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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 20, "Time After Time"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 20, "Time After Time"

So as I said earlier, I surprised myself by liking this week's "Grey's Anatomy." We got glimpses of all the families and surrogate families swirling around Seattle Grace: Meredith and her "fake mommy," Jane Doe/Ava and the family that might be hers, and Izzie and George (who I think are just so much better as friends, by the way, but more on that later). If you're ready to talk about it,

The episode, as Meredith told us in the voiceover, was all about our histories coming back to haunt us. We saw that most clearly with Izzie when the daughter she gave up for adoption arrives at Seattle Grace needing a bone marrow transplant. I'd forgotten that nobody knew about Izzie's daughter, but the secret comes out when Bailey spots Izzie crying. Izzie tells Bailey she's thought about meeting her daughter, but she always imagined that they'd both be older, and more mature, and healthy. It doesn't really matter, though, because Hannah's parents tell Izzie that Hannah doesn't want to meet her. Bailey — awesome Bailey — reminds Izzie that if she wants to have another chance with Hannah, Hannah needs to be alive, and Izzie agrees to the transplant, but only if it stays a secret.

Things moved too quickly from there, but I guess if they can build a clinic in eight days, they can do a bone marrow transplant in six hours. George starts to get worried about Izzie and coerces Meredith — who's been put in charge of Izzie's lab samples — into telling him where she is. He barges in and demands to know what's going on, and Izzie lets him stay through the procedure (and help her put her pants on, for a change … heh). Izzie tells George about Hannah, and she also tells him that she really needs them to be friends, but George just blubbers that he has to go and walks out.

And there's a pause, and he comes back to her! It's sweet, except I fear they might be falling in love, and I Do Not Want That. George wheels Izzie to the hallway where Hannah is getting her transplant and tells Izzie that Hannah looks like her, with her eyes and mouth ("so she probably talks a lot and eats a lot"). Izzie gets up the courage to look in the window and agrees that her daughter is beautiful. Then George runs into Callie and lies to her about where he's been. That’s not going to end well.

Meredith has some history of her own to contend with: Susan desperately wants to be her mom, but Meredith can't deal with the (s)mothering and tells Susan she won't be her daughter. Susan later tells Meredith it's her fault that Thatcher didn't fight harder for her; now she’s trying to find a way to be there for Mere, and Meredith needs to stop being rude.

Meanwhile, Richard admits that he doesn't want Derek to be chief because it will hurt Meredith. Derek tells Bailey she was right that being with Meredith would complicate everything, but Bailey tells Derek that success means nothing if he's alone. This should be easy; after all, Derek did pull Mere's near-dead body from the water. But when Meredith calls him, he doesn't answer.

Cristina gets rid of Marlowe by pretending to be girly and subservient, and it's mostly dull, but here's one interesting bit: After Marlowe embarrasses Burke in surgery, Cristina cheers Burke up by asking him to explain part of the procedure, and Marlowe tells her that the Cristina he knew would never try to boost someone's ego. Has Cristina lost her edge? Burke, though, seems thrilled that Marlowe is gone so Cristina can be herself again; he likes her ruthless side.

Jane Doe/Ava, meanwhile, gets her new face, and as soon as photos go out to the media, a family steps forward to claim her. They tell Ava her name is Shannon and she teaches second grade, and Ava is thrilled to have her history back. But it's a false alarm: Shannon's mom realizes that Ava isn't her daughter. Alone again, Ava accuses Alex of keeping her in the hospital so he can have her for himself.

Finally, Mark spends his screen time trying to teach Richard how to flirt, because — as Richard finally figures out — Mark thinks that if he gets Richard laid, Richard will make Mark chief. Mark takes Richard to Joe's Bar and gets Richard into a conversation with a pretty young thing; Richard rolls his eyes and complains to Addison that he doesn't even know how to date. Addison asks Richard to practice on her, and he asks her to dance, and oh my goodness: Do you think Addison will sleep with Richard, sending her career in a nosedive and possibly having her head to LA for a little thing we like to call "Private Practice"?

