Grey's Anatomy Review: "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"

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If you had to pick between the gift you have and the career it's given you, or the person you love most, which would you choose? This debate raged on Grey's Anatomy last night.

Here's our official episode guide (plus quotes and music) from last night. Now, here's our take on the events of Thursday's "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" ...

POST-IT! That's what Meredith cites as she insists Derek can't mention Richard's drinking to the board. He agrees, and looks for other ways to get through to the Chief.

It doesn't work. Richard rebuffs McDreamy's offer to help, and when Bailey vents that the Chief is not thinking rationally, he decides he has to do something. But what?

M to the G

Moving beyond passive-aggressive to simply aggressive, Derek goes so far as to pour some scotch in front of Richard and imply that he'll drink it, even if he doesn't want to. Wow, Der.

After Bailey takes over the Chief's surgery because he's sleeping in his office, Derek tells Mer he'll hire Izzie back (more on that later) if he tells the board, which will make him Chief.

Eventually she relents, although they are both left wondering if it was the right decision. Did he go too far ousting Richard? Did he do it for the right reasons? Not easily answered.

LOVE VS. WORK: Much as she feels she should be ashamed, the most Cristina thinks about it, the more unabashed she is about prioritizing her career - her gift - over romance.

An opera singer patient who says he "can't live" without his lung reinforces Yang's point, but after drunk Teddy tells Owen what Yang said the previous week, the wheels come off.

Owen tells Cristina that while surgery matters, people also matter. Their relationship matters. Yang's eyes well up as, reluctantly, she capitulates, surrendering to their relationship.

Incredible performance by Sandra Oh as always. You can see the inner turmoil even when few or no words are exchanged, forgetting you're watching an actress. Simply amazing.

Izzie and Alex Reunite

CHICKEN POX: Callie has 'em. Seriously. Arizona quarantines her and puts Lexie in charge of her. Mark shows up, curls up with his BFF and helps her scratch an itch. Literally.

Arizona confesses to Lexie that she really just didn't want to deal with Callie with pox because it's not sexy. Fortunately, she get over this seemingly strange hangup in the end.

Mark confesses to Lexie about Addison. Relieved, Lexie tells him about Alex. Rather than being relieved, though, Mark is just stunned, leaving her wondering where they stand.

SHE'S BACK: Izzie arrives with a gorgeous new hairstyle and is applying for a job in Tacoma, convinced she and Alex can still make it work. He is in vintage distant Alex mode.

An hour ago, Meredith discovered him in the sack with Lexie they all agreed to keep their mouths shut. But Alex confesses he slept with someone else. Still, Izzie is undeterred.

She seems to have gained perspective, realizing that love is more important than work. But Alex is reluctant to be involved with someone who leaves, who doesn't respect him.

Izzie's scans are clear, and he's thrilled, but he deserves to be with someone who will stay, despite his own flaws. So she decides to leave again, even after Derek's job promise.

So Izzie's moving on. Again. Will it be for good this time?

What did you think of last night's Grey's Anatomy?

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I know I am coming in this late, by almost a year, but I am watching the whole series on dvd, and want to give my 2 cents worth on all of this. I agree with Grainer and Megan, less calzona the better. Makes ya miss the older days of Grey's don't it (except for majority of season 3 which annoyed me)? Although, I will say Callie became more tolerable when she went gay than when she was with George, mostly because she was no longer a threat to George's friends. I hated that Derek backstabbed the chief and he did it under the guise of "the good of the hospital"...both him and Bailey were in the wrong. Bailey was all fine with hiding the Chief's mistake until her ego got shot by the fact that he didn't watch her do some surgery that ultimately is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. As for Derek, we all know he wants to be chief and out of spite because of the eradicate behavior of the chief, he went and told on him rather than try his best to help him against his wishes. Thankfully this all gets corrected in season 7. But what angered me most as I watched this episode was how Sloan got all hypocritical on Lexie. For starters, Lexie was not wrong for not wanting to be a mother and grandmother yet, I mean, she doesn't want to have to pay the price for Sloan's man-whorish attitude of the past. Both of them slept around with someone during the break up yet, Sloan, like a sexist, felt that it was okay to sleep around himself, because he was the supposed "victim", while it was not okay for her. The only thing Lexie did wrong was sleep with a married man. As for Alex and Izzie, I am so glad its over. I hate Alex so much, he has been so verbally abusive towards Izzie since season 1, she deserves much better than damaged goods like Alex. In fact, season 7 shows how much he has not honestly changed much. Its good that he figured out his specialty, but how he treated April Kepner in season 7 rings too similar to how he treated Izzie and Lexie. He is a jerk. Alex claims that he is a good guy and he desrves better, um, no you are not a good guy at all!! As for Cristina and Owen, I don't see how its wrong to choose surgery over a guy, the girl got her heart broken by Burke so she is entitled not to want love. But some see surgery as a career like Izzie, and others as their entire life like Cris, Izzie knows that anything can take that career away, such as getting fired or cancer and as a result wants to invest in love, while Cris is the opposite. But, I do think Owen is better for Cris than Burke ever was. To me, Burke was emotionally abusive towards Cris. He had made a big deal about her keeping her apartment when she moves in, and then we she gets rid of it, he gives her every reason in the book to regret doing that. Yes, Owen and Cristina are far better a couple, he actually tries, he doesn't just play games with her.


