal episodes please!!!! THANKS!
GREY'S ANATOMY IS MY FAVORITE SHOW. I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO IT, BUT THIS WAS AWFUL.
OMG yes!! I was being drawn more into the music than anything and then it gor corny because it was a MUSICAL!!! I DO NOT DO MUSICALS PPL. I was trying to pay attention, but was distracted by all the music uffff.
I was very disappointed. She sounded good but I didn't want to to watch "GLEE". I was turned off not by Torres singing but the fact it was portrayed like GLEE. If I wanted to watch Glee, I would. Sorry, I was turned off.
It was just dumb. I have been teetering on kicking this series to the curb for 2 years. They made up my mind for me.
To the writers of Grey's Anatomy: you are NOT artistic. If we want opera, we'll go to the theater. Your misguided attempt at art delivered a failed libretto and music deserving of someone cleaning house. Your mixture of singing with drama failed completely, in every way. The singing was not particularly good. It destoyed the ambiance, distracted the viewer and trashed the entire episode. When will screenwriters learn to stay within their talent, which is writing words, not lyrics or music, rather than try to impress the viewer with something terribly out of their league?
I love broadway musicals, don't watch Glee for no other reason than I runs opposite something else that I do watch. I have to say I thought this episode was very bizarre. Reminded me of a police drama called "Cop Rock" many years ago. That sucked too.
Great great story!
Wonderful episode and we are hoping to see more.
Distracting ... didn't care for the episode at all. I love music and I love the show ... just not all together.
Yess that's the word... DISTRACTING!! That's exactly how I felt. Hopefully this won't be done again...
Oh people please.. It was a great episode. For those of you who are anal and dont like diversity you are just morons. It was a nice change from what greys is and i wast disapointed.
Okay very uncalled for we are just stating our opinions!!! Nobody called you a MORON or a TWIT for liking the episode so refrain it sister. Don't get all personal it's not an attack on you or the show geeezzzz are we in kindergarden again?!
I watch it, and was speechless, then thought, oh its an April Fool – very good. Then I discovered, it wasn't. Like other comments here, I love the show, will forgive you this once but please don't do it again....
I did not hate it...just do not do it again and I will get over it..
It was very strange.
Loved it. Great songs and some were just plain fun. Callie and Lexie both did have awesome voices, and the story was a great one.
I really love the show... But I couldn't,,, I just couldn't continue to watch this episode It was really making me ill...lol...
I love "Grey's", I love musicals....but those are two things that I never want to see mixed together again. Basically it left a bad taste in my mouth, sort of like brushing your teeth and then drinking OJ...not a mistake one would make twice. That being said, Sara's and Chyler's performances were stunning.
I loved the unexpected musical! Would not like to see it used again, though. Ramirez showed great vocal talent and I hope she records as a second career. Chyler and the rest of the Grey's cast did quite well, too. Not a Glee watcher.
I like when a show takes chances, and I liked this attempt somewhat. If you have seen the musical episode done in the Buffy the Vampire series, that one really hit the ball out of the park. The difference is that Buffy was all original songs. The Grey's show used generic pop songs and many of the cast had just ok vocals. I am not judging, because no one wants to hear me sing! My thought is they didn't have an epic fail, but it wasn't a tremendous success either.
They could try again, but I would wait a year or so and go for original songs relevant to the episode and characters.
Why does Callie only have 9 fingers in the picture above? Good job, photoshop people.
Wow, don't think you can compare those two shows. Grey's is tasteful and interesting, while Glee is utter stupidity!
Im gonna round up a herd of Penis and let them take turns branding my rump.
after i heard the second song i had to turn off my tv and listen to some actual music. greys has really gone downhill this season.. and this was the nail in the coffin. truly a horrible episode
You probably laid back watching gay Por-no and stroking your jimmy.
I love this new Greys cuz it makes me feel so Gay. Im a flamer and need my mouth filled with ManGoo.
Actually, Grey's went all Scrubs on you, since Scrubs did the exact same episode a few years ago. There are several episodes of Grey's that are so close to bad Scrubs imitations that the cast of Scrubs even poked fun of it in two episodes.
I loved it and gave my boyfriend a BJ while it was on.
Bet he liked it too!
I thought the episode was absolutely amazing. I am a die hard fan of Grey's and I was so excited to see my favorites sing and have a little fun showcasing some hidden talents. I would so watch another on just like it. It's funny because I do not like Glee. But, I am all for Greys and whatever they do. Its been an amazing show right from the beginning and it has never let me down. Kuddos Greys for a fantastic episode, and Callie sure does have some pipes! Amazing! All the nay sayers should be ashamed, your a fan or your not. Loyalty is accepting all without complaining.
I can't believe so many of you didn't like this episode! I thought it was brilliant, emotional, and fascinating to watch. I do agree the one song where they were all happy and getting their groove on was creepy and weird and out of place...but otherwise I was really entertained. LIttle Grey does have a great voice, so does Ramirez. Her final song was amazing – I'll buy her lp for sure!
I'm sorry, but who said that musicals are only appropriate for comedies? Can you say, Phantom of the Opera...Miss Saigon. I enjoyed the episode for what it was. It was kinda nice to see the actors leaves their comfort zone and try something different. Would I want it to be permanent? No. But it was a nice change of pace. And the last song by Sara Ramirez almost had me teary eyed.
I meqan...It was a GREAT story line...absolutely trivialized by the sappy singing...
Well, let's just say...I expected the Fonz to ride in at any moment!
Can you say "Shark Jump"???
3 minutes into the show. I started crying and didn't stop until the end. It was awesome. I really enjoyed it. I even made my wife sit down and watch it again with me.
Absolutely awful! Glad that I fell asleep watching it and was able to get a recap later. Hope they never do something like that again, otherwise, may just have to consider scrapping the show from the DVR.
LOVED it! Had 'The Story' in my brain for 3 days afterward–that girl has some great pipes! And who knew Lexi could sing? Additionally, it gave the cast a chance to play in a way they normally can't with each other. Random feelings we only guess at in the plot were able to be played out in the fantasy sequences. I think it revved up a season that has been struggling with boring story lines since overcoming the shooting fallout.
To be fair, I was cringing about the idea of this episode–figured there was no way it would work. But so much passion was put into it; the writing, the conflict, the song choices–BRAVO!
I've watched Grey's for years, but absolutely couldn't stand this episode. Yes, Sara Ramirez can sing, but apart from that, the whole show was painful and embarrassing to watch. NEVER do it again, please!
Some of these comments made me laugh. I watch Greys Anatomy every week and just because this weeks episode may have been corny because of the singing, I'll still watch it. I doubt they will do another episode with singing and I doubt that they are competing with Glee. Just my 2 cents worth.
Did not like it at all. If I wanted a dramatic musical, I would watch "Glee". I recorded the show so I was able to fast forward through all the confusing, boring and badly scripted singing. The only saving grace was Sara's voice, very nice. Please not again!
I hated it! I couldn't believe how cheesy this episode was, I almost had to turn it off. Terrible, Grey's please don't do it again. People randomly busting into song just didn't work for me.
we thought it was great...good way to emotionalize the drama
I absolutely loved it too! I thought it was creative and I loved hearing the cast sing (well some of them at least) Sara Ramirez–love her!!
