I can't sleep.
I've been trying to, but although the adorable snoring of my cat and the calming gurgle of my humidifier I just keep wondering how the last episode of Grey's Antaomy, while lovely in editing, music choice, thematic arcs and the other pieces I have praised decided the choice to take Callie, Arizona, Mark, Lexie and the viewers down was innovative and smart writing.
To me, and my often writing partner Nikki it's lazy, easy, and predictable.
I love Grey's for being a soap opera dressed up in big boy's clothes and not playing around in the cliche land that I expect soaps to mine since they are on everyday year around.
(Do not read below the cut if you have not watched the 1-13-11 episode of Grey's if so, spoilers ahead).
So in the writer's room the decision that how easy would it be for the comfort sex between Callie and Mark (which I still find completely plausible and in character) to result in a pregnancy... as a good idea?
It's lazy writing. The characters already have enough damaged trust, honesty, and betrayal in the simple act of deciding that a career opportunity is more important than your love life.
Many of my friends kept lamenting that the palate cleansing was, of course, going to lead to a pregnancy and how trite to throw the lesbian couple into the often written pregnancy storyline. I kept poo-poo-ing the idea because I trusted the writers to not lead into the easy path.
Both in Mark and Lexie and in Callie and Arizona's relationship children have been a major stumbling block. (At this point I just want Lexie and Arizona to be together, maybe they'll just brush each other's hair). They had dealt with it last year and last season.
I, as someone who love hanging out with kids, but no thank you, no sir-ee no thank you do I want one; loved that they showed Arizona as a person who didn't see kids in her life and how that is not selfish. And she was painted as the 'bad guy' for not wanting kids. Lexie, now at 25, I believe in the show let Mark know she was not ready to be a mother or a grandmother with Sloan's child on the way.
And we're revisiting baby town again with these couples?
I feel like I blissfully decided to follow the Grey's writers on a trip to Africa and paid no heed to my friends trying to warn me about how the writing was on the wall already. I got my passport, I got my Lonely Planet guidebook and read up, but when we checked in I found out that we were not going where I thought we were... on an adventure I've never been on, but instead. I'm going to Iowa (no offense Kamiah)... a state that has some great places to visit, but I've been there... a lot.
I expected more.
I also didn't expect to dislike both Arizona and Callie at the end of the episode.
The episode was filled with trying to get us to hate Arizona more for being an arrogant, unmoving, cold, woman who doesn't fight for anything if it's tough. Interesting, that's not the character I'm used to seeing. Is she just a good man in a storm... when the storm is mild?
Have I felt bad for Callie? Does life not happen how you plan because it's life? Yes. Has she been left by every person she's been in a relationship with? Yes. How about mining that instead of throwing in a plot device like a pregnancy (My last lingering hope is that it was a false positive)
As my tweet said; lazy writing is lazy.
P.S. I did think that Wilson Cruz was fabulous in this episode. As well as Chyler Leigh's hair, she should be in shampoo commercials.