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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "Elevator Love Letter"

Season 5, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: While Derek prepares to perform his first surgery since his breakdown, Izzie must undergo one. Meanwhile, Owen has another PTSD episode, which injures Cristina, traumatizes both of them and throws their relationship into question. Dr. Swender: Kimberly Elise.
Original Air Date: Mar 26, 2009
Guest Cast Kimberly Elise: Dr. Swender
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Sweet Surrender" Season 5, Episode 19

This week on Grey's Anatomy, Izzie tried to escape the reality of her illness by taking on the fantasy of Meredith's wedding planning, Callie faced repercussions for her girl-girl romance, Bailey avoided a truth, Owen dodged his ghosts and George perhaps found his calling. I'm Matt Mitovich, subbing for Erin Lulevitch (no relation). Now on with the recap!

GREY MATTERS
Cuddled in bed, Mer and Der discuss the kind of wedding they will not have, seeing as Mer is "not really a church wedding bride, or a poufy white dress bride either." After their confab, there's an awkward run-in with Mark and Little Grey in the kitchen. Turns out that Derek and Mark's feud has made Lexie turn to food — a cute way to accommodate Chyler Leigh's real-life pregnancy.

Meredith urges the boys to make nice, if only to save Lexie's skin and "huge" ass. Der then throws his bride-to-be with his plan to make Chief his best man. When Mer bristles at the idea of her mother's lover taking the honor and Derek doesn't quite understand, she retorts, "I'll get over my grudge when you get over yours."

Working a surgery, Mark pleads his case, saying that whatever Derek thinks he is as a man, he's not that way as a surgeon. When Mark pulls off a nifty bit of surgery, Derek gives him props, prompting an amusing little debate over compliments vs. facts. Either way, the ice is ultimately broken, and as the boys sit down to watch "the game" with some brews, Mer tells her once-estranged sis/now bridesmaid-to-be, "You can stop eating."

IZZIE
Izzie believes she can forge on after her chemo blast and run an ersatz bridal dress boutique out of her hospital room. (Shades of 27 Dresses, no?) Izzie, though, is setting herself up for a fall. As her oncologist tells Chief, because of the high-test chemo she's getting, "A few hours from now, Stevens is going to wish she were dead."

Mer, not being a poufy dress gal, balks at participating, until the Chief orders her to do right by her distraction-craving friend. Besides, as Izzie notes — after cruelly tricking Mer into her room, by playing dead — "Meredith Grey, child of darkness, has found someone!" So there must be revelry. (And how damn beautiful was Mer in that last dress?) 

Izzie pulls the flatline trick once more, only to be met with a harsh reality once the room clears, and her chemo-induced sickness kicks in. "I'm sick," she admits after collapsing. "I thought I was the same person I was when I woke up this morning ... but I'm not."

OWEN, ALEX & GEORGE
In the shrink's office, Owen is in denial about what haunts him. "I don't feel anything" about his war experience, he insists. Not even survivor's guilt? "This isn't about my platoon," he argues. "The issue is me choking my girlfriend."

An accident involving a driver and a perhaps-suicidal pedestrian pits Alex against George. George suspects the victim needs a psych consult, but Alex disagrees. Alex, of course, is wrong, and before you know it said patient is flinging himself from a high window into the windshield of a car below. Owen tears into Alex, and pulls George into surgery with him to tend to the fallen man. There, George emerges as, like, supersurgeon, leading Owen to note, "The harrier things get, the calmer you get. Have you chosen your specialty yet? It's trauma."

Back at the shrink, Owen draws a parallel between the case and his life. "I jumped in front of [Cristina] and I wrecked her, and that is unforgivable. I feel shamed about that." Breakthrough.

Alex and George, meanwhile, cross paths at the bar. "You kicked ass in there," Karev tells O'Malley. "I'm good, but I'm not like you, good under pressure." We then see what's really eating Alex. "[Izzie] is really sick — and I'm not good under pressure."

CALLIE & ARIZONA
Callie's dad is due for an imminent visit, and the plan is to keep him in the dark about his daughter's adventures 'neath the Mason-Dixon line, with the simply luminous Arizona. But when Hector Elizondo shows and in short order slams George (Callie's wandering ex-hubby) and Mark (the forbidden fruit that tempted his little girl) against the wall, Callie comes clean about her transfer to the other team.

This news does not sit well with Papa Torres, despite how happy, good and comfortable is makes Callie feel. No, he wants her to move back home, and even tenders Chief a whopping check/donation to get his daughter transferred to Miami. Callie, meanwhile, is upset in the way that can only be expressed by rapid Spanish, leaving Arizona to call in for back-up — in the form of Sloan. "The man has done nothing but support me his whole life," Callie says. Mark counters that "supporting someone and respecting them aren't the same thing — you tell him that."

Which Callie does, only to have Dad threaten to cut her off from her trust fund. "So I cut him off," Cal tells Arizona. "He can't stop me from who I am." Callie, stalwart yet shattered, breaks down in her girlfriend's arms.

BAILEY
On the medical front, Arizona is worried about Bailey being ready for her gig in pediatrics, and wonders if her hubby is good with the 90-hour weeks she'll be pulling. Oops, Bailey hasn't told Tucker yet! Soon, the ladies are swept up by a case involving a little girl with Tay-Sach's disease and an unrealistic, rainbow-chasing dad. He chooses to pursue a lark of finding a cure in Mexico rather than sit at his dying child's side.

After cradling the tot all day, Bailey tells the dad, "It's time to stop. She's going to die, and she needs her daddy for this next part." The little girl presumably fades away as her father fills her head with idyllic images of Mexico beaches and sun.

"I didn't do a single medical thing today!" Bailey later grumbles to Arizona. "I could have held my own child all day today!" Arizona urges Bailey to bring Tucker up to speed, saying that her job is "more than just cutting, and what you did today was heroic." Says Bailey, "OK — I'll tell him that."

What did you think of this week's Grey's, fans? Is Izzie only going to get worse before she gets better? Did Owen-Cristina fans felt cheated at all? Are you glad — or disappointed — to see Mer and Der steer away from their simple wedding toward something more "poufy"?

 

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This week on Grey's Anatomy, Izzie tried to escape the reality of her illness by taking on the fantasy of Meredith's wedding planning, Callie faced repercussions for her girl-girl romance, Bailey avoided a truth, Owen dodged his ghosts and George perhaps found his calling. I'm Matt Mitovich, subbing for Erin Lulevitch (no relation). Now on with the recap!

GREY MATTERS
Cuddled in bed, Mer and Der discuss the kind of wedding they will not have, seeing as Mer is "not really a church wedding bride, or a poufy white dress bride either." After their confab, there's an awkward run-in with Mark and Little Grey ... read more

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