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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 8, "Forever Young"

Posted By Entertainment on Nov 16, 2007 at 9:31AM

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes often describes Seattle Grace as "high school with scalpels." But this week's episode took the analogy one step further, bringing high school directly to the surgeons by way of a bus crash. As catty girls, awkward outcasts, and backstabbing friends filled the ER, the surgeons ended up reexamining who they were in high school — and, in a few cases, reverting to their teenage personalities. To read my take on the episode, just

Maybe it says something about the kind of girl I was in high school, but my favorite story was Bailey dealing with the arrival of her old crush. It surprised me that Bailey could still be so easily wooed by the cute guy who's just trying to use her — but then I realized, she wasn't even Bailey around Marcus; she was "Mandy," the subservient girl who does what she's asked and prays to be noticed. Even George wanted Bailey to give Marcus one of her trademark long speeches; instead, Derek bore the brunt of her ranting about attractive, popular guys not seeing girls like her. (Who else cracked up at the mental image of high school Derek with his afro and band uniform?)

Speaking of cute and popular, the girl with the broken ass (hee!) led to a nice resolution with Callie's demotion. Callie is a rockin' surgeon, but she's not an organizer or a manager. And, like the pom squad ex-captain, she now gets to focus on the part of her job she really loves.

It's a shame that Gizzie ridiculousness nearly ruined the night's best medical case for me. I was touched by the story of the girl who stayed by her best friend's side as he slipped into a coma. But the second Izzie equated that girl losing her friend — who was effectively gone forever — with her losing George — who was very much alive and just not good at hashing out the issues of awkward sex — I was done.

Meanwhile, Meredith and Lexie (the prom queen and valedictorian) hashed out some childhood issues of their own when Thatcher showed up drunk in the ER. It was a nice twist that challenges Mere's idea that Lexie has the perfect life she never got — though Mere didn't realize it until Lexie told her off. And just when Lexie thought she had the upper hand, there's Alex with plenty of tough-life stories of his own, telling Lexie to grow up.

Some other thoughts:

  • I find the entire idea of Derek dating Sydney completely hilarious. I kept waiting to find out that Mark had paid her off again.
  • Meanwhile, who's that nurse flirting with Derek all of a sudden? I suspect we'll be seeing her again.
  • Best line of the night: "You look exactly like her dad."
  • I don't know what's with Hahn's respect for Izzie (presumably she still doesn't know about the Denny/heart situation), but it has to be so especially painful for a doctor like Cristina to be told to be more like Izzie.
  • When Mark explained the difference between pom and cheerleading, I was hoping he'd end up revealing that he was a male cheerleader.
  • Biggest groaner: the Chief explaining to Meredith that she was in the principal's office. Did this show always make things that explicit?

Your thoughts? Are you loving Alex as much as I am? Did anyone else have dead-Mere flashbacks at the promo promising a Grey's event? And what instrument would you have guessed Derek played in high school? I would have said trumpet.

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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 6, "Kung Fu Fighting"

Posted By Entertainment on Nov 2, 2007 at 9:31AM

It seems like this is quickly becoming the redemption season for Grey's Anatomy — not just for the show, but for its characters, too. Last week, Meredith acted like a normal person for the first time in forever; in this episode, Izzie was actually allowed to be a competent surgeon. What's next, George getting a backbone? To read my thoughts on this episode, just

First, let me take a moment to praise Brooke Smith as Dr. Hahn. Her "Are you two a couple?" to Mark and Derek was one of the funniest things I've heard in a while. And while I thought her glass ceiling speech to the Chief about his "Gentleman's Evening" was a little over the top, it did reveal one very important thing about her character: She doesn't want to be "one of the guys;" she wants to be taken seriously for the powerful woman she is. Team Hahn, all the way.

It didn't hurt that she got a great case in her first episode. Awake open-heart surgery — aside from being amazingly freaky — is a perfect story for Grey's, because we learn so much from the way the doctors interact with patients. Hahn's still holding her grudge against Cristina, but that was fine by me, because it let us see Izzie do something well. Izzie isn't hardcore, but she can relate to people, and she proved it by setting up her patient's operating room and talking him through the surgery. The "describe the people in the gallery" scene went on too long — is that why they extended the episode? — but it was sweet. I like competent Izzie, and I hope she sticks around.

