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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 14,"Wishin' and Hopin'"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 14,"Wishin' and Hopin'"

I usually don't have a problem suspending my disbelief for the sake of good television, but at times I thought this week's "Grey's Anatomy" took things a wee bit too far. Still, this episode had plenty of lines that made me laugh out loud — and another that made me feel like I'd been kicked in the stomach. If you haven't watched Thursday's episode yet, stop here, but for the whole story,

Ellis suddenly has her memory back, a development that’s both rare and temporary. Meredith has to tell her she has Alzheimer’s, and the stress makes Ellis collapse, so they end up at Seattle Grace. Everyone tells Meredith this time with her mother is a gift, but Meredith can't see how.

Speaking of gifts, Bailey's clinic somehow opens. "Eight days, eight million dollars," Izzie says, and frankly, I don't buy that for a second. The first people through the door are George and Callie, who answer part one of last week's cliffhanger by announcing they got married in Vegas. Two great reactions:

Alex: "She's Callie O'Malley."
Izzie: "Tiny diamonds are great, cause you know no one will ever try to steal it."

Speaking of Cristina, she still hasn't given Burke an answer. She's assigned to work with Meredith's mom, and Ellis connects with her right away. Meanwhile, Izzie freaks out that Denny's money is going to waste, so she and Alex go to the ER to steal some patients. (Another thing about the clinic: Would it not have its own staff?)

Addison makes sex-eyes at Alex, and Callie tells her she's looking at him like he's a delicious turkey dinner. Addison says she is not going to be sleeping with "the help." Meredith tells Ellis she has a boyfriend and she's very happy, which makes Ellis' claws come out: "The Meredith I knew was a force of nature," she says. (Remember when Richard used that same term to describe Ellis?) She tells Meredith she was raised to be extraordinary but clearly isn’t.

Meanwhile, George and Richard treat a woman who's having some kind of complications from cancer. Her boyfriend tells George they got serious really fast, and he doesn't even know his girlfriend's middle name. George staggers down the hallway and asks Callie her middle name. Callie thinks George’s "weird and judgy friends" are getting to him. George eventually realizes he's actually sick, and he stumbles into the clinic, followed by Nurse Olivia and a lab tech. George tries to warn the other doctors in surgery with the woman, but they've already passed out. I'm not even going to pretend I understand this plotline, but somehow the woman's blood is toxic.

The clinic finally gets a patient: a girl whose dad says she needs to learn how to use tampons. Izzie rolls her eyes, and asks to be excused. Bailey takes over, and the girl admits she thinks she's pregnant. She turns out not to be, but Bailey gives one of her awesome speeches that makes the whole $8 million worth it.

Cristina tells Ellis she has heart disease, but it's technically Meredith's choice whether Ellis has surgery. Cristina asks Ellis if it’s possible to be a great doctor and have a life, and Ellis says she just never tried hard enough. Meanwhile, the toxic woman starts waking up in surgery, and Addison rushes into the room to put her back under. Burke and Derek go in in airtight suits, but they run out of air before they can finish. Then, because the hospital apparently has no other doctors nor any more airtight suits, the interns finish the operation by holding their breath and running into the OR one at a time.

In the clinic, where the doctors are recovering from the toxic woman, Callie yells at George for thinking she was the reason he felt sick. "And my middle name is Efigenia," she says. "Can't wait to hear what your pals have to say about that." Alex tells Addison it was cool that she rushed in to help the toxic woman, and she puts her good judgment to use by moving to a bed far, far away.

Richard tells Ellis he can't stop thinking about the life they could have had together. He's pictured a brother and sister for Meredith, a battle for chief that Ellis would probably win, a big house. Ellis said she would have been happy, and that would have changed everything.

Izzie keeps being bratty to Callie — "you're not moving in, are you? — and George finally stands up to them:

George: "Callie Efigenia Torres is my wife."
Izzie: "Efi--?"
George: "Don't even."

Addison, meanwhile, restores balance to the world by making out with Mark.

Cristina tells Burke she doesn’t do rings, and she’s going to be a surgeon, so they’ll have to hire a wife. Burke realizes she’s saying yes, and they giggle and laugh and fall into each other's arms.

Meredith goes back to her mom’s room and says she wants Ellis to have the surgery because she hopes there will be a breakthrough that gives the two a second chance. Then Ellis utters the line that makes me feel like I’ve been kicked in the stomach: "You remind me of my daughter." She's gone again.

Photos Copyright 2007 ABC Inc.

