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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 22, "The Other Side of This Life"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 22, "The Other Side of This Life"

Well, that's what all the anticipation was for. Our very special "Grey's Anatomy" aired last night, advancing things for our doctors at Seattle Grace and offering a glimpse of what could become "Private Practice" if ABC picks up the show for the fall. And I've got to say, I was underwhelmed by both shows. The awkward, back-and-forth structure kept me from enjoying — or even concentrating on — either one. I know the writers want to pretend this was just another episode of "Grey's," but we all know by now that the LA stuff is meant to be a pilot, so admit it and give it its own hour so we can form a coherent opinion already. Yeesh.

To save you from going through that dizzying hell all over again, I'm going to recap the two parts separately. Read my thoughts on "Private Practice" here, and to talk about what happened in Seattle last night,

First of all, I can't believe we didn't get to see the heart-to-heart between Richard and Addison when she told him she needed a leave of absence; I feel like Richard sees Addy as a little sister, and I wish we could have heard what he had to say. Instead, all we got was Richard telling Mark that Addison had left for a while "to be happy and free." Gag me. Mark lays into Alex for making Addison leave, then confesses to Derek that he caught Addison breaking the 60-day rule. "Must've been hard for you," Derek snarks.

Speaking of Derek, Meredith informs him that now is not the time to give up on her; since drowning, she says, she wants to be a better person. He buys it — so much for his big Mere vs. chief debate — but of course their happiness can't even last till the end of the episode. The newest wedge between them comes from yet another tragedy for Mere: Susan shows up in the hospital with hiccups that won't stop (does anyone believe for a second that she'd really go to the free clinic?). Meredith and Thatcher actually bond, a little, but Susan gets worse and eventually dies on the operating table. Meredith must tell Thatcher his wife is dead, and in his grief, he slaps Mere across the face. Derek tries to stop Meredith as she walks away, but she brushes past.

Cristina, meanwhile, runs into the Attack of the Wedding-Planning Mothers when both her mom and Burke's show up. Somehow she ends up asking Callie to be a bridesmaid, which, naturally, just thrills Izzie. All of the girls wind up in a bridal shop, and Cristina (dressed in a tornado of lace and tulle) confronts Burke: "What happened to our small ceremony? What happened to you and me at city hall?" Burke says he's a traditional man. He apologizes to his mom for Cristina's behavior, and she says — liar! — that if Burke believes Cristina is right for him, she trusts his opinion.

Of course, this plants a little seed of doubt for Burke. He and George end up sharing their wedding woes, with George admitting he didn't think his own marriage through in advance. He wonders aloud if it's possible to love two people at the same time. Burke: "I'm still hoping it's possible just to love one person." In the end, Cristina gets a dress — it's too tight and she can't breathe but a wedding's just one day, right? — and she and Burke both lie that they're happy. Molly and I decided last night that if Burke leaves her at the altar, we're so done with this show.

Meanwhile, Izzie has a breakdown with George, once again whining that it's unfair that she's losing her best friend. So of course George kisses her. Again. There are no words for my rage; Callie deserves better.

Finally, Ava tells Alex she's frustrated by not having anything to say to her baby; she can't even remember what life is like outside Seattle Grace. The doctors discover she needs surgery to stop bleeding in her brain, and Ava becomes convinced that the procedure will bring her memory back. When she wakes up, though, she still can't remember a thing. Alex takes her outside so she can feel fresh air again and tells her that a lot of people would kill to have a blank slate like she does. She asks him why he's so good with her but so bad with women he has feelings for. "What happened to you, Alex?" she asks. His reply: "Maybe I don't remember." He goes home to do tequila shots with Izzie and Meredith (drinking to "crappy friends and crappy family") while Derek watches from outside.