It was awful, and Scrubs did it first and with the humor required to pull something like this off. I couldn't stand the ending with the Brandi Carlile song, wow....
I hope they don't do this again as I don't think I could stomach it. If they continue with the singing I will stop watching it.
It was better when it was first done by the TV show "Scrubs"...seriously...
Absolutely LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought it was ok. I think some choices were iffy but it was worth a try. Frankly the song choices were better than Moulin Rouges. I think some people might actually be able to understand one principal of musical theatre/opera and that is that when the emotion becomes very strong, they can't help but sing and release the tension. Music even in Drama is a part of the theatre tradition so "neophites to theatre" try to embrace instead of trashing it. It was an extraordinary thing and I do agree that once is enough...
I watched it. I am not a fan of musicals. I do not watch Glee. I didn't like the episode. I do not, however, damn the show because of it. It was a creative effort. It was great for some of the actors to be able to show their singing talent. Sara Ramirez is very talented.
It was without a doubt the worst episode I have seen. I hope the producers do not resort to this type of musical presentation for future episodes
I was uncomfortable with singers in midrange taking songs I love and mellowing the orginal intent of them. While I understand what the idea behind this episode is – I was squirming during much of it, just wanting it to stop being "Glee". I am not a fan of Glee for the same reason. The orignal artists I hope were well paid. Please Grey's, don't do it again.
I HATED IT!!!!! What was a GREAT storyline turned into a mockery. It took way too much emotion OUT of the story. It almost seemed insensitive to a grave situation.
PLEASE DON'T DO IT AGAIN. If you want to have a singing contest as part of the storyline, so be it......I had to keep fast forwarding during the singing stuff. HATED HATED HATED IT.
Without a doubt, the stupidest thing I've ever seen....well, actually I didn't see it all...I fast forwarded it through every idiotic musical number. By the time it got near the end, I could have cared less whether Callie lived or died as long as there were no more musical numbers involved. STUPID STUPID STUPID!! Stop trying to be GLEE and stick with the business at hand.
The story was good, but the bursting into song was just horrible. If I wanted to watch a show with people singing then Id watch amiercan idol or glee...not greys anatomy. PLEASE NEVER AGAIN!
It was a very stupid episode! Leave all musical performances out of this medical drama.
met James Pickens, Jr at the MJCI golf event in Las Vegas yesterday, what a great guy
I did not like it, and hope they will never do it again.
It was the most stupid thing I have ever seen on TV!!!!!
My husband and I are both huge Grey's fans. I had to work the other night, so couldn't watch the musical episode, but my husband said it was so "painful" that he had to switch channels. He HATED it. I'm not so sorry that I missed it after hearing his review!
I love Grey's, but I can't stand musical shows. There is a reason I don't watch Glee and there is a reason why I like Grey's, and even though I think the singing was not bad, it is not what Grey's is about. I will stop watching it if they start "Glee-fying" this show too. Once was enough. I hate musical shows!
It was terrible. Sara Ramirez has a beautiful voice but it should be saved for a musical or recording contract, not Grey's Anatomy. Hopefully this was the first and LAST time. Otherwise, no more Grey's for me. I found it very difficult to watch.
Boy did I hate it. I kept changing the channel everytime someone started signing. The only one I tolerated was the last song by Callie because I wanted to know if she woke up.
THE GAS PRICES ARE JUST TOO DAMN HIGH!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ME A PIECE OF BREAD?!
Grey's has officially "jumped the shark"!
so no one will actually read this as it's too far down the chain, but I LOVED this concept. Cali/Sara can sing her behind off! What's she doing "just" acting. She has soul beyond her acting talent. Great directional change, morbidly amusing....
I actually liked it. I thought it was really creepy seeing Denny Duquette in the background. He was spotted 3 times during the episode. You have to look closely.
I thought the show, and the singing were a really great venture off the normal track of the show. The songs were fitting, and the vocal emotion put forth by Sara Ramirez was amazing. She really carried the show, knitting it all together for the final climax. Nice change of pace, and efforts were well received in my house !
Loved it, these actors are so talented!!!!
I dug it. Made perfect sense, The cast was talented. If your Narrow-minded individuals who muted it would have listened to the lyrics to the songs, you would have seen how they all fit very well within the episode. You people should be ashamed of how inflexible your conceptions of good and bad are.
I didn't realize until reading these comments that the singing was actually by the actors themselves. I guess I just assumed they were lip-synching to someone else's singing. (I never saw any of the prior promotions of the show.) Anyway, that information helps me appreciate it more. I didn't hate it, really, but I did get tired of it about half way through.
I have been a fan of the show since the start. If I wanted a musical, I would watch Glee. Will def stop watching if this continues, it really sucked!
I loved this episode and thought it was extraordinarily well written, directed, and acted. Of course this shouldn't be done on a regular basis–that would destroy the whole point of it–but it was a beautiful episode and was incredibly touching. Music communicates such depth and there is so much that an actor can get across through song that they can't just using dialogue. This was an amazing episode. I know others disagree, but I absolutely loved it.
I use to be a Grey's fan, but this constant gay,girl on girl thing has gotten very old. I live in Asheville and the gay women here all look like men, it's tough to tell them apart. These beautiful women are exactly the lesbian look that is realty. Why don't you make it realistic. I am all for gay rights but I would like some rights too. I am sick of having this shoved in my face. Yuck.
Can't wait for House to follow suit. I can see it now...House is tripping on painkillers and booze...playing his ax...and the world turns into Woodstock, with everything set to Hendrix and CSNY-sounding tracks. What's next? A Glee version of Conan? Bring it!
I honestly loved every bit of it. It def. reminded me of how much more I use to love Greys from the first few seasons. There were some seasons where I wasn't sure if I'd watch again, but needless to say, after last seasons final episode, I am dedicated again. Thank you Greys for brining yourself back into my must watch television life!
I loved it, although they should have skipped the whole everybody hooking up scene. The music made it that much more emotional. And DAMN, Sara's got some nice pipes.
The official death knell has rung for Grey's Anatomy. This former fan's theme song for last night's episode: R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts"
It was horrible! an hour of torture..I wanted to know what happened but could not wait until it was over! I hope they never do the musical thing again!
I did not enjoy this episode. I was so bored that I needed to walk away several times to just get away from the horrible singing – except for Sarah Ramirez (Cali).
I guess you have to be a gleek to love it ;) I thought it was a fun distraction to a too intense storyline. I doubt they'll do it again but I was loving noting how well the various actor sing. Of course Sara is wonderful, she has a Tony Award for heaven's sake... but it was fun to see the others.
it was a distraction to the story. Thanks to Tivo I was able to fast forward most of it. I hope it's a one time event.
The singing was corny, but the episode was so intense that I think it lightened things up a bit. I wouldn't want them to do the singing again though. I'm not a fan of Glee
please never torture us this way again. if you do, i will never ever watch this show again. keep musicals on broadway where they belong and force people to pay for them. tv is for us who can't appreciate such "greatness"...if that is what you want to call it. keep to the drama b/c the second you start belting out the BS, is where all my sense of escapism gets lost and i can no longer get lost in my shows. k thx bye.
Want to watch a GREAT musical that was made especially for television? Once More With Feeling, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. SOOO much better than this turd.
I agree. The Buffy episode was one of the most clever, well done hours of TV ever shown.