After months of not dealing with anything, Meredith has done a complete 180 into constant introspection. Everything out of her mouth these days seems to be about dying, and I'm almost regretting all those times I called for Meredith to just talk about it already. But not quite. Because just as I like competent Izzie, I also like the version of Meredith who tries to deal with what's going on around her. Treating the patient (hi, Roy from The Office!) who survived a 12,000-foot free fall was good for her; even though she didn't use her own fearless time well, she could at least urge someone else to take advantage of the feeling.

Some other thoughts:

  • The wedding dress plot was ridiculous, but even it had some good things going for it, like Mark humiliating George on Callie's behalf and Lexie proving herself by talking the one bride-to-be into having surgery. But is Callie really letting go?
  • Gizzie-sex is delayed, but still seems inevitable. Also, Izzie's tearful breakdown made me uncomfortable, but that might have been because of the strange top she was wearing.
  • Speaking of sex: Man, do I wish I had taken bets on how long it would take Lexie to sleep with a Seattle Grace doctor. Six episodes ain't bad, but considering that her sister slept with one before she even started working, she's got some catching up to do.
  • I am so annoyed with Derek. He's upset that it's not his job "anymore" to take care of Meredith? Has he not been dating the same woman we've been watching for three years?
  • I love the idea of the Chief living in a trailer; remember when he took his suitcase camping?

What did you think? Wishing the other woman had won the dress contest? Disappointed there was no actual kung fu fighting in an episode titled "Kung Fu Fighting"? Sound off below.

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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 5, "Haunt You Everyday"

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 26, 2007 at 9:35AM

I normally hate holiday episodes of shows, and the promos for this week's Halloween-themed Grey's Anatomy had me fearing the worst. But this episode wasn't nearly as cheesy or faux-spooky as I was expecting. In fact, it was pretty great, and not just because one of my pleas was answered. To my thoughts on the episode, just

They hired Dr. Hahn! And I swear I didn't know it when I wrote this! She's the new head of heart surgery at Seattle Grace, which makes perfect sense — and which should also set up some crackling dialogue between her and Cristina, given that within 10 seconds of seeing each other, Hahn managed to accuse Cristina of sleeping her way to the top. Hooray!

Boo for George and Izzie — and not for the usual reasons. What bugged me this time was how little we saw of the aftermath to George's confession. Yes, Callie told the whole resident crew that Izzie slept with George; yes, we got the (awesome!) scene where Izzie yelled at Cristina for having one standard for her and Meredith and another for the rest of the world. But after all that turmoil, I'm surprised they just leaped headlong into a relationship.

Speaking of turmoil and relationships: Ava's back. Now, look, doctors at Seattle Grace have done plenty of stupid things before — but Alex making out with Ava in front of his intern? That was a little bold. Once again, Alex didn't make it back to Ava in time, but she did leave her shirt; she might well be back. (Also, what did she leave the hospital wearing?)

Two characters almost brought me to tears tonight: Bailey and Meredith. Bailey worked so late helping everyone else that she missed her own son's first Halloween; Meredith realized she needed to let go of the damage her own mother caused by being unavailable. Bailey has so much more heart than we ever saw from Ellis, but will she lose that compassion if she keeps choosing work over family? Meanwhile, it was a big moment for Meredith to accept that her mom was happiest at the hospital; washing her ashes down the scrub sink was a way of leaving her to rest where she truly belonged.

A few other thoughts:

  • Poor Norman; I'd been getting used to him, but I suppose the Old Intern stuff couldn't have worked for a whole season. He did offer one of the most accurate assessments I've ever heard of Grey's: "You surgeons, you're all just a bunch of little children running around with your scalpels and severed feet and inappropriate sex in inappropriate places."
  • The scene with Cristina and Callie giggling over the ridiculousness of their lives was one of my favorites.
  • The guy who tried to cut off his own foot freaked me out, but it was a pretty stark representation of what happens when your life no longer feels like your own — especially juxtaposed with the story of the father who could get his life back if he accepted his own daughter's heart.
  • I loved Derek and Mark pranking each other. "Daddy?" Hee. Also, how cute was the boy with the ears? I won't even get into how unrealistic that story was, because it was just too adorable.
  • "Lookin'. It sounds way dirtier without the 'g.'"
  • Why does Derek have to start dating? Last I checked, waiting does not equal dating.

