While fans gather in our In the Midnight Hour" Round Table include Bailey's new challenge, the interns' punishment (or lack thereof), Meredith and Cristina's fight and more ...
1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
McCritic: When Denny told Izzie it was okay for her to go sleep with Alex: It's okay. I'll be right here. (You've broken me down, Shonda. Hooray for ghost Denny!!!)
missingBurke: Tie between Mark telling Callie she's beautiful after she had her nose broken, and Derek's perplexed "Who's making a porno movie in Izzie's room?"
iheartizzie: I loved Alex's refusal to leave Izzie's side, no matter what a mess she is. If there's a saving grace to the Denny story line, which I find a bit tired (albeit intriguing, certainly), it will be seeing how Alex reacts as things unfold.
Was Cristina justified in being upset with Meredith?
2. Should Meredith have stood up for more for Cristina?
iheartizzie: I see Cristina's point, that Mer should have shown solidarity, but Mer was put in a really tough spot there. It's hard to see how she could have seen that coming, or what she would have said to share the blame or take the heat.
McCritic: This fight felt forced. Meredith reacted with legitimate shock when the Chief asked Cristina about knowledge of any extracurricular behavior by the interns. How quickly did Cristina expert Meredith to think on her feet?
missingBurke: I think so. The situation unraveled rather quickly, but Meredith had an opportunity to jump in at least once and (intentionally or not) stood there idly.3. What will be the "new challenge" Bailey embarks on?
missingBurke: Researching the next generation of McNicknames and euphemisms for the va-jay-jay.
McCritic: I think she's make a great dog walker.
iheartizzie: How about piecing her personal life back together? Like the Chief, Miranda has long struggled with work-life balance. It's the ultimate challenge, both in terms of difficulty and importance. Plus, I'd love to see more of the Tucks.
4. Did the interns deserve a harsher punishment?
McCritic: Ummm... yes! They performed an unauthorized surgery and almost killed one of their own. The probation punishment made the original O.J. verdict seem mild.
iheartizzie: Izzie got a slap on the wrist for stealing a freaking heart from a transplant patient and cutting Denny's LVAD wire, so at least the interns' probation makes Seattle Grace protocol seem consistent. At least Lexie & Co. only involved themselves.
missingBurke: Is McDreamy's hair one of the natural wonders of this world?
5. More moving Mark Sloan moment: When he told Callie he looked beautiful, or when he forced the patient's daughter to sleep on his shoulder?
iheartizzie: The latter. He's been getting closer to Callie for a few episodes, so that didn't move me quite as much as his compassion with the patient's daughter. Kudos to Shonda for the continually entertaining and heartwarming evolution of Mark!
missingBurke: Is there anything this man can't do? What's going to be interesting is when Addison comes back. Is there anything left for the two of them?
McCritic: The former. Only someone this McAwesome could sincerely tell Callie she looked beautiful with a broken nose, while also soothing her concerns by saying he'd have sex with her any time she wanted... once she healed, of course. Humor, hotness and a heart that grows bigger by the episode? Mark my words, Sloan is the man.
Once merely eye candy and a diversion for Addison and Derek, Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) is emerging as a favorite of many Grey's Anatomy fans here in Season Five.