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Grey's Anatomy: Rise Up

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 7th 2008 8:25AM

Grey's Anatomy: Rise Up
(S05E07) "It's like a bouquet... of corpses!" - Izzie

You know, for a guy that died, Denny Duquette somehow manages to get more screen-time on Grey's Anatomy than most of the characters who are still living. Seriously, it must be incredibly frustrating to be a minor character on this show and know that two or three times a season, some dead guy who most fans are sick of will get more time in front of the camera than you will.

You know what though? I liked this Denny episode. I liked it a lot. I'm even going to go out on a limb and say that this was the best episode of the season thus far. While I typically moan when I seen Jeffrey Dean Morgan's name pop up in the opening credits, I got over it pretty fast once I realized why he was there this time around - so Izzie can finally get over him. Is she? Hell no - but this was a good start.

The decision to bring back the guy who Izzie stole a heart from at the end of season two was actually pretty brilliant I thought. Denny might be dead, but the heart Izzie tried to illegally steal for him is still pumping and thanks to the delays she caused, it ain't pumping so well. I will say that Denny's silent poses (he only had the one line at the very end) were a bit awkward, especially during the OR scenes. It was as if he wanted Izzie to fail; like he wanted the heart back. At least we heard the phrase "She cut his LVAD wire" only once.

Beyond Denny, the big story was Hahn. If you haven't heard it yet, this was her last episode. While I agree that it's a pretty shifty move to tell an actor that they're fired after they've filmed their last episode, after watching Hahn's exit and the circumstances surrounding it, I'm OK with it. It was ambiguous enough that she could have come back next week, but I personally think it really worked well as a good-bye. She had her blow-out with Callie and her lack of enthusiasm for the full-blown lesbian lifestyle. She had her blow-out with Webber regarding repercussions for Izzie, the Denny mess, and general ethics at SGH. Going into the episode, knowing she was done, this felt very much like a culmination of her time on the show. Don't forget that way back in season two, she was the one who operated on Denny - not Burke. So this was a full circle. I think it worked.

A few more thoughts on "Rise Up" --

  • The whole ordeal with George working on the dummy got old very fast. This is the best story they can come up with for him? Being tormented by The Wizard of Oz The Chief?
  • It's not often that this show brings tears to my eyes because it's usually so damn corny, but I definitely got choked up watching Rosie and Ed, the elderly couple. That was a heart breaker...
  • I'm glad to see that even though Hahn and her high ethical standards are gone, it seems like Hunt is going to pick up that torch. He was disgusted with the residents and their games and he had no problem telling Webber about it! The best part was when he said that he didn't think those doing the teaching were any better. He's right. I just hope he stays.
  • I don't really see how Yang holding her father as he died is an excuse for how she acts. Hunt was perfectly justified in saying that she (and Karev) were incredibly disrespectful while treating that one patient. I don't care if he thinks she's a rare single malt scotch - she still needs to age more.
  • Sloan trying to sleep with Yang was pretty funny.
  • Is it really that easy to take corpses from a hospital morgue?
  • How exactly did Meredith go from being terrified and disgusted with her mother's diaries to being in love with them? When did that happen?

I'll be curious to see what kind of excuse we'll get next week for Hahn's departure, but in the meantime, I'm looking forward to Brooke Smith's replacement in the cast - Mary McDonnell. Apparently she has Asperger's disease. Call me crazy, but I'm not sure I'd want someone with Asperger's operating on me... isn't clumsiness one of the main symptoms?



Grey's Anatomy' Photos

    Actress Chandra Wilson attends the screening of her new public service announcement produced by OTCSafety.org at Edelman headquarters on September 24, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actress Chandra Wilson attends the screening of her new public service announcement produced by OTCSafety.org at Edelman headquarters on September 24, 2008 in New York City.

