grey’s anatomy recap : fate is a cruel mistress (season 2, episode 8)

the sky is falling!

previously [mb]

For this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, we drop right into this week’s Washington State Ferries product placement. Boy are those boats pretty! Along with the amazingly sunny day (the tourism department must have had a word with the producers about all of that “rain”, all the more hilarious since everyone out on Saturday night got soaked in a downpour, right?) we get right into the voiceover. It’s about fate, and Grey’s role as Juliet in her 8th grade extra credit project: “In the 8th grade, my English class had to read Romeo and Juliet. Then for extra credit, Mrs. Snyder made us act out all the parts. Sal Scaparillo was Romeo. As Fate would have it, I was Juliet.

Yes, this episode is all about the hand of fate and how a grade eight Shakespeare production echoes to the lives and times of Seattle Grace Hospital. After the jump, get a play-by-play rundown of the show. While most dramas have A and B stories, this one has six or seven. A guy falls from the sky and doesn’t kill George, Grey gets wrapped up in an elderly deception, AddiSatan and Patrick Dempsey’s friends from New York arrive for a Very Special Gene Mutation Story that causes tension between Isabel and her Brash Young Tongue Kisser, Sandra Oh and Chief Wannabe #2 go on a very exciting date with destiny, and the Nazi’s character continues to develop. And Meredith and Dempsey spend a lot of time in an elevator.

For some reason, Patrick Dempsey and AddiSatan are both aboard. She’s up in the “King of the World” spot, but instead of looking at the best view of the Seattle skyline, she turns to look at one of the upper deck to gaze happily at her husband. He looks in pretty good spirits, too. That is, until he sees her smiling and waving at him.

All the other girls were jealous, but I had a slightly different different take. I told Mrs. Snyder that Juliet was an idiot

Meredith spends some time in her car trying to find just the right bandage for her forehead, AddiSatan arrives and gives her the wave.

. . . for starters, she falls for the one guy she can’t have. Then she blames fate for her decision . . .

At the hospital, Alex and Isabel walk and talk across one of the balcony hallways.

Isabel wonders if they should talk about what happened. Alex doesn’t think so. He says that he kissed her with tongue and he plans to do it again and again. Isabel seems o.k. with this, and it’s a bit of a signal that Alex is back to Brash Young Guy tactics this week.

Mrs. Snyder explained that when Fate comes into play, choice sometimes goes out the window.

Meredith applies a nice pink bandage and tries to cover it with her hair. In front of the big surgery whiteboard, the Chief congratulates his favorite Nazi about her being accepted to all five fellowships that she applied for saying that everyone wants to dance with her, but that Seattle Grace’s fellowship program is the best. Bailey looks pretty distracted and not exactly thrilled about her good news. The Chief looks worried, and ask/insists that she’s taking his fellowship, right?

At the ripe old age of 13, I was very clear that love, like life, is about making choices. And fate has nothing to do with it.
In the elevator of love, as a couple quibble about food poisoning and how to get to the billing department, both Patrick Dempsey (lurking in the back) and Meredith (in the front) simultaneously answer that the confused patients are heading in the wrong direction. You see, they talk at the same time because of the power of fate and their forbidden love.

On the streets of what looks like actual but unidentified downtown Seattle (given that they’re on a hilly street, but the bus is the wrong color), Sandra Oh and Chief Wannabe #2 (who needs a better nickname) run into each other on the corner. They talk about how it’s “date night”, which is clarified to be “the night that they have a date.” Although she forgot their big date, Oh doesn’t want to cancel. Apparently, this scene takes place near the magical downtown exit of Seattle Grace since George is outside watching the Oh-CW2 interaction in his scrubs. As a way of reminding us to suspend our disbelief about the geography, a bird poops on George’s bagel. He drops it and a pigeon immediately starts pecking at it. You think that sucks? How about the guy who falls out of the sky and onto to the sidewalk right behind George? Yeah, that puts a ruined bagel right into perspective.

Everyone thinks it’s so romantic. Romeo, Juliet, True Love. How sad. If Juliet was stupid enough to fall for the enemy, drink a bottle of poison, and fall asleep in a mausoleum, she deserved whatever she got.

