Round Table: "Love/Addiction"

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While fans gather in our forum to discuss each character and story line, the Grey's Anatomy Insider staff members come together each Friday to talk about the key moments and developments and share random thoughts from each episode.

Our Round Table discussion topics for "Love/Addiction" range from Callie's job security to the return of Mama Burke, to the new and improved Mark Sloan ...


1. Should Bailey take over for Callie as Chief Resident?

McCritic: No. It's far more entertaining to watch the wanna-be boss squirm for power. Someone needed to hit Alex last night, if only for that goatee.

iheartizzie: Richard may have been serious when he said Bailey's skills are better utilized in the OR, but he didn't figure Calliope would be incompetent. Balancing personal problems with work is part of the game, baby. Time to step aside and let Miranda run the show with the drive she's always exemplified.

AndYouveGotTheHair: No disrespect to Bailey, but I think Callie has gotten a raw deal so far this year. I mean, Alex gets assaulted and she takes the blame? Sure, she's accountable, but so is he, and the drug dealer was the one that threw the punch! Give Dr. Torres some time to adjust to this new role.

2. Sex and mockery: recipe for disaster?

iheartizzie: It works well for me. I've found some good-natured ridicule after doing the deed can break the ice and take the focus off my poor performance.

AndYouveGotTheHair: Ah, the friends with benefits scenario. It's so great for like two weeks, until one of the people involved wants more out of it than the other. Which you know will happen and choose to ignore. Never ends well.

McCritic: Only if the mockery is in regard to the sex.

3. So Mark Sloan is apparently the Seattle Grace voice of reason now. What miraculous character transformation would you like to see next?

AndYouveGotTheHair: Lexie Grey getting transferred to Mercy West. I know that doesn't count as a character transformation but I don't care!

McCritic: Meredith asking for cheese with her beer. Not her whine.

iheartizzie: Cristina Yang becoming a grief counselor. Or Richard becoming a marriage counselor. Or Derek becoming a Just For Men spokesperson.

The Voice of Reason

4. Should Mama Burke become a series regular?

McCritic: No. There's no place for a mature, honest woman on this show.

iheartizzie: Yes. Mama's appearance last night showed just how badly some of these whippersnappers need a good tongue-lashing. Bailey can't possibly keep a band of self-absorbed, incompetent interns and residents in line all by herself (although her rant against Alex was pretty stellar). Help her out, Mama.

AndYouveGotTheHair: Diahann Carroll is fabulous as Mama Burke, but what would keep her in Seattle? What would tie her to these characters with Preston gone? The cast is already so big anyway. It wouldn't work. Now, something tells me she'd be great as a recurring character on, say, Bionic Woman ...

5. More futile: Richard's attempt to delegate, or George's attempt to grow a spine?

AndYouveGotTheHair: Chief. After that passionate speech to Adele at the end of last season, he's still back at work? Man is a workaholic.

McCritic: Richard. George's problem hasn't been growing a spine. It's been the growing of a different body part, if you know what I mean.

iheartizzie: At least Richard is aware of his own futility, which is caused in large part by his enormous level of responsibility. George has bungled his way into an unhappy marriage, a scandalous affair and repeating his intern year. No spinal column.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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Lexie was in med school at Harvard at the time and the pregnant girl was Lexie's sister. After just finishing an incredible season 2 while keeping up with 4 I have to say the momentum is somewhat lost. Still a huge Grey's fan!


Please someone answer this for me........When Meredith first saw her dad and stepmom in the hospital, they were with their daughter (Lexie, we now know). Wasn't she having a baby?


I'm new to Grey's Anatomy. I watch very little TV, but have gotten hooked by watching the DVDs of previous seasons. As is so often the case, the first couple of seasons seem to be the highlight and the show may be on the downslide. Makes me wonder if the original writer (Shonda, I think) has gone off to new and better things (The Practice) and has left the writing to others. The thing I'm struck by most is that some of the characters seem to be becomming one-dimensional. The greatest disappointment is Mer. At first she was mysterious, smart, witty...and broken by the life she'd been dished out. Now she's even more broken, but is becoming a fairly shallow character. I'm hoping this is temporary, after all, the show is called "Grey's Anatomy" so we're stuck with her and if she's going to become a shallow, sordid character the show is going to lose a lot of its appeal. Perhaps a name change would be in order..."McDreamy, McSteamy" or something like that? :) I'm hopeful that the writers will start to add in some good qualities into Mer's character - some sweetness (despite herself and the hurts from selfish parents) towards her sister, some caring towards McDreamy, rather than pure selfishness. That tug-of-war between the good and bad within is what makes for an intriguing character. And since we all love a hero, it's great when the "good" wins out over the "bad" more than the other way around (which is the way Mer's character is headed right now). I love Gizzie, especially since George still leans towards doing what is right and has not lost his caring nature in the desire for his best-friend-super-model. It's also nice to see some of Izzies caring nature peeking through a bit - I think - in her concern for what the break up will do to Callie (I hope this isn't going to be totally self-motivated...since Callie's her boss, but rather a genuine concern for Callie and how this will hurt her). Lots more thoughts, but I won't bore anyone with them!


MerDer is boring and creepy to be honest. Loving Gizzie, best thing on the show right now, and they have some very sizzling chemistry there, MerDer should take lessons.


um... well i love the merder scenes so far. I dont know how well "s+m" is going to work ffor them.
B/c they both want more than that..... not really liking gizzie.... merder's the best.


I never thought i'd say this but derek is gettin a little bit creepy. In season two when he was always staring at meredith i thought he was a bit strange. Now he's obsessed with her and runnin after her like a freakin drug addict. Come on. Get over yourself derek and let her get someone fresh. Don't get me started on Gizzie they're like Will and Grace. Eew.


This season is boring, George and izzie is the one thing keeping me interested and if the rumors are true and Shonda is ending them, I won


Dear Shonda, please give Callie a break. Show some mercy.
I love the season so far, love MerDer moments, even if it is just S&M, I'm sure they will get to the more serious staff soon. Also, Christina rocks!
And by the way, you shouldn't worry about ratings, this show has way more than 20 mil. viewers. Think global people, cause nobody counted me and others like me.


McCritic, you're hilarious!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Mark: Let me guess, you and Grey are back together and you've been up all night doing the horizontal salsa.
Derek: Mambo. Horizontal mambo. Meredith and I, we're just friends.
Mark: Sexy friends.

[narrating] In the hospital, we see addiction every day. It's shocking how many kinds of addiction exist. It would be too easy if it were just drugs and booze and cigarettes. I think the hardest part of kicking a habit is wanting to kick it. I mean, we get addicted for a reason, right? Often, too often, things that start out as just a normal part of your life at some point cross the line to obsessive, compulsive, out of control. It's the high we're chasing, the high that makes everything else fade away.


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