Grey Chatter: Weekly Spin From Seattle

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Starting this Monday, our very own SeattleGirl will be providing her take on the events of the previous episode. Since there was no episode last week, she focused on the Season 3 premiere, "Time Has Come Today," which aired again Thursday. Below is the first edition of our Monday Grey Chatter.


This first episode of the new season was promising in many ways. It wasn’t as jam-packed with the drama and medical cases as we’re used to, but the major things that we were looking for happened.

Meredith Grey: Overwhelmed?
Derek told Meredith that he loves her.

Really, does anything else from the episode even matter?

He told her he loves her. And she didn’t say anything back. She stood there, first letting Finn go on and on about his hat being in some kind of ring. And then she stood there and listened to Derek profess his own love, verbally kicking himself for choosing Addison to begin with. And Meredith doesn’t say a word.

Maybe she’s regretting the decision she made last night, or maybe she’s overwhelmed with the two nearly perfect men who have just declared their devotion to her. Either way, her silence tells us that she’s beyond just indecisive -- she’s also dark and twisty.

The underlying theme, and the episode title, have to do with time. Time flying, time not waiting, time to let go, time to move on. To drive this point home, the episode itself flew from present happenings to intermittent flashbacks, usually in a whirlwind of emotions and events.

  • We see Derek leaving Addison, throwing her clothes and her crying form out into the rain.
  • We see Meredith starting to piece together the details of her mother and father’s separation.
  • We see Izzie and Alex meeting for the first time, as well as Meredith and George and Meredith and Derek.

These are important things. We’re seeing into the past lives of the people we have come to know at Seattle Grace. Now that we’re all a few episodes wiser, we can also pick out the foreshadowing that occurs in this first episode.

Meredith declares herself the President of People with Crappy Lives. While she’s far from being the most pathetic of the characters so far this season, certainly her appendicitis and obvious lack of timing in the whole Derek/Finn fiasco creates some relatively crappy situations.

Addison declares, “The truth will come out,” while talking to the schoolgirls, one of whom is the mother of the abandoned baby whose life Addison saves. At this point, we thought we had pretty much heard the whole story on Addison and Mark, but it seems there are still some shadowy secrets about their affair.

Callie Torres
We see Callie tell George she loves him, again, only to have him not say it back, again.

Dr. Bailey begins her downward spiral into the emotional and sincere mom-type person we’ve never seen before.

And then, we once again come back to Derek telling Meredith he loves her. If only the show could end there. If only that could be the final line in all the drama and dialogue that fills the halls of Seattle Grace. At this point, we have pretty high hopes, even though Finn tells her that Derek’s no good for her.

But what does he know? He’s just a veterinarian. A cute veterinarian, no doubt, but a veterinarian nonetheless. Unfortunately for Meredith and for us, it seems that Finn knew what he was talking about.

Throughout the episode, Cristina stands as the voice of reason, of pragmatic thoughts and conclusions, at least when it comes to Meredith and Derek.

When Meredith confesses her romp with Derek the night before, Cristina immediately asks her what she’s going to do, and what’s Derek going to do. Is she going to go back to Finn? Is Shepherd going to leave his wife? Is he feeling all McGuilty?

Cristina also introduces the group to Shiva, a part of the Jewish religion that is used to honor the dead. Izzie, while still on the floor of the bathroom where she remains pretty much the whole episode, is drawn by the idea of Shiva. She understands the need for something to honor Denny. She’s grasping for whatever she can in order to do the right things and say the right things so everyone else feels comfortable.

Mostly, though, she just lies on the bathroom floor in a crumpled prom dress. And she begins her own downward spiral into the depression and gloom that’s in her future. She’s undeniably beautiful in her distress, and the strike contrast of her, still in her dress from the night before, against Meredith and the others who are trying to move on, seems to bring home the whole time theme even more.

The plague played a minor role in this episode as well, working with the random flashbacks to suck up any of the time usually spend on unimportant medical procedures, like cranioscopies and heart transplants. Instead, George and Derek are kept in quarantine and Dr. Bailey comes face to face with her inner turmoil about her role in Denny’s untimely death.

