TV Review: Grey's Anatomy Episode 2.19

Sunday, February 26, 2006

From ABC: Meredith and George suddenly find themselves at odds at work. Meanwhile Bailey, although technically still on maternity leave, finds herself treating Addison for an unusual feminine issue, and Alex finds himself oddly jealous when Izzie pays more attention to Denny.

My Rating: 2 out of 4

Tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy titled What have I done to deserve this is probably in my mind one of the weakest episodes of this season so far. It had its moments, but it just didn't pack the punch I expected tonight. In this episode, we are dealing with the aftermath of last week's cliffhanger ending.

Yes, George did sleep with Meredith, and near the end of tonight's episode we actually get to see how that event actually happened. However, we have events that lead up to it, and going against the norm this week's voice over wrap around monologue went to George, instead of to Meredith. That is possibly why this episode felt so different. I'm so used to hearing Meredith, watching the events of each episode unfold through her eyes. Having that all happen from George's point of view felt a bit off.

Right from the beginning, we can see things are just a bit awkward between the new lovers. In fact, we can pretty much tell from the way Meredith and George are acting that things just didn't go well at all. Meredith looks guilty, and George looks like she killed his puppy. Definitely not a good sign there. This episode seemed to be a total turnaround from the George we've seen this season. He had been getting stronger, taking charge so to speak, but in this episode he played the total victim. I know what happened was bad, but I'm not sure about the way that he handled it.

Everyone is curious about the two, but neither one of them are talking. Meredith finally turns to Alex, and George walks in and overhears them talking. He assumes she told everyone, so he screams it out in a hallway. Everyone is shocked, but most of all George because he finds out that Meredith hadn't told everyone. He did that himself. In his haste to escape, he falls down the stairs and dislocates his shoulder. The rest of the interns then turn to Meredith. Izzie tells her if it becomes a case of choosing sides, she'd side with George. Cristina even tells Meredith she shouldn't have gone for the weaker guy.

At the end of their shift, George returns to Meredith's home and packs up his things. He moves out, and in a surprise move he ends up staying with Burke and Cristina. Meredith turns to Derek, and they decide to try being friends. I'm not sure how long that will last because some of the looks between these two definitely rate more than friendly. The episode ends with them out walking Meredith's dog.

This dog actually causes a whole lot of trouble for Addison this week. While she's out walking it in the morning, she feels the urge to go to the bathroom, and she finds the wrong spot to squat. She ends up with a case of poison oak in the worst possible area, and she has to ask Bailey to help her out, even though Bailey is technically on maternity leave. Bailey helps her though, and she even keeps the incident under wraps long enough until she finally pulls Derek in. Addison asks him if she has finally paid enough for cheating him, and he bursts out laughing. I have to admit that I did too. I feel bad for her though. In the end, it looks like Derek will end up with Meredith, and as much as I hate to admit it, I've actually started to like Addison.

The personal interactions between our interns weren't the only happenings this week. We had three cases come into the hospital, including the return of one from a previous episode. This episode brought the return of Denny, the heart patient that Izzie has developed a small crush on. He returns, and things heat up between them once again, much to the disappoint of Alex. He thought he and Izzie were a couple, but the way Izzie looks at Denny we know that isn't the case. The two actually have their first date on tonight's episode. Who says a man in a hospital bed can't be a great date?

The other two cases in this episode are a boy with a brain bleed and a man with an aneurysm in his heart. The man is actually set to be married, but when his soon to be wife learns of what is happening to her fiance, in sickness and health is thrown out the window. Burke treats the man, and pulls him into surgery when it appears his aneurysm blows. The surgery is a success. As for the boy, Derek is also able to treat him successfully as well.

As I mentioned, this episode of Grey's Anatomy felt a bit weak to me. It had its humorous moments, but it just didn't feel like the same Grey's Anatomy. That could simply be because it was told and viewed from George's perspective this week. We're all so used to Meredith being the lead, it just felt like a different show. With the events of this week, it is also making me wonder about some spoilers I heard about recently.

In a recent TV Guide article, Ellen Pompeo states that an intern will be leaving the program. Now we know that won't be Alex because he passed his exam. Could it really end up being George? He really didn't handle the situation well tonight, even if a fellow doctor did give him her number. It is really something to think about. With the Oscars next weekend on ABC, no new Grey's next week. The series seems to be going on a bit of a break. I'll definitely keep you posted on when it will return.


Shelly said...

I was also pretty bored by this episode. Only a few things happened that were worth my hour of time and that was Addy getting poison oak on her va-jay-jay (ahhh, karma!) and Alex taking a back seat to Denny. Other than that -- BORING!

Scarlet said...

I have to disagree, I really enjoyed this episode. The part with Meredith and George (at the end) was heartbreaking. I felt so badly for BOTH of them!

Sarah said...

I found it interesting you didnt mention the doctor who helped George after he dislocated his shoulder. You know, she was played by Sara Ramirez? She's supposed to be around for the rest of the season.

Gina said...

I actually did mention her, briefly, but she is mentioned.

angie said...

Not my George...please! I hope it's not George leaving. He's my favorite character besides Bailey. Love your recaps, by the way. :)

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