LOVED IT! It cannot be done too often, but it was one of the three most powerful GA episodes ever. Sara's version of The Story was even better than the original. This episode had it all: drama, pathos, humor, etc. What an extraordinarily talented cast. I applaud the creators for thinking outside the box and doing something special. I have already rewatched the episode several times. Loved the way they used songs that were used before and tied in well here. Again, LOVED IT!
I'm sure all the flaming hairdressers and fashion designers loved it. I protest the gay-ification of all these tv shows. If you gotta turn your drama into a musical, just cancel the show and try somethig else.
Let's face it, this episode was awful! Please don't do this again, yikes!
OK, I'm getting a bit tired of hearing that people who didn't like the show don't appreciate the performing arts. I've been to my share of live musical theatre, and seen plenty of good TV musical work, too. I've been IN live musical theatre. This show was bad because the performances were awkwardly integrated with the dialogue, and in the case of that terribly cheesy couples' number, completely out of keeping with overly dramatic, serious story line. New or different isn't always better. And if you want to call it ground-breaking, I'll agree with you there; they are digging a grave for themselves if they keep on with the ridiculousness.
I wish they HADN'T promoted the hell of out this episode – I feel like many of those who "hated" it probably went into it thinking it was an awful concept (including my bestie.) I agree with everyone who said that those who appreciation for the performing arts probably loved it while the rest of the world complained. There were admittedly a few scenes where I didn't think the concept worked – specifically 'Owen' singing in the operating room early on in the episode.
Callie singing with Arizona (KT Tunstall – Universe & U) was beautiful – as was Sara's version of Brandi Carlisle's 'The Story.' Chyler sounded amazing with 'Breathe' as well. Chandra's voice was a big, pleasant surprise.
I do wonder if some of the lyrics (mostly from 'Grace') were used to foreshadow things that were going to happen with the baby or with Callie in the future. Whether you liked the episode or not, it was a life-changing one for one of the central characters, so those who fast-forwarded through songs might find the missed important points made in the songs.
I loved it, it was different, voices were amazing, very entertaining!
Mama Mia! Where were Dead Denny and George when we really needed 'em? At least a "Dancing Queen" sing-along would have sent this sorry episode into a spoof, giving us a good chuckle rather than an upchuck.
Most ridiculous episode I've ever seen: a bunch of singing doctors...a rock-opera "Tommy" in scrubs. Absolutely beyond the pale of believability and real drama. Not a darn one of the cast can sing, not even with all the studio tweaking the producers no doubt applied to this episode. It's run its course: pull "Anatomy" off the air. This was once the same night that the late, great Michael Crichton's "ER" came on. Now THAT was solid medical drame, often with the cutting-edge theme. "Anatomy" makes doctors and musicals both both look like bloody idiots. Kill it, please?!
you guys are clueless. It was really good!
well done and something new.
This episode literally had me squirming in my seat, I was SO uncomfortable. My husband and I both crossed our fingers that at least Sandra Oh would not sing. How out of character that would have been! We opted out of House forever after they did their bizarre musical fantasy episode, and only my vested interest in Meredith, Derek & Christina will keep me coming back to Grey's....for now, at least. I agree with a previous poster who said it was like watching Pierce Brosnan in Mama Mia. At least with Mama Mia & Pierce you had an idea of what you were in for. Please, Grey's...never again. If I want to watch a good musical, I'll pop in Chicago, Singing in the Rain, or the Sound of Music.
I thought the singing was ridiculous but I thought the songs were GREAT!
So overall, I liked the episode. I didn't much pay attention to the plot. I merely listened to the music on repeat (watched it online) while I did other stuff.
And I can't believe the writer did NOT mention how great a singer Kevin McKIdd is. His voice is sooooo beautiful I actually stopped what I was doing to really pay attention. IMO, Kevin McKidd and Sara Rameriz were the best singers out of the entire cast. They should have been the only ones allowed to sing. I like Ellen Pompeo a lot but her voice was so weak (which is probably why she didn't get much singing opportunity).
If GA recorded songs song by only Kevin mckidd I'd buy it!!
Sometimes it was good but it couldnt rise above the flawed song choices. How to save a life was good but singing behind the masks looked wrong.
Two words: Cop Rock.
It sucked! I can not beleive they put any thought and effort into it. Ya, some could carry a tune...but when you can not clearly hear the actors speaking because of the lame songs they chose...well you get the mess they aired! Plus the gay fact is getting a little to much on all the shows I like. I am all for one for all all for one...but even for me it's getting a little to much to take.
I enjoyed the change of pace. My husband and daughter did not.
People still watch that show?
Let's be honest – it's the kiss of death for a show. Scrubs, Buffy, etc when they were on the decline all did out of characteristic musical episodes and shortly after were canceled. True, the cast has some great singers but it wasn't enough to carry an already badly written episode.
I dsagree, show was differnt from other series that tried it. Sara Ramirez is a Tony and SAG award winning actress. The show went "outside the box" and did it beautifuly. Other shows that have done this are irrelevant. Greys did it best!
LOVED IT!!! The songs were all songs from the previous seasons and the idea was to tie the past of all the characters to the present so we could be reminded of how they all got to where they are. I thought it was creative and a great way to showcase the other talents of the actors! Kudos for going outside the box!!!
FABULOUS! Best Grey's ever! Acting, singing, story, I cried, laughed and rejoiced, can't get better than that. Sara Ramirez deserves the Emmy! Can't wait until next week's show.
LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Loved it. Very creative. All were great especially Sara Ramirez. I was tearful throughout. Best Grey show ever! Loved it, loved it, loved it! The songs were great.
I hated the Glee-ification of Grey's. It was painful to watch – and not because this was a powerful episode (which it could have been) – but the singing. Ugh. Please, please, please Grey's don't ever do this again.
If I wanted to go to a broadway musical of Grey's Anatomy that would be different, however when I'm watching a drama TV show, I expect acting and NOT bursting out in song.
Awful. I DVR'd it so I could fast forward if I needed to. Didn't even make it 15 minutes before I gave up and deleted. Don't EVER do that again!
If I wanted to watch Glee... I would watch Glee... dammit!!!
just shows the writers have run out of ideas. Lame. Pointless. Had to change the channel like I do when Glee comes on.
Love the show, hated the singing! PLease don't do this again!!!
The first song was good but come on....It was over the top I hope they don't do this again...l.l.
"Scrubs" did it better YEARS ago.
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!
Are you people nuts? I LOVED THIS EPISODE! It was brilliantly written, acted, and sung! Who knew Kevin McKidd, Sara, Chondra, and Schyler could sing so beautifully? It was immensly entertaining and even the talking storyline was one of the best ever! KUDOS Chondra Rhymes and writing staff! BRAVO to all the singers and even the non-singers who gave it their all. LOVED IT. Watched it 2 x and think I'll watch it a 3rd. Why don't you let us download the songs on iTunes for charity contribution?
Agree, agree, agree..... Greys has done a remarkable transition from the boring soap opera it had become!
I-tunes would be awesome. The songs were so well done, I would download them.
I like the idea in general and I thought it was cool to hear the cast members singing (some of them were good and some not so much), but something about it just didn't work. The whole episode just felt really awkward and the timing of the songs didn't really seem to make sense. It was just weird. I love Grey's and I love Glee, but I didn't love this.
