Inside Pulse » Kate Walsh A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Kate Walsh DVD Review: Private Practice (The Complete Sixth and Final Season) Sat, 18 May 2013 05:00:56 +0000 A private medical practice can be rather risky. You have to make sure you bring in enough patients each week to make sure the books are in the black. You’re always fighting off the newest practice that wants to set up just down the road in a “better” location. You always have to fear a partner splitting without much notice. Private Practice had just celebrated being picked up for a sixth season when it was announced that Tim Daly (Wings) wouldn’t be returning as Pete Wilder. This was followed by star Kate Walsh announcing she was splitting after the 13th episode of the upcoming season. Ted McGinley or Anthony Anderson could have taken over Seaside Wellness. But the show’s producers let it be known that the practice would shut down after half a season. Private Practice: The Complete Sixth and Final Season closes this portion of the career of Dr. Addison Montgomery (Walsh), but doesn’t wrap up the character.

“Aftershock” kills Peter Wilder by giving him an off-camera heart attack. Addison decides to focus her love on Jake (Benjamin Bratt). In a shocker, Charlotte (KaDee Strickland) gets the news that she’s pregnant even though she’s using an IUD. This means she’ll be having to figure out how to get the device removed else it will cause a miscarriage. And to really up the jeopardy factor, she’s expecting triplets. Dr. Sheldon Wallace (Dream On‘s Brian Benben) gets really bad news besides he’s only got 13 episodes to exist. “Mourning Sickness” is Pete’s memorial service. It’s not a conventional funeral. “Good Grief” has way too many secrets volunteered. “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” hires Dr. Patterson (Matt Long) to replace Peter. Among his other issues, Dr. Wallace must worry that one of his patients just abducted a child.

“The Next Episode” puts a reality video crew around the characters. “Apron Strings” reunited Addison with her mentor. She also get united with court documents over her child. “The World According to Jake” lets Jake jump the gun in asking Addison to marry him. She doesn’t want to hear it. But there’s only a few more episodes left. He’s got to ask soon. “Life Support” goes extreme with Charlotte and her triplets. They have to come up with a method to keep her from delivering early. “I’m Fine” puts Dr. Wallace in the middle of chemo and the police. He swears his patient is the child abductor and he can’t hold back. “Georgia on My Mind” is more of Charlotte’s struggle to keep the triplets inside her. “Good Fries Are Hard to Come By” is a lighter episode about Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) having dating issues. “Full Release” deals with the naming of Charlotte’s kids. “In Which We Say Goodbye” wraps up the show with a wedding. They also reveal which of the characters wrote the book about the way things happened at the private practice.

Normally when a show stops with only 13 episodes in the final season, it’s an unexpected ax. There’s no real tying up the most teasing of storylines. It’s like the network is slamming the door on the series before it’s done singing. Private Practice was able to use these 13 episodes to give a few actors the stand out stories they deserved. The show was able to wrap up without truly coming to an end. Possibly it was afforded this courtesy since it’s rumored that Addison might pop up on Grey’s Anatomy in the future. The character hasn’t ended.

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfer look fine since it is a fresh show. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. You can get the medical pings heard all around the room. The episodes are subtitled in English, French and Spanish.

Deleted Scenes are taken from five of the episodes including the big finale.

Bloopers (3:06) reminds us that medical terms aren’t the only thing that can flub an actor.

Private Practice: The Complete Sixth and Final Season brings to an end the saga of Seaside Wellness. The final 13 episodes do their best to push characters to extremes. It’s good that they didn’t try to bring in a new star to take over the business.

ABC Studios presents Private Practice: The Complete Sixth and Final Season. Starring: Kate Walsh, Brian Benben and Benjamin Bratt. Boxset Contents: 13 episodes on 3 DVDs. Released: May 7, 2013. Available at

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DVD Review: Private Practice (The Complete Fifth Season) Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:00:25 +0000 TV spin-offs are like kidney donations. The operation is not a sure thing. There is a risk in removing popular characters from a successful show to put them in an untested premise. The audience can reject the organ. There are moments when the spin-off is a complete bust like The Tortellis. Some times the operation seems like an amazing success only to have the patient go critical after a few weeks like Joey or The Ropers. But then there’s time when the risk pays off royally like The Colbert Report. Viewers weren’t sure what to think when Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) split the big hospital on Grey’s Anatomy for the small Seaside Wellness Centre in Los Angeles. The arrival of Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season confirms that the spin-off has been a success.

