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Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: More Denny, George, Mark & Lexie

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Michael Ausiello of EW has a lot of good stuff on Grey's Anatomy in his weekly spoiler Q&A today. He covers everything from the absence of George to the portrayal of Dr. Dixon, to Mark Sloan and "Little Grey" and more on Hahn's dismissal. Here goes ...

Q: Tell me more about this Grey's Anatomy-Private Practice crossover. I'm intrigued.

A: It'll take place over the course of three episodes (February 5, 12, and 19) and the only confirmed participant as of now is Kate Walsh.

Double D

Q: I didn't think Shonda Rhimes could ever come up with anything worse than Gizzie on Grey's Anatomy, but this ghost Denny business is about one episode away from officially being the worst thing the show has ever done. Please tell me it will be over soon!

A: Afraid not. Denny will be haunting Izzie at least through February. In possibly related news, the title of episode 14 is "Beat Your Heart Out." Hmmm....

Q: Is Mary McDonnell going to be back on Grey's Anatomy? I loved her Dr. Dixon. I watched last week's episode thinking she'd be back, but she wasn't.

A: Her second of three episodes, "All By Myself," airs December 4. Personally, I wasn't a fan. You know I worship the ground McDonnell walks on, but I found her Asperger's depiction a tad over the top. And I'm not alone. Megan, a self-proclaimed Aushole and Asperger's sufferer, called the portrayal "robotic and single focused - which we are but not to that degree. Grey's Anatomy missed the boat on this one. Instead of normal with slight social misperceptions, it came off as a bad version of a high-functioning autistic, and they're two different things."

Q: Enough with Izzie-Denny and Cristina-Owen. I'm surprised that no one has asked about another "situation" that I've noticed on Grey's Anatomy since the season began: The slow and steady flirtation between Mark and Lexie. Where are they going with this?

A: To first base in early '09, and I can't wait. McSteamy is actually making Lexie (gulp) interesting.

Q: Why has T.R. Knight had only a few scenes per episode on Grey's Anatomy recently?

A: I did some digging and, unfortunately, there's nothing juicy to report. I'm told it's just part of the natural ebb and flow of storylines. He'll start flowing again next year when he gets mixed up in the Alex-Izzie-Denny story, but not in any romantic sort of capacity. Shonda may be kooky but she's not a masochist.

Q: How come ABC has issues with lesbians on Grey's Anatomy, but no problem with all the guy-on-guy make-out sessions on Brothers & Sisters?

A: I honestly don't think the suits at ABC are scared of gay men or lesbians. They just despised the character of Erica Hahn and her romance with Callie Torres. And as soon as they had proof that the audience agreed, they dumped Brooke Smith. As an ABC insider explained, "In the process of doing some maintenance polling, the sample group for Grey's Anatomy hated the Callie/Erica coupling while still liking Callie." 

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Ypu are contradicting yourself here:
then we had to wait for like 2 more weeks for part 2, which scored 17.78 on 12/06/2007
Due to the strike, they couldnt make any new episodes so they had to keep new episodes for feb and may sweeps.
The new episode aired one month later on 1/10/2008 and scored around 17.5 mill viewers (so basically Gizzie was already over 2-3 eps ago and the ratings came up) You say they went up there, no they went down, 17.5 is lower than 17.78, in case you didn't know Episode 6 which was promoted as hot Gizzie sex had one of the highest ratings of the season too, and the ratings went down before the strike as you point out. They started going down on episode 8, where it was clear Gizzie would need. They weren't officially broken up, but many Gizzie fans quit after the tragic sex episode because we knew Shonda was going to stab us in the back. Of course the season 4 finale ratings were higher. Premiere and finale always get higher numbers, duh! Season 5 premiere was good too, even though they were down 20% from the season 4 premiere but after that, they went down. You can't blame the strike for that. All the episodes except for the premiere got 14 millions viewers, the lowest number ever, and who was together? Alex and Izzie. Then they brought Denny back and that is when the ratings went up. So maybe AI are the ones that get bad ratings? And actually the 18-49 viewers are down 28% so I am not seeing it as maintaining them. Yeah most Gizzie fans I know are in that bracket and most f their haters and AI fans I know are 14 to 18. There was actually a poll on that and most of the AI fans were very very young. George and Izzie tend to have older fans who know hotness has nothing to do with love. Also when Gizzie were together, all the Gizzie haters kept saying they make the ratings go down, which isn't the case so really it is a bit hypocritical of you guys to know lecture us for doing the same. At least with us, the ratings really did dip. With Gizzie together, they never did. Also every show was affected by the strike but the newspaper and mags mentioned that Grey dropped more than almost any show and that it couldn't be blamed solely on the strike. I know a whole lot of people who quit when Gizzie ended. I am one of them.

