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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 12, "Sympathy For the Devil"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 12, "Sympathy For the Devil"

This week's episode of Grey's Anatomy continues along the same path as last week's, and really, there doesn't seem to be a lot of newness, or resolution, to any of the storylines. It feels a little like the second film in a trilogy — but that's not all bad. We do get to meet Derek's mother (played by the delightful Tyne Daly) during her visit to Seattle Grace, which adds some variety, as well as a little comic relief. To talk about it (and about that gift she gave Derek!),


Before we get to the doctors, let's talk a bit about the patients . . .

The Patients

  • Eric Stoltz returns as the creepy serial killer, and this week I felt a little sorry for him. He seems to have a heart (well, you know, as far as serial killers go). But what I find incredibly irritating is that last week's episode was all about the doctors not wanting to give him proper care, while this week's episode is all about how they wouldn't let him die. Pick a lane. And, yeah, wow, that last scene was intense.
  • Which leads us to the little boy who needs a new liver and a new intestine. If the serial killer wants to give him his organs and they're a match, shouldn't this be easier? Apparently not. But, in true Grey's fashion, I'm sure next week the boy will miraculously pull through with his new organs courtesy of Mr. Stoltz.
  • The short-guy storyline seems a little like fluff. Sure, Callie is able to equate this guy's, um, shortcomings to her dating life, or lack thereof, but overall I would've been fine without it.

The Doctors

  • First up, Meredith gets to meet Derek's mother Carolyn. Overall their scenes together aren't as awkward as they could've been (although, how awesome is the scrunchie subplot?), but I did like that Meredith is able to lose her false facade and be herself around her. And clearly Carolyn is impressed as she gives Derek a ring to propose to Meredith with! Thoughts?
  • The Izzie/Denny ghost story seems almost absent in this episode, for which I was very thankful. Of course, it pops up a bit, but the end might be near as the two broke up (and how, exactly, do you break up with a ghost? I'm not really sure).
  • Arizona and Bailey continue to fight this week over the little boy's surgery. Nothing new to report but, as I said last week, she's a welcome addition to the cast.
  • Owen finally asks Cristina out on a date, and then shows up drunk. Sure, we're supposed to feel bad when he reveals a traumatic moment from the past (which, I guess, explains his inebriation), but it makes me dislike him a little bit.

What did you think of last night's episode? Is the ghost story is winding down? And most importantly, do you think Derek will propose to Meredith next week? Discuss.

