Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.18 "Stand By Me" Recap (Page 1/4)
Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.18 "Stand By Me" Recap (Page 1/4)
A lot happens in this episode of Grey's Anatomy. Seriously. This episode finally advances many of the plots that have been unfolding, painfully slowly, throughout this season. I almost wish that this one episode could have taken the place of the months of filler that we have been getting, but I suppose that would be asking too much of the writers.

Anyway, back to tonight. There's a big, huge, career-making surgery going on. Sloan (Eric Dane) is actually going to transplant a guy's face. The patients name is David Young, but all the doctors call him Blowhole behind his back. Much of his face is pretty much gone. He has a big hole where his nose should be, and he has no skin around his mouth. He looks like Harvey Two-Face. Mark is going to attempt a 70 percent transplant of his face. Alex (Justin Chambers) gets to work with Hunt (Kevin McKidd) on the face donor. Izzie and Lexie are also on this case. Because Derek is still holed up, drunk, at his trailer, and many of the other residents and attendings are on the face transplant case, Bailey wants Meredith and George to basically run the rest of the surgical department and babysit the interns.

Cristina (Sandra Oh) has a lot of things on her mind because she was just awarded her first solo surgery (operating on a hernia), and she still has to deal with the bombshell that Izzie (Katherine Heigl) dropped on her at the end of last week's Grey's Anatomy, that she is dying of skin cancer that has spread to her liver and brain. Cristina is so busy trying to get Izzie an appointment with a surgical oncologist, that she doesn't have time to deal with her hernia patient, who is played by Emily Kuroda from Gilmore Girls! It's MamaKim back on my TV!

Alex and the interns rudely refer to Blowhole by his nickname, and because Izzie is about to become a patient herself, she bristles at their insensitivity. She yells at the interns at every chance she gets.

Bailey (Chandra Wilson) sends Callie out to the woods to see if she can get Derek to come back to work. Callie heads over to the trailer and finds Derek gulping down cheap cans of beer early in the morning, drowning his sorrows. Callie (Sara Ramirez) tries to get him the pep talk about how to get back on your saddle after you lose a patient, but Derek (Patrick Dempsey) asks her how she can live with herself after killing a patient. Instead of cheering him up, she starts drinking with him. I guess she didn't learn how to live with himself.

Cristina barely listens to Meredith venting about not knowing whether she and Derek are still a couple, after he threw away her engagement ring in the woods in last week's episode. But Cristina isn't preoccupied enough to dish about her chaste relationship with Hunt. She's not really sure if it's a relationship, and she describes it as "friends with benefits, without the benefits." They've kissed a couple of times, but they haven't actually done the big wumpity-wump.

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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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