Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.8 "These Ties That Bind" Recap (Page 1/4)
Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.8 "These Ties That Bind" Recap (Page 1/4)
Tonight on Grey's Anatomy, Cristina (Sandra Oh) is still bugging the hell out of Derek (Patrick Dempsey) by monopolizing Meredith's time. She wakes them both up by hopping into bed with them, bearing the news that Hahn (Brooke Smith) is gone. She no longer works at Seattle Grace. Derek is peeved by the intrusion, but gets up to answer the door. The visitor is Sadie (guest star Melissa George), who is Meredith's old friend from med school and who was her Cristina before Cristina was. She's kind of a rebel, but we'll get to that later. She took a break after med school to work in a morgue, but today is her first day as an intern at Seattle Grace. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Sadie call each other Death and Die, respectively, a story which Meredith is unwilling to share with Derek. (Cristina is all, "Her name's not Death. It's Mer.") After Sadie bogarts Meredith, Cristina sulks in the kitchen with Derek about getting kicked out of bed. She also spends the entire rest of the episode being rude to Sadie. Aww, Cristina is jealous.

Elsewhere in the frat house, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) is still having a hard time letting go of Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) because he stubbornly won't leave her alone, despite being, you know, dead. By the way, Izzie still has that brown sweater that she knit for him back when he was still alive. Alex notices that there is something on Izzie's mind and actually shows compassion by offering to talk about it with her. He's not even a jerk about it, either. I guess if Izzie has visions of Denny walking and talking even though he's dead, then it's not too much of a stretch to believe that Alex (Justin Chambers) can be nice. 

The Life and Death Brigade, also known as the secret intern society wherein they practice medicine on each other, is still going strong, but it's leaving its mark. Namely, Lexie (Chyler Leigh) and her fellow interns all have cut up forearms that they cover up with bandaids. Cristina notices this and tells Meredith that Lexie might be an emo teen girl cutting herself, and asks her to intervene.

Callie (Sara Ramirez) is completely torn up about Hahn leaving – Hahn apparently didn't even say good-bye to her – but she won't talk about it. She'd rather talk about blood and mangled bodies. Lucky for her, the patient of the week is a man who got crushed in a garbage truck. He is actually impaled by his own femur. Major McHottie (Kevin McKidd, who is now a series regular), the attending on the case, uncharacteristically pages Derek and Mark (Eric Dane) for help. Cristina and Mer are the residents on the case, and Sadie is their intern, giving Cristina ample opportunity to make snide remarks Sadie-ward. The doctors unfold him and in the process, the guy wakes up and starts screaming bloody murder. Grey's Anatomy never ceases to gross me out. The man, named Timothy Miller, is homeless and says that he can't live if he loses his leg. He doesn't want surgery if they can't save his leg. Major McHottie, respecting his wishes, cancels the surgery.

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