Noteworthy 'Grey's Anatomy' Relationships
Noteworthy 'Grey's Anatomy' Relationships
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Judging from the comments on The Worst Relationships of Grey's Anatomy slide show, the more avid of the BuddyTV readers have slightly different views as to how the Seattle Grace mainstays are faring relationship-wise.  While there are universally agreeable beliefs – that Callie (Sara Ramirez) and George (T.R. Knight) should never have been paired up, just to name one – there are relationships that clearly divide fans.

Since the slide show offered little space to explain how the ranking was based, let's elaborate on the rankings of the two couples that the fans disagreed with.

Alex and Izzie (15th to 7th)

On Grey's Anatomy, we decided to rank Alex (Justin Chambers) and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) reasonably low in the dysfunctional level charts (15th out of 22) because we see promise in the relationship.  On one hand, we like it because Izzie is able to sort of tame the jerk that was Karev.  The initially hardened cynic softened up at one point and started showing his vulnerable side.  Meanwhile, Izzie stuck to Alex despite his harsh words (especially during the Ava/Rebecca episode).

In that respect, this is comparable to The Taming of McSteamy that Lexie (Chyler Leigh) successfully orchestrated.  However, it is also different because Alex and Izzie actually have a lot of history together since they are in the same intern class.  The relationship was slow-cooking, perhaps because Alex has had a lot of women in his life, and Izzie had to deal with Denny.  That being said, one of the obvious reasons why Grey's Anatomy fans don't like the Alex-Izzie tandem is because it means Izzie will be unavailable for George.  Which brings me to my next couple.

George and Izzie (6th to 16th)

One of the most debated relationships on Grey's Anatomy remains to be the now almost-historic Gizzie.  While we opted to have Gizzie high on the Worst List, fans think they're one of the best couples ever to grace the hospital. 

There are basically two schools of thought.  The Gizzie fans love their chemistry, friendship and care for each other, while purposefully overlooking the fact that George was married to Calliope when he first got together with Izzie.  The other side maintains that the pairing was nothing more than a drunken misstep between two friends gone too far.  Moreover, in this article by John Kubicek, he writes that both were really shaken up when they decided to pursue a relationship with each other, Izzie with Denny's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) death and George with his own father's.

Here are my own personal reasons.  Izzie seems to be the type of girl who doesn't need a best friend-type of boyfriend.  As was evident with how she and Denny still remain one of best television couple ever, she needs someone stronger, more mature and more stable than George.  Even after five seasons, George still looks so vulnerable and fragile; he has certainly not become a strong character like Cristina (Sandra Oh) or Meredith (Ellen Pompeo).

However, I concede that I find it cool that the fire of the Gizzie debate still rages on years after it started.  If anything, this shows that Grey's Anatomy fans are really passionate about their Gizzie.  Let's give them that, at least.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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