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Well i have NO comments about the spin-off show. I agree, there should have been a seperate episode and in fact, it turned me off to the episode entirely and i fell asleep. Whatever. The grey's episode was okay. Dumb that merideth's step mother died. very dumb. I am over most of the plot lines and characters. I really only enjoyed George then they messed that dumb thing up w/ him and izzy. Georges wife is dumb and i hate that they are making her so nieve!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
The eppy was pretty ok.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 10 years
So really, the only thing that I was still loving on Grey's was Addison and Bailey, and now Addison might be getting her own show (which I so didn't enjoy - way too neurotic)? I dunno, Grey's needs to lighten it up a little or something. There's no humor anymore, just depressing scene after depressing scene. Although, I have to say that Thatcher's character is really good. Whoever plays him really got it right. Oh, and I totally find myself wanting Derek to break up with Mere...she's just so annoying.
SUGAR-addict-x SUGAR-addict-x 10 years
why did they kill off susan so soon? i loved how she and meredith began to bond, and meredith seemed to become a little more stable, but of course, grey's had to throw her back into her "dark and twisty" place, which, im guessing, is in preparation for the finale?? i am actaully fond of the pilot--i like the characters and the first medical case was sooooo much better than whats been on greys in the past episodes. and i totally agree--if burke leaves the altar, ill never watch this show again.
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I could not believe what a dissapointment the two hour show was! I am usually checking the time during Grey's because I am worried it is almost over, but last night I was checking because I just wanted to go to bed. The spin-off looks terrible. I have about had it with Derek now too. He is being such a jerk to Meredith. I never thought I would say this but I really wish she would break up with him at this point. Boy did she make the wrong choice choosing him over the vet (although at the time I wanted her to choose Derek of course!). You know a relationship is not going to well when you have just survived a 'passive' suicide attempt and instead of turning to your true love for support you are begging them not to give up on you. If Derek treated Addison the same way he deserved what he got!
canadianchickie canadianchickie 10 years
I think Private Practice looks like such a horrible show, me and my sister were getting so frustrated and kept screaming at the tv it was just so horrible and I didn't tune in to watch that. And yeah if Meredith and Derek break up one more time i'm so done.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
I thought this episode was pretty gosh darn good. Too bad about Susan, though. How are Thatcher and Meredith going to mend their relationship now? Especially after that slap. And, George, oh boy, is he in some deep trouble, or what?
menthadict menthadict 10 years
I got so bored with this episode that I quit by 10:00.
muchacha muchacha 10 years
i missed the episode and glad i got this recap. what is with all this george and izzie crap, so lame. Callie DEFINITELY deserves better, she is smokin.. too bad I missed the show - my yoga night is Thursday nights and I don't have a way to tape it!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 years
My biggest complaint about last nights show was the fact that Meredith was the one to tell her father that Susan had died. That should have never happened, Richard or Miranda should have stepped in to be the one to tell Thatcher. I also did not like the switching between the two shows. I think the writers of Grey's Anatomy need to really sit down and think about what they are writing before they commit to a story line. There was no reason what so ever to kill off Susan and by doing so they eliminated so many good story lines for the future. Meredith has already had too much to deal with this season and now all this mess. I just know what when sweeps role around next season they better lay off the Meredith bashing!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Like most everyone else, I hated the intertwining of plot lines last night; I struggled to connect to either show. The George/Izzie/Callie triangle is so overdone and annoying; I used to like George and Izzie, but they are now my least favorite characters. His personality has disappeared and her whiney monotone delivery of lines needs to stop. One bright spot was Bailey; I've missed her take-charge attitude for several weeks and to see her back in form made me smile--one of the few times I did that during the long two hours. The Burke/Christina moments weren't bad though. His "I'm still hoping it's possible just to love one person" was a great line; I hope neither stands the other up.
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
sumbum..omg. I so agree!! She doesn't love him. She had all this time to get with him. She waits til he gets married to start messing around with him. That alone is making me hate Grey's. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Purrrr muthafucka purrrrrrrr!!!
