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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 11, "Wish You Were Here"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 11, "Wish You Were Here"

As seems to be the case these days, this week's Grey's Anatomy had a bunch of things that worked and then a few major things that just did not. In the first category, we have some sweet Alex moments, the introduction of a new character who might actually make some sense, and Bailey being awesome. In the second, we have — well, you know. Ghosts. To talk about it, just

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The Good

  • Grey's has added a ton of new characters this season, but Dr. Arizona Robbins is one of the only ones (along with McArmy) who actually seems to fit in. Yeah, she rides around on wheelie shoes and her name is Arizona, but she's also a well-respected surgeon who fights for what she wants.
  • That's going to make life interesting for Bailey, because Bailey is used to being 100 percent right. She was just complaining recently that the job's gotten too easy for her, and — as the Chief said — she believes that most of the other doctors at Seattle Grace are a bunch of fools. It's a little sad to see her be wrong, but I hope this will also let her grow.
  • Callie and Sloan? Totally rock. They're like their own little Intern-Sex Addicts Anonymous support group, except they're also both bad at restraint. I love their failed coping strategies — staring really hard at Joe the bartender! Making out with each other! — and "sorry, kid, I'm going to Denver" (which almost made that whole weird tumor plotline worth it).
  • On a related note, it's fun to watch Lexie walk around like a woman who knows she can get what she wants.
  • Alex is a total sweetheart, and it's kind of a shame that his best moments are getting wasted on a ghost story. Whose heart wouldn't melt after getting one of those lopsided cakes?
  • Derek "dancing it out" with Mere is one of my favorite scenes this season. What a nerd!

The Meh

  • OK, so Izzie thinks she can have it all, and by "all" I mean Alex and Denny both. And you know what? That's weird. Alex obviously has no idea how seriously to take Izzie's confession that she "sees" Denny. (It would sound crazy to anyone, plus Alex just isn't the kind of guy who would be all, "Whoa, maybe you should talk to someone.") So Izzie blows out her birthday candle thinking everything she wants is right there: a boyfriend who loves her and a dead ex-fiance who also loves her. This is not normal.
  • So far, the serial killer plotline isn't clicking for me, though Eric Stoltz does seem creepy. But I was too distracted by him to pay much attention to how everyone feels about treating someone who slit a bunch of women's throats. Are we supposed to be worried that he's going to kill someone at Seattle Grace? It is good that we get an explanation for Derek's strong reaction, though.
  • I get the Chief's midlife crisis, but if he's so concerned about his hospital being out of control, maybe he should go out and get it under control rather than mope in an isolated room all day.
  • I still don't know why Sadie's here. Though apparently it's to shed light on Meredith's fight with Cristina, because Sadie and Meredith had a fight once too. There was something all cryptic in Sadie's "Then Amsterdam happened . . . " and while once I might have been interested in the slow reveal of the Amazing Adventures of Death and Die, right now I just want to get to the point.

Your thoughts? Did the good outweigh the bad? Do you think Arizona Robbins has a place in Seattle?

