Grey's Anatomy Season Six Overview

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Below is ABC's Season 6 overview of Grey’s Anatomy, posted on the show's official site and as a press release to sum up what the new campaign has in store for us.

It also serves as a recap of last season for those unfamiliar.

Here's the network's brief overview. Tell us what you think, and what you are most excited for as we prepare for the sixth season of Grey's just 25 days from now ...


It seems like the doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital are always fighting for something, from access to cutting-edge surgeries to relationships to patients’ lives.

And they don’t always win.

After a long, hard struggle, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) may have finally won the battle for each other’s hearts, sealing their love for one another with vows written on, of all things, a blue post-it note.

Izzie Crashes

One battle the staff of Seattle Grace may be losing is saving the lives of two of their own, Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and George O’Malley (T.R. Knight).

And Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, pictured above), Izzie’s new husband, is left holding his breath until next season’s premiere along with the rest of us.

Meanwhile ...

  • Tough-loving Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is fighting her own battles. She faces the very real possibility of losing her husband over her extreme dedication to her career.
  • Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) is fighting relationship fears while on-again-off-again boyfriend Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) fights the emotional scars that he brought home from Iraq.
  • Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) is fighting for her family’s respect as a new relationship with Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) blossoms into the healthy romance she needs.
  • Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) is trying to overcome his past and become a better man - with or without Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh). Perhaps Lexie is too young for him after all.
  • Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), The Chief, is fighting to keep his hospital together and to find some way to forgive himself for his past mistakes.

Grey’s Anatomy can be as complicated as any neurosurgery, with episodes that will make you laugh out loud, cry your eyes out and cheer its victories - whether they involve saving a patient’s life or sealing that kiss we’ve all been hungering to witness.

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When is season six being realesed/ I personally i cant wait, George dieng is one thing but Izzie disappering is another.


@Ace Thank you for your reply and I see your point of view and really appreciate it. But for me IMHO the Chief taking a break would not be as bad as he in my eyes tends to have favourites. As you have said, it’s not solely on him to teach and maybe if they were Ortho and General Attendings I would sing a different tune in terms of his objectivity. The LVAD is a sore point for me as it led to the disappearance of one of my favourite actresses (Brooke Smith). The Dixon comment was made when he was smarting over his attendings dropping like flies along with the SGH roof and rankings. He said,�…… and Dixon is autistic�. The way he said it was full of contempt and indignation that it felt like Dixon chose to have autism.


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I really think that Alex & Izzie will have a rough time as a married couple... Oh God... Hope not... But based on the season 5, Alex already told Izzie that he married coz he thought Izzie will die... I really hope that this season this couple will have a normal married couple... Izzie is the best thing that happened to Alex!! Alex has changed... He is a man.. I really love how JC played as Alex... He's matured now... Don't forget his vows... I mean, I really hope that A&I will stay together... If they broke up again... I did't think that they will be back together since Alex has already screwed their relationship twice in the previous seasons... Alex is the man she loved....!!!


*Sophie, (my apologies) Ah, okay. Of course I'd love to see Bailey as Chief of Surgery; Webber said it best, "it's you in the chair eventually." Bailey has proven herself as a capable surgeon and a capable administrator.


Anuflas, I don't see Mark and Callie together. I think what makes their relationship great is the fact that they're friends. I think Mark and Callie are the older more sexualized version of George and Izzie, and we all saw how that went. Sometimes a great friendship doesn't always translate to a great romantic relationship. I think it's great that Mark and Callie truly understand each other where they don't have to fall under the idea of being in love with one another in a romantic sense. I think that's what ultimately killed Gizzie because having a straight man and a straight(ish) woman being just friends is unconventional, and if a friendship and a foundation is built on that unconventional ground, it evolves the characters' dynamics to a noble love rather than a romantic love. Adjusting that dynamic back to convention because a man and a woman who are great friends, and convention deems it to be a couple, the very basis of that friendship is violated by trying to conform it into something it's not, i.e. romantic love. IMO, Gizzie was never meant to be because two people who are soulmates are soulmates through friendship and not romantic love. I think that's how Mark and Callie are; I think they are soulmates because they understand one another, in and out, and they truly know each other. Just like Mer and Cristina are soulmates: they understand each other in a way that nobody else does, not even Derek, and they're not romantically involved. George and Izzie are each other's person. Mark and Callie are each other's person. Mer and Cristina are each other's person. Trying to muddle a "person" into the "one" doesn't always work, and I think George and Izzie were a prime example of that. Mark and Callie shouldn't be a Mallie or a Cark or a Calark; they should remain as is: each other's person.


