Editorial: Grey's Anatomy Only in Stable Condition

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Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that lately, her conversations about Grey's Anatomy tend to kick off in the same way.

Try asking someone other than the most hard-core fan what they think about a recent episode, or how a former regular feels about the series itself. In response, you're likely to get more of a pause than praise.

"I don't dislike it," a friend said, sighing heavily. "It's just not must-see viewing anymore." That doesn't bode well for a Thursday night stalwart.

In some sense, Greys Anatomy producers should take this as a sign they're doing something right. Viewers haven't left. It's just that Seattle Grace's surgeons, new residents and their romantic entanglements seem to sometimes inspire more of a passive-aggressive stance among viewers than before.

In terms of ratings, Grey's Anatomy is still holding its own, with the premiere and the subsequent two episodes coming in a close second behind CSI and winning the all-important top slot in the 18-to-49 demographic.

But what about fans' feelings? Well ... we don't hate you, Grey's Anatomy, we just don't like you as much as we should. We won't leave you, but we need to let you know in the gentlest way possible that you're harshing our mellow.

Gizzie / O'Mizzie

With only three new episodes aired, people are still ready to forgive Greys Anatomy for serving up a Season 3 that many felt was so ... so-so.

There's no reason the steamiest hospital in prime time, with its armada of hot residents and internsw, messy romances and a dramatic felony in George and Izzie, can't right itself by sweeps. But that requires a few minor surgeries.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

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)