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Grey's Anatomy: It's the End of the World

by Sarah Gilbert, posted Feb 5th 2006 11:45PM

surgery with christina ricciIs that Wednesday? my babysitter asks. Are you sure that's not Wednesday?

It is Wednesday, a.k.a. Christina Ricci, with her hand inside a patient. Actually, her name is "Hannah," and maybe she's going to have a recurring role: she thinks Alex is cute.

In other news, Bailey is in labor, her husband is MIA, and that chick from Judging Amy is screaming at the top of her lungs. Oh, and Meredith has a "feeling." And this feeling, we all know it isn't good. Shivers are running up and down my spine and every word is full of import.

I mean, except for the first bit, to keep the post-Super Bowl crowd hooked - the girl-on-girl-on-girl shower scene. Oh yeah, baby. It's entirely delicious, superfluous fluff. The whole room loves it despite its salaciousness. And I have to say, although Izzie is always the most babe-ilicious, the makeup and camera people should be given kudos - all three of them are soft porn-worthy.

There's so much good here that I don't know how I'm ever going to cover it all. The Grey's writers manage to set up the most improbable scenario - that Bailey could have gone into labor the same day her husband's brain was injured, while simultaneously a man with unexploded ammunition inside him is being operated upon in the next room - without it seeming forced, ridiculous, unreal.

No, it's so real, and yet charged with humor. Everyone feels better with Bailey back in the hospital, even if she is in labor (and having her cervix checked for an impossibly long time, while the staff looks on through the window - in my experience, cervical exams take place out of the range of all windows, and only last a couple of seconds. AND you can't really see said cervix during the exam unless you're the exam-giver).

Oh yes, and six centimeters - unless Bailey is having the World's Easiest Labor - looks way more pained than that. Every time I was at six centimeters, I was also having contractions every 90 seconds or so, lasting 90 seconds each. I am totally not exaggerating, I was obsessed with the contraction machine.


meredith taking a breathYou know what's going to happen, right? Once the unexploded ordnance (as I describe it, my husband - he who's in the Army Reserves - looks so proud he could burst, himself) is discovered, you know that Cristina and Meredith are going to be the ones left in surgery. They'll volunteer. They're the ultimate martyrs, laying all on the line for their jobs and their men.

And it's Dr. Burke and Dr. Shepherd who are in surgery, one next to another. Dr. Burke is operating on the unexploded ordnance guy, while Dr. Shepherd is operating on Bailey's husband's brain. Neither would leave their patients (or Wednesday, a.k.a. "Hannah") to die.

Hannah might die, you see, because her hand is stuck inside the patient (initially, because it would stop the bleeding). It just turns out that her hand is also holding the unexploded ordnance. The homemade, and unexploded, ordnance. Dr. Milton, the anesthesiologist, is holding the little plastic bladder that keeps puffing breaths into the patient's lungs.

Until, that is, he loses his nerve. First he explains in minute detail what it will be like if the bomb does explode. Thanks Dr. Milton. Way to keep your 22-year-old emergency tech calm! Nice. Then he sees an exit. (What??!?) He hands over the plastic bladder to Hannah and explains that she just needs to puff it with "even beats." And then he starts backing away.

"Dr. Milton?"

"I've got kids." [pause] "Even beats."

Great Dr. Milton! Way to be a standup guy! Now maybe Hannah will never have kids.

Cristina and Meredith discover a stressed-out Hannah about ready to pull her hand out (potentially disturbing the unexploded ordnance, possibly setting it off). The bomb squad leader and three surgeons all swarm around poor Hannah, setting up a highly charged scene where I just wished that I was there, imparting my calmness the way I try to when my high jumpers are up for their final attempt at their PR height. (I know, not life or death, but the closest I've been.) I was taking deep breaths as I watched, willing Hannah to calm down.

Naturally, having four people yelling at you to stay calm doesn't accomplish much in the way of calmness. Hannah bolts and everyone hits the floor.

