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.