Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.19 "Elevator Love Letter" Recap (Page 2/4)
Grey's Anatomy: Episode 5.19 "Elevator Love Letter" Recap (Page 2/4)
Sloan's (Eric Dane) patient is an aging woman who is unlikely to make it through the end of the day. But her nephews and niece are all anxious to catch flights and go to board meetings, and can't be bothered to stick around until she croaks.

Dr. Swender is so badass that even Cristina thinks that she is heartless. Swender wants to tell Izzie some bad news, but Cristina knows that telling a patient bad news before surgery often increases the chances of complications on the table.

Meredith and Callie play interference when Owen approaches Cristina, preventing him from getting anywhere near her. A little later, Owen and Derek go to the roof of the hospital to receive a head trauma patient who was helicoptered in. The sound of the helicopter makes Owen freeze up for a moment until Derek snaps him out of it.

Cristina wants to complain about Swender to Meredith, but Mer wants to discuss Owen instead. Cristina says that Owen is wounded, and it's no different than if he came home from Iraq without an arm or a leg. She can't possibly leave him right now.

Outside the hospital, Derek reminds Owen that PTSD is a real injury that produces real physiological changes, but it can also be healed. Owen gets defensive about it, saying that Derek is the wounded one who ran off to the woods after he killed a woman.

Richard knocks on the door of the room in which Alex is supposed to be filling his Dixie cup with his swimmers. “Karev, how's it co— How are you doing, in there?” Richard says. Hee! Alex yells at him to go away, so Meredith takes that opportunity to come in and talk. Alex delivers a heartbreaking monologue about how he's a doctor, and he should have known that Izzie seeing a ghost was a serious symptom of illness. But he couldn't distinguish it from all the other crazy chicks he has been with. (If he's referring to Ava/Rebecca, well, she had a serious illness too, and he should have seen those signs. He's sometimes not a very good doctor.) He breaks down and cries (but in a very manly way that just about breaks my heart ) that it's not fair and it wasn't supposed to happen this way.

Cristina finds Owen (Kevin McKidd) down in the basement with the secret steam vent. (Eerily, there is a ceiling fan in this room too.) He tells her to stay away from him because he almost killed her. If he hadn't woken up, she would have died. She says gently that she knows her limits and she knows how much she can handle.

Bailey comes in to check on Izzie. While checking on the monitors, she quizzes Izzie on medical stuff so that she won't get rusty. She wants Izzie to be able to do all this stuff and teach other residents how to do it a year from now. When Izzie asks her if she really thinks she'll be here a year from now, Bailey says matter-of-factly, “Yes, I do.”

Derek spends a considerable amount of time in the practice lab going over the surgery he has to perform on Izzie. He looks stressed out.

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