sumbum sumbum 10 years
izzie is really starting to annoy me...i just want to yell at her "GET OVER IT!!!! HE'S MARRIED!!!!" i don't know why she is always whinning...she doesn't really love george, she's just looking for someone/thing to fill the void that denny left. arrrrghhh...annoying!!!!!! see a therapist! i didn't like the back and forth either, but addison did look fabulous. she's gorgeous!
McWifey0127 McWifey0127 10 years
I loved both!! I really did. I was shocked about Meredith's step-mom, I did not see that coming!! I hate Callie and I want George & Izzy together! *I Love my McLife*
CM213 CM213 10 years
i had such a hard time watching tonight’s greys. i swear, i started yelling at my tv. i mean, seriously… the scenes in LA was too painful to watch. and how much more crap can meredith take? mommy died like 4 or 5 episodes ago or so… and now they kill step-mommy. wtf?!? and derek… don’t get me started. what’s with him and flirting with another woman? ugHh!!! oh and i swear they cut out a lot of scenes in the whole christina and them looking for dresses. they had so much pictures from that scene and we got like a minute… wtf?!? ugHhhhhhhhh!!! i say we all voice our feelings about tonight’s episode and the potential spinoff in the grey’s site. i hated that they spent 90% of tonight’s episode in LA. i felt like they thried to cram and edit out a lot of the Grey's so they can make room for Private and it didn't work.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 10 years
The only good character is miranda! She should get own show! Super disappointed in the show and fast forward through most of Addison's show!
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
What was up with the young kid professing his love for that woman on Private Practice???? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Purrrr muthafucka purrrrrrrr!!!
blogsap blogsap 10 years
greys used to be something great. something i couldn't wait to see. I don't think I'll ever feel that way again. I'm still upset with the private practice in my face. I don't care about the characters, so don't give me everyone's backstory. was there anything anything special about last night's greys?
SwtAsSgar SwtAsSgar 10 years
George is so disappointing. I'm really not thrilled with Grey's anymore. Not sure what to do. :( ~SwtAsSgr~
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
I did not like the flipping between the shows either. It was confusing and it seemed like they focused less on Grey's. If Meredith and Derek break up or if he cheats I might be done with the show. I don't like how they aren't consistent with the relationship. One episode they're happy the next they're not. I'm not sure if I'd watch Private Practice, they should have done the shows separately because I was focused more on the GA parts than the PP parts.
esk4 esk4 10 years
one thing I thought the actor who plays Thatcher did a WONDERFUL job! I mean he hit the nail on the head, I mean I don't know how many of you have ever unexpectedly heard one of your most loved ones has died, but damn he got it.. it was very powerful... like it or not, I thought how he acted was very realistic and very powerful...
wiggy wiggy 10 years
did not like the constant flipping from ga to pp- i couldn't really get into either show. ugh! the whole callie-george-izzie situation is so frustrating! i didn't like that izzie and george hooked up in the first place. george used to be one of my favorites, he was so sweet and a real stand up guy. and now, i think molly summed it up best "rage at george"! i did enjoy taye diggs! he needs to transfer to grey's to breathe some new life into the place!
callmehoney callmehoney 10 years
i did not like having another "show" interrupt my grey's. i mean...cant they just show addison leaving at the end of the show and cutting to a whole pilot? don't even get me started with george and izzie. it's all so melrose place now.
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Well, initially I did not like the "spinoff" but by the end of the dizzying 2 hours, I did find myself wanting to know what will happen to these people. (And the fact that Piz from Veronia Mars is on it! WITHOUT A SHIRT!). But as for Greys... meh. I hate this stupid thing with Mere and Derek, he wants her to open up, but he wont open up himself... and IF he cheats-- well then he RUINS "McDreamy" in my eyes. Izzie/George- Ugh, it makes me sick to see. He has turned into this awful selfish character, and Izzie reaalllly needs to get a grip and make better life decisions. You would think that after losing her fiance like she did, she would value life more and not want to ruin someone elses. Cant wait for this wedding! It's going to be HILARIOUS! Alex/Ava: What is it that HE is forgetting now?? Are we going to learn what makes him tick? I know he was a wrestler in college, and thats about it! It better be an exciting next 2 weeks!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Taye Diggs(who played the cute black doctor last night) - he needs to move to Seatle! What a great actor and so cute.
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