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gingerbread88 gingerbread88 8 years
oh!! i get the denny ghost now. he's there, there for her like the angel of death to take her away.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
- i think hunt's demons were brought up again when derek's mom was asking him questions about his army time - mark and callie were HILARIOUS - ummm what's the name of that annoying intern who cuts herself? melissa george? i still can't stand her. - no more denny, okthxbye. - kinda felt sorry for the serial killer, but then again i didn't.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I thought this episode was great. Meredith with the scrunchie & fake smile was hilarious, and I loved seeing her interact with Derek's mom. I'm also starting to warm up to Mark & Lexie's relationship, and I'm glad that Denny seems to be leaving (even though I adored him when he was alive, his storyline just seems pointless now). I was disappointed that Owen showed up drunk to his date with Cristina, but on the other hand, I understand that he has a lot of issues he needs to work through and Cristina can help him with that.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
I agree with LalaO about the date Owen had with Christina. I can't see Sloane in a SOLID relationship. I agree with Derek's mother. But because he's hornier than hell, he'd be perfect for a 24 year old. Oh God help me, but GET RID OF DENNY. Izzie has to move on !!!!
emms emms 8 years
I don't like the ghost storyline BUT watching Alex being such an ASSHOLE to Arizona on that plane made me hate him and want Izzie to stick with Denny.
haydee haydee 8 years
I believe Owen had a little too much to drink after Derek's Mom asked him if he sleeps well at night. If she didn't ask that, it would have been an ok date night. Love the story between Lexie and Mark! I am watching this show right now because of those two! I don't want to see Denny anymore. Please.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
As a stand alone, I liked this episode. In relation to last week's, I don't think it made much sense, it was just somewhat inconsistent, especially regarding the Serial Killer. Anyway, I do feel symapthy for the Serial Killer. I just wish Derek would stop being so stubborn and harvest his organs like he wants done. They're both matches. When you can save one life, why not do it? Instead of losing two. The last scene was really intense and made me a little sick to my stomach, actually. Weird. So, Hunt. Like some people said, I was a little irritated that he showed up drunk. But then he redeemed himself, he felt like a real person...and so did Cristina, actually. I loved Derek's mom. Her scene with Little Grey was epic. ha. Plus I'm glad she likes Meredith. I'm really hoping the Denny/Izzie storyline gets resolved soon...Isn't there supposed to be some medical reason why?? ugh. I love seeing Denny, but I hate this...a lot.
number6_ed number6_ed 8 years
Ok so Hunt getting drunk and retelling a very emotional war/surgery story makes you like him less, but you have sympathy for the serial killer? Weird....
rainbow-cadillac rainbow-cadillac 8 years
I really liked this episode, it was so intense at the end. And I adored Derek's mother. The Izzie and Alex relationship was so sweet, I really like their storyline. But I have a bad feeling that something bad will happen to one of them, which would really suck.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
jnnayoo I keep hearing that Arizonia may hook up with Callie.
jnnayoo jnnayoo 8 years
is kate capshaw scheduled for anymore episodes? if so... i hope they're not planning to throw a wrench into alex and izzie's relationship (i mean, more so than they already have-- I find the denny plot sooo ridiculous)
sarahcateh sarahcateh 8 years
The reason that they wouldn't let him die isn't because they had a change of heart from not wanting to treat him, it's because they didn't want him to cheat the system by dying comfortably and getting out of having to go through lethal injection. They are forced by law to treat him since he is sick, they didn't want to give him the satisfaction of dying the way he chose.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
When I heard that Tyne Daly would play Derek's mother I could not wait for the episode to air. She's always fantastic. I loved her on Judging Amy.
electricxbaby electricxbaby 8 years
I loved how Meredith in the end displayed her true self to Derek's mother, the whole Lexie/Mark thing is really cute too. I had to close my eyes at the part where the serial killer banged his head a million times, so disgusting. I hope Denny leaves! The ghost thing is getting old quickly.
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
1) Yay ! Derek's mom ! It's weird, when she was first mentioned, I had this mental picture of her in my head and I thought she would be this very beautiful, fragile and feminine woman, kind of like Addison. But she isn't and it's great because she can actually inspires respect to the guys in the room (Derek, Mark and Owen) and yet, still be very understanding and able to see through the "dark and twisty" Meredith and see what Derek sees in her. I like that. 2) Megln and Elizabeth, I squizzed my eyes sooo hard in the last scene so I wouldn't see what was happening, but I forgot to cover my ears as well and let me tell you : hearing it is awful as well !! :-) As for the organs, "Canadian chick", it's not that easy. As Miranda said in the episode, there are rules in organ donation and you can't just pick the organs of the person who died in YOUR hospital and decide to give them to the person in the next room. The whole system is centralized and it depends on the severity of the patient's condition. And if they did take the PDR's organs and gave them to the little boy, they still would have to run it by UNOS and get special authorization. 3) Absolutely love the Mark/Lexie storyline. I was rooting for them anyway, but I appreciate that it's turning into something real. 4) I don't care for Sadie. Apparently, she's also leaving the show, but the writers are obviously trying to give an explanation for her departure when no one cares. They should just make her disappear and move on ! :-p 5) No signs of George. Or so few. Contrary to Sadie, I wonder how they will make him leave because he was quite an important character in the first few seasons. 6) I don't like Owen/Cristina storyline. But I do love Alex/Izzie. The next episode will be crucial in my opinion. Like the two will go on vacation and Izzie will faint and they will rush back to the hospital only to discover that she has brain damage. Or something to that effect. :-) Anyway, I loved this episode and I hope that it marks the return of the great Grey's Anatomy... :-)
