Three Burning Grey's Anatomy Questions

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Okay, so there's no new episode on tonight. After we stopped crying, we pulled it together and took the time to reflect on the five episodes of Season 3 that we've been treated to thus far.

Then we found three burning Grey's Anatomy questions in People magazine and thought we'd share them with you. Let us know what you think -- and pose ongoing questions of your own by clicking on "comments" below and sharing your thoughts!

1. Is Izzie milking it? Or losing it?

Izzie Stevens: Perpetual Mourning?
The thing about Izzie (Katherine Heigl) is that you're expected to always be worrying about her, and that gets exhausting. It's an Izzie tizzy!

She's almost literally paralyzed by grief over the death of Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) -- understandable, since they made a great romantic team. Now she's worth $8.7 million and dreamily wondering how to use it.

As of last week, though, no one could quite persuade her to deposit the check. "I'm fine," she kept saying, with a smile, but also with a faraway look in her eyes. She's probably seeing Denny's spirit somewhere on the horizon. Feel like going back to work at some point?

2. Has Dr. Bailey gone soft?

The staff still refers to Miranda as The Nazi, but since she had her baby, has she become too much of a softie? And is that a bad thing?

Dr. Bailey: Softer Nazi?
In the season premiere, "Time Has Come Today," she actually wept along with a patient. In "What I Am," she had an inspiring talk with a salesman whose face had been burned severely. This shows us a different side of Miranda, but is it the kind we want to see?

Chandra Wilson is too clever an actress not to suggest that Dr. Bailey must have been bluffing, to some degree, when she told the salesman how love and respect were what mattered in his career, and not his face. It's just that Bailey used to boast such conviction and bluntness.

She hasn't done a complete 180, but at times, she's close.

3. Can we move past Washingtongate?

It's unfortunate (not to mention frustrating and annoying) that reports of Isaiah Washington's real-life fight with Patrick Dempsey disrupted the show's free-floating romance. Grey's Anatomy is more about the invisible chemistry of love and friendship than the clinical practice of medicine.

T.R. Knight is a very good actor in a very good cast, and his character, Dr. George O'Malley, was always more of an underdog -- an unsung everyman, rather than a McDreamy-style hunk.

There's no reason any true fan won't be behind Knight 100 percent of the way, and pulling for O'Malley sort out his feelings for Drs. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), as usual.

But it may take a few episodes to get past all the distraction, especially if some members of the media keep beating it to death.

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I don't know where people get the sex thing in this season.... I think that Izzie is just doing normal greiving...Except i would DEPOSIT the check... I love the new Bailey...If after having a baby she didn't not explore the more motherly caring side then I would worry...So if people have a problem they definitily don't know how being a parent changes you.... The fight thing needs to be left far as US magazine....they are just reporting the gossip, which by the way is what they make their money off of). And it is still going on cuz the mag only comes out once a week and so they are right on time.....I hate that Burke said a negative comment about George's sexuality, but we are all human and when you spend 18 hours a doay with people you say things in always hurt the one's you love...I hope he apoligized because he felt it not for the public...and I respect that McDreamy stuck up for George and should be commended for standing up for someone that was being bashed behind his why should he apoligize....but all in all I still love GA and though I wish that the writers would hurry up and let mer/der be happy together this is TV people and the fact that they are dragging it out is part of the reason we all love it...........


Has Izzie lost it? I don't think so. I think she is working through the grief in a typical Izzie way, with lots of emotion and energy. I am ready for her to move on, but don't think she has been at all out of character. There were so many wonderful tender moments between Izzie and Alex, I hope we can get back to that. I love the sweet and sentimental Izzie that over decorates at Christmas time and invites everyone to Thanksgiving dinner even when she doesn't know how to cook. Let's get passed Denny. Has Bailey gone soft? In my mind, Bailey has always been soft on the inside. I think about her standing atthe head of the table when Cristina was going through surgery with her hands on either side of Cristina's head standing guard, or how broken hearted she was when Jeremiah died. She is a perfect blend of strong and soft. She may push the interns and demand excellence, but when push comes to shove she really cares about them and her patients and it has always come through.. Can Grey's get past the fight between Isaiah and Patrick? Please remember that It wasn't one person involved here, it was two. We don't know what was said that lead up to the actual altercation. We know that T.R. Knight was late for a shooting. We know that Isaiah was angry about it and said something inappropriate and Patrick defended him. We also know that Isaiah did not through some slur at T.R. He wasn't even present. We also know that an apology has been given by Isaiah and from all we can tell accepted. Why T.R. was not expected to apologize for holding up the shooting, which started all of this to begin with, or why Patrick was not asked to apologize for his part in the problem which some stay started on their location shoot of a camping trip, I don't know. Maybe they did apologize and it just didn't make good reading in the gossip magazines. In terms of the free floating love that you describe above, I didn't really see much of that between Derek and Burke anyway. I saw mutual respect and a lot of competitiveness between Burke and McDreamy. The closest they ever seemed to come was the bombing episode when they shared that danger. It was the deep love between Derek and Meredith and between Preston and Cristina that attracted me to the show and keeps me coming back. The free floating love is among the interns. Since none of the five interns were involved in the actual argument, I can't see why this would impact it at all. If it were Sandra Oh and Isaiah Washington that really disliked each other off screen, or Ellen and Patrick that dispised each other off screen, it would ruin it for me. As Shonda says this was 5 1/2 seconds in three years. They've gone past it. We certainly should, too. Have you noticed that the US magazine does not invite reader's opinions? I would love to write them a letter to tell them how poorly I think they have handled this whole thing, but there is no where to write.


I Love the show, so far season three is awesome. Seriously, I'm just dissapointed tonight is a rerun.


That's the same question I was wondering too. Endless sex scenes? Apparently someone is not watching the same GA we're watching because there is actually less sex scenes this season, and less romance. Hopefully they'll do something about that soon, but I'll wait. This season has been great. Not one episode has disappointed me, not one! I think the reason why some people are disappointed is because their diehard Mer/Der fans, and it does matter to me. My heart belong to Burke/Cristina. If people are not loyal GA fans (forever not sometimes), then they shouldn't watch. And OMG, would they just please move on about the fight...jeeez! You would think they would be bore by now and sick of hearing themselves speak about it. As much as they would like to keep it going, it's over.


Shonda and her staff do their research there are no unrealistic patients. The same sex is there that was there the previous 2 seasons. Just because things aren't going the way you want just wait things will change. They haven't been on top due to bad writing. And I don't know why people can't let the problem between Isaiah and Patrick go. You would think they didn't have anything better to do.


I like season 3 it is great like were the two first seasons. So if GA4ever and other dark and twisty people don't like it they can stop watching. If I don't like a show I stop watching it after the first or second episode and respect that others enjoy these. This is only television so let us have our fantasy world. You seem to take it all so seriously. It is certainly soo much better then all those violent series with killing and shooting.


Yes, it's a night-time soap opera. Also called a DRAMA. Where were these pointless sex scenes that you talk of? That's what people do. They have sex. But that's not all the show has been about. Read the article above! Dr. Bailey's struggle with motherhood, Izzie's struggle with a dead finance..... Obviously GA4ever really means GA4sometimes


Season 3 is a disappointment so far. Grey's anatomy becomes "soap-opera". Endless sex scences between characters (which do not even help the story lines), unrealistic patients, and a terrible on-set fight among actors using homophobic slur. Who could have imagined this after watching such a classy and beautiful season 2? Sigh...


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)