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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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Which Will You Prefer: "Grey's" or "Private Practice"?

Posted By Entertainment on May 4, 2007 at 5:59AM

OK, it might not be fair to ask this so early, but I've got to do it. Based on Thursday night's special "Grey's Anatomy," which series would be more likely to win a spot on your fall TV viewing schedule: "Grey's" or "Private Practice"? (For the sake of the argument, "both" is not an option!)

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More Details Spill about "Grey's" Spinoff

Posted By Entertainment on May 1, 2007 at 1:09PM

We've heard the rumors, we've seen the pictures, and we're getting tantalizingly close to watching the "Grey's Anatomy" episode that could become "Private Practice." As if my anticipation weren't already high enough, the Los Angeles Times recently published a fascinating story that addressed some of the myths about the spinoff and made me even more intrigued for Thursday's episode. Scroll down for some of the best revelations.

  • The spinoff was Shonda's idea. My theory was that ABC wanted to capitalize on the success of "Grey's" by starting the second series, but network entertainment president Stephen McPherson said creator Shonda Rhimes and executive producer Betsy Beers approached him with the idea last fall. "I immediately kissed them," he told the LA Times. "I flipped for it."
  • It's not "Grey's 2.0." Don't think of this like a "CSI" spinoff, with essentially the same plot but a different setting and cast. Rhimes described the show as lighter than "Grey's," and Beers called it "more neurotic." More neurotic than "Grey's"? Seriously?

Two more, so

  • Kate Walsh wondered why she was still on "Grey's." After Derek picked Meredith and Addison denied Mark, Walsh didn't quite know why the writers kept Addison on "Grey's" instead of sending her back to New York. Her character was only supposed to be in a handful of episodes, Rhimes says, but Walsh's performance convinced the writers to keep her around, and they soon started to see more possibilities for the character.
  • Rumors of jealousy toward Walsh have been greatly exaggerated. Though it was said that Ellen Pompeo, in particular, felt she should have been consulted before the spinoff plans started, Walsh said none of that is true. "Everyone has been truly, truly supportive and lovely," she told the LA Times. "Literally every person, when they let the cast know I was going to be doing this, every single cast member called me and said, 'Congratulations.'"

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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 21, "Desire"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 27, 2007 at 10:56AM

As the title would suggest, this episode of "Grey's Anatomy" was all about desire and where it lands you — which, if the show can be believed, is a big, fat nowhere. Everyone saw their desires backfire this time, setting up a lot of heartache for the final episodes of the season, so for all the details (plus a TON of pictures),

First, I must address the penis fish. Yes, it's a bit obvious to have a guy who has an affair get a carnivorous fish stuck in his unmentionables, and usually I hate it when the medical cases are too perfectly related to the interns' lives. But I have to give them a pass on the penis fish. Not only did it lead to some of the best lines of the night — Mere's "It's no fish in my hoohoo, but it's certainly not an easy ride," for one — but it's just. So. Nasty.

I think "Grey's" has become my penis fish. Like Izzie said to George, it should give me a lot of joy, but often it feels like there's something's chewing up my insides. And while I thought this episode was OK overall, some of it was just too much.

Really, what I'm talking about is Izzie and George. First, they're working together with a guy who wants to be with a girl so much that he feels like he's on fire whenever she's around. Then, George has to deal with Larry-the-board-chairman's mistress. And then, Larry's wife tells George that she knows about Larry's affair — "The wife always knows." Add to that Callie stumbling on George and Izzie at the precise moment when George is shoving wedding cake into Izzie's mouth, and the plotline started to feel like a million anvils bonking me on the head.

I loved Callie telling Izzie off in the elevator, though; she really wants George back, though I'm not sure she actually had him to start with. And the Callie-Addison scene was awesome, with Addison telling Callie that if she's obsessing over all the time Izzie is spending with George, she probably has a reason to worry. And I'm curious to see if George will really transfer to Mercy West. Would that even solve anything?

While we're on the topic of Addison, it's time to talk about the Addisex. I loved Ava serving as the gossip hub of Seattle Grace, but her passing out before she could tell Alex the latest Addison scoop was, again, a bit much. It hardly mattered, though, because Addison took matters into her own hands and jumped Alex in the closet. That scene made me a little angry — I so don't want Addison to be the person who kisses an intern in the hallway — but I was also curious to see what would happen when they got together. And the answer is: nothing. Alex doesn't want her, and Addison wants more than hot sex in the closet. Plus, Mark isn't fighting for her; saying he gave into sex before the 60 days were up was an easy out, but it was the right move. I loved Addison's wistful glance back at Seattle Grace as she walked out — almost like she's about to leave for LA, or something.