Finally! I was tired of people referring to Arizona as a pediatrician! An on-screen declaration that she's not a pediatrician, but a pediatric surgeon. Coop is a pediatrician. He doesn't do any surgeries. Arizona is a pediatric surgeon. As she said, "she doesn't do little diseases on little people, she does BIG surgeries on little people." In regards to Derek and the chief-manship, I believe he still would've reported Webber even if they didn't give the job to him. Derek is ultimately a guy who sees black and white: his own mother admitted to it. Yes, becoming Chief of Surgery was a factor, but the good of the hospital was his overall motivation. After the merger losses, the inefficiencies that's consuming the hospital, and now the potential of a drunk surgeon operating? I support what Derek did. Owen? Wow. I believe last night he proved himself the better of Burke. I think in that situation Burke would've ran, Burke would've walked away, he would have thrown Cristina away just as he did at the end of season 3. Owen's, IMO, is simply a better man. Because I can remember how Burke stated that he had to put up with Cristina's emotional shortcomings when Burke himself had his own with Cristina. I feel Owen is getting through because at the end of the day, Cristina is not supplementing her love with Owen with CT-knowledge like she did with Burke and Marlowe, she's just relying on her emotional connection with Owen and I feel it's stronger than what she had with Burke. In the choice of love and surgery, I believe that Cristina can have both and I feel she has a partner that will allow her to have both. I think Mark is just hurting right now cause the man-whore grew up and got a taste of what being vulnerable is about. He's hurt because he truly is in love with Lexie and she feels the same way. But at the end of the day, Lexie is still getting her feet wet in regards to relationships. Given her sister's history, who by the way took two and half years to get all whole and healed, Lexie will stumble and fall before she'll fly. I'm torn with Alex and Izzie: both were wrong in the situation. Izzie for blaming Alex and leaving, and Alex for cheating on Izzie. It makes me question had he not seen the results, had he not known Izzie would be okay, I wonder if he still would've done what he did and ended it with Izzie? I'm also curious if they'll be divorced off-screen as well or if, they do the Derek/Addie thing a la season 2 and eventually reconcile? No news yet about KH stating this would be her last season. I mean, when that whole will they/won't they incident, we all found out way before January and we were waiting for the other shoe to drop. I haven't seen blurb about KH getting out of her contract or any rumor regarding Shonda and Co. planning for Izzie's permanent exit. The original cast's contracts expire at end of season 7, so I'm assuming renegotiations will begin starting this June when season 6 contracts are picked up. If Izzie is leaving, it'll most likely happen during their mid-year break of next season prior to February sweeps.


Cathy....why are you so disgusted? Megan just said it was not her favorite part of the show. It dosen't mean she is anti-gay. Relax. And maybe you should try spell checking.....I had to read your comment 3 times before I figured out what you were trying to say. And is there nothing better to talk about......


Gainer. Callizona DO NOT have more screen time than george/izzie in their best times or mer/der. i bet if arizona was male it would be okay for you. Megan, i just want to through up when i read things like this. yup, definitely. comments like this make me sick. they're not my favourite couple at the show, but i just had to say this.


Mer should grow a little bit more and be more understanting and be more on der side and forget about his flaws And treat him like she treats her friends no matter what!


ok so that was an alright episode. It seems like they're really paving the way for an Izzie exit. On one hand, I love Iz and Alex but on the other KH has had one foot out the door now for some time. Although, I was under the impression that KH was coming back later this season for a more permanant role for the season's remainder and this episode made that a very questionable statement. What more can they do with her?
I can't believe Mark though, not forgiving Lexie. What an ass.
Callie and Arizona made me smile this week :)
Mer and Der...well I guess not everything has changed with dark and twistyness. But as far as marital difficulties go, this has been a rather lame, uncreative one.
I love that Cristina sticks with Teddy over Owen but I loved it even more in the end when Owen demanded higher billings than surgery.


People ... I didn't even see the last episode but I very much agree (and I emphasize the "very") to be given more time to Calzona (obviously, just look at my username)I think that one of the most important things that makes this show is to show us a reality(excluding the part of the denny's ghost)and although some find it hard to understand or accept same-sex couples are a reality in this times. So many times we had to hold up the abuse stories with the fantasy, and when they show us the reality we reject? I don't think so...the world is changing and we all deserve to feel identified with situations or characters in a tv show. Some people identify with Mer or Cristina, or the romance of this or that couple ... well ... I feel identified with Callie,and her whole situation from the fourth season....I'm bisexual and yet I like the thematic heterosexual, as are homosexual themes. It would take a little more tolerance, right? And if you can't, in the end you can pretend it's a fantasy of television, change channels and still blindfolded, denying the reality the rest of your life. I hope you don't take my words as an insult. I don't pretend to do that, I'm just giving my opinion on it ...


I must say I enjoyed last night's episode up to a point. I did not like how the Izzie Alex situation played out. I really like them being together. Also I was pleased that Reed did not appear in last night's episode.


Dana.... I am not even going to go there with you. It is my opinion. You don't have to agree.....


I, too, think Shonda is doing a great job with calzona. They are the only couple that is not a product of drama. And on GA, that is saying something. For the most part, what they portray on-screen is really how a good relationship works.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 12 Quotes

(narrating) Number one rule of surgery is limit exposure. Keep your hands clean, your incisions small, and your wounds covered. Number two rule of surgery is when rule number one stops working, try something else. Because sometimes you can't limit exposure, sometimes the injury is so bad you have to cut, and cut big.


(narrating) In surgery, the healing process begins with a cut, an incision, the tearing of flesh. We have to damage the healthy flesh in order to expose the unhealthy. It feels cruel and against common sense, but it works. You risk exposure for the sake of healing, and when it's over, once the incision has been closed, you wait. You wait and hope that your patient will heal. That you haven't in fact, just made everything worse.