Round Table: "Fight or Flight Response / Losing My Religion"

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On the Season Finale of the Round Table, Burke battles for his relationship (and nervous system), Denny finally breathes his last, Richard grills the interns, and Mer and Der... Get. It. On.

Better example of true love: Izzie/Denny or Mer/Der?

The Truest Love?
McCritic: It can't be a coincidence that Mer/Der is starting to sound like the eerie command of a murderer, can it? That duo is killing the concept of true love! Screw rules, forget boundaries, show no restraint, act insane and irrational on occasion, just follow your heart - Izzie and Denny were the portrait of passion and devotion. I wish he hadn't died.

iheartizzie: I heart Izzie. Really. I grew to like Denny, too, and wanted them to grow old together. But sadly, this relationship barely got off the ground. It didn't even get out of bed! So I'm going with the latter couple, as both members are alive. That, and despite my personal loathing of MerDer (flood my inbox with hate mail, fans!), you can't dispute their passion. The yearning in Derek's eyes while dancing revealed how paralyzed he is with love for her.

Married-to-McDreamy: As much as I believe Derek and Meredith love each other and will end up together, I think the love shared between Izzie and Denny was truly the purest form of this emotion. Originally, I felt that these two couldn't possibly know they loved each other, as they never experienced anything together outside of that hospital room. However, my beliefs changed when Denny proposed to her. After watching them interact through the toughest of emotional battles, it became obvious to me that their love was very pure and sweet (Izzie's psychotic outbursts notwithstanding).

Which intern's one-on-one talk with Richard left the most lasting impression?

iheartizzie: Meredith, hands down. Nothing changes the subject and disarms an authority figure quite like discussing an extramarital affair he thought was secret, then blaming him for her own family's crumbling.
Married-to-McDreamy: Definitely Alex's discussion of the football team. Okay, maybe not. I
Loyal Dr. Karev
would have to say Meredith's talk left the greatest impression on our stoic chief. The second woman to confront Richard about his affair with Dr. Ellis Grey in one day, Meredith definitely caught him off guard.

McCritic: Alex. The use of an ideal metaphor will pretty much always leave a profound impession on yours truly, but this football foresight was a glimpse into Alex's troubled, bitter soul. He hates his team, but he's loyal to it. That says a lot. We can only hope Terrell Owens was paying attention.

More likely to survive: Dr. Burke's career, or his relationship with Dr. Yang?

Married-to-McDreamy: Unfortunately, I would have to say that his career is most likely over, which is quite sad considering he is the most calm, collected, and talented cardio-thoracic surgeon in Seattle. The scene in which Cristina took his hand at the end was quite moving though, and I believe that Burke will see that she does have a heart... sometimes.

McCritic: Burke is the honorable, admirable, caring yin to Cristina's self-absorbed, cold Dr. Yang. His hand will recover. This is a man who was born to cut people open, to save the world one replaced ventricle at a time. He'll also need the appendage to write a forceful break up email to Cristina.

iheartizzie: Throughout his career, Dr. Burke has been renowned as a surgeon with nerves of steel. Metaphorically speaking. One could even argue he is super-human. He will do what it takes to control his nerves in the literal sense, no matter how much physical theraphy it requires. Then he'll break up with Cristina over her lack of emotional support in his time of need. The nerve of that intern!

Will George ever say "I love you" to Calli?

McCritic: He better. If Calli doesn't hear those magic words some time soon, she'll love breaking every bone in little George's body. Should take her about six seconds.

Married-to-McDreamy: Yes. I believe George will say tho
The Abrasive Dr. Torres
se three little words to Calli, but only after she warms up to his "family." We all know that George values his close relationship with his fellow interns and if Calli continues to trash-talk these women, George will never reach Calli's level of adoration.

iheartizzie: George rushing into something is only slightly less likely than him getting a good haircut. He loves Calli, even if he won't admit it to himself, or say it aloud. The guy takes his time with heavy issues, but he'll get there eventually.

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So at the time that i am writing this it is after the episode intitled Don't stand so close to be. We are about 1/3 of the way done with Season 3 and i still want to answere the questions about the show.
I think Izzy and Denny are the best example of
true love for sure but i really love mer and Der. Currently very happy that she choose hm and I really love the wildness of their relationship. as for Question 2 I totally think that Cristinas talk with the cheif was the best and left a major impression on me. i love the episodes when she cries. The chiefs response to her was great. As for Question 3 I think that both have an equal chance. If Derek can't fix Burkes hand then his career is over. But if he can't forgive Christina for telling the Chief then their relationship is over. As for Question 4
Since Callie broke up with George slept with Mcsteamy and George can't fogive her you would think that there is no hope for them but I believe that It will take until February but George will say i love you and they will get back together. I CANT WAIT UNTIL JANUARY 4


Better example of true love: Izzie/Denny or Mer/Der? I actually think it is Mer/Der. Izzie was in love with the idea of Denny not the reality. Their relationship was too much tied up in the nurse/patient relationship. I'm sorry that he died, but I love Izzie with Alex and hope that they get back together. Mer and Der, on the other hand, are in love with each other no matter what obstacles stand in their way. It may have begun on a physical level (not that there is anything wrong with that), but I think it has grown over their forced time apart. More likely to survive: Dr. Burke's career, or his relationship with Dr. Yang?
I really hope both. Being a surgeon is Burke's identify. I would hate to have his character lose that, and the Burke/Yang thing is the main reason I never miss an episode. Even if I have to wait for the last few minutes of the show, for example episode 1, season 3, it is worth the wait. I love their relationship. She is learning that it is okay to be vulnerable because he loves her no matter what.


