Mark Wilding on "Let the Truth Sting"

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You've watched the show and shared your thoughts with us, as well as with other fans, via comments and forum discussions. Now it's time to read what writer Mark Wilding says about the most recent episode of Grey's Anatomy.

On the show's official writers blog, Wilding posted his thoughts on "Let the Truth Sting." Follow the link at the bottom for her full column. Excerpts below...


The truth. We like to think there's only one version of it. Namely, our own. But then someone else comes along and they insist on giving you their (generally wrongheaded) version of the truth. The truth is... there's all sorts of truths. The varnished truth. The unvarnished truth. The naked truth. Half-truths. Whole truths. And what we addressed in this episode. THE PAINFUL TRUTH. The kind we don't always want to hear.

Suspicious Callie

We all have these ideas of ourselves - of how we are - so when somebody else actually weighs in about us, well, it can be a shock. I'm going to quote the Scottish poet Robert Burns right now because I've always wanted to quote him. Also, it might lend this blog a little more class: "If only God, the gift he gee us/To see ourselves as others see us."

Even famous Scottish poets wrote about the painful truth.

Anyway, just about everyone at Seattle Grace has to face the painful truth about themselves in this episode. Bailey when she has to stand in front of Callie and admit that she's been having trouble with the pecking order. Callie, who is, my God, hiding from the truth because she can't bear to hear what she just KNOWS is coming. Okay, she doesn't know 100 percent KNOW, but she suspects and that's enough to drive her underground - into the Residents Lounge.

Anything to avoid her cheating husband.

A Grey Matter

How about Lexie and Meredith? Meredith's served a painful, unwelcome dollop of the truth when Bailey tells her that she hasn't said a kind word to her sister since she arrived at Seattle Grace. And after that fact settles on Meredith, she decides she has to give Lexie the painful truth about her mother.

Meredith has been so cold to Lexie Grey - in Lexie's mind at least - that it's even got her to wondering about the level of care that Susan may have received on the last day of her life. And that scene where Meredith sits down with Lexie and starts to lay out the facts of her mom's death - where we see Lexie finally getting the painful truth - well, let's just say it's one of my favorite scenes.

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