— credits —

After the credits roll, George and Bailey are attending to the window washer who survived a fall from five stories. Even though the reference is a bit off, I guess we’ll call this patient Chicken Little, sky falling and all. Anyway, George is totally stoked about this guy not being dead, having equal breath sounds, and with his only injury being his legs being the broken legs. More to the point, George is really happy that Chicken Little didn’t fall on top of him. Sandra Oh enters to lend a hand. They turn him over and find that his fall was broken by a pigeon. Which is now embedded in his back. I’m not really sure if this is an argument for or against feeding the pigeons, but they’re still winged rats as far as I’m concerned.

Meredith is on the case for an elderly couple. Let’s go with the children’s stories theme here. It turns out that Mrs. Oldilocks has cholecystitis [nlm], which means that her gall bladder is inflamed and might need to come out. Grey tells them that she’s going to put his wife on some medications and run some tests before they do anything and asks if they have any questions. Mrs. Oldilocks asks what we’ve all been wondering by asking Meredith what happened to her forehead, but Grey would rather not talk about it.

As Dempsey looks down from one of the hospital’s many perches, a guy is arguing with the receptionist saying that he doesn’t need an appointment. He’s from New York and is here to see his friend. As with every interaction on this show, Dempsey happens to be in the right place at the right time and greets his friend. Elsewhere AddiSatan meets the belligerent guy’s wife and welcomes her to Seattle with a hug and a question about why the surprise visit. We cut back to a little office room where Dempsey and his pal, who backstories us about how his wife’s mom just died from ovarian cancer and how she’s now worried about breast and ovarian cancer too. When Dempsey says “BRCA” [nci] we jump to Addison’s office for more of an explanation.

Addison tells her friend that a positive test result isn’t the end of the world, but the wife (Beauty) interrupts: she’s already talked to a genetic counselor and her gynecologist and now she wants Addison (the best surgeon there is) to remove her ovaries and uterus and to find the best person out there to cut off her breasts while they’re at it. Addison interjects this is not surgical because she doesn’t have cancer, but Beauty has no intention of getting it. Addison bobs her head and looks slightly unconvinced.

— commercial —

Back from commercials, we return to fund Sandra Oh and George picking pigeon parts out of middle-aged mustached Chicken Little’s back. They find a claw and feathers, and need to widen the incision to remove the bird. While George continues to gush about how he’s be shouting from the rooftops about surviving, the patient doesn’t appear to be especially happy about his survival. This whole pigeonectomy is really gross, for the record. When George pulls out some Latin he learned from Dead Poet’s Society to cheer up the patient, telling him “carpe diem!” and immediately translating it to “seize the day” just in case. Both Mr. Little and Sandra Oh wish that George would chill, or leave. Bailey enters with some X-rays that show that his leg is shattered, and they’ll book an OR for surgery. He groans about his bad luck, and George asks to keep the pigeon’s beak.

Isabel and AddiSatan are discussing the Mrs. BRCA case with her husband, who, although it’s not completely fair, we might as well call the Beast. She’s listing all of the women in her family that died from cancer. Beast thinks that Beauty is crazy since she doesn’t have cancer yet. Addison explains that the gene mutation means that she might have up to an 85% chance of getting it. At this point Dempsey drops in with his optimistic “the glass if 15% full” opinion. [Honestly, I realize that I watch far too much television, but this entire BRCA plotline was just covered on e.r. a couple weeks ago by Abbey, Ross’s ex-wife’s lesbian lover from Friends, and Skipper from Sex and the City.] She’s glad to see him, but since he’s uterusless and without a dead mother, he has no vote. Dempsey points out that getting a hysterectomy will really screw up Beauty and the Beast’s plans to get pregnant. Beauty insists that while she’ll miss her ovaries and uterus, there are other ways to make a family. She’s unwilling to talk about not having the surgeries, even when Dempsey tries to get her to take a step back and think about it. Addison’s on board and tells a uncertain-looking Isabel to book an O.R. It’s her patient and her decision’s been made.

On the big non-scenery (unless you count the Washington state flag flapping in the wind) scenic bridge, Dempsey chases after his wife to tell her that the prophylactic surgery is extreme. AddiSatan says that if his objection is personal then they should deal with it like a couple. She makes him look at her sparkly diamond ring and catches us all up on the state of their marital bliss: he pretends not to see her on the ferry, won’t talk to her at the hospital and they go to therapy three times a week to argue about whether they need to be in therapy. She wonders what they’re doing and what it means that their friends are going through hell and they still can’t pretend to like each other to help them through it.

