Thursday's Episode: "My Favorite Mistake"

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Fantastic news: We won't have to wait until March 29 to see how the whole George-Izzie hook-up debacle and everything else from "Scars and Souvenirs" plays out.

T.R. Knight & Katherine Heigl
Grey's Anatomy returns with a new episode this Thursday, "My Favorite Mistake," instead of the originally-scheduled repeat.

Why the change? Apparently, ABC was encouraged by the opening-week numbers of October Road following Grey's Anatomy last Thursday, and didn't want to lose any of that momentum going into its second episode.

With the possible exception of American Idol, there's certainly no greater momentum source on TV right now than an original episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Whether one can actually stomach October Road is another story.

But hey, if it means an all-new Grey's Anatomy instead of a rerun, we're all for it, right? Sure. Just go with it.

In "My Favorite Mistake," Callie's father (Hector Elizondo) visits Seattle Grace and meets George, who's in no shape for an introduction. Meanwhile, the candidates for the Chief's position are interviewed, including Colin Marlow (Roger Rees). Alex continues to help Jane Doe (Elizabeth Reaser) find her place in the world, and George and Izzie... well...

Check out this brief preview:


As usual, we'll have our episode recap, music guide, list of quotes and image gallery from Thursday night up after the show. Can't wait!

Thanks to the diligent fans who already started the "My Favorite Mistake" forum thread. Follow the link to join and share your thoughts!

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I saw this video on YouTube on Patrick and Ellen and is really a good one. If you are a Mer/Der fan, you'll enjoy it! What a great couple!


Thanks Rose and McPsyched. I think you are both right. I didn't think about the fact that Addison might assume that Izzie confided in her because she, Addison, had commited adultery. I agree with Rose, Richard needs to step back in as Chief and not retire. I also like him so much better with the gray hair. Isn't it funny how old he looked with the black dye. Do you think the foot scenes between Burke and Cristina and then Derek and Meredith had to do with the foot amputation? Someone on another site said something about an analogy between Cristina's comment to the guy who had his foot amputated about following the plan and saving his other foot and Cristina's Plan B to save her relationship with Burke. That made sense to me, but if it was an analogy for saving relationships it was certainly extended to Meredith and Derek because they ended the Burke and Cristina moment on their entwined feet and began the Meredith Derek moment on their feet. So, I think both couples are mending and healing and protecting their relationships. I hope so. If they focus on Izzie/George angst for awhile, maybe B/C and M/D can be happy for an episode. Wouldn't that be a pleasant change?


Where the hell are the quotes and music guide!???!


Great episode...finally! And the ABC writer's blog is excellent this time too! (I think they got the message after Marti Noxon? got trashed so badly!l LOL) Anyway....I keep seeing this on all the sites about wanting Bailey for Chief. Now, somebody help me here - but even in GA's time warp...Isn't Bailey only in her next to last year of residency? Remember the conversation she and Sydney had about the race for Chief Resident NEXT YEAR? So assuming that Bailey hasn't even made it out of Residency yet, there's NO WAY they can make her Chief of Surgery for a MAJOR Teaching Hospital. Right? But I loved the storyline about Mark stealing her comment and making it his board proposal - the look on her face afterwards was pure Bailey! I hope they keep that storyline alive, especially if Sloan does get the Chief's slot (although I'm really hoping that "our" Chief stays!) All in all, a VERY satisfying episode. Loved the air time for our two fragile you really think the season finale will be a wedding???


i loved it....have watched it 4 times already, talk about obsession. my best was the mer/der scene, he clearly is very much in luv with her, i just hop he is not going to have a nervous break down or what ever because he looks really worried and lost.


Absolutely loved this episode! Not a big fan of the whole George/Izzie thing...I always thought they made better friends...she always seemed to take care of him like a younger brother. However, I was very excited for the Meredith/Derek cuteness, but how sad that he's hurting :( Also, Yay for Cristina/Burke happiness...adored the end when they cuddled and she told him how she wanted the wedding. I just hope they have one, and that we get to see it!! Alex was just great in this episode; how cool is it that he moved in? I wonder when we'll get more of a background for him...
Oh, I really want Bailey for Chief!! Definitely not Mark, b/c that would just be weird... Burke Backer, you asked about the Izzie and Addie conversation; I think Addie assumed adultery b/c Izzie said she slept with the "wrong person" and why would she be telling Addie if it wasn't someone who was married? She'd tell her friends first if it was just a guy she shouldn't have slept with; instead she confides in Addie who, ahem, did the same thing once upon a time! Cannot wait for a new episode! :)


ok i was just thinking in the previews for this last episode mark was jumping a jump rope. Ok this is me idea. Mark will be jump roping, Addison will walk in and see he's all sweaty and McSteamy that she'll run up to him and kiss him. I dont know thats just my thought.


Burke Backer---I loved those last bedroom scenes too. I was so happy for all the MerDer & Bang fans to finally get some reward. Its been a long time coming. Cristina climbing onto the bed to snuggle into her Burke, was so real. Its like he is her refuge from the world. And I loved the way they went from her and Burke's feet cuddling, to Meredith and Derek's. Oh how we needed that tenderness! Addy talking about adultery--I think she assumed Izzie came to her because she commited adultery with Mark. I love Alex & Ava too, but don't like to think of something between them if she is only a guest star. I learned my lesson about getting attached to guest stars with Finn & Denny, both of whom I loved. I have been waiting & waiting for Chief to stop looking so sad, roll up his sleeves, and cancel his retirement plans! For Pete's sake, he's at least 10 years younger than that creepy old Colin guy! Hope to see you back on the forums soon!


i loved the last scene with derek and meredith. i think that the next episode is when burke and cristina get married. i hope so.


Grey's McBiggest Fan---yes this website is totally addicting...a guilty pleasure for many of us


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.


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)