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Grey’s musical event
April 3, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
I needed to reflect a few days before I formulated my opinion on the Grey’s Anatomy musical episode. Initially, I wasn’t very excited about the possibility. I was right with the person who posted “the first song should be ‘We are out of ideas.’” The set-up episode started to change my opinion simply because of the intensity that I knew was to come. I was still a little worried about how singing doctors was going work but I decided to keep an open mind.
I will give Shondra Rhimes (the creator of the show) credit, there was a reason the doctors were singing. The episode was based around the car accident of Dr. Callie Torres. The way I interpreted it was Callie, in her injured state, saw her “soul” in front of her. Her soul didn’t speak, only sang. So when Callie, in her mostly unconscious state saw the doctors around her, she heard them singing as opposed to speaking to her. OK, I can buy that ... mostly. The parts I really didn’t like were when the cast was singing without Callie anywhere near them so the explanation for the singing fell apart. I had to watch the episode twice to really have an opinion. I didn't want to go on first reaction alone. Overall, the episode was OK. The highlights for me were the beginning and end. Allow me to explain.
The first song gave me tingles. Sara Ramirez (Callie) and Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt) have amazing voices and the first time they blend in Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” brought streaming tears to my eyes. It didn’t help that the part they were sing during was super intense as the whole cast work together to get a fellow doctor and friend into the ER and help fix her injuries. The song continued on and added the voice of Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey), which added to my enrapture of what was unfolding before me. If I watched the first 10 minutes and nothing else of the episode, I would have said it was a hit and the greatest episode ever. However, there was more to the episode than that first performance.
After the first commercial break, the show took a slight downward turn from the first sequence. While I loved hearing Chyler Leigh (Dr. Lexie Grey) sing Anna Nalick’s “Breathe,” the music became distracting at times. It was one of the most intense episodes of the season and didn’t always seem appropriate that the doctors should be singing.
The most random song was Jesus Jackson’s “Runnin’ on Sunshine.” Supposedly Callie is having a dream while in her drug induced coma. It involved various couples singing to one another and dancing along with the music at times. It brought a light-hearted element to the episode, but it really didn’t fit in with the theme of the rest of the hour.
I was brought back in by the final two songs of the episode. The whole cast (minus Patrick Dempsey) lent their voices the The Fray’s “How to Save a Life.” That song is heavily associated with the show, so I really enjoyed hearing the cast singing it. Then, Ramirez really got to show off her Tony Award-winning talent with Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” She got the belt out an outstanding performance to end the show on a high note.
Being a fan of Broadway and the movie musical, I found the episode entertaining. Would I like another musical episode, probably not. I will close by saying that while I didn’t always like the musical elements during the episode, all of the songs were performed very well and I enjoyed hearing the Grey’s cast show their talents beyond acting.
Here is a clip of the first music sequence from the Grey's Anatomy Musical.
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Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres) sings at her bedside during Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event