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Forget the 3 episode arc… Grey’s Anatomy has already upped the ante for next season by introducing the 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ Speaking of plans… this episode begins with Meredith talking about well laid plans. Oh Meredith… where was this plan a few weeks ago when you decided to fall into the ocean and forget to swim?!
Upstairs, we see Izzie sneaking out of bed trying not to wake George. She runs into Christina and Meredith in the kitchen downstairs, where Christina complains that Izzie and George were being loud the night before. Busted! Of course, Izzie jumps and instantly acts about as innocent as someone who just slept with a married man. Silly girl, it’s only okay to keep the whole house up when it’s Meredith and Derek doing it. But it’s a false alarm and no one else seems to know anything other than drinking went on. Around this time, George stumbles downstairs, and it is immediately obvious that he remembers nothing.
The Zoloft I get from the nice men in the white suits helps me forget things too.
I’m pretty sure that there are some people (namely the George and Izzie shippers out there) that were very let down at the beginning of this episode. I mean, George was more than clueless to Izzie’s looks of disappointment, and his first and only worry was that he hadn’t called Callie before he fell asleep. This storyline seems really out of the blue to me. I mean it was less than 2 episodes ago that we were all treated to Izzie admitting that she is still dealing with the death of Denny and now he’s forgotten again. Wait, why am I complaining? Upgrade!
Back at the hospital George is trying to wash off the smell of indiscretion when Ms. O’Malley walks in. Through those red eyes he asks her why she is all dressed up and she explains her dad is in town. Evidently Mr. Torres is where Callie got all of her caliente from and she wants George to be on his best behavior. Of course Izzie manages to walk in on this lovely marital discussion and make things more awkward than ever. Izzie acts so weird all the time anyways, Callie doesn’t even react much to the stammering and rambling that ensues.
While all the rumblings of another black panty scandal are happening, in another part of the hospital Christina is bringing Burke juju. Burke informs Christina that he has his own juju thank you very much, and he isn’t going to let her change things back to the way they were. This is obviously why their relationship works so well, they communicate by coffee. Maybe that’s what actually sparked Isaiah Washington’s little incident with T.R. Knight, some misread coffee signals.
The other residents are all stalking the Chief, who informs them that Marlow has a 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ for the hospital and they should do the same. They all seem a bit annoyed by this news, as I’m sure it will prevent them from the required surgical montage in every episode. I mean, if they are busy making a 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ when will there be time for operation montages?
This week wouldn’t be complete without everyone’s favorite broken faced pregnant woman, and the only patient that has managed to stay in Seattle Grace for more than two weeks. I guess that they can’t really send her home as she can’t remember who she is yet. Anyway, we are treated to a scene that includes practically every doctor in the hospital. It felt about 3 minutes away from an orgy. Broken faced pregnant woman is about to have surgery so they can turn her into just pregnant woman. Not surprisingly, she has trouble picking her face out of some of the ugliest computer pictures I have ever seen and again turns to Alex for help. I mean really, I’ve seen nicer pictures when they recreate Neantherdals faces on the Discovery Channel. Alex is really proving himself to be a good guy with this storyline. He rescued her, he comes to the hospital after hours to talk to her, and now he’s explaining the big scary surgery to her.
Not to disappoint, we are introduced to our patients for this episode with their super rare diseases. The writers have given up trying to convince us that this is something we would see in a normal hospital. I’m pretty sure that Callie’s exact words were “this is a disease so rare that you will never see it again”. Anyway, our rare disease of the week is something that causes the woman to freeze up like a statue. Statue lady has a daughter who just might be as crazy as Izzie. George and Callie get assigned to this patient and at the last second Izzie gets to join too. Start counting all the awkward longing glances that Izzie gets to give George. It’s a good thing that George picked a crazy woman to cheat on his wife with. This way when Izzie starts rambling about George and sex, everyone else will just ignore her while Christina storms angrily out of the room.
Speaking of my favorite doctor that lacks a bedside manner, Christina gets assigned to the clinic, and her patient is a man who demands pain meds. Drug addict? No, turns out that the guy just has some nasty sore on his foot. BUT, because this is Grey’s Anatomy and it can’t just be an open sore, Christina informs him that she is going to have to amputate his foot. I wonder which will be blunter, the way she broke the news to him or the stump that is left when his foot is gone.