“God Laughs” opens with the resolution of the cliffhanger of Dr. Pete Wilder (Wings‘ Timothy Daly) suffering a heart attack. Luckily his medical buddies are prepared to help him. Addison’s own medical crisis is a desire to have a baby. Turns out her fertility specialist (Benjamin Bratt) is an old flame. Can they keep it professional? Dr. Sheldon Wallace (Dream On‘s Brian Benben) must sober up one of the staff. Benben is married to Revenge‘s Madeleine Stowe. They’re the first couple of ABC dramas. “Deal With It” gets even more into Addison’s baby fever when a woman without a uterus wants to get pregnant. “Remember Me” makes things complicated when a pregnant wife and her husband get into a car wreck. The baby is fine, but the parents have memory issues. They keep forgetting the wife is pregnant. “Step On” gets touchy when Addison goes on hormones without telling her lover Dr. Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs).

“If I Hadn’t Forgotten…” proves Addison isn’t going to trick Sam into being her daddy baby. She’s going to have a sperm donor. “Who We Are” stages an intervention at the Centre. But it’s not for Addison’s baby madness, but a doctor’s drug issues. “True Colors” brings up the subject of anchor babies. “Gone, Baby Gone” ends the season with more tales of newborn insanity.

According to media reports, the upcoming sixth season will be the last for Private Practice. That means this DVD set is the penultimate season. Even with such impending news, it does not diminish the fact that Dr. Addison’s spin-off has achieved success since it now has enough episodes for syndication. Isn’t that what counts in a transplant?

“God Laughs,” “Breaking the Rules,” “Deal With It,” “Remember Me,” “Step One,” “If I Hadn’t Forgotten…,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Who We Are,” “The Breaking Point,” “Are You My Mother?,” “The Standing Eight Count,” “Losing Battles,” “The Time Has Come,” “Too Much,” “You Break My Heart,” “Andromeda,” “The Letting Go,” “It Was Inevitable,” “And Then There Was One,” “True Colors,” “Drifting Back” and “Gone, Baby, Gone.”

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. There is a SoCal simmer that reflects well on the transfers. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround so you won’t escape the noises of baby madness. The episodes are subtitled in English and Spanish.

The Practice of Parenthood (12:37) lets the creators discuss why the series was all about the babies this season. The cast gets excited when the babies are brought on the set.

Deleted Scenes are 10 moments snipped before broadcast.

Bloopers (3:48) feature a lot of muffed lines and a bad office door.

Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season is all about babies. Every doctor at the Centre are drawn into tales of infants.

ABC Studios present Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season. Starring: Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Benjamin Bratt and Brian Benben. Boxset Contents: 22 episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: September 11, 2012. Available at×120.png

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Grey’s Anatomy 2011 Spoilers: Kate Walsh To Return To Seattle Grace, Problems With Callie’s Baby? Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:46:42 +0000 Private Practice star Kate Walsh will return to Grey's Anatomy for a guest-starring appearance and considering Addison Montgomery's specialty, this will clearly be related to Callie Torres' pregnancy. ]]> Private Practice star Kate Walsh will return to Grey’s Anatomy for a guest-starring appearance and considering Addison Montgomery’s specialty, this will clearly be related to Callie Torres’ pregnancy.

The March 31 episode where Walsh will return is also be the Grey’s hommage to Glee and the rumored musical episode so perhaps this will be in an effort to calm her or a hallucination as she deals with the pregnancy complications.

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Private Practice: The Complete Third Season – DVD Review Tue, 12 Oct 2010 01:00:51 +0000 Private Practice and the interesting characters they play will have you coming back episode after episode. ]]>

Most spin-off shows have a hard time finding their own identity. In rare circumstances, though, some spin-off shows actually become just as popular as the the programs they are spun from, to the point that the label “spin-off” is no longer necessary. Last season, Private Practice looked to be on the road to becoming as popular as Grey’s Anatomy. But since both shows were written by the same people, you couldn’t help but compare the two with each other in the first couple of seasons. Now with season three on DVD, could Private Practice find the right mix to separate itself from Grey’s Anatomy?

