Grey's Anatomy

Monday, February 06, 2006

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Meredith and George have a work dispute; new mom Bailey treats Addison for a gynecological problem; and Alex grows jealous as Izzie showers attention on heart patient Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Grey's Anatomy Show Info.

Meet Meredith Grey. She's a woman trying to lead a real life while doing a job that makes having a real life impossible. Meredith is a first year surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital, the toughest surgical residency program west of Harvard. She and fellow first-year interns Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, George O'Malley and Alex Karev were students yesterday. Today they're doctors and, in a world where on the job training can be a matter of life and death, they're all juggling the ups and downs of their own personal lives.

The five interns fight to maintain friendships in this most stressful and competitive atmosphere. Meredith's medical ambition is overshadowed by a troubling secret: Her mother, a noted pioneering surgeon, is suffering from a tragic and devastating illness. Cristina is a study in contradiction; highly competitive and driven, she eschews any favors in order to make it on her own. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, the small-town girl who paid for medical school by modeling in her underwear, battles for respect amongst her peers. George O'Malley is the warm but insecure boy next door who always manages to do or say the wrong thing - even in the O.R. Worse, in spite of his obvious attraction to Meredith, he's treated as "just one of the girls." And Alex Karev, the intern every intern loves to hate, masks his working class roots with arrogance and ambition.

The interns are guided by an established team of doctors who are determined to shape them into skilled surgeons or break them: Miranda Bailey, the senior resident responsible for training them, masks her softer side with a demeanor so tough that she's the nicknamed "The Nazi." Derek Shepherd is the flirtatious but wildly talented surgeon. Meredith thought he was her soul mate when the two began a forbidden sexual relationship - but now that the wife Meredith never knew he had arrives, she's not so sure. Preston Burke's arrogance is second only to his skill with a scalpel. He meets his match in Cristina when they begin a less romantic but equally forbidden relationship of their own - a relationship complicated by Cristina's refusal to reveal to Burke that she is pregnant with his child. Overseeing them all is Dr. Richard Webber, Seattle Grace's paternal but no-nonsense chief of surgery who harbors some secrets of his own concerning Meredith's mother.

Grey's Anatomy focuses on young people struggling to be doctors and doctors struggling to stay human. It's the drama and intensity of medical training mixed with the funny, sexy, painful lives of interns who are about to discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.

Grey's Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, T.R. Knight as George O'Malley, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev and Kate Walsh as Addison Shepherd.

Shonda Rhimes (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) is creator and executive producer. Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), Betsy Beers (200 Cigarettes) and Jim Parriott (The American Embassy) are executive producers. Peter Horton is co-executive producer. Grey's Anatomy is a Touchstone Television Production.

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Show of hands, Seattle—how many of us called in sick this morning with plans to just end it all? Well, postpone those urges of mass suicide for a little while longer as we answer this week's burning question: What in the name of Mike Holmgren is a Code Black? We've been teased, taunted, nigh on tortured with those incessant All Important Episode promos showcasing the two words no surgeon wants to hear. And no, they're not Pittsburgh Steelers. Sigh.

Meredith, what say ye? Apparently there is a look, a scent, a smell of death. A sixth sense, if you will. And Meredith? She feels it. And then she asks us what we dream of doing before we die. Hmmm...baum-chicka-baum-baum. Oh, Georgie-boy, you are a red-blooded male after all. We suddenly become privy to the littlest intern's fantasy of Cristina, Meredith and Izzie lathering up together and inviting Georgie into the shower with declarations of love and admittances of superior smarts. And just like that, it's gone.

So after whining (Meredith whine? Shocking!) about not wanting to go to work, let alone get out of bed, due to her Grim Reaper visions. And...cue the hard-ass! Cristina pops over to smack a little sense into the doe-eyed gal and the group heads over to Seattle Grace.

Can you feel the tension? Yeah, we could too. But really, why don't they just cut straight to the juice? We all saw the promo, we all know a Code Black is coming, that's really all we're waiting for.

So they get to the hospital and who do you suppose they run into? Nazi! She's back! And good thing she's at a hospital, cause her water breaks all over Georgie's feet. So he off and pages Addison to tend to the cantankerous doc.