Hated it!! If these producers and actors want to do musicals, there is this area in NYC called Broadway. Go there and keep it off dramatic TV series. Keep to what you do well.
Sorry, didn't enjoy it. The cast members are really great singers but I thought there was too much as it detracted from the show. I only watched it all the way through just to see how the storyline came out.
Awful...just awful. I'm a huge Grey's fan, but it's a drama...not a musical! The music was distracting and at many times was so disjointed from the plot. Sarah's singing was outstanding, and perhaps if she had only been singing as some sort of out of body experience, then it would have worked. The music ruined what would have been a very emotional and riveting episode. Please don't ever do this again!
Since Sara Ramirz sang on broadway, she would of course be great. But I don't want to watch a Glee-like show
on Grey's. The plot was great, but the singing wasn't needed... Would have been better without it.
We thought it sucked. Too much singing, no nude scenes, where was the anatomy?
One last note, if I wanted to watch Glee, I would have watched Glee.
I couldn't even watch the episode. I kept fast forwarding to parts where I thought they were singing. I may have watched a whole 5 minutes of the episode. I was really looking forward to this episode to find out what happened to the girls and the singing completely ruined it. It may have ruined my entire view on grey's.
I loved every bit of it. It was very tastefully done. I had tears in my eyes throughout the entire show. However, once is enough.
Not only did I think the episode sucked and reminded me of the Jets and the Sharks from West Side Story, but the normal background music that Shondra feels compelled to play in normal episodes is distracting and wholly unnecessary. I think Grey's is on its last legs as well as Private Practice. On Private Practice they are all a bunch of whiny pukes who have nothing on their minds except who is going to "f" who that night. Get rid of both of these terrible shows!!!
West Side Story was one of the most awarded movies... I don't understand your analogy.. you don't like this eposide, why? It had nothing to do with race differences.
Reminded me of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Once more with feeling". But the Buffy episode was MUCH better
LOVE IT LOVED IT. WHEN THE SONG "THE STORY" WAS SUNG IT WAS JUST GREAT. THEY WERE ALL EXCELLENT.
It sucked. We've watched every episode since the show came out. Do it again and we won't watch any more.
I thought it was pretty cheesy, and that the lyrics of the songs had nothing to do with the situations
TERRIBLE! The whole thing didn't work. The producers must be getting desperate.
It was a perfect episode. I didn't watch it and never do, so it was awesome.
I loved it. I loved hearing the cast singing the songs so closely connected to the show. I loved the acting that went with it while they were singing. I loved hearing them sing and was amazed at the talent of the cast. Then I remembered that most (not all)actors probably were involved in high school and college theatre, where they probably sang in musicals. I am not saying I want to see this every week. But I do applaud the cast, directors, and producers for taking a chance and trying it out. The words, the emotions, fit the storyline. Thank you, Grey's!
Jumped the shark...time to cancel this show.
That was terrible. Made NO sense to have the musical in a drama show
Umm.... This was already done once before. Scrubs did a musical episode where a woman is suffering from a brain tumor and therefore halucinates everyone singing instead of just talking. Granted, it was a comedic musical theme, but it's still the same premise – and that Scrubs episode was done before Glee was ever made, so it wasn't just hanging onto the coattails of another show's success like this is.
It didn't work. The transitions into the songs was too hokey. The singing needed to be strictly from Callie's point of view. The half taking in the middle of the songs was a very bad idea. I don't want to watch the Glee kids try to perform surgery, nor do I want a good dramatic cast to try and play a glee club.
Grey's Anatomy is a husk. Has been for a long, long time. C'mon America, stop being such suckers and zombies.
Musicals – good.
Grey's Anatomy – great.
Musical Grey's Episode – nasty crap.
I'll never watch this show again! What were they thinking trying to pull this off, on a hospital series??? Just go away...
Grey's Glee was HORRIBLE. There was no connection that was plausible. Plus and this is what bothered me the most, with the exception of one song, all the songs sounded the same. BORING! Please, please Shonda, stick with the formula you know works.
I was totally distracted from the story line and disgusted every time someone started to sing. I was so irritated that I emailed the network during the show to express my distaste. I will tune in to the next episode, but as soon as someone starts to sing, they'll lose a viewer.
The episode reminded me of the ever short series (thankfully) Cop Rock. Please let's hope that Grey's never does another episode like that ever again.
Also, if they're going to blatantly copy Scrubs, why not House next? Make one of them have an accident and start walking with a cane, then they can get addicted to pain killers and start having hallucinations. Every one of the writers should be fired.
Way to make an Exact Copy of a Scrubs episode. Grey's is WAY past due to be canceled and this proves it. I think the writers for Scrubs and CBS should sue. At least Scrubs was a comedy show and was able to pull it off. Just a sad, SAD episode for Grey's.
Absolutely s*cked! Twice now.
Three strikes and your out of our house. Do it again and lose 2 viewers forever.
I hated it. I thought it was intrusive to the story line. If they wanted to show the singing abilities of some of the actors they should have chosen a different way to do it; There are many creative ways to do it.. This was "uber" creative and ridiculous. I thought it was the worst episode of the show.
I did not enjoy the concept. It felt cheesy and awkward and reduced a tragic plot line to a gimic. On the bright side, the stunningly lovely and talented Sara Ramirez was a winner! While some of the other cast sang well enough, this episode was a showcase for Ms. Ramirez and she pulled it off with finesse.
HORRIBLE! YOU HAVE DESTROYED YOUR CREDIBILITY AS A MEDICAL SHOW. PLEASE, PLEASE, NEVER DO THIS TO US AGAIN! WHEN WE WANT TO SEE PEOPLE SINGING, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER SHOWS TO WATCH. DON'T SPOIL OUR DRAMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Whgen we want to watch singing, we watch American Idol. When we want to see a medical drama, we watch Grey's Anatomy.
That was the most ludicrous presentation of all time. Horrible! We FFWD-ed to the end to see who lived/died, and stopped caring somewhere along the way. PUHLeeeze don't ever do this again!!!! It was grotesque.
I thought it was very distracting. I love Grey's, but lets not do a musical again please!!!
I have been watching season's 2 through 6 on Netflix. Gotta say that all were great, but the episode Thursday night was God awful.
Not an original idea. Plagarized from Scrubs. Get new ideas or get new writers.
if you want to be accurate, Scrubs stole the idea form shows proceeding. By far the best singing episode of all time belongs to Buffy....
I thought it was brilliant. Grey's finally got its mojo back this season. Sara was simply breathtaking. Chyler was pure talent. I loved the way they weaved the songs into the episode. I do not think it was crazy that there were people singing without Callie right there–the whole point of having an out of body experience or be dreaming is to be other places–like imagining how someone would react if these events happened. And all the posts about not doing this again–get a grip of course this won't happen every week this isn't Cop Rock. Awesome episode–hugely emotional. I am so glad I tivoed it so I can watch it again. I believe Emmy season will love this episode. Keep surprising me Grey's and I will keep watching.
Well, the minority has spoken! You are weird. Let me know how you like it when they have singing lawyers on The Good Wife, and singing detectives on Blue Bloods, etc..... When Tom Selleck bursts into song as NYC Police Commissioner Reagan, I'm giving up TV watching!!!!!!
Loved it. There was some really good singing. Wouldn't want to see it all the time but for this episode, it worked out well.
