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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "Beat Your Heart Out"

Season 5, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Engagement ring in hand, Derek searches for the right way to propose to Meredith. Meanwhile, Lexie demands that Mark go public with their relationship; and Bailey considers a new direction for her medical career, encouraged by Dr. Dixon (Mary McDonnell) as well as her work on recent cases.
Original Air Date: Feb 5, 2009
Guest Cast Ben Shenkman: Rob Peter Mackenzie: Warren Brandon Scott: Intern Ryan Jennifer Westfeldt: Jen Laura Allen: Beth
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Season 5, Episode 14
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Length: 05:06:00
Aired: 2/5/2009
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Before and After" Season 5, Episode 14

In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Addison returns to Seattle Grace with a medical crisis she's praying Derek can fix, Owen's past comes back to haunt him, and Izzie makes the interns play a game for a "really big prize."

Addison is back this week because her brother has a serious case of neurocystic sarcosis (that's fancy talk for parasites in the brain), and she's hoping Derek can come to his rescue by performing a risky surgery to save him. At first, Derek considers Archer Montgomery's (Grant Show) condition inoperable, but after a pep talk from Addison and a renewed look at the X-rays with Sam (Taye Diggs), Derek changes his mind.  

What follows is an intense surgery where Derek attempts to remove all eight of Archer's cysts without rupturing them. The first 7 go smoothly, but as could be predicted, the eighth one bursts and the worm escapes. Suddenly, Archer's future isn't looking so bright as Derek frantically searches to find and remove the worm in one piece.  Whether it was Addison's prayers in the chapel or pure luck that did the trick, Derek ably finds that worm and the surgery is a success!  

Addison's return this week also uncovered more hidden gems from Derek's past. Who would have guessed that Derek was the guitar-playing, serenading type of guy? Certainly not me, but I'm enjoying the mental image. The idea of Derek performing a song for Addison on their wedding day is pretty endearing, although I have to admit his lyrics could use some work. I guess the question now becomes: Will he pen another melody for Meredith?

This week also marked the return of Owen's ex-fiancée, Beth (Laura Allen), whose ailing father is brought to Seattle Grace. Much to her surprise, Owen is no longer in Iraq. In fact, even Owen's mother doesn't know he's back in the States! However, one thing is clear: Owen opted to use a two-sentence email to break off his engagement with Beth. Just what did that email say? We're still in the dark on that one, but we do know this news made Cristina realize she really doesn't know Owen at all.

Proving that her behavior is still a bit "off" despite Denny's disappearance, Izzie takes part in what Alex calls "dead boyfriend art therapy." At the beginning of this episode, Izzie is busy crafting a game for the interns to help restore some fun into their lives. This subplot is a quirky departure from some of the other heavier things going on in the episode, but it didn't quite fit. In the end, Lexie won the competition, and with that honor came a nifty medallion and the right to scrub in on an upcoming surgery.

One interesting thing I noticed during this crossover event with Private Practice, was the chemistry between Bailey and Sam. The two seemed to share a playful camaraderie that has me hoping one day Taye Diggs might make the switch to Grey's Anatomy full-time.

Other notable points: Alex seems to be growing more and more restless over Izzie's strange behavior. Meredith still needs to clear the air with Derek regarding that mysterious rose petal she found under their bed pillow last week. And after some prompting by George, Sadie reveals that she's not qualified to be a doctor and quits the program!

Okay, I have to admit, I didn't watch the Private Practice half of this crossover event, so I'm leaving it up to all of you to fill in any gaps I may have missed.

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite lines from tonight:
• Lexie to Mark: "I don't do dirty secret flirting."
• Bailey defending herself to Sam: "I smile frequently!"
• Sam chiding Bailey: "You're going to want to keep that temper in check around the kids."
• Callie responding to Addison's request to change the subject during her brother's surgery: "Mark is good at talking about himself..."
• Owen trying to explain himself to Cristina: "You see me. This is me."

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In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Addison returns to Seattle Grace with a medical crisis she's praying Derek can fix, Owen's past comes back to haunt him, and Izzie makes the interns play a game for a "really big prize."

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