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one last thing i just remembered, what's up with m...

2009-05-18T20:16:00.000-04:00

one last thing i just remembered, what's up with matt saracen wanting to hack off his leg? he don't wanna be QB1 anymore? to much pressure? does he just want to go fight alongside his dad? what about grandma'? and what about coaches' daughter?

man that guy does buckle under pressure ;)



Honestly I have no idea how I still managed to wat...

2009-05-18T19:27:00.000-04:00

Honestly I have no idea how I still managed to watch Grey's Anatomy after the 3rd season, it's gotten more ridiculous each episode and this 5th season final is the epitome of ridiculousness (if that's even a word). I suspect me being a medical student is what has drawn me to it in the first place and kept me by its side, I have no other explanation for why this drivel has stayed me with all these years.

It's a mystery to me, Alan, what has put you off Heroes (equally ridiculous after the 1st season) but has yet kept you watching this garbage. Was it maybe only wanting to see McDreamy and Ms. Whiney end up happily ever after?

I admit that I had no idea that John Doe was George (who seriously remembers that 007 crap?!?) but in the same breath I also admit that I couldn't have cared less. George used to be one my favorite characters but what they did to him in the last 2 seasons is beyond shameful (no wonder the actor wants out).

First time Izzy (whom I liked!) started seeing that guy whose wire she cut (beyond ridiculous that whole story!!! but lets not go there) I was puzzled and thought it was a joke, then it dragged on for what felt like a million episodes and after some more disbelief I started telling myself that what I was watching was a parody of Grey's, a spin-off of sorts, but alas no hope.
And please people, who DIDN'T guess that after Izzy's miraculous recovery she wouldn't fall back into some sort of coma (in GOB's words: Como? GOB: Oh, you'll be in a coma alright!) and they'll try to resuscitate her after she signed off to the DNR, that was so cheap, really the cheapest of sorts, cheap, cheap drama.

And I know people like Christina and Owen Hunt as a couple but that whole story is beyond me, it reached it's cringeworthiness (another wordcreation? I'm on a roll here!) when they stood on top of that idiotic ventilator thingy, a totally lame attempt at copying Merediths' and Shepherds' elevator days.

And don't even get me started on Callie Torres, her turning lesbian and all that being bad enough (and I mean really really REALLY bad), but no, they have to top it off with her suddenly having money problems, a friggin resident having problems paying the rent or paying for dinner at a restaurant, seriously? Yeah Shonda, I bet a lot of people can relate to that, let alone believe an ounce of it.
Best part is, Christina can pay for it but Torres can't? Yeah whatever.

I could go on and on, but to at least say something positive, Karev is seriously the only thing that has keept me going there, I love this character and it pains me to see him suffer although I'm afraid that he alone is not nearly enough to keep me involved, as dearly beloved he is by me.

I forgave Meredith and the bomb, Meredith drowning and being saved by Derek Shepherd (of all people), and god knows what else, but this whole thing just put me over the edge. Mabye it's those feel-good voice-overs that keep people liking but they just won't do
it for me anymore, whatever it is, I'm not here to offend anyone, those are just my 2 cents, however in the future me thinks that in the future I'd rather be sticking to quality television like Breaking Bad, Dexter, Californication and LOST rather than this O.C. for adults type melodramatic crap disguised as a medical drama.

Grey's anatomy has lost me with this last season, and to put in Richard Marx words, they've lost me "Now and Forever", not that anyone cares.



did I already say that there was no reason to "red...

2009-05-17T17:36:00.000-04:00

did I already say that there was no reason to "reduce George's screentime over the season to make us miss him less" when, in the beginning of the ep, someone said "George is going to be in surgery till 6"? *If* anyone was running around *before* 6, wondering why they hadn't seen George all day, they didn't get the memo. I wasn't missing him. I hadn't noticed he was missing, but I had a reason when the question finally hit me. Everyone is waiting for 6pm. Gotta be a reason they all chose that time.

