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Grey's Anatomy Recap: Episode 13, "Stairway to Heaven"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 13, "Stairway to Heaven"

On this week's Thursday night horror movie — OK, it was an episode of Grey's Anatomy, but with all the creepy music and quick camera angles and ghosts, didn't it feel a little like a horror movie? — a lot of our continuing plotlines come to their conclusions, with Meredith dealing with the serial killer and Izzie calling out Denny for sticking around. There's a little comic relief with Lexie and Mark, but most of the episode is pretty heavy. Ready to chat? Just

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Finally. Finally, finally, finally, Izzie Stevens realizes that seeing her dead ex-fiancé — and kissing him, and having sex with him, and talking to him in public places even though nobody else can see him — is not OK. Finally, Izzie knows something's wrong with her. And it scares her, of course, to know that she's sick, but it doesn't seem as scary as the possibility that Denny's just going to be around forever, creepily saying "I'm here for you." Of course, it took Izzie a ridiculously long time to wise up and act like a scientist (or like the doctor she supposedly is) to even think that maybe it was an illness causing her to see and hear Denny all the time. Even in this episode, she suggests that maybe the crazy part of her was the part that thought Denny was dead in the first place. Regardless, it's finally happened: Seeing Izzie again may be Denny's heaven, but it would be Izzie's hell, and she's not done living yet. It's not like we actually see her tell anyone she's sick; I figure that'll be strung out a while longer. But at least there's some kind of explanation of what's been going on.

Meanwhile, the resolution to the serial killer story is actually a lot more complex than what I was predicting last week, when it seemed certain that Jackson would get the killer's organs. It does look for much of this episode like that's how things will end, with Meredith content to let William die and Bailey knowing that's wrong but letting her love for Jackson to get in the way. The twist that William was just playing Meredith so he'd have a friendly face at his execution seemed bizarre, but that aside, I liked the big moments here: Derek saying it's up to Bailey to decide whether he's a surgeon or an executioner; Jackson opening his eyes when it seemed all hope was lost.

The execution scene itself is hard to watch, but it does take care of another problem: the Meredith/Cristina fight. When Mere is at her lowest, there's only one person who can help, and Derek will never be able to fill in. When she's inconsolable, she needs Cristina, and I'm glad that Cristina could put their rift behind her and step in for comfort.

Meanwhile:

  • Lexie breaks Mark's, er, "bone." 'Scuse me, what? I guess it provides both our comic relief for the evening and our "Oh, Mark can be kind of a sensitive guy sometimes" moment, and it did crack me up when Lexie volunteers to stroke his hair and he looks at her with crazy eyes, but it mostly feels out of step with the rest of the episode.
  • Nice that Lexie and Sadie are still friends, even though it does require thinking about Sadie's "Twist and Shout move."
  • Owen admits to Cristina that he's got a lot of issues to work through, but she wants to date him anyway. They're one screwed-up couple, but I like that they know it.
  • George O'Malley had what, three lines?
  • Did the Denny narration catch anyone else off-guard? At first I wasn't sure if it was Denny or Alex.

Your thoughts? Glad that Izzie's had an epiphany about her illness, or dreading what comes next? Pleased with how the serial killer story wrapped up? Freaked out that what happened to Mark can apparently actually happen? Sound off below!