Anyone else cheering over Dr. Hahn? Loving Callie moving into Cristina's apartment? Wondering how long Gizzie can last? Tell me below.

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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 4, "The Heart of the Matter"

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 19, 2007 at 9:29AM

This week's Grey's Anatomy was a bit of a mixed bag. For every great scene or plot twist, there seemed to be two more that had me rolling my eyes. There was one thing that I thought worked completely, though, and that was Callie's story. To read my thoughts and share your own, just

So Callie rocked in this episode — and it's about time. She's been in denial about George's infidelity, and it's been taking her away from her work and making her everything but the strong, bone-cracking woman I first loved. Even after George told her he slept with Izzie, she was sullen and silent, forgiving him almost instantly. For half the episode, she seemed emotionless, and it wasn't until she took all her anger out on the boyfriend of the exercise fanatic that she finally snapped. But when she snapped — oh, that was a beautiful thing. "Don't you dare come to me for forgiveness, you traitorous bitch." Score one for Callie.

On the other hand, score exactly zero for Izzie (or negative points, if possible). It probably wasn't her fault that the whole hospital thought she and Callie were going to have a schoolyard fight in the cafeteria (I blame Izzie's pesky interns for that), but when she greeted Callie with her dukes up, I felt embarrassed for her. And I wasn't the only one: Alex wasted no time in telling her how ashamed she should be of sleeping with George. Granted, he's a little biased (and clearly still carrying a torch for her, but seriously? All this drama over George O'Malley?

Derek, meanwhile, pulled one of the bigger a-hole moves of the season with his speech telling Meredith she was still, emotionally, an intern. Derek's getting all buddy-buddy with Lexie, but I still have hope they won't hook up; I suspect he truly did just tell her how much he loves Meredith, the way you would when you meet the sister of the woman you love. But I'm tired of Derek making himself a martyr. If he loves Meredith, he has to really love her, emotional unavailability and all. Waiting until someone better comes along is not the same as waiting.

What really bugged me about this episode? The writing. I couldn't believe there was a plot line involving a woman getting the wrong diagnosis because of bad handwriting just minutes after Izzie gave a penmanship speech to her interns. Apparently subtle foreshadowing is a lost art. And I love Edward Hermann to the ends of the earth, but his Very Old Intern character really deserves some better material. Having him talk like one of the kiddos was funny the first time, but not the fourth time.

A few other thoughts:

  • The story with the paralyzed football player didn't do much for me except make me wish I could have been watching Friday Night Lights, but it was nice to see Cristina actually step up and be a teacher. I'm also getting annoyed with people for not giving Lexie even the teensiest break; as soon as Meredith decided to stop hating her, Cristina had to start.
  • Nice continuity to bring the Chief's niece back — though I'm pretty sure it was a different actress playing Camille this time. I'm not invested in the Chief/Adele storyline, but the scene where Camille begged the Chief to let her go was a classic Grey's tearjerker.

Other thoughts? Is this the end of Gizzie — or just the beginning? And did anybody else think the previews for next week looked b-a-d?

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"Grey's Anatomy" Rundown: Episode 3, "Let the Truth Sting"

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 12, 2007 at 9:34AM

Did I fall asleep and wake up sometime in the middle of season two of "Grey's Anatomy"? This is the second episode in a row that hasn't had me wanting to hurl things at my TV, and it had enough good in it to remind me of "Grey's" of old. To hear the rest of my take and add your thoughts, just

The two major themes in this episode were speaking (or not speaking) and losing a step with age, both of which collided in the case of the woman who needed to have her tongue removed/replaced. The Chief — and, for whatever reason, Mark — needed to prove to themselves that they were still spry enough to learn new procedures, but that got them into dangerous territory when they had to make up the surgery as they went along. Yes, it was medical history, but it was medical history that very nearly left a woman unable to talk, and I was glad Derek told them off for being too cavalier.

