grey’s anatomy recap : arts and crafts (season 2, episode 22)

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Previously – George looks like Mr. Katimsky, who gave up on Momnesia and Meredith when Mother Grey wouldn’t give up on the hot hot love from the then not yet Chief. However, this lookalike business has gotten George into all sorts of trouble, such as occasional heckling and cuddling with Mother Grey and a long term rental in the Grey House and one night of weepy sex with Meredith. Daddy complexes are fun like that.

And with that, we’re off. A basketball player (#2, Robinson)
wearing home jersey scores a basket. And the crowd, watching the game on
television at Joe’s: the Only Bar in All of Seattle, goes wild. While everyone
cheers, Meredith knits.

Voiceover Meredith says: “A good basketball game can have
us all on the edge of our seats. Games are all about the glory, the pain, and
the play-by-play. And th
en there are the more solitary games we play. The games
we each play all by ourselves.”

And all of a sudden it’s inverse intervention time. Joe, to
no one in particular: “Dude? Is she knitting?” Apparently barroom knitting is a
big no-no, as the customers are scared of it. Dempsey makes it a double-team,
crossing the bar from his background perch to to tell her that she looks a
little weird. He says this as a “friend”. Meredith, not really looking up from
her domestic work, says that can’t have a drink because she’s celibate. They
both think that this Dartmouth grad is having vocab issues, but she doesn’t
mean sober. Well, sort of. For her, sobriety helps with the celibacy since drinking makes everyone look porny, and then her clothes come off, and good
times ensue. Naturally, AddiSatan lurks just around the corner to make it a
full-on triple assault on Meredith’s “just say no” approach to a night at the bar. After a fair share of
“what, you – celibate?” Grey points out the obvious – for her,
every guy turns out to be married or mark or George. She leaves out the guy
with the non-stop erection, which is understandable here. With that, the peer pressure gang lets her go back to her sweater making, which she claims will
help her surgical dexterity.

The social games, the mind games, we use them to pass
the time, to make life more interesting, to distract us from what’s really
going on.”

After the jump: the Chief and Sandra Oh face off in the classroom, a spelling bee champ visits the O.R., something of a 1990s ABC primetime reunion, Alex talks tough, a whole lot of knitting, a little background basketball, and much much more!

Speaking of knitting . . . The producers have totally grabbed on to the stitch and bitch phenomenon this week. A day late, but you know. Izzie is complaining to the Tin Man (he needs a heart, but has a lot of love) about how George {Ed: the Cowardly Lion?} just isn’t George now that he’s cut his beautiful flowing hair and is hanging out with that girl with the weird name (“Callie”, is apparently Not Even A Name). While she complains, Tin Man scores 69 Scrabble ® points. He claims a triple word score, but the let ter he puts on the board is nowhere close to a dark pink square. Good thing Isabel is too preoccupied with how her best friend is neglecting her, or maybe she’s just letting him win because he has a mechanical heart. Or maybe they’re playing rule-free Scr abble, in which “HUNEY” is a valid word. Isabel is knitting a sweater because she too, is on the knitting = celibacy plan. And she has a rather diabolical plan: she is knitting parts of Meredith’s sweater so that she can switch them out with Meredith’s pi eces, because Meredith Can’t Knit  but Isabel wants her to believe in the program because if anyone needs to be celibate it’s Meredith because Meredith Broke George. Whew. Great plan. If only we could harness a team of shadow knitters, America’s abstinence-only approach to teen pregnancy would be a runaway success.

Tin Man isn’t happy about it because he wants t o get into Isabel’s pants. She thinks that’s an inappropriate thing for him say to his doctor and we all think “are you still pretending this is an appropriate doctor-patient relationship?” He says that the promise of sexual favors to have a surgery was i nappropriate. She admits that she was letting him win.

There are those of us who love to play games. Any game. And there are those of us who love to play a little too much

At the Burkeatorium, Sandra Oh is watching the clock while George ta kes a turn at Super Password (“Disasterous FEMA director fails; so a scatological clue is required to get Callie to remember that Brown was the guy who was doing a heckuva job.). He, wearing a super-awesome/awful sweater and his partner do the happy dance of victory as Oh calls time. Burke sips his red wine and congratulates them. Then it’s Sandra Oh’s turn. Everyone tells her to not be so intense and have fun, we wonder whether they’ve been paying attention to her character at all. Anyway, time starts and she tries to communicate “Madonna” by referencing blonde, ambition, and cones which doesn’t translate to her partner at all.