Private Practice follows the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd (Kate Walsh). After Addison was turned down for the Chief of Surgery position at Seattle Grace and her ex-husband, Dr. Derek Shepherd, continued to chase after fellow doctor, Meredith Grey, Addison decided to make a change in her life. This change involved giving up her high-pressure surgical position and moving to sunny Los Angeles, California to work at a “hippie”, communal medical clinic where she would be lucky to see one patient a day. When she initially arrives at her new job she finds that her recently divorced friend Naomi Bennett (Audra McDonald) has not told any of her colleagues that she has hired a new doctor to work at the practice. Thrown by this, they blame it on the tumultuous relationship between Naomi and her husband Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs), who also works at the practice. Other wacky characters that work at or around this clinic include Addison’s old boyfriend, Pete Wilder (Tim Daly), the alternative medicine doctor; Violet Turner (Amy Brenneman) is an entirely neurotic and sensitive psychiatrist, who not only catches the eye of Pete but also is dealing with personal baggage herself; Cooper Freedman (Paul Adelstein) is the hunky pediatrician/internet dating pervert who may or may not have romantic feelings for Violet; then there’s control freak Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland), the Chief of Staff at a nearby hospital, St. Ambrose, and who Cooper meets on the internet for discreet sexual encounters; and it wouldn’t be a real hippie office if Chris Lowell wasn’t there in a part-time surfer, part-time receptionist capacity for the clinic.

Season three picks up from the great season two season finale cliffhanger, where Violet was left bleeding to death on the floor of her house after a crazy patient cut her baby out of her stomach. Violet does survive the attack, but the aftermath is severe. Violet soon suffers anxiety attacks, and once she gets her baby back, she doesn’t feel comfortable with her baby. As a result, Pete has to play single dad for most of the season. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Cooper are still struggling to maintain a happy relationship. Sam begins to shows an interest towards Addison. The problem with that is Addison is still loyal to best friend Naomi, and doesn’t want to start something with her ex-husband right away. This leads her back to Pete, where Addison plays the “mom” role for Pete and his baby with Violet. Obviously, Violet won’t be happy about this when she does find out, and you know she will. Finally, Del has even more family issues involving the mother his child, including the fact that the mother of his child accidentally blows up her house cooking meth. The central storylines throughout the season revolves around motherhood and the bonds that families have between each other no matter what.

Last season, the series was really all about the medical cases on the show and all of the moral issues that come from those cases. There was not much focus on the personal lives of the characters. That was definitely a good thing, since season one was pretty much all about the personal lives of the doctors. Season three is a good mix of both elements. Every main character gets his or her time to shine this season, and there is more character development than ever. This definitely makes this season better, since the main cast of characters are still likable and interesting. The acting is also great as well. It doesn’t hurt that Eric Dane and Chandra Wilson from Grey’s Anatomy showed up for a couple of crossover episodes.

The third season of Private Practice mixes the best of season one and season two into a complete package. It still tackles a few moral issues this year, but there is as much focus on the personal lives of the doctors. The third season also had another great Grey’s Anatomy-style cliffhanger. Some storylines still feel like ones from Grey’s Anatomy with just new characters put into place, but overall Private Practice is turning into a complete show of its own. It does take a slight back towards the direction of Grey’s Anatomy, but it is for the betterment of the series.


Disc One:

Episode 1 – A Death in the Family
Violet is rushed to the hospital unconscious and severely injured, after the violent attack from her patient Katie. Addison and Naomi fight to save her life. Meanwhile, the whereabouts and condition of Violet’s stolen baby are unknown.

Episode 2 – The Way We Were
Violet is physically recovering from her violent attack at home, but the emotional trauma she suffers from isn’t going away, despite her friends best efforts. Meanwhile, Addison and Naomi try to mend their tension-filled relationship, as Sam and Cooper treat a man who was stabbed by his wife.

Episode 3 – Right Here, Right Now
Miranda Bailey brings a kidney transplant patient to Los Angeles, and Addison and especially Sam is pleased to see her. Addison’s consequences of her emotional affair with Noah catch up with her. Sheldon and Pete finally discover who the father of Violet’s baby.

Episode 4 – Pushing the Limits
Addison, Sam and Cooper treat the sick child of a homeless teen mother they met while volunteering. Violet has trouble relating to her baby when her feelings of her attack resurface during a counseling session of a rape victim who is now pregnant. Cooper’s financial woes catch up with him when he’s asked to help buy out Naomi’s share of the practice.

Disc Two:

Episode 5 – Strange Bedfellows
Addison deals Naomi’s former patients, Zoe and Amelia, whose embryos were accidentally switched, a complication that may end up jeopardizing both fetuses. Violet struggles with whether or not she can face Katie in court and testify against her. Charlotte is determined to convince Addison, Sam and Cooper to let her join Oceanside Wellness Group.

Episode 6 – Slip Slidin’ Away
The doctors at Pacific Wellcare venture with an unexpected new hire causing Naomi to struggle with the idea of genetically designing babies. Violet makes a sudden decision to try electric shock therapy on a patient. Addison somehow finds herself alone and with a cat.

