Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 Episode 6 Recap: A New Doctor is In

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’.

Each week, executive producer Betsy Beers goes behind the scenes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder in her podcast, Shondaland Revealed — and each week, EW will have an exclusive first listen of the latest episode. Meredith is trying her best to rise above — and that’s not working out so well for her in this episode, which features Penny Blake kicking off her stay at Grey Sloan Memorial.Anyone who knows anything about proprietary matters will tell you that the three most important things about the value of a property are – order immaterial – location, location and, last but not least, location.There’s a familiar cadence to the writing of Shonda Rhimes, one instantly recognizable to anyone who has watched a couple of episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” or “Scandal.” The same can be said for Rhimes’s new book, “Year of Yes,” which comes out Nov. 10. This week, Beers catches up with Grey’s Anatomy newbie Martin Henderson, who plays a character named Nathan that has a past with Owen (Kevin McKidd).

Every episode this season so far has been on par with some of the earlier episodes of the show, not overwrought with petty drama and filled with interesting medical cases that we actually weirdly care about. As is the case with all transfer residents, Penny — who we learn was at the top of her class — is assigned to work with the chief of surgery: Meredith. And what holds true about what concerns an abode – i.e. the place where your TV set is, although the current trend is to oust the fixed-to-wall TV set in favor of a hand-held personal screen – is certainly true when the property happens to be a TV series. On the podcast, Henderson introduces listeners to his dog, shows off his (lack of) medical knowledge, and talks about that tricky Owen-Nathan dynamic. When Callie and Jackson found the hand bones in the those tumors on that adorable little boy, we were cheering along with April and her hot military friend, and we felt for both Mer and Penny as Penny’s first day at Grey Sloane could not have been worse for everyone involved, including their clergyman patient who had accidentally released a homemade sex tape for all the world to see.

That sets up a first day from hell as Meredith effectively hazes the woman whose inability to fight for her patients may have been responsible for Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) death. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) was completely distraught in the recent episode, in which Callie brought Penny to a dinner party at Mer’s home, not knowing her eerily close ties to her tight-knit group of friends. That is why the various “acronym” series – “CSI,” “NCIS” and I’m sure there are some more I don’t know about – spawn local franchises: CSI Vegas (the original), NY and Miami, and now Cyber (a virtual place, so to speak) and NCIS Washington, D.C.; L.A. and New Orleans.

Fueled by anxiety and self-doubt, Rhimes walled herself off however she could to the point that her eldest sister told her during a 2013 Thanksgiving conversation, “You never say yes to anything.” That revelation slowly ate away at Rhimes, and she decided to make 2014 the year she said yes to doing all the things that scared her, such as agreeing to deliver the commencement address at Dartmouth, her alma mater. Penny ultimately turns to Callie (Sara Ramirez) for a shoulder to lean on and insists that her girlfriend — whom she hasn’t spoken with since the dinner from hell — stay out of it. Derek’s sister Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) was equally enraged by Penny’s arrival, and meanwhile, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) was drunk over the fact that Callie, her ex, brought along her new partner. It is in many ways a carryover from the heyday of crime novels, which used to take place in a specific, closed-off and secluded location – a castle, a hotel, an ocean liner.

Meredith is hypercritical and Penny… Well, Penny tries not to be crushed in the process of being Mer’s punching bag, which is definitely not an easy task. There’s real value in the experiences Rhimes shares, even the ones that stem from common writerly neuroses, like wanting to hide behind your words because you’re uncomfortable being the center of attention. She reveals early on that she suffered from social anxiety so crippling that it kept her from enjoying crucial moments of her life — as when she met Oprah Winfrey, who has interviewed her three times. The solution here is to just have the two avoid each other for the rest of their lives, something that might work in the real world but will sadly — for both them and the viewers — never fly in the world of Grey’s.

Law” or “Boston Legal.” The current wave of TV series, so-called anthologies, are being hailed as a new genre in which the craft of TV aims to become “art.” They do not carry a cast of characters from season to season, but do make a point about location: “True Detective” moved from Louisiana Gothic in season one to California Noir in season two, while “Fargo” remained in snowy Minnesota and vicinity. So terrible was Rhimes’s anxiety that if she’d been asked rather than told that she would be sharing the president’s box with the Obamas for the Kennedy Center Honors, she would have declined.

But for right now, it seems unnecessary and clumsy — especially during the parts when Callie pins the blame on Mer for acting the way she is acting toward Penny. Elsewhere in the episode, Olivia took on a case involving a male feminist icon who was accused of drugging and raping scores of his students throughout his career, leading them to take a stand against him in a very public manner. Most series fall into the following categories: politics, national (“The West Wing,” “Scandal,” “Veep,” “Madame Secretary”) or local (“The Good Wife”); law (“Boston Legal,” “Law and Order,” “L.A. A ton of people (Callie included) would probably act the same way if they were suddenly forced to face someone who contributed to a loved one’s death on a daily basis. Of all those, the most intriguing is the one with the longest run in the U.S., “Grey’s Anatomy,” created by the woman who has an acronym of her own – TGIT, Thank God it’s Thursday – Shonda Rhimes.

