October 7th, 2011
03:38 PM ET
Last night’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was all about the men - with zombies, Hobbits, Stormtroopers, hammers, power saws and beers aplenty.
Instead of a voiceover from Meredith, we hear Derek say: “There are distinct differences between male and female brains…"
And then we get a rundown on the Mars vs. Venus thing from Seattle Grace-Mercy West's male staff: Richard Webber chimes in to say that women are usually better at attention and memory, while Sloan informs us that "women are hard-wired to communicate with language, detail, empathy… Men? Not so much."
But, Owen says, "It doesn’t mean we’re any less capable of emotion." In fact, Derek concludes, "We can talk about our feelings, it’s just that most of the time we’d really rather not.”
And so instead of talking about his feelings, Derek takes his aggression out on the house he’s building, essentially hammering and banging his deck to a pulp.
In the meantime, the hospital gets word that there’s been a human stampede at a comic convention. The attendees were all vying for 15 collector’s edition replicas of the “Dr. Who" TARDIS.
Injured costumed characters dot the ER, and it’s hard to tell real blood from fake blood. The doctors, uncomfortable that Webber is now one of them, deem the surgeries too routine for his experienced palate until Webber finally shouts, "This is my sexy zombie nurse!" as the newest stampede victim is wheeled in. I encourage you to find any and all reason to toss in "this is my sexy zombie nurse!" into your conversation today.
Meanwhile, Owen - uncomfortable with his new role as chief of surgery - is buried in paperwork and does everything he can to catapult himself back into the fray – including dismantling his office and giving away his desk and chair. He’s also wearing a tie and a white coat as opposed to his usual surgical scrubs.
(Please forgive me for taking the opportunity to get all fan-girl gushy here, but the first person I thought of when the world’s largest sperm bank announced they were no longer accepting donations from redheads was
To add another layer to the "Grey's" connection to "Dr. Who": There’s an inside joke on the show that the doctor is sad he’s not a redhead. The show is on its 11th Dr. Who – it has been on since the '60s and the title character regenerates every time a new actor takes on the role. The doctor never knows what he’s going to look like beforehand, and the most recent time he saw himself, he disappointingly proclaimed, “Still not ginger!”
A new crop of injured folks begin entering the ER because a huge, drunken, angry man started throwing beer bottles at comic convention attendees who ventured onto his lawn in the midst of the stampede commotion.
The angry guy - the proverbial giant of the “Fe Fi Fo Fum” variety - starts forcibly shoving people, roaring, “I have to protect my house,” and stomps on the Hobbit in the ER.
Owen takes charge and tells a nurse to prepare for a broken jaw. The confused nurse asks, “We have a broken jaw?” Owen's reply:”We’re about to.” And then he punches the guy. And I almost faint because Owen looks so good doing it.
While all of that's going on, the men of Seattle Grace Mercy West venture to Derek’s house in the woods during various intervals throughout the day to handle power saws, work with lumber, drink beer, hammer things and not talk about their feelings.
The episode closes with all the men banging on Derek’s deck at nightfall. Again with the lumber, power saws, beers and hammers. And in one of the episode's many great visuals, (aside from Owen) an empty beer bottle gets kicked over, and in a wide shot of Derek, Sloan and Owen, the trio watches the beer bottle roll by as sort of a metaphor for their youth - or their manliness.
The men, once again, deliver the voiceovers.
Karev: “Be a man. People say it all the time, but what does that even mean?
Webber: “Is it about strength?”
Owen: “Is it about sacrifice?”
Avery: “Is it about winning? Maybe it’s simpler than that.”
Derek: “You have to know when not to man up. Sometimes it takes a real man to set his ego aside, admit defeat, and simply start all over again.”
What did you think of "Grey's" attempt to tap into the psyche of its male docs? Did they get it right?
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