At first when callie got to the hospital she said Sing. Somebody sing to her. at first it was ok. But it became pretty Stupid. After 7 years i can not think of one episode i didn't like. But this one was Terrible....
The only reason I watched was to see what happened to Callie and the baby. I wish I would have muted it, I'll remember that next time my favorite soap goes musical. Bring back the acting and the story line....please!
I can't believe they DID that...I couldn't relate the story at all, because of the unnatural bursting-into-song for no reason stuff. Good grief, if they wanted singing, why not have a talent contest over at Joe's? At least that would make more sense than this travesty! Now, hope the powers-that-be put this all to rest and go back to being Grey's Anatomy the DRAMA again!
It was very intertaining which is what television is for.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!! No need to repeat it again, but an amazing thing to try out once!
I thought it sucked. The actress that plays Callie must be boinking the producer.
Jumped the shark indeed.
Glee is my favorite show and this was no Glee. Fortunately, I was able to fast forward through all the singing.
Folks, this was an episode of an aging 7 yr. old TV Show. So they shook things up a little and tried something new. I applaud the attempt. I got emotionally involved the second the 1st song started (way more than if it would have not had the music). What more do you want. They did a good job!
Different, that's for sure. I especially enjoyed Callie's singing and was amazed at how many other cast members had nice voices. It was bearable, for one show, but wouldn't want to see it done again. It does take away from the reality of the drama.
I don't watch Grey's, I've maybe seen 5 minutes of 2 or 3 episodes each before last night, but my roommate watched last night's episode while I was in the room, and I really enjoyed it. It really gave me chills. I think part of us seeing things that weren't happening around Callie was because she was having an out-of-body experience as well (at least, that's how I took it). And since when are there rules on hallucinations? I think, from a non-Grey's fan point-of-view, it was a very moving, enjoyable episode.
I think it was a really good episodes. But I think it's really stupid that people are comparing it to Glee or saying "it went all Glee on us". Newsflash people, a few years back all sorts of shows were doing musicals! Just becuz the majority of you don't remember doesn't mean that Glee created the idea. For example, best musical episode from a Prime Time TV show: Buffy The Musical!
Gutsy...Could have jumped the shark...but they pulled it off. Sara has a great voice!
What do you mean could have jumped the shark? They did jump the shark and even fell into the shark tank along the way. Worst episode of Grey's ever. Let hope the NEVER EVER DO THAT AGAIN.
I kept hoping Callie would die so she'd shut up.
People are missing the point here , it was not a musical it was a serious trauma with the main character having an out of body experience and seeing everyone singing in attempts to save her life. Callie's out of body experience was like one huge musical.
I once watched a movie starring William Shatner and Tori Spelling... but this was by far the worst thing I have ever witnessed on television.
William Shatner, Tory Spelling? Did you make that up? Oh that movie is real? anyway your comment along with the one that the actress is boinking the producer are the funniest so far. That is the reason why a read this stuff: angry fans are funny.
Love Grey's but did not like last night's singing show. I fast forwarded to the parts that had dialogue. The concept was weird and kind of creepy and I missed the usual great show.
I think "creepy" was part of the point–it was a hallucination, after all.
Some songs didn't work well, but Breathe and the first song, "if I just lay here" (?) were fabulous. I also liked when the couples sang. Overall very moving. I wouldn't want it every week, but Chandra did a beautiful job of blending the story and music together at the beginning of the episode. Taking chances is something every good drama has to do. Keep taking chances!!!
Wow.I have loved Greys since it started.This was so terrible that I contemplated dropping it.Please Greys never do that again.
I agree with most others. While I love the show in general (though I personally loved it more in Izzy days) and would have enjoyed the episode on its own, and while the quality of the singing was good to excellent, I hated the musical version. The singing was distracting and overpowered the speaking to the point that the whole show was reduced to a loud chaotic mess.
I have thought about this for 24 hours. My friends tease me about how much I love this show but last night was AWFUL. I hoped Callie would not make it so Shonda will hopefully NEVER try something like this again. We were actually laughing every time they broke into song. This year was going so well and now, I don't know. Unless they show the actors keeled over in laughter on this season's blooper DVD, I won't be buying the DVD after last night's fiasco. What were they thinking?
Can't believe no one mentioned this yet, but Scrubs totally did this episode. Woman with a brain tumor, everyone starts bursting into song around her.
Really HATED it. PLease DO NOT DO AGAIN!!! I don't think even Broadway ever made a musical about
a hospital with people at deaths door. Did not work. Very poor judgement. Maybr just maybe if it was
a happy storyline. Horrible!!!
It was truly awful. I cringed every time they started singing. Hard to get through.
They had nice songs and most sang well but if I wanted to watch Glee I would. Please do not spoil the show with this again.
It was embarrassingly horrible to watch. What were they thinking????
I'm waiting for Glee to do a "Grey's". (not really)
This was terrible! The singing was not bad, but I don't think the actors were the ones really doing the singing. Please don't do this again. This could have been such a good show last night.
It was awkward. Yes, Sara Ramirez has a pretty good voice, but having them sing completley ruined what could have been a great episode. Not only did the singing distract you from the story, it made me want to cringe in horror. Yes, I am a Glee fan, but please, no more. I like Grey's Anatomy. Not Glee's Anatomy.
I think they just "jumped the shark."
Doctors shouldn't sing.
Alful! I was embarrased to watch it. I made it thru but kept watching the clock for it to be over
I thought it was kind of neat at first, but then it really was just plain stupid. I also hope they never do that again. I kept trying to figure out what the song lyrics meant and how it applied to the story and then I realized, it wasn't about the words, it was about showcasing some great voices and trying to make the rest of them sound like they could sing. This show doesn't need to jump the shark. And since I have OR and ER experience, I kept thinking – there's no way she survives this, and if she does, there's no way she's the same person. It could be years before she has it together enough to be able to operate. Not that the show is very real in that regard anyway, but this would be just over the top.
Patrick Demsey was the only one smart enough to NOT sing. I wanted to throw up and throw things at the t.v. It was horrible and yes....Callie has a beautiful voice but the whole thing distracted from the story line. I would not watch the show again if it was a musical. By the way....I had the same reaction to Mama Mia one more song out of Bronson and I would've thrown my popcorn!!
I thought it was creepy, weird and just awful. I love the show, but the singing took away the powerful storyline, it was like mocking it. I hope they never do this again.
I hated it! I hated it! I wanted Grey's not Glee!
Grey's is not about music and I was for hoping for the drama which Grey's is known for.
Callie, Lexie even Karev had such amazing voices. I absolutely loved listening to the new talent on TV. Also made the episode less traumatic for me and gave me hope that they might have a happy ending.
I totally agree with your position on this. It was uncomfortable to watch, and the music made it easier, and still allowed us to watch the painful parts.
Please promise – never again!! I thought it was a very bad distraction to an otherwise
We both hated it. Hope it is never done again. For us, it ruined an episode of a show we otherwise love.
It was the WORST!!! I shut it off halfway through.
.. the same people sitting here complaining, are probably the same idiots that whine about having nothing new or interesting to watch on television anymore, or, that they've cancelled their cable service. For Grey's, it was new, it was fresh, it was quality singing and good to see a new talent from the cast. Even the guys sounded great. If you didn't like it, go back to your Maury Povich tevo-sodes and get a fake life...
