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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 13, "Great Expectations"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 13, "Great Expectations"

Thursday's episode of "Grey's Anatomy" was a jarring return to normal after the crazy emotions of the past two weeks, but it did a lot of what the show does best — quick zingers, medical cases of the overblown metaphor variety, and a few serious surprises. Major spoilers ahead, but if you want to relive the episode,

The Most Juvenile Fight Ever continues at Burke and Cristina's "International House of Silence," where for some reason they're hosting a dinner party for Meredith and Derek despite the fact that they're not talking or even eating the same food. Derek offers that he's heard the Chief's retiring, and Cristina blurts that the Chief already offered the job to Burke, but he took himself out of the running because of tremorgate. Derek is miffed, because he thought the Chief all but promised him the job.

Over at the Casa de Interns, Izzie heads to George's room with a basket of helpful baked goods and runs smack into Callie, who's babbling about George's transformation into a sex machine. "This is not grieving," she tells Izzie. "This is my legs being bent in ways my legs do not go." She slips away, but George can't wait any longer and runs buck-naked into the hall. Ah, roommates.

Izzie and George are assigned to a young woman named Jillie, who has a cervical tumor and a best friend who says she's Jillie's only family. Jillie and Rachel grew up Amish, but they left the community as teenagers. If she's dying, she says, she wants an Amish funeral — except it would mean shunning Rachel, who had already been baptized when she left and is now shunned.

Derek and Bailey try to grab the Chief's attention, and he tells them to talk fast. Derek: "Mine's not fast. Mine's epic." Bailey tells the Chief she wants to open a free clinic, and the Chief basically rolls his eyes, a reaction that will be echoed by Addison, Burke and Derek. Mark, meanwhile, shoves Alex and Meredith on a patient with bedsores, telling them it's their last day of scut work before he leaves Seattle for good. But then Meredith lets it slip that the Chief's stepping down. Mark decides to stick around after all, infuriating Derek, who yells at Meredith for giving Mark a reason to stay.

Callie and Cristina are assigned to a patient who hurt his knee when he blacked out running a marathon, which seems simple until he develops complications that require a fairly disgusting medical procedure. Cristina realizes she doesn't want to be like marathon guy, competing till she's near death. Or single. Or something.

Addison ignores Alex until finally he pulls her into the linen closet. Unlike other times we've seen doctors in the linen closet, they both keep their clothes on. Alex tells her he's not interested in a relationship; he only kissed back because she's his boss and he wants good surgeries.

Addison, Mark, Burke, and Derek confront the Chief, who tells them that yes, he is retiring, and the four of them are ruining what should be a very happy day. Bailey overhears and tells the Chief he should have told her he was stepping down when she pitched the clinic idea. He explains that he wanted Bailey to get used to doing things without him, because one day she'll be chief. The other four, meanwhile, sit in the hallway and bicker. Bailey marches up with letters of support for her free clinic and tells them she's doing it because she needs something to believe in "the way I used to believe in you all." That shuts them up, and they sign.

Izzie explains to Rachel that Jillie's cancer is advanced, and if she wants to go home, the best thing would be to let her. Rachel says as much to Jillie, and when Jillie says she could never shun Rachel, Rachel says of course she can. That makes Izzie apologize to George, who says Izzie can't help him grieve. But before she lets him go, she tells him to be with Callie if that's what makes him happy. Bailey sees Izzie crying, and they end up talking about the clinic. "The Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic," Izzie says. I'm not surprised, but Bailey is.

The Chief shows up at home to tell Adele he's retired, but Adele tells him he ran out of time months ago. Derek, meanwhile, apologizes to Meredith for yelling, and Meredith seems confused, so Derek explains that this is how relationships work: People fight, and someone might even walk away, but then they make up. "Well, how was I supposed to know that?" Meredith says.

Cristina talks! She tells Burke she's in their relationship for the long haul, and if that means losing this fight, so be it. Burke is apparently also in it for the long haul, because his response is: "Marry me." George tells Callie that every time he looks at her, he feels better. He gets down on one knee and delivers the night's second (and, thankfully, final) proposal.

