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2005, TV Show

Grey's Anatomy Episode: "I Am a Tree"

Season 3, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: As the interns campaign for Izzie's reinstatement, Cristina meets Burke's parents (Diahann Carroll, Richard Roundtree) under awkward circumstances. Meanwhile, Addison takes a break from her hospital duties; and a woman with lung cancer (Roxanne Hart) decides to start living. Finn: Chris O'Donnell. Mark Sloan: Eric Dane.
Original Air Date: Sep 28, 2006
Guest Cast Peter Page: Benjamin O'Leary Elizabeth Sampson: Ruth O'Leary Richard Roundtree: Donald Burke Javier Grajeda: Jeffrey Hernandez Roxanne Hart: Dana Seabury
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September 28, 2006: I Am a Tree Season 3, Episode 2

First of all, how exciting was the news last Friday morning that Grey's beat CSI in the ratings? Never thought it would happen since CSI has been such a juggernaut ever since it moved to Thursdays from Fridays years ago. CSI (along with Survivor) caused CBS to take away the "Must-see TV" title away from NBC as far as Thursdays were concerned. CSI for me has always stood for Can't Seem Interested or Can't Stand It (and before a bunch of you tell me you like both shows, that's fine I'm thrilled it's just not my cup of tea). But I digress. Grey's beat CSI, and I was shocked. Now, on with the show.... Hello - Meredith couldn't choose between Derek and Finn, so she chose both! And shut up that McSteamy's back! But I'll rewind and say that I liked that Meredith kept going back and forth between the two of them. First it was Derek, then Finn. It was funny that Meredith spent the hour being obsessed about who to choose, while simultaneously, Cristina obsessed about not being accepted by Burke's mother. Speaking of which, how cool is it that Julia is Burke's mama and Shaft is his papa? If Julia is before your time, Dominique Deveraux should ring a bell. What perfect casting to have Diahann Carroll and Richard Roundtree play Burke's parents. Yes, Mrs. Burke was kind of bitchy, but she was nowhere near the Mommie Dearest I expected her to be, so I was happy about that (I enjoyed seeing that she had a soft side, like all good mothers). I hope they give Mr. Roundtree more to do in future episodes. Peter Paige from Queer as Folk had me laughing several times playing Benjamin, the 32-year-old with a brain tumor that affected his impulse control. Imagine going through life telling people exactly what you thought of them. You just knew he was going to ask Derek about Meredith: "Is that blonde your girlfriend? Because the way you keep looking at her, you might as well just mount her right here and now." It was very sad that Benjamin died, especially since he influenced Meredith big time he made her more impulsive and honest. I always like when the patients have a positive effect on the doctors. Bailey took the cue from Mr. Hernandez ( Javier Grajeda) who said he "went soft" and didn't watch over his son so he blamed himself after his son luged onto (and through) a tree. We knew Bailey went soft after she had the baby, so I'm glad to see that "the Nazi" is back, but not in full force since she asked Izzie to come back to work (awesome moment: "Enough muffins"). What made it believable was that Bailey said she was "partly to blame for what happened" and, had she not gone soft, she would have stopped Izzie. Loved that Alex fooled around with an older woman in the bar's bathroom. Roxanne Hart ( Chicago Hope) was great as the woman with lung cancer who surprisingly had never smoked or drank and felt she had to live life to the fullest, eating sweets ad nauseam and flirting with a young doctor. I bet all of you Meredith-haters (I'm not one of them) absolutely cringed when you saw Derek and Finn both fawn over her and compete for her affection. I myself accepted that she couldn't decide between the two and wants to date them both for a while until she can make the right decision. I will say, however, that I've grown really tired of the Mer-Der elevator encounters. That huge hospital and they keep meeting - alone - on the elevator? Yeah right. I was most impressed that Derek insisted he was leaving Addison no matter what Meredith decided. Killer ending with Mark Sloan ( Eric Dane) walking out in a towel right after Derek broke it off with Addison ("Our marriage is over"). Other random highlights: - Meredith calling Cristina a "dirty, dirty stripper." - Callie continuing to bond with the group (it was so kind of her to pretend the panties on the bulletin board were hers). - Meredith saying to Cristina that she misses "Dirty Stripper Cristina - she was fun and a lot less angry." - Cristina countering that she misses "Philandering Whore Meredith - she was trashy and much less idyllic." - Callie walking in on Mer & Der: "You guys should think of getting a hotel room or something." - Meredith temporarily wanting to choose Finn because he's "the guy that brings your roommate lunch when she's sad." - Drunk Addison calling Miranda "Amanda." Uh-uh. - Webber discovering Callie lived inside the hospital, but asking her politely to move out. - George being jealous and Callie thinking it was "insanely hot." - McSteamy in a towel: "This is awkward." And finally: - Derek at the very end: "I feel much better now." So did I after I watched tonight's episode. What about you? show less
First of all, how exciting was the news last Friday morning that Grey's beat CSI in the ratings? Never thought it would happen since CSI has been such a juggernaut ever since it moved to Thursdays from Fridays years ago. CSI (along with Survivor) caused CBS to take away the "Must-see TV" title away from NBC as far as Thursdays were concerned. CSI for me has always stood for Can't Seem Interested or Can't Stand It (and before a bunch of you tell me you like both shows, that's fine – I'm thrilled – it's just not my cup of tea). But I digress. Grey's beat CSI, and I was shocked. Now, on with the show....Hello - Meredith couldn't choose between Derek and Finn, so she chose both! And shut up that McSteamy's back! But I'll rewind and say that I liked that Meredith kept going back and forth between the two of them. First it was Derek, then Finn. It was funny that Meredith spent the hour being obsessed about who to choose, while simultaneously, Cristina obsessed about not being a... read more

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