Grey's Anatomy: Sympathy for the Devil
(S05E12) "You're wearing an alarmingly high pony tail." - Derek
At the most simplified level, Dunn is right, you know - a doctor isn't really that different than a serial killer. They both get to choose who dies. A doctor is likely driven by science while a serial killer gets his marching orders from a little voice in his head, but they're both making choices; doing what they think is the right move. Eric Stoltz has thus far been a shining point this season. William Dunn is one of the better characters we've seen on Grey's Anatomy in a while and I'm glad he'll be around for at least one more week.
My one gripe about Dunn? As engaging as his character is, he's still there for one reason and it's not to save young Jackson's life. He's there to drive a wedge between Derek and Meredith. Of course they're staying together (and it looks like an engagement is coming), but now that it's permanent (I remember reading that somewhere), Dunn is just the first of many tests for Mer and Der. Patients are the only way to add conflict to their relationship now.
He's nothing more than a sounding board for their differences and even though it was painfully obvious, Derek's mother spelled it out for us at the end - Derek sees in black and white and Meredith sees all the colors of the rainbow. And speaking of Derek's mother, what was up with her being nice to Sloan? I have a best friend from home who my mom essentially helped raise and if he ever slept with someone I loved (wife, girlfriend, fiancé - whatever), she'd hunt him down and cut off his head. Mrs. Shepherd? Apparently she's OK with the Sloan/Addison affair and even made some comical "oh, not again" comment when he told her about Lexie. Her attitude didn't really make sense to me.
Moving on, I once again have to gripe about Bailey. She was downright annoying in this episode. Whining about this and that. Why is it OK for her to get too emotionally involved with a patient, but the second anyone else does, she verbally annihilates them? I think I'd like Hunt to be the one to tell her off. We finally got to the root of his issues in this episode (poor guy saw way too much horror in Iraq) and I feel like he could really put Bailey in her place given the right scenario.
Also annoying? Callie's "woe is me" complex. In another "patient mirrors my life" plot, she dealt with a guy who had leg lengthening surgery. Just like him, Callie feels "shorter" after the mess with George and Erica's exit. She said something about how she couldn't take any more disasters and I actually laughed. On this show, apparently if you get romantically linked to Sara Ramirez - you leave. Brooke Smith? Gone. T.R. Knight? Might be leaving. Melissa George? Well, Sadie and Callie haven't hooked up yet, but I'm sure they will. Too bad though, because Melissa George is leaving now too.
Does anyone want to stay on this show?
Apparently not, because one other potential exit got set up in this episode too. Izzie finally realized that she couldn't keep seeing a dead man (finally) and she chose to make the most of her blossoming relationship with Alex. Smart move - I'm all for it. However, the end of the episode ended with the "shocker" we knew was coming. Izzie exited the room, Dennie appeared, sat down next to Alex and said "we gotta talk." Something funky is going on in Izzie's brain and all we've been told by Shonda Rhimes is that it's not a tumor. So what's wrong with her? Any ideas?
On the plus side, if all these characters do indeed leave, at least the title of the show will make sense again.