Hey. Marquee asked what we thought. I thought it stunk. Can't go back to Maury Povich, never was there. Speaking of fake lives...this is TELEVISION! What about it ISN'T fake? Geez!
Heck yeah!! I totally agree!! It was new...fresh...interesting...gutsy...etc, etc. I really enjoyed it. My wife hated it, though.... :)
Just didn't work. Way too much singing. I can usually coax my husband into watching with me. He said it had "jumped the shark" and was not Glee! That said, I thought a few of their vocals sounded great. Would have preferred less of them.
They definitely "jumped the shark" with this one.
I ENJOYED IT ALOT..NOT FOR EVERY EPISODE..BUT OCCASIONALLY IS FINE..PUTS A DIFFERENT TWIST ON THINGS..YOU LAME BRAIN IDIOTS WHO HATED IT..WELL.YOU'RE NOT CULTURED AND REFINED..JUST BLAH-BLAH ORDINARY BORING FOLK WHO DON'T KNOW HOW TO APPRECIATE THE ARTS.
I loved it! A great sidetrack...takes guts for producers to do something like that! Kudos!! I have to admit...they strayed from what Callie saw...and that was weird. But....I thought it was great.
Fine and cultured people know how to type without using all capital letters. It was a terrible show and nearly everyone here agrees with that. And if you liked it, you're probably the one who has taste issues.
I stopped watching Grey's about 2 seasons ago, but decided to watch last nights episode. WHAT A MISTAKE!!! I couldn't believe how ridiculous it was! I honestly was embarrassed for them :-/ Let's please never do this again.
I, for the most part LOVED, it! Sara Ramirez you are my new favorite singer and Chyler was pretty awesome too. Dr. Hunt should limit his singing to the shower. Yes, I agree, they should have limited the singing to Callie's perception of the scenes, so it was kind of overdone.... BUT it was creative and different. The last song: Callie singing The Story, was moving and beautiful....where can I buy it?
See..there are creative people out there! It was a good well done show...yes, it was strange not being totally related to Callie – but...creative license! It's a TV show....it was great. I laughed when Meredith was upset in the elevator saying "Why is the world so evil!? Why are bad things happening to us all the time?!" – I have an answer! Your life is written by Drama writers! LOL! They will kill you and bring you back to life over and over!!
iTunes has the entire soundtrack :)
wow this show is totally lame and they completely ripped off scrubs
Hated it. Fast forwarded past as much singing as I could without missing the story.
Hated it......don't ever do that again!!!! YUCK!!
It was so bad I could not believe it. It was such a compelling story line, but they ruined it. If they do this again, after all these seasons, count me out.
Last night's Grey's gave me flashbacks of "Cop Rock." I'd rather see "OB/GYN Rock."
Singing was great, but it annoyed me after a while, wanted to know what was happening in the story, not wanting to listen to the next verse of the song.
Typical Grey's fan and I like musicals, but that was pathetic in regards to Grey's tv. Please don't do that again! Hats off to Callie and Lexie-beautiful talent.
Here's my comment. The hell with critics. They critized everything. A true fan a Greys love this episode and the wonderful story line. If they didn't get it, well what a surprise.
Loved it. Best Greys ever. Only thing i didnt like was all the singing when the doctors were talking. Trying to hear the singing and listening to the doctors. That was alittle confusing.
Grey's Anatomy is more about melodrama than medicine. I liked it better when it was called "ER." Glee is pretty horrible itself. Too much singing and dancing where there should be more acting and more Jane Lynch.
For Grey's Anatomy to get all 'Glee-y" is a cheap attempt at staying relevant, pop culture-wise. It's like layers of suck upon layers of suck collapsing in on itself.
Absolutely, desperate, cloying, mind boggling, god awful junk! Other than that, love it.
I enjoyed it. If you don't have anything nice to say-keep it to yourself. Grey's only has 2 years (now, 1) left with its cast (Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo... Etc.) so savor it. And yeah, I'm sure the main cast is leaving-I asked Patrick Dempsey in person. He said he was most likely leaving. So enjoy what's left of Grey's.
I truly hated the episode, it was tooo distracting and took away from the show! Please Shonda Rhimes please don't do this again. I love this show too much for all this madness!
Absolutely terrible!!! It had such potential to be a great show and instead it was horrible and was ruined!! What were they thinking!!!!
Weird Creepy, awful, and I couldn't wait till it was over. I'm a huge Glee fan, and love musical theater, but this was just downright unbearable. Greys is great the way it is, don't try to make it into something else.
AWFUL! Positively uncreative...beneath the GA standards established throughout the series (even through the bumpy times of out of body experiences et.al.
that episode was awful ....what should have been an emotional episode turned into something I had to fast forward through to get past annoying musical number. Next time you want to display the musical talents of the case do it on one of the more humorous episodes (better yet, don't do it at all!)
I knew I was in trouble when ABC dubbed this one the 'music event'-I understand Greys's thinks they have their finger on the pulse of the music industry touting these artists every week but to have the army doc break out into song, just didn't work. He probably knew better, at least I hope so. Some of bonecrushers' stuff was really good and most of it watchable, but nurse boy toy even did some dancing in a scene that was totally disconnected from the episode. I get it but why? And one other thing– scary, creepy baby!!
And yet that is how a 1lb baby looks.
Thought it was awful...painful to watch it was so bad...
Greys Anatomy rocks the new one almost blew me away.Sorry about what happened Dr.Torez.
I loved every second of it! I think it's the best episode they've done in a while though Callie's pregnancy belly was way too fake looking.
I think overall for fans this was a love or hate episode either it was your cup of tea or horrid as rush hour traffic personally I loved every second I'm falling back in love with greys after a much too long hiatus Sara,was amazing and chandra,Chrysler who knew the story was the best song to me. Now all I have to do is figure out how I'm gonna watch greys with the office/parks&rec........
The absolute, most terrible episode of Grey's ever. I hated it. And that's a total understatement. If they ever do this again, I will never watch the show again EVER. I found myself thinking, "this is so stupid" the entire time, and it took away from the emotional foundation for the entire storyline of the episode. I kept wishing the singing would come to a halt so we could see what was going to happen with Callie. Who ever thought a musical edition of Grey's would be a good idea was a complete IDIOT.
Talented group of people on this show, which isn't a surprise, and Sara Ramirez can definitely sing! Wow!
Absolutely horrible! Please don't let them sing again – ever! And superhiro – Scrubs and Greys cannot be compared. Greys is by far way better than Scrubs could've been.
To me it's not a question of which show was better. They were completely different. What I care about is that this episode of Greys was an EXACT copy of a Scrubs episode. Same thing. It was a musical where the patient was hallucinating that everyone was singing. Pathetic
I thought they did an AWESOME job with the singing. I have never seen an episode of Grey's Anatomy before and last night I just watched it. I'm a fan of Private Practice and was estatic to see the Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) was on this episode. I know Dr. Montgomery was one of the original doctors on this show. I loved this episode so much that I bought the episode on itunes. I might watch next week if Kate will be on. I think I'm gonna go watch this episode again! Great job Grey's Anatomy! Great job!
this episode was freakin awesome!!! i loved every minute of it. Sara Ramirez killed it and so did the rest of the cast.
Yea... this is such a ripoff of Scrubs. That show was always superior to Greys imo.
