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Grey's Anatomy recap: Ghost in the Heart Machine

Callie struggles with Hahn’s departure, while a new cardiac surgeon comes to Seattle Grace, and Izzie can’t shake Denny

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Greys Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw
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In Season

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Ghost in the heart machine

Grey’s Anatomy is oftentimes oddly on point — even when it’s not. Which is to say that it can sometimes hit at something surprisingly of the moment, given that it’s shot weeks ahead of time, even when it’s not the greatest episode of all time. This episode, for instance, introducing two new characters just after the unceremonious departure of Brooke Smith’s wonderfully prickly Erica Hahn, made Grey’s seem like an entirely new show. A discombobulatingly new show that seemed to reflect how a lot of us feel as the crap economy forces massive layoffs and troubling new times that are just disorienting enough to make us feel a little crazy. Honestly, at this point, what isn’t new and changing and totally different from how it was a year ago?

It started with Melissa George’s hyper entrance as Meredith’s med-school pal Sadie (also, incidentally, Meredith’s near twin, which is kinda cute), jumping right into bed with her and Cristina — a bed recently vacated by, um, someone else? Oh, right, Derek. Meredith’s “pre-Cristina Cristina” was all calling her “Death” and referring obliquely to salacious stories from their shared past. As Cristina grumbled to Derek, “Meredith’s name is not Death, it’s Mer.” Amen to that, sister. We have too many new folks; we don’t need new names for old characters. Everyone also hinted pretty strongly at Hahn’s abrupt departure, referring to canceled surgeries and frayed feelings — man, that was quick, huh? And yet we were still stuck with Denny the Ghost, haunting us when he should be long gone. Honestly. I love the man. I understand the affection for that story line. But he appeared on the scene nearly three years ago now. I mean, the Dow Jones was up over 11,000 in those days, people. The good old days, yes, but no reason to keep taunting us with them now.

In the still-more-change department, we learned that another new heart surgeon was on his or her way to Seattle Grace — her, actually, since it turned out her name was Virgina Dixon. As far as I’m concerned, this hospital could save itself a lot of heartache (get it?) if it laid off the cardio folk. She’s bound to almost marry someone and then end it because she uses an unfortunate slur behind the scenes, or go gay with someone and then end it because of some mysterious reason that may or may not have to do with her going gay. The point is that they’re nothing but trouble. And this one was no exception, though at least she’s keeping it in front of the camera so far. The chief informed Bailey that they were “wooing today” when it came to the new doc, and then Dr. Dixon showed up with a clearly Autistic bent — as she’d later explained, she had a form called Asperger’s, a condition that causes sufferers to be socially inept and rule-obsessed. Just what Seattle Grace does not need. Anyway, Callie got her wished-for distraction from Hahn’s absence, at least, in the form of a homeless dude who was (holy crap!) impaled on himself. Yeah, he was, as they described him, “a human pretzel.” I wonder if there’s just a database of grizzly, unspeakable crap that writers of doctor and lawyer shows can go to in a pinch. Either that, or they’re just sick mofos.

NEXT: Ghost town