The other major development was the awakening of Really Old Guy, the semi-comatose man whose room the interns/new residents had been using as their personal lunch site. When he woke up, he knew everything — that Meredith and Derek are having problems, that Alex was crushing on Ava, that Izzie wants George to leave Callie. He also knows, or thinks he knows, that George won't leave Callie, and for much of the episode it looked like he was going to be right. Of course, in true Izzie fashion, she got a little too attached to Really Old Guy; who didn't know, the second she started giving him a speech about needing someone to talk to, that he was going to be dead? I liked the idea of this story, but I was expecting Really Old Guy to blab George's secret to Callie. Now that would have been interesting.

The end of the episode brought two big moments: Alex telling the other interns that George was a repeater, and George telling Callie that he slept with Izzie. Two big things that had gone a long time unsaid are out in the open now. What's going to happen next?

Some other thoughts:

  • Alex's case seemed the furthest removed from the rest of the goings-on in the episode, but it did feature one of the grossest medical procedures I've ever seen on "Grey's." I think it was supposed to serve as a lesson that age doesn't necessarily bring wisdom. I wonder if that older intern is sticking around or if he was just a one-time metaphor.
  • Cristina faking miserable to get surgeries was classic: "Sad is mine. Go find your own pretend emotion." I loved how Meredith really piled it on when she realized she was being played, asking Cristina to come over and cry.
  • Bailey rocks. I love her proposal to Callie that they tackle this job like a team; some people have said that was a sign of weakness, but I think Bailey is sick of being angry and just wants to get back to what she does best: whipping people into shape.
  • Lexie and Meredith took baby steps toward civility this week, after Lexie decided Meredith was pushing her too hard. Meredith's response was to get the file from the day Susan died and walk Lexie through it. I hope that leads to less resentment between the two.
  • I'm really liking the friendship between Derek and Mark. They have a fun chemistry together; is it wrong to say they're currently my favorite "couple" on the show? And while we're at it, would you marry McDreamy?

Your thoughts? Will Callie leave George? Will Gizzie finally be broken up? Will "Grey's" stay good for a whole season?

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"Grey's Anatomy" Rundown: Episode 2, "Love/Addiction"

Posted By Entertainment on Oct 5, 2007 at 9:31AM

This week's "Grey's Anatomy" had a couple of great things going for it: a cohesive theme, a compelling case, and Diahann Carroll as Mama Burke. I thought it was leaps and bounds better than last week's season premiere, almost back to being old "Grey's" again. To hear more of my thoughts and add your own, just

Earlier this week, I was complaining about how "Private Practice" hasn't yet figured out how to make its cases and its doctors' lives fit together seamlessly. This episode of "Grey's" was a great example of how to do it, and really, it's one of the things the show does best. All of the patients were hurt when a meth lab in an apartment exploded; all of the doctors were dealing with what happens when their own addictions — to love, sex, work, whatever — stop being fun and start being hurtful.

Mama Burke was on the scene, and it was almost like she was there to tell the characters exactly what I would have wanted to tell them if I could leap through the TV screen. Meredith was at best inappropriate and at worst selfish when she she told the crowd at the wedding — and Derek — that it was "so over." George shouldn't be married just out of obligation. Derek shouldn't be settling for less love than he deserves. I thought Mama's point to Cristina was especially incisive: She's lost her teacher; will she still be as great a heart surgeon as she would have been if Burke were still there? Cristina didn't get married partly because she was afraid of losing her professional edge — but is it possible she's lost it anyway?

I believe that "Grey's" can only be as awesome as Bailey is in any given episode, and last night was no exception. The Nazi is back! She gave Callie a look that could kill when Callie told her she couldn't have a resident for the clinic; she guilt-tripped Meredith to get her way anyway; and she dressed down Alex for putting himself in danger by getting in the way of a drug dealer. Chandra Wilson is a joy to watch, and all of her powers were on display last night.

