Grey's Anatomy
ABC was very smart to give us a new episode tonight, since the SAGs ended at 10 pm. And what a great one it was. Hopefully people who never watched the show but were watching the awards and saw Sandra Oh win (yea, Sandra!) thought, "Hmm, this gal just won a Golden Globe and now a SAG award. Maybe I should check out her show tonight." Yes, Sandra was fabulous as she always is, but Katherine Heigl and Ellen Pompeo gave their best performances, by far. Maybe the creative staff wanted to spread the wealth and help the other actors join Sandra and Patrick Dempsey in the world of award nominations. So Izzie has an 11-year old daughter that she gave up. What a perfect way for us to find out, by having her give advice to that young mother-to-be. How about Meredith discovering that Dr. Webber visits her mother? So glad she encouraged him to continue doing so at the end. What a beautiful scene with Derek comforting Meredith (you know he wanted to kiss her — glad he didn't). Seeing those three elderly women be there to witness their friend die forced Meredith's emotional outburst, "I don't want my mother to die alone!" Kudos to the casting department for acquiring such wonderful guest stars. The dying woman was played by Dona Hardy, who was just on My Name Is Earl, and I've always loved June Lockhart (Lassie, Petticoat Junction, Lost in Space) and Betty Garrett (All in the Family, Laverne & Shirley). That Lainie Kazan look-alike was Rae Allen. Then there was Regine Nehy as the pregnant girl and Leisha Hailey from The L Word as the woman whose leg was saved. And that leg-saver was played by my favorite guest star tonight, the hilarious Kali Rocha. Please bring her back. Maybe Cristina will give in and hug her some day. — Dave Anderson