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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 19, "My Favorite Mistake"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 19, "My Favorite Mistake"

Would these last couple of episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" have annoyed me so much if the ferry boat crash had never happened? On the one hand, I — like a lot of you — think George and Izzie sleeping together would have seemed lazy no matter what. On the other hand, the little things about this show that I used to shrug off now bother me in a much bigger way, and I can't blame that on anything but Meredith's "death."

The overbearing metaphors in the medical cases really bugged me on Thursday — seriously, a dollhouse? — but I didn't hate everything about "My Favorite Mistake." For one thing, at least someone is dealing with the fact that Meredith almost died. For another, I loved seeing how completely ruthless Mark can be. To talk about the episode, spoilers and all,

The episode picks up just seconds after last week's ending, with Izzie naked in bed. She slips away to the kitchen, where Meredith and Cristina joke about her and George "going at it" last night — but of course they're just talking about the drinking, not the sexing. George, meanwhile, remembers nothing. He has enough troubles, though, as he has to drag his hungover, pukey self to lunch with Callie's dad.

It's a big day in the race for chief, with the candidates scheduled to make a presentation to the board. Marlow shows up with a 10-year plan for Seattle Grace, which sends the other attendings into a tizzy. Mark decides to make his impression by giving Jane Doe her new face, and he offers Meredith a chance at a tricky part of the procedure. Derek thinks Mark is using Meredith: If it goes well, Meredith will remind Richard of Ellis; if it doesn’t, Mark can step in and be a hero.

Callie, George and Izzie — of course — work with a patient who has a rare disease that turns her into a human statue. She's presided over by an incredibly overprotective daughter who is hard at work on an elaborate dollhouse, just in case we couldn’t figure out that she’s a control freak. Cristina, meanwhile, treats a diabetic man whose foot needs to be amputated — the foot, naturally, being a metaphor for Burke.

Derek asks her how bad the pain is today. It was a little moment, but I liked it, because it showed that Meredith is actually in some degree of pain, even though it still seems to be all about her mom's death and not her own. Izzie, meanwhile, confesses to Addison that she had sex with the wrong person, though at the time it felt like something good was falling into place. Addison: "What am I, the go-to person for adultery?" Addison tells her she has to stop.

Mark tries to solicit ideas for improving Seattle Grace, and Bailey snaps that she doesn't have a 10-year plan for the hospital, she has a right-now plan for the guy who's losing his foot. Alex sweetly helps Jane Doe pick her new face. And George's memory returns smack in the middle of lunch, and he storms out, saying he can't take any of their family's money.

George races back to the hospital and pulls Izzie into a linen closet, where it seems like they're either going to kiss or scream, but instead they're just silent and awkward. Callie's dad, meanwhile, interprets George's outburst as standing up to him and welcomes George to the family. Callie then apologizes to George for their fight and says she wants to take back about 90 percent of the previous night. George: "Me, too."

Derek frets to Richard about Meredith, saying that he often thinks about the way she gave up in the water and sometimes listens to her breathe just to make sure she's not stopping. Meredith pulls off her procedure, but the statue woman isn’t so lucky, and she dies as her daughter drops a piece of the dollhouse and watches it shatter on the floor. Oh, please.

George, meanwhile, tells Izzie that what happened between them has to be their secret. Mark impresses the board with his "right now" plan for Seattle Grace. Cristina tells Burke she’ll get married, but only if it's a small wedding. Meredith tells Derek that she let Mark use her, but it's exactly what dead mommy would have wanted. And Izzie and George attempt to pretend like nothing ever happened, with George lying next to Callie (obviously wanting to disappear) and Izzie balling up the sheets from their bed of sin.