Some other thoughts:

  • I'm getting the sense that Gizzie is going to fall apart as soon as the rest of the world knows about it. Callie obviously suspects the affair now, but she still can't deal with being told — especially not after the horrid start to her chief residency. And George, at least for now, is respecting her wishes and not saying a word. But how long can that keep up, really?
  • Loved the scene with Cristina using her wedding gifts for professional gain. Poor Izzie, not being able to get her coveted mixer because she had nothing to offer.
  • Meredith and Derek's relationship just seems silly now. "Sex and mockery"? Fitting in with the addiction theme, Derek clearly sees that he's going back to Meredith time and time again, even when he knows it's bad for him. But can he ever stop?
  • Cristina's reaction to the explosion: "Excellent! ... Horrible. Horrible, horrible, sad."
  • Meredith really, really doesn't want to know Lexie, does she? She's a reminder of all Meredith didn't have growing up, and that's obviously painful for her. Still, I'd be surprised if they aren't buddy-buddy by the end of the season.

Any other thoughts? Does "Grey's" have its groove back? Or are you tuned out for good?

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"Grey's Anatomy" Rundown: Episode 1, "A Change is Gonna Come"

Posted By Entertainment on Sep 28, 2007 at 9:30AM

Oh, how I wish I could say "Grey's Anatomy" came roaring back from the summer break with an episode that would erase all my doubts about the show. Sadly, "A Change is Gonna Come" was not that episode. It had some good moments, but for the most part, I'm still left wondering if I'm ever going to get my old "Grey's" back. To read more of my thoughts and share your own, just

The episode picks up about two weeks after the third-season finale. Cristina and Meredith have gone on Cristina's honeymoon, Alex has grown some questionable facial hair and taken a road trip vaguely in the direction of Ava/Rebecca, and Izzie doesn't seem to have done much of anything besides mope around and wonder why George isn't speaking to her. For his part, George is back with the new interns, hoping to keep his status as the repeat intern a secret.

Among those interns, of course, is Lexie Grey. I'm going to put all my cards on the table here and say that I really like the introduction of Lexie. It shows that no matter how much Meredith tries to separate from her family now that her mommy and fake mommy have both died and Thatcher won't speak to her, she can never really cut the cord. Lexie seems to share Meredith's proclivity for discussing her personal life right in the middle of medical procedures (introducing herself as Meredith's sister while Meredith is dealing with an incoming trauma?), but I think she adds an interesting element to the show — as long as they don't have her start going after Derek.

Where this episode lost me completely was Izzie's case. The other residents and their teams are dealing with trauma victims from a car crash; Izzie lets a little kid talk her into saving a deer. In the parking lot. Using equipment from the ER that's meant for people. I get that there was this whole Bambi metaphor going (George is Bambi, Izzie's Bambi, everyone wants to save Bambi), and it led to a decent-enough payoff — Izzie finally giving her interns the what-for — but that doesn't make up for it being dumb.

Speaking of which: George and Izzie. You know, I really thought that was supposed to be over, but George ending the first episode by saying "I love you, too" doesn't give me much hope.

A couple of other thoughts:

  • Did anyone else crack up when Meredith's voiceover said "change" just as Alex handed a bag of change to Cristina? It was so egregiously bad that I wondered if it was accidental.
  • The man who ate everything was pretty awesome, though.
  • Callie is not going to be a good chief resident. I wonder if she'll toughen up — or give up.
  • Loved the residents giving their interns the Bailey speech from the pilot (and failing miserably).
  • I liked the way Lexie cheered George up and volunteered to keep his secret. But I still doubt his status will be secret for long; I'd say he's going to have a pretty tough time explaining why he's married to the chief resident if he's never set foot in the hospital before, for one thing.
  • Poor Cristina really thought Burke would be back. She's going to have a tough road ahead.
  • Meredith and Derek? So not broken up.
  • Quote of the night: "I came to Seattle to get you back." — Mark to Derek.

What about you? Were you glad to see Seattle Grace back? Or were you too annoyed with the deer scenes to care?

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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 24, "Didn't We Almost Have It All"

Posted By Entertainment on May 18, 2007 at 10:57AM

So after everything this season — the tremors and the ferry crashes, the weddings and the births and the deaths — this is where we end up. I thought the "Grey's Anatomy" finale this week was pretty reflective of the season as a whole: pretty predictable, but with enough good things thrown in to make me hopeful for next season. In fact, I'm actually pretty happy with the cliffhangers leading us into season four, so without further ado,

First of all, props to smarler and CM213 for calling the Lexie Grey thing long before I even thought of it last week. Brilliant!