Episode 7 – The Hard Part
Addison and Sam go for a hike in Malibu, they come across an expecting couple trapped in their car after an accident, they then perform urgent field care. Charlotte, Cooper and Violet treat a newlywed who, on his wedding night has taken too much Viagra. Pete and Sheldon go out to a bar together and end up falling for the same girl.

Episode 8 – Sins of the Father
Addison is thrown by the arrival of her father to Los Angeles. Cooper is arrested when he refuses to cooperate in a case involving a patient. Dell shocks his co-workers when he announces that he married Heather over the weekend. Pete fights to keep a terminally ill patient alive long enough for him to meet his daughter

Episode 9 – The Parent Trap
Addison performs a complex utero surgery, proving not only her talents to her father but giving them some common ground. Sam and Naomi deal with have a family crisis when they discover Maya is growing up way too fast. Violet does the unthinkable.

Disc Three:

Episode 10 – Blowups
An explosion at Dell’s house lands Betsey and Heather in the hospital. everyone is pushed to the limit in trying to save their lives. The tensions between Addison and The Captain rise even more when her mother, Bizzy, shows up and a shocking family secret is revealed.

Episode 11 – Another Second Chance
Addison and Mark head back to Ocean Wellness to help his pregnant daughter. Naomi and Dell can’t agree how to raise their children together and Violet and Cooper can’t agree on patient care.

Episode 12 – Best Laid Plans
Maya shocks Sam and Naomi, while Pete and Fife disagree on patient care.

Episode 13 – Shotgun
Addison and Cooper are counseling a couple who must pick a child to save with their newborn’s cord blood. Meanwhile Dink wants to marry Maya.

Episode 14 – Love Bites
When Naomi refuses to help plan Maya’s wedding, Sam convinces Violet to help her. Meanwhile the tension between Addison and Sam deepens when they treat a suicidal patient and Cooper and Pete treat a girl with a questionable bite mark.

Disc Four:

Episode 15 – ‘Til Death Do Us Part
It’s Maya’s wedding day and while Violet helps Sam prepare, a furious Naomi still refuses to take part as she works with Addison and Pete to save a premature baby. Meanwhile, Cooper becomes suspicious of Charlotte’s new boyfriend and thinks that he may be abusing drugs.

Episode 16 – Fear of Flying
Addison, Pete and Sam must come together on a complicated case involving a dad-to-be with tuberculosis which threatens the future of his new family. Violet still gone on her Costa Rican escape, Sheldon takes over helping a patient named Natasha, to get over her fear of flying. Naomi finds herself in a bit of a love triangle of her own

Episode 17 – Triangles
Addison clashes with Sam’s new girlfriend, Vanessa, over treatment for a patient whose life – and those of her unborn triplets – hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, Naomi’s love triangle intensifies as she finds herself torn between William and Dr Fife, and Cooper and Sheldon argue over Charlotte while working together on a case.

Episode 18 – Pulling the Plug
A husband’s decision to pull the plug on his pregnant wife is overruled by a judge, forcing the hospital to keep her on life support until the baby is born and can survive. Naomi feels betrayed after learning of Sam and Addison’s feelings for each other who turns to Dr. Fife for comfort.
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Episode 19 – Eyes Wide Open
A team of neurosurgeons trying to save Addison’s comatose patient, Kayla, includes Derek Shepherd’s younger sister, Amelia, whose take on the case sparks friction. Meanwhile, Cooper and Charlotte continue to be unable to work together.

Disc Five:

Episode 20 – Second Choices
Violet returns home and to the practice. Pete and Addison have mixed feelings about Violet’s desire to reconnect with Lucas. Amelia butts into Sam’s personal life by pointing out that he can mend hearts in the operating room but can’t seem to do that for himself. Sheldon encourages Charlotte to reconcile with Cooper, while he tries to deal with a young patient who eats everything in sight.

Episode 21 – War
Violet files for joint custody of Lucas but Pete hires an attorney and fights back, dragging everyone at the practice into the trial.

Episode 22 – In the Name of Love
Naomi begs Fife to use his still experimental treatment to help William’s advanced ALS. Violet and Amelia treat a woman with a brain tumor, while Sheldon decides to vie for Charlotte’s affections.

Episode 23 – The End of a Beautiful Friendship
Maya and her unborn baby fight for their lives after a serious car crash. Addison, Amelia and Fife try everything humanly possible to save them. Sam operates on the other crash victim and makes a grim discovery; Cooper makes an ill-timed but valiant effort with Charlotte. The staff’s world gets rocked by an unexpected death.

