Grey’s Anatomy 7.15 “The Golden Hour” Review

[singlepic id=10152 w=320 h=240 float=right]’60 minutes, 3600 seconds, that’s it.’

As Meredith said in last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, an hour can change anything. I mean literally, anything could happen in an hour.

In this short span of time, a lot of significant events took place within the walls of Seattle Grace. A man went from having heartburn to dying on the table in the OR. A wrong decision by a doctor was caught and remediated. A young boy with a broken femur began surgery. An attending that is usually by the books was caught doing something out of character. A man with a knife in his head was treated, released and sent on his way to a basketball game.

Like I said, A LOT of things happened. The non-stop action in the ER was intense and emotions were running rampant.

The action packed momentum of last night’s episode was really enjoyable to watch and kept the audience involved for the entire hour despite the fact that much of this action didn’t significantly affect our main characters. That’s something great episodes of Grey’s Anatomy do very well. This was a great episode.

Throughout the hour, we were given small tidbits to move along the overall storylines. It was very nice to see Teddy’s husband Henry back in this episode. Scott Foley is terrific in this role and although I know his character is a patient who is very sick, I sincerely hope they keep him around for a while.

The most emotional storyline of the night for me was the one which also affected Meredith the most. Her patient Oliver just wanted to take his son to the big game but he was having some pesky chest pains. He came in to get them checked out assuming they were just heartburn. These pesky chest pains, however, eventually killed him and he never got to say goodbye to his son. This storyline was realistic and sad and definitely pulled at my heart strings. When Meredith stalled in calling his time of death and had to talk to his son on the phone at the end of the episode, the tissues were definitely out.

Another interesting development ensued when Meredith saw some possible signs of pre-Alzhemier’s behaviors in the Chief’s wife, Adele. I think the Chief’s defensiveness was a result of his denial. As one of the best doctors in the hospital, I’m sure he has recognized the signs as well and doesn’t want to believe another one of his loves could be afflicted with this debilitating disease. This is sure to become a major recurring storyline in the second half of this season especially considering Derek and Meredith’s clinical trials are on Alzhemier’s.

The more fluffy love stuff was fun tonight too especially Bailey and her boy toy getting it on in the on-call room (Man everyone has done it there… I hope they wash the sheets!). Alex/Lucy seem to be headed into full on flirtation and Lexie/Avery had their first date. Meredith’s pushiness in wanting Cristina to be her child’s godmother was also very cute as was Alex giving up his floor seats to do surgery on the 4 year old with a broken leg.

Next week, Meredith starts to lose her eyesight as a result of her fertitlity treatments. With an obvious effect on her surgical career, how will this affect her and Derek’s desire to have a child of their own?

What did you all think of last night’s Grey’s? Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? Did you like the use of real time? What do you think about Adele’s possible Alzheimer’s? Let us know in the comments below!

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