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This week on Grey’s Anatomy, Izzie takes the “I’m fine, really!” line one step too far, a sexy bromance is rekindled, Lexie cleans out craft services and the producers pull out all the stops to make sure the audience is in tears by the end of the episode. Oh, and Meredith accomplishes a feat I didn’t think was possible. She becomes the first woman to ever look horrendous in a wedding dress.
*Side note, that is not the last time you will see that scary image this episode so if you are eating, you have been warned.
The episode kicks off with our favorite doctors in various states of the morning. Der and Mer are still in bed while Meredith analyzes her newly acquired bling. Alex is sitting with Izzie as she gets chemo and reads a bridal magazine. Arizona and Torres flirt in the hallway and Yang avoids Major Redface.
Der and Mer cuddle in bed laughing and cuddling and talking about their upcoming nuptials. This feels very realistic. Most couples spend this type of quality time in the morning before leaving for work. No couples hit snooze 4 times, deciding who will take out the dog and who will get the first shower without kissing because you both have awful breath. None, at, all.
Meredith wants to make sure that Derek understands why she isn’t wearing the diamond he gave her. She just isn’t that type of bride. She isn’t a poofy dress, married in a church kind of bride. She’d rather it be really simple and low key… There are few things I know for sure, but there is one thing I’ll bet anyone on. The first time you hear a girl say those words….those are ALWAYS the most high maintenance brides of them all. The more someone tells you how uninterested they are in the wedding planning, the more they want to talk about it. And YES I am talking to you, girl at work!!!! Sorry for the rant. But back to Meredith, fine you don’t want to have a big wedding, that’s cool. But too not wear a diamond? That’s just ridiculous.
They finally leisurely get out of bed and Mer tells Der that she handed over the wedding planning to Izzie because it helps take her mind off the chemo. Plus, that’ll ensure that the wedding will stay simple and low key, because that’s just the kind of girl Izzie is. They head downstairs to find Sloan and Lexie eating breakfast and making out. What is it a Sunday? I know they don’t have kids, but where is the running around? Where is the stubbing of toes and struggling to find the car keys? Who hangs out like this in the morning? Sloan and Derek give each other menacing looks, because remember they still hate each other because…um, because Sloan hooked up with Mer’s little sister? Still not sure why that was such a crime, especially when you could be mad at him for breaking up your marriage, but whatev. The two ignore each other and Lexie randomly stuffs an entire piece of toast in her mouth.
At the hospital were greeted by a familiar face. The resident shrink sits with Owen to discuss the reasons why he might have tried to strangle his girlfriend in the middle of the night. Not to be outdone by the indignation of Meredith at the beginning of the season, Major Redface also argues vehemently that there is nothing wrong with him, other than he tries to murder people in the night. He doesn’t have post-traumatic stress, he just has side effects probably brought on by too much ambien.
Meanwhile, Izzie is pacing around her newly decorated hospital room. Izzie has utilized the glossy pages of every wedding magazine in the gift store and turned it into wallpaper. She has her Bluetooth in ear and is in full wedding planning mode. Why’d she become a doctor, she seems way better and having way more fun being a wedding planner. She tells a vendor on the phone that they need to bring wedding dresses to her because she is dying in the hospital and after some very convincing coughing, the vendor agrees. The Chief who is watching on fatherly, is joined by cancer bitch. Izzie reassures them both that she feels great and making a lot of progress on wedding plans. The Chief is proud, but Cancer Bitch quietly tells the Chief that once the chemo takes affect Izzie will wish she were dead. Way to be Debbie Downer Cancer bitch.