The video is given in anamorphic widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is enhanced for 16×9 TVs. The transfer is great with colors generally looking bright and vivid details everywhere. No major or minor problems at all here, and on par with previous seasons.

The audio included is in English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. There are subtitles available in English, Spanish, and French as well. The dialogue and music come out loud and clear. No major problems here either, and the same good quality as previous seasons.

“Kate’s Top 8″ Featurette – This runs 12 minutes and Kate discusses her 8 favorite things from this season. Kate Walsh, of course, is interviewed, but there are interviews with various other cast and crew members too about her favorite things.

Deleted Scenes – There are 13 episodes that didn’t make the final cut of the season and they total 14 minutes. Nothing much to see here.

Bloopers – This is 4 1/2 minutes worth of the usual mistakes and gags from filming this season.

ABC Starter Kit – This runs 5 minutes and it’s a quick recap of the series’ first two seasons to get you ready for season three.

If you haven’t watched this show yet and like Grey’s Anatomy, you should give this season of Private Practice a chance. It’s a good mix of the first two seasons. Not many extras, though, so hardcore fans may be disappointed in the overall quality of this set.

ABC Studios Home Entertainment presents Private Practice: The Complete Third Season. Created by Shonda Rhimes. Starring Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, KaDee Strickland, Paul Adelstein, Amy Brennerman, Audra McDonald, Chris Lowell, David Sutcliffe, Brian Benben, and Grant Show. Running time: 989 minutes. Rated: NOT RATED. Released on DVD: September 14, 2010.×120.jpg

]]> 0 Bad Movies Done Right – Legion Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:00:47 +0000 Legion]]> Every day Robert Saucedo shines a spotlight on a movie either so bad it’s good or just downright terrible. Today: Touched by an angel!

As a huge fan of the Prophecy trilogy (yes, I know there were actually five films in the series, but I refuse to acknowledge the last two because they didn’t star Christopher Walken), I was really looking forward to watching Legion, the latest killer angel movie to somehow get made and released in the conservative wasteland that is modern America.

Granted, I wasn’t excited enough about Legion to see it in theaters but when I finally sat down and watched director Scott Stewart’s angelic take on the classic siege sub-genre, I walked away a little disappointed. But just a little.

Legion is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. I had huge problems with the script and the film’s uneven pacing left me feeling a tad restless during the halfway point of the movie. But, if you can look past the film’s blemishes (and there are quite a few), you’d find that watching Legion is a lot like making out with a burn victim with a nice (but not amazing) personality.

Paul Bettany stars as Michael, the formally winged servant of God who rebels against his creator when he is asked to help usher in the extinction of mankind. After the Lord decides he is bored with his current crop of playthings and puts the plan in motion to wipe out all of humanity, Michael arms himself with enough high-powered weaponry to overthrow a small South American country and heads out in search of mankind’s last hope — the unborn bastard baby of an unwed waitress played by Adrianne Palicki.

Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Quaid, Jon Tenney, Willa Holland and Kate Walsh all play the unlucky patrons of a roadside diner that are thrown into the mix when they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Part of a good ol’ fashioned “us vs. them” siege, Michael and his new flock of red shirts must do their best to defend the diner from a hoard of humans possessed by angels.

But don’t expect any life lessons or words of wisdom when these angels reach out to touch you. With their creepy baby teeth, stretchy snake-jaws and raspy voices, these angel-possessed minions have more in common with Captain Howdy then John Travolta’s charming overgrown cherub from Michael.

And if the possessed weren’t bad enough, God has sent Gabriel, played by Kevin Durand, to be the film’s equivalent of a video game final boss. While Durand is no Christopher Walken, he has quickly become one of my favorite character actors after his scene-stealing roles in Lost, Dark Angel and Smokin’ Aces. Armed with a truly wicked mechanical mace that looks like something out of a Saturday morning cartoon, Gabriel proves to be a nice Big Bad for the film’s climax.

Speaking of Saturday morning cartoons, Legion suffers most from its weak script full of terrible dialogue and questionable logic. Co-writers Stewart and Peter Schink took what could have (and should have) been an awesome concept and drained it of any ounce of awesomness — presumably in a cost cutting measure (crappy CGI effects cost money!).

While Stewart, a mainstay of special effects work, knows how to frame a shot and move the camera, the film never manages to overwhelmingly impress on a visceral level. Even the work of a solid cast of character actors can’t save Legion from its eventual fate — a short life of unending repeats as Spike TV or FX’s “Man Movie of the Afternoon” before eventually winding up in the heap of forgotten supernatural action flicks (see: End of Days).

