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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 16, "Drowning on Dry Land"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 16, "Drowning on Dry Land"

I can only think of two words to describe this week's episode of "Grey's Anatomy," and I think you "Grey's" fans know what they are: Seriously? Seriously??

On the one hand, this was the most obvious direction the story could have taken. On the other, I'm still not convinced I know where it will end. Spoilers ahead, of course, but we can discuss if you

So Meredith dies. Maybe. We're not sure. My instinct is to say she's coming back, because that's what happens on TV. She woke up in a flash of light, sandwiched between Dylan and Denny; it seems like a plot device we've seen since television began.

And yet, maybe she's really dead. Right?

If what comes out of this story line is that Meredith's just fine, and her "death" was only a sweeps-week fakeout, I'm going to be disappointed. "Grey's" doesn't need a stunt; it's a better show than that.

But I don't want to project my (possibly premature) disappointment in the whole story onto this episode, because as pure entertainment, it worked for me. It hit at that slightly giddy place people reach during a tragedy: Izzie giggling after she drills into the guy's skull on the boat; George saying Bailey might change her son's middle name to Tupperware or Elvis if he doesn't find their patient's child. We know something big has happened; we see Derek pull Meredith out of the water, limp and blue. But the other doctors don't know that; they're satisfied with their small victories — Izzie and her drill, Alex and the families, Addison and her Jane Doe. Even Cristina's whining about not being able to find Meredith felt poignant — she doesn't know her "person" (remember that from season one?) is in the water.

The action picks up straight from last week. Izzie is about to give up on the man on the ferry (and, essentially, on herself as a doctor), but she decides it's worth another shot. She phones the Chief, who along with Mark talks her through drilling holes in the man's skull. The Chief takes her off probation, which felt both sudden and expected, but it was good to see tough Izzie back.

Alex hits on an effective, though ghastly, way to help the waiting families get information: He takes Polaroids of the patients in surgery — and later of the ones in the morgue — and asks people to identify anyone they recognize. He's cold and detached until he finds the man he thinks is the husband of the Jane Doe he saved; he really wants that story to have a happy ending. Addison, meanwhile, seems to be realizing how alone she is, wondering aloud if anyone would notice if she disappeared — and Alex ultimately says he would.

George tells his patient he's found her son, which is a total lie. Bailey yells at him for again making promises he can't keep, but George says if his lie saves the woman's life, he doesn't mind. In the end, he learns the boy has been in surgery with Callie the whole time.

And then there's Derek. The creepy girl points Derek toward the water, and he pulls his "knight in shining whatever" move by diving in and dragging Meredith out. I loved Derek tonight; he looked so broken as he tried to literally breathe life into Mere. And watching all of the other doctors learn what had happened to Meredith was one of the most powerful parts of the episode — they go from celebrating the lives they’ve saved to crashing in the most spectacular way.

There are some small moments from the end of the episode that will stick with me: Derek getting kicked out of Meredith's room; Addison urgently trying to save the woman who broke up her marriage; Mark squeezing Derek's arm. It didn't matter who'd ruined whose relationship or who was going to be chief; bigger things were happening.

The vulnerable Cristina will stick with me, too; she really wanted to believe there had been a mistake and Meredith was fine, which is the sort of thinking she usually ridicules. I loved Izzie saying that believing in survival is what makes us survive — but her speech lost me when she told George he'd made a mistake in marrying Callie. I think she was having a "life's too short" moment and wanted to make her feelings known. It's in character for Izzie to not realize the timing wasn’t right, but her insensitivity took me out of the moment.

And the moment matters, because while Derek waits in the hall, Meredith's heart starts to fail. And though she seems to be technically still alive, she snaps awake on a cot between Dylan and Denny, who inform her that she is, indeed, dead.

Or is she? Is it a fantasy, a dream, an alternate reality? Could it be real? Your theories, please.