I love this show but last nights episode was by far the worse thing Grey's has ever committed to broadcast. I kept waiting for the singing to end so the story could continue. Terrible....
Sometimes I actually started laughing, because it was just comic. For example when Owen starts singing over Callies bed. It was supposed to be a sad and dramatic moment, but I couldnt stop laughing.
It would have been so funny if the first thing Callie said when she woke up was: "Can everybody please stop singing!"
Okay...your comment actually made me laugh out loud :) I enjoyed the singing, but yes, it would have been a classic "Newhart" moment if Callie had uttered those words upon waking!
It seems that if you appreciate performing arts then you likely loved it. FABULOUS!!!!
Ok.. seriously??? I was so much looking forward to this episode.. not for the singing..but for the story.. I couldn't stand the singing thru out the whole thing.. I couldn't even get into the storyline.. come on folks stick with the program.. if I wanted to see a musical I would go to Broadway! LOL
Worst grey's ever. Please never do this again. The voices were okay–I would not have known Callie was a tony award winner if I hadn't seen it online today. Everybody was just meh. But the context was SO WRONG!!! The reason Scrubs could do it better, and Glee does it well is because they are comedies. No one is taking it seriously because it is all tongue in cheek anyway. I really like this show, but if they have another musical episode, I'm going to have to take it off my DVR list. Blllleeeeeeccccccchhhhhh. Made me want to vomit and turn it off, but I had to find out what happened. Won't get fooled again.
Remember when "ER" did a live episode? Remember how it was all hype and nothing all that special? I have a feeling it was kinda like that....
I totally hated it. This is a drama show and all that singing didn't match such a dramatic episode or even this show at all. Although they can sing, it doesn't fit and all that singing was way too much. It was annoying and disturbing the story. I quickly had enough of it and fast forwarded most of the annoying singing. In the end nobody died so I could easily have skipped the entire episode. It was a total waste of time. I really hope they will NEVER do it again!
I thought it was weird. I think just having Callie sing and in only certain segments would have be acceptable and may have really worked but as it was........a bit of a mess.
Absolutely brilliant. Fresh idea, fabulous execution and phenomenal editting. Brilliant! Just loved it! Award worthy episode and best episode since Denny died.
Fresh Idea? Oh Brother. "Nothing new under the sun, dingleberry."
Fantastic episode Callie saved the day with her voice-cried through whole thing.
I could only stomach the first 10 minutes of it and turned it off. So cheesey. I've got it on DVR, but based on the comments, I probably don't want to watch the rest of it. I'm a die hard Grey's fan and don't want to discount their work and willingness to try something new, but please Grey's don't do that to us again!!!!
IF I WANTED TO SEE A MUSICAL I WOULD WATCH GLEE OR IDOL HOWEVER WHEN I WANT TO SEE MY FAVORITE DRAMA SHOW I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO SEE CALLIE BREAK INTO SONG WHILE HER AND HER BABY ARE DYING!
GET A GRIP CALIFORNIA YOUR LOSING PERSPECTIVE OF MAIN STREAM AMERICA!
This was the WORST idea ever.. It was terrible. Sara Ramirez was ok but everyone else was AWFUL! Never again! this almost makes me not want to watch the show... Its it time to end???? Are the writers running out of idea's?
LOVED IT!!! One of the best Grey's episodes to date. IFor those of you that don't get musicals, I understand that you wouldn't like it. I would have never put Grey's and a musical in the same sentence, but OMG it worked! Amazing!
I I loved it. When watching the previews for the next weeks of Greys I realized it was going back to just another Dr Show.
This episode brought the horror of a horrific accident to life. The fear in her eyes when she was laying on the car, could not have been so heart felt if it was not put to music. FANTASTIC........
I thought it was fantastic. I could tell that Ramirez has real stage experience. Her final song was dynamic.
Wilson finally got the opportunity to show off her singing talents. What a pleasure.
I never knew that Kevin McKidd could sing. He's wonderful! Such a strong, powerful voice. Let him sing whenever he wants please!!
Everyone's correct about Leigh. She needs to stop wasting her time with television & get a Broadway gig.
Chambers has skills. That was a total chock and great to watch - especially at the end!!
I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I'll download it to watch it again. To make it *better*, I suggest limited commercial interruptions.
TWO thumps UP!!!!
hate it! well, ok, not all of it. Sara Ramirez's performance made the episode bearable. in theory, the cast singing worked but in reality it was pretty much a hot mess. It would have been much better if Callie had been the lone singer as the whole cast singing was a major distraction from the story.
it wa poooooooopy ! diarreah typ poooopy !
I thought most of the singing was just awkward...it would have made more sense if the singing was kept in the vicinity of Callie, or if it was only Callie singing in the background since the premise of the musical was that Callie was hallucinating everyone singing. I do have to admit, some of the cast have great voices! As others have mentioned, Scrubs did the musical hallucination concept much better.
Corny, cringe-worthy disaster. I'm done. Washington, Heigl and Knight are laughing somewhere.
I agree they were probably on the floor laughing! This show has run its course. Trying this was an effort to make it relevant again and it did NOT work. I always channel surf with Grey's but this week it was more than most weeks. How many times can you watch Susan O get mad and Ellen cry and Calle and her girlfriend fight? It has just gone from really good to good to lame and now moved to stupid!
It was good as a one time deal. Entertaining, which is enough for me. Sara Ramirez, incredible. Easy to be critical since it was different, but why? If one takes the show SO seriously, sure you'll hate this. Some of the songs were odd, but some were great. My opinion is that this is an opportunity for the audience to lighten up. It doesn't have to be original to be fun. I mean we're talking about a medical drama, and that's itself is not a new concept.
It was just plain corny and totally out of context.
It was like watching a train wreck, please never allow this to happen again. Please bring serious talented writers back to television.
Sorry, I have to disagree. I admit that I wouldn't want to watch a musical "Grey's" every week, but I enjoyed it. To each his own.
I agree, I liked it. To each his own, it is nice once in awhile to see something a little different. Quite frankly I was getting a little bored with Grey's and all it whining characters, at least singing made it sound better.
The musical idea was a bit weird, yes, but Sarah Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torrey) has a really beautiful singing voice.
I thought it was great!!!
I totally loved it. Of all of them singing, Meredith was my least favorite but she wasn't that bad. She just doesn't have a singing voice. Kudos to all of them and to the writers.
Thanks to Grey's, we can now answer the question that has been on everyone's minds, "What would happen if you crossed surgical scrubs with Fiddler on the Roof?"
Loved every second of it.
I agree. There were a couple of bad/corny scenes where it didn't really fit but, overall, thought it was brilliant and powerful.
I am glad I had this on dvr. I fast forwarded through most of it. While I enjoy Glee, I tune in on Tuesdays on FOX for that. Grey's is something else all together. Why does the press spin it in a positive way when that was not what people are saying? If the cast wants to sing, maybe they should go to Broadway and try that out not here on a series that is normally a drama. Crazy!! Hated it!
Terrible! "Glee" in the operating room – bad bad idea.
Scrubs used this same premise for a musical episode...and did it so much better...
I completely agree. At least Scrubs made it relevant to the patient in that episode.
I am a Grey's fan and while I think the storyline was good and the cast is amazingly talented with their vocals, I thought the episode was CREEPY. Blood, emergency rooms, near death experiences and everyone is breaking into song? I was creeped out!
