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Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Stairway to Heaven"

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While fans gather in our Stairway to Heaven" Round Table include Meredith's morbid decision, the possible departure of Denny, some terrific acting efforts, and George's continued absence ...

1. Meredith attending the lethal injection: Creepy or compassionate?

McCritic: Creepy. Whether or not you believe in the death penalty, actually attending such an event - for someone you've known for mere days - goes beyond dark and twisty, Mer.

missingBurke: Creepy, although everything happens for a reason. Maybe it took this to get Cristina and Meredith on speaking terms again, in which case it would be worth it.

iheartizzie: Creepy. One wonders why Meredith would possibly take him up on that offer. The girl is a glutton for emotional punishment. Thank goodness she has Derek now.

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2. Is Denny finally gone?!?

iheartizzie: We pretty much know that he's not, since they tell us these things in advance now. Months in advance. I think my greatest problem with this story (besides it making no sense) is how blatantly they try to string it along. I must say, though, that Katherine Heigl and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have great chemistry. Maybe they should co-star in a Ghost remake.

McCritic: I can't even think about that question at the moment. Izzie is sick?!? I totally didn't see that coming!

missingBurke: Not according to some of the Grey's Anatomy spoilers we've read. Sounds like Denny will remain by Izzie's side as she goes through her ailment.

3. Better performance: Chandra Wilson or Samantha Mathis (Jackson's mother)?

missingBurke: Gotta be a tie. Both those actresses can turn on the water works with the best of them!

McCritic: Chandra Wilson. Mathis was great, but Dr. Bailey went through a range of emotions this week, from angry to confused to sorrowful and everything in between. Hand her an Emmy!

iheartizzie: Chandra. She's awesome. Wilson and Sandra Oh are the show's glue, and deserve their perennial Emmy consideration. Mathis' role deserves praise, though - a recurring character that the show didn't run out of town under controversial circumstances. What a feat!

4. Lexie Grey: Great girlfriend or the greatest girlfriend?

McCritic: Just a great girlfriend. While her concern over Mark was adorable, let's remember she did still break his penis. Ouch!

iheartizzie: The best. Girlfriends show up and strip for you, asking you to "teach" them. But cuddling up to Mark like that in his time of need? After breaking the very thing that makes Mark Sloan Mark Sloan? That's what keepers do.

missingBurke: I still like Mark and Callie better in terms of chemistry and overall interaction, but Lexipedia is growing on me a little each week, I must admit!

5. Got any words for George O'Malley?

iheartizzie: Bet you wish you'd taken that transfer to Mercy West right now, eh?

missingBurke: Hang in there, buddy. If characters keep dropping out of the show at this rate, there's gotta be a storyline for you at some point.

McCritic: Are you angry that Izzie keeps talking about her love for Denny? I thought she told you that you were her soulmate!

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I don't care about age. I do care that Mexie has NO chemistry and that Lexie acts 10. It is about her personality, not their age difference. My husband is 15 years older. About George, the problem is if they don't give him something soon, TR will leave and George will never be back. I can't deal with that. I love George too much.

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gah! Everybody is so harsh on the Mark/Lexie thing. Age these days really doesn't matter all that much. Ellen Pompeo is playin a character 10 yrs or more younger than her. I know saying this won't change anyone's minds but i've said it anyway. Love them and glad the writers and critics do too. :)

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Meredith knows loneliness more than anything. She grew up alone. She was compassionate about William Dunn because she recognizes in him loneliness too. And a profound stage of loneliness that he tried to make her away at the end "I was playing you". I’m not trying to judge the crime. And so didn’t she. But for me she wasn’t creepy at all. She’s truly has a huge heart. A lovely and beautiful heart.

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Izzie isn't dead.

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Graysaddiction - watch the program again, they signed the papers to donate his organs AFTER the surgery...those were Izzy's organs...she's dead. It'll be interesting to see it all come out in two week.

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If T.R. ends up quitting Grey's I would love to see him on his own show. Or in movies. He's a brilliant actor.

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Remember there are only about 48 min of airtime per episode. There are 8 main characters and 5 or 6 minor characters. That doesn't leave much time for each character. You figure that each couple would get one of the 6 segments of the episode. If any couple or character needed two segments then the others are just background for the shot. So don't worry, George will be back. This is season 5, have they hit 100 episodes yet? Syndication minimum. From now on it is all gravy and some of the characters might be ready to do more movies and possibly make more money. I can't see George as a big screen star but several of the other characters might crossover. Or maybe George is getting ready for a spin off. He might become the pediatrics surgeon on Private Practice. There are enough characters to spread around into a couple of new fall shows. Think CSI.

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I agree, everyone needs their arc, but even when it was george's arc, all the other characters had something to do, lines to say. Like Alex, he never really had a big story but he still always always had decent airtime where he had scenes talking and joking with Magic or when we saw him participating in the surgeries. George is acting as Richard's b*tch lately and ALL his friendships, not just the Izzie one, all his relationships, with Bailey for example, have been dropped, so he has about 2 minutes per episode. This is the first time in the history of the show I remember a regular character being treated that way but if you can prove me otherwise, go ahead. I don,t want it to be O'Malley's aantomy (well I wouldn't mind as he is my favorite character, but I could live without it), I just want him to have scenes with Izzie, bailey, Meredith, even Alex again where you see the old connections he sue to have with them. I don't want him to be treated by the others like someone they couldn't care less about, a guy they couldn't care less if he lived or die, because that is what is being shown with George right now.

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oh, and thanks iheartizzie for clearing up who you were making fun of-- I thought it was Shonda and writers who you were poking at all along, but I guess some other fans took it differently. Probably just frustrated, I am sure!

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As for Shonda and writers where George is concerned-- I see it as it has to be one of two ways:
Either:
1- They are complete and total whimps who were so scared off by what the Gizzie hater fans had to say that they won't let George go near Izzie
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2- They are very smart and manipulating the situation by keeping George away from Izzie (and any storyline, for that matter), so that fans will be clamoring for George to be on screen and Izzie's best friend again, so they will have the blessing of all the fans when they do let them interact again Of course there's always the possibility of behind-the-scenes tensions, but who really knows??? Whatever the reason, they better move on with some George time soon!!