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''Grey's Anatomy'': Death works overtime

On ”Grey’s Anatomy,” four surgical deaths leave the hospital staff at sixes and sevens

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Grey's Anatomy

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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
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”Grey’s Anatomy”: Death works overtime

Last night’s Grey’s Anatomy was all about superstition. The thought that doctors actually believe in coincidences and myths disturbed me. Shouldn’t they be smarter than that? Apparently Seattle Grace’s staff isn’t, since nearly the entire hospital was convinced that deaths happen in threes or sevens. Since the episode began with four deaths, basically the whole episode was a countdown to see whether or not the myth was true. For those of you who missed the show, it’s not true. We only saw six deaths last night. Denny lived to see another day.

Character actress Mary Kay Place (The Big Chill) guest-starred as a patient, which is kind of a coincidence (hmmmm) because last week she guest-starred on the premiere of HBO’s Big Love. But then once I checked my calendar, I realized that March is Mary Kay Place Month. I don’t know how I forgot that. Anyway, it turns out that Place used to be Webber’s sponsor and that it was his affair with Ellis Grey that drove him to alcoholism. Um, hello? What happened there exactly? Unfortunately, those were the only tidbits of information given. Shonda Rhimes is sooo damn good at dropping in these little character twists without their ever feeling awkward, like the revelation about Izzie’s daughter. Webber was able to save Place, so I have a feeling we’ll be seeing her again, especially given this rather surprising confession.

Cristina’s blackmailing of Burke in order to get him to throw George out of their apartment was pretty brilliant. I loved it when she told him that she was going to hold his cap hostage until he gave George the heave-ho. But the real joy was the interplay between George and Cristina throughout the episode. George following her into the ladies’ room and their subsequent wrestling match was a comedic highlight. And seeing Callie interrupt them was great. Thank God George finally sucked it up and called her. Let’s get it poppin’.

And Cristina showed some warmth and humanity when she told Burke that she keeps his lucky cap to inspire her to be a great surgeon. That was the moment that brought me the closest to my weekly Grey’s tears, but alas, the old eyes remained dry throughout this episode.

Meredith’s story line was pretty lame. She was treating this girl who was obsessed with her ex-boyfriend, and it just felt like yet another way for our favorite mope to realize she has to get over McDreamy. Meredith really needs a new love interest. Did anyone else notice that her hair looked especially nice? It was down mostly instead of pulled back with those gross, dangly pieces in her face. So it would be great timing if good old Dr. McSteamy came back to Seattle.

Izzie is starting to get on my nerves. This whole Izzie-Denny-Alex triangle has definitely run its course. And can someone get Denny a razor? There must be one somewhere around this hospital, even if McDreamy can’t seem to find one either. The love-triangle subplot did inspire Izzie’s one fabulous moment in this episode, when she threatened to give Cristina a beating. (”I swear to God, Cristina, I like you, I really do. But I grew up in a trailer park, and I am not above kicking your pampered little Beverly Hills ass. And I do mean physically kicking your ass.”) But I found her treatment of Alex in the scrub room, prior to Denny’s surgery, kind of mean. Alex is no saint, but he seemed to be turning a corner, at least until he bet that Denny would die. But — and I know some of you will disagree — his outburst at George was pretty much on target. Weren’t we all thinking those things?

And most important, we learned a new slang term to add to the Grey’s Anatomy lexicon: ”juju.”

What do you think? Are you upset that Alex and Izzie broke up? Are you happy that Denny lived? And what do you think of the news that Webber is a recovering alcoholic?