This article totally does NOT capture what twitter fans of greys were saying... I only saw ONE positive tweet out of hundreds the entire hour. It SUCKED, I was cracking up the whole time, and by the way... most of the cast is tonedeaf.
Actually Leah, you are wrong. They could all sing but not appropriate for Grey's....
Um, actually - Leah was right on - the only cast member with a remotely passable voice was Sara Ramirez. The rest of them sounded like dying cats.
I agree with ALG. I thought most of them could sing at least okay. Ramirez, Wilson, and Leigh were all amazing in my opinion. I thought Ellen Pompeo was the only one that sounded like a "dying cat" as you so eloquently put it.
Didn't scrubs do this exact thing, but better? There was a patient with a tumor who heard eveything in song. Except the songs were original and fantastic and the patient was there to witness every musical moment, making the ridiculousness make sense.
I thought the very same thing! Then when the singing kept going on even though the action was away from Callie I started thinking about Cop Rock (anyone remember that gem?).
Although it was great to see Sara Ramirez singing again. She needs to be back on Broadway a.s.a.p.
I actually like the show, but as a hard-core [Scrubs] fan, I drive my wife crazy every time I see Grey's Anatomy doing Yet Another Cover Of A [Scrubs] Episode – which seems to happen every week in one way or another...
JD taking a shot at Grey's Anatomy (paraphrased): "It's like they took our lives and turned it into a tv series".
Thank you!!! Yes, Scrubs did a fantastic, original musical episode years ago. And if you haven't seen it, go find it. "It all comes down to poop" is a classic. Anyway, I stopped watching Grey's anatomy years ago because poor writing made me cringe week after week. But I'm not surprised to see them rip off Scrubs yet again. It's ok, though. Scrubs held together as well as any show can. Grey's continues to get bogged down under its own self-centeredness far too often.
Exactly, I'm glad I'm not the only one that remembered this. It was driving me crazy that people kept saying Grey's did something different, original. Not so much.
Didn't watch it....and GLAD I didn't. If Greys is ripping off Scrubs YET AGAIN then it's has truely "jumped the shark". Glad I stopped watching after that Izzy nonsense.
Please please please never do that again Grey's. Just terrible.
BAD MUSICAL IS BAD TELE VISION ONLY BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER HAD A GOOD MUSICAL ON TV AND DR HORRIBLE WAS REAL GOOD BUT THAT WAS JUST ON THE INTERWEB
Totally agree with you. Everyone seems to have forgotten that Buffy The Vampire Slayer did the musical episode decades before Glee was ever even thought of! And sadly, Grey's didn't not pull it off as well as BTVS did. Shonda is not Joss Whedon.
I liked the idea of Callie hallucinating everyone singing...but they needed to stick to what SHE would be seeing...not throwing in the random stuff that wasn't near her at all. It was better than I expected it to be but a medical musical isn't what I'm going to watch on weekly basis.
I agree. I think it really worked when it was being seen through Callie's eyes. But, while I didn't think the singing was terrible at all (there were a few that I thought sounded great), the concept fell apart when they did songs that didn't fit that premise. And while I realize they wanted something upbeat, the song in the middle where everyone is happy getting it on was jarring and out of place.
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT
It was almost as bad as a billy joel performance.
I enjoy Billy Joel. but I don't watch Grey"s to see a musical, i like it better without the music, but I must admit there were some good voices
I agree with you 100 percent sweet melissa. It was just plain awful.
It was terrible!
Couldn't agree more....hated it!!!!
the singing was really good, especially Callie. but it was very annoying and distracting from the storyline. lets not do this again
We watched it on mute – it was just fine.
I agree fully with Melissa.
It was awful, distracting & unrealistic for a show like this to revert to copying another.
I sure hope they don't do it again–I will stop watching at that point.
I agree – it was terrible! I stopped watching after the first 15 minutes and I love this show!
It was a turd sandwich. Thank the raise overlord that I have a DVR and could fast forward!
I thought it was good. I don't watch GLEE (and I don't like musical shows) but I thought this was a good episode. I was not distracted by the singing throughout the show. It really hit home.
Way to go G.A.
Agreed!!! Thanks to DVR, we just fast-forwarded as soon as someone burst into song.
yep – hated it – I didn't think of the characters as actors until last night – they were all trying too hard to show they could sing – it distrated from their characters – stick to drama guys, or I will stop watching – turn on Glee if you want music – sorry, just being real
As if the week acting and script isn't bad enough....
There should be a permit required to air a musical. I'm a loyal Grey's fan and I dig Glee, too, but this was SO BAD!!!
i agree. hope this the end of the music on greys
I felt almost betrayed by a ussually great show. it also smacks at...desperation to compete with shows in other catagories...like Gleee? why leave the format that has made them a hit. I left the room in disgust.
It was annoying and, I too, changed the channel after 15 minutes. Please don't do it again! If I want to watch a show about singing I will watch Glee and, for the record, I do not.
I agree! Horrible horrible horrible! Although there is singing talent I felt uncomfortable and embarrassed for the cast.
I have been a Gray's fan since Day 1. Don't misunderstand, I like musicals! Whatever writer decided to incorporate this into the very serious story line was out of line. If I want to watch a musical, I'm sure I can find one. If Gray's is moving in this direction...I'm gone! I won't even watch this episode on-line again, I always re-watch all the episodes, definately NOT this one!
My poor ole daddy kept saying, "Why do they keep singing? I wish they'd stop. What's going on?".
I was a great April fools episode
"Jumping The Shark"?
fast forwarded through songs after the first two and just listened when there was actual dialogue. Please don't ever do this again!!
I loved it! I thought the songs were perfect and the singing was very good. Thanks for a great night of TV, Greys!!
This has got to be the worst episode of any show I have ever seen!
turned it off aft 5 min. worst episode ever
Because of Torres and all of that stupid, stupid singing I will NEVER watch another Grey's Anatomy !! Stupid–I did mention that–right???
I disagree, I thought it was great.
Please tell them to STOP and don't do that again....I hated it! May not
watch it again>>>>>ugggghhhhh......It's not "Hairspray" the musical, or
is it? I am frustrated and confused!
Hor-ible! Wretched! Annoying! Plot?!
I hated it, stoped watching after about 15 minutes.
I couldn't agree more Melissa. It was stupid!
I hated it. If they'll repet the "performance" , I will stop watching altogheter. I won't even bother to touch the remote when the show starts. This show was so terrible, I had to browse on different channels hoping it will stop soon. Guys, leave the drama be a drama and make a new show a melodrama from the get-go. If you're running low on ideas would be better just to end it for good.
I think Grey's just 'jumped the shark". It is a shame because it is such a good show. I sincerely hope it can recover from this, but to the writers I want to say, Thank you for f****ing up an amazing show!!!
I thought it was very moving! Loved every minute! I don't usually watch it but my wife has seen every episode since it first aired. I would have liked it better if Gomez would have died. I thought the cast did a great job but McDreamy didn't sing tho, I don't think? Or did he? Still tho, I haven't watched all season and still was caught up in wandering what was gonna happen next!!! The producers did a fine job of keeping the audience in suspence...and I still like watching the episode. And for all of you who like Glee...I don't care for the str8 up open gayness but I do like the show. I think we are enering a whole new realm of t.v. shows...I don't like reallity shows tho.
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