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Grey's Anatomy: Wish You Were Here

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 9th 2009 9:04AM

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(S05E11) "Sexed-up stalkers." - Sloan

I thought Grey's Anatomy had gone far enough with the Izzie/Denny mess - until this episode. Why you ask? Because they introduced a doctor who gets around on Heelys!! Do you have any idea how much I hate Heelys? Nine-year-olds come whipping by on those damn things when you're walking around the mall, and as much as you hate to wish bad things upon a 9-year-old, I'm just waiting for the headline "Local Sixth Grader Wearing Heelys Cracks Skull Open in Front of Orange Julius." Oh and that doctor (Dr. Arizona Robbins) that got introduced tonight? She's a pediatric surgeon. Great message to send to the youth of America.

At this point, I've decided to take Webber's approach and not get attached to any new doctors that come through the front doors of Seattle Grace Hospital. No one stays - they all quit! That being said, Dr. Robbins seems like she has a pretty good attitude about things, and I loved how she didn't take any crap from Bailey.

And speaking of Bailey, her whole "Nazi" schtick is starting to get old, and I'm glad it got worked into the story when Webber brought it up with her. Has she ever liked any of her fellow doctors? She trash-talks and insults colleagues with the best of 'em, and it's about time someone came after her for it. She gets too attached to patients - way too attached - and all it ends up doing is clouding her judgment. At it's core, it's really not that different than Izzie and the LVAD wire mess, and remember how much Bailey chastised her for that? Bailey might not be physically cutting any wires, but her stubbornness and inaction will have the same effect.

OK, moving on. Sloan and Callie? I say go for it when it comes to Lexie and Sadie. I've resigned myself to accepting a simple truth about Grey's Anatomy - by the end of this series everyone will have slept with everyone else, so why try and fight it? Drink, operate, have sex. Take your pick - every doctor on this show is only ever doing one of those three things.

A few more thoughts...

  • OK, so Izzie told Alex everything about Denny, and he didn't seem to care or think it was a big deal. WTF? Is this just Shonda Rhimes reacting to all the negative feedback and trying to tone down the sheer ridiculousness of this plot by making the characters on the show not care? Not working. It's still bonkers. Izzie has deeper conversations with Denny than she does with living people.
  • Alex used one of my personal favorite insults: hosebag. Very underrated and quite fun to say.
  • It's a Grey's storytelling staple, but I hate when the cases mirror the doctor's lives. While Eric Stoltz was great as Dunn (the serial killer), it feels like he was brought in simply to add to the Yang/Meredith tension. It felt forced and that killed it (no pun intended) for me.
  • It's been mentioned two, maybe three times now - what happened between Sadie and Meredith in Amsterdam?
  • Frankly, I don't see how Yang and Meredith never speaking again is a bad thing.
  • For the duration of this series, we're going to have to endure Sloan saying "I'm going to Denver" whenever he's chasing tail. Super.

While much of this episode annoyed me (could ya tell?), I especially liked the ending when we found out about Derek's father being shot by thieves who stole his watch. To me, Shepherd is one of the few remaining interesting character on this show, and with this little bit of info, I'm really looking forward to the introduction of his mother (Tyne Daly) next week.


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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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eleftheria

is the best of all i love grey's anatomy

February 24 2009 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

i'm not adding anything new - but when has that ever stopped me?
Callie & Sloan - hilarious - especially when Callie hid behind him and peeked at Sadie - so stalkerish! i loved it.

I still just fast forward when Izzie shows up on screen - please, just kill her off - and take O'Malley with her...i don't know why the writers stopped giving him anything interesting, but O'Malley is seriously a waste of space now.

With Mer & Yang - it feels like the writers couldn't create anymore drama between Mer & Der, so they shifted to Mer & Yang - seriously, just leave them both alone - there's enough drama on the show between the booze, operations and sex to keep us entertained.

January 12 2009 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hank

I actually liked the heely bit; for years nurses have joked about needing roller skates to do their jobs.

That said, I hat ehos things with a passion. I'm just waiting for one of those kids to fracture his skull. If he were on roller blades, mom would insist on a helmet, right?

January 12 2009 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patsysueflint

denny has to go.

January 12 2009 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maggie

Meredith has no feelings. (She's also looking kinda old.) When Derek told her how his father died...nothing. No words or a hug or kiss my a**....nothing. Will someone explain to me why he is so crazy in love with her?

January 10 2009 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

This show is tanking. Quickly.

Everyone's right--Callie and Sloan are the only fun parts of this show (as are Lexie and Melissa George's character whose name slips my mind). Everyone else is too pissy, too whiny, and too neurotic to give a damn about. They've ruined Christina with this current story arch. Just because they fired Hahn, they need to create a new uber-bitch? It doesn't work with Christina.

I can see why Knight wants to leave the show. Run for the hills, man. Run.

January 10 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
unc1dmo

EXTREMELY pizzed that Denny shows up again more screen time than ever....

Don't these retards get it that this is destroying the show?

He shows up next week....I'M OUT for good.....

January 09 2009 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carli Williams

Callie and Sloan were the greatest part of last night. And i say no go on the interns, both the pairings are weird. They should just get with each other, we all know they have chemistry in and out of bed.

January 09 2009 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I think the only thing entertain about last night's episode was Callie and Sloan trying to ignore their respective interns. Too funny.

Everything else ranged from meh to DENNY IS STILL HERE?! WHY?! WHY?! BANGS HEAD! STUPID!

January 09 2009 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Basketcase456

I fully agree. Sloan and Callie were the only enjoyable part of this episode. When they were on screen, it was the only time I was still interested in the episode. It could be that they aren't ashamed of who they are and have fun with it.

As for Denny, I was really hoping that this would lead to him being gone. The story line has run its course. What is Izzie going to do now, have a threesome with Denny and Alex, I hope not,

Side note, the thing with Sadie and Meredith, I think we are supposed to assume that Sadie wanted Meredith to sleep with her, and Meredith turned her down.

January 09 2009 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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