graylen graylen 8 years
I thought it was a great episode. I love Mark and Lexie together. She's so sweet to him and not afraid to be firm with what she wants ("You sleep with me; you lunch with me"). I also liked Derek's mom's reaction- how could you not crack up when she pegs him as needing someone young as he's only a horny 15 yr old... priceless! I hope they really pursue the Owen/Iraq thing. It's a big deal with so many vets returning dealing with the emotional trauma they were dealt. In real life, I'm sure he wouldn't be allowed to be hired until he went through some serious therapy. Him being the only survivor? Likely to haunt him for a really long time. I liked how vulnerable he seemed at Christina's house. I thought Yang was great in this episode. Loved that her reaction to him being fully clothed was just that he had shoes on in HER shower. Classic Yang. I think he needs someone to take care of him, and she could use him, too. It seems like a real relationship which I like. Overall, I thought the episode was great. Can't wait until the serial killer story is over- the guy's a great actor and seriously creeps me out. Plus, the whole Izzie/Denny thing will hopefully be resolved soon. The only time I liked this story line was at the end when Denny sits with Alex and tells him that they need to talk. I teared up a little then.
laceykk23 laceykk23 8 years
i wonder when owen is going to have a breakdown about what he went through in Iraq. i think dereks mother asking him about a couple times made something go off inside him. hmm i wonder if they will have a vet come into the hospital with ptsd or some other thing. should be interesting to see how he reacts and how christina reacts to it. overall it was a good episode!!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Ha, megln, I covered my eyes too!! I couldn't watch. It was too gross. LOVED Derek's mom. Loved. She was great. The ring? Pretty sure I teared up. Having that vote of confidence from a parent is pretty signifcant and I can't wait to see what Derek does about it. I love how nice Alex is being. The cake was really sweet. And inviting her to meet his mom? Whaaaaaat?! Maybe we'll get some insight into all his dark secrets. That's something they still haven't revealed and I think it will tell us a lot about him. I like the Lexie/Sloane thing more than I thought I would. He seems to actually like her, so that's good. Too cute how he couldn't hide it from Mrs. Shepperd. And the whole "How many sexual partners have you had? 7, well, 6, kind of 7..." had me rolling. And I think it's a great call to keep the story going a little longer. It was nice to see the story stretched a little more instead of each little patient being encapsulated into a single episode. My heart totally broke for Hunt at the end. He must be really hurting. He seems like a really good guy though so I'm excited to see where that story goes!
mlen mlen 8 years
i couldn't watch the last scene with the killer- totally covered my eyes! i liked derek's mom, but i especially like how sloane was like a little kid again in front of her- he was def scared of her! i personally like him better with callie though. "the one with the juicebox" was funny though. o thank god izzie "broke up" with denny- please tell me he is on the way out then. the hunt being drunk thing was... well i like the fact he showed up cause he didn't want her to think he stood her up, that was sweet. being way drunk- not so sweet!
pss pss 8 years
WOW!!BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON for me!!!awesome!!!and please I cried when izzie broke up with denny (ok, I know he´s a ghost and it is pointless) but it was like he died again.ooww it has to be really awful to lost the love of your life, soo sad!!and I felt sympathy for the evil too, c´mon is it too complicated to leave him die making something really great for a kid, saving a life, when he took 5??
spasiklaki spasiklaki 8 years
I actually liked this episode a lot and I haven't felt that way about Grey's for quite some time now.
jessr1214 jessr1214 8 years
I loooved this episode!! One of my favorite parts of this show is how the characters interact with each other and seeing them all together and this had lots of group time! Pretty much everything about the Derek's mom plot was great. Loved seeing Meredith in the high ponytail and the fake smile, but then that she 'came clean' at the end. For a second when Denny told Alex 'we have to talk' I thought Alex was all of a sudden going to be able to see him too...NOOOOOO!!! haha I'm glad they didnt go that route though, I do think this will all come down to some kind of medical problem with Izzie and I wish they would hurry up and tell us what already.
Anadi Anadi 8 years
I loved this episode, the last one I hated, but this one kind of felt like the old Grey's.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I felt bad for the Serial Killer too (maybe because I've been watching Dexter haha) but I think it was mostly because I wanted his organs to go to the little boy. The last scene made me cringe. Blech! Mark/Lexie/Derek's Mom had me laughing! Great great idea! I'm pretty sure Denny wants to tell Alex what's wrong with Izzie. You know, her brain thing. The only annoying thing about Hunt being drunk was I could hardly hear what he was saying in the shower!
canadianchickie canadianchickie 8 years
Ok - I felt a wee bit of sympathy for the serial killer, but at the same time you don't. But seriously why the heck wouldn't they take his organs? Organs are so hard to come by and he's offering them up. If he gets the lethal injection, they will be no good! Anyways I do understand the dilemma though, because then it's like he's trying to make up for his creepy serial killer past by saving a life and he should be redeemed a hero?? Am I making sense? Anyways You didn't even mention the Mark and Lexie story line. I was laughing my butt off at the scene when he is leaving the house and tries to sneak by everyone only to run right into Derek and be all 'Oh I came by to see if you wanted to have a drink'. Classic. And I'm glad he's going to start something up with Lexie! Finally Sloane getting a solid relationship. And I also liked how Derek's mom said that he needs young because he has the sexual maturity of a horny 15 year old. Hilair! Ummm- and another thing not mentioned was Denny and Alex in the room at the end, and Denny telling Alex there was something he had to tell him. WHAT IS IT? I wonder what is wrong with Izzie. Do you think it's true that they're writing Georgie off the show because of his crappy attitude too? I noticed we barely have been seeing him in any of the episodes.
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