Round Table: "Drowning On Dry Land"

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This week on the Round Table, the interns frantically try to mitigate and cope with the fallout from the ferry wreck, while Meredith (at least temporarily) enters the great beyond ...

Izzie's speech: inspirational or inappropriate?

Isobel Stevens, M.D., Rock Star
iheartizzie: Izzie does it. She speaks her mind and she follows her gut. The result is not always pretty, but it's part of who she is. Most of the time, that's a wonderful person. This time, George is rightfully going to be livid at his BFF - and maybe even wish this website was correct in its Death Watch prediction.

Married-to-McDreamy: Inappropriate. I know that people often say strange things in a time of grief, but why choose that moment to tell George that she doesn't approve of his new marriage? Poor George is a fragile man and Izzie was just kicking him when he was down with that proclamation.

McCritic: Let's ask George: Hey, O'Malley, do you feel better about the odds of your friend surviving now that you know Izzie disapproves of your marriage? What? Speak up, we can't hear you over the sobs.

Is this the start of a rekindled friendship between Derek and Mark?

Married-to-McDreamy: I think it might be! I loved that scene in which Mark sat down next to Derek in the hallway. We need many, many more scenes in which Derek and Mark hold hands.

McCritic: Mark isn't the Devil. He's just insecure, probably was very jealous of the marriage Derek and Addison enjoyed. That's no excuse for sticking his chiseled abs into their business, but it's also no reason why he can't be sincere in his current sympathy. Not sure Derek can ever trust Mark as a reliable friend, though.

iheartizzie: Mark doesn't need his $400/hour shrink to tell him he has some self-destructive insecurity issues, and we don't need one to see that beneath the surface, he knows he royally screwed up his friendship with Derek and wishes he could have it back. These two were like family. Time heals all wounds. Let's bury the steamy, dreamy hatchet once and for all.

How soon before Addison and Alex get together?

Round Table: "Drowning On Dry Land"

Married-to-McDreamy: Not soon enough, if you ask me! The sparks between those two are truly something. I predict some major Addisex in the next episode.

McCritic: With every AA meeting, these two seem to come closer and closer. I'd say they're about 12 steps away from ending up in bed together. First, they must admit how powerless they are over their emotions.

iheartizzie: He'd notice if she disappeared, ladies and gentlemen. For macho Alex Karev, this is as close to a profession of undying love as you're likely to get. And he said he wasn't into her - what a smooth operator. Paging Addison Montgomery to the on-call room, STAT!

Will Meredith die?

Married-to-McDreamy: Absolutely not. It's ridiculous to think they will kill off the main character. I do, however, hope that when Meredith does wake up she learns a valuable lesson from this: perhaps if she weren't so skinny, she wouldn't have gotten hypothermia. Oh stop. I'm kidding. I know the woman eats like a horse and can't help her weight. We've all read the interviews. Anyway, no, Meredith Grey will live. And hopefully eat something.

McCritic: No. But my patience with a story line of forced drama, lacking any suspense because there's no way the show's title character will ever perish, has a short shelf life.

iheartizzie: Yes. She just doesn't want it bad enough. Ever since we first got to know her, Meredith has been a fighter. But lately, as evidenced by the bathtub scene to begin "Walk On Water," she's been morose. Lifeless.

To graduate from Dartmouth College, Meredith would be required to obtain a swimming P.E. credit (a fan and fellow alumna points out). So there's no way our girl can't swim. And, as the map below shows, the water in Puget Sound is currently 46 degrees - really cold, but not paralyzingly so for an able-bodied woman only a few feet from shore.

Meredith at Sea

She's lost the desire to go on, and the only hope now is Denny. Perhaps during their brief meeting in the afterlife (which looks a lot like Seattle Grace), he can help her see a different light - and recapture the will to live. Incidentally, what is Coach Eric Taylor from Dillon, Tx., doing there?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Denny
Kyle Chandler on

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the coach from Friday Night Lights is the man that held the bomb when it blew up in the hospital during the "Code Black" episode.


Hated Izzy's speech on so many levels I can't begin to list them. I'm bummed about this show. Grey's was incredible seasons one and seasons two, but I feel this season and the last couple of episodes in particular are overly sensational and not up to the standards of quality that Grey's originally set. Over-the-top melodrama is a bad, bad sign. Please, Shonda et. al., go back to the good ole days! I want to love this show again!