I thought the story was - TR has had such little screetime this season *that he wanted to be released from his contract.*

I'd say the last few eps have fixed that (he was clicking with Hunt on trauma) and now there is no reason to want to leave.
But I can only hope that's true.



what I didn't understand (and still don't) was how...

2009-05-17T17:23:00.000-04:00

what I didn't understand (and still don't) was how tumor could be too tiny to remove.

especially after 8 worm larva in the ventricles..



I couldn't get into ER and I was probably a baby o...

2009-05-16T19:44:00.000-04:00

I couldn't get into ER and I was probably a baby or damn close to being one when MASH went off the air, so the George reveal was a nice surprise for me. Sucked to not be me, especially at that moment. I don't know that I buy Shonda's explanation about reducing the character's screentime over the season so he wouldn't be missed. But the reduction in screentime worked for me. Speaking of which, I see a lot of conspiracy theorists pulling out the pitchforks for Shonda regarding the lack of screentime for George's character as some sort of revenge for Isaiahgate. Here's a conspiracy for you: Back in the sunny days of Grey's, George was the nice, plain guy who was the perfect sidekick for most of the main cast. I think the worst thing that happened to his character was turning into some super-stud that a Callie, or even more unlikely, an Izzie would lose her mind over. And I've mostly believed that GIZZIE was a way to give T.R. Knight more screentime due to Isaiahgate fallout and probably something that the actor himself pushed for. Unfortunately, Knight wasn't believable as a role and while I wish the best for him, I can't help but think he'll fade to the relative obscurity that he enjoyed before GREY's.

I thought it was a solid finale, and the "TWISTS!" worked for me. I could take or leave the Izzie character and from what I hear about Katherine Heigl, it might be better if she leaves the show.



Okay, I think it's time to invoke the No Politics ...

2009-05-16T14:34:00.000-04:00

Okay, I think it's time to invoke the No Politics rule, which I think in this case can apply to both the war in Iraq and vaccinations. Talk about the show, not about the war, or Shonda's politics, or each other. Period.



I'm surprised no one has mentioned what a blatant ...

2009-05-16T13:17:00.000-04:00

I'm surprised no one has mentioned what a blatant propaganda piece for military enlistment this episode was. I found it to be quite disgusting.

Don't worry. You still have eleven SEASONS of MASH to give you the anti-military position... to balance one EPISODE of Grey's. And even in this episode, with one exception, everyone was CRITICIZING his decision and plotting to stop him.


But to hear ANYTHING pro-military on TV (aside from news programs), other than the perfunctory "I support the troops yada yada" was refreshing for a change.

(Insert Colonel Jessep's testimony: "Son, we live in a world that has walls...")

The problem was they were going for the "big surprise reveal" at the expense of everything else. Did George really feel like such an outcast and misfit that he'd make a life-changing decision without at least TALKING to even one person in his life?



Well, actually, immunization can be alternatively ...

2009-05-16T12:57:00.000-04:00

Well, actually, immunization can be alternatively used for vaccination (http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/microbes/glossary.htm). I am not a supporter of vaccination, which I admit is a more precise term, and I am especially against Gardasil. Private Practice recently aired TWO very biased episodes heavily promoting vaccinations, including the one I'm referring to in which a young man gets oral cancer that is blamed on HPV which he supposedly got from his girlfriend (oh, if only Gardasil had been available when she was younger - BARF). In another episode, a child dies after he contracts the measles; his mother had not vaccinated him after another sibling had been diagnosed with autism following an MMR vaccination. In reality, children in the United States RARELY die from the measles if they contract it. At the end of the episode, the children's doctor, Cooper, even commits malpractice by forcibly vaccinating the woman's third child without her permission. Cooper is then portrayed as a 'hero' ... it was absolutely disgusting and an excellent example of fear-mongering.

In the season finale of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda wants us all to believe that it is incredibly noble to sign up to become a trained killer or to serve as a doctor to support an illegal and immoral occupation of a foreign country (how admirable it is to even permit the cutting off of a healthy limb just so that one may return to the killing fields!). Goebbels would have been proud!



I really liked the one scene George DID have, with...