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Chandra Wilson attends the screening of a new public service announcement for OTCsafety.org at the Edelman headquarters on September 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chandra Wilson

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Chandra Wilson attends the screening of a new public service announcement for OTCsafety.org at the Edelman headquarters on September 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chandra Wilson

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress Chandra Wilson attends the screening of a new public service announcement for OTCsafety.org at the Edelman headquarters on September 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chandra Wilson

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    Actor Patrick Dempsey (R) and wife Jillian Dempsey arrive at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Chandra Wilson and Debra Birnbaum, Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide Magazine, arrive at TV Guide

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    Actress Chandra Wilson arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actor Patrick Dempsey poss in the press room during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    (L-R) Actors Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey pose in the press room during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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peter

This show has become un-watchable. Ghosts? Wacko interns who cut themselves so other interns can sew them up? The writers of this show should do something fast before the only ghosts this show can relate to will be it's former fans. I for one will no longer be watching.

November 16 2008 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moe

to the person who wouldn't want to be operated on by someone with Asperger's, people with this condition have an ability to hyperfocus that most other people can't even comprehend. This is exactly the kind of person that is good at at specialty, whether it be medical, legal, scientific, theological, musical or any other category you can come up with. No syndrome is the same in each person. Obviously this character doesn't exhibit a symptom of clumsiness. Many Aspies are extremely proficient in playing musical instruments. You have to exhibit cooridination for that. If you wouldn't want help from a Asperger's individual, you are clearly limiting yourself in life.

November 14 2008 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tania

Are you crazy people?

the Denny duquette-izzie stevens story is the best storie in the show..

it made me cry and cry.. i love every moment he appear.. i wish he hadn't died..


I LOVE IT.. is the best..

November 10 2008 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gareeth

Only some people with Asperger's also have dyspraxia (clumsiness) Dyspraxia is a comorbidity not a feature of AS. Even if she also had that it would still be possible for it to mainly impact gross motor coordination and not surgery.

November 10 2008 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan

I will NEVER get sick of seeing Denny in any episode. I wish he would somehow come to life again. Everytime he comes back I always get a smile on my face and say "aww Denny" Keep bringing him back Shonda!

November 09 2008 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lora

From the review:

"Denny might be dead, but the heart Izzie tried to illegally steal for him is still pumping and thanks to the delays she caused, it ain't pumping so well. I will say that Denny's silent poses (he only had the one line at the very end) were a bit awkward, especially during the OR scenes. It was as if he wanted Izzie to fail; like he wanted the heart back"

I know several people have already said something, but ... say what??? The heart she stole for Denny is still in Denny's dead body, dead as he is. Hahn's patient is dying because he still has his original failing heart, because he still hasn't gotten a heart transplant thanks to Izzie.

November 09 2008 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott mclendon

I always enjoy seeing people from "American Dreams",just as I did last Sunday on "Desperate Housewives"...

November 09 2008 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

Hahn's "and you can't *sort of* be a lesbian" comment pissed me off. As far as the viewers saw Callie never claimed to be and "sort of" a lesbian is - I would argue - bisexuality.

The thing with the corpses was inane.

The use of Denny was good. I liked that storyline. The rest of the episode was mediocre.

November 08 2008 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Catana

I don't watch Grey's Anatomy any more, but I heard about the new doctor with Asperger's and would like to comment on what you said about her. No, clumsiness isn't necessarily present in Asperger's. It's one of the symptoms that *may* be present. There are different kinds of clumsiness -- gross motor coordination involves the whole body, fine motor coordination involves the use of the hands and fingers. No one makes it to the position of top surgeon if they lack fine motor coordination. That should seem pretty obvious, but apparently it isn't.

November 08 2008 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Myra Brown

thanks Lauren; I am consistently appalled at Toomey's bad reviews of "Grey's Anatomy." tvsquad is like a political party - they throw hacks at us w/ no respect for us until it's time for the election. How could he NOT know that the reason this patient was receiving the crazy alcohol treatment was because his heart died in Denny Duquette 2 seasons ago? And the consistent petty, nasty, mean spirited comments about Cristina's character ring more like "Mean Girls" than a grown man masquerading as a serious blogger.

November 08 2008 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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