In other news, Torres’ dad is in town for the day. Arizona and Torres have decided that maybe they’ll keep their relationship quiet for the time being, since the last time Torres saw her dad she was married…and straight. Torres steps out of the elevator with her dad as George rounds the corner. Torres tries to warn George to run while he still can, but Daddy Torres has George slammed against the wall faster than TR can say, “Are you hiring?” DT is ready to kill George for being an adulterous asshole that married his angel in Vegas then left her high and dry, but Torres intervenes. She assures her dad that nobody’s perfect. She even slept with Sloan while they were married. Which is unfortunate for Sloan, since he’s standing right there. Sloan is quickly thrown against the wall replacing George as DT’s target for death. If it were me, I would have let George be sacrificed before I told my dad somebody I’d slept with, but I’ve also slept with some major tools. Maybe if it were Sloan I’d feel differently.
Torres once again intervenes telling her dad to relax because she is dating and happy. DT is relieved by this news and ready to meet the gentleman caller. Arizona stands near by silently thinking, please don’t say my name, please don’t say my name. Torres begins to build up how handsomely beautiful her new suitor is, and how they are smart and wonderful and she asks her dad to be ok with this…..She then pulls over Arizona and introduces her to DT. Arizona extends her hand and asks to not be thrown against the wall.
The Major, Sloan and Shepherd all head down to greet the trauma of the day. Two men are being wheeled in. One man was driving a car and hit the other man. The driver is repeating that the pedestrian jumped out in front of him, while the pedestrian is claiming that the driver must be drunk because he plowed him down. The two men continue fighting, and not too be outdone Sloan and Shepherd fight all the way into the OR. Lexie who has witnessed the entire scene looks on worriedly and stuffs candy into her mouth.
In the OR, the bickering continues between McD and McS as they continue checking on the driver. Alex, Major and George check out the pedestrian and the Major puts Alex in charge of the pit making George report to Karev for the day. This will end well.
Arizona and Bailey begin to check on their first child patient of the day. Arizona asks Bailey why she is there on her day off, other than she hasn’t been home in so long she isn’t actually sure where it is. Bailey begins to explain that she wants to learn and her family is very supportive, proving to everyone including Arizona that she hasn’t actually told her husband that she will be doing this pediatric fellowship taking her away from the family even more than she already is. They are interrupted by their patient who can’t breathe, and we meet the cutest little girl ever. They are able to calm her down and get her breathing again.
Sloan and Derek continue their verbal sword fight while they check the driver’s brain for injuries. They pull Lexie into their argument prompting her to rush out of the room, candy bar in hand. As George talks to the pedestrian, he begins to question his story. He finds Alex to tell him they need a psych consult for this guy because his story sounds questionable. The shrink might actually get two patients today! Alex disagrees and tells George to discharge the guy. George argues that if this guy hurts himself it’ll be on Alex. Alex, not wanting to have to be accountable for that, tells George that if another patient can’t get a bed and dies because this guy was taking up space, that’s on George. What is this, “that’s on you,” talk. Can I start saying that in regular talk to not take accountability for things? If you don’t take out the garbage, and I rob BCBG, that’s on you. That is accountability I can get behind.
The Chief pulls Meredith aside and congratulates her on their engagement. She seems irritated for some invalid reason. He orders her to go try on wedding dresses in Izzie’s room. Meredith, thrilled by this idea, pulls Derek aside and angrily tells him about the Chief’s orders. She’s mad because one, she doesn’t want to wear a wedding dress and two why does the chief know they are engaged? I don’t know Mer…maybe because he was the one who told you Derek was going to propose? Or maybe because everybody knows everything about everyone at Seattle Grace? Why do you care? Meredith tells Derek that if he doesn’t say something to Izzie they will have bridesmaids in pink, and groomsmen in top hats and morning coats. I don’t know what a morning coat is, but if it looks anything like this, it’s totally worth it.
Arizona and Bailey watch over the cutest kid ever, Jessica, who is in the hospital room with her dad. Arizona tells Bailey that the disease she has is always terminal with kids. The kids who have it usually only live to be five and Jessica is six. Awesome, nothing like watching a child die to lighten the mood of a main character dying and another main character being almost murdered in her sleep. The dad comes out and tells the doctors about an experimental surgery in Mexico that he thinks might work for Jessica. He has friends who have been fundraising and they almost have enough money to get her there. Because all the best medical procedures come out of Mexico. Arizona tells him that his daughter won’t make it to Mexico. She doesn’t have days, she has hours. The dad argues and faults Arizona for giving up on his daughter. Gang wars and swine flu be damned, he’s taking his daughter to Mexico.
