This week's Grey's Anatomy featured a harrowing tale of a mother (Sarah Chalke) trying to get her son treatment, even though every time he was diagnosed, it ended up being wrong. The tale was meant to help viewers in case their children were afflicted with the same baffling ailment, Kawasaki Disease — which will hopefully pay off in the long run.
However, it was through this story — and the other B or C story lines this week — that proved once again why the new batch of interns isn't up to par with past newly introduced characters. Leah (Tessa Ferrer) and Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) were pretty much background players! Sure, Jo (Camilla Luddington) was part of the Kawasaki diagnosis, but that was really Meredith's story line, and Jo was just the fool who wouldn't help Chalke's character.
Shane's (Gauis Charles) story line, however, irked us most of all. Really, Shane, you're going to be sad that you don't get to work with your mentor Derek for one week? And you're going to swear vengeance on poor Heather (Tina Majorino), who did nothing but what she was told by being assigned to Derek? Grow up! You'll be a better doctor by trying all of the specialties, so quit your whining!
We miss the days when the interns' story lines made us feel something, and, on more than one occasion, made us cry. There were no tears here — and the only story lines that have made us cry this season (renaming the hospital and Callie and Arizona's renewed sex life, among them) have revolved around the core cast.
Don't get us wrong. We remember how we hated Addison and her salmon-colored scrubs, but eventually we followed her to Los Angeles. Though we thought Mark was yummy in his McSteamy-ness, we weren't pleased that he could get in the way of Mer/Der, but you know you bawled your eyes out when he died. We even disliked Little Grey in the beginning! But once we realized she wasn't the new Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Lexie grew on us before dying horrifically in the plane crash. And as much as fans still complain about the sometimes-annoying April Kepner, you're now rooting for her to find happiness — so long as she stays away from McDreamy, a story line the writers eventually (and thankfully) dropped.
All of those characters started off with points against them, and yet we came to love them and couldn't imagine a time when they weren't part of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital (formerly known as Seattle Grace-Mercy West). Now that we're 19 episodes into Season 9, we still don't like the interns! Despite executive producer Shonda Rhimes' cryptic tweets about the season finale making us fear for our favorite characters, we're unafraid to admit that we're hoping she sets her sights on thinning the herd. Because we remember the days of the Fab Five, where other interns were just background players that were seen and never heard. Ah, the good old days.
What do you think of the interns?
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.