Meredith and Derek are a mess now, too — and I'm pretty happy about that. Meredith has developed "girlfriend GPS," but Derek is pulling back. And I was glad he was able to overlook the fact that naked Meredith had climbed into his bed and say what someone has been needing to say for weeks: that he spent the scariest hour of his life trying to breathe for her after she let herself drown, and he's not sure he can keep breathing for her forever.

Burke and Cristina seem to be the only happy ones right now — and even then, I'm not sure if happy is the word. She could barely be bothered with his cake-tasting (I loved Bailey walking away with a whole cake), yet in the end they both settled on red velvet, and Cristina finally ditched her studying to make out with him (albeit only after he forced the flash cards out of her hand).

The Chief and Bailey had some good moments this time around, too (finally!). Larry gave the Chief a lot to think about, and now I'm not so sure he's going to retire after all. Meanwhile, he's trying to give Bailey a warning, telling her that she needs to step back before she, too, loses touch with her family. It will be interesting to see what happens with the race for chief resident, because Perky! Sydney seems ready to step in if Bailey backs down.

Next week: A very special "Grey's." Until then, everyone remember not to pee in the Amazon!

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What Really Happens on the "Grey's Anatomy" Set

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 22, 2007 at 12:05PM

I know a lot of you didn't get to see the "Grey's Anatomy" season two gag reel before it got pulled from YouTube the first time around. Luckily, there's another chance: One of my favorite parts, which shows the actors' reactions after flubbing their lines, is back online. Check it out while you can, but be warned: Some of the actors and actresses (Ellen Pompeo, I'm looking at you) get a little saucy with their language when they've screwed up a scene, so best to get the kiddos out of the room first. And if that's not enough "Grey's" for you, don't forget to check out my recap of this week's episode and this awesome photo gallery from the May 3 episode that also serves as a pilot for "Private Practice".

To see Ellen cursing up a storm, Patrick talking about his hair, and Katherine and Sandra nearly kissing in the locker room,

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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 20, "Time After Time"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 20, 2007 at 11:31AM

So as I said earlier, I surprised myself by liking this week's "Grey's Anatomy." We got glimpses of all the families and surrogate families swirling around Seattle Grace: Meredith and her "fake mommy," Jane Doe/Ava and the family that might be hers, and Izzie and George (who I think are just so much better as friends, by the way, but more on that later). If you're ready to talk about it,

The episode, as Meredith told us in the voiceover, was all about our histories coming back to haunt us. We saw that most clearly with Izzie when the daughter she gave up for adoption arrives at Seattle Grace needing a bone marrow transplant. I'd forgotten that nobody knew about Izzie's daughter, but the secret comes out when Bailey spots Izzie crying. Izzie tells Bailey she's thought about meeting her daughter, but she always imagined that they'd both be older, and more mature, and healthy. It doesn't really matter, though, because Hannah's parents tell Izzie that Hannah doesn't want to meet her. Bailey — awesome Bailey — reminds Izzie that if she wants to have another chance with Hannah, Hannah needs to be alive, and Izzie agrees to the transplant, but only if it stays a secret.

Things moved too quickly from there, but I guess if they can build a clinic in eight days, they can do a bone marrow transplant in six hours. George starts to get worried about Izzie and coerces Meredith — who's been put in charge of Izzie's lab samples — into telling him where she is. He barges in and demands to know what's going on, and Izzie lets him stay through the procedure (and help her put her pants on, for a change … heh). Izzie tells George about Hannah, and she also tells him that she really needs them to be friends, but George just blubbers that he has to go and walks out.

And there's a pause, and he comes back to her! It's sweet, except I fear they might be falling in love, and I Do Not Want That. George wheels Izzie to the hallway where Hannah is getting her transplant and tells Izzie that Hannah looks like her, with her eyes and mouth ("so she probably talks a lot and eats a lot"). Izzie gets up the courage to look in the window and agrees that her daughter is beautiful. Then George runs into Callie and lies to her about where he's been. That’s not going to end well.