Nazi tries to hold off going into labor until her husband can arrive at the hospital and she has someone to expel her anger out—er, share her love with. So she calls and calls and he doesn't answer, but Izzie does. Turns out, her husband got in a car accident while rushing to the hospital and is now in the oh-so-tender care of McDreamy. The damage is more extensive than he thought, so begins open brain surgery while the other docs distract Nazi. Hah. Good luck.

Meanwhile, Wednesday Adams shows up as a newbie paramedic who happens to have her hand jammed into a patient's chest. She explains it was the only way she could stop the bleeding from the dude's gaping wound. His wife's there, too, but hysterical. Way, way hysterical. Like, next plateau of hysterical. She can't stop screaming over and over at the top of her lungs, and Alex finally fights fire with fire, gets all up in her bidness and hollers right back. She finally tells him that her hubby and his moron friend were recreating a WWII bazooka and he accidentally shot himself. Then Alex asks her if there was an explosion, she says no, and as they say, it was on.

Alex takes off through the hospital, racing like a mad man, and enters the O.R. where Burke, Meredith, a slew of nurses and Wednesday Adams—hand still firmly implanted in chest cavity—are about to cut open the man. He tells Burke that the dude shot himself with a bazooka and that there was no explosion. Burke turns white—well, relatively—and asks Wednesday what her hand is touching. She says something metal.

Now, let us take this opportunity to say that Seattlest's knowledge of bazookas in particular and WWII weaponry in general is lacking. We ask, is it common knowledge that bazookas, once shot, explode inside their victims? Apparently medical school now includes a course on 1940s armaments.

Burke tells Wednesday not to move an inch, clears the O.R. and sends Meredith off to tell the charge nurse that there's a Code Black, that he's sure, and to call the bomb squad. Boo-yah! So that's what a Code Black is!

So everyone gets paged and goes home, except for our fearless fivesome, of course, and a select few docs.

The bomb squad comes and clears out the remaining O.R.s, though McDreamy refuses to leave. He says he's more scared of Nazi than the Chief, so he's staying put. He will not leave Mr. Nazi on the table with an open brain to die! Not on his watch! So he sticks around. Burke and the bomb squad, meanwhile, are consulting X-rays and trying to determine just how in the world they can get that device out of the man when all hell breaks loose.

The anesthesiologist who had been the only other person in the room with Wednesday to keep the man alive takes off. Talks some smack about how when you perish in an explosion, the bomb squad refers to you as pink mist. And how he's got kids. Gee, comforting. Way to showcase that bedside manner, doc. So the littlest Adams is left to work the breathing device on her own while at the same time not move an inch.

Cristina and Meredith happen to peek in and see her shaking and move in to help her and convince the now-near-hysterics gal not to move her hand. They call for backup, Burke rushes in. They yell at her not to move, she says she's gotta. Aaaah! For the love of God, somebody hold that girl's arm down! And then....just like that....she pulls out and runs out of the surgical room.

Everybody ducks and covers and surprisingly, there's no explosion. Did the backyard recreators build a dud? Nope. Turns out, Meredith had somehow—through the magic of television, no doubt—managed to stick her hand in the man's chest at the exact moment Wednesday Adams pulled hers out, thus keeping the device secured in the man's chest. Oh, Meredith. What have you done?! Burke and Cristina look on in horror.

Mrs. McDreamy finally cops to Nazi that her husband has been in an accident and that her husband is performing the operation. That's it for the preggers resident. She wants to go home and refuses to have the baby until her husband is okay. Fat chance. Looks like she's going into labor.

Izzie and Georgie are jealous that they didn't happen to get assigned to the floor with the bomb like Cristina and Meredith. They surmise that they are watchers, not doers, and that they need to start getting busy and start doing. So Izzie starts doing it with Alex. Looks like she can forgive and forget after all.

And that, folks, is it. Will Meredith perish? Well, probably not unless they want to change the name of the show. Will Nazi's husband make it out alright? You better hope so. Will Izzie and Alex's reunification stick? Seems like it.

Can't take the wait til next week? The Grey's Anatomy website has kicked off a new feature and joins the rest of the modern world with weekly podcasts from the cast. Check out the premiere edition from Mrs. McDreamy here.

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