Legion is fun for what it is — a mind numbing popcorn action flick with a blasphemous twist. Violent death scenes and some creepy looking monsters should help attract the attention of those that love Dokken or Dio.

For everybody else, Legion is worth catching when it begins to play ad naseum on the basic cable television channel of its choosing. Unless The Prophecy is on, that is.

Robert Saucedo would love to see a buddy angel movie staring Paul Betteny and John Travolta. They would get their orders from the corpse of George Burns. Follow Robert on Twitter @robsaucedo2500.×120.jpg

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Grey's Anatomy: Season Four – DVD Review Tue, 23 Sep 2008 20:55:50 +0000
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Every television series has a weak season or two, but if the show is great overall the weak seasons can still be good television. Most of the time the weak seasons will occur near or around the climax season of the series, but great shows can rebound quickly and still provide a strong and satisfying beginning, middle, and end. Grey’s Anatomy arrived on America’s television sets nearly 4 years ago and, after a mini but great first season and a spectacular second season, became a shooting star in the world of primetime television. It gained a huge following right away and was easily considered one of the “Top 5″ television programs around today. But season four of a highly popular show is a tricky area as it could either be really good and groundbreaking, and thus basically be the climax of the series, or it could be really stale and uninteresting, and thus be one of the aformentioned weak seasons. What would season four of Grey’s Anatomy be considered when it is all said and done?

Grey’s Anatomy revolves around a group of surgical interns and the various physicians who serve as mentors to the interns in their professional and personal lives at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital in Seattle. At first the central focus of the series was Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the daughter of the once-renowned surgeon Ellis Grey who becomes an intern at the Seattle Grace Hospital. She soon meets fellow interns Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Isobel “Izzie” Stevens (Katherine Heigl), George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), and unpopular fellow intern Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). They are closely monitored at first by Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson, nicknamed “The Nazi” due to her “tough love” capability; and renowned surgeons Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), Derek’s estranged wife, Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd (Kate Walsh), and Derek’s best friend turned enemy after sleeping with same estranged wife, Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), and George’s soon to be wife and possibly ex-wife, Dr. Callie Torres (Sarah Ramirez). In addition to all of that, the chief of surgery at the hospital is Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), who was once more than close friends with Meredith’s mother.

By the time season four of Grey’s Anatomy rolled around, there were a lot of changes at Seattle Grace Hospital, though. Meredith, Izzie, Cristina, and Alex have all passed their intern tests and have become official doctors. However, George has failed his test and as a result he must repeat his internship over again with a new group of interns, which happen to include Meredith’s half-sister, Lexie (Chyler Leigh). Both Addison and Preston have resigned from Seattle Grace. Addison goes off to Los Angeles to open up her own clinic and become the star of the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice, and Preston leaves Cristina at the altar to probably never be heard from again after some “behind-the-scenes” issues with fellow co-stars. That means that once recurring character and thorn to the side of Cristia, Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), comes back to Seattle Grace permanately and becomes the new Head of Cardiothoracic surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Webber doesn’t retire after Dr. Derek Shepherd turns down his offer to become “chief of surgery”, and Callie becomes the “Chief Resident” over Dr. Bailey.

There were some interesting storylines created during this season, especially with a new romance in George and Lexie, and old romances that might not have their flames extinguished yet in Alex and Izzie and Richard and Adelle. But the central romance of Meredith and Derek has really started to become tiresome. At this point, it seems like they are just trying to throw everything in between these two characters so that they won’t end up together. Maybe that’s for good reason, since Meredith and Derek as a couple are actually quite boring. Still every little bump in that relationship seems manufactured and forced. This only magnifies the most glaring weakness of Grey’s Anatomy, which is that almost all the main storylines seem to revolve around sexual relationships between co-workers. That is not to say that there wasn’t the beginning of some emotional intriguing storylines that exist underneath the skin of the characters in season four, because there were some good ones, but hopefully season five will have more of that kind of storytelling rather than just having everyone jump from one bed to the next.

The acting during this season is on par with previous seasons. The cast of this show is extremely diverse and interesting. You can’t help but have an opinion on every character, good or bad, and see what happens to them. The subtractions of Kate Walsh and Isaiah Washington this season are tough, especially Washington who played an outstanding character. Kate Walsh is not missed nearly as much due to the fact that she is replaced in a round-about way by Chyler Leigh, who is Meredith’s sister. There is great conflict between Meredith and Lexie and the addition of this character was fantastic. So fortunately the overall additions to the cast equal out the overall subtractions from the cast this season.