Except Meredith. Who now has her hand in the patient's body. Setting up one hell of a next episode. I only hope it's not as cheap and dirty as the previews make it out to be (but we know: trailers always lie).

But Sarah, but Sarah! you're saying. Isn't there something you missed? Why yes, yes there is. I did skip over a most excellent, and (yes) stress-reducing scene: Izzie telling Alex to take his clothes off! It was for real, and it was in that same supply closet where McDreamy and Meredith had their almost-kiss last week. And it seems that they do have sex. Will it be good? Will it last between them? Guess we'll have to wait 160-some long hours to find out...

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I work in a zoo and we have codes. We have a code black too. It is an ultra ultra type of emergency. We had a bomb carried into the zoo one time. We also have a code blue (medical emergency), a code red (fire), a code for dangerous animals out, a code for people inside dangerous animal exhibit (like crocodiles or elephants or rhinos or hippos). We also have a shooting team that practices every week and guns posted (and locked into cases)in stretegic places. Once a behind-the-scenes visitor asked about the shot gun in the penguin exhibit and it was explained that it was for an emergency in the bear area wich is across from penguins. If you have a bear or tiger out, you don't want to have to go into the bear or tiger exhibit to get to the gun. The shooting team practices every week. Bet you don't have a shotting team in any of your hospitals. :)) I've worked a number of codes and also been the subject of a code blue. I must have had 25 responders! We take codes seriously. My daughter worked in a major chain store here and they also had codes. This was all pre-9/11. Bet many more kinds of places have codes now.

February 14 2006 at 2:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode is being replayed Thursday after Dancing with the Stars @ 9:30 -

the writers of this show rock - and does addison ever cry? how can she say "my husband is with your husband" and not join bailey in the water works?

February 08 2006 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cold Chilli

I liked the episode. But this thing that got to my nerve is that No one in the hospital knew what a code black was. In any hospital everyone knows what all the codes mean, even the janitors and candy stripers. Its on the ID badges where my wife worked.
Its a huge safety issue when people don't know what the codes mean. Even if its a Calling Mr. black page.

February 07 2006 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stinks for you guys... You can never trust TiVo with athletic events. Always pad the schedule

February 07 2006 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You shouldn't just blow off that opening scene as a Super Bowl stunt. It actually tells us a lot about George. First, Izzy told him he was strong, masculine and good looking. Then, Cristina told him he was smart; smarter than her in fact. And finally, Meredith told him she was in love with him. A perfect wrap-up of George's desires and insecurities.

February 07 2006 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! TiVo didn't record all of Grey's Anatomy because of the effing Superbowl! I never liked football before, but man, do I hate it now. Is there any way I can see it online?



February 06 2006 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah gilbert

sorry guys - it IS ordnance. If I'd consulted my husband on the spelling he would have set me straight. thanks!

as far as the code black stuff goes, I think if it's for bombs *anywhere*, it's good enough for me. but you'd think that the codes should be the same nationwide - not just for hospitals but for all public facilities. wouldn't you? states rights are alive and well, I suppose!

February 06 2006 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Felicia Beaulieu

Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. Was surprised by the soft porn and a little embarressed because my Teenage daughter was watching, but I think Sarah gave an accurate description. Can't wait till next week.

February 06 2006 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i missed the beginning cause i had no idea what time that post super bowl thing would end. and i switched back and Christina was kicking Meredith's butt out of bed!!
and it was pretty funny how happy George was that Bailey was back in the hospital.
I'm glad also to see Kyle Chandler, he's so hot, i used to love him on that one show, i think it was called Homefront? i used to love that show.

February 06 2006 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, so first of all, we all knew that Izzie was eventually going to give in to Alex, we were just putting off the inevitable, I'm just glad it was on her time. Second, would someone freaking listen to Meredith next time she has a 'feeling'? And what's with McDreamy's 'feeling' and waiting for it to pass? Give up on "Salmon Scrubs" (my pet name for Addison) and go back to Meredith already!
I absolutely cannot wait for next week!!
P.S. Who would have thought Sandra Oh would have been porn-ish? Ha!

February 06 2006 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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