Game Night left behind, we cut to the hospital where everyone is all enscrubbed, most of the interns watching from the gallery. Oh still complains, Isabel sneezes “sore loser”. Sandra responds with a diatribe about the merits of competition and the downside of mediocrity, ending w ith her profound desire to get rid of George. Meredith suggests the whole mid-coital sobbing, but Izzie vetoes that plan in favor of the kinder, gentler, eviction so that he can run back home to her place. This is a no-go, since George is Burke’s puppy. A nd she can’t make her boyfriend get rid of his dog, even if he doesn’t know who Madonna is.

Speaking of Burke, he and Alex are cutting some cancer out of someone. Alex has been doing his homework, but he’s still insensitive.

Elsewhere, Dempsey is on his way into surgery. He’s delayed because Doc the Dog i s sick. As he walks to his beloved elevators, he and his beloved wife run a cute differential diagnosis on the sick dog. He quickly gives up on the elevator, saying the Meredith will check on the pooch at vet and that he’ll wait for Addison at the hospita l.

Next we’re in “Laproscopic Surgical techniques 101” and Sandra Oh is Hermoine-ing out. The Chief is also in the class: he thinks it’s a good refresher and it should be fun. Not if Sandra Oh can help it.

In utero congenital diaphragmatic hernia has sent today’s first patient into the capable arms of Dr. Addison Shepherd, the bestest doctor for all of your babies troubles in all the world. George introduces them. Per usual, patient is calm, patient’s mom is a super-protective worried mother lion (“roar!”, really.) because her pregnant daughter is carry ing her grandchild. Addison is the best, and says that she can fix it with a quick tube to the uterus. As they exit, she sends George to the MRI and we find out what this case is really about. Outside, Mr. Katimsky is waiting. Awkwardness ensues as he ask s George about Meredith. George does his now-typical act about being ultra-disengaged whenever his unrequited’s name is mentioned, curtly saying that Meredith does work at the hospital and offering to have her paged. But, before dashing off, he asks the d istracted lurker who he is. Katimsky replies that he’s Thatcher. While it isn’t exactly the looking into a mirror moment that we might have expected, George remembers that Thatcher is Meredith’s father. He re-offers to page Meredith, but it’s still a no. Why is he here, you ask? No need, because out comes the mother lion to fetch him. Surprise! Thatcher is someone else’s daddy. And this daughter is about to have a baby. Thank goodness Mercy West sent the little hernia over to Seattle Grace, or this episod e might have been boring.

[ title card ]

Bailey pac es around the big board. Enter McDempsey, looking for an intern. She’s angry that she doesn’t have a surgery on account of the whole giving birth, breast feeding, diaper changing situation. So angry that she volunteers to be his intern for the day.

In the intern gossip shack, Isabel debriefs Meredith on the latest in the George + Callie relationship. Izzie freaks out because Callie didn’t invite George ba ck to her orthopad, and vows to find out what deep dark secret this oddly named surgeon is hiding. It should be easy, because speak of the devil, Callie drops in to invite them to scrub into some ortho procedure.

[My, isn’t Seattle pretty when we fly over it and look at the purple clouds?]

Alex debriefs t he cancer patient from earlier in the episode. For those paying attention to the ABC reunion, the woman with horrible prognosis is Laurie Metcalf (a.k.a., Jackie Harris from Roseanne). The doctors tell her that the s ituation doesn’t look good, but Jackie insists that they cut her open and take out everything the can get their hands on. Worried/puzzled faces ensue, until the upbeat iPod-in-one-ear, thai food on the brain daughter skips into the room complaining about the hospital cuisine and asking just how many doctor her mom has. Multitasking Gen-Mer clicks on the telly to hear the halftime report for the see-saw basketball game. They’re probably half-referencing the NCA A tournament, so let’s give them props for timeliness if not continuity. The doctors exit.