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm glad that the Izzie/Denny storyline is finally going somewhere...but methinks that Denny is not completely gone yet. She definitely has some brain issue, Michael Ausiello from EW.com said it would be like an aneurysm or something but he doesn't know the details yet (he said its not a tumor). I don't know what to think of Lexie & Mark. I want to like them but I just don't. I wish George was more involved with storylines (that didn't involve hooking up with more women). Chandra Wilson seems to have overracted the storyline with the kid who needed the organs, but thats just my opinion. I like the serial killer storyline, but I couldn't watch when he banged his head on purpose. Grosss. I also think that he wanted to redeem himself but he got scared in the end and couldn't go through with it. I liked the ending where Meredith and Cristina reunited, and I am interested to see how Cristina's relationship with Hunt continues to develop.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I'm glad that the Izzie/Denny storyline is finally going somewhere...but methinks that Denny is not completely gone yet. She definitely has some brain issue, Michael Ausiello from EW.com said it would be like an aneurysm or something but he doesn't know the details yet (he said its not a tumor). I don't know what to think of Lexie & Mark. I want to like them but I just don't. I wish George was more involved with storylines (that didn't involve hooking up with more women). Chandra Wilson seems to have overracted the storyline with the kid who needed the organs, but thats just my opinion. I like the serial killer storyline, but I couldn't watch when he banged his head on purpose. Grosss. I also think that he wanted to redeem himself but he got scared in the end and couldn't go through with it. I liked the ending where Meredith and Cristina reunited, and I am interested to see how Cristina's relationship with Hunt continues to develop.
KellyRenee1979 KellyRenee1979 7 years
Glad that Izzy is finally figuring out she is sick. I immediately thought brain tumor, since she is doing the irrational things. It reminded me of the case with the 2 brothers & hiking accident where the 1 brother had married the waitress after only knowing her for a week... and then he was yelling horrible things at her. Brain tumors can make you do crazy things. As much as I appreciate Alex being okay with Izzy, he needed to be more supportive and help her figure this whole thing out. He outside of it and should've been able to spot it better than she could. I was so frustrated that we didn't get to hear what Meredith was saying to Christina in the car! I replayed it about 5 times and it looked like she said, "don't you ever..." and then maybe "leave me" or "let me...". I guess we will just have to wait until next week. Glad that Derek recognized that Mer needed Christina and isn't threatened by it. Where *is* George? I agree with the person who said they liked the whole camaraderie of the 5 in the first 2 seasons. They need to get back to the bar and have some drinks! I was hoping maybe we would be able to get to know the new interns better and they might give us some of those moments, but the new interns seem to be almost nameless, especially Yang's since she numbered them! Can't wait for the next episode to see what Mer said to Christina!!!
KellyRenee1979 KellyRenee1979 7 years
Glad that Izzy is finally figuring out she is sick. I immediately thought brain tumor, since she is doing the irrational things. It reminded me of the case with the 2 brothers & hiking accident where the 1 brother had married the waitress after only knowing her for a week... and then he was yelling horrible things at her. Brain tumors can make you do crazy things. As much as I appreciate Alex being okay with Izzy, he needed to be more supportive and help her figure this whole thing out. He outside of it and should've been able to spot it better than she could.I was so frustrated that we didn't get to hear what Meredith was saying to Christina in the car! I replayed it about 5 times and it looked like she said, "don't you ever..." and then maybe "leave me" or "let me...". I guess we will just have to wait until next week. Glad that Derek recognized that Mer needed Christina and isn't threatened by it.Where *is* George? I agree with the person who said they liked the whole camaraderie of the 5 in the first 2 seasons. They need to get back to the bar and have some drinks! I was hoping maybe we would be able to get to know the new interns better and they might give us some of those moments, but the new interns seem to be almost nameless, especially Yang's since she numbered them!Can't wait for the next episode to see what Mer said to Christina!!!
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
@ nicname, i totally thought the same thing about the little boy - mini adrian brody (and that isn't a bad thing because when he grows up, he's going to be hot!)i actually liked these past 3 ep's - the serial killer brought a very intense element to the show but i thought it's been the best by far this season. hey shonda, you think that izzie FINALLY realizing she's sick after what, how many ep's now and the ghost sex has stopped.... this is brilliant? right. just please kill izzie off already. i really did like her and alex together but clearly you killed it. sloan and little grey, don't buy it either... and whoever said the grey sisters are annoying, i'm with you on that HOWEVER meredith actually did not annoy me in this ep. i don't watch private practice (didn't catch my interest in the first ep) so i don't really care for the next ep, but of course i'll still watch it... and so effin glad derek went to yang for help. and so effin glad that she wasn't stubborn to help meredith.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
@ nicname, i totally thought the same thing about the little boy - mini adrian brody (and that isn't a bad thing because when he grows up, he's going to be hot!) i actually liked these past 3 ep's - the serial killer brought a very intense element to the show but i thought it's been the best by far this season. hey shonda, you think that izzie FINALLY realizing she's sick after what, how many ep's now and the ghost sex has stopped.... this is brilliant? right. just please kill izzie off already. i really did like her and alex together but clearly you killed it. sloan and little grey, don't buy it either... and whoever said the grey sisters are annoying, i'm with you on that HOWEVER meredith actually did not annoy me in this ep. i don't watch private practice (didn't catch my interest in the first ep) so i don't really care for the next ep, but of course i'll still watch it... and so effin glad derek went to yang for help. and so effin glad that she wasn't stubborn to help meredith.
Missmichaelene Missmichaelene 7 years
I bet Izzie has a brain tumor!
electricxbaby electricxbaby 7 years
I'm glad Izzie finally got over the whole Denny thing, now she can concentrate on getting better. The episode left me wondering if they'd really kill her off in the future. It was such a Meredith thing to do and go to the execution. And I'm glad Cristina and Meredith are talking again! I agree with lynp, Derek is a really smart guy to get the best friend! I'm glad the little boy woke up in the end too.
lynp lynp 7 years
