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Grey Chatter: If Wishes Were Fishes...

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Oh, how quickly things change for the interns and doctors at Seattle Grace.

In just eight days, an entire clinic was built, George and Callie eloped, and the entire hospital seems to have turned topsy-turvy.

Izzie is worried she wasted her eight million as the free clinic opens for business without the throngs of patients she had hoped for. But it is only the first day - surely things will pick up once word spreads a little more.

Grey Chatter: If Wishes Were Fishes... 65But Izzie's concern over the clinic is soon forgotten when George and Callie show up, hand in hand, to announce they are married.

They eloped. Went to Vegas. And are now Mr. and Mrs. O'Malley.

It's sudden and surprising, and all of their friends are shocked. It's easy to understand everyone's reluctance in accepting Callie as George's wife - just a couple of weeks ago, he would hardly even look at her, and now they're husband and wife.

In a bizarre yet exciting case, a mysterious cancer patient shows up at the hospital with toxic blood. One by one, interns and doctors drop like flies after being exposed.

At first, George thinks his symptoms are a reaction to his hasty marriage. Maybe this gives us a little clue as to what's going on deep inside George's heart. He badly wants to be in love with Callie because they are so compatible, but did they move too quickly in tying the knot?

Soon, though, every one of our doctors except Mark is left gasping for breath after operating on the toxic girl.

Mark's reluctance to sacrifice his health to help with this case is either ridiculously self-centered or an act of genius. It all depends on how the Chief interprets Mark's actions. He might have just gained a point on the others who are jockeying for the Chief's position.

But regardless of the game for Richard's job, the end of the episode finds Addison back in Mark's embrace. It doesn't seem to mean anything, though (thank goodness), and is probably just a way for Addison to try to get over Alex. Yet the steamy looks they pass back and forth prove that things might not really be over for them.

Cristina keeps us guessing the whole episode as she tries to find an answer to Burke's proposal. She obviously wants to say yes, but she's worried such an answer will end up sacrificing her career.

But what's the point in having such a high-powered career if you end up alone and crazy, like Meredith's mom? In the end, Cristina decides to go for it all, and ends up answering Burke with a yes.

In a typical Cristina move, she gives back the ring, deciding she's not a ring person. It's a waste of a perfectly beautiful diamond, but at least she said yes.

The end scene with Burke twirling Cristina around the apartment is exactly why these two are supposed to be together. They might challenge each other, but they also bring out the best in one another.

Even with all these other dramatic happenings, Meredith's mother, Ellis, takes center stage with her medical emergency and day of being lucid.

It's no wonder Meredith has so many emotional issues. Just add an overbearing, hypercritical mother to an absent father, and you get the perfect cocktail for emotional instability.

Meredith has good reason to worry about Derek's consultation with Ellis. In a matter of seconds, Ellis surmises the real reasons behind Derek's interest in her case. She immediately accuses him of taking advantage of Meredith, which is actually partially true.

Maybe this will come to affect his and Meredith's relationship in some way. Or maybe it will make him all the more devoted to her.

Either way, it's interesting to see the real Ellis that has caused Meredith so much emotional turmoil. We can understand Meredith a little better after this, and maybe even empathize. Meredith obviously loves her mother, but she also likes keeping her at a distance, just as Ellis does with her.

It seems the only person Ellis really opens up to is Richard. It's very sad timing though, between Richard and Ellis, so he comforts her the only way he can - by talking about their imagined lives together, had things turned out differently.

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LOL Good point, Seriously. I wonder how far 8 millions dollars would actually go. It would be fun to have the chance to find out.

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HIlarious episode---Loved it all!! Especially the slo-mo of Alex (check out those arms!!) walking by as Addison lasciviously licks her lips. I too was a wee bit disappointed when I saw her sweating in McSteamy's arms, but then I thought, Oh what the heck---she really wasn't thinking about McSteamy-- (she was obviously imagining doing the nasty with one sweaty Karev!!!) Also---the final scene between Burke and Cristina was the best this season. They are SO right for each other. I know Isaiah alienated his cast mates, but let's get serious--GA would not be the same without him as Burke. And I think he and Cristina are a real joy to watch, as they struggle with all the normal relationship problems in addition to their own unique idiosyncracies. I cannot wait for the next few episodes. And while I believe that Izzie is Alex's one true love, he needs a real woman (like Addison) to fine tune him before he can truly give his heart to her (and before she can appreciate all his fine qualities). Please Shonda--give us more like this one!!!!!

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I really don't see why people are making a bid deal out of the fact they built the clinic in 8 days....LOOK WHAT EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION DOES IN 7 DAYS!!! HELLO PEOPLE?!?!?

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I really loved the last scene between Burke and Cristina. I loved everything about it. They still challenged each other in that moment where they're supposed to be all mushy with each other, haha. Then again, it wouldn't be BANG at all if it we're like that. Ok, I'm really not making any sense here, just wanted to share how I loved that last scene. And I can't wait for their wedding!

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owwwww.... what an episode!!!!!! i just cant see the logic of george marrying callie.. its not that i dont like her, i just feel theyre not YET ready to tie the knot.. for mark sloan--i like him, sexy-slash-bad boy image... i like him for addison... i'm still counting on Alex-and-Izzie love team. i love them.. when will izzie realize that alex is really for her??? and for meredith.. im shocked-->"...She immediately accuses him of taking advantage of Meredith, which is actually partially true." goodluck with their relationship.. nice episode, this is!!!

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Great synopsis of Wishin' and Hopin'. So many great performances. Kate Burton and Ellen Pompeo were fantastic. Of course, I loved every minute of Isaiah Washington and Sandra Oh's performance, and was so glad to see George finally stand up for Callie and let Izzie know she was being hurtful with her snide comments about the tiny ring and Callie moving in with them. I do wonder where they will live. I also thought the scene between Ellis and Richard was so touching. He seemed to be giving her a last gift by letting her imagine how wonderful their life might have been had they decided to stay together. Addison and Alex were so funny. I loved the scene with Addison walking away with her oxygen tank. So cute. The only part of the episode that felt like it hit a wrong note to me was Addison and Mark. I was sorry she didn't take the cold shower. Both she and Mark deserve better.

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O...I hope B & C will be happy 4ever...:P

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i cannot wait until these next three episodes. from how it sounds they're going to be pretty dern exciting .. i'm excited. :) hope meredith and derek talk about her mother and that it doesn't start a fuss. and everything should go well with christina and burke! the callie and george thing .. ehh .. it's got me a little concerned. something tells me what's about to happen will leave the free clinic with more than needed patients. i'm exciting myself .. i love it!!

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MARK NEEDS TO LEAVE NOW!!!!!!

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One of the most entertaining, funn, intense episodes by far this season! Can't wait for walking on water!

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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)

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.

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