It’s back to LaproClass: guess who’s competitive? First two guesses don’t count. That’s right, it’s Sandra Oh, schooling the Chief in the non-competition to move things around with laproscopic videogame controllers. She wins. He wasn’t copying her.

In real surgeryland, Callie is teaching the other girls about leg-yanking. Isabel just wants to know about her deep dark secrets. Score three for Dr. Torrez: she calls Isabel on the modeling gig (why does anyone ca re about this?), questions her previous matchmaking skills (double bonus, a dig at Grey), and realigns the patient’s hip. Izzie storms out into the airline hangar portion of the hospital. She stops to talk to George about how his hair is growing out (but should still get a haircut), and about his “new friend.” George answers that he just can’t escape “her”, but he can’t. Everyone but Isabel knows what he’s talking about. She gushes about Callie being a total freak until it dawns on her that George is talk ing about Meredith, as always. He decides to play a little “pass the problem” by telling her that Meredith has a sister.

It’s surgery time again. Dempsey and Bailey are in the O.R., and she’s shocked to find out that the bearer of today’s giant tumor is a kid! {She has a kid! How will she deal?}. Top off that drama with the fact that they’ll be doing the brain surgery while the kid is awake. The growth is near the language center; so Dempsey is trying, mostly unsuccessfully to engage the teenager patient talking while he probes at his neurons. Mother Bailey to the rescue: she jumps in to find out that the kid isn’t into girls or sports because he’s seriou sly training for the National Spelling Bee.  {Talk about timely, Seattle just had its regional bee weeks ago.} So it’s spell your drug names quiz time. Bailey doesn’t know that the language of origin for Acetami nophen is Big Pharma.

On the skybridge, Addison confronts George about why he still hasn’t gotten Daughter Lion’s MRI results. He draws her a family tree about how Meredith has a sister she doesn’t know about and how God hates him. This is a good enough excuse for Addison; so George is still on the case.

Jackie is desperate to get out of the hospital for her daughter’s birthday. Alex scares her back into bed, but Burke doesn’t like it, even though it worked.

On the patio, Gnarls Barkley plays on the soundtrack as the Chief joins the interns for lunch. This busts up their chat about Meredith’s unknown family. He says that Sandra Oh is kicking his ass at laparosc opy drills, but that the basics are key. Then he realizes that it’s totally weird for him to be having lunch with the interns and promptly exits, giving Oh a second to gloat before Meredith arrives to take the now-vacant seat. George stalks off. But Mered ith is O.K. with the rejection, on account of the knitting. She non-sequiturs that the funny thing is that she thought that she just saw her father. Isabel makes a relieved face, but Sandra Oh bluntly asks if she saw here sister, too. Meredith and Isabel make shocked and wtf? faces, respectively.

Back in the O.R., its still quiz time. Fibromyalgia is too easy for our hero, but omphalocele starts him blabb ering. They’ve hit the language center and need to pull back. All the sudden, he’s spelling again and Dr. Mommy is crying due to excess estrogen. Which he can also spell, as well as delusional.

It’s finals time in the lapro lab. Chief vs. Oh. It’s on.

Back in the strained metaphor of the Lion’s Den, Mered ith drops by to check on her half-sister. Addison decides that an appropriate get-to-know-you game would be for Grey to do some prep-work. It’s no slumber party, but I guess it will work with all of the poking and prodding. Meredith doesn’t think that she ‘s too young to be married, although everyone else does. I’ll bet that 22 is a significant number here. As is the fact that Dad is over-protective and cried at her wedding. With all of the pre-surgery chatty nerves, we also learn that there’s also another older sister, Lexie who’s in medical school at Harvard. And Katimsly is crazy proud of her, because she’s the brains of the operation. Meredith fights off tears, says that the baby will be fine, and runs off to the ortho room to find some bones to break. While she freaks out on the remains of a cast, Callie tells them that they don’t see George. He makes her world stop. Once she leaves, Isabel translates: “George is her McDreamy.” Like us, Grey makes a “huh?” face.

 

Back to LaproFest2006. Oh is blowing bubbles and looking troubled but confident. The Chief, on the other hand, is looking zen, with his eyes closed he finishes first, gets a perfect score, and gloats. That’s why he’s the Chief. Oh Snap.