I loved how the episode was structured around the sequences of Richard issuing his verdict to all of the candidates for chief. Each candidate was told no for a reason so appropriate to their characters: Mark because he was just in the race to one-up Derek; Addison because she needed the job too much; Burke because the Chief holds him to a higher standard.

But that’s only a small part of Richard’s story this episode; the rest of the time, he’s with Adele. He finds out she's pregnant, of course, but he still sits with her and makes her drink water and acts like her husband. She goes into surgery and loses the baby, but Richard misunderstands and thinks Adele has died; he runs in, sees her open her eyes, and sighs with relief. He asks Adele if she should call the father, but she says the father didn't know; she misjudged him, she says, thinking he would run, but instead he's a man who would sit by her bedside and make her drink her water. Richard slowly realizes she’s saying he would have been a father.

Cristina, meanwhile, is a ball of wedding anxiety, and the other girls literally write her vows on her hand. Burke's mom gives her the family's heirloom choker — choker, of course, in case we couldn't get the symbolism — and somehow shaves off Cristina's eyebrows, and she arrives at the hospital begging to please cut someone open.

Meredith babbles to Derek that she's herself again and now she wants him to sleep over, and he informs her that he met a girl at a bar and flirting with her was the highlight of his week. He works on the hikers, one of whom admits he accidentally swatted their friend in the head with the axe when they were falling. But in surgery, Derek realizes the strike wasn't accidental. One hiker finally admits their friend was in so much pain that the axe was the swiftest way to end his suffering. Inspired, Derek asks Meredith for the metaphorical axe to the head: If she doesn't see a future for them, she needs to put him out of his misery.

Burke tries out his vows in surgery — "I am not optimistic; I am not hopeful. I am sure." — and Addison jokingly tells him to dump Cristina and marry her instead. Callie tells George all she can think about is having a baby, and they start trying right there in the on call room. And it turns in to a very good day for Callie, because Bailey checks the board for the chief resident announcement and it's Calliope Torres, M.D. Izzie, oblivious to all of this, goes to George and tells him that if he really wants to be with Callie, she'll support him, but she's in love with him, and she needs him to know that — "and I hope you're in love with me, too."

Meanwhile, Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca's husband, Jeff, shows up, but Rebecca mostly looks bored. Just before Alex is going to leave for the wedding, Rebecca tells him that she's been discharged; Alex isn't taking the bait, so she spells out that she's looking for Alex to give her a reason not to go. Alex tells her Jeff is a decent guy and she should stay with him.

Minutes before the wedding, the interns get their test scores, and George doesn’t pass. Burke essentially congratulates Derek on being chief, but Derek says he didn’t get the offer. Alex flirts with Addison, and she says he wants Ava/Rebecca and not her — but when he goes back (which I wish he wouldn’t have) he finds an empty room. George, meanwhile, asks Bailey what to do next, and she tells him he can either leave or repeat his intern year. "Did I fail you, George?" she asks, and he responds that he failed her.

Cristina is about to go down the aisle when she realizes that her vows are gone; she freaks out and Burke ends up walking up the aisle to find her. Meredith calms her down, and Cristina says she didn't want the wedding before, but now she thinks she does; Burke says he wants her to know, and he leaves. I know I said before that I'd be done if Burke left her at the altar, but it actually worked for me. Meredith, meanwhile, tells everyone in the church that it's over.

Cristina's standing in her dress in the apartment when Meredith walks in. Cristina says Burke is gone — his trumpet is gone, and his CDs, and his lucky scrub cap. She asks Meredith to get the choker and the dress off her while she sobs “he’s gone! I’m free … dammit.”

George is cleaning out his locker when the new group of interns comes in. Among them: the girl from the bar. She asks George for advice; he tells her to learn how to do an appendectomy before the first day. She then introduces herself as Lexie Grey.

In the end, we see the final scene with the chief and Derek, and Derek tells Richard he's not the best man for the job — Richard is. Wouldn't he do it differently if he could have another chance?