Back in the Oldilocks room, the Mrs. is on an AnimalPlanet kick, wondering about monogamous animals. He thinks it’s voles. Apparently otters mate for life, too. This show is practically a home degree program, isn’t it? When Meredith successfully gets a needle in her vein, Oldilocks says that she’s always liked doctors. Meredith says that she’s more of a dog person. We hear you there, Grey.

At the surgery desk, George is still super pumped about Chicken Little’s survival and is letting Meredith know about it while she works on a chart. He thinks that it must have happened for a reason, but Meredith makes it all about her and her boyfriend moving his wife to Seattle. We know, we know. She’s no fan of Fate. Sandra Oh enters and asks about Grey’s Hello Kitty bandage, but she doesn’t want to talk about the giant zit on her forehead.
Sandra Oh is skipping the birdman’s surgery because Chief Wannabe #2 is testing her. I’m assuming that this is figurative, but it’s really hard to tell.

In BRCA’s room, Beauty asks Dr. Model if it’s “the kid thing” (that makes her silently disapprove of her choice to have surgery)? Isabel just responds that it’s a big step, and Alex chimes in to say that he thinks it’s brave. Maybe he believes this, maybe he’s just being Dr. BYG to charm a patient into self-confidence. Who can tell? She does want kids, but that goal shares space on a very busy list like learning Italian and going to topless beaches. Before we can think of whether this list should maybe be prioritized, Alex jumps in again to rave about the current state of implant technology and the potential cost and comfort savings that result from a lifetime of bralessness. Isabel is justifiably annoyed by his routine (which seems to have worked on the patient, for what it’s worth) and sends him off to biopsy something. When he’s gone, she says that it isn’t the kid thing. Beauty asks what it is, but when Dr. Model pauses to compose her answer, she continues to outline her limited choices: (1) take her chances and never get cancer, (2) take her chances and die young. Isabel says that there’s a third option: take your chances, get cancer, and fight like hell to survive. It really seems like if Beauty had actually talked to genetic counselors, she might know that there are other options like intense surveillance or the possibility that she could still get cancer even after having prophylactic surgery. But this is Grey’s Anatomy; so we move on to a locker room fashion show. It is kind of surprising that this episode was partially funded by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, but maybe this is the party line on this sort of thing?

Anyway. Locker fashion show! Sandra Oh is pretty and she knows it, but still, she wants everyone’s opinion on which dress will make her the hottest of them all. When she seems nervous, George, hilariously enough, tries to provide some hot tips about the dating scene. When Alex drops by to say that Beauty’s surgery is scheduled, Isabel says that she couldn’t cut off her ovaries and breasts just because she might have [get?] cancer. Oh likens the procedure to cutting off a hand to save your life. Isabel says that you lose a lot of things like her sex drive and the ability to have children. No one mentions that most people have two hands. Grey doesn’t see the point of having the test, since we’re all going to die anyway. Clearly the voiceover was a memo that today is Meredith’s fatalistic day. BYG is nonchalant about the whole thing, when Isabel turns the tables, he says that he’d cut off his penis if it would save his life. Besides he has plenty to spare. Let’s not think about how this is either a bad analogy or really freaking creepy.

Sandra Oh tries to bolster her self-confidence by repeating that she’s a hot person who looks hot even in scrubs. And that CW2 has seen her naked 1000 times. Grey reminds her that he’s never seen her outside the hospital [naked?]. While this doesn’t seem like it should come up over dinner, you’ve gotta assume that any light source other than hospital fluorescents will favor her.

Still, she gives the mirror a little nervous look before we cut to the now dark hospital exterior where CW2, looking sort of dapper in his taupe blazer (non-principal characters apparently have limited costume budgets — it’s the same one he war for the night of postpartum cuddling) and zip up turtleneck sweater. Telling her that she looks lovely (passing the test?) he escorts her to his car and opens the door for her. This politeness surprises Sandra Oh. Or maybe it’s just his killer parking spot. For what it’s worth, he looks nervous, too.

