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Round Table: "Where The Boys Are"

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This week on the Round Table, male bonding is off the charts in the forest, an enraged Bailey strikes back against Cristina, and Mark offers some friendly advice to Meredith ...

Will Dr. Burke and Dr. Shepherd become true friends?

Friends Forever?McCritic: No. They each have too much pride to open up to the other as true friends must. They may bond over a surgery, it's possible they give one another knowing intern-loving winks ... but Dr. Shepherd will never have the running, cooking, coffee canoodling relationship with Dr. Burke that George enjoys.

iheartizzie: My gut reaction is that these guys are far too different, evasive, and arrogant at times to make a lasting friendship works. But Derek needs a group of guy friends, and Burke seems willing to be the flagship member. A self-proclaimed kind and decent person, and one with an assortment of interests, Preston will worm his way into Derek's inner circle one day.

AwayWithMerDer: Absolutely. I think it's time Derek got some new guy friends. I'm pretty sure Dr. Burke will never sleep with Derek's future wife (Meredith of course) behind his back. It's time to open your heart again, Derek.

How much do you love the Chief?

AwayWithMerDer: The Chief was easily the most entertaining character during the camping trip. From his picnic basket to inviting himself to sleep with Joe and his boyfriend. What a ridiculous man.

Richard: Awkward, Lovable

McCritic: More than Callie loves dancing in her underwear.

iheartizzie: More than ever. Richard is as flawed and overwhelmed by the real world as he is talented inside the operating rooms of Seattle Grace, giving his character a real authenticity that we rarely saw in Season 1 or Season 2.

His awkward, but supportive babbling upon realizing that Joe and Walter are gay was one of the show's funniest moments as well. "Man love!"

First to scrub in on a surgery: Cristina or Izzie?

AwayWithMerDer: I'm going to go with Izzie on this one. Cristina really pissed off Dr. Bailey. Hell has no wrath like a woman scorned.

McCritic: Intern Stevens lacks self-confidence at the moment. Therefore, when it comes to performing surgery, the only appropriate tagline for her is: "Izzie does it." No, she doesn't do the surgery. She takes her time getting prepared, takes it easy. As in: easy does it. Nevermind. The answer is Cristina.

iheartizzie: I'm not sure Izzie's ready to scrub in after her admission of fear and self-doubt during her heart-to-heart with the irritating, yet adorable Sidney. Dr. Yang, meanwhile, has Burke's back. And Burke is a surgical god -- or at least was, and is believed to be by everyone on staff not named O'Malley. What he says goes, and he'll have Cristina back in the OR shortly, much to the Nazi's consternation.

Was Mark offering sincere advice, or just trying to get Meredith into bed?

McCritic: Can't it be both? Look, at the end of the episode, Mark had his chance to cut into the conversation between Meredith and Shepherd and exert his McJerkiness. But he backed off. He realized the connection between this pair. Mark may typically think with the part of his body he sliced off Donna last night, but that doesn't mean there can't also be sincerity behind his innuendo.

iheartizzie: I think the two are mutually exclusive. Mark clearly would sleep with Meredith if given the opportunity, but he'd also go home with just about anything that showed interest (someone's got to get this guy and Olivia together). Mark seemed genuine in his advice regarding Derek, however, taking no issue with the fact that he's the reason McDreamy's so tainted. Raging libido aside, he may have been trying to help her. Seriously.

AwayWithMerDer: Just in case Mark wasn't slimeball enough when he slept with Addy, he's definitely trying to bed Meredith right now. And completely selling out Derek to do so? I was ready to jump inside the television and have Derek's back. At least we all know how the episode ended!

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Ohmygod, whats up with Georges dad? And from the previews, why was CALLIE paged when it was heart surgery he needed?