The episode ends with Meredith’s voiceover, proclaiming, “All any of us wants is more time.”

We see the gang at the mixer again, full of dreams and ambitions. Cristina tells Burke to never die. Izzie finally takes off her pink dress.

“Time to move on,” Meredith’s voice says.

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After watching this episode, i felt like i understood a lot of things about the characters as well as the story itself. I mean, now i understand why Addison still believes in patching things up with Derek and why Preston suddenly had feelings for Cristina. Its a good thing that the writers chose to include this in their storyline. It makes sense to, i guess. Before the story gets interesting even more, its good to look back and see how things started and why things became that way. Two thumbs up! :P


This episode was definitely about timing and Meredith and Derek's complete lack of it. They just are never on the same page at the same time. Even Finn had terrible timing meeting Meredith after she was really already in love with and committed to Derek. Addison showing up when she did. Derek not telling about his marriage before she showed up. Burke's timing was bad coming back to the hospital just as the postal worker was shooting up the parking lot. Cristina's timing was horrible when she could not be there for Burke when he was shot and only after the surgery when he was recovering could she go to him as a girl friend. She wasn't there at the time he needed her most. George and Calli are always interrupted at critical times in their relationship. Even Chief and Ellis have bad timing. He couldn't leave his wife for her back when they were young and just starting out and now he is free from his marriage and she is too ill to realize it. Izzie is told to go for Alex when he is with Olivia. Denny proposes and then dies. Could timing be any worse than that? This entire series could be called Bad Timing at Seattle Grace.


A comment about the Addison/Mark relationship. Anyone else think that possibly there may have been a lost pregnancy there??? That's the first thing that came to mind for me. Remember when Derek and Addison had that "moment" when they were both taking care of the preemie. Not entirely sure but I think there was a reference to her having trouble getting pregnant during that episode. Could that be the big thing they're still hiding from Derek?


I haven't enjoyed re-watching the past episodes either like I ususally do! because I don't like what seems to be happening with Mer/Der so far this season. (Not what us MER/Der fans were hoping for) ITs so sad after watching them together from season one and two! Maybe this weeks episode they will be able to say all of the things we have been waiting for them to say, like I love you all over again and that Mer telling Der that she picked him and not Finn! What a disappointment it will be to so many of us MER/DER fans if they don't get together soon!! THey can still put them together with great story lines without pulling them apart! ! They really have great chemistry together on and off screen! Their New York and Co video was great!


love the show EVEN though not that hot on MER- DER! Let's mix it up a bit! Like Alex and Issie chemistry,George needs to grow a spine on occasion, also like the patients who come in - Denny was Divine - soo manly, cute, and a great flirt! With Mer- Der -Magic moments/connections" are often just that - fleeting! -The day to day reality does not live up to our McDream!


Are yo kidding me? Does anything else even matters, yes! Everyone doesn't watch because of Mer/Der.


The one thing I have to respond is WHY Meredith didn't say anything back to Derek--because she didn't yet know that he also finally plans to leave Addison. Yes, he told her he loves her, and as Meredith says in the next episode, what Derek said would normally would make her very happy--but it doesn't because she thinks this is still happening with a married man. And that makes her feel like a home-wrecker. That's also why Finn believed Derek was bad for her--he too thought of Derek as an affair with a married man.
I agree that Derek's telling Meredith he loves her was the high point...soul satisfying reward for us love-struck Mer-Der fans...until a few episodes later, when they ruin that perfect moment by Derek taking the high road and telling her he is walking away. And making things even more distressful with last episode's elevator scene. As hard as I've tried to stay positive about the future of their relationship, I can't even enjoy re-watching the old epsiodes as I used to, knowing what's now happened. I just hope for my sake and that of millions of other stressed-out Mer-Der fans, that this week brings some relief.
PS Derek's boyish grin when he said "I'm in love with you...I've been in love with you forever"...left me speechless


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.