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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "All By Myself"

Season 5, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: Cristina is awarded the first solo surgery among the residents, but she has to relinquish it and choose her replacement; Mark performs a cutting-edge procedure to restore a patient's speech, impressing Lexie in the process; and Callie can't figure out if Sadie (Melissa George) is flirting with her or just being friendly.
Original Air Date: Dec 4, 2008
Guest Cast Christa B. Allen: Holly Anderson Rosalind Chao: Kathleen Patterson Tzi Ma: Mr. Patterson Kay Panabaker: Emma Anderson
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Aired: 12/4/2008
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Wish You Were Here" Season 5, Episode 10

On this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, a death row inmate checks in and further fuels the rift between Meredith and Cristina, Callie and Mark join a special support group, and Izzie finally tells Alex about her not so innocent encounters with Denny.

When William (Eric Stoltz) arrived at Seattle Grace, it quickly became apparent who among the staff wasn't happy to have a death row inmate in their hospital. While Meredith took a more empathetic approach to the patient by offering him more morphine to ease his pain when others wouldn't, Cristina and Derek were more steadfast about doing things by the book.

I have to admit, even I felt a bit sorry for William as he lay there on the gurney with a foreign object piercing his spine. Though I never expected to hear that his crime was slitting women's throats for fun. Needless to say, my sympathy for his pain quickly dissipated. However, William's presence this week also uncovered a new story from Derek's past that helped explain his immediate dislike for the prisoner. As it turns out, two guys once shot Derek's father to death because he wouldn't give them his watch, which had been a gift from Derek's mom. After sharing this news with Meredith, Derek poignantly said, "We are supposed to treat everyone the same, but we're not all the same."

Meanwhile, we come to find that it's Izzie's birthday and she has finally decided to tell Alex that she's still seeing Denny, literally, everywhere. Alex takes the news in stride and even manages to take a comical approach to the situation by saying things like, "Tell him I said 'hi,'" and "I'll share my girl, but not my sandwich." He even goes so far as to tell her that it's totally okay for her to have her fantasies, though he would prefer that he was in them rather than someone else. The best moment though was when Alex and Izzie were in the break room together and Alex took to pleasuring Izzie, which forced a jealous Denny to disappear from the background. Afterwards, of course, Denny reappeared looking sullen and I actually thought it might be his final goodbye moment when Izzie asked him if he was going to give her a birthday present and he responded by saying he just did. I guess he meant his gift was allowing her to be with Alex at that moment because Denny reappeared again later when Alex presented Izzie with a cake. Her wish? "That nothing changes."

On a sadder note, Bailey was working frantically to ensure a young boy named Jackson was getting the best care possible at the hospital, especially after his usual pediatrician suffered a coronary and a new doc had to be called in. Enter Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), the young roller-skating pediatrician that Bailey wasn't ready to accept. Though Bailey doubted her every move and diagnosis (that a transplant was needed ASAP to save the boy), in the end she softened on the new doctor. What made Bailey change her mind? Perhaps it was the second opinion Bailey sought out that confirmed Arizona was on the right track. Or perhaps it was Arizona's own willingness to stand up to Bailey that ultimately earned her the newfound respect. Either way, the most bittersweet moment in this storyline came when Jackson finally got Alex to help him sign up for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In other patient news, a woman with fragile bones named Margaret (Perrey Reeves) shows up and finds out the root of her problems is a benign tumor. This was a fairly light-hearted bit, but after about the fifth time Margaret screamed "Come freakin' on," as she stared up the ceiling, I was ready for them to move onto something else. The end result became a funny innuendo about Denver though, a place Margaret was literally planning to go to be with the man she loved now that she no longer had to worry about slipping on the ice there and breaking a bone. Figuratively, Denver took on a new meaning for Callie and Mark, but we'll get to that later.

While everyone else was running about the hospital debating the ethics of death row inmates, revealing ghost stories and doubting others, the Chief spent most of his time in a room with a "Do Not Disturb" sign attached to the door. At first, it seemed the Chief was upset over the passing of his colleague (the pediatrician), but as we later found out, the Chief was more upset about the diminishing state of his hospital. People keep leaving (Burke and Hahn) and no one wants to come to Seattle Grace. I'm not sure the Chief left the room at all this week, so it's very possible that he'll still be there when Grey's returns next week.

Okay, back to Callie and Mark. These two make a fun team and even more so when they're trying to "be each others sponsor," as they try to kick the habit of being attracted to interns. While Callie manages to refrain from getting too personal with Sadie this week, Mark finally gives out in the end and decidedly informs Callie he's "going to Denver," which is really code for he's going to get some with Lexie.

Other highlights this week include Derek trying to help Meredith "dance it out" and seeing Samantha Mathis as Jackson's mom.

So, what did you think of this week's Grey's Anatomy? Was it worth the wait?

And in the words of Meredith, "We all get at least one good wish a year..." Here's hoping you all had a very wonderful New Years!

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On this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, a death row inmate checks in and further fuels the rift between Meredith and Cristina, Callie and Mark join a special support group, and Izzie finally tells Alex about her not so innocent encounters with Denny.

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