I hope I am not the only one who cringed through the entire musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I haven’t been a Callie fan since the George-Izzie debacle, so an entire episode devoted to her didn’t make me happy to begin with. And just a note to writers and tv creators alike: just because you have cast members who can sing, that doesn’t mean you should do a musical episode. I sincerely hope no other shows jump on this bandwagon, I don’t know how many hours of this I could stand.
Okay, so the things that didn’t work:
1. Owen’s voice. As soon as he started singing in “Chasing Cars” I wanted to stuff a sock in his mouth. And after his intro into “How to Save a Life,” seriously, GTFO my screen.
2. Everyone was trying too hard. If you’re going to do something like this, it needs to be in jest. Take Scrubs for example. “My Musical” is probably my favorite episode of Scrubs ever. I distinctly remember choking on a mouthful of Diet Pepsi after the first line of “Everything Comes Down to Poo.” The intense burning in my trachea and soda soaked computer screen was worth it. The episode was hilarious. No one was trying to be a good singer and quite frankly (with the exception of the patient) no one was. But the cast of Scrubs still managed to pull off an entertaining musical episode. In this situation, I’d say that only Chandra Wilson & Sara Ramirez had tolerable voices, Chyler Leigh was middle of the road and everyone else…well, it’s a good thing they’re actors not singers.
3. 10 Songs. Glee won’t even do that many in a single episode. And THAT’S saying something. There was hardly any downtime between songs and when they are that craptastic WE. NEED. SPACE.
4. Callie lives. I hate when shows put characters in life or death situations when we already know what the outcome is going to be. Shonda would never kill off Callie, she’s one-half of a power couple. It’s like when Derek got shot last year. Sure, it was tragic and certainly surprising, but we all knew he was going to live. Grey’s ratings would plummet without its token McDreamy.
Was it a total waste of an hour? Meh. I guess I was pretty happy that Addison was back, I love Scott Foley and Lexie and Mark had some interactions that were just adorbs. But when I feel the impulsive need to tweet my opinions that are boiling up in my head, that is generally a bad sign.
My consensus? Grey’s, that was interesting, but for the love of God, do not do it again.