IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Dysfunctional intimacy is all the rage on ‘Grey’s’

"Grey's Anatomy" continued its parenting frenzy this week, with a couple of stories about controlling men with sex thrown into the mix. All in all, another night of dysfunctional intimacy at Seattle Grace. Things started off with Mark's daughter, Sloan, delivering her son — a son she planned to give up for adoption. But when Sloan saw the baby boy and when she saw how attached Mark was to him, s
/ Source: TODAY contributor

"Grey's Anatomy" continued its parenting frenzy this week, with a couple of stories about controlling men with sex thrown into the mix. All in all, another night of dysfunctional intimacy at Seattle Grace.

Things started off with Mark's daughter, Sloan, delivering her son — a son she planned to give up for adoption. But when Sloan saw the baby boy and when she saw how attached Mark was to him, she got wobbly. Naturally, nosy Arizona insisted the only responsible thing to do was to surrender the baby to his hopeful adoptive parents.

Arizona was having her own problems, of course, because Callie had been agitating for a baby and Arizona didn't want one. Callie tried to chalk Arizona's feelings up to a fear of having her kid wind up like her patients, but Arizona coldly insisted that she just doesn't want kids. She threw in a vague threat about breaking up with Callie if Callie didn't drop it, so Callie agreed to give up on parenthood, seemingly heartbroken.

Speaking of heartbroken, Mark eventually realized that he wanted Sloan to keep the baby more because he was grief stricken over missing her whole life than because he thought she was ready for parenthood. So he assured her that she didn't have to keep the baby to please him, and he'd always be in her life, no matter what. He then handed his biological grandson to the adoptive parents himself. (If he and Callie haven't figured out that they should just have a baby together, then they're not paying attention.)

It was a light week for patients who weren't anyone's relative, but the grisly accident that was featured didn't disappoint — it was an accidental hooking on a crab boat. Well, maybe accidental — the guy who got hooked was the father of the kid who did the hooking. Nobody (not even the kid) was sure it wasn't a little bit on purpose, done because the father was a mean old crank.

Both father and son were injured in the accident and in poor condition until Lexie noticed that they were both septic, which she correctly attributed to a contagious pneumonia they'd caught while huddled among the crabs on the boat.

Like sister like sister, Meredith spent the week fretting about eager, perky Kepner's crush on Derek. Naturally, rather than assuming that Derek loves his Post-it wife enough to be unmoved by Kepner's fawning, Meredith seduced a smug Derek in his office while deferentially calling him "Chief Shepherd." It was very creepy.

Finally, Owen and Teddy's story continued to move at the speed of extra-slow glaciers as she competed for a permanent job with a visiting hotshot. Cristina begged Owen to advocate for Teddy, but after he and Teddy experienced yet another moment of longing, Owen argued to Derek for the other guy instead. (Because really, is it so wrong to deny a woman a permanent job as a doctor if the only alternative is to cope with the fact that her continuing presence is bad for your love life?) Derek offered the job to the hotshot, but he turned it down, so Teddy will be staying for a while — which was a relief to her new squeeze, Mark Sloan — which brings everything full circle.

Linda Holmes is a writer in Washington.