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zoheir zoheir 9 years
just want to say iam drinking right now and iam watching grys so iam happy ....
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Great recap, Buzz! Grey's felt as though it was getting back on track this week. I am waiting for the big reveal that Izzy is pregnant, though. Surely they won't do that...or will they?
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Grey's has too many characters. Period.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I think Izzy talked to Addison cause she couldn't tell any of her friends and just needed to get it off her chest. Derek and the Chief are the only people who seem to recognize that Meredith went through 2 major experiences (her mom's death and her near death), but I LOVED how Mark totally exploited it. I am glad that they didn't totally jump the shark with having George never remember it happened. And I think it's totally appropriate that they decided that they would have to share that secret as a burden for what they did. Overall I thought it was a good episode, but the metaphors were a bit over the top. Way too much talk of "plans" and "rewinding" and "going forward" and the whole mom who turned to stone thing was a big much.
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
I'll flip to this show randomly, and I'm totally baffled by how it's so popular when it's so ridiculous. Any time I've seen it it's been "oh, bomb in his chest, and wtf is christina ricci doing there?", or "tree through his chest, but he's fine", "she's a hermaphrodite, but don't tell her!". Must be that ancient sacred burial site it's built on. (oh, snap, was that a spoiler?)
PSawyer PSawyer 10 years
so, izzie and george. they're not my favorite couple on the show but its not like they're completely unrealistic. i predicted some sort of hook-up just a few episodes into this season. it isn't like they have all kinds of chemistry and go perfectly together. i think it's just that in boy/girl platonic relationships there is bound to eventually be some sort of attraction, mutual or not. i can really relate to izzie in this story line, because i have a friend who i never liked that way, but then something happened and it just felt right. izzie will move on and forget about her feelings for him if george does the right thing and stays with callie. there will be some akwardness, but eventually they're friendship will be back to normal. also, i agree with kscincotta about the writers' ability to make you love the characters you hate and hate the charaters you love. as of right now addison and alex are my favorties, whereas meredith and george are reallyyy pissing me off. and i agree with her about the scene in the closet. it was so believable and tr did a great job with it. oh and just have to say, LOVED the exchange between izzie and addison. someone else said that it didnt make sense for izzie to confide in addison, but i think its just because even if she did know it was george she wouldnt say anything and she does have experience with the whole adultery thing. one of the reasons i love alex is the scene between him and jane doe. it was so sweet and another chance to see his sensitive side. also, i could be wrong but isnt ava the name of one of his daghters? not suree, but it sounded familiar..
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
Hah i totally see the village peaple comment, i too loved the episode.I mean it was touching to see how Izzy and George handled their situation 'cause in real life you can't just jump from one relationship to another, even if you may want o or you have drunkin sex.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Both the brilliance and the downfall of this show is in their ability to make you love characters you should hate (like Addison or Alex or Mark) and hate characters you should love (like Meredith and now Izzy). It's both insanely frustrating (because why should you keep watching a show if the main character is so annoying?) and incredibly enticing. And I loved the scene between Izzy and George in the closet where they didn't talk. I can totally relate to being so unbelievably overwhelmed by something that you can't even begin to sort out your feelings on something. The way both of them, but particularly TR, were able to careen from anger to sadness to embarrasment to wanting to kiss each other to see if it's still right... It was one of the few scenes that rang true to me. Also, I generally love the guest casting for the patients. But I'm sorry, Gay Carter from Spin City cannot be a macho construction worker who is too caught up in his job and too tough to come in to get his foot checked. He ended up looking like a member of the Village People, since I just can't dissociate him that completely from his previous role. Sorry.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
uh-oh, redsox, I could *totally* see that happening in the season finale!
jessugar jessugar 10 years
I like Izzie and George together.
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
Imagine if Izzie got pregnant! That would absolutely ruin everything.
