‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Those old feelings get in the way
Welcome to the Erica Hahn Memorial Grey’s Anatomy Recap. Yes, this was apparently the last episode for our favorite prickly lesbian cardio surgeon…they sure do know how to scare off the cardio geniuses around Seattle Grace, don’t they? Ah, well, we’ll be getting a brand-new one (Mary McDonnell) straight from Battlestar Galactica in the coming weeks, not to mention a brand-new bisexual, played by Melissa George. Nonetheless, I count Brooke Smith as an unnecessary loss — regardless of whether producers were simply over her story or the network was uncomfortable with all the graphic lesbianic talk. Sure, Hahn could be harsh, but I liked that she kept the spazzy Seattle Gracers in line — no better indicated than in this episode.
I mean, let’s face it: Izzie got her karmic comeuppance by being placed on Hahn’s service (along with Meredith) when she was tending to the very heart patient whose transplant she stole for Denny once upon a time. Even worse for Izzie, Hahn deadpanned, “I don’t get attached to patients, but I like this guy.” This is exactly what I like about her: She’s always been a straight shooter, but she had it in her to connect on occasion, too. (See the tempestuous Callie romance for proof, another dynamic I feel is being prematurely cut short.)
Derek, meanwhile, was hoping to use Mark’s penchant for, um, connecting to distract Cristina from chatting with Meredith at all hours. “I need you to have sex with Cristina Yang,” Dreamy pleaded with Steamy. When Sloan was having none of it, Derek prodded him by suggesting perhaps Cristina was out of his league: “She’s like a single-malt scotch, and you’re used to beer bongs.” And across the hospital, the Chief was asking new doc Hunt’s advice on which of the residents to give an upcoming solo surgery. (Are there really this many “contests” at real-life hospitals? Never mind, I probably don’t want to know.) “You don’t have any history, any relationships,” the Chief told him. “That perspective is rare here.”
So now that we definitely got the theme of the night, — personal entanglements with colleagues bad, Personal connection with patients good! — we learned what Hahn was going to have to do to help Mr. Didn’t Get Denny’s Heart. Basically, they’d have to give him a heart attack, which would get rid of tissue blockages or some such thing. All we really needed to know is that it would suck, and he’d be awake for it. And Izzie would have to talk him through it while battling — oh, man, I knew it — Denny visions. (They sure do love to keep that Jeffrey Dean Morgan employed, don’t they? Bad economy, I guess.) Granted, the guy was even in Denny’s old room, so there’s a better reason than usual for him to show up. “It’s a lot of Denny for one day,” Meredith said while making sure Izzie was okay. “Is it a lot of Denny for you, too?” Izzie asked. “I mean, how much Denny are you experiencing?” May I answer that? A lot. I am experiencing an awful lot of Denny.
George and Alex had a much easier job: They were practicing on an electronic patient, which I guess goes along with the pigs and the solo surgery contest in “nebulous ways to up your hospital ranking”? It seems like there’s a lot of this lately, and certainly it’s some nice comic relief when we’re not constantly worrying about folks dying. “My pain is getting worse…my pain is getting worse,” Stan the robot patient blared. And when Alex said Stan sucked, he retorted, “Your bedside manner is what sucks.” What else sucked? The fact that the adorable elderly lady, Rosie, Derek’s tumor patient of the day, was clearly destined to die. Seriously, you knew it was over for her the minute you saw her sign a do-not-resuscitate order and kiss her clearly adoring husband. He explained that they always did this before she went under the knife: “She signs a paper, we kiss goodbye, and after the surgery we say hello again.” Yep, sweet. Happy. Doomed. (And that scene in which she did die, and he kept trying to bring her back with CPR? Unbearably touching.)
NEXT: Hahn takes a stand