Inside, Grey assists Bailey with Oldilocks’s gall bladderectomy. They’re doing it arthroscopically, and the little fiber optic camera shows Bailey that something in there doesn’t look good. Post-op, Bailey explains to Mr. O that they found calcifications, which are a sign of cancer. Although his wife, sleeping in the room behind them, will need more tests, Grey is no optimist when he asks about the wife’s prospects. She says that the cancer appears to be advanced and that Mrs. O will probably live four to six months. Mr. Oldilocks stops Meredith from walking away to say that he doesn’t want his wife to know that she’s dying. She’s happy now, so he might as well take her home because he doesn’t want her to be afraid before dying. As a convenient echo of Meredith’s locker room position on genetic testing, he says that his wife doesn’t need to know.

Elsewhere, George is getting Chicken Little ready for his surgery. He pleads for George to drop the “carpe diem” treatment. George, still oblivious to what most of us figured out long ago, gushes about his happiness to be alive. Wait. There you go George: the guy jumped off that scaffolding.

— commercial —

After the commercial, we find out more about the man who fell to earth. All the way down, all he could think about was his my ex. Conveniently, she works at Seattle Grace! George sees this as a sign of a second chance, so he agrees to find her and let her know that she’s the reason that Chicken Little is still alive. In his optimism, George doesn’t think about factors other than the power of positive thinking that may have saved his patient’s life like concrete densities, that crushed pigeon, or atmospheric conditions.

In a hallway, Patrick Dempsey and the Beast are chatting about Beauty’s upcoming surgeries. Beast is angry: they had plans and had picked out baby names! She made a choice without discussing it with him and now she’ll lose her sex drive. Dempsey thinks that their love will keep them together, but Beast wonders how his situation is much different than the Dempsey-Addison break-up since Dempsey left his wife. Like Dempsey, we also wonder how it’s similar, but our wife isn’t about to have radical surgery; so we’ll let it go for now.

Because it’s DATE TIME! The scene shifts to a seafood restaurant. We can tell, because the awning reads “Restaurant” in yellow script and there’s a lobster on the glowing neon sign outside. Inside, the conversation is nonexistent and Sandra Oh wants butter, not olive oil. When the waiter shows up, they can’t agree about wine (Chardonnay vs. Bordeaux) because Sandra Oh is planning to eat steak instead of lobster. CW2 is shocked to find out that she eats red meat. Maybe he doesn’t. It’s not particularly clear, but it conveys the awkward.

In the hospital’s only elevator, Meredith is not being supportive of George’s plan to hunt down this ex girlfriend of Chicken Little while she’s at work. Outside of work, maybe? George thinks that it could change everything — someone has to tell her how he feels! (again, the patients function as an excuse for the doctors to talk about themselves) He’s disappointed in Meredith’s turn from the romantic to the fatalistic, but then again, he couldn’t hear the voiceover. Because he practically lives in this elevator, Patrick Dempsey enters. He likes Meredith’s cute band-aid. George says something about his patient’s girlfriend working in billing (which M & PD remind us is in the basement) to break the awkwardness. And then he makes a weird burping noise.

Back at the big board, the Chief confronts Bailey about her fellowship decision. He does his best to sell Seattle Grace without once mentioning the “ferry boats” or “mocha lattes” and wants to know why she isn’t more excited. She escapes the conversation by bolting off to surgery.

At the Lobster Shack, Sandra Oh munches on her bloody steak, while the Chief Wannabe #2 looks particularly appalled. Oh suggests that they skip dessert on account of her early morning. The date looks super uncomfortable all around. UNTIL — someone cries out, “Is there a doctor here?” and the two superheroes ditch their date to flee into action.

— commercials —

Attending to the call of duty at the restaurant, Sandra Oh says to call 911 and reports to CW2 that the fallen diner has a pulse. For those not paying close attention in the first elevator scene, this is the same couple that was looking for billing and arguing about food poisoning earlier in the episode. It’s the tall guy with big fingers who’s on the floor and his lady friend who called out for medical assistance. Oh and CW2 observe some classic markers for Marfan’s Syndrome [nih] — two genetic disorders on one show?! — and that they need to get him to the hospital stat. Astounded by their competence and urgency, the girlfriend asks the traditional damsel in distress saved by superheores question, “who are you people?” As the ambulance arrives, Oh reports that he could have dissecting thoracic aorta and they need a CT cleared and OR ready. The driver wants to know why he’s all bossypants, and Oh responds that he’s a cardiothoracic surgeon who’s going to operate, bottle of wine or not. Burke says that Oh is with him. Aw, who needs conversation when you have medicine and hot hospital sex?