Oh man, the comments that Mer MUST know how to swim were absolutely hilarious and oh so true. I understand the "metaphor" that the writers are getting at by having her almost drown, but in their own words, SERIOUSLY?!?!? This show is requiring more suspension of disbelief every new episode. On another note, Addison rocks! Her fretting over whether anyone would notice if she were missing was so touching (also, metaphor anyone: Alex pulled that Jane Doe out of the water, and now Addison admits to him she feels like a Jane Doe herself?). And when she jumps in to help work on Mer, and the concerned look she gave Derek. Fabulous. And Izzie was so cute at times during this episode, the rockstar line was brilliant, but man oh man was she a jerk towards George. But nonetheless I like seeing her step up and be a voice of (semi)reason in a crisis. This episode was definitely the best of the last few, but still not back to the level of the "old classics."


I loved this episode. one of the many reasons why this season has been so great. it had funny moments and of course very dramatic moments. Meredith doing what she did was selfish on her part. it may not seem like it to her but she has people that truly love her all around her. it's obvious that Meredith will be on the show still but it was soo shocking that the writers would even consider doing what they did to the main character. i had tears in my eyes at the end where Meredith sees Denny and the Bomb Squad Guy. hoping that they'll help her see that she has people who care for her and they'll help her live. Addison.... i love this woman more and more every episode. i admire her so much for helping Meredith after all that has happened b/t them. Izzie was brilliant from helping the guy under the car to her speech she gave to everyone. if the writers even think about killing off Izzie ever they will get a foot where it hurts!!! i'm glad she said what she said to George about Callie b/c he was listening and she was trying to get a point across. to see Cristina a wreck about possibly loosing with her "person" and crying was the most touching as well as seeing Alex cry b/c the dude is just stone. Meredith is like the glue that holds the interns together. everyone goes to her when they have problems they've all talked and shared things at one time or another. She's touched everyone and it's sad to see that she doesn't feel like she's important. (that's how i see it anyway)


I don't think she's given up completely. So much has come back to her and dumped itself in her lap that she's been so overwhelmed. Rememeber, she told her mother that dealing with her is what basically broke her. I think she just needs time to heal from everything and get a clear head. When it comes to Alex, the fact that he was sweet and understanding comes as no surprise. He has shown that side before, especially when it came to Izzie and even a little bit to Meredith. I think he's more just a little afraid of ending up like George, Cristina and Meredith. They didn't have enough Cristina. That's all I have to say about that. I do believe that Izzie was completely right in saying that George's marriage with Callie was a mistake and I do believe that that was the only time she could say it. How else would she have approached it. And I am completely in agreeance with her about Callie. But apparently the writers don't think so. George searched the entire hospital for that little boy and the entire time Callie had him. It's kind of metaphorically saying "Everything you need is right in Callie's hands." Last thing, when Addison walked in on the doctors trying to save her she didn't freeze, she grabbed the chart and started suggesting things no one else had thought of. She always manages to stay calm and cool under pressure and I think (really, really, really hope) that is going to push her ahead to take over as chief.


the other guy was dylan, the bomb squad guy.


Mer is dark and twisty and yes, being bright and shiny isn't always a perfect fit, but this a deep search for her inner self, reflected back by spirits, guiding her back towards the light. I think she will see Ellis , and I believe Ellis will pass on during the surgery. Derek is the wheel to get Mer to solid ground. Alex was truly compassionate and passionate last evening, his growth has been tremendous. Cristina is going to forge Mer on and the staff, she loves Mer, probably more than Burke, in the sense of that special connectiion. Izzie , she Rocked!!! Stunning performance, Booyah! Mcsteamy definately sees her in a different and more respectful light! Mcsteamy showed great humility to extend himself to his longtime friend, but he's still an immature whore, living in his own shadow. Great episode and can't wait to see how everything knits together or apart !

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Grey's Anatomy Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

IZZIE: "She will come through this."
GEORGE: "You don't know that."
IZZIE: "She will come through this."
GEORGE: "People die."
IZZIE: "I know people die."

[narrating] "Like I said, disappearances happen. Pains go phantom. Blood stops running and people, people fade away. There's more I have to say, so much more, but... I disappeared."