So that's our season. I love the introduction of Lexie. Does she even know about Meredith? I can't imagine why Thatcher wouldn't have steered her away from Seattle Grace, but Lexie seems like the kind of girl who gets what she wants, kind of a brighter, shiner, happier version of Meredith. There's something a little too perfect in Lexie also meeting Derek in a bar the night before she starts her internship at Seattle Grace, but I like what it could do for the story, so I'll take it. I can't imagine Richard will come back as chief, honestly, now that he's somewhat reconciled with Adele; doesn't this just put him in the same position he was before, choosing his job over his family? And I'm not sure I see George leaving, either; if he repeated his intern year, it would be a way to integrate Lexie's class of interns in with the existing group. Burke, too, doesn't really feel gone, yet, and I want to hear the chief tell Bailey why he passed her over. I'm ready to leave this rollercoaster season behind, but I'm hopeful about the setup we've been given for season four. What do you think?

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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 23, "Testing, 1-2-3"

Posted By Entertainment on May 11, 2007 at 11:40AM

Well, that felt ... normal. It was nice to have "Grey's Anatomy" back as its own show after last week's jumpy, jumbled mess, and for the most part, I thought it felt like old-school "Grey's." While I'm dreading next week's finale, I enjoyed the setup, so to talk about it,

It’s test day for the interns, as well as the day before Burke and Cristina’s wedding, the day of Susan’s funeral, and the day George finds out he's gotten into the surgery program at Mercy West. Sounds like a perfect setup for disaster, huh?

Early on, Ava — who has teeth now! — slips and reveals a memory to Alex. She ultimately admits she remembers her life: She was in a lousy marriage, and she'd come to Seattle to get away. All I could think about was Alex telling her last week that some people would kill for the ability not to remember; how awful it must have been for Ava to realize she liked the blank slate better. Alex doesn't understand why she won't tell people she's alive, and she refuses to tell him her name.

A grieving, angry Thatcher shows up at the hospital and tells Meredith she's not wanted at Susan’s funeral. "She trusted you, she came to you for help, and you killed her," he shouts. Just before the interns' test begins, Richard tells Meredith she's not to blame for Susan's death. "Just because you slept with my mother does not make you my father," she says. In the test room, she stares blankly into space.

Derek asks Meredith how the test went, but she pushes past him and sits alone while the interns try to figure out how to help. George tells her that when your parents die, you make terrible decisions that you'll have to live with for a long time. Eventually, the interns convince Richard to let Meredith retake the test; she again says he’s not her father, but she cries in his arms anyway.

Meanwhile, Addison is being stalked by pregnant women. First, Joe and Walter show up with their potential surrogate mom and ask Addison to check her out. Then Adele comes in after a fender-bender and tells Addison she's pregnant — at age 50+! — with another man's baby. Addison whines to Callie that maybe she could get pregnant if she were gay, or a teenager, or a member of the AARP, and Callie admits that she's been thinking about getting pregnant herself.

Which is perfect timing, given all that’s going on with George. Bailey gives George a dressing-down, telling him he'd be a fool to transfer out of the most prestigious surgery program in the country. George says he simply can't see Izzie every day — "I'm a married man," he says, nice of him to realize — but Izzie tries a last-ditch effort to keep him from going. "I know you think I have feelings for you,” she says, “but I don't, so you can stay." Liar!

Now that we know how the interns are doing, let’s talk about the mountain climbers. This was one of the more adept medical-cases-as-metaphors this show has done. Three climbers who were tied together get injured on a mountain; they’ve left their fourth friend behind to die. The way I see it, Burke and Cristina are climbing the mountain, hoping the pain will be worth it; Izzie is the climber getting her hands amputated; and Meredith is the climber left behind to die. But the interns have saved her by getting her to take the test again, right?

Well ...

Everything explodes in the final few minutes. Callie tells Bailey — who's been almost assured of her spot as chief resident — that she's in the running, too. Burke tells Derek that he has no idea if Cristina's written her vows; Derek tells Burke he has no idea how Meredith's doing at all. Joe and Addison briefly talk babies, until Walter comes back with the surrogate mom, who faints in the bar. And Ava tells Alex her real name: Rebecca.

Richard runs into Adele, who slips into the bathroom to avoid him. He starts shouting through the door: "I've moved on! OK, I'm not actually dating, but I intend to!" Finally, he walks in — and finds Adele passed out on the floor.