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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Wow, this is going to take me a while to process.....I can't believe it.....my cat and a character on TV have the same name and nickname! How bizarre.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
OMG, her name is Calliope but her nickname is Callie? My cat's name is Calliope but we call her Calli for short!
kelsen kelsen 9 years
The scenes between Meredith and her mom were highlights. I agree; everyone should be nicer to Callie O'Malley. Poor girl's bad luck with names continues. I wonder what the big crisis next week is?
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 9 years
I want to add to what I've said. Yes I even think it was rude of someone to ask if Callie was moving in with him. Like I said I WANT THIS TO WORK OUT FOR THEM. I also feel Izzy is a little jealous of Callie. Izzy should be happy for George. I think she wanted more than a best friend. She's just going to have to get over it.
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
I can't stand how they were treating Callie. UGH. It was just digusting. Izzie is really starting to get on my nerves. I can't believe she had the nerve to say "She's not moving in is she?" Ummm, that's his wife dumbass. Don't even get me started on Addison straddling my man! OMG..I want to cry.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 9 years
OK I accidentally didn't Post. Please forgive me. I loved the line about Callie O'Malley. I hope things work out for them. Addison can't decide who she wants. I don't think she should be recycling a man feelings whose child she's aborted. Does she mean it? As far as her and Alex, uh, I'm not sure about.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 9 years
OK, love Callie O'Malley. George is a nice guy and I hope things work out for he and Callie. I wanted to pull the plug on Meredith's mother. When she was lucid she was mean !!!! Addison was kissing the man from plastics whose child she aborted. If I were him I'd leave her alone. I know I'm sounding kinda sad for him but I think she shouldn't try recycling ...... whether or not she means it. I think he has feelings. I think Yang and Burke will be fine.
kimretta kimretta 9 years
Did anyone else notice how much the last scene was kind of like the last scene of the very first episode, with Meredith finally talking to he mom and then her mom not knowing who she was? That scene in the pilot where Ellis says "Are you a doctor?" just knocks the wind out of me every time. I really like Izzie, but she's starting to bother me now. I think she's just jealous because she used to be George's best friend, and now Callie is in that space, closer to him than she'll ever be able to be.
nannychica nannychica 9 years
Izzie is really getting on my nerves. Minus her giving the money to Bailey to open the clinic, I really haven't liked her at all lately. She pissed me off this week with the way she kept talking about Callie and the marriage. Maybe my memory is failing me...but did Callie ever DO anything to her? And then with the way she talked to the teenage patient she had in the clinic. When you're young (especially a young girl), it sucks to go to the doctor and have to face a doctor who acts like there's something else she'd rather be doing or somewhere else she'd rather be. And someone needs to remind her of what "charity" really means. Charity is not donating money and then telling everyone how much you paid for everything and reminding them every 10 seconds. How tacky. She needs to grow up.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
haha, kscincotta, I totally didn't hear him say "Calliope"! I love it.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Actually, George said that "Calliope Efgenia Torres O'Malley is my wife". I was more "what the f?" at the Callipe part, so I remember. And thank you for agreeing that some parts are just too ridiculous for words. I LOVED when Cristina said they'll just have to hire a wife. I feel that way sometimes too.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
Thank you so much! I have been trying to find Callie's middle name ever since the episode aired! LOL
TNgirl TNgirl 9 years
I agree Linda and Sarah the Callie O'Malley line was one of my favorites too. I loved last nights episode and can't wait til next Thursday, it just keeps getting better and better.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
LoL linda that was my fav part to...Callie O'Malley!!! great episode...next weeks looks so good too, everyweek i think im going to get through it without crying and SOMEHOW they always pull the tears out! i really like Bailey now that she has had her baby..a lot more likeable! ~*~SuShI....it solves everything!~*~
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recap, Buzz. Ellis' last words to Meredith caused the tears to flow; what a powerful moment. Ellen Pompeo is not the strongest actress, but last night she was great and the exchanges between Meredith and Ellis were highlights of the show. I had a hard time understanding how the clinic opened so quickly and how Addison and Mark ended up together in the final scene. And, Izzie's rudeness seemed so out of character;maybe her snide comments were prompted by jealousy and deeper feelings for George. Though she's not my favorite, Christina was great last night in her scenes with Ellis and when she said "yes" in the only way that Christina could. Loved the Callie O'Malley line!
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
I missed it last night!! I am watching it tonight though.
mississippigirl1 mississippigirl1 9 years
BEST EPISODE EVER!!! - okay except maybe for last season's finale... but this one was one of my favorites, and believe me I've seen them all, several times.
JLew1982 JLew1982 9 years
Thanks Buzz! I look forward to your recaps to pick up on parts of the show I somehow missed.
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