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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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    Meredith honoring her dying patient's last wish was right in character. 'Atta girl: Meredith never takes the easy way out. But she always, always, somehow shows us moral-compass-true-North.. (At least that's my feeling--) Because of
    1.) Bailey's 'crossing the line', Meredith's crossing the line was minimized..
    And because of
    2.) Derek's mother's approval of Meredith- predicated on Meredith's compassion for her death-row patient, on her ability to appreciate the GRAYS in life (uh.. pun accidental)).. the story-line supported Meredith all the way. It's satisfying to see Cristina playing the loving, womanly, empathic role in a developing relationship with a man.
    This doctor is hurt and vulnerable in ways that do not diminish Cristina's respect for him, either as a man or as a doctor. They are both worthy of mutual respect. And both profoundly complicated. It will be fun to see their intimacy deepen. The rest was, as usual, fluffy fun :-)

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    Meredith is Meredith. She's broken. Derek knows that. Derek also knows that his mother approves of her because she's dark and broken. I think that now that he has his mother's approval, he is going to try to be more understanding of Meredith.
    Meredith going to the execution was painful, but I think it was nice of her to be there for him. Yes, he is a horrible serial killer, but underneath that, he is still human. He can still be scared. Seeing a familiar face was good for him, although it was painful for Meredith.
    I want the Izzy/Denny thing to go away. I love Izzy with Alex. And I'm confused. How is she sick? I don't want her to die!
    Its pathetic what they are doing with George. At least write him out with some dignity if they don't have room for him. They keep introducing new characters, and its pushing him out. Not cool. Sadie, that pediatric surgeon lady, and Dr. Army guy are all taking up too much time on the show, and its not cool.

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    LovetheRain: I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. Emily died and Nikolas thought he kept seeing her. And they did stuff similar to what Izzie and Denny have been doing, correct? My mom is a huge GH fan. Marie: Are those scenes still up? I want to see them.

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    I think was a little bit creepy and compasive at the same time.
    I like how Dereck didn´t leave Meredith when disaproved her decission and even helped her, very different than the past.
    I didn´t understand very well.. Did Meredith told him something like She wanted to show him she was compasive or not?
    Could someone traslate me that part pls?
    On the other hand, I´m very happy Cristina and Meredith are going to be good friends again.
    I miss George!!!!!!!

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    Gosh, isn't Izzy dead? Weren't those her organs used for the little boy? Denny came FOR her...he came to escort her out of this world, that's what I think happened.

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    Mark and Lexie are incest and so so wrong. They make me barf. What they are doing to George is anything but funny. You should be criticizing it, not laughing at it. Poor TR gets no respect from the show or the critics. Hey at least we the fans love him.

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    Seems to me that ABC is trying to take the Eli Stone storyline and transfer it to Izzy's storyline. I absolutely loved Eli Stone and am sorry that the show was pulled. I think they could come up with something new here...i used to really like Izzy but now see her as weak. We are all damaged in some way or another but weakness was not a part of Izzy's personality.

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    Well last week, two of George scenes were in the ABC recap. They had one with George seeing Izzie talk to herself, and since that was one of the ABC game question and nobody saw Izzie talk to herself and it was in the recap. The recap also had Lexie telling George to rent her room. None of those scenes aired, so it is clear they got cut. And yeah I thought the mods here loved George, so enough with the stupid jokes. I don't find it funny that a great actor is getting treated that way.

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    I would just like to point out that the whole storyline with Izzie seeing Denny because she has a brain thing (or whatever the crappity crap they're trying to peddle as a justification for that...) was already done, 2 years ago on General Hospital. One of the guys on the show had a tumor and started seeing his dead girlfriend as a result, and in the end he had to choose to keep the tumor and die (but still see said dead gf) or have it removed and never see her again. Now, I'm not a big believer in rating shows as being better or worse based on genre, but GH actually had people go to the moon in the 1970s. The moon. Is that really where we want our show to end up?

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    So, I hear George is actually in some scenes but they cut them out. So I was just curious...how do we know said scenes exist?