Perhaps in recognizing that the chief audience for “Yes” will be those most likely to respond with a chorus of yaaaaaaaassses to whatever Shonda does, the publisher failed to give this padded book the rigorous editing it deserves. The acronym means that ABC’s prime-time programming on Thursdays is all of her making: three popular series, all of them with strong, independent women at their center (two of them black). In the beginning, Rhimes writes of self-medicating so frequently with red wine to cope with anxiety that it feels like foreshadowing for a disclosure of a drinking problem.

Eve herself also proved once again that she and Annalise might be made for each other by faking the results of Nate’s wife’s autopsy to show no trace of the drugs Nate gave her to help her die. Grey progressed from intern to resident to head of surgery, and from single to married, to married with children; she is now a widow at the Seattle Grace Hospital. “Scandal,” with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), is now in its fifth season.

She was further enraged to hear what Annalise had told Asher about Bonnie’s experience with sexual assault, and confronted Annalise about having ruined the one good thing in her life. (Could Bonnie have shot Annalise?! We wouldn’t be surprised if Bonnie murdered everyone at this point.) In the flash forwards, back at the mansion, Wes and his handgun were going to stop Michaela and Connor from doing something, only to be surprised by a body falling from where Bonnie looked down at them from one of the many balconies, and all we have to say is that we’ve never been so interested in what is going on on this show. We’ve also never been quite so overwhelmed by how many pieces there are in this puzzle, but we can literally not wait to see them all finally fit together in two weeks when Annalise’s murderer is finally revealed. Meredith is eventually going to grow from this, and she and Penny are probably going to end up becoming best buddies or something (even though I really hope she doesn’t become the new Cristina because I’m already tired of her constant look of helpless despair, and she’s only been on two episodes). The other important ingredient in any series – whatever its geographical or human location – is an insoluble dilemma that raises its head again and again.

In police and law procedurals it is the everlasting clash of the law and justice; in medical procedurals it’s the never-ending contest between life and death. She overcame her biggest vice — food — and has shed more than 100 pounds. “Yes” also serves as a window into how much Rhimes has in common with her characters. The scans she showed Jackson showed pea-sized tumors on the boy’s hands; the reveal of his current hands shocked my watching partner so much that she gasped, “I thought that was a stuffed animal!” after I pointed out that, no, those are his actual hands. The medical procedural starts with a patient on the brink of death, and each episode is a sort of race, with teams assessing the injuries or diagnosing the maladies when suddenly all hell breaks loose, and the medics start frantically resuscitating the body on the gurney or the bed, with two – only two – possible outcomes: either “we have a pulse” or “I’m calling it.

Time of death…” Possibly that is what explains the popularity of medical series (apart from the appeal of particular doctors and nurses and their varying hues of skin color and sexual preference). They remind us of our own mortality and of the very slender thread on which a life – everyone’s, ours and the characters included – hangs. “Grey’s Anatomy” refers, of course, to the famous “Gray’s Anatomy,” a textbook originally written more than 150 years ago and updated many times since.

When it’s Meredith who opens the door at the dinner party, and Penny finds out not only that Callie knew Derek but how important he was to her, I think Penny wishes she had, had the courage to tell her sooner. Grey is also the surname of the show’s central character and of her deceased mother, who was also a surgeon, who appeared in many seasons as an Alzheimer’s patient.

A chapter about learning to accept compliments echoes Mindy Kaling’s chapter on confidence in “Why Not Me?” Both writers make important points about how to deal with the perception of immodesty, but if you are reading memoirs by high-powered Hollywood women, such insights start to sound depressingly similar. And the whole success even inspires an unusually sweet moment between Jackson and April, a couple I’m still not really on-board with, but whatever: A happy moment is a happy moment, and Grey’s could always use more of them. They all beat the same, tired drum: Success and happiness come only when you defy the expectations of being agreeable, pleasant, deferential and likeable at all times — the universal toll for the good fortune of being female. Richard’s college friend comes to the hospital after getting in a car accident with his daughter, a situation that results in said friend asking Richard is he has kids.

Later, he goes back on what he said and tells this friend that, yes, he does have a daughter, and she’s great — and this time, Maggie is also standing right there, getting all teary. In explaining how Sandra Oh was cast as Cristina on “Grey’s Anatomy,” for example, Rhimes reveals how her producing partner, Betsy Beers — along with the studio — was pushing for another actress for the part. It’s surprising to see Mer, someone who’s seemingly been indifferent to religion throughout the series, there, but it’s also a good way to show how desperate she is to get through her situation.

I have some dear friends, I am thinking specifically of a mother and daughter I have known my whole life who were furious with me after Derek’s death. I don’t know if Penny will be able to win anyone over, my friends included, but I think it’s wonderful that people feel so strongly about the characters and about Penny.

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