Thank you @lara, that was the point I was trying to make, and you were a lot more succinct than I managed to be.
George was not a saint. He cheated on Callie (and please don't give me the whole "he and Izzie loved each other" line, it's still wrong). He continued to hold out hope for Meredith despite knowing she was in love with someone else and then slept with her knowing how emotionally fragile she was (not that she doesn't bear some blame in that). When he failed his intern year, he stopped hanging around with the core group and started hanging around with other interns, then when he passed, he dumped the other interns as friends and went back to the core group. Overall I really liked George. He was a good character and he was a great counter-balance for Alex. However I think it's unfair to both of them to pit them against each other. So Alex doesn't remember George as fondly as Meredith and Cristina do. I bet Derek doesn't remember Addison as fondly as Mark does. This idea that because Alex is willing to admit that he wasn't George's biggest fan that he's a total ass has been proven over and over again to be untrue. All that said, I do miss George, even if I found him obnoxious and self-righteous at times. He was a sweet and caring doctor with a legitimate interest in patients. I disliked Izzie on the whole, but her friendship with George was one of my favorite parts of the first several seasons. He was generally supportive of his friends and obviously cared about people as a whole, instead of just their medical issues (a flaw that Cristina struggles with).
Did anyone else wonder if the person Addie is talking to is an adoption caseworker? It would make sense since she told Sam she still wants a baby, she's talking about making plans that don't work out (her being able to conceive naturally) and then discussing what kind of mother she hopes to be. Just wondering if that thought popped into anyone else's head.
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