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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Allyace Allyace 7 years
Alex is an idiot...your girlfriend tells you she is having SEX with her dead fiance and you are like "that's cool"??? WTF?? Enough with this storyline. The rest of the show is still good and that bs is pulling it down. Also, I get that apparently TR Knight wants off the show, but I miss George :(. And come to think of it Derek gets like no time either.
CYL CYL 7 years
Tired of Denny. Go away! Love Callie and Sloan..they steal the show right now and that's the only thing that is fun about it for me right now. Lexie character suddent cofidnece in my her 'womanhood/power' is odd since right before she slept with Sloan she was all ... "oh I don't know what i am doing..." and bumbling around, esp with George and her relationship with Mer. And suddenly she's all cool and whatever with Sloan? It also botehred me that Derek and Meredith never talked about his father's murder until now...I mean ..my bf and I talk about everything! Its hard to imagine it took Meredith that long to find out his father died under suspious circumstances..
CYL CYL 7 years
Tired of Denny. Go away! Love Callie and Sloan..they steal the show right now and that's the only thing that is fun about it for me right now.Lexie character suddent cofidnece in my her 'womanhood/power' is odd since right before she slept with Sloan she was all ... "oh I don't know what i am doing..." and bumbling around, esp with George and her relationship with Mer. And suddenly she's all cool and whatever with Sloan? It also botehred me that Derek and Meredith never talked about his father's murder until now...I mean ..my bf and I talk about everything! Its hard to imagine it took Meredith that long to find out his father died under suspious circumstances..
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 7 years
I'm so ready to know what's going on in Izzy's brain to make her see Denny!! Maybe... serial killer dude is gonna hurt her, so she'll need an MRI? try to hurt her, she'll hit her head trying to get away and get an MRI? Grrrr! How awesome would it be if serial killer dude donated part of his liver/intestine to Jackson? That would be odd, a man that likes taking lives, giving his organs to save a life. I guess we'll see.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 7 years
I liked this episode, though better than some not as good as others. Denny should disappear. Sometimes I wonder how Alex became a doctor. He ignores things that are there, last year with Rebecca/Ava this year with Izzie. Though he's become a much better guy. Sadie, she's not around for any real point other then to teach Meredith a lesson on not letting her with Cristina friendship go. So far the serial killer storyline is really bothering me. More to do with it having no real place and the fact that some of the characters are acting like he deserves to not be treated like a murder. Liked the Sloan/Callie moments, they make great friends. Also liked how they made Lexie not desperate and made Sloan the one who couldn't stop thinking about Lexie, and the one who gave in. Oh, and I usually like Meredith but she was McBitchy in this episode.
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 7 years
I liked this episode, though better than some not as good as others.Denny should disappear. Sometimes I wonder how Alex became a doctor. He ignores things that are there, last year with Rebecca/Ava this year with Izzie. Though he's become a much better guy.Sadie, she's not around for any real point other then to teach Meredith a lesson on not letting her with Cristina friendship go.So far the serial killer storyline is really bothering me. More to do with it having no real place and the fact that some of the characters are acting like he deserves to not be treated like a murder. Liked the Sloan/Callie moments, they make great friends. Also liked how they made Lexie not desperate and made Sloan the one who couldn't stop thinking about Lexie, and the one who gave in.Oh, and I usually like Meredith but she was McBitchy in this episode.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
"I thought Eric Stoltz's character was completely unrealistic. Someone who was on Death Row for 11 years in solitary confinement would be so socially awkward and wouldn't be this calm sociopath type guy making quippy remarks..."Oh yeah, do you know anyone like that?
amloveaffair amloveaffair 7 years
"I thought Eric Stoltz's character was completely unrealistic. Someone who was on Death Row for 11 years in solitary confinement would be so socially awkward and wouldn't be this calm sociopath type guy making quippy remarks..." Oh yeah, do you know anyone like that?
emms emms 7 years
I thought Eric Stoltz's character was completely unrealistic. Someone who was on Death Row for 11 years in solitary confinement would be so socially awkward and wouldn't be this calm sociopath type guy making quippy remarks...
emms emms 7 years
I thought Eric Stoltz's character was completely unrealistic. Someone who was on Death Row for 11 years in solitary confinement would be so socially awkward and wouldn't be this calm sociopath type guy making quippy remarks...
rainbow-cadillac rainbow-cadillac 7 years
The whole thing with Denny as a ghost is getting out of hand. They need to end that, pronto. And Sadie, I really don't like her and I don't really understand her character either. Arizona was okay, I guess.
bunnyOhare bunnyOhare 7 years
One thing I commented about right when it happened - Mer and Der have been together HOW LONG and he's just now getting around to telling her how his dad died?? I was venting to my husband about how ridiculous that was and he said maybe it was a way to show how little they seem to communicate...
bunnyOhare bunnyOhare 7 years
One thing I commented about right when it happened - Mer and Der have been together HOW LONG and he's just now getting around to telling her how he died?? I was venting to my husband about how ridiculous that was and he said maybe it was a way to show how little they seem to communicate...
