Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Heart-Shaped Box"

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Welcome to our weekly Grey's Anatomy Round Table!

Our official Grey's Anatomy review broke down Thursday's episode, "Heart-Shaped Box," in detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff writers Courtney Morrison, Sean McKenna and Christina Tran have gathered for a Round Table Q&A to further debate, discuss and dissect the goings on at Seattle Grace/Mercy West:


What was your favorite scene/quote from the episode?

Courtney: I really enjoyed Callie’s scene with Mama O’Malley, but I’m giving it to the originals talking about their departed friends in the original home of the show - Joe’s Bar. Alex said it right, “George is dead and Izzie is gone. We’re all different.”

Sean: Jackson and Sloan getting back together. It was funny watching the two of them stumble over their words and excitement to be with each other again. The Plastics Posse is back!

Christina: I've got to give it to Alex. He was dead on when he said: "George is dead and Izzie's gone. We're all different." It's short, sweet and complete.

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2. Was Mrs. O’Malley your favorite guest star of the season? If not, who was?

Courtney: For nostalgia purposes, absolutely. Besides Meredith’s mom, George’s family members were the ones we got to know the best. The woman has had serious heartache and still greets all of them with a smile. I wouldn’t mind seeing Mama O more often, maybe as a substitute mom for Callie ...

Sean: She was a great return in the sense that it was fun to reminisce and think back to the early days of the show. Man, it feels like a whole different time now, but life keeps going and so does the show. I wonder if there will be any other callbacks this season?

Christina: My favorite guest star of this season so far is still Avery's mom. Don't get me wrong though, I definitely appreciated having Mrs. O'Malley there. It felt like forever since George was last mentioned, and it was refreshing to have somewhat of a reminiscent episode. I liked all of her interactions with everyone... especially with Mer.

3. Jackson broke up with Lexie. Is the love triangle over? Who should she be with? Mark, Jackson, or Alex?

Courtney: This may have been the most mature break up on the series so far! It is obvious that I am a true Mark and Lexie shipper, but how could you not want someone with those eyes to be happy? I’m still voting for Jackson to be April’s first. I was glad Jackson beat Lexie to the punch too, if you’re getting outed from a triangle, at least be the one to do it. Now we just need the Plastics Posse to hang out, preferably without shirts, and this season of Grey’s will be on top!

Sean: The love triangle is done and I don’t think ever really was.  I’m glad Jackson stood up and made the decision for himself. Who should Lexie be with now? I doubt if any of those three options would jump into something with her right away, so I’ve got a feeling she’ll be ridin' solo for a little while.

Christina: What love triangle? It's always been about Slexie!

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4. What does the future hold for the gorgeous guy we call Henry?

Courtney: I used to think this felt forced; All of a sudden Teddy was happy and he was around all the time. But over the past several episodes, I have grown to really like Teddy. He’s obviously not hard on the eyes either. I’m guessing that he will make it through for a little while longer but heartbreak is inevitable for Teddy by season's end.

Sean: The show has been building him up recently and giving him lots of positive moments and goals like going to medical school. All that blood coming up though, and I’ve a strong feeling he won’t make it to another season.

Christina: If last week's episode was any indication of Henry's future, things just aren't looking too great for him. I predict his health will worsen and Teddy will struggle to catch him when he falls.

5. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you miss George and Izzie?

Courtney: George - somewhere between and 8 and a 9. Izzie - probably about a 2. The character of George was almost always likable (except for the Gizzie faze but I’m blaming that on the latter). He was the moral one and was always trying his best. Now Izzie, well that’s another story. The Denny arc did it for me and I was turned off from this character forever. The only Izzie to really miss was Season One bad ass when she was confident and fun. Remember her telling off Alex about her modeling career? She may have been posing for photo shoots but she wasn’t the one sitting on a hundred grand of student loans! Other than, I hardly miss her.

Sean: I’ll go with a 5. I never really cared for Izzie as much and George was simply ok. They really only make me think of how the show used to be and how far all of the other characters have come.