In the room of deadly lung cancer, Jackie’s kid is complaining that she has to spend her birthday with her A unt. You see, she’s bratty because she hasn’t figured out that all of Mommy’s trips to the hospital and into the O.R. mean that Mommy has terminal cancer. Jackie is happy to oblige her daughter, saying that she promises that next year’s birthday will be t he best birthday of all time. Once the kid’s out of the picture, it’s time for tough talk from Dr. Alex. He gets all up in her grill about lying to her daughter, saying that it might feel good now but the kid will probably hate her for it after she’s dead . This doesn’t fit with Burke’s typical crystal power agenda, but Alex doesn’t want a lesson. Being honest is his thing and no one can take that away from him. This would hold more weight if Alex hadn’t cheated on Isabel and spent months lying to his frie nds about not passing the boards. Witness the power of being dumped in favor of a borderline inappropriate doctor-patient relationship. Plus, none of that was in the “previously” montage.

After the commercials, Mother Lion passes Meredith in the corridor and recognizes her from Mr. Katimsky’s pictures from the olden days. Plus, Meredith looks a bit like her own cubs. Grey assures her that she didn’t say a nything to little miss pregnant, but the Lion Queen says not to worry about it. The kids already know that their father has another daughter. But here’s the kicker: Mother Grey really broke Thatc her. How cute, just like Meredith broke George! Having enough of memory lane, Grey quits the conversation in favor of work. Just like her mother!

At the Big Board, Mr. Katimsky looks longingly. The Chief drops in to reminisce. Thatcher says that he used to spend hours studying the board. Not to be a surgeon, but to figure out when his wife would be available to lend a hand with the crying baby. The Chief asks him if he knows what’s up with Mother Grey. Thatch, says that the Chief has no right to talk to him about Mother Grey. The Chief says, “I’m sorry, but I was trying to talk to you about Meredith,” {score!} telling him that the onetime cheating wife ha s severe early onset Alzheimer’s and it’s hard on Meredith. You know, just in case he’d like to know how his forgotten daughter is dealing.

Back to Spell bound. Bailey wakes the kid up from his nap. He apologizes for not remembering her, but she says that it’s all good. He’s going to be fine and she’s going home to tell her son that today she met the best speller in Seattle. Lest you think that the kid’s n eglected, his actual mother figure is sleeping during this interaction.

Thatcher and Thatcher Jr. meet up in another hallway for the tearjerker scene. Da d asks if George knows Meredith, if he’s her friend. He evades the question by saying that he used to be her roommate, but Thatch interprets this to mean that, wow, he knows her really well. The guy has no idea. MeriDad continues by saying that a couple o f weeks ago Meredith came to see him a couple of weeks ago (yes, a couple weeks ago), looking so much like her mother, and he didn’t know what to say to her. He explains that Mother Grey was cold and he was a coward who left. Mother Grey never allowed him to know her and now he doesn’t know how to know her. At this point, you should know that Meredith is lurking around the corner listening to the whole thing. Neither of the Thatches see her though. George says the Me redith is anything but cold, when she smiles (not that often, on account of the going through a lot), it’s like you feel warm. She’s kind (but selfish), flawed but kind, and cares about people, her patients, and he thinks she’ll be a brilliant surgeon. He confesses that around here she’s known as the one to beat. {And here we thought she was known and the one who gets drunk and sleeps with all the wrong people.} He thinks that the brilliant surgeon part comes from her mother, but that the rest comes from dear old dad. Katimsky asks if George knows where Meredith is, and he confirms that he hasn’t noticed her standing a few feet away from them, but he’ll let her know that he was here. Thatcher thanks him and the two part company. Meredith looks panicked an d whispers a thank you to George, who doesn’t hear him.

In the O.R. observation gallery, Meredith is still knitting with giant wooden needles. Dem psey, rocking the belt-clipped celly, recounts his day of brain surgery on a still-conscious kid; Meredith ups the ante by saying that she met a sister she never knew she had and saw her father. He asks if she’s o.k. and she responds that she has her knit ting.

