Round Table: "The Heart of the Matter"

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While fans gather in our forum to discuss their beloved character and story lines, the Grey's Anatomy Insider staff comes together to talk about their highlights, gripes and opinions regarding the most recent episode of TV's best show.

Round Table discussion topics for "The Heart of the Matter" range from Cristina's fragile emotional state, to George's confession and newcomer Lexie ...

1. Was Richard right to honor Camille's wishes?

McCritic: Yes. Like Texas Hold 'Em, patient care cannot be based on emotion. As her doctor, Richard had no choice but to abide by his niece's desire for a pain-free remaining few months of life. It's tough, but no one said being a doctor - or the President of the United States - was easy.

iheartizzie: Richard did the right thing in dealing with Camille, weighing his role as a surgeon with the compassion of a caring uncle. With a nuanced portrayal of  that internal conflict, James Pickens, Jr. again proved he's one of the best in the business, despite being overshadowed by his more famous fellow cast members.

AndYouveGotTheHair: I felt bad for Camille and her whole family, but I don't think Richard had much of a choice. I was also saddened by Adele's response.

The Family Matters

2. When will Callie forgive George?

iheartizzie: Sometime around Beer-thirty. Callie just needs to loosen up and knock back a few with George at Joe's. They'll hug it out and that will be that.

McCritic: It's hard to say. Either half past infinity, or a quarter to never!

AndYouveGotTheHair: I don't think she will. This relationship wasn't exactly stable to begin with, and even though he said he slept with Izzie - rather than in love with Izzie - I don't see O'Callie recovering from this incident.

3. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote of the night?

AndYouveGotTheHair: Derek's speech to Meredith. He doesn't want 48 uninterrupted hours... he wants a lifetime. How can she resist!?

McCritic: Izzie being labeled a "traitorous bitch." Well said, Callie. Although I would've added "emotional, selfish train wreck," as well.

iheartizzie: Alex's bitter (and justified) reaction to Izzie's confession. Harsh, yes, but certainly honest and revealing. Karev is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

4. Norman the old intern: Haplessly charming or annoyingly inept?

McCritic: Haplessly charming. As long as I'm never a patient under his care.

iheartizzie: I can handle the Big N (look how he towers over Ellen Pompeo in the pic below) in small doses, but he is annoyingly inept... and takes screen time away from some of the principal cast members (Bailey) who don't get enough.

AndYouveGotTheHair: Haplessly charming. He means well. "'Sup, Lexie?" Come on, how can you not like him? At least a little.

Meredith and Norman

5. Will Meredith give Derek what he wants?

AndYouveGotTheHair: Yes, eventually. But she had better get a move on, lest he go looking elsewhere for it while she's waffling. Come on, girl!

McCritic: No. He's picked picked her, chosen her, loved her... and it's still not enough. This relationship is more one-sided than a matchup of the Dillon Panthers and New England Patriots.

iheartizzie: There was a time (I believe Season 2) where Meredith was willing to give him her whole life, and then he chose Addison. But he came around. How is it not enough for her now? Do you really only want what you can't have?

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Izzie never meant to hurt Callie, she just totally fell in love with George and had probably been for a long time. I SO miss George and Izzie, they need to get back together as they are why I watch this show.


izzie seems truly sorry about the whole george thing. i get why callie's mad, but seriously!! it's not like izzie's faking it. though, the words 'traitorous bitch' was quite a blow. hehe. izzie was wrong in a way with the cafeteria thing, but she's genuinely sorry. forgive and forget, anyone?!?! oh, wait, that was the moral of this episode, wasn't it?


i am really bored of george and izzie's whining! as soon as they get together they will have nothing to moan and cry over and realise they just liked the drama. they are DULL! callie can do sooooo much better than that little boy george.
more christina please! bring burke back! they were the best grey's couple!


I am meredith. My road to true love was just as rocky and frought with fear as hers...and the reasons nearly the same. The thing that heartens me is Derek is finally seeing the truth about her. She, however, is still too scared to deal with her fear. Until then, there's not going to be a Mer/Der. As long as she stays in HER safety zone, nothing will change. It will take a major desire to have true love on her part to give her the momentum to jump off into the unknown, despite her fears.


I hate the chief's niece... i mean i can't even feel bad for her considering she's ALWAYS A NEW PERSON!!!!


Vio another triangle and MerDer are dead! Meredith is the love of his life but he will start to date with another woman?? Come on!


I'm really tryin to stay positive about derek and meredith. But i don't see how i can. I don't understand how derek can love meredith as much as he claims he does and give her that speech and then in the same breath sayin he doesn't know what he'll do if someone else comes along? That's weird. Poor Ellen Pompeo is gettin such AWFUL lines lately too. I can't see someone else comin into Derek's life helpin mer cop on. It's goin to hurt her. And this love triangle crap has been done before with these too. They should get married and be happy or kill it for good. And if they break up i hope meredith can be happy with someone else. It's too hard watching her ruin her life. I also hate the way their relationship problems are dumped on her. Derek is pushin her too hard to fit into his plans. He is one of the reasons she's messed up and he needs to take responsibility instead of bullying her. She should have picked Finn.


to Sarah: No one is killing MerDer. They will make it. Have you no faith, girl? We all need to be optimistic about our favorite characters, who ever they are.


Gizzie annoying and now Shonda killed MerDer (Kristin spoilers). This show is over!


That episode was meh again, TR, Katherine and Sara were amazing as always but still, the show was boring and definitely not enough Gizzie, they are the one thing that keeps me watching lately. MerDer is a bore, Alex is a colossal bore, Cristina is a bitch, meh!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I'm 110 years old, in your arms. I don't want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime. Mmm. Do you see what happens? I say things like that and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It's okay, I understand. I didn't, but now I do, I do. You're just getting started and I've been doing this for a long time now. Deep down, you're still an intern, and you're not ready.


People are stupid and just want to be loved. That's the only reason anyone does anything.


Grey's Anatomy Season 4 Episode 4 Music

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Song Sun Comes Up John Legend
Better already Better Already Northern State iTunes
Song Milk And Honey Grey's Anatomy Prince Fatty