Shades of Grey #2
Well, I was very happy when Meredith and Derek finally shagged full-circle last week, and became a couple. Why? Because the series was running out of good reasons not to pursue other ideas. And besides, I've finally accepted both characters, flaws and all, and I am ready to move on.
I do like the Derek character. He is motivated, but not extreme. Concerned, but not perfect. He's emotionally damaged, but big enough not to let it weaken his passion. And in the end people, it's always about the passion.
Well, at least that is what this weeks episode would tell us.
The Burke and Cristina secret had soiled us all. It was like having secret sex. It's a power trip. Two giant minds, combined to form a single ego. Perverse in the chance of getting caught, and understanding the risk to their careers, they both failed in one basic concept: the trust of the patient. It's the biggest failure a medical professional can amke. And far more selfish than any love affair thus portrayed.
It took George, and his dad's condition, to finally force the truth to the surface. But it was Miranda, and her dialogue with Derek, which really fortified my satisfaction with this series. And why it remains #1 in ratings. While practicing on test dummies, (LA I don't know what they call those things!) Derek suddenly stops and expresses his concern about the risks associated with adult conjoined twins separation. Miranda, who has attempted to read Burke the riot act earlier, sees that Derek's hesitation is simply a manifesting of his failure to resolve Burke's problem. After all, Burke has made it no secret that he thinks Derek failed him.
She simply explains how Burke and his ego failed, and that he, of all people should have followed a basic procedure, one that would have involved follow-up visits, which would have revealed his "twitchy" 2-million dollar hand.