In Izzie’s room, she begins to flatline. Yang rushes in there calling for a crash cart. She almost trips over the 29 wedding dresses in the room but she instantly is at Izzie’s side checking her pulse. Izzie, unable to keep up the charade begins cracking up. Nothing says prankster like a girl unplugging her heart monitor. She asks Yang to get Meredith to come try on dresses. Yang looks like she is about to strangle Izzie. Too soon?
But it works, because the next thing we know Izzie has Meredith trying on dresses. Meredith argues about coming out of the bathroom because the dress is horrendous, and once again I agree with Meredith! We have been agreeing a lot recently. Except not about not wearing diamonds. Still think that’s ridunk Mer. I really have always believed that women always look beautiful in wedding dresses no matter how bad the dress or how ugly the woman. Well done Grey’s Anatomy. Izzie proceeds to make it worse by getting Meredith to put on a veil that rivals the craptacular veils women will wear to the bar for bachelorette parties. Meredith is reluctant at first, natch, but Izzie plays the “I’m dying of cancer” card, getting Mer to succumb. Meredith argues that this dress will not go with the buffalo wings she is planning to serve at the reception to which Izzie’s heart monitor fails slightly again.
In other news, Daddy Torres has decided he is going to talk to the Chief and bring Torres home, where she can be happy. Torres, like any good trust fund baby, stands there and pouts but takes what daddy dishes. However, behind closed doors with Arizona, Torres lets loose. She slips in and out of yelling in Spanish making sure we know just how pissed she is. Arizona brings in Sloan to help out because he’s her best friend (really?) and she can’t speak crazy chick like he can. Sloan stops the very cute Torres rant and tells her to stop speaking Spanish because he no hablo. She tells Sloan the update about her dad taking her home and he’s like…uh, aren’t you an adult? Just say no. Torres tells him that her dad has taken care of every aspect of her life that she can’t disobey him.
Bailey walks by Jessica’s room to find her awake and scared. Jessica asks where her dad is. Bailey knows he’s probably buying new board shorts at Walmart for the upcoming Mexico trip, but she lies and says he’ll be there shortly. Bailey brushes the dust and cobwebs off of her maternal instincts and picks the girl up to rock her. She tells Jessica this is what she does with her little boy when he’s scared. He’s probably scared because he doesn’t know who the stranger picking him up and rocking him is, mother of the year!
In Izzie’s room the parade of horrendous wedding dresses continues. And more onlookers have joined to watch the spectacle. Alex, Izzie, Yang and Lexie all wait for Meredith to come out while they eat fries. Well, while Lexie eats fries. See, if you haven’t picked up on it, Lexie eats her emotions. And the stress of seeing her boyfriend and her estranged sister’s fiancÃ©e fight, is driving her to eat. Anyways, Meredith insists that the dress she is wearing is so awful that she refuses to come out. Izzie begins to fake choke getting Meredith running to her side. She cracks up as the rest of them give her a WTF, boy who cried wolf!?
Lexie pleads with Grey to go and talk to Mark and Derek because they are all about to enter a 6 hour surgery and Lexie will end up eating the surgical tools if they don’t start getting along. Izzie dismisses Grey to go have this talk before round three of the hideous dress brigade. In other news, Alex is eating fries, Yang is helping Grey with dresses, Izzie is in the bed, Meredith is trying on dresses and Lexie is about to go assist in a six hour surgery. Anyone else find something a little weird?
After everyone heads off in different directions, Izzie is finally able to react to Meredith in wedding dresses appropriately.
