Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.17 "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" Recap (Page 1/4)
Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.17 "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" Recap (Page 1/4)
Tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy episode begins with Derek (Patrick Dempsey) wallowing in his own misery in the middle of Meredith's filthy living room, take-out cartons strewn everywhere around him. He has been avoiding going to work and instead eating all of Alex's marshmallow cereal out of the box. He is taking the aneurysm patient's death from last episode very hard, especially since her husband is suing him for malpractice. (Remember how he called Derek a murderer?)

Meaning, it's raining and thundering outside, but if Grey's Anatomy were really trying to go for realism, it should be snowing. (We've gotten a really unusual amount of snow in Seattle this year.) Cristina (Sandra Oh) is at the hospital and sees Major McHottie (Kevin McKidd) taking a nap on a gurney in the hallway. She walks up to surprise him, but he wakes up with a start and throws her across the hallway into the shelves of supplies, resulting in a gash on her elbow. She doesn't take the accidental attack personally, aware of his PTSD. Instead, she reminisces to him about how once had a bad dream once and woke up pulling Meredith's hair. However, Major McHottie is spooked and spends the rest of the episode avoiding her, so as to protect her from his uncontrollable, war-learned violence.

Izzie (Katherine Heigl) still has her patients working on diagnosing Patient X, which arouses the curiosity of her fellow residents. Cristina is annoyed that Izzie is stealing all of her minions, and jokes that if Izzie doesn't get more time in an actual OR, she might become the next O'Malley. Alex (Justin Chambers) jumps in to defend his girlfriend. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) assigns the residents to their various surgeries. Meanwhile, Richard (James Pickens Jr.) is passive-aggressively bitchy toward Bailey because she applied for a peds surgery fellowship last episode, against his wishes.

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina are with Bailey today, and their patients are two sisters and a brother, whose family has been ravaged by cancer. They each have a three in four chance of developing cancer themselves, so they have come in to the hospital to have their stomachs pre-emtively cut out. Only, it turns out that only the eldest sibling wants to do the pre-emptive surgeries. As soon as other two Siblings of Cancer find out the consequences of having a gasterectomy, like dumping syndrome and anal leakage, they're all like, "Woah, hey, I didn't sign up for anal leakage." But the older sister demands that they all do it to avoid dying a slow death like their mother and the rest of their family.

Alex and Major McHottie's trauma patient is a marching band girl, Band Geek Beth, who had a grand mal seizure on the football field during a marching band performance. She is still seizing when she is brought in and doesn't respond to meds, so McHottie decides to shock her, even though it might kill her. After a very tense moment, she finally regains consciousness. She wakes up and bemoans the fact that she seized in the middle of the performance. Two fellow band geeks, the Seizure Patrol, are very angry that their performance was ruined, as the band is favored to win some kind of marching competition. These two are about seventeen kinds of mean, but it's probably because they look much, much older than high school students.

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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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