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''Grey's Anatomy'': Meredith's near-death experience

Meredith puts herself at risk while saving a patient in an explosive situation; meanwhile, Bailey has a complicated labor, and Izzie gets aroused

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GREY'S ANATOMY: Franck Ockenfels

”Grey’s Anatomy”: Meredith’s near-death experience

Sex. Birth. A faux-lesbian shower scene. Christina Ricci with cute bangs. A bomb scare. Creator Shonda Rimes sure pulled out all the stops on the post-Super Bowl episode of Grey’s Anatomy. As if I hadn’t been uncomfortable enough from the pounds of spinach dip I’d inhaled, the hospital drama ran its most tense hour ever. And there was a noticeable reduction in voice-over! Hallelujah!

The said lesbian fantasy sequence (courtesy of Dr. McHorndog, George) opened the episode, um, memorably, and the action didn’t let up for the rest of the night. Once my favorite TV roommates-interns (Meredith, George, and Izzie) reached the hospital, basically all hell broke loose. Dr. Bailey returned, thankfully, but not without some drama of her own: She was in labor. This being the highly hyped Super Bowl episode, I knew her labor wouldn’t go easy, but I had no idea that Bailey’s husband would be the twist. He got in a car accident on his way to the hospital and required major brain surgery courtesy of McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey). Needless to say, Bailey’s eventual reaction to the news brought about my standard Grey’s Anatomy weeping session. This one felt a little more manly since it occurred after I’d watched the whole Super Bowl.

The highlight of the episode, though, was the now-famous ”code black” story line, whispered about for weeks. Apparently, ”code black” is hospital jargon for a bomb threat. No, I’m not getting this confused with 24. A patient was brought into the ER with a gaping wound that a paramedic named Hannah (guest star Christina Ricci, actually quite good, though it still doesn’t erase memories of her performance in Monster) had sealed with her own hand. The wound didn’t contain only gross, squishy innards but also an unexploded bazooka shell. Hannah couldn’t remove her hand without potentially activating the explosive, creating a rather interesting surgical environment to say the least. To make things worse, the cowardly anesthesiologist left Hannah alone with her hand in the victim and the other hand pumping the resuscitation bag necessary to keep the patient alive. Talk about walking and chewing gum at the same time. Pressure eventually got to the poor girl, and she ripped her hand out of the body and dashed out of the room. I had a similar reaction after viewing Ricci’s werewolf flick Cursed, but unlike Christina, I didn’t have handy-dandy Meredith Grey there for help. Meredith (who started the day whining about how she felt as if she were going to die) redeemed herself with the brave and selfless act of inserting her own hand into the patient’s wound. And that, dear friends, is where the episode ended and where I let out a screeching ”Noooooooooooo!” How am I supposed to wait a week when Meredith has her hand inside a potentially explosive patient? It just seems mean. And I should know.

The code black prompted the evacuation of much of the hospital and also switched on Izzie’s libido. She cornered Alex in yet another convenient supply closet, and the two started to do the dirty deed. While the episode definitely needed some levity, I found it a little odd and selfish that Izzie and Alex wouldn’t be the slightest bit worried about the safety of the rest of their posse. But I’ve heard that bomb threats and major trauma are quite the aphrodisiac. Or is that oysters and chocolates?

What did you think? Were you on the edge of your seat like me, or did you find the plotlines a little contrived? How do you feel about Izzie and Alex’s hookup? And what do you think will happen next week? (Remember, these two episodes are titled ”It’s the End of the World (As We Know It), Parts 1 and 2.”)