Tonight's Grey's Anatomy
opens with Meredith's voiceover musing about death, a common occurrence on Grey's Anatomy
, actually. It's early morning and Cristina (Sandra Oh
) wakes Meredith up by calling to discuss Ellis' old diaries, which are the Harry Potter books Cristina never had. Derek (Patrick Dempsey
), who enjoys not getting woken up by a phone call at the butt crack of dawn, is annoyed to no end by Cristina. Later on at the hospital, Derek asks Mark (Eric Dane
) to seduce Cristina to keep her occupied.
Everyone is late for work today, even Bailey who is arguing with Tucker about marriage counseling.
In skills lab, Richard introduces the residents to STAN, a state of the art animatronic robot for the residents to practice on. Operating on STAN will help Richard decide on which of the second-year residents will get to do their first solo surgery. Of course, the news of solo surgeries whips all the residents into a competitive frenzy to see who will get the first one. Just another day at Seattle Grace. Richard (James Pickens Jr.
) asks Major McHottie (Kevin McKidd
) to observe the residents to help him decide.
STAN is oddly omniscient. When Alex (Justin Chambers
) ditches the skills lab, STAN taunts him. Only George (T.R. Knight
) sticks around to "save" STAN's life. He works on him all day, but everything that could go wrong is going wrong. And the reason is because Richard, from his office, is controlling all of STAN's bodily functions and speech. He's having a grand old time dicking around with George, actually, by making arteries explode willy-nilly. George does eventually figure out that it's the Richard pulling the strings, but it takes him all day to realize it.
Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and Meredith are on Hahn's (Brooke Smith) cardiothoracic surgery service. Unfortunately for Izzie, their patient is the guy who would have gotten Denny's heart transplant if she didn't steal it away from him all those years ago, although technically in Grey's Anatomy
-time, it was less than a year ago. The doctors explain to the patient, whose name is Mike, that they will induce a heart attack to do some kind of medical mojo. In the middle of explaining, Izzie hallucinates and sees Denny alive and walking the hallway. Good to see you, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
! I wonder what John Winchester would do to you right now, you know, being dead and still walking around and all.
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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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