Guest, - In terms of the DNR, the only time it would be brought up is if the patient's family brought up a malpractice suit against the Chief for disobeying the document. In this case, it's next of kin, which is Alex, who wanted the DNR violated to begin with. If Izzie took issue with it, she would then bring up charges against the Chief to an ethics review board who would then question the Chief's actions. Since none of that is plausible by either Alex or Izzie, Webber isn't going to get in trouble for the DNR-violation unless someone reports him. And with the LVAD, which was a far more serious infraction considering it resulted not only in the patient's death but the manipulation of organ-recipient rankings with UNOS, Callie made the case against Hahn reporting the Chief because it was handled internally and her seeking retribution would punish ALL of the SGH's patients, since such actions would result in removing SGH's accreditation as a transplant site.
- With Torres and the Chief Resident position; I think you're being too hard on the Chief considering we never saw the talk Torres had with Webber on-camera. That talk was taken place off-camera. As for her surgical ability, Webber never questioned it at all. He gave Torres the position because she was a capable ortho-surgeon, she was eligble, and because he assumed that she could handle the administrative tasks that went along with it. He did not give Bailey the position initially because he didn't want Bailey bogged down with administrative work. He wanted her to focus on general surgery because his plan for her was to be the next best general surgeon. Granted, favoritism, ideally, shouldn't be shown, but it's a part of life and it does happen. Attendings will groom all their residents, but will find that in each resident-class, there is a super star that has to be groomed more than the others because of their potential. Granted it's not fair, but it's also not fair to hold back an individual who shows such great promise. (Bailey in GS, Christina in CT); also, as Chief of Surgery, Webber isn't soley charged with grooming residents, that's what he has attendings for. Now, there hasn't been an on-camera general surgery attending that Bailey reported to, nor was their an on-camera orthopedic surgery attending for Torres to directly report to. Just because the on-camera focus is on Bailey and Webber doesn't necessarily translate that Webber failed to do right by Torres. Let's not forget, Torres had the CR job and failed miserably in the administrative-portion of it. She enjoys surgery, she enjoyed being in the OR rather than assigning schedules. She had the job, and she was more than willing to let Bailey cover for her. Favoritism or not, that action allowed told Webber that Torres wasn't a fit for CR.
-The board is about the bottom line, and the robot wasn't soley purchased to impress Bailey, granted that was a perk. Robotic surgery has been the forefront of surgical intervention techniques. It's been favored, when a hospital can afford it, by administrators and bureaucrats because of the revenue surgical robots can incur. By numbers alone, major open surgery can take between 4 to 8 hours by 1 surgeon on 1 patient. A surgical robot can do perform the surgery in less than that time, use minimally-invasive techniques to assess a better patient-outcome, and allow surgeries with more accuracy and more volume. Technology like that wouldn't be of "minimal use to the hopsital", it would be of great use because of more volume and better accuracy it could perform. And of course it wouldn't be used in other specialities because that robot was specifically for the general surgery department, because most surgical interventions occur under the auspicies of general surgery. And about the donation, it wasn't a donation, it was a bribe. If that ever came into question, uh hello, ethics committee? It was a donation with strings: here's money in exchange for one of SGH's best orhto-surgeons. Ortho is one of the most competitive surgical specialities out there: having one as capable and as gifted as Torres benefits the hopsital. Losing her would be a great loss in the long-term as oppossed to having a donation in the short-term.
-Granted, Webber punishing Yang was unfair, but at the end of the day, it was the only tangible evidence he had. Remember when Izzie cut the LVAD? Of course Webber knew it was Izzie or suspected her highly, but he couldn't punish all the then-interns based on speculation. He had no conclusive proof. With Yang, he did, and since Grey, Stevens, and the other residents didn't volunteer to share the blame to make it more equitable, he punished the only person he knew had a hand in it, which was Yang. He couldn't punish everyone not when he had was Yang; I took more issue with Alex and Mer for not stepping up and sharing the blame with Yang than with blaming the Chief for doing his job.
-I don't remember specifically the instance with Dixon and the Autism comment so I don't have anything to say about that.


Soso, Ah, okay. Of course I'd love to see Bailey as Chief of Surgery; Webber said it best, "it's you in the chair eventually." Bailey has proven herself as a capable surgeon and a capable administrator.


I don't think that the DNR is going to play a major factor since Jennings HAS to find about it. Who is going to tell him? I don't believe that neither of the people that are in that room will run him out since they all wanted to ignore the DNR. I think that Jennings will come to SGH to deal with the No.12 thing. I don't think that Jenn's lawsuit has much to do with it either. Derek is still practicing Medicine so I assume that it was either settled or dropped. Again, MerDer isn't going to be the couple who won't stand still. It would be too much and to be honest, a little old. Get someone else this time. I don't see it much as an option and no one is going to be on board with this. The show is getting critical acclaim again and putting its main couple thorugh hell again would be ridiculous. My guess it's either A/I or even better, M/L. Mark and Lexie have had it easy so far. I think it's going to be them. Or I hope. Get Callie to the rescue! I don't think that Derek being Chief would affect on their relationship. Sure, it's going to put up some tensions (what doesn't?) but it doesn't mean that they'll be Richard and Adele. Derek can do different, I have faith that the man is going to learn from the Chief's mistakes and do better. Also, Derek is the type of person that if he sees that the job is going to cost him his life, he rather give it all up. I hope that he accepts it. SGH needs a new air. He can change things for his way. Derek has been playing favorites with Meredith for a while now. What other privileges could she receive? Plus, Derek had tried hard not to show preferences. Remember that he even voted for Cristina for the solo surgery. Whatever, I just want a McBaby this season. :)


It seems odd that Derek would be offered the chief's job when, a few weeks before he decked his best friend, Sloan. Der also has an outstanding court case regarding Jen's death, his liability insurance would take care of that. But on the positive side, he's got a surgical procedure named after him, and he is a world renowned surgeon. Plus he's got Meredith of course!


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.