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Luxifer Luxifer 10 years
Did anyone else notice/care that when George said Hannah had the same mouth as Izzie, and then they showed the girl and she totally didn't? Izzie has a very distinctive mouth, so I thought that was funny that they had the comparison. I also think Burke is super boring. Right now, it's like he's just a prop for Christina. Bah! This show peaked way too early.
CM213 CM213 10 years
I agree with the whole George and Izzie being friends. It's just so weird seeing them together in a non friendly way. It felt akward, like when he got together with Meredith. Derek was a whole different person in this episode. I don't get he was fighting so hard for Meredith and just all of a sudden thinks she's a complication. I say leave them be. It hasn't been that long since they're happy. I know in tv thjat couples don't stay "happy" but I', living in the land of denial.Let them be for now. Christina I think is funny! Her scenes are just classic Christina. I say Alex and Addison just hooks up and let them be a couple. Forget Private Practice...
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I am really liking George and Izzie. They are falling in love. I DO WANT THAT TO HAPPEN!!!! The 'romance' between Derek and Meredith continues its downward spiral. The writers are giving us nothing to even root for them anymore. I agree with Kellyanne- Dereks hot and cold routine is getting really tired.
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
Loved it! :)
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 10 years
I hope Addison doesn't sleep with the chief. That is kind of wierd because Addison will have slept with Merideth's boyfriend and her mom's boyfriend! LOL
Yo Yo 10 years
The Cheif just needs to stay.
Shpohlc Shpohlc 10 years
McDreamy better not leave Grey for Cheif. I love Greys Anatomy. I wonder who become the next cheif? Hmmm....
jolie_femme jolie_femme 10 years
LOVE grey's
GirlC GirlC 10 years
It re-sparked my interest. I think this is in the pipeline - Cristina will call of wedding. Derek will break up with Meredith and go for chief. Callie will leave George. Alex will date Ava. Yes or no?
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Hmmm...I'm still over Grey's. I'll keep watching just to know what happens, but I'm generally disinterested.
kellyanne kellyanne 10 years
I agree with Buzz. I was almost ready to give up on Grey's, but last night's episode drew me back in. Great recap, as always! The only thing that hit me wrong was the Der/Mer drama. What is up his butt? I predict loads more drama there, seeing how at the end of the episode he wouldn't take her phone call. I get tired of Derek as the schizophrenic lover, one day crazy over her, and the next day able to let her go. All in all, I still love Grey's.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
Can't wait to see it! It will be on here soon!
sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
Overall last night's episode was pretty cool! I loved it! :kool: _____________________________________________________________ Behind every great man, there's a woman rolling her eyes :oy:
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I thought it was a good episode- the whole thing with Izzie and her daughter was very interesting. AND Derrick and Meredith- whoah, what does he want more? Meredith or to be the Chief? Strange side of Derrick I haven't seen yet
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Loved the comic relief that Mark, Addison, and Richard brought to last night's episode; Addy and Richard were cute together. And Christina was fun to watch as well. I agree about George and Izzie: they are wonderful friends, but I really don't want to see them together, yet I'm not sure that Callie deserves George either. He used to be one of my favorite characters. What happened? As always, Bailey was awesome, but even she is not enough to keep the spark going. Last night's episode was okay, but something still seems to be missing; it's not the "old Grey's" and maybe that's what the writers want, but I'm not sure where it's all headed now. Lots of characters seem to be struggling with identities, especially Derrick; does he want to be Chief so badly that he'll dump Mere? And will Richard make the right decision about his successor based on skill and leadership or on his promise to Mere's mom to protect her? Thanks for the great recap, Buzz!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Kinda tame eppy. Im hoping to find out more about Cristina and maybe Izzies daughter. Not a whole lot else intrigued me.
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