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Liza Minnelli to Sing as Herself on Smash

Ok, so, to clarify--by "as herself" does this mean she'll actually be playing "Liza Minnelli," or will it be the Bernadette Peters/Leigh Conroy type of thing where they make her play a fictional approximation of herself? It's weird how the show decides to incorporate some aspects of real-life Broadway but not others.

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Grey's Anatomy Review: Change of Heart

I'm nervous about Owen and Cristina.... As long as they're apart, it's going to be the same old drama it has been for a year now, but if they get back together, I think they're making a huge mistake and compromising themselves in really unrealistic ways. The kids issue is really non-negotiable. I remember a Shonda interview from sometime last year where she said that the kid issue was the dynamic she wanted to explore. In particular the fact that some women, honest to god, just don't want kids. But obviously Owen is crazy about kids (remember him with Zola last week?). So in my opinion they really don't belong together, but them being apart is causing a whole bunch of tired and frankly boring drama. As for Jo, I think she's fine. Not great, but not worth all the disdain she's getting around here.

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Remember, "Midwest" is a huge geographic area... typically "pop" is reserved for the northern plains/great lakes regions, not MO, IL, or IN. I'm from St. Louis MO and have lived in Bloomington IN for years. Never said "pop" in my life! I think P&R is usually exceptionally good at their attention to Midwest detail (btw, major kudos to the show for using the Bloomington-based Upland beer label in several episodes!) I didn't have the foresight to take the same precaution with my DVR! You should have heard the screams coming from my living room when it cut out. hahah! Thank god for Hulu.

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Overall a good episode...though I think Shonda needs to cut Callie a break, after George, her homophobe family, her accident, and now this one-two punch. I agree with those who said the overall tone was more depressing than sad, making the last-act scene in the airport bar much-welcome and much-needed. One thing that really peeved me was the portrayal of the docs at Mayo clinic, relying on easy Midwestern stereotypes of simple/generous/longwinded folks. The Midwest has people just as focused and driven as anywhere else, and besides, these are world-renowned physicians. Also, MN isn't always covered in 10 feet of snow and not everyone wears turtle necks. Also have to mention I found the Arizona twist totally predictable, and kept finding it really annoying every time they referred to her in the past tense (like "Arizona would have wanted this" etc.). Shonda fake-outs can be so transparent sometimes. I am excited about this storyline, though.

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Who says Adam is "out"? Seemed like something of a cliffhanger to me. Has news broken on the actor's contract status with HBO? I wasn't able to find anything...

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Yeah I think you're right Deanna. My guess is that this is a total fake-out, and the death will be someone who's not even on the plane. I've thought it was going to be April all along, but Adele is also a good guess. Of the folks on the plane it makes most sense dramatically to kill Lexie, given the uncertainty of her relationship with Mark. But as we all know, Shonda's going to keep us guessing no matter what.

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Ok, am I the only one wondering: what is Chief Webber doing there? What's his situation?

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@April, that is a possible outcome of the Cristina storyline, but Shonda said in another interview that Cristina's decision is "pretty much set in stone" by the end of the premiere, and if she chooses to keep the baby but give it up for adoption, that leaves LOTS of room for twists in the coming months and isn't very set in stone. We'll just have to see what ends up happening...I'd love to see the show take a risk and further develop that kind of character typically vilified in our society that Shonda is talking about.

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I'm with the others who think Cristina should just follow her own heart on this one. Owen is done as far as I'm concerned. Meredith and Derek will work things out (after all they've been through? please!) and Alex will somehow redeem himself--he always does. The only thing I'm truly nervous about is the Cristina storyline...I could see lots of pull for her to go ahead and have the baby in order to "grow," but I'm totally uninterested that kind of storyline. There are plenty of other ways to grow that don't involve having children you don't even want. Hopefully Shonda is with us on this.