Tulipe Tulipe 7 years
Funny how people have different reactions to the same episode... :-)As for my two cents, there they are : - I absolutely love Sloane and Callie, as usual, after a while, the comic relief is the best thing left in a drama because comedy never gets old. I'm actually rooting for a Sloane/Lexie couple and hope that it will turn into something real (other than just mind-blowing -!!- sex). - It's funny, McDreamy pulls out a knife out of a PDR (Prisoner Death Row) patient's spine and he (well, his character) gets his back ! His spine, that is. It's been ages since I've found that McDreamy was actually interesting. Good for him. The Cristina/Meredith storyline doesn't do anything for me. But it is significant that McDreamy only seems to exist with Meredith when Cristina is, on the contrary, gone. - I'm with Lilkimbo, Bailey needs to get off her high horse because she's getting annoying. It's great that another loudmouth (Dr Arizona, nothing pejorative here) has finally arrived at Seattle Grace. Bailey will stop telling other ppl off. - Am I the only one who doesn't mind Izzie/Alex ? True, I wish Denny was gone (for good, this time), but I like Izzie and I'm warming up to Alex. And damn this woman (Katherine Heigl) is beautiful ! Not fair ! :-)
Tulipe Tulipe 7 years
Funny how people have different reactions to the same episode... :-) As for my two cents, there they are : - I absolutely love Sloane and Callie, as usual, after a while, the comic relief is the best thing left in a drama because comedy never gets old. I'm actually rooting for a Sloane/Lexie couple and hope that it will turn into something real (other than just mind-blowing -!!- sex). - It's funny, McDreamy pulls out a knife out of a PDR (Prisoner Death Row) patient's spine and he (well, his character) gets his back ! His spine, that is. It's been ages since I've found that McDreamy was actually interesting. Good for him. The Cristina/Meredith storyline doesn't do anything for me. But it is significant that McDreamy only seems to exist with Meredith when Cristina is, on the contrary, gone. - I'm with Lilkimbo, Bailey needs to get off her high horse because she's getting annoying. It's great that another loudmouth (Dr Arizona, nothing pejorative here) has finally arrived at Seattle Grace. Bailey will stop telling other ppl off. - Am I the only one who doesn't mind Izzie/Alex ? True, I wish Denny was gone (for good, this time), but I like Izzie and I'm warming up to Alex. And damn this woman (Katherine Heigl) is beautiful ! Not fair ! :-)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
"...and while once I might have been interested in the slow reveal of the Amazing Adventures of Death and Die...right now I just want to get to the point." Buzz, I couldn't agree more! Sadie is almost as annoying as Denny. Oh how I wish they would end his appearances (and hers, for that matter)! Without Izzie's confession to Alex, though, he wouldn't have been able to deliver some of the best lines of the night. Anxious to see where the serial killer plot line leads and to watch Bailey adjust her attitude as she faces new challenges which (hopefully) allow her to grow.
kmvance kmvance 7 years
I really don't like Sadie.Maybe she'll get all "death and die" crazy and try to talk to Eric Stohltz and bye bye Sadie.
kmvance kmvance 7 years
I really don't like Sadie. Maybe she'll get all "death and die" crazy and try to talk to Eric Stohltz and bye bye Sadie.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 7 years
I'm in agreement with Dragonflye. I also feel she's a lucky woman to have gone to highschool with Sandra oh.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 7 years
I'm in agreement with Dragonflye. I also feel she's a lucky woman to have gone to highschool with Sandra oh.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
Oh, and I meant to add that even though I say I'll stop watching this show, but secretly know I never will, every episode that ends with NO explanation for the Denny ridiculousness I get angrier and angrier.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
Arizona is a good character- far better than Sadie and the new cardiac doctor (who's such a great character that I don't even remember her name...). I look forward to seeing where they'll take her.I realized when Derek was dancing it out with Meredith that that's the most animated I've seen him since the 2nd season. His character has been so drab and boring since then and that was his first sign of life in a long time.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 7 years
Arizona is a good character- far better than Sadie and the new cardiac doctor (who's such a great character that I don't even remember her name...). I look forward to seeing where they'll take her. I realized when Derek was dancing it out with Meredith that that's the most animated I've seen him since the 2nd season. His character has been so drab and boring since then and that was his first sign of life in a long time.
emalove emalove 7 years
I seriously cringe when I watch this show now...I just think it is getting SO bad. I was a die-hard fan from the beginning, but I dislike it more and more each week.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Last night's episode was okay. I liked Dr. Arizona Robbins and the serial killer storyline...can't wait to see how that develops. Like everyone else, I'm sick of the Denny/Izzie/Alex storyline and I hope it goes away soon. I was really shocked that the FCC didn't have a fit about the scene in which Alex performs oral sex on Izzie (at least thats what it seemed like) while Denny was watching! Gross. I thought Meredith and Cristina had already reconciled for some reason, but I guess they haven't. Meredith & Derek dancing at the end was cute.
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