Sloan sees the Chief and uses his chance to show off by giving Meredith the bone harvest for broken faced pregnant woman’s surgery. The Chief looks happy for Meredith, winning some points for Sloan. Meredith runs off to practice for this surgery and to see what sort of face that broken faced pregnant woman has picked out.
Derek stops by to hover over Meredith while she is studying. She seems proud that her dead mother would be proud of her doing this surgery. Forget bright and shiny, try morbid and creepy. They have some strange conversation where he asks her how bad “it” is today. She responds by saying a 6 or 7. I don’t know if I just tuned out, but I really did not understand what was going on here. What was “it”? Meredith’s self absorbtion level?
I may be looking at you, but I’m still thinking about myself.
Back in infidelity land, George and Izzie are giving statue woman an MRI. Still drunk, George tells her to lie still. This leads to an awkward pause where he realizes that she can’t exactly move. I can see this meeting with Callie’s dad going really well. Izzie continues to freak out and is wondering HOW George doesn’t remember how great sex was with her. I mean, we all saw how great it was with Meredith, so we all know that George must be a tiger in bed. George comments that he didn’t mean anything he did while he was blacked out. Izzie mumbles that he meant it more than once, and we are interrupted by something on the MRI. This means surgery montage!
Elsewhere, Addison is practicing her 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ speech for the board. Sloan is watching and gets clued on the whole 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ business. He seems a bit worried, and asks Addison about her flaws. She replies that she has none, and calls him a man-whore all in the same sentence. Sloan shoots back that he’s been celibate for 10 days. I guess he missed the memo that days are so old. It’s all about 10 YEARS this week Sloan.
Back in rare disease land, we discover that statue woman has bleeding in her stomach! And they can’t operate at the risk of more of her muscles turning into bone! Her daughter jumps in before the woman can say anything and informs the doctors that they can’t do surgery. Well yes, they know that, they went to medical school you idiot. Burke suggests a minimally invasive procedure, and statue woman accepts that she could die. Her daughter argues against this, but of course without surgery statue woman will die anyway. She decides to go ahead with the surgery.
Sloan is walking around the hospital trying to figure out what everyone else’s 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ is so that he won’t have to do any work. Derek catches onto him immediately and also accuses him of using Meredith to score points with the Chief. McSteamy admits it, and you have to give him credit, at least he is open and honest about being such a dirt bag.
Probably the funniest scene this whole episode was the one between Addison and Izzie. I really enjoy Grey’s because the writers tend to mix up the characters and so we get lots of awkward dialogue that would no doubt never take place at a real hospital and is still SO entertaining. Izzie confesses that she had hot sex the night before and Addison tells her to just forget it and not do it again. Ironic… the adulteress telling you not to commit adultery. Izzie fires back with an odd comment about God wanting her to do it, which Addison is skeptical of. Izzie claims that since God got a virgin pregnant he doesn’t play by the rules. Man, I am really trying to think that this is just a one night stand mistake situation, but Izzie was acting really needy this entire episode about the whole thing and I don’t see it going away any time in the near future. At least the sex scenes would be less awkward than if George had stayed with Meredith.
Elsewhere Derek is hovering over Meredith again. Come on man, you have to work on that 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ of yours or you are never going to be Chief! He pulls out his patented knight in shining armor technique, telling Meredith that Sloan is using her. Meredith is having none of it, and tells him to go away so she can practice making her dead mommy proud. With this part of his plan intact, Sloan continues asking the other residents about their 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢. He makes the mistake of asking Bailey who gets pretty snippy with him. She tells him that she doesn’t have time to think of a 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ because she is busy with her right now plan. I secretly wish that I could put people in their place as good as Bailey does. Sloan gets the picture and flees the scene, still without a plan.
It’s back to Alex and his broken faced pregnant patient. It’s almost time for her surgery and she still hasn’t
It’s lunchtime in Seattle Grace and we are treated to our usual activities. Izzie is rambling about something no one understands, Meredith is translating Christina’s rants for the rest of the group, and Christina eventually gives Izzie the look of annoyance before stalking out. Elsewhere, George is meeting Callie’s dad (the stern chauffeur from the Princess Diaries, kudos to casting) and it is not going well. Mr. Torres is NOT impressed that George was a mathlete and seems to think that he is a gold digger. Callie’s dad also insists that they will buy them a house and car, all of which will be in Callie’s name.