2009-05-16T10:09:00.000-04:00

I really liked the one scene George DID have, with Izzie, though it also made me realize even more how much I've missed him. Or maybe just how much I love him....

I'm surprised no one else has mentioned that scene.



You mean Vaccination, not immunization. Being made...

2009-05-16T06:45:00.000-04:00

You mean Vaccination, not immunization. Being made immune to a disease means that the disease won't affect you. The only possible side-effect to that (that I know of) is an Auto-immune disease.

And to be fair, vaccination is good as well. I know a lot of people are still under the impression that children can get autism from vaccination shots. Even ignoring that the study proving that was pretty much rigged, the substance that supposedly causes autism is not used in shots anymore.

Now, there are people who react adversely to vaccines, but that's true for any type of medecine, and the side effects are generally better than actually getting one of the diseases in question.



I'm surprised no one has mentioned what a blatant ...

2009-05-16T06:12:00.000-04:00

I'm surprised no one has mentioned what a blatant propaganda piece for military enlistment this episode was. I found it to be quite disgusting. Really ... did Shonda Rhimes get some kickback from the U.S. Army? Grey's spinoff, Private Practice, has seemed to be in bed with Big Pharma recently with its rabid endorsement of immunizations (I might as well have watched an hour-long commercial for Gardasil). This sort of storywriting is really getting out of control. Does anyone have ANY integrity anymore?



I don't get it. I found the episode entirely unin...

2009-05-16T03:40:00.000-04:00

I don't get it. I found the episode entirely uninvolving. There was a spike of interest in the show for mew a few months ago, but since then Heigl and pretty much everyone else has driven me nuts with their ridic behavior. Even the chief! I knew that Knight and Heigel might die, but the reveal that this was George was ruined by the whole George joins the Army plot and the emotionally manipulative way they had Callie and the blonde discuss it. Really that pedes doc, Arixona or whatever, is wasted on this show. That one scene with the chief was so stupid. I was not moved by any of the cancer stuff either, or the Karev, Izzie crap. I am deleting my season pass.



Come on people....you mean to tell me last week th...

2009-05-15T23:52:00.000-04:00

Come on people....you mean to tell me last week that they put Izzie through an MRI/Brain scan and could barely detect a tumour, and this week, Dr. McDreamy is claiming that they got it all out??? Yeah, right.



More ridiculous turns for what has become a mostly...

2009-05-15T23:34:00.000-04:00

More ridiculous turns for what has become a mostly ridiculous show. This show is too careless with the emotional integrity of its characters and too careless with the real-world-ness of its events.

word id: ouslurp which is what happens to your brain when you take too fast a swig of your slurpee



one typo can totally lose your point He was writt...

2009-05-15T23:21:00.000-04:00

one typo can totally lose your point

He was written *out* OF the "corner" on having to go to Iraq, by the "accident." So, if he wanted to, he could stay



Erin, you made me giggle. I'd forgotten what the n...

2009-05-15T23:19:00.000-04:00

Erin, you made me giggle. I'd forgotten what the notes *said*
(only seen it once in total. gasp.)



Remember when Izzy read the date of Denny's death ...

2009-05-15T23:15:00.000-04:00

Remember when Izzy read the date of Denny's death in the other heart patient's chart - she said "two thousand and..." actually, I think that was Mer reading the chart. (just checked. it was. May 14th. time for proms! alas July was another year away)
Sorry to be such a Ted.
:-(



Ed, I totslly missed Izzie saying the year! (yeah,...

2009-05-15T23:10:00.000-04:00

Ed, I totslly missed Izzie saying the year! (yeah, I did notice the trail off in that previous ep.)

Oops again.

Along with the two Octobers in Lexie's intern year (and many other time mistakes I can't think of right now. Shonda can remember tiny details as long as they don't involve *time* (she was all squee when someone noticed the last ep ended with Mer and Der on the living room floor "like in the pilot" - well except that Mer was on the couch in the pilot...)

blearl: how you feel waking up on the couch, in the pilot



brief note about Liza Weil - she played the wife o...

