Grey Chatter: Daddy Issues

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After a brief hiatus, Grey's Anatomy Insider's Seattle correspondent is back with her insightful "Grey Chatter" column. Here's her take on the drama and emotional turmoil that comprised "Six Days: Part I" ...


Grey Chatter: Daddy Issues

In this first part of a much-anticipated two-part saga, the interns pick up right where they left off. Izzie still hasn't deposited that darn check. George's dad is still waiting for surgery.

The passive-aggressive power struggle between Cristina and Burke rages on. And Meredith's dealing with some issues again, both with her father and with her boyfriend.

Meredith's dad is hanging around the hospital, waiting for news on his newborn granddaughter. This affects Meredith in ways she did not expect. She's trying to distance herself from her father and he just keeps popping into the picture.

Thatcher's obvious concern over his fragile granddaughter in the NICU has to contribute to the abandonment issues Meredith has.

George's dad is waiting for a surgery that results in no good news for his family. It's easy for George to put on a strong face for his family and even for his father. But the moment he sees his father after surgery, George practically collapses in tears, grasping Meredith's arm.

The two of them - Meredith and George - have a connection that is clearly seen in this exchange. They are both emotionally needy, normally blocking out people that would threaten their vulnerability. This is why they would have never worked as a couple. But now that their friendship seems to be heading in a good direction again, they "get" each other and can be there for each other.

George's father points out to George another person that always gets him - Callie. George may just be on his way to forgiving her. Their little dance party after inspecting George's dad's urine, followed by a quick kiss, might be enough to start breaking through the walls George has built.

Izzie's move to deposit the check is heartbreakingly hopeful. She's finally starting to live her life again, ready to scrub in on surgeries and get involved with patients. Maybe her newfound wealth will turn into something she'll use to help people. Maybe it will have something to do with the case of the girl with the curved spine whose insurance won't fund her $200,000 surgery.

Alex and Addison seem to be lighting the spark that has ignited between the two of them. Although, it seems there are underlying issues still to come to light between Addison and Mark. Maybe it will be enough to send Mark back to New York, or enough to keep Addison and Alex apart.

But one thing's for sure: the next part of this episode can only get better.

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Well, one difference is that no one is calling for Gibson or Richards to be fired. Gibson was just nominated for a Golden Globe for his latest movie and Richards is still performing his comedy act. Another difference, Washington did not call his coworker a homophobic slur but rather used the term in an argument to someone else, if he used it at all back in October, which we do not know for a fact. A third difference is Washington used this term, if he used it, in the privacy of the closed set where he was working with people they all describe as family. Richards and Gibson directed their slurs at people in a hateful manner with intent to harm in a public place. Washington has no previous history of any kind of gay bashing behavior making this a one time thing if it was said. It would not matter what race he is. It has nothing whatsoever to do with race. It is the Isaiah haters that want to turn it into something racial. It has to do with the context and the intent of the word when it was uttered, if it was uttered. Isaiah does not belong in the same category as these other men, in my opinion.


Obviously we have one standard for african americans and one standard for everyone else. He should be fired NOW and then he can make all the regular excuses. Gibson, richards , washington. What is the difference in them.


Here we go again. Same argument. Same intolerance. Same hatefulness. Isn't it strange that the first thing that comes to the haters minds is the N word? Are you saying that African Americans are more protected from discrimination than gays? Why race is some how relevant to this discussion I do not understand. So, if a white man had used the F word in an argument would you be thinking in terms of the N word? Does this have to do with daddy issues? Isn't that the purpose of this comment section? Just wondering. I don't know what to think of Thatcher Grey. Meredith gave him the opportunity to say something about why he didn't keep in touch with her. Saying that her mother didn't want hm to come around or contact them would not be a good enough explanation for me. It doesn't seem he has much backbone. He told her he remarried and that was suppose to be the reason for apparently forgetting about her. The best he could do was to suggest ear plugs for the snoring. I wantd to like him and to believe that he always wanted to be a father to Meredith. I was hoping maybe he did have the box of letters and cards. It has to be almost as hard to lose your father because he simpy neglected to keep in touch with you and keep you in his life than losing a father who died. I felt really bad for Meredith in this episode.


Yes he should be fired! There would be have been much more action taken if T.R. Knight had uttered the N word. When the show first began Dr. Burke was one of my favorite characters but now I change the channel when he comes on the screen or sometimes choose in protest to even not watch the show. It is not fair to the incrediable cast of the show to loose fans because you have one ignorent person who still acts like he is in grade school. I feel he should have to publicly aplogize to T.R however that is just not enough. Grey's Anatomy has such a diverse cast with many main roles going to those of different races. Mr. Washington is underminding all the great aspects of the show, with his ignorence. And to prove the fact that he has not learned what he said was hurtful and damaging he uttered it again at the golden globes. If do to the conflict T.R. leaves the show I can tell you the show will suffer gravley. T.R. is an incredable asset to the show and I am rutting for him more now than ever. Mr. Washington must be made to understnad this type of hateful actions will not be accepted by ABC, the show creators cast and the world. I am sorry he needs to be fired!


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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.