Jessica’s dad finally comes back, having arranged all the plans. He tells Jessica that they are going on a trip to Mexico, OLE! And even though her face is grey and she’s barely breathing, once she sees that blue sky and white sand, she’ll feel perfecto! Jessica asks her dad if they can go tomorrow, she is too tired today. Bailey asks the dad to come and lie with the daughter because that is all she wants. The dad is freaked and storms out of the room. Bailey is about to leave, but the little girl has passed out and is clutching Bailey’s shirt. Bailey stays with the girl ensuring that there will be no emotional attachment to this patient.
*On a completely unrelated side-note, Jessica’s dad is being played by an actor from one of my favorite movies in the history of cinema, Cheats. If you haven’t seen it, I thoroughly recommend it. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that it didn’t make it to the theatres or that it co-stars a Lawrence brother, it really is the funniest movie ever. This public service announcement has been brought to you by TWSS. Thank you.
The Grey sisters take on the McBros in the scrub-in room for a confrontation. Mer tells them the fight has gone on too long. Look what it’s doing to Lexie. Her face is breaking out and her ass is enormous. Which is weird bc when my face breaks out and my ass is enormous, I don’t look like Lexie…but whatever. She tells them that they should celebrate because Sloan will be the best man in Derek’s wedding….again. Derek interrupts to tell her that the Chief is his best man. Lame. Mer forgets that she was on a mission to help someone else and kicks Sloan and Lexie out of the room. Oh good, I guess we’re now going to find out why she was pissed out of nowhere at the Chief for knowing she was engaged.
Derek tells Mer she needs to let go of her grudge against the Chief. She has a grudge? I know he had an affair with her mom, but they’ve always seemed kinda cordial. I’d be more pissed bc my loser of a fiancÃ©e had nobody better to ask to be his best man than his boss, but she’s mad that he isn’t letting go of his grudge against Sloan yet wants her to let go of her grudge against the Chief. Why does Mer care anyways? I thought she didn’t care about any of this wedding stuff? (Aiding my theory that girls who say they don’t care, care the most)
The Major finds Alex away from the pit, in which he was put in charge of. The Major, after hearing more of the driver’s story has begun to realize what George realized earlier. That the pedestrian might of actually jumped in front of the driver because he was suicidal. The Major orders Karev to get his ass back to the pedestrian because he can’t leave, and if he does something to himself, it’ll be on Alex. At the pedestrian’s bed, the psychiatrist has shown up as George ordered, but the patient is gone. Alex comes down in time to find this and blames George for losing him. And George blames Alex for not thinking something was wrong with the guy. They rush outside to find the patient and become screaming at each other. Turns out they both hate each other’s guts and have tried to get a long and respect each other, but they just can’t do it. Where are all these random rivalries and hostilities coming from today? I thought they all liked each other. As they are fighting, they find the pedestrian.
As they rush him into the OR, which isn’t a long trip, Redface asks what happened. Alex freezes and George steps in with the medical mumbo jumbo. Impressed by his information, redface tells George to scrub in. Alex stands with his thumb up his ass.
In the driver’s OR, bros turned rivals-Derek and Sloan, are conducting surgery together. They start to fight with each other again, because when is a better time to hash it out then when you’ve got a knife in someone’s brain. They go back and forth and Sloan makes the point that Derek has always seen him as a man-whore loser who he’s never respected. As he’s saying this blood spatters from the guy’s brain which Sloan instantly stitches back up. Master McDreamy looks impressed. Perhaps they are ready to start anew?
In Izzie’s room, the affects of the chemo have finally set in for her. She looks awful and is tired and frail. A Doctor is checking up on her and when he leaves he knocks one of the hideous dresses to the floor. Izzie, desperate to remain herself, walks over to pick the monstrosity up off the floor and collapses. Her monitor begins buzzing, but nobody comes. They all think she is joking because of her pranks all day. So they all let her lie there. I’m kidding, they all rush in to help her. But that would have been awesome.
