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Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Season 5, Episode 5, "There's No 'I' in Team"

Grey's Anatomy Rundown: Episode 5, "There's No 'I' in Team"

Is it too early to say Grey's Anatomy is on a roll? I've said that before and regretted it later, but for the second week in a row, I thought the episode felt like the Grey's I came to know and love. A big ol' dramatic medical story, a whole lot of Bailey being awesome, and a touch too much awkward sex — it's like the olden days! To talk about this episode, just


Growing up, I always hated group projects in school. They just never felt fair. And I think there's a little bit of that feeling going on this week at Seattle Grace: Derek's gotten his face on the cover of a national medical journal for his clinical trial and procedure — "The Shepherd Method" — without even a mention of Meredith, who came up with the whole idea. Sure, I understand the thought that it's just not time for Mere to get credit for something like that yet. But it's also a shame that Derek needs Bailey to tell him that Mere's not just being all emotional about it and at least deserves a "thank you."

Meanwhile, the 12-patient kidney swap is my favorite kind of surgery, because it brings everyone together. Naturally, there's drama with the donors, but that just gives Bailey a chance to be awesome and coerce-without-coercing the reluctant donor to save other lives, even if she doesn't care about her husband's. Alex and Izzie get patients whose story touches a little close to Alex's heart: an estranged son who agrees to give his father a kidney only because he'll get cash for doing it, who finally realizes (with the help of some screaming from Alex) that he should talk to his father before it's too late. And Meredith drops a kidney ("and don't say 'It happens," cause it doesn't"). I mean, I'm guessing this was unrealistic — but Bailey screaming "Five-second rule!" is classic.

Over in subplot-land, Cristina wants a man, decides to seek out an intern, and then realizes (after a cattle-call scene in which the residents try to pick which interns to pawn off to George) that none of them are worth her time. Good thing Owen Hunt turns up at the bar, huh? And Callie and Erica have bad sex — well, only bad for Callie — that leads to such an awkward plot (Callie begging Mark for oral sex advice) that I'll just drop it.

Some other thoughts:

  • I'm glad Alex and Izzie kiss, but I don't expect things to be all fine and dandy for them after this, because Alex still can't talk about his feelings, and Izzie is all about feelings.
  • Meredith's still reading her mom's diary and feeling inadequate. And yet, it doesn't seem to be getting her down the way it would have a couple of years ago. Progress?
  • Also, Meredith and Derek drifting off to sleep by the light of a kidney in a jar is hilarious. Kidneys glow?
  • Lexie (sorta) grows a backbone and tells George she's tired of being ignored. The girl does go over the top (balloons on the locker? Yeah, that's going to get him respect from his new interns), but she so desperately wants George to notice her.
  • I loved Bailey's snide remark to Izzie: "Well, as someone who stole an organ herself not that long ago, you should know . . . "
  • Your thoughts? Glad to see McArmy back in the picture, about to start work and raise hell in Seattle? And did anyone else think this episode's soundtrack rocked?