Meredith has some history of her own to contend with: Susan desperately wants to be her mom, but Meredith can't deal with the (s)mothering and tells Susan she won't be her daughter. Susan later tells Meredith it's her fault that Thatcher didn't fight harder for her; now she’s trying to find a way to be there for Mere, and Meredith needs to stop being rude.

Meanwhile, Richard admits that he doesn't want Derek to be chief because it will hurt Meredith. Derek tells Bailey she was right that being with Meredith would complicate everything, but Bailey tells Derek that success means nothing if he's alone. This should be easy; after all, Derek did pull Mere's near-dead body from the water. But when Meredith calls him, he doesn't answer.

Cristina gets rid of Marlowe by pretending to be girly and subservient, and it's mostly dull, but here's one interesting bit: After Marlowe embarrasses Burke in surgery, Cristina cheers Burke up by asking him to explain part of the procedure, and Marlowe tells her that the Cristina he knew would never try to boost someone's ego. Has Cristina lost her edge? Burke, though, seems thrilled that Marlowe is gone so Cristina can be herself again; he likes her ruthless side.

Jane Doe/Ava, meanwhile, gets her new face, and as soon as photos go out to the media, a family steps forward to claim her. They tell Ava her name is Shannon and she teaches second grade, and Ava is thrilled to have her history back. But it's a false alarm: Shannon's mom realizes that Ava isn't her daughter. Alone again, Ava accuses Alex of keeping her in the hospital so he can have her for himself.

Finally, Mark spends his screen time trying to teach Richard how to flirt, because — as Richard finally figures out — Mark thinks that if he gets Richard laid, Richard will make Mark chief. Mark takes Richard to Joe's Bar and gets Richard into a conversation with a pretty young thing; Richard rolls his eyes and complains to Addison that he doesn't even know how to date. Addison asks Richard to practice on her, and he asks her to dance, and oh my goodness: Do you think Addison will sleep with Richard, sending her career in a nosedive and possibly having her head to LA for a little thing we like to call "Private Practice"?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

Does "Grey's" Have Its Groove Back?

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 20, 2007 at 9:26AM

I've had my problems with "Grey's Anatomy" recently, but I've got to say, I thought last night's episode was pretty great. You can check out my recap, but first, tell me:

TV Tonight: ABC's Thursday Night Shows

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 19, 2007 at 8:30AM

Considering the slump NBC's Thursday lineup is having these days, we can probably hand tonight's ratings crown to ABC right now. The last time all three of the network's Thursday shows were new was March 21, but it feels like even longer ago than that, so it's a good thing that at least two of the three appear to have great episodes lined up for the evening. (I've checked out of "October Road" — anyone still watching?) On "Ugly Betty," Daniel reverts to his hard-partying ways, Betty somehow ends up at a club, and the diaries of Fey Sommers get leaked to the press. Then, on "Grey's Anatomy," well, this happens. Can I contain my excitement? No, I cannot. To see a preview of all three shows,

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First Look! Photos from A Very Special "Grey's"

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 16, 2007 at 12:30PM

Folks, meet the doctors of "Private Practice"! The first photos of the "Grey's Anatomy" episode that could lead to the Addison-centered spinoff are out, and they're packed with interesting glimpses of the show-to-be.

According to ABC, the two-hour episode will be called "The Other Side of This Life," and it's scheduled to air May 3. Details are still a little sketchy, but we know that Addison will be taking a temporary leave from Seattle Grace and setting out on a road trip to LA. It looks like a jam-packed episode, including:

  • Cristina shopping for a wedding dress, aided by Meredith, Izzie, and Callie (and, it would appear, Burke's mom)
  • Addison reuniting with her old med school friends and their buddies, played by Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, and Amy Brenneman
  • Chris Lowell, shirtless.

I have tons of pictures (all copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.), so if you want a look,

"Grey's Anatomy" Sneak Peek: This Could Be Good

Posted By Entertainment on Apr 13, 2007 at 1:30PM

It looks like a lot of us agree that "Grey's Anatomy" needs to do something — and fast! — to stop the downhill slide that started back in February sweeps. So I was quite excited to come across this new sneak peek of the April 19 episode, which introduces a story line that I think could do the trick. I don't want to reveal too much for you spoilerphobes, but I will say one thing to tempt you: Remember how Izzie had a daughter? Go watch the clip, then leave a comment telling me what you think. I can't wait to talk about this!

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