anuflas - thanks for the comment! Don't worry, you aren't the only one. I like Alex too, so I am apparently shallow and I like to be abused by men. I can fully admit that Alex can be a HUGE jerk and there are many times that his behavior frustrates me. (I think that the word abusive is a pretty strong word and if it applies to Alex it applies to just about every character on the show). But as a character he is written well enough (and acted wonderfully) so that even when I don't like what he does, I can understand it. For god sake its a tv show...in real life I would run far from just about every single messed up guy on this show. But as far as entertainment goes, I find Alex to be extremely interesting and entertaining. I don't love Izzie, but I like what she brings out in Alex and especially I like what he brings out in her. Although I was a big fan of the Gizzie friendship, I found that both Denny and George brought out a side of Izzie that I really didn't like (ie - hysterical and selfish). Since they are fictional characters, I find it hard to argue who is better for Izzie or who loves her more since they are products of a writers imagination. I just think that her behavior with Alex is alot more likable and entertaining to me than it was when she was with George or Denny. I am a fan of George too, but all of the insistence of him being so nice and sweet and practically without flaws and of the Gizzie love being PURE is just not what I saw on my screen. But hey, to each his own.
As always, I feel the need to defend Alex a little bit LOL! When he pushed Izzie into to say goodbye to George and then left the room, I could have sworn that he was wiping away a tear. Did anyone else see it? As far as what he said to Izzie outside of the trailer, yes it was pretty rotten and there really was no reason for him to be that mean about it. However, Izzie basically asked him to have sex with her so that she could be distracted from feeling sad about George, her bff but also her ex-lover. Since she couldn't drink or work. Thats pretty harsh too. Plus, she must have known how difficult her cancer and hallucinations have been on Alex (as well as her) and she told him that she was WISHING for another tumor so that she could talk to George. C'mon. Although I think that part of that scene was Izzie saying something like that to really get Alex's attention. And she sure did. Yes, Alex was a jerk in that scene, but Izzie could have been a LOT more sensitive as well. She has a habit of being completely unaware of Alex's feelings, and thats what I saw here. She was dealing with the death of her best friend, but Alex was dealing with his wife dying in his arms and that didn't seem to occur to her. Again, not to say that Alex should have been that mean, but still. I am glad though, that they finally communicated about his feelings at the end.
As long as it is done realistically and without unnecessary couple angst, I have no problem with a few Meredith and Izzie-less episodes. In fact, this presents a wonderful opportunity to explore some of those characters that we still don't know that much about after 5 years (Derek, Alex, Mark). I would love to see Mark and Derek FINALLY get to their issues. More scenes between Alex and Cristina, Bailey and Derek, Callie and Cristina, Owen and Alex, etc. If they do use this time to focus on relationships outside of the normal couples and give us some backstory on characters that need it (what is Alex's relationship w/his mother like now?, Are Mark's parents still alive?), I will be THRILLED. But I fear that once again, Alex and Derek will be the supporting player to someone else's story and this time it will be some new person that I couldn't begin to care about.
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