Season four is not the best season of Grey’s Anatomy as it seems that this show was hurt the most by the strike. A lot of the same boring storylines kept getting the main focus of the show, which is a shame since there are some more fascinating storylines that got buried during this season. Hopefully these storylines get dragged back to the surface in season five, because next season really needs to be worlds better. Season four, and season three for that matter, were both a slight step down from the first two seasons. This series can still be one of the best on television, though, and it’s almost best to think of season four as “Part 1″ to season five. Without a strike next year the writing for this show should get stronger and more creative, and if you add that with some great acting from a diverse ensemble cast, you should have a receipe for better things to come for Grey’s Anatomy in season five.


Disc One:

Episode 1 – A Change Is Gonna Come
Entering their first year as residents, Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens and Alex Karev now have interns of their own to mentor. The interns are welcomed by new chief resident Callie. Among the new interns are George, forced to repeat his internship after failing his exams, and Lexie Grey, Meredith’s half-sister. Many new interns will be introduced in this season premiere. And they’ll have their hands full when a three-car accident sends multiple casualties pouring into Seattle Grace. Some of the doctors need to deal with their new stressed out interns. A young boy brings his bleeding deer to the hospital in the hope a doctor will save her. Cristina searches for Burke. Richard resumes his post as chief of surgery. Derek and Meredith reach an impasse. Bailey wrestles with things at the hospital not turning out like she thought they would.

Episode 2 – Love/Addiction
A patient is in the hospital because they fell asleep in a hazardous situation. A patient’s home laboratory blew up in an apartment building and the victims flood the hospital. Alex investigates the cause of the incident by talking to an elderly resident of the apartment building. Jane Burke shows up to deal with what her son left behind. Lexie tries to talk to Meredith. Callie is overwhelmed by her new position while Bailey is searching for things to do.

Episode 3 – Let The Truth Sting
A woman named Marcy brings in her son, Hunter, because she finds his change in behavior suspicious. A patient named Connie may lose her ability to talk unless Mark and Richard can perform a radical new surgery. George impresses the other interns at work but at home he is trying to deal with his guilt about having sex with Izzie. Meredith and Lexie work on a patient. The doctors meet a unique intern.

Episode 4 – The Heart of the Matter
A face familiar to one of the year-twos shows up and dredges up issues that were never really dealt with. A teen football player needs counseling because of his father and surgery for an injury he sustained while playing the game. The girl who was the reason for the prom at Seattle Grace finds out her cancer is back and she brings her aunt Adele with her.

Disc Two:

Episode 5 – Haunt You Every Day
It’s Halloween at Seattle Grace! There may be jokes, pranks, and/or scare tactics. Some of the women form a club based on an experience they all share. A man volunteers for what most of the doctors believe is an unnecessary surgery. One of the patients is in the hospital because they tried to carve a pumpkin in an unconventional manner. Alex receives a visit from Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca. Meredith is having mommy issues. Callie has an announcement to make.

Episode 6 – Kung Fu Fighting
Cristina and Izzie are fighting for surgeries and a favor from someone. A patient comes to the ER with a dream and a condition which may prevent him from realizing it. The Chief turns to the other men in the hospital when his marriage is in more trouble. Two patients are competing to win something big. One of them convinces an intern to take their place.

Episode 7 – Physical Attraction… Chemical Reaction
Two arguing parents, who are named Jane and Don, bring their son in because he swallowed marbles, while a middle-aged woman comes in wanting cosmetic surgery on her chin. A father worries about raising a child alone when the mother needs surgery.

Disc Three:

Episode 8 – Forever Young
There has been a bus crash and the patients are in the ER. Meredith and Derek’s relationship gets more complicated when he dates a fellow doctor. Meredith’s dad visits her at the hospital.

Episode 9 – Crash Into Me (Part 1)
An ambulance crash endangers the lives of the paramedics involved, as Meredith and the Chief work on-site to save them, Bailey treats a patient who refuses her help, and Ava returns for Alex and meets his other girlfriend in the process.

Episode 10 – Crash Into Me (Part 2)
Meredith works furiously to save a paramedic trapped in an ambulance; Lexie holds the life of a patient in her hands; Derek must rely on a nurse to save a patient; Bailey struggles to balance her personal life with her work.

Episode 11 – Lay Your Hands on Me
George has a surprise visitor. Callie copes with not being an O’Malley anymore. Bailey’s family is falling apart, by her husband not thinking she cares about her son and husband. Tuck goes into surgery with the whole hospital worried. Derek sorts through what kissing Rose means. Meredith discovers something that doesn’t inspire hope or happiness in her. Alex treats a faith healer, and doesn’t believe in her “powers”.