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sexyeyes sexyeyes 9 years
I lost it at the last five mins of the show b/c my :jawdrop: to the floor and I had tears coming out of my eyes like a river... This episode was one of my favorites so far and I can't wait for this week's episode :woohoo:
kimretta kimretta 9 years
I was thinking about those things too, kscincotta! The Bailey thing I took as meaning she used to believe in medicine more, specifically in all doctors more skilled and experienced than her, but maybe not those four specifically. (Though I suppose if they really are a super-renowned heart surgeon, neurosurgeon, neonatal surgeon and plastic surgeon, she could know their work from medical journals or conferences ...). But it still doesn't make sense that there wouldn't be other attendings interested in the jobs -- even if those four are the heads of four departments, there are other divisions of surgery, right? As for the clinic, I'd think that $8 mil would go fast -- but I guess that's $8 mil more than the project had otherwise, so they have the seed money and can do more fundraising? I'm interested to see how far they go with the clinic plotline.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
After thinking over this episode a bit, two things don't ring true for me: 1. Can you really fund a whole free clinic that currently does not exist in any form on $8Mil? Hospitals and medical care are damn expensive, and I think they'll be at the end of the 8 Mil sooner, rather than later. and 2. Why did Bailey believe in all four of those residents? Given that the "intern year" is only supposed to be a year, and that Derek started right around the time that our interns did, that means that three out of the four of them have been there for less than a year. Bailey, on the other hand, has presumably been there long enough to have a reputation for how she handles her interns, meaning she's had interns before and hence has been there for much longer. And come to think of it, where are the rest of the damn residents that were there before the love triangle from hell moved in from New York?!
Juicy23 Juicy23 9 years
OKAY OKAY! I HAVE A SOLUTION AND A VERY LIKELY TURN OUT! CHRISTINA=yes. she will agree with Burke and run around the hospital all stressed and complainy. a little shocked when asked, but will say yeah=] Cali=no. she is not ready for a commitment. did you not see here face when he proposed? it was not a likely face. THOSE ARE JUST MY THOUGHTS! =]
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I think The Christina - I am in it for the long haul is pretty much a guaranteed yes to a proposal. Callie trying to kick George out before he proposed is an eh.. maybe later.
sweetascandi81 sweetascandi81 9 years
Not enough nice things to say about how the actress portraying Dr. Bailey is doing. It's nice that she wants to give back and I was surprised at how jaded her fellow doctors were. I think I cried a great deal during this episode. I can completely relate to the best friends and when I thought about losing MY best friend..whoo that was alot. i thought it was sweet how Jillie's mother told her friend that she would tell her mother she turned out beautifully and then hugged her! I was shocked as crap when Burke proposed to Christina, I bet she'll say yes if he doesn't get fired. As for Callie and George, I was happy enough with him just SAYING he loves her. I thought the marriage thing was too rushed. I'm sure next week Calie will tell him that she think he's just proposing because of the loss of his father and will tell him that she loves him it will just take time. The part with Meredith and Derek was beautiful. "No matter who yells at who, I'll always come back." Beautiful, love this show. Ps. I think the chief will keep his spot or disapear for awhile. ~Trust Fate*Have Hope*Love Always~
DCBaxter DCBaxter 9 years
The best part of the entire episode was the Meredith/Derek apology. I loved it. I love how she had no idea what was happening. I think George is using this thing with Callie as a way to get over his dad, it's not healthy. I think Callie will realize that. He needs to feel better on his own first. Needless to say, these are fictional characters so perhaps I shouldn't care so much!
<3-Gossip <3-Gossip 9 years
I think Christina wants to say yes, but I'm not sure if she will. I think Callie will say no. I feel as if her feelings for George are strong...But not as strong as they used to be/ enough for marriage..
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I gasped at Burke's proposal. Never saw that coming! I think Callie will say no. She seems like she wants to get to know George more. I loved his proposal about not caring if he has to sit across the room to look at her! So touching! Also - what does everyone think the Chief will do? Not reture or fight for his woman?
demily demily 9 years
I loved Burke's proposal - I think Cristina will say yes. I was grossed out by George's sappy proposal, though. I think, and hope, Callie says no - they should live together first. They only just got back together, people! And so glad the $8M thing is resolved . . . predictable and laborious to watch.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
There was a lot going on, but somehow it all did work. Much of what happened seemed predictable, but I was surprised by Burke's proposal (maybe not as surprised as Christina though!) The Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic was a sure thing as was Adele's moving on. As always, Bailey comes out a winner; she is so good in her role. Wonder if the Chief will hold onto his job now that he has no home life--unless of course Meredith's mom makes the recovery that is hinted at in next week's previews. Proposal #3? Gosh, I hope not. Great recap, Buzz!
arianell arianell 9 years
I almost cried during George's proposal.
MsMelo MsMelo 9 years
I loved it last night...I have a feeling Cristina might say no though.
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