Back at the hospital, BRCA Beauty is applying lipstick. She tells Isabel that she and her surgeon (AddiSatan) and their husbands are going out for a last supper. Isabel says that her patient is a beautiful woman, and Beauty asks if that’s why Dr. Model is having such a hard time understanding her decision. She builds her confidence by speechifying about the quality of hormones and reconstructions, but does worry about not being the same gal who gets noticed and wakes up her husband in the middle of the night for sex. She hopes that isn’t why the Beast married her.

In the basement, George sprints off to billing, which is like Siberia and is where the employees don’t like sick people Rather than let us wonder why people are working in the billing department after hours, Chicken Little’s Ex explains that she stays late to do data entry at night. She’s not very happy to find that her ex-boyfriend sent George looking for her, and asks him to “tell that bastard that he could have looked for me 10 years ago.” George flusters his way out.

Observing Chicken Little’s surgery from the theater, Alex asks Isabel what she’s pissed about. She answers by pointing out that he looks at anything in a skirt and he BYGs about how he’s like to see her in a schoolgirl number. But Isabel isn’t falling for that charm. She koans that if the skirt didn’t have boobs, he wouldn’t look at them. Still, Alex doesn’t see the big deal — cut them off, build them back up, upgrade, move on. Isabel goes gender wars and speculates that if there was a test for testicular cancer she doesn’t think men would get it because it would mean castration. She’s appalled that Alex (and everyone else) could act like it’s no big deal. Alex thinks she’s freaking out, and Isabel responds by asking if he’d be so fine with it if it she showed up with plastic breasts, aged skin, and no sex drive. She doesn’t think that he’d be so hot to kiss her then. Alex pretends to look thoughtful as she storms out.

As he’s being prepped for surgery, Chicken Little asks if George found his ex-girlfriend. When George says that he didn’t, the patient assumes that she went back to New Hampshire and happily falls under the spell of anesthesia. Then, his subplot exits stage right with machinery beeping, people doing chest compressions, and all of the things that happens when a patient’s crashing.

— commercials —

By the time we get back from commercials, Chicken Little is dead. Bailey tells George that he’s in charge of contacting the family. George is still shocked that there wasn’t a point to this guy surviving a five story fall. Bailey explains that we’re all part of the big cosmic joke and asks to be left alone.

But it isn’t so easy for a Nazi to get a moment of free time. Just as she’s fleeing George’s existential collapse, Grey interrupts to let her know about Mr. Oldilocks wanting to keep the truth from his wife. Bailey flips out just a little bit when Grey admits that she hasn’t told Mrs. Oldilocks the truth yet. She dispatches Meredith to tell her immediately. Bailey’s hungry and tired and Meredith is in her way.

Happy to be free of their date, or excited by their diagnostic skills, Sandra Oh and her favorite Chief Wannabe scrub into surgery.

Bailey’s hopes of getting away from her tormentors are shattered when the Chief interrupts her dinner. He guesses that she’s being wooed by L.A. and Chicago and demands to know how she could do this to him. He’s hurt that he’s done so much for her, and now she’s gifted and ungrateful. As he goes on and on, Bailey looks at him like she knows that she’s once again getting the best lines of the episode. When he finally comes up for air, she drops it: “I’m pregnant, you blind moron.” Explaining further, she lists her symptoms: high heart rate, swollen legs, indigestion, gas, and burning 3000 calories a day. Fun, possibly true, medical fact: carrying a baby boy burns 10% more calories than carrying a girl. She details her own personal cosmic joke, namely that she tried to get pregnant for seven years, and month before her fellowships, the stick turned blue. She closes with another out-of-the-park line, “From the very beginning, men suck the life out of you. I’m not leaving.” The Chief gives her a clumsy congratulations. Maybe these maternal hormones are the explanation for Bailey’s consistent less than Nazilike behaviors.