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I liked last night episode a lot! I was happy to see something happening between Derek and Meredith again. Finally her pain is being acknowledged- but like someone said it is assumed to be just about her mother and not really talked about. Buzz, do you really think Derek is thinking about Meredith all day! Very gratifying. When he said he has idea where he will be in ten years do you guys think it is because he is remarking on the uncertainty of life or because he is unsure of whether or not his relationship with Meredith is forever? I actually thought her wink in the OR at Derek was adorable- bringing back some of the chemistry between them which had but vanished. She was mad at him during her practice session but did realize he was trying to protect her and the wink was saying that she had just beaten Mark at his own game. LOVED IT. As for the George, Callie, Izzie triangle. First off would't Callie ask George where he was and where he slept when he got so hammered? My favorite comment of the night was when she called him "you little, little man. You smelly little man" or something like that. I am just glad George remembered during this episode and they didn't drag the blackout amnesia. Like it or not people, the writers are def. going in the direction of those two 'longing' to be together!
Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 10 years
Great recap and a great episode, which I am sad to say I really need to watch again. I was working on a paper duing the episode and my boyfriend was eating and I think that that was all I could hear. So I'm currently looking forward to the replay tonight! I did listen to the official podcast a few minutes ago and I finally realized why Derek looked so sad the whole episode. Other than that I was kinda busy, I am mad at myself for not doing work before the episode started. The podcast was great though and I understand the episode much better now!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i love both Izzie and George but not together..Alex is really starting to grow on me! and for the post a ways up Bailey can not become Chief yet, she has not been there long enough! She first has to move up to the postition where addison and all of them are! "Its perfectly normal to have girl crushes" Gotta love Old School Brit!
SU3 SU3 10 years
I hate the whole 'Izzie and George' thing - VERY ANNOYING.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Yeah, LalaLaurie, Mere doesn't seem to have changed at all. But I did start getting the sense last night that her near-death has really screwed up Derek. I'm surprised because he's always kind of bugged me, but I really care about him right now. I too think there's something big brewing with the two of them, because Mere is either totally unaffected or totally not dealing, and Derek is thinking about it for most of his waking moments.
grys grys 10 years
great review Buzz!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I almost vomited when Izzie went off on that end monologue of hers. SHUT UP! Listening to you talk does not make everything okay! Your "answers" for everything only make things worse! BAHHHH!!!! I HATE WHEN SHE SPEAKS! As for George, he is a little man who will get his comeuppance. And seriously? Mark as chief? So he makes a good interview impression but let's look at his track record with leadership...oh wait...he doesn't really have one. No way some random dude with very little history at the hospital will get the position. I could be wrong, though. I just wish that they would at least focus more on Mer's near death and that Mer would maybe grow up from that experience, ya know? I expected a little bit of dynamism in her character after that, but no...not really. I think a lot of the characters are pretty static, actually. I don't feel like anyone does anything but whine, sleep around, whine some more, and get all panic attack-y over little things. And then whine with a side of sex.
blogsap blogsap 10 years
i do not want izzy and george together. at all.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I mean, I will still watch this show, but the whole, 'lets all sleep with each other because we work together' thing is old, old, OLD. Try something new already.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 10 years
I agree with Lindsb.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Haha agreed crispet, "vomit-induced" is exactly right. Ick.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Luci, true, Derek and Mere need to work this out asap. Im totally grossed out by the George and Izzy pairing, glad to see Im not alone in my vomit-induced state.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Oh, and I really like Alex with "Eva". Its showing his much softer side, and I have a feeling she names her baby after him... hehe.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
I will always love this show, but I am getting frustrated with certain story lines.... I think in regards to Derek and Mere, something is brewing there and is about to pour over. He needs to just ask her WHY she stopped trying in the water. Its the elephant in the room, and they never resolved it. They will be MUCH better off once it's cleared up. They are perfect for each other, but need to handle this or it will cause a serious rift. George and Izzie?? Seriously!? They always seemed to have a very plutonic relationship, and I honestly never thought it lead to tequila induced sex. They are not good for each other, and I dont think I could handle them as a couple. What is with all the incestuous pairings?? Cant ANYONE find someone who they dont work with?? Mark would add an interesting dynamic as the new Chief, he is an ass, but I think he is an excellent surgeon. I am happy to see Cristina and Burke working it out, they are perfect for each other.
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