I guess I can deal with a house since I can’t move back into the hospital basement.
Because this meeting couldn’t get any more awkward, Mr. Torres spills his drink in George’s lap triggering a flashback on the night before. George yells out that Callie’s dad isn’t paying for anything then runs out to find Izzie. Izzie is of course waiting for him with one of those longing looks she has been shooting him all day. He drags her into a linen closet and for a moment I think we might be treated to some more sex in the hospital (that can’t be sanitary). Alas, George just punches the linens a few times and grabs Izzie’s hand to throw it down angrily. Izzie continues to shoot mournful glances his way, obviously completely forgetting that he has a WIFE and that he is MARRIED and that two episodes ago she was NOT over her dead fiancÃ©e. Callie’s dad runs off to find George and tells him that he is proud that he stood up to him. He also mentions not so subtly that if George hurts Callie that he will hurt him. It all felt very Cosa Nostra if you know what I mean. Callie also tells him that she is proud of him, triggering even more feelings of guilt.
Off working on his 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢, we see Derek talking to the Chief. He mumbles a lot about how worried he is about Meredith and how he worries that she is going to give up again. What we learn from this conversation is that Derek is distracted and that the Chief is going to give major points to anyone that makes Meredith strong again. I see Sloan coming into this race for chief resident very soon if he can get Meredith to pull off this surgery. Meredith confronts him about him using her to gain points, and he again admits it, but also tells her that this is the only way that she is going to be viewed as a strong person by the Chief again. Meredith, obviously not thinking about the man who is MADLY in love with her, decides to go ahead and let Sloan use her.
By the way, did it bother anyone else that an intern only got to practice for a few hours before doing this incredibly difficult surgery on a pregnant woman? I’m surprised Alex didn’t just jump in and offer to do it instead. In addition to monitoring the fetal heart rate, adopting her child and becoming her brother of course.
And… the surgery montage. We see the Chief and Derek hovering in the gallery watching Meredith. She manages not to screw up, and that’s point match game for Sloan. He’s obviously one of the best teachers in the hospital if he can teach someone that self absorbed a complicated medical procedure in just a few hours, right? We are also treated to more longing glances from Izzie to George across statue woman’s body. Remember her? She of course dies, and there are lots of long glances across her body. Have some respect for the dead people! And for marriage, George! Christina finally gets to cut her patient’s foot off, but she doesn’t seem that excited, even after Dr. Bailey tells her well done. It must be a bad day when she can’t get worked up over holding surgical tools.
Despite all this surgery, the residents have found time to work on their 10 YEAR PLAN!!!!â„¢ and present it to the board. The other residents wait outside while Sloan is taking his turn. They are about to wet themselves because they see the board members laughing. This is supposed to seem like it could never happen, but that is precisely why I predicted it would. The Chief comes out and informs them that McSteamy did a striptease, I mean presented a RIGHT NOW PLAN to the board, which they ate up. Bailey seems moderately pleased with this turn of events, despite the fact that he stole that idea from her.
George and Izzie are in the locker room discussing their situation. Izzie is all for telling Callie, but George makes it clear that that isn’t going to happen. It is SO obvious that Izzie really does have feelings for him and George just seems to ignore this. Later we see George and Callie in bed. Callie tries to trade some light hearted banter with him about how awful his clothes smell. George mumbles some reply and continues to act incredibly guilty. Callie is all smiles again, her caliente turned off for the night I guess.
And of course the episode wouldn’t be complete without a hot Addison and Alex moment. Fixed face pregnant girl notices and makes a suggestive comment that Alex brushes off. Is it ever going to happen? Will the circle of sleeping partners ever be complete at Seattle Grace?
The final scene shows us our two favorite couples in bed. Christina tells Burke that she wants a wedding, but without a lot of fanfare. Just Meredith and Derek and no veil. Burke smiles and agrees. There must have been some coffee exchange I missed there, because evidently Christina deciding to get married this time is different from before when she was doing it to appease Burke. Meredith and Derek exchange more secret rankings about how bad “it” is today. Derek admits that he was distracted and didn’t do well in his interview. Meredith starts kissing him and this ranking of “it” starts getting smaller.
Overall a good episode, but how long do you really think George and Izzie’s secret is going to last? What about this “it” that Meredith and Derek are ranking, what do you think?