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tomtom7 tomtom7 10 years
well, it's pretty easy. as this week's episode is calles "some kind of miracle" you can figure that meredeith will survive. The last scene with the "dead sandwich" ;-) was a cool misleading trick, though. However: They won't let Meredith die, even though i wished they would as she's way too neurotic and annoying. Just imagine the new developments after meredith's death: mc dreamy and mc steamy could get together. this way the show could finally show how very opne minded they are ;-) well, just a dream i guess - like last week's ending...
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
I'm a little late on this thread! I think Mer will end up in a coma! Hopefully, this will lead to a few epi's of her in her 'in between' state with Denny (getting words to take back to Izzy) and hot bomb dude. This would provide a some great reactions back on Earth.. maybe once Mer came to she'd be closer with Izzy once she shared news of Denny?! And she'd definitely be ready to commit to a specialty of medicine and more forward with her life.. make her mom proud, yada yada..
elizabeth1689 elizabeth1689 10 years
i'm not sure how the show could really continue if meredith dies. but i also don't understand how the writers can retain credibility if they do such a cliche "she dies wait just kidding!" move. i think if she does die the story will have to deal with a lottt of things which could potentially make it interesting. also, i read an interview with the writer or someone and she said she hasn't exactly been following the "rules of tv" with grey's.
SFKitkat SFKitkat 10 years
Missed it on Thursday, finally got to watch it online...OMG! Such a good episode! But we all know that Meredith isn't going to be dead, it IS called "GREY'S Anatomy" after all, but jeez that was an awesome episode, can't wait for next week's
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I really like the idea people have mentioned that Meredith might wake up with amnesia (I don't care how often it has been done on soap opera's ect)it would be great to see Derek pine for her. He def. got off way to easily in the love department for hurting her the way he did. I want serious pining, and (I know it's so pathetic because I keep mentioning it ever post) serious wishes for marriage and babies with her ect. If she has the amnesia I don't want it to go on and on and on though. Def. don't want them to move onto other partners. I wonder though if Meredith getting amnesia is too much with her mother already 'not remembering.' It might be a nice link between them, especially if Ellis is really going to die, but still maybe to much forgetting???????
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 10 years
Does anyone think that everything since last years explosive superbowl episode could be a Merideth dream? Ala Jr Ewing on Dallas? Then she really would not be with Derek, Denny woul dstill be alive, etc? I know it is way out there - but I am obsessed with coming up with possible situations for this neatly tie together! LOL
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 10 years
wiggle - I only heard about jumping the shark a few months ago myself.
wiggle wiggle 10 years
My man said they jumped the sharks. I said what? He said - "remeber when Fonzie jumped the tank of sharks on Happy Days. You just knew the show had gone too far and it needed to be over." I kinda of feel that way. Too much un realisitic stuff for not to sit there be super incredulous. McDreamy did look so amazing pulling her out of the water.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 10 years
That was such an awesome episode! I cried when I saw Dylan and Denny again.
scyene scyene 10 years
sorry, to bust the bubble of those who are sitting on the edge of their seats but this is SWEEPS month...although her mother is also surnamed Grey, she's too much of a nutter to be a lead character? Who would break Derek's heart like that? So NOPE she can't die...I don't think Ellen would appreciate being unemployed so early in her success. So maybe she might return with no recollection of Derek and their love which would make him pine for her the way SHE pined for him and annoyed many (not me, i felt sorry for her). That would force Christina to lean on Burke. Yet, that's alot of turmoil for everyone and alot of writing in several directions. The writing is awesome, but what made last night's episode was the photography...capturing the actor and moving me to tears even though I KNOW she's not going to die. I feel their pain. Most of all Alex. His concrete exterior is cracking. His humanity escapes for public viewing more and more. The Derek finding her immediately was cheesy, but whatever it's television. I watch it for the fiction of it. Same reason we watch crime dramas solved in an hour. I love this show, and all the flaws. Oh, and yes the Izzie randomness of Callie was weird. Yet, she's weird. So no biggie.
nomerz nomerz 10 years
It was nice to see the bomb squad guy... there's replaying parts one and two of those episodes tonight! I thought Denny's line to Meredith was so creepy though, lol. I'm thinking that, given the title of the epsiode and the title of the show, she'll pull through.