2009-05-15T23:05:00.000-04:00

brief note about Liza Weil - she played the wife of the guy (Krumholz?) who killed Lucy Knight (who was just on Grey's, come to think of it. Last week? Week before? as you already know)



I can't hear even the vaguest of spoilers without ...

2009-05-15T21:40:00.000-04:00

I can't hear even the vaguest of spoilers without figuring out the big twist. It's irritating. I didn't watch more than an episode or two of Grey's Anatomy this season, but I watched the season finale. I knew the patient who was hit by the bus had to be George, even before we saw him. As I always say, this isn't the first time I've watched television.



ooh, someone said "I think Izzie will be back nex...

2009-05-15T21:22:00.000-04:00

ooh,

someone said "I think Izzie will be back next year"

and someone replied
"God, I hope not like Denny!"



Crap. I need one page open just to comment. sorry....

2009-05-15T21:01:00.000-04:00

Crap. I need one page open just to comment.
sorry. Yes, when Shonda said she was "breaking the rules of television" while everyone here described Howie Mandel's barely remembered (by me, and I said *barely*) journey to The Great In Between in St Elsewhere, I definitely felt she was loony toons and narcissistic.

I'm happier now. I remember season 2 or so, re: Mer & Der, Shonda said to trust her. And I did - up until the middle/end of season 3, with Mer and Der taking turns waffling. (and George & Izzie. ick!)

I think she's back (if only in my good graces and trust) and I hope she stays.

Aside from Denny, this season has been good.

(oh and yes, I did notice the big fan blades in Owen's favorite hideout. though not till last night. Baylink calls it The Steam Trunk Distribution Venue. did I get that right?)



was George supposed to be "in surgery till 6:00"? ...

2009-05-15T20:54:00.000-04:00

was George supposed to be "in surgery till 6:00"? I didn;t realize he was missing, and isn't that why they were waiting?

throwing TR under the bus. now that's funny.
Where *are* Linda's writeups?

I could have read Dan's, but I was waiting for Alan's.
I love that you included your wife's reactions.

and yes, the Chief is frequently an idiot. I was wondering if the new robot was going to cause another elevator to fail due to lack of a backup generator.
(well except for his recent apology to Meredith which was awesome)

As a fan, I'd like to point out another Meredith moment from - season 4. When her dad came in drunk, and told her he was so proud of her - a lifetime worth of proud.

This was something she'd waited so very long to hear, and it meant so much to her (trust me, I know; I got my father's "pride" secondhand) and then only to hear Lexie recite the same exact words back to her, when explaining Thatcher's recent drinking (induced?) mood swings.
The look on Meredith/Ellen's face went right through me.

Sadly I had to sit thru high schoolers (including Anna Wu, she's been in everything) and kids with pencils in their eyes, to get to that scene.



Actually Meredith and Derek never saved someone du...

2009-05-15T20:41:00.000-04:00

Actually Meredith and Derek never saved someone during dinner - it was Cristina & Burke.

But yes, I did not miss the Love's Labor Lost recently. What I did not understand was the lead up to it, when Derek was seeing the 16 year old die and saying that they don't tell you in med school that so many people are going to die. I thought that was just stupid. Of course a lot of patients are going to die - especially if you are a neurosurgeon, especially if you are a top neuro and get all the terminal hopeless cases (without ever publishing or going to a conference and speaking) and especially if you do a clinical trial on terminal brain tumor patients. Good grief. Or rather - naive grief. But burnout maybe, I could take.

The story it led to, in any case, was interesting.



meant to add I heard TR wanted to leave cause he h...

2009-05-15T20:29:00.000-04:00

meant to add I heard TR wanted to leave cause he had no storyline. now, lately, he's had one (being good at trauma, among other things)

I think Shonda dropped the ball on him after his becoming a resident and not Lexie's "love" and hope the recent ball pickup will change his mind. He was written *out* on the "corner" on having to go to Iraq, by the "accident." So, if he wanted to, he could stay and I wish they both would. Alex deserves a break.