In the pedestrian/suicidal patient’s surgery the Major and George conduct surgery. The Major is very impressed at how good George is, and how calm he stays under pressure. He asks George what his specialty will be because he’ll do well. Thus setting the stage for George to join the military as a doctor because he is so calm under pressure. (That’s what the rumors are anyways)
Daddy Torres and the Chief are discussing Torres leaving the hospital and going home with Dad. Daddy T offers to pay any amount to refund the Chief for whatever Seattle Grace invested in Torres, and the Chief is like, dude, she’s a woman….like, a grown up? Daddy T begins a quintessential Grey’s Anatomy speech, where he repeats key phrases a lot and though he is saying it in context of the conversation, you know it really is representing a different scene in the episode. He is telling the Chief that when you are a parent, you can never surrender and that everything you do is for love.
Cut to Jessica’s dad, still frantically trying to get his child to Mexico as Bailey lies with her. She tells him to stop and come be with his daughter. She tells him that he should be lying here for her last breaths, not Bailey and that it’s time to stop. Everyone got your tissues handy? This one is a doozy….Bailey pleads with him to come and hold his daughter and say goodbye. He finally comes and lies down and talks to his daughter until she stops breathing. He keeps talking to her and crying after her heart has stopped and, it is officially one of the saddest Grey’s moments ever.
Yang checks on Izzie who they have revived. Yang encourages Izzie that she’s looking much better and Izzie tells her to stop. She tried all day to be herself and be normal, but she is sick and she isn’t going to be normal. She’s just another sick person in a hospital. It’s sad because it seems like the medicine you take when you have cancer makes you feel like you should. Before chemo, Izzie felt ok, it wasn’t until she started fighting the cancer that she could actually feel how sick she was.
Arizona watches on while Daddy and Baby T fight it out. They scream back and forth in Spanish and then he leaves. Arizona checks in on her to see if she’s ok. Torres tells her that he cut off her trust fund, but she cut off him. She needs him to accept her. I get it’s hard because her dad doesn’t accept her but…isn’t she a doctor? Don’t doctors make bank? Why was she so worried about losing her trust fund? And why do they all live in one house? I thought doctors were rich? Sorry.
The Major heads back to therapy and begins to unload his problems. The therapist is happy that he is finally accepting that he has issues and ready to work on it, and even more happy that she is a working actress again. I wouldn’t sweat it honey, with these nut balls you’ll always have work.
Sloan and Derek update the driver’s wife and tell her that her husband will be fine. She is so thankful that they fixed him, and Derek makes sure she knows that Sloan saved her husband’s life. Sloan looks amazed, and the feud is over. And it couldn’t come soon enough. These two have the best scenes together on the whole show. I don’t like them fighting.
Yang is treating Izzie by giving her oxygen and she’s about to need it. Meredith comes out in another dress. The music gets very dramatic and Yang and Izzie both make the, OMG you are such a beautiful bride face, and then we see Meredith.
All the women deserve an Emmy for this scene for acting like this is a pretty dress and Meredith looks beautiful. The dress is just plain ugly. But Meredith spins around happily as the Chief looks on and smiles. You know he’s thinking, thank GOD I did not knock that woman’s mama up, she could be mine!
At Joe’s bar, Alex and Karev have a heart to heart. They recognize that they are both good doctors, and both good people, and they share a drink. Thank goodness that 25 minutes feud is finally over.
At the frat house, Lexie is eating twinkies when Meredith tells her that she’ll be in the wedding. Lexie is overjoyed that she gets to be a part of the buffalo wing wedding of the century. As they talk, Sloan and McD walk in, looking hotter than usual ,to go watch the game. Grey tells Lexie she can stop eating now, the feud is over, to which Lexie is overjoyed. It’s like Lexie was the reverse Mia Farrow. She was going to eat until the problems were solved.
So Grey’s Anatomy made up a few feuds, continued a few feuds but in the end all feuds were solved. And although they killed one child, it looks like this week one child will kill. Way to keep us on our toes Greys!