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Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "In the Midnight Hour"

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While fans gather in our In the Midnight Hour" Round Table include Bailey's new challenge, the interns' punishment (or lack thereof), Meredith and Cristina's fight and more ...

1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?

McCritic: When Denny told Izzie it was okay for her to go sleep with Alex: It's okay. I'll be right here. (You've broken me down, Shonda. Hooray for ghost Denny!!!)

missingBurke: Tie between Mark telling Callie she's beautiful after she had her nose broken, and Derek's perplexed "Who's making a porno movie in Izzie's room?"

iheartizzie: I loved Alex's refusal to leave Izzie's side, no matter what a mess she is. If there's a saving grace to the Denny story line, which I find a bit tired (albeit intriguing, certainly), it will be seeing how Alex reacts as things unfold.

Meredith and Cristina Picture

Was Cristina justified in being upset with Meredith?

2. Should Meredith have stood up for more for Cristina?

iheartizzie: I see Cristina's point, that Mer should have shown solidarity, but Mer was put in a really tough spot there. It's hard to see how she could have seen that coming, or what she would have said to share the blame or take the heat.

McCritic: This fight felt forced. Meredith reacted with legitimate shock when the Chief asked Cristina about knowledge of any extracurricular behavior by the interns. How quickly did Cristina expert Meredith to think on her feet?

missingBurke: I think so. The situation unraveled rather quickly, but Meredith had an opportunity to jump in at least once and (intentionally or not) stood there idly.

3. What will be the "new challenge" Bailey embarks on?

missingBurke: Researching the next generation of McNicknames and euphemisms for the va-jay-jay.

McCritic: I think she's make a great dog walker.

iheartizzie: How about piecing her personal life back together? Like the Chief, Miranda has long struggled with work-life balance. It's the ultimate challenge, both in terms of difficulty and importance. Plus, I'd love to see more of the Tucks.

4. Did the interns deserve a harsher punishment?

McCritic: Ummm... yes! They performed an unauthorized surgery and almost killed one of their own. The probation punishment made the original O.J. verdict seem mild.

iheartizzie: Izzie got a slap on the wrist for stealing a freaking heart from a transplant patient and cutting Denny's LVAD wire, so at least the interns' probation makes Seattle Grace protocol seem consistent. At least Lexie & Co. only involved themselves.

missingBurke: Is McDreamy's hair one of the natural wonders of this world?

5. More moving Mark Sloan moment: When he told Callie he looked beautiful, or when he forced the patient's daughter to sleep on his shoulder?

iheartizzie: The latter. He's been getting closer to Callie for a few episodes, so that didn't move me quite as much as his compassion with the patient's daughter. Kudos to Shonda for the continually entertaining and heartwarming evolution of Mark!

missingBurke: Is there anything this man can't do? What's going to be interesting is when Addison comes back. Is there anything left for the two of them?

McCritic: The former. Only someone this McAwesome could sincerely tell Callie she looked beautiful with a broken nose, while also soothing her concerns by saying he'd have sex with her any time she wanted... once she healed, of course. Humor, hotness and a heart that grows bigger by the episode? Mark my words, Sloan is the man.

The Sloan Method

Once merely eye candy and a diversion for Addison and Derek, Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) is emerging as a favorite of many Grey's Anatomy fans here in Season Five.

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missingburke: "Is Mcdreamy's hair one of the natural wonders of the world?" rotfl. This was a good episode, better than some others they have shared.
Why can't they do another Thanksgiving Episode? the season 2 one was just classic. lol Happy Turkey Day (gobble gobble),
shadesofgrey, ultimate fan of grey's anatomy.

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did anyone find McCritic's unknowing (i think) play on words when they said MARK my words, SLOAN is the man?????

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I want George to be there for Izzie. Is that too much to ask? I am sick and tired of this show ignoring their friendship to prop up Lexzie

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Alex has become so boring since he has become pod saint Alex. I hate Mark with Lexie, it feels like a grown man sleeping with a little girl. I want her with George or off the show because she is only non annoying with George. I want more of George, he gets nothing and none of the so-called critics are mentioning it. There seems to be a conspiracy of silence here. I want MY George.

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I am sorry, the worse quote here had to be Denny telling Izzie, smiling (as usual), that it was Ok for her to sleep with Alex, that he wasn´t going anywhere. Why isn´t he in heaven or whatever? This Denny story is no good. The best part of thi episode had to be on mark, but not in regards to callie. He would be such an amazing father, he is great with kids. Remember the boys with no ears on halloween? that girl was in pain and he helped her, he opened up to her and shared his pain so she could feel better. Then I remembered what addison told him about him being a father and I felt very sorry for him because it isn´t true. He underestimates himself as a person and lets everybody do it too. It has to be a defense mechanism. I relly hope he and callie develop a serious relationship. they are perfect for each other, since both of them are trying to find themselves.

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Kudos to Shonda and writers for Mark Sloan!! Although a brief warning-- do not lose who he's been all these seasons. So far, so good with that-- you have not lost him at all. But just a bit of advice not to do what you've done to Alex (although I like that Alex is much nicer now, it seemed way to sudden and drastic-- we're not really seeing any glimpses of the old Alex at all-- this new side of him would be much more believable if he hadn't completely abandoned his "old ways"-- don't get me wrong, I love the old Alex AND I love the changes in Alex for the better-- BUT I'd love it much more if there was a mix of both in there!!!

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Mark Sloan is fantastic!!!!!!!!!
One of my favorites of this season (and for seasons past)... Shonda and writers have continued his deliciously hilarious banter with Derek, AND not abandoned his man-whore ways that have always been his front (abandoning them would be too drastic to be believable), AND they have endeavored on a gradual evolution of his character where we have seen more tenderness, more caring, but in such a believable and natural way to his character's personality. None of it's cheesy. None of it's been unbelievable. He's still our comic-relief horny McSteamy who we've always known and loved all these seasons, only he's become better. We are truly getting to know the REAL Mark Sloan. I am really looking forward to his upcoming (although brief) visit with Addie. It will be interesting to see how the development of character will manifest itself in his interactions with Addie, whom he did love at one time.

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*sorry about the random "c="
i can't type apparently

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i LOVED mark throughout this entire episode....i've actually always loved him but this was one of his stand outs he is absolutely adorable!and c=caring and sarcastic and u just have to love it....

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He told her she looks beautiful? I missed that. I remember him saying he'd sleep with her once her face healed...and her face dropping as a result.
I was moved by the scene with the little girl. Very nice.

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Page the Chief, and go get Bailey. Tell him there's been an emergency. You're not to say anything else. And take that crazy look off your face!

Meredith

Lexie: Shall we call a code?
Cristina: There is no code on an outpatient surgery in the middle of the night because normally, this would be done by a surgeon in a regular OR.

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