In the Marfan’s OR, Burke gives Sandra Oh the keys to the heart saw. She’s impressed that even though he wouldn’t let her pick the wine, he’ll let her do the cutting. Apparently they didn’t have Meredith levels of alcohol with dinner.

Back the the elevator, where we begin to wonder if Patrick Dempsey didn’t get an office when he moved to Seattle Grace. That guy is seriously always in the elevator. This time the writer recognize the conceit. As Meredith enters, he says something about how they both live on this elevator. It can’t be much smaller than his shiny silver trailer, can it? He says that Meredith could at least acknowledge his existence. (Through all of this, there’s a weird quiet girl band cover version of “I’ll Stop the World”) Of course, AddiSatan is everywhere, including the elevator. She says hi to Dr. Grey and asks her husband if he’s ready to go. Yet another uncomfortable elevator moment. This show lives on them, I guess.

Sandra Oh and the Chief Wannabe #2 cheerfully report that the Marfan’s surgery went perfectly. If he were more than a three minute supblot, we might have called him the Giant, but alas. Girlfriend wants to know why this happened. Anyone who heard the narration would know their answer. (Hint: starts with F and ends with -ate). They tell her that everyone with Marfan’s has this happen, just a matter of time. Girlfriend thinks that it was lucky that they were having dinner at the next table, and they agree for their own reasons, too.

Meredith explains the situation to Mrs. Oldilocks. They can treat her cancer with surgery and chemotherapy, but . . . The patient takes over, saying that she and her husband were supposed to go to Venice, where if you ride a gondola under a particular bridge, you’ll be together for eternity. Like something out of O. Henry, the Mrs. Oldilocks doesn’t want Mr. Oldilocks to know about her condition. Meredith is surprised, saying, “you can’t have a relationship built on a lie, can you?” Oldilocks sets her straight — “it’s not a lie, it’s our future. I’ve been with the love of my life for 60 years and now I’m dying. We’re going to venice. We’re getting in that gondola.” Maybe it’s just a lack of sleep, but this scene actually seemed pretty good and effective.

A cut to a pretty night scene of the Seattle skyline and another Washington State Ferry brings us to after dinner drinks at Joe’s Bar with Patrick Dempsey, Addison, Beauty, and the Beast. Beauty says that when she heard that AddiSatan was coming out to Seattle, she had a good feeling about it. She thinks that they’re going to make it after all. This dialogue throws off the timeline of how Addison didn’t know about Beauty’s mom dying of cancer a month ago, doesn’t it? Anyway, the two of them were always like peas in a pod or clams on the half shell. Beauty toasts to taking your life into your own hands, everyone cheerses. Then Beast makes a toast to bull and crap, to a list of procedures, and losing your wife, and to being the ass who can’t be supportive. Uncomfortable much?

— commercials —
[[Aside to non-Seattle viewers. Is your Sunday ABC local news station obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy? Of is it just KOMO? Seriously, their promos during the show would have you believe that they’re the Grey’s Anatomy newshour with stories based on the show, stories about the cast of the show, stories about the filming of the show. It’s kind of desperate and sad. During this commercial break, Isabel tells us stats on ovarian cancer and the color of hope bracelet.]]

In the big windowed waiting area, Patrick Dempsey catches up with the Beast, who’s in the pose of regret, head propped on hands propped on elbows propped on knees. Dempsey tells him to get some sleep and sober up, but the Beast is not so sure about being expected to hold his wife’s hand while they rip her apart. Maybe he’s just a guy who likes to screw his wife? Dempsey knows that he’ll be there for her, but the Beast brings up Dempsey’s 3000 mile cross-country drive to get away from his cheating wife to live in a trailer. This comparison still seems incredibly forced, but Dempsey plays along saying that he and AddiSatan are back together now. It’s all about the ring and the vows. He reminds him that Beauty didn’t screw with his best friend and she’s looking for support. If Beast can’t do that, what are he and AddiSatan doing?

Back at the Oldilocks storyline, the Mr. finds Meredith exiting his wife’s room. Meredith lies and says that she didn’t tell his wife about the cancer. This makes the worried husband happy, and he brings his wife some coffee.

