Grey's is back in great original fashion and promising to live up to its name in the second half of 8th season already. The episode was an emotional rollercoaster at times (with its comedy being thrown at the least expected moment) and for sure did not disappoint. It wasn't perfect, but still close to it, maybe it's because I had too big expectations about it (and in result enjoyed Dark Was the Night much more), but don't mind me. Personally I think it was the best mid-season premiere of GA in years, it even beat last year's emotional installment called Disarm and that says something.
First of all I've got to applaud the cast & writers. This episode is something what I call brilliant TV. ALL of the actors delivered in a big way, especially my beloved Kim Raver (as expected, she did not disappoint) and Sandra Oh (as always, gotta love the chemistry between those two)! Speaking of -- I kinda imagined that the scene in which Teddy will learn the truth about Henry's death would be different, they went into the complete opposite direction, from what I've expected. But boy, was it good. Cristina was her robot-self, trying not to tear up while delivering news to Teddy like she'd be any patient's wife. And then she asked her to say THE words. Brilliant work, kudos to the writers.
Next on my list is of course our main character/actress Ellen Pompeo. I'm not gonna talk a lot about her in this review, 'cause in comparison to the already aforementioned actresses, she herself did not have a big impact on me. Though she for sure proved us that Meredith WILL be a good mother, in her scenes with the girl named Lily, comforting her. Speak of the devil, the actress that played the eldest daughter that was in the car crash with the ambulance that Alex & Meredith were in, was very convincing and really broke my heart. Once again kudos to the writers, the story was heartbreaking and I didn't see the resolution coming, I thought that at least one of the parents would survive or something -- but it's GA after all.
And last but not least on the list is Sara Ramirez. Even though she did not get much screentime this week, she made a big impression on me in her short scene with Jesse Williams (Jackson), the way she spoke showed how honorable and mature of a character Callie has become, she's a good mentor.
Honorable mention goes to the guest star Holly Fain who plays dr Julia Kenner, she really was amazing in her scene with Chyler Leigh.
And I've got to admit that I did not see Mer/Der getting Zola back coming...at least not yet. So the episode wasn't as predictable as the other ones were lately, gotta give it to the writers.
Once again (as always, I guess), I gotta give it to Alexandra Patsavas, the music-supervisor of GA, who made a brilliant choice of songs for the soundtrack of this episode. "Skin" by Zola Jones completed the already emotional and heartbreaking scene in which Teddy bids adieu to her (already) late husband, Henry in the morgue. Oh boy, this scene was so intenese, I literally felt as if someone was ripping my heart out, and even with GA it doesn't happen that often. I couldn't stop the tears from coming, Kim Raver really did shine in this episode. I hope that she will get a nomination for some kind of award, as it seems, she'll continue to get good material in the coming weeks.
Also, I'd like to point out that the episode was a nice parallel / contrast of sorts to last year's midseason-premiere and last season's finale...in which Teddy got married to Henry (7.11) and finally got her happily (as it turns out N)ever after (7.22) & Meredith and Derek did in fact separate (7.22) and in consequence got Zola taken away from them. So this episode was the complete opposite of the events of last year, that I just brought up. I frankly don't know what to think about it, I'm not sure if it's a progress and is it going somewhere (in Teddy's case), because all I really wanted for the character was to GET the happy ending that she deserves, but we all know Shonda can't let anyone be happy for a long time. But as an actress, Kim Raver may have a few challenging scenes to play in the coming episodes and I couldn't be more excited about the neat material that she'll get, looking forward to her rocking more and more scenes (while hopefully playing Teddy mourning the loss of her husband, maybe even having a depression of sorts, I would be glad to see that). Welcome back Grey's Anatomy, we've missed you!