Better example of true love: Izzie/Denny or Mer/Der? Izzie and Denny had a pure, brief-though albeit "medically illegal"-relationship. It was touching.
But I'm a big Mer/Der fan. I have to say, though-I was shocked that they had sex. Which intern's one-on-one talk with Richard left the most lasting impression? Christina's. When she was begging Chief Webber to teach her how not to Even her saying that she'd say who did it, if only he'd tell her how to turn her emotions off..It was very sad. What was even more impressive was the Chief telling her that he didn't want to tell her how to be that way because emotions are good...that was even more touching. More likely to survive: Dr. Burke's career, or his relationship with Dr. Yang? I want to believe that both are likely. Christina really loves Burke, and we all know he really loves her.
And his career...I believe that he is strong enough, dilligent enough to work himself until he's better. Will George ever say "I love you" to Calli? I think he will...right now, he's just giving it time. She is so extremely involved emotionally in what they have (the term "head over heels" comes to mind), she can't understand that she needs to wait until he heals...and then, he will admit it to himself, and in addition to her, how he feels. If she honestly loves him, she should want him to mean it when he says it.


Yeah I agree that the show has to move on but, why killing Denny? Denny and Izzie were a turn on of the show. It finally has got that less teen mood and more mature tune. Come on people, that focus on Mer and Derek passion scenes are no longer fulfilling the audience I think! At least, grown ups know that life is more passion, it is about love too so, Izzie and Denny had so much to show to people than Mer and Derek and that whole rival issues crap! I AM GONNA STICK WITH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CRYING OUT LOUD:


What is going on with those writers? I think as just as McCritic over there. Denny and Izzie had a good example, they were the model of true love which is what society needs and not that cheap playboy's sex between Mer and Derek. They are really boring lately! Principles and values are being cut from a show widely viewed and liked! Come on you guys! It is always nice to move on with the show but try to make it wisely!


i cried when izzed started crying denny was a sweetheart if he had lived him and izzie probably would have gotten married and had a good life


Mer hands down. It seemed to really get to the cheif, especailly how she compared it to her realationship with Derek. Felt really good for mer to get it out there, and for the cheif to see how she feels about the fact that he destroyed her parents marrage. Bourkes career is probly over, so il have to say yang. She went and held his hand at the end, which sorta seemed to mean she's sticking by him, but i can see a lot of hardship ahead for those two. George will say to Callie he loves her, in time, when he really feels that way. remember he is still recovering from mer and he needs more time to accept everything. Im jus pleased he finally forgave mer!


MerDer are true love. Izzie/Denny were love.


Better example of true love: Izzie/Denny or Mer/Der?
Oooo, for me, a toughie... It's pretty obvious that Denny and Izzie loved eachother.. I mean come on, who wouldn't play dirty-word scrabble with the one they loved? But Mer and Der have loved eachother since day one. It's 100% obvious to me that Mer can not get over Der, and Der can deffinately not get over mer, which he, thank goodness finally figured that out. Remember the jealous looks he gave multiple times at Mer during "Damage case"- "Losing My Religon"? That's what I mean. He's a jealous man, he will come back. They always come back. Which intern's one-on-one talk with Richard left the most lasting impression? Cristina was the one that I found the most lasting. She explains how she is losing what she treasured, and is starting to figure out that there are more things to life then surgery.... -cough-Burke-cough- More likely to survive: Dr. Burke's career, or his relationship with Dr. Yang? We know that Burke loves Cristina.. He LOVES Cristina. I doin't think he would let go of her that eaisly, just because she wasn't supportive. In fact, I believe Cristina was never taught how to be supportive. Also, Cristina has troubles just opening herself to anyone, and it will be a while before she completely opens herself to her beloved. Hopefully Burke understands, and will just give her time.. As for Burke's hand problems, I don't know what's going to happen. He does have the will power to fix his hand, and hopefully he will. What will he do without surgery? Even if he can't be a surgeon, I am sure the cheif would give him a good job in the medical field... Cheif maybe? lol... All in all, I believe the relationship between Burke and Cristina will last the longest. . Will George ever say "I love you" to Calli? George will evantually say the three magic words to Callie, but only god knows when.


Better example of true love: Izzie/Denny or Mer/Der? IMO, hands down it's Izzie/Denny. Which intern's one-on-one talk with Richard left the most lasting impression? Christina's. Finally we see how the woman is ticking. That something has finally touched the steel interior. More likely to survive: Dr. Burke's career, or his relationship with Dr. Yang? Based on what Christina said during the talk with the chief, his relationship. Will George ever say "I love you" to Calli? We can hope, but like the Mer/Der affair the guy is really confused so I'm not holding my breath.

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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.