nannychica nannychica 10 years
Oh and it was SOOOOO nice to see bomb squad guy again. hehe :)
nannychica nannychica 10 years
I hope that George grows a spine and either yells at Izzie in the next episode (in front of everyone, of course) or stops speaking to her for a while. She wants to "protect" him like she's his big sister but even if my big sister spoke to me that way, I'd have to break her nose. I'm predicting that Addison will be the one who ultimately saves Meredith. Then that will add an interesting dynamic in the Meredith/Derek/Addison friendship.
SUGAR-addict-x SUGAR-addict-x 10 years
Well, I am still in shock from Thursday's episode. I really dont know how Grey's Anatomy would be Grey's Anatomy without Meredith. I would seriously stop watching the show forever. Izzy's speech, though. Irritating, much? Seriously. if she thinks George is her BFF, then she shouldn't say such horrible stuff to his face about him "making a horrible choice marrying Callie." all of the interns were about to discover that Mer was dead? (well, at this point, I have no idea if she is dead or not) As for Addison and Alex-I REALLY REALLY want them to be together, even for a tiny bit. They make the most adorable couple, and when Alex told Addison that he would notice if she dissapeared, it was the cutest thing I have ever heard. I must say I agree with everyone that said Derrick's rescue was annoying/confusing. The water is probably 50 degrees or less, and for him to jump in, swim and find Mer, who, by the way, was probably 20-30 feet under at the time, and then pop back up to surface, barely wet or cold looking, ehh... And even though it hurts to say this, it would be interesting to see what would happen if Mer was killed off. Maybe she will be, and that would be the end of Grey's? I hope not! Buzz-GREAT RECAP :) can't wait for next week!
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
What a great episode! I seriously can not believe that anyone would want the Meredith off the show! I really watch primarily for her and Derek (I mean I do love the whole show of course!)-I want him to be a knight in shining armor damn it! It would be nothing without her and Derek. She better come back alive! I also hope Derek is feeling so stupid and regretful about his comment about not wanting to get married the week before (I know she said she didn't either but that was just defensive!). How could Derek tolerate being thrown out of the room! If I were him I would try to stay in there and at least keep touching her hair no matter what the chief said! Izzie's speech was very annoying, very annoying. The whole way the 'friends' have of communicating to each other- one confiding or saying something about themselves followed by the other not responding to what they said, instead saying something about themselves is weird, irritating, overdone, and unnatural. My husband is insisting that I add that he "has heard from some of his friends who know people in Hollywood" that Ellen wants to leave the show to return to the east coast (sorry- he is insistant on adding his two cents, is sitting right here, and is pretty cute!)
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years gimmick
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
I really just can't stand Meredith or Addison. The fact that Addison slept with MY McSteamy bothers me on so many levels! UGHHH!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
I cried when Alex told that guy about his dead wife, not so much with Meredith, because I guess we knew it was coming. I am still so in love with Alex and Addison. All the other couples - Meredith & Derek, Cristina & Burke, Izzy & Denny, even Callie & George - annoy me at some level. I don’t know if I ever want Alex and Addison to actually hook up - I am really enjoying the flirting.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i really wish Denny's interaction could have been with Izzie & not Mer..i Loved the 2 of them together!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Buzz my mom loves your recaps. Last night she was working and barley paying attention to her shows and I asked her how come she wasnt more into watching and she said, "Oh I'll just read the BuzzSugar recap tomorrow".
workinggirl83 workinggirl83 10 years
I don't really care for Meredith, but I don't think the show would be as good without her. But for the record the past few episodes have me hooked; I was waiting for the show to come on like a teenage girl waiting for her date on prom night!
medpa medpa 10 years
The book is titled "Gray's Anatomy" with an a....not "Grey" with an e.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Redsox, ooooh I like that idea! I hope Denny does send a message!
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
P.s .....Speedbump, I cried too!
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
Meredith is defiantly going to "see the light" and then come back to life. Hopefully Denny will give her a message for Izzie!
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