While fans gather in our These Ties That Bind" include the show's new direction, Cristina and Owen, Little Sloan and Little Grey, and the lack of MerDer drama ...
1. So, Grey's Anatomy appears to be the new Ghost Whisperer. Are you happy with this direction?
McCritic: No. I'm all for fairy tale love... in fairy tales! Shonda and the writers can't take pride in how realistic their show depicts relationships, only to create a story line based around interaction with a ghost.
missingBurke: I'm all for more Denny Duquette, but this development strains credulity.
iheartizzie: Hallucinations occur when an individual has a tumor in the temporal lobe of one's brain. Therefore, I can only imagine this angle is a way for the show to slowly reveal Izzie's long-rumored brain tumor. If that's the case, you gotta hand it to the writers for crafting an interesting (and handsome!) way to bring on the disease.
Has Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) officially lost it?
2. Will Mark heed Derek's advice and keep "Little Sloan" away from "Little Grey?"
iheartizzie: Unlikely. That's like someone on The Bachelor actually finding love on the show.
McCritic: I'm actually gonna say yes. Via his relationship with Callie, a softer side has developed to Mark. He'll respect his best friend's wishes.
missingBurke: Of course not. Mark isn't a bad guy, but the part of the body he thinks with isn't exactly in his head.3. The addition of Sadie: YAY-die? Or NAY-die?
missingBurke: Her first few scenes felt a bit forced. She leaps into bed with Meredith, she takes off her shirt and cuts herself. Must the writers bludgeon viewers over the head right away with just how free-spirited Sadie appears to be?
McCritic: You're asking this question solely due to the witty way in which it's phrased, aren't you? Well played, Round Table writers! It's early, but so far Sadie seems like an enjoyable injection of enthusiasm.
iheartizzie: She has potential, even if it's just as an obstacle in the friendship between Cristina and Meredith. For a pair of dark and twisty people, they get along way too well.
4. How long until Cristina and Hunt take their relationship to the on-call room level (if you know what we mean!)?
McCritic: Dr. Hunt means business. He and Cristina may go steady at one point, but I can't see the goateed doctor engaging in any on-call room activity that doesn't involve sleep.
iheartizzie: However long it takes viewers to come up with a nickname for the potential couple. The most obvious possibility is likely too X-rated.
missingBurke: Soon, and when we least expect. The sparks between these two are so red hot, they may explode at any time.
5. Do you yearn for more Mer-Der drama this season?
iheartizzie: Yes. And I have a suspicion Sadie will provide it.
missingBurke: I just yearn for Derek to stop wearing a shirt in bed. Come on, McDreamy, it's gotta be hot in Seattle!
McCritic: No way. Meredith and Derek are finally at peace in their relationship. Isn't that what viewers have been clamoring for? Let's enjoy their normalcy.
Will Sadie (Melissa George, right) cause friction between Meredith and Derek?