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Grey's Anatomy - Season 4 [DVD]
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Back for a fourth season, and with a spin-off under their belts (Private Practice) the doctors of Seattle Grace keep going from strength to strength. The interns of the first three seasons are now residents and have their own interns to deal with--a responsibility that some deal with better than others. Expect the usual drama as emotions run high in the professional and personal lives of Meredith, "McDreamy" et al.
Season four of the hit ABC medical drama was on shaky ground from the season premiere, which left Cristina (Sandra Oh) at the altar by Burke (Isaiah Washington, fired after the press-frenzied third season); Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) downgraded to no-relationship-just-sex status; and George (T.R. Knight) pondering divorce from Callie (Sara Ramirez) to pursue love with his best friend, Izzie (Katherine Heigl). That last pairing made for one of the worst decisions in the series thus far; George and Izzie always worked so well as friends without the will-they-won't-they element, but suddenly throwing them into bed and watching them fumble their way to coupledom (an attempt that mercifully doesn't last) was painful to watch, in particular because Heigl, who had won an Emmy for the previous season, was reduced to a lot of whining and fretting. Meanwhile, Meredith's family issues come to a head when her half-sister Lexie (Chyler Leigh) begins her internship at Seattle Grace and instantly tries too hard to bond. And as she once again drives away Derek with her trust issues, Meredith finally gets smart and enters therapy (one of the redeeming elements of the season, with Amy Madigan as the hard-nosed counselor) to "get healed." The writers' strike became a welcome blessing for the show, which had seriously derailed before its hiatus; during the strike, creator Shonda Rimes has said she reexamined the direction of the show, making for an ultimately satisfying second half of the season. Standout episodes include "Forever Young," in which a high school bus crash leaves the staff pontificating their own adolescent cliques; "Lay Your Hands on Me," with a standout performance by Chandra Wilson as Bailey, whose crumbling marriage comes front and center when her toddler gets in an accident; and the season finale "Freedom," in which Meredith and Derek save two brain-tumor patients in love (Jurnee Smollett and Marshall Allman), leading to their own (lasting?) reunion, Bailey heads up an effort to rescue a guy who lay in concrete to impress a girl; and Callie finds herself attracted to the new cardiac surgeon, Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith). --Ellen A. Kim
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There has been mentions that series 4 is not as good as other series because it falls under the writers strike but I really enjoyed it. I love watching the interns now as residents with their own interns and love the arrival of Meredith's sister. And in a silly way they have a 60 year old intern who really makes me laugh.
The biggest downside to this series is that its only a short one with just 17 episodes. Have the next series at the ready (season 5) because they really do flow onto one another and you wont want one without the other.
If ACTUAL doctors life and training is ANYTHING like this I'm astonished that anyone would ever complete their training.
Meredith FINALLY gets some help dealing with her past, the nurses lead a revolt against the ever-sleazy McSteamy and the relationship between McDreamy and the Chief takes and amusing turn. There are the usual intriguing patients who teach the characters meaningful lessons, mean surgeons who enjoy making life hell for our posse of students and for the first time Mer, Christina, Izzie and Alex are reponsible for their own interns.
Not to say all is fun and games - the repercussions of George and Izzie's fling is felt throughout the series, the Nazi faces some real personal challenges and uptight Christina (eventually) faces up to the fact that Burke dumped her at the altar. Oh, and Ava/Rebecca/Jane Doe re-appears, which upsets the apple-cart no end.
All things considered, I'm still addicted to Grey's and can't wait for the next series. Buy it now, snuggle up on the sofa with a blanket and some ice cream and turn your phone off. Enjoy!
The revelation that Meredith has a long lost sister (who incidentally tried to hit on Derek at the end of Series 3, [blimey that could have been awkward!]) is dealt with by Meredith in her own inimitable way, IE, acting like Lexie doesn't exist and generally being a bitch (Christina would be proud)
Despite this, Lexie's short-term relationship with Alex serves as a bridge between the two and they develop, if not a sisterly, but a friendly relationship.
The addition of Erica Hahn as the new Head of Cardio following Burke's departure is not met with joy by all, specifically Christina who Hahn dislikes due to her relationship with Burke.
Following George's revelation about his "affair" and his eventual break up with Callie, he strikes up a friendship with Lexie and the two get a flat-share together. Ironically, Lexie falls in love with George who is as oblivious to this fact as Meredith was to his feelings in the past which shows a nice symmetry between the two situations.
Meredith and Derek's relationship is a little bit annoying to me at times throughout this series. They keep chanting this mantra of "break-up sex" while never really breaking up and then Meredith gets annoyed that Derek wants to see someone else. Well Mer, you did say that you weren't ready to give Derek what he wanted so don't get mad that he has found someone who does!
The eventual (figurative) explosion of this demonstrates something I (correctly as it happends) hinted at in a previous review regarding aspects of Derek's personality.Read more ›
Another thing I liked this season was the progression of the interns - or should I say new residents. A new wave of interns moves up, as we saw briefly at the end of the last season with the introduction of Merediths Sister Lexi. I liked Lexi, she's a really great character, completely likeable (which is important because it would be easy to hate her if you're a fan of Meredith) and her back story gives us a nice insight into what Meredith has been missing out on. The relationship between the half sisters is really well explored, mostly in a negative way because of Merediths aversion to family.
The relationships between characters are often the best part about this series, particular between Derek and Meredith and Meredith and Christina but actually this season all of the other characters get more of a look-in. In particular, Bailey and her family/personal life are thoroughly explored - Bailey is such a funny character usually that it was nice to see a deeper side to her and to see the difficulty balancing family with being a surgeon.
George, held back as an intern, similarly struggles with starting over and his new-found relationship with Issy is a bit like marmite I fear. Some people are really rooting for them and hoping it works out and others wish it would end already.Read more ›
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