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Grey's Anatomy: Let The Angels Commit

Can we all just agree on one thing about tonight's episode? Wasn't Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) sister the most annoying character to appear on Grey's to date? Every scene with her was cringe worthy. First off, I hate misunderstandings on TV that occur for no reason. If I wanted to watch a show like that I'd tune into Three's Company on TV Land! In real life, if someone misreads situation and gets the wrong idea from it, don't you make an effort to clear things up right away? Instead of following Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) to the door and watching it close in his face, Derek could simply have reached out, opened the door and said, "Come back and meet my sister. She's as skinny as you. Maybe you two can hang out and not eat. " Or, he could have picked up the phone and called her cell and said, "I wish you hadn't run off, I wanted to introduce you to my bitchy sister." Or, he could have left her a message at home and said "Gee, that was awkward. Thank goodness it was only my sister! I can't wait for you to meet her tomorrow when she tags along to irritate me at work." The only good thing to come from it was the scene that followed with George (T.R. Knight) and Meredith, in the elevator so I think I'll start there!

After walking into Derek's trailer only to find him draped in a towel with a pretty young "thang" on his bed, Meredith high tails it out of there and comes to work the next day depressed that Derek is moving on. (What else could she think? He didn't' call to clear things up!) She needs someone to talk to but she finds herself alone in the elevator with George and she and George are still in the awkward post-sex phase. George is also looking for a shoulder to cry on since Callie (Sara Ramirez) still won't talk to him. George is missing his confidant, Izzy (Katherine Heigl) and Meredith is missing hers, Cristina (Sanda Oh). They decide to act as stand ins for each other. Meredith vents to George who pretends to be Cristina "So McDreamy did the McNasty with McHottie?" and then George vents to Meredith who pretends to be Izzy "move on George, she's not good enough for you." They both pledge to leave their loves lives behind them and focus on work. (yeah, right. How long do you think that will last?) It was a great scene. I loved the writing plus it was the first time I've been able to watch these two together without being re-traumatized by the images of them in bed that usually flash before my eyes. I think they've moved on from that disaster and now so have I!

Izzy is back at work and re-assigned to Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson). Both have misgivings about the arrangement. Dr. Webber (James Pickens Jr.) explains to Dr. Bailey that she is in charge of Izzy again in order to show the staff that she can handle the task. She gives Izzy a long list of do's and don'ts and then assigns her to shadow Meredith for the day. She tells Izzy that it's up to her to win back the respect of her collegues. It's an awkward situation for these two friends to be in but Izzy proves her worth to Meredith with a patient that needs psych help. Meredith, in turn, makes sure Dr. Webber knows Izzy is the one that deserves the credit. Izzy's first day back is a success.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bailey is struggling with the realization that she too has something to prove. She signs up to assist Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington) with a complicated heart surgery but sees later that she's been taken off the schedule. When she confronts Dr. Burke later to gauge his support for her he brushes her off and tells her he didn't need her help. The "nazi" is beginning to lose her mojo! That is until she sees Cristina at the surgical board making changes and assigning surgeries like she runs the place. Suddenly, the spark is back and Dr. Bailey looks like she's on the war path. Next week you can bet Cristina's head will be on the chopping block.

It seems the dynamic duo of Cristina and Preston have been kicking ass in the surgical wing. Ever since Dr. Burke returned to work, he's had Cristina by his side during all surgeries to cover up his tremors and perform procedures that are too difficult for him. The "arrangement" is working for both of them; Cristina is performing career making procedures that under normal circumstances she would never have access to, and Dr. Burke is back at work and nobody suspects a thing about his difficulties. Of course, the arrangement comes with strings attached. Cristina is under an enormous amount of pressure to stay on top of her game and with every successful surgery, she's exerting more and more control over the situation. She's the one that removed Dr. Bailey's name from the surgical board, for two reasons - she was afraid Dr. Burke's tremors would be exposed and he'd be sidlined, but it's clear she also didn't want to miss out on the surgery. Dr. Burke is annoyed with Cristina's new found sense of entitlement in the surgery room but he knows he's been backed into a corner. When Dr. Bailey blames him for removing her from the surgery and questions him about it, he tells her, "I didn't need you in there." Is he covering for Cristina or himself?

George spends the day caring for a pregnant woman with two uteruses. Between chats with her boyfriend about ham and eggs that I only sort of understood, he's busy trying to woo Callie back. Finally, after she shoots down Mark's (Eric Dane) proposal for another round in the sack, she let's down her guard and tells George to either let her go or make a serious commitment. She walks away before he can give her an answer but I'm betting he goes for option two.

As for Meredith and Derek, I can hardly stand it. After finding out that Derek's trailer mate is his sister, she spends the episode brooding to anyone who will listen (I loved it when Cristina told her, "Not everything is about you, Meredith). The sister flits around the hospital swilling coffee, insulting Meredith and cavorting with Addison and Mark about the good old days back in New York. (I did like Derek's apology to Meredith for his sister's behavior "She's from the east coast." ) Derek is grappling with the loss of his friendship with Mark. Perhaps he felt that at some point he and Mark would move on from the betrayal with Addison but now that he knows is was more than a one night stand with those two, he's come the realization that the friendship is beyond repair and he's sad to have lost "a brother". (With sister's like Nancy, who can blame him?) Just before his sister finally gets ready to head to the airport she gives him a bit of advice and tells him that perhaps it would be better for him to be alone for awhile and not complicate his life with a new relationship right now. He takes it to heart and tells Meredith he needs time to sort things out. I'm going to go out on a limb here and bet that he needs just enough time to get to another sweeps period in the ratings. By then, he'll surely have "figured things out" and be ready to jump back into bed with Meredith. Oh, the torture!

I will say that at the end of the show, when she took a minute to stop obsessing about her life and offered Cristina a sympathetic ear and then put in a good word for Izzy with Dr. Webber, I liked Meredith. She may be too skinny and have flat hair, but she's a good friend when she needs to be!

Comments, as always, are welcome below!

Posted by Rachel R on November 3, 2006 12:35 AM
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What is the bitchy sister's name? She looks so familiar and it is driving us all CRAZY! What else has she been in?

-- Posted by: Katie at November 5, 2006 7:08 PM

Sorry. I should have included her name but It was late and I wanted to wrap this up ( I can't even go back and re-read what I wrote above because I know I'll be horrified by all the typos!). McDreamy's sister Nancy was played by Embeth Davidtz - she was recently in the film Junebug...a great actress but I found her character irritating!

-- Posted by: rachel at November 5, 2006 10:27 PM

Here are my two cents:

1. Yes, the misunderstanding was silly but typical.
2. The elevator dialogue was truly great.
3. I agree that Nancy was completely annoying but also effective. I loved hearing more about Derek's family/life in NY, and at least she responded appropriately when Derek told her about Addison and Mark's extended one-night-stand.
4. The situation with Christina and Burke is exciting but almost hard to watch. I can't wait to see what Miranda does next. It's about time.
5. Oh, why couldn't they have at least kissed in the stairwell???

-- Posted by: Hope at November 6, 2006 10:00 AM

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