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RyanRachelFan RyanRachelFan 8 years
I am SO excited that hot army doctor was back already. God, he was sexy! And hot! And manly - and perfect for Christina.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I loved this episode, except for the whole Callie/Hahn thing. They have ZERO chemistry together, and I've gotta agree with McSteamy - it's a damn shame when two attractive women get together and it's that lame.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 8 years
The episode rocked! It made me cry again, like always, lol. It did feel like the old Grey's, and I'm glad the show is getting better and better. That one Izzie line made the whole episode for me, and she was never even my favorite character: "Some people are just broken. I guess you just try not to care too much, so you can't be disappointed."
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
I definitely agree that the episodes this season have brought me back to the 'old Grey's' that I love and miss!! So I hope it continues.
amanda44ni amanda44ni 8 years
omg I am so excited for that army guy to come back, he's my favorite part of this season!
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
I agree this & last episodes were def good ones. I loved Bailey's 5 second rule, it was hilarious! I was also excited about Alex & Izzie, yay! Are they finally getting somewhere? Hopefully! :) Also, I always love the music they have on this show, I'm always looking it up afterwards to buy it! :)
haydee haydee 8 years
I loved this episode! I was a bit annoyed with McDreamy as well, shame on him! I was curious about the kidney too, does it really glow? Can't wait to see more of Kevin McKidd next week! I still love Grey's Anatomy. Seriously!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'm really glad* not "I'm really good." Oops.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Last night's episode was good! I'm really good McArmy's back too! He has great chemistry with Cristina. I shrieked when Meredith dropped the kidney! Ugh that was just awful. Derek was acting like a p r i c k. That kidney in a jar was gross, but it was cool that it glowed. Don't care for Alex and Izzie, but at least they aren't just bickering at each other anymore. Callie and Erica are just odd...that was the most awkward scene ever at the end (where Mark gives Callie oral sex tips). Won't Erica be upset that Mark was in Callie's nether regions again? I like Lexie with George and I'm glad she stood up to him. Miranda Bailey is just freakin' awesome. I liked the kidney patient storyline. It was good to see Dixon from Alias again!
emms emms 8 years
I think Lexie is super annoying. And I can't remember what happened between George and Izzie. Did they ever really break up or did it just fizzle out? I have no recollection of that storyline now. Lastly, I really wish Burke would come back. I know all the drama with Isiah Washington but Burke was AWESOME on Grey's.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
this episode was my favvv of this season so far, and prob last season.. i think i liked it all except the callie/hahn awkwardness thing... and the soundtrack was sooooo good!! i missed the names of the songs they mentioned.. does anyone remember?
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I thought the whole Callie/Mark/Hahn thing was a WEE bit ridiculous! Even for grey's that went too far. What if Hahn found out? Are we supposed to think she'd be OK with that? Or maybe this is something else that Mark can open his big fat mouth about to split up Callie & Hahn. I don't like them as a couple anyway (They have no chemistry that I see) so that would be ok with me. The rest of the ep DID feel like the first season again. It was fun, quirky, sexy and snarky all at once! LOVED it! I just want to see my Georgie poo happy. Poor guy deserves a good woman.
bluestar bluestar 8 years
I like Alex/Izzie. I LOVE Mcarmy and christina! HOT! Is anyone else grossed out by the fact that Callie approached Hahn to umm....have sex after Mark just did it to her? GROSSSSSSS!!!!!!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
esk bite your tongue about Denny...LoL
esk4 esk4 8 years
Meredith does not have luck with organs... first puncturing a heart, now dropping a kidney. I've always loved alex and izzie together... never much cared for denny
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I like Lexie and I hate Alex. I def. cried last night a little. I'm pretty over the Erica/Callie thing. Booring! More McSteamy please!
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
It was a good episode. They are definitely sticking with events and plots that are so totally unrealistic, but, it is tv. The glowing kidney was hilarious. Such an appropriate night light for them!
Stephabbey Stephabbey 8 years
Stephabbey Stephabbey 8 years
I like that it's back to the more gross medical aspects. The great thing about grey's was that it always had interesting cases and also the group's dramas. As for the people who can't deal with the Callie/Hahn relationship or with "below the mason-dixie line" loosen up! Its just sex and I thought it was all done in a very comical way. what is the big deal
psterling psterling 8 years
all the guts and stuff, I mean.
psterling psterling 8 years
Is it just me or is this series getting grosser? Last week's was the worst but even this week was icky :-(
Stephabbey Stephabbey 8 years
I looooved this episode. I feel like it's the olden days of GA only bigger badder and better. I loved Bailye's comment about kidneys not beeing for home decor. Five second rule is priceless. (I was actually thinking that in my head and then B. said it aloud and I burst out laughing). I loved that Derek gave Mer a kidney...he toally gets her. I sympathize with Christina alot. When I heard that voice order beer and a whiskey I was like "OMG...Is it Owen" and then BAM there he is in all his redheaded manly scruffy glory. Man things are gonna get good. Did anyone else see the previews for next week? MCArmy says to Yang "What's your name again?" I wonder if he is playing it cool after mauling her in the hospital room(grrrreat scene by the way..thought my tv was gonna explode). Also I loved the part in the previews where MCArmy is holding some big ass surgical equipemt. He's totally gonna shake things up! Woot woot.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm not so sure I'm into the Alex/Izzie story line. Izzie just kind of ticked me off last season. And I kind of just wish the awkwardness of Erica/Callie would go away. Then again Derek/Meredith feel kind of awkward to me too right now. *sigh* It's just not the same for some reason. (The whole show that is.) I did like the fact that Cristina actually mention Burke last night. I cried when Alex brought the son into the room. And of course, Bailey screaming 'five second rule' was the line of the night. (Because everyone knows the five second rule.)
meeshee meeshee 8 years
i loved last night's episode! i loved the alex/izzy storyline as well... OH and i also cried during the father/son scene when he was wheeled in.. SO HEARTWARMING!!!!!!!!!!! and i also like lexi! but what is with all these beautiful girls loving george?? i mean, george is cute in an endearing way and all.. but he is not the best boyfriend material!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I definitely agree with you, SaRaH 22! While I Denny & Izzie would've been the BEST, since that is obviously no longer possibly, Alex is her next best choice. :) I don't think I've ever been so vocal while watching a TV show before as I was with this one, LOL! For whatever reason this episode got me really excited. I nearly died with laughter at the glowing kidney. SO COOL. What a completely twisted, but completely awesome, thank you gift. Lol! And when McKidd was back at the end, I was literally sitting here going "YES! YES!!!!" LOL. Good thing my roommate wasn't around!! :P Great episode, I think.
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