It’s morning, and the city sure looks pretty and pink. We find George and Meredith looking at the Space Needle from Kerry Park [seattle]. Walking on a the viewpoint wall, George is upset because he thought that Chicken Little cheated Fate. Meredith says you can’t cheat Fate. She thinks that you can’t wait for someone to fly underneath you to save your life, you need to save yourself. George seems disappointed when she confirms his suspicion that the pigeons aren’t going to come.

Back at the hospital, Addison takes naked polaroids of her breast friend. Or friend’s breasts for immortality’s sake. Beauty says that it’s so the Beast can look at them whenever, but she seems worried that it’s time for surgery and he hasn’t arrived. Addison switches to friend mode to ask if she’s you absolutely sure about the surgery. Beauty clutches her breasts and says that while she knows what she’s losing, she’s gaining a shot at the future as a wrinkled old couple that argues all the time. She asks if Addison wouldn’t want that chance to grow old with Dempsey?
Apples and oranges, I say. But they both cry.

Finally, it’s time for the voiceover to sum things up and end this episode: “Maybe Romeo and Juliet were fated to be together, but just for a while and then their time passed. If they could’ve known that beforehand, maybe it all would have been O.K.

(In the locker room, Alex says that he likes Isabel’s rack. He wants them around, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if she got rid of them. Really he wants her. She slaps him, gives him a kiss, and walks out smiling.)

I told Mrs. Snyder that when I was grown up I’d take fate into my own hands. I wouldn’t let some guy drag me down.

(Mr. and Mrs. Oldilocks exit the hospital, happily deceiving each other.)

Mrs. Snyder said that I’d be lucky if I ever thad that kind of passion for someone. And that if I did, we’d be together forever.

(Chief Wannabe #2 apologized to Sandra Oh, about their date being cut short. But she hops in the elevator, saying that it was the best date she’d ever been on. How often do you get steak and a saw on the same night?)

Even now I believe that for the most part love is about choices.

(Dempsey and the Beast show up in the O.R. for Beauty’s surgery. She cries to see her husband. He holds her hand, the camera zooms on his wedding band, and they get started with the surgery. )

It’s about putting down the poison and the dagger and making your own happy ending. Most of the time. And that sometimes, despite all your best choices and all your best intentions, Fate wins anyway.

(Look! Who’s in the elevator? Patrick Dempsey leaned against the back wall? and Meredith entering? Go figure!
Meredith quietly says, “I miss you” and Dempsey approaches to smell her hair, does a little soft neck nuzzling, and says that he can’t. The elevator doors close and the episode is over.

Next week: Thanksgiving!! [mb]

7 Comments so far

  1. Kelly (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 11:45 am

    Heh, the Nazi so schooled the Chief!

  2. josh (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 5:39 pm

    I have a feeling that Bailey is going to get more and more hilarious as her pregnancy progresses.

  3. Lauren (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 10:07 am

    Josh, I just have to say that I LOVE your recaps. I read them even when I have seen the episode. Thank you so much for them!

    Two things: 1. I think someone producing the show is reading these recaps, because I feel like there were more outside shots and more establishing shots this episode. They are hearing the criticism that the locations look fake.

    2. I’m from NYC and no, our affiliate isn’t obsessed with the making of Grey’s Anatomy. Sorry you have to go through that.

  4. josh (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 10:51 am

    Lauren: Thanks for reading along. It makes it a lot more fun to write the recaps knowing that people find them entertaining.

    KOMO’s obsession with the show would be funny if it didn’t seem so desperate. I guess their studio is one of the pretend exteriors (for helicopter landings); so they might feel particularly attached.

  5. Steve (unregistered) on November 16th, 2005 @ 1:26 pm

    Josh, thanks for the recap. My VCR malfunctioned and didn’t record this week’s show. Reading your recap I feel like I’m totally caught up and I actually saw the whole show, not like the two-line summary that ABC and other sites have. Keep up the good work.

  6. Alicia (unregistered) on November 17th, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    Josh, Thanks so much for this extremely thorough and insightful recap! My DVR didn’t get the last half hour because of football I guess. I feel so much better now!!!

  7. nicole watson (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 7:42 am

    can you tell me were I can get the braclet you showed after the show, it was for ovarian cancer. It aired on Nov. 14.

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