True Colours

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The latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy has got me up in arms. Before I go on, I should note to new readers, I’m actually quite a fan of the show, if only they could get rid of the sad, stereotyped characters of Meredith Grey and Derek Sheppard. Every other character is the reason I watch this show; Meri and Derek are pathetic.

Basically, the man Addison Sheppard cheated with, Mark, shows up. Derek doesn’t take too well to seeing his rival, and he punches him at first sight.

Mind you, the punch seemed to come namely because he was talking to Meredith, not because of his affair with Addison.

Its established that, rather then having a fling, Mark and Addison were heavily involved, and she stayed with him for months after Derek left, until she decided to try and make their relationship work. He begs her to come back ‘home’ with him, because it’s obvious Derek is only half-hearted in his forgiveness of her, and is still in love with Meredith, whereas he, Mark, loves her with all his heart. He later has a drink with Meredith, when they mourn the fact that ‘why won’t Fate come down on the side of the dirty mistress?’

I’ve talked before about how much it annoys me when I see woman choose to ‘free’ themselves of parasitic men only when they have other, more caring men to fall back on – why can’t one of them walk away on her own two feet? – but GA stooped to a new level. At least Rose and Susan had the good sense to recognise when a better offer came along. Not Addison. She sticks by her husband, who won’t forgive her infidelity, or get over his own infidelity.

At one point, while drowning her sorrows with Mark, Meri says something like ‘Women don’t leave men like Derek’. Why the hell not? Derek is a manipulative jerk, constantly reminding his wife of her infidelity while refusing to get over his own indiscretion – Meredith. Is his character some writer’s idea of saying ‘haha, I’m so desireable that I can treat women like crap while lusting after someone else, it’s only what the bitch deserves’?

Because so far, every woman I’ve met has thought Derek is a jerk they’d never get involved with – or, if they did, would be off racing at the speed of light once his true colours were revealed.

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  1. scarlett says

    At least Rose and Susan had the good sense to recognise when a better offer came along.

    Arg, did it again! This was meant to come after articles I wrote about Titanic and Desperate Housewives where women free themselves of parasitical men only when they have other, better men to prompt them into doing it and catch them if they fall.

  2. SunlessNick says

    Because so far, every woman I’ve met has thought Derek is a jerk they’d never get involved with – or, if they did, would be off racing at the speed of light once his true colours were revealed.

    Which is made all the more plain when Meredith starts dating someone else (being not currently “with” Derek right now).

  3. scarlett says

    Well this article was written when Meri wasn’t with Derek, but I’ve met so many people who think their relationship is an embarresment and they wouldn’t NEVER do the same thing in the same situation. I’ve met so many people who’ve said ‘Meri is an idiot’ and no-one who’s said ‘OTP’.

  4. SunlessNick says

    It sounds like it was written 3-4 eps behind where the UK’s at. Spoiler follows:

    Mere starts dating the vet, after a diastrous one night stand with the male roommate who’s name I can never remember. Derek attempts to slutshame her about it – she gives a fantastic speech in response, after which he tries to even-more-break up with her to salve his ego. Oh, but they have sex again in the last ep, so her speech doesn’t mean anything. At least we get to see Callie look at him like a worm (which fuels my suspicion that we aren’t meant to like her/she’ll turn out to be badcrazyevil), since who else would not like Derek?

  5. scarlett says

    Ah, Callie. I never got Merideith and Izzy’s animosity towards her. She clearly adored George, were they so possessive of him that they couldn’t stand to see him happy and aay from them? A few things she said really made me cheer, like when he didn’t call her and he had to grovel, but somehow I think I was actually meant to think she was too pushy…

  6. SunlessNick says

    A user called Selchie on the TWoP site described the first couple of episodes like so:

    They have a one-night-stand before they know he’s her boss. After she finds out, she tells him she will never sleep with him again. Then he proceeds to follow her around hitting on her and making suggestive comments, while she repeatedly asks him to stop and tries to tell him it’s unethical. I hate the fact that this is played as a cute, funny interaction. Since the attendings get to choose which intern works on what, getting on his badside could effectively ruin Meredith’s career, and it’s still supposed to be funny that he refuses her pleas to stop? Of course, in the end, she admits their “undeniable attraction” and starts dating him, which seems even worse to me. Apparently, no doesn’t actually mean no.

    So the pair of them hit a lot of those other red flags we talk about.

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