Cristina attempts to write her vows, whining about how the whole "love and cherish you every moment of every day of my life" bit is stupid. Izzie says that if she couldn't be with the person she loved, hearing something like that would be all she could ever think about. "You're talking about Denny, right?" asks Meredith, while Callie gives Izzie the death stare.

Derek runs into a random woman at the bar who asks to buy him a drink. He says no, but when she says that's a shame, he wonders aloud if she's right.

And in the final scene, in comes the last hiker — with an axe in his head. "What the hell happened up on that mountain?" Bailey asks. So, girl in the bar = axe in Meredith's head?

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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 22, "The Other Side of This Life"

Posted By Entertainment on May 4, 2007 at 11:00AM

Well, that's what all the anticipation was for. Our very special "Grey's Anatomy" aired last night, advancing things for our doctors at Seattle Grace and offering a glimpse of what could become "Private Practice" if ABC picks up the show for the fall. And I've got to say, I was underwhelmed by both shows. The awkward, back-and-forth structure kept me from enjoying — or even concentrating on — either one. I know the writers want to pretend this was just another episode of "Grey's," but we all know by now that the LA stuff is meant to be a pilot, so admit it and give it its own hour so we can form a coherent opinion already. Yeesh.

To save you from going through that dizzying hell all over again, I'm going to recap the two parts separately. Read my thoughts on "Private Practice" here, and to talk about what happened in Seattle last night,

First of all, I can't believe we didn't get to see the heart-to-heart between Richard and Addison when she told him she needed a leave of absence; I feel like Richard sees Addy as a little sister, and I wish we could have heard what he had to say. Instead, all we got was Richard telling Mark that Addison had left for a while "to be happy and free." Gag me. Mark lays into Alex for making Addison leave, then confesses to Derek that he caught Addison breaking the 60-day rule. "Must've been hard for you," Derek snarks.

Speaking of Derek, Meredith informs him that now is not the time to give up on her; since drowning, she says, she wants to be a better person. He buys it — so much for his big Mere vs. chief debate — but of course their happiness can't even last till the end of the episode. The newest wedge between them comes from yet another tragedy for Mere: Susan shows up in the hospital with hiccups that won't stop (does anyone believe for a second that she'd really go to the free clinic?). Meredith and Thatcher actually bond, a little, but Susan gets worse and eventually dies on the operating table. Meredith must tell Thatcher his wife is dead, and in his grief, he slaps Mere across the face. Derek tries to stop Meredith as she walks away, but she brushes past.

Cristina, meanwhile, runs into the Attack of the Wedding-Planning Mothers when both her mom and Burke's show up. Somehow she ends up asking Callie to be a bridesmaid, which, naturally, just thrills Izzie. All of the girls wind up in a bridal shop, and Cristina (dressed in a tornado of lace and tulle) confronts Burke: "What happened to our small ceremony? What happened to you and me at city hall?" Burke says he's a traditional man. He apologizes to his mom for Cristina's behavior, and she says — liar! — that if Burke believes Cristina is right for him, she trusts his opinion.

Of course, this plants a little seed of doubt for Burke. He and George end up sharing their wedding woes, with George admitting he didn't think his own marriage through in advance. He wonders aloud if it's possible to love two people at the same time. Burke: "I'm still hoping it's possible just to love one person." In the end, Cristina gets a dress — it's too tight and she can't breathe but a wedding's just one day, right? — and she and Burke both lie that they're happy. Molly and I decided last night that if Burke leaves her at the altar, we're so done with this show.

Meanwhile, Izzie has a breakdown with George, once again whining that it's unfair that she's losing her best friend. So of course George kisses her. Again. There are no words for my rage; Callie deserves better.

Finally, Ava tells Alex she's frustrated by not having anything to say to her baby; she can't even remember what life is like outside Seattle Grace. The doctors discover she needs surgery to stop bleeding in her brain, and Ava becomes convinced that the procedure will bring her memory back. When she wakes up, though, she still can't remember a thing. Alex takes her outside so she can feel fresh air again and tells her that a lot of people would kill to have a blank slate like she does. She asks him why he's so good with her but so bad with women he has feelings for. "What happened to you, Alex?" she asks. His reply: "Maybe I don't remember." He goes home to do tequila shots with Izzie and Meredith (drinking to "crappy friends and crappy family") while Derek watches from outside.

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