I loved loved LOVED seeing Bailey - or Mandy - as an intern. Before she became the Nazi. And see kind of how she became the rough, a bit brusque and critical resident who demanded the best from her interns. It was fantastic insight into Miranda Bailey the person and the doctor.
Great casting of the younger Richard and Ellis. I thought they did a great job of capturing the younger essence of those characters. The mutual attraction, mutual respect. Ellis' demands to be taken seriously as a woman and as a woman surgeon. Richard's conflicting emotions over his desire for Ellis and doing the right thing.
Fascinating to see how the doctors in 1982 dealt with GRID (I had no idea that GRID was the original name for AIDS). I had always thought of it as a scary, unpredictable time in medical history. But seeing a case that very much could have happened that way for more than one person in the 80s made it very real.
When Richard started repeating what I can only presume is the Hippocratic Oath, I expected the doctors to stand up kind of like the ending to Dead Poets Society.
So I was disappointed when it didn't happen. But at least there was a slow clap.