Jackie Harris is debriefing the daughter on the post-mortem details: take AP classes, get your eyebrows waxed all the time, wear underw ear with pantyhose even though it feels bulky to avoid yeast infections. She should marry a guy who’s nice to his mother, but who doesn’t live with her, and to only have one glass of champagne on her wedding night because drunken brides are tacky. Finally , she admits that she’s been sick for a while and the doctors don’t think she’s going to get better. Someday, she’s going to have a baby to obsess over, but none of the obsessions won’t matter because the only thing that matters is if the kid is happy. So don’t feel sad forever. Alex watches all of this.

Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose, or draw, the game is in progress. Whether we want it to be or not.

Isabel made the Tin Man a sweater all in one day. He asks if he’s getting this instead of sex. It smells like her; so that’s the closest he’s getting to her body. They play scrabble again.

On the way out, Oh confronts the Chief about his closed-eye s urgery. She’s really impressed when she realizes that muscle memory won the day. He tells her it’s all about the basics. Back at the Burkeatorium, she walks to the refrigerator naked while Burke and George are playing chess. He freaks out, but she says th at she’s being comfortable in her apartment. George promises that he didn’t see anything, but he’s promptly evicted. This is her version of the basics.

So go ahead. Argue with the refs, change the rules, cheat a little. Take a break and tend to your wounds. But play.

In the hallway of forgotten interns, George calls Callie. He hears her phone ringing around the corner. Surprise! She lives in the hospital, playing video games. She claims not to be crazy or anything, it’s just easier. This illegal occupancy do esn’t phase George, he just asks if she knows how to cut hair. Then they play barber.

Play hard, play fast. Play loose and free. Play as if there’s no tomorrow.

Meredith knits at the vet’s office. The receptionist says that she’s getting the hang of it. Meredith says not really. They have this weird conversation: Receptionists says “you give up man?” Meredith says “No . . . Yes.” Grey then says that doesn’t actually need to see the vet, she just wanted to sit with Doc the Dog. Enter the vet, Chris O’Donnell , Meredith’s new crush.

O.K., so it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game, right?

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7 Comments so far

  1. Kelly (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    At this point, you should know that Meredith is lurking around the corner listening to the whole thing. Neither of the Thatches see her though
    Gotta disagree with you here – go back and rewatch the scene. George sees Meredith duck down the hall to avid her father, and steps up to block Thatcher’s way. George even makes eye contact with her at one point, as well as steps to continue blocking Thatcher.

    George was completely aware Meredith was there; he stepped up and in to shelter her.

    I quite liked the exchange Mare Winningham had with Meredith in the hall – it was a very subtle but sincere performance. I really and completely bought the idea that what she wanted to do, more than anything, was hug Meredith and let her know that they’d held a place for her in the family.

    Also, I’m pretty sure Meredith was watching her sister’s operation at the end of the episode…

    (And I so didn’t recognize Chris O’Donnell – when did he get so YUMMY looking?!)


  2. samantha (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

    Seriously, Kelly. I actually caught this one, and was all “Helloooo Chris O’Donnell before I realized it.


  3. christine perriello (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

    Thank you all so much for sharing the show. I had to miss it but I could just see all that action happening and hear all the doctors running their little games. Thanks again!


  4. ellen (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    Josh, you have once and for all proved your superiority at this game.

    I find it appalling that Callie lives in the hospital.


  5. L. Britt (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    You’re back! I missed you! This recap was hilarious! My favorite line of yours…”He gets all up in her grill about lying to her daughter.” That’s funny. You crack me up!


  6. josh (unregistered) on April 4th, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    Ellen: I agree about Callie. When you have to repeat several times that holing up in a back closet of a hospital isn’t “crazy”, it’s really just admitting “I have a problem.” Luckily she’s found her McGeorgie, who also seems to resort to packing his bags and hanging out around the hospital whenever he leaves his current residence. I mean, where did he live before scoring a place in the Grey House? Or Isabel, for that matter?

    Perhaps they are a perfect match and ABC will spin them off into a sitcom about doctors, patients, and the other crazies who refuse to leave their workplace.


  7. josh (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    Kelly: I re-watched the last scene and concede that it’s at least theoretically possible that you’re right. But I’m still not convinced.



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