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Grey's Anatomy recap: Mal de Mer

Our title heroine once again bores us with her near-death experience, her daddy issues, and her inability to commit to Derek; plus, Izzie plans perfect sex with George

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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
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”Grey’s Anatomy” recap: Meredith returns

Apparently, one episode was not enough to contain Meredith’s crap, so we had to do Mer’s-a-Mess redux this week. Granted, Cristina did diagnose her with ”severe abandonment issues” within the first five minutes — I love that it took her this long to figure that out, and she still needed to consult a book, but whatever. I guess that warrants a whole second hour devoted to us feeling bad for Meredith. But let me speak on behalf of all fans and say: Honestly, we got it now. Please, let’s move on.

Meredith wasn’t the only one moping, though: Her sometime Prince Charming was up fishing at the crack of dawn to drown his sorrows. Of course he ran into the Chief, who I guess was fishing for a story line and declared that a ”gentlemen’s evening” was needed to help all the guys with their lady troubles and whatnot. Apparently he’d forgotten about the Great Fishing Trip Fiasco of last season, which resulted in both a fistfight and great annoyance among fans who like their Grey’s in the hospital and with girls, thank you.

George and Izzie, unfortunately, persisted in planning their own coed activities. I really, truly wish I could go back to a time (currently just a few short, innocent hours ago) when I hadn’t heard Izzie say to George, ”And now I want sex.” That statement wouldn’t bother me so much if she hadn’t said it (presumably) about George as well as to him. But there it was. Worse still: ”Our perfect sex requires shaved legs.” Way too much multi-sensory imagery for me to work with there. Ugh.

Dr. Hahn to the rescue! Well, not in that specific situation, but in taking my mind off it. ”Do you hire on looks alone, or is skill a factor?” she snarked to the Chief upon meeting some of her fellow staffers. Still funny, even if it raises the question of whether she was temporarily blinded during or perhaps lost her memory after her previous stints at Seattle Grace. Is it now a rule that everyone coming on board at this hospital must have a finely developed sense of meta-self-awareness? Even more pressing question: Is it me, or are the gals all on some kind of rotating schedule for being more glammed up this season? It’s as if they didn’t want to hit you with too much at once, so they take turns: One week, Izzie gets to wear her hair down; another, Meredith gets lip gloss. This week, it appeared Cristina got a wash of lilac eye shadow. I like when they look pretty, so, hey, I’m all for it. Maybe next time two can go at once. Just to see what happens.

I’m also so pro-Sloan at this point that I can barely stand it anymore. Notice that I even used his name instead of any derivative of Steamy; that is how far he has come toward actual characterization this season. Loving that his slight sleaze factor is turning into an asset now — it makes me understand how chicks can fall for him left and right even when he’s not flashing those abs. ”It’s like half my job torturing interns,” he said to Callie upon learning that George was his for the day. And thus George’s sole task for the episode became holding on to a wedding dress that two patients had been severely injured fighting over in a contest to win a $100,000 wedding. ”You’re right, this did cheer me up,” Callie told Sloan. These two are so getting it on soon.

But, no, none of that now — it was (almost) all business this episode, with (most of) our hot docs focusing on professional issues. Cristina and Izzie, for instance, continued to build the tension that started between them last week, this time over Izzie getting a cardio case Cristina wanted. Cristina gave a big speech about how she was married to cardio while Izzie was merely flirting with it, only for Izzie to take it a little too personally: ”You are telling me to stop flirting with your husband. I get it. Cute.” Natch, this did not end with her handing her patient over to Cristina. Dr. Grey: Intern Edition, meanwhile, was hiding in a closet to do her charts because, she told Alex, ”when I’m out there on the floor, I’m just the other Grey who Dr. Yang likes to humiliate.” Jeez, this family likes to dwell, don’t they?

In the land of people with serious problems — i.e., the patient realm — a dude came in having fallen 12,000 feet without his parachute opening. Though he didn’t have too serious a problem: Turned out he just had some scrapes and needed an appendectomy. But, hey, Meredith could relate! You know, because she, too, had a near-death experience once! Remember? She went to heaven and hung out with Denny? Gosh, it’s so hard to recall when she hasn’t mentioned it for, wow, 15 minutes. ”It changes a person,” she wisely intoned to Skydiver Guy. Ugh. Moving on. The cardio patient the girls had been fighting over, meanwhile, actually had it worse than originally believed — he was allergic to the anesthesia they needed for the surgery to remove his blockage. So they’d have to do it without. Yeah, not good.

Across the hospital George was still holding the psycho wedding couples’ bloodied, battered gown. ”So, what, he just stands there and holds a dress?” Cristina asked as a crowd of doctors watched him. ”I know, I thought it was gonna be more exciting, too,” Meredith said, which I enjoyed, because she was not talking about her family issues or her near-death experience or her inability to experience true love….Oops, but I spoke too soon, because there she and Cristina were again, minutes later, back on about how Meredith didn’t use her second lease on life to tell Derek how she really felt. And then Cristina said what should basically be the tagline for this entire series, if not everyone’s 20s and 30s: ”You know, being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things.”

Quick on the heels of that was the second best line of the night, courtesy of Dr. Hahn. ”Are you two a couple?” she said after Dreamy and Steamy did a little comedy routine asking her if she knew what a gentlemen’s evening might entail. (I did also enjoy when she called them ”Pretty and Prettier” later.) Mainly, it just made me really happy to see the boys getting along so well now that Addison’s gone; they’re doing each other some good, getting out of being so McBroody and McSkeevy. Hahn also showed some serious potential as a troublemaker when the Chief questioned her decision to do the awake open-heart surgery without his approval; she came right back at him with accusations of gender discrimination for his innocent plans with the boys. Nicely done.

NEXT: Perfect-sex night