Christina: 5. On one hand, I thought George was incredible, but I didn't care too much for Izzie. I miss them sometimes, but honestly I'd forgotten about them up 'til this episode. It's just that it's felt like a lifetime since they were last spoken of, and things are just so different now. You know what they say, and the more things change, the more they stay the same. They will always be a part of Grey's Anatomy

What do you think? Share your responses in the comments below!


The thing with George and Izzie, I think, is that a lot of people were confusing missing the characters with missing the way the show used to be. I really feel like Greys has gone back to its roots and has been awesome so far this season. I liked George, he was quirky and likeable the first 2 seasons. However Once he hooked up with Callie and cheated with Izzie.. He was just irritating. I HATED the Denny storyline also. Izzie was portrayed in the first season as a beautiful, smart, independent woman. She had that "dont give a damn" attitude and I respected her character a lot. When she told off Alex for the modeling photos? That was one of my favorite scenes between them. THAT was the Izzie I loved. That was the Izzie I loved with Alex. Then she fell for Denny- She became crazy and obsessive, It wasn't cute. But I forgave her.. We all get a little crazy sometimes. But the same thing happened with George. And the whole point to Izzie was for her to be a strong female character, not some psycho love crazed slut. I hated what they did to her character, especially with how selfish they made her become. Alex "her soulmate" as Shonda said was treated like dirt by her and she put him through hell. She never loved him the way he loved her and it hurt me to watch him cry for her. I loved when Alex told her that she made him realize he was a good man and he deserved better than her. Good riddance Izzie!


Loved the original "interns" talking about George ("remember how Alex gave George syphilis" ROFL) I happen to love the Henry/Teddy storyline and I've grown to love Teddy even more so I'm worried about what could come of Henry's illness. Oh the angst!!


1. Best scene was Meredith/Alex/Cristina. They've always been the heart of the show to me. Favorite quote was Alex's offering to slip a note into Avery's locker for Sloan. ROTFL.
2. Haven't cared for any of the guest stars. I'd much rather see Cristina's or Alex's family then anything about other characters.
3. Lexi should hook up with April. They can annoy each other, and leave the grown men to pursue adult women.
4. Henry needs to leave and take Teddy with him. Could not care less about these two.
5. Zero. I never liked George, and Izzie became intolerable at the end of her run. The show is vastly better without them, IMO.


Am I the only one who misses both George and Izzy with a 10? Both were two of my favorite characters, I think they brought alot to the show. I miss Izzy/Alex too. The cancer storyline and their wedding - one of the most emotional scenes on television ever. Grey's has done pretty well without them, but George and Izzy will always be missed.


I totally agree with courtney on wanting jackson being with april! =D


2.I like when the surgeons have family visiting. Lookiing forward to Der's and Alex's family visiting. Loved Ellis though.
3. I hope any Slexie reunion isn't rushed.I'd like to see Lexie brooding at being single again
3 No return of any more ghosts to SGh plz
5. GA has moved on from George and Izzie


I want Mrs.O'Malley to stay close to Callie.


I watching Oprah's lifeclass and reading info about Grey's Anatomy. I miss George, Izzie and Dr.Burke. I'm not working now and I've had a lot of time to catch up on missed episodes. In a way, I feel it has helped me to stay alive. Oh yea, I guess I should say I've been a Lic Practical Nurse for 25yrs. So when I heard Oprah ask "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" I thought...ask to become a guest on Grey's Anatomy.
My son said mom your a lot like Bailey. I agree. It's time to bring Bailey's sister the retired nurse to Seattle Grace. Bailey's sister would help with Tucker since her children are grown and Bailey feels safer with a family link. Now if Adele's Alzheimers progresses, I could become a listening ear ( linen closet passion) for the Chief or possibly notice the one thing with Adele that would make the FDA give Dr.Sheppard another chance. So what if ? I really would appreciate the work.
Continue to develop Henry I want him to hold on


I hope Henry makes it! I really appreciate there being at least one character outside the craziness of Seattle Grace. Even though I don't like Teddy, I really like Henry! Don't kill him off, Shonda!


The callback Iam waiting for is Dr. Burke. He really needs to make an appearance and have some closure.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 8 Quotes

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