Episode 12 – Where The Wild Things Are
Time, specifically six weeks, has passed but sexual angst still runs rampant in the halls of Seattle Grace. Derek and Rose have been dating. Meredith has noticed the activities of her current off-again ex-boyfriend. George and Lexie are getting used to their new apartment. The doctors are in the midst of a competition when a man arrives at the hospital after having survived an attack by a bear. Erica Hahn makes a friend.

Disc Four:

Episode 13 – Piece of My Heart
Addison visits Seattle Grace because they need skills that only she has. Rebecca/Ava returns with news for Alex. Meredith and Derek’s clinical trial experiences one or two developments.

Episode 14 – The Becoming
The clinical trial continues to make progress. The anti-McSteamy club creates new initiatives but that isn’t enough to stop one woman from spending time with him. Cristina is affected by Burke’s career developments.

Episode 15 – Losing My Mind
Dr. Wyatt refuses to let Meredith give up on therapy. Alex learns something else about Rebecca. The Chief wants Erica to perform a daring surgery. Cristina continues to act strange.

Disc Five:

Episode 16 – Freedom (Part 1)
A couple undergoes surgery. Derek and Meredith clinical trial has another patient. Izzie helps Alex. McSteamy hooks up with someone.

Episode 17 – Freedom (Part 2)
A couple undergoes surgery. Derek and Meredith clinical trial has another patient. Alex breaks down for the first time ever. Izzie offers a friend some help. McSteamy hooks up with someone. A new couple appears. Lexie gets something unexpectedly. George gets a second chance.

The video is given in anamorphic widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is enhanced for 16X9 TVs. The transfer is pretty good with minimal grain. It’s slightly better than the original presentation on TV, but there are no major problems at all.

The audio included is in English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. There are Spanish and French subtitles available as well. The dialogue and music come out loud and clear. No major problems here either and the overall quality is a little better than your average TV on DVD set.

Audio Commentaries
There is 3 audio commentaries for 3 different episodes of this season. Chyler Leigh (actress) and Karin Gleason (associate producer) comment on the “A Change is Gonna Come” episode. Lauren Stamile (actress) and Rob Corn (executive producer/director) comment on the “Forever Young” episode. Sandra Oh (actress) and Julie Ann Robinson (director) comment on “The Becoming” episode. They aren’t that entertaining, but they do give out some information. Just so-so commentaries.

Extended Episodes
Episode 8 entitled “Forever Young” and Episode 14 entitled “The Becoming” are the only extended episodes this season and they are only extended by a few minutes. Basically, there are some scenes in each of these episodes that could have gone in the “deleted scenes” section since they don’t add much to these episodes.

“New Docs on the Block” Featurette
This runs 8 minutes and it’s your basic “get to know the newbies” featurette. Here we learn more about Dr. Hahn (Brooke Smith), Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), and Nurse Rose (Lauren Stamile). We hear from each actress about their role on the show and from the other cast members on working with each actress. Pretty fluffy piece, but it is somewhat insightful.

“On Set with Patrick & Eric” Featurette
This runs 5 minutes and it’s all about “McDreamy” and “McSteamy”. Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd, and Eric Dane, who plays Dr. Mark Sloan, take you behind-the-scenes on location in Seattle and on the set. We also hear from fellow cast members as they share stories about these two. This should appease fans of these two stars.

“Good Medicine”: Favorite Scenes
This runs 14 minutes and the cast tells us their favorite scenes from season four.

“Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy”: Unaired Scenes –
There are 23 scenes that didn’t make the final cut of the season. These total 12 minutes. Nothing really must-see, but there is some fun stuff in here.

“In Stitches”: Season Four Outtakes
There is 4 and half minutes worth of behind-the-scenes stuff, gags, and bloopers. Fairly funny stuff.

“One Quick Cut” Featurette
This runs 4 minutes and it’s basically a quick summary of all the major plot points in the first four seasons. This contains a lot of spoilers, so either watch this after watching all the episodes or watch this before you watch season five. Almost pointless really.

For casual fans of the show, this season is only worth a rental, if only to see some of the good things that they are building up to in season five. Hardcore fans of the show will no doubt buy this season, but season four is the weakest season so far in comparison to the others. If you are new to the show, go rent seasons one and two first to get a feel of this show. Season four is not a great representation of this series.


Buena Vista Home Entertainment presents Grey’s Anatomy – Season 4. Created by Shonda Rhimes. Starring Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Eric Dane, Sara Ramirez, Chyler Leigh, and Brooke Smith. Running time: 740 minutes. Rated: NOT RATED. Released on DVD: September 9, 2008.
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