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I am sorry, I have an obsessive personality, but I just can´t get past the sex with a ghost thing. I really love Addison. More than I though was possible, considering how she was introduced in the show. She was such a bitch then, and now she is so sweet... I love seeing her at Seattle Grace. I would like to say I want her back, but I also love Private Practice, and right now, that show is way better than GA... well, at least until Shonda starts haunting Oceanside Wellness Center or something... Can´t wait to have her back. As to Mark and Lexie... I don´t see the allure there for Mark... I mean, yeah, he is a manwhore, but can´t he have sex with a grownup? Is he so desperate or has this ban Derek put on him what´s behind this "new interest" from his part? I think Lexie is fair game, she desperately wants companionship and is mad at George, so having sex with Mark would be some kind of revenge... twisted Grey logic: she may want to make George regret his treatment of her (now he knows she has feelings for him), she is acting out. But Mark? I mean, if Meredith is a 12 year old, then Lexie can´t be over five!!! she is a freaking child!!!

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Thanks for the age clarification... I remembered yesterday that Meredith was five when Thatcher left, so she should be at least 5 years older than Lexie, but considering that some time must have passed between him leaving and he marrying Susan, besides the fact that Lexie has an older sister, Lexie should be at least seven years younger than Meredith, so if Lexie is 24 on season 5 that means that Meredith is 31 or somewhere around that number... What I would like is for Izzie to go to George for help, I mean, if you started having sex with a dead man, wouldn´t you try to get some help before it´s too late? And Izzie trusts george, cause george is reliable. he wouldn´t tell on her, maybe if he believed he was endangering someone else, but he would try to talk some sense into her, not go behind her back... Georege needs to come back, but first he needs to yell to those interns, he has to be his own person first.

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you know what, Im really sick and tired of hearing about Gizzie fans being responsible for the ratings. Here I'll explain it to you with statistics so you people can get over this because you guys WERE ABSOLUTELY NOT responsible for the ratings. IT WAS THE STRIKE LAST YEAR!!!
The premiere of season 4 scored 21 mill viewers
then the ratings had been dropping ever since
then episode 5 Haunt You Everyday only scored Nielsen Live 16.44 mill viewers. It was one of the lowest ratings for Grey's Anatomy (btw Gizzie was still alive and sizzling)
Crash in to me part 1 aired on thanksgiving, so it only scored 14.6 mill viewers and i think Gizzie was completely over in this episode (and it was thanksgiving for gods sake! nobody tuned in on that special day)
then we had to wait for like 2 more weeks for part 2, which scored 17.78 on 12/06/2007
Due to the strike, they couldnt make any new episodes so they had to keep new episodes for feb and may sweeps.
The new episode aired one month later on 1/10/2008 and scored around 17.5 mill viewers (so basically Gizzie was already over 2-3 eps ago and the ratings came up)
But because of the strike, we had to wait 3 months and 14 days for the next episode. That episode aired on 4/24/2008 and scored 16.4 mill viewers and it started dipping a bit down to 15.6 but then it bounced back up in the season finale which scored 18.1.
that means Grey's had only lost 3 millions viewers last season (premiere 21 - finale 18) because of the strike (let me stress this ALL PRIME TIME SHOWS WERE AFFECTED BY THIS SAME STRIKE). Plus if you look at the demographics, you can tell that Grey's was able to maintain most its 18 - 34 demo viewers (the most important demo for prime time shows by the way) However, there was a significant drop in the 25-54 demo viewers. So are you saying that Gizzie fans are like in their 30s or 40s or something? SO TO SUM IT UP, IT WAS THE STRIKE GET OVER IT!!!!!

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I have to agree that I like Callie and Mark together. They just work better. Lexie looks like a little girl compared to Mark and I just don't buy it. Sure, now that it's forbidden, he's thinking about it, but ew anyway. More Mer/Der since that's REALLY what make the show popular in the first place. The ghost thing is really really dumb. I like JDM as an actor, but the story is SO over. Let it go already. Tons of people who lost actual spouses of many years cope better than Izzie. She fancied herself in love with a guy she never even went out with, kills him with stupidity and then not only keeps her medical license but whines on and on and on about how she lost him? Now she is having sex with a ghost? Oh come on! She needs to get it together. No way could she practice medicine being that much of a basket case. Enough with the strange and forced plots... How many no chemistry couples do we have to have? Oh let's force everything that moves together whether it works or not. Heck, let's even create lesbians because we're bored (since there were no lesbian inklings at ALL for Callie before Addison mentioned it and hell, apparently that's all it takes). Enough already!
Let's get back to what made Grey's great and stop with the stuff that's going to get you canceled.

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Ok...
I want Callie and Mark absolutely togheter...They have a great chemistry togheter...
And i don't like Mark with Lexie...They are too boring togheter..
Shonda please let Lexie with George and put, for the happiness of the fan, Callie with Mark...
Sto Izzie and Denny...it's now the momento for Izzie and Alex.

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Yay for Gizzie sharing scenes again. I missed them. Alex and Izzie bore me to tears especially this new saint boring Alex. EWWWWWWWWWWWW to mark and Lexie, she could be his kid, so gross. Does Shonda know how many people are grossed out by Mark and Lexie?

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So many fans wanted Denny back and were complaining that they wished he didn't die. So for those of you who said that... you got your damn wish.

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Ok so they take Gizzie away from me, and now Gexie too, so they can put Lexie with a guiy who looks like his dad. What is wrong with Shonda, has she lost it? At least my George and Izzie will have scenes again.

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Time for Denny to truly MOVE ON ALREADY

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.

Meredith
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