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Grey's Anatomy: In the Midnight Hour

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 21st 2008 1:15AM

(L-R): Brandon Scott as Ryan and Chyler Leigh as Lexie
(S05E09) "Who's making a porno movie in Izzie's room?" - Derek

I am an unashamed Grey's Anatomy fan. I've watched it since the very beginning. At this point, it'd be hard for me stop because I feel like I've invested too much time to just say the hell with it smack in the middle of the show's fifth season. A season which I went from loving, to hating, to loving, and now to absolutely despising. So for those of you who seem to think that I shouldn't be writing weekly reviews of this show because "I don't seem to like it very much, well, I assure you that's just not the case. I complain because I love. Based on that, I really loved this episode.

I think I speak for the rest of America when I ask, why the F is Denny still hanging around? It's like one big unending cross-over episode with The X-Files. He and Izzie were making out, touching, kissing... having sex? What?!? And he just keeps blabbing "I'm here for you." Care to elaborate, Mr. Duquette?

Denny is dead(!), and you know what the worst part is? Shonda Rhimes confirmed that Izzie doesn't have some wacko brain tumor! Got any other theories? I give up, but I tell ya - this had better clear up fast, because it has become by far, the most distracting, unrealistic, and annoying thing about this show, and it's been going on for three weeks now! I honestly can't think of how this could have a satisfying ending. Pull a Hahn and just have him be gone next week. Please. Sloan having a relationship with a barcalounger would be more enjoyable than this.

OK, moving on to that crop of idiot interns. Maybe I'm just forgetting, but was Meredith and everyone else this bad when they were interns? I don't think so.

It's not the interns operating on Sadie and goofing up that has me annoyed. It's what happened afterward when Yang blew up on Meredith after Webber found out. I'm sick of her. Granted, Cristina may have moments of sensitivity and seem like a nice person, but she isn't. 95% of the time she is a B-I-T-C-H, looking out for only one person - herself.

She had one line that really got me. That quip about how all the residents would have been to blame had Sadie died. I disagree. Granted, all the interns had a role, but the interns who initially started the "I cut you, you cut me club" were Yang's interns because she wasn't teaching them jack. As far we saw, Mer, Alex, George, and Izzie were teaching their interns. Yang didn't, and while Meredith didn't exactly stick up for Cristina in front of the chief, she also didn't mention that little tidbit either. These moments where Cristina comes flying off the handle with the holier than thou rants are bogus. I hope Hunt knows what he's getting into with her.

More thoughts on "The Midnight Hour":

  • I would never volunteer to get an epidural.
  • I'm glad Izzie got to see Alex defend her to that jerk intern, and that was probably the driving force when she picked Alex over Denny at the end, but - dare I ask - what happens if Denny gets his feelings hurt? Leaves, hopefully.
  • Just when I think the b-stories can't get any funnier, we get a husband who essentially needs to crap down his wife's throat to save her. Not quite, I mean there were tubes involved, but still. Fecal transplant - hilarious.
  • Now that George knows Lexie is in love with him, I assume that'll go somewhere. I wish it wouldn't, but it probably will.
  • What's with Sadie cutting herself again? What's wrong with her?
  • I wonder if we're going to see Bailey try something new since surgeries are boring for her now. I don't know what she'd do, though.

For the time being, I don't see Grey's getting much better. There's a lot broken and nothing is getting fixed. To top it off, so much of this season has focused on "the solo surgery" and I'm just not buying it as this exciting and pivotal moment that ABC is trying to portray it as. I mean, so what? Say Meredith does a solo whatever-dectomy. Patient could live or die. Not all that much different than when any other doctor on the show is in the OR. So what's the twist going to be? If we're lucky, Denny has a heart attack and no one can save him... you know, because he's dead already!

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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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    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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Lighten Up

i adore Denny, don't care why he is back....wish he was back to stay. He makes Izzie a better person.

November 27 2008 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Terry

I THINK DENNY IS BACK AS KIND OF AN ANGEL COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO BRING IZZIE BACK WITH HIM FROM THE AFTER-LIFE. HE KEEPS STATING "I CAME FOR YOU"
ISN'T SHE GOING TO BE KILLED OFF THIS SEASON? THOUGH I THINK THE WHOLE THING IS PRETTY WEIRD, I THINK HIS WORDS GIVE IT AWAY. HE'S COMING TO TAKE HER TO HEAVEN. I'd almost take bets on this!

November 25 2008 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

wow - unhappy people with the people unhappy with GA...

i fastforwarded through all the Denny/Izzie scenes. i don't care if its a tumor, guilt or a crossover with the Ghost Whisperer - i ain't buying it.

I do love that Mer & Der are still together...in a happy, supportive relationship...and that Der brought home a stray.

I can live with the rest of the show based on that...but I hope it gets back to its fab writing roots...

November 24 2008 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Myra Brown

"for those of you who seem to think ..." Mr Toomey, you criticize because you are critical. You act as if "those of" us have come to some irrational conclusion based on nothing. Week after week you submit at best snarky reviews of the show, at worst nasty, mean spirited and very critical. So "for those of you who have difficulty taking responsibiity for the situation they have created," the others of us are so happy for you that you didn't suffer so much this week in that you enjoyed the episode.

November 24 2008 at 3:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lauren

I've been mostly liking this season of Greys. I don't like Sadie so much, I think she's a bad influence on Lexie and I'm glad Meredith yelled at her. I'm a little "what?" about Denny myself. And I was thinking that no, the original interns weren't that bad, but hey, Bailey was actually TEACHING them, not all wrapped up in contests and stuff.

November 23 2008 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alison

Uh...speaking of rants...

re: Denny/Izzy
Can we say mental illness? No big mystery there.

November 23 2008 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mamaloa&yahoo.com

Why on earth is Sadie on the show? Izzy should stay and Sadie should leave. This girl bugs me more than Meredith does. Dead Denny thing is to weird. If Shonda loved the character Denny, then why did she allow him to die off in the first place? Now this story has no sense at all, unless Izzy is going to die. I don't care what anyone says, I can't stand MerDer, please end them, or show less of them. Thank you.

November 23 2008 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

I'm so tired of people with ADD insisting that television shows resolve conflicts and reveal mysteries within one or two episodes, or threaten "... I'm going to quit watching." On HBO and Showtime series', there would be plot lines that would appear and disappear and reappear, sometimes streaming througn an entire season or two, and it made things interesting. You'd be watching, and then... "Oh, yeah. I forgot about that." And that plotline would reemerge as a thread in the fabric of the drama. Now, people need to have everything wrapped up in a week or two, or they get frustrated or lose interest in the show. Let this Denny thing play out. It might be going somewhere, even if you don't understand where that is, just yet. Good God, people. Grow up and show a little patience. Or let it be, and watch "Deal or No Deal". They usually wrap everything up by the end of the hour, so you can eat your Hot Pocket, go to bed, and not have to worry about unresolved story lines.

November 22 2008 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scazza

Jimmy re: the chief

I don't think he knows that's why they were doing it! I got the impression that as Bailey and Callie said they went a little crazy. I don't think they are taking the interns' motivations into account yet, especially since they were all so calm. They're looking at the symptom not the disease.

November 21 2008 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scazza

Why is Izzie still on the show?

Someone seriously answer me. I have no idea, her character has had no direction for years.

And now Sadie is as annoying as she was on Alias. It's that smirk.

It's the drama around the learning that acually excites me, dorkily. The appendectomy, Christina struggling with it, the residents making the interns present, I want to see more of that. More surgeries with the surgeons struggling and being instructed and learning about themselves, their capabilities, what they want to do with their lives, that's the best.

November 21 2008 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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