I thought this was a pretty good episode, finally! I figured out a couple weeks ago that Izzy was sick, but I'm not sure with what. Shondra Rimes said it's not a brain tumor, so we'll see. My favorite part was the end when Derek got Christina. I told my husband that its a smart man who know when he can't help and gets the best friend.
pss pss 7 years
NOO Denny don´t gooo!!!I love him, haha but yeah his storyline was reeeally weir.And I hope Izzie won´t die, please, firt cuz alex could be get absolutely crazy, now when he is in a real relaionship, and second cuz I like Izzie so much.And I still love the show.
pss pss 7 years
NOO Denny don´t gooo!!!I love him, haha but yeah his storyline was reeeally weir.And I hope Izzie won´t die, please, firt cuz alex could be get absolutely crazy, now when he is in a real relaionship, and second cuz I like Izzie so much. And I still love the show.
CYL CYL 7 years
Please make Izzie die and go away..she annoys the crap out of me...as a character. Love the broken bone and Sloan story made me laugh. I love them together and how he calls her little Grey. It really takes a strong character like Christina to take on Hunt...
CYL CYL 7 years
Please make Izzie die and go away..she annoys the crap out of me...as a character.Love the broken bone and Sloan story made me laugh. I love them together and how he calls her little Grey.It really takes a strong character like Christina to take on Hunt...
graylen graylen 7 years
There was a lot going on in the show last night. I'm glad the killer won't be on anymore- he completely creeped me out- plus they really went out on disgusting close ups on him. I like that Meredith called his bluff. That was a strong moment for her, I thought. I'm not surprised that Bailey lost it as she apparently never goes home (or has a kid anymore). I think we were supposed to see that she had gotten to the point of exhaustion and emotion that she was just no longer thinking rationally. However, I agree with many posters that it was unrealistic that she would have been able to stay on the case without sleep or stay in the OR demanding a surgeon to do something unethical. I really like Lexie and Mark. I like that it took her to show him that it's okay to be taken care of. He doesn't always have to be "Mark Sloan." I also like that she stands up to him. He needs a strong woman ; )
graylen graylen 7 years
There was a lot going on in the show last night. I'm glad the killer won't be on anymore- he completely creeped me out- plus they really went out on disgusting close ups on him. I like that Meredith called his bluff. That was a strong moment for her, I thought. I'm not surprised that Bailey lost it as she apparently never goes home (or has a kid anymore). I think we were supposed to see that she had gotten to the point of exhaustion and emotion that she was just no longer thinking rationally. However, I agree with many posters that it was unrealistic that she would have been able to stay on the case without sleep or stay in the OR demanding a surgeon to do something unethical. I really like Lexie and Mark. I like that it took her to show him that it's okay to be taken care of. He doesn't always have to be "Mark Sloan." I also like that she stands up to him. He needs a strong woman ; )
cibele cibele 7 years
I miss George :(
cibele cibele 7 years
I miss George :(
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
This episode was great. I'm glad that the izzie/denny thing is over even though i really like denny. This episode was very emotional with most of the storylines. I also really enjoyed lexie/mark and their storyline, it provided some comic relief, and i think that they are cute together.
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
This episode was great. I'm glad that the izzie/denny thing is over even though i really like denny. This episode was very emotional with most of the storylines. I also really enjoyed lexie/mark and their storyline, it provided some comic relief, and i think that they are cute together.
billyart101 billyart101 7 years
I'm still completely behind Grey's, and last night was a great episode.I hate that we know so much of what's going on behind the scenes with the show, but that said...it seems the writers are granting Katharine's wish, giving her a lot juicy work, even though it might mean the slow, painful death of her character!Maybe TR made his anti-writer comment after/while filming/preparing for these episodes, for which I can understand his frustration. He's gone from being so central to the plot with the father-dying, the marriage, the love-triangle. Has his involvement in the show slipped concurrently with his coming out and being the reason Isaiah left? Great episode, but I hope they'll be careful that the bitterness behind the scenes doesn't affect the integrity of the show they put on.
billyart101 billyart101 7 years
I'm still completely behind Grey's, and last night was a great episode. I hate that we know so much of what's going on behind the scenes with the show, but that said...it seems the writers are granting Katharine's wish, giving her a lot juicy work, even though it might mean the slow, painful death of her character! Maybe TR made his anti-writer comment after/while filming/preparing for these episodes, for which I can understand his frustration. He's gone from being so central to the plot with the father-dying, the marriage, the love-triangle. Has his involvement in the show slipped concurrently with his coming out and being the reason Isaiah left? Great episode, but I hope they'll be careful that the bitterness behind the scenes doesn't affect the integrity of the show they put on.
dmbabe dmbabe 7 years
I agree with lilkimbo that the serial killer wasn't actually "playing" Meredith, but was just saying that to make her feel better about obeying a murder's wishes. Also, I don't think this is the end of Izzy at all, Denny told her outright that he was there to give her the option between living and dying. And lastly - George is one of the best characters on the show and I am so mad that they are apparently writing him off. His character had such compassion and was a great counterpart to Izzy and could help salvage her crazy storyline. I still love the show, but I really miss the group dynamic that the original 5 interns had together - like in the first two seasons when they were totally there for one another and involved in each other's lives. Naturally, they all have to grow independently, but that comradarie they had is what made the show special and I think an important component that has been missing lately.
dmbabe dmbabe 7 years
I agree with lilkimbo that the serial killer wasn't actually "playing" Meredith, but was just saying that to make her feel better about obeying a murder's wishes. Also, I don't think this is the end of Izzy at all, Denny told her outright that he was there to give her the option between living and dying. And lastly - George is one of the best characters on the show and I am so mad that they are apparently writing him off. His character had such compassion and was a great counterpart to Izzy and could help salvage her crazy storyline. I still love the show, but I really miss the group dynamic that the original 5 interns had together - like in the first two seasons when they were totally there for one another and involved in each other's lives. Naturally, they all have to grow independently, but that comradarie they had is what made the show special and I think an important component that has been missing lately.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Sorry to write something so long!
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