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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "Wish You Were Here"

Season 5, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: While Bailey teams with new pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw ) to save a young patient near and dear to her heart, the arrival of a death-row inmate at the hospital angers Derek and further erodes Meredith and Cristina's friendship. Meanwhile, Callie and Sloan join forces to fight their respective attractions to Sadie and Lexie; and Izzie tells Alex that she has been seeing Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). William: Eric Stoltz. Melinda: Samantha Mathis.
Original Air Date: Jan 8, 2009
Guest Cast Eric Stoltz: William Robin Pearson Rose: Patricia Perrey Reeves: Margaret Samantha Mathis: Melinda
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Season 5, Episode 11
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Length: 03:55:06
Aired: 1/8/2009
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Sympathy for the Devil" Season 5, Episode 11

In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek's mom comes to town and meets Meredith for the first time, Owen finally asks Cristina out on a date and the death row patient at Seattle Grace offers to help save a life by sacrificing his own.

In a great ensemble moment, this week's episode began with Meredith surrounded by her friends at home in a makeshift group therapy session meant to help her cope with the fact that Derek's mom, Carolyn (Tyne Daly), is coming to town. For some reason, Mer already had it in her head that mom's don't like her and would prefer shiny, happy people like Izzie. So, Mer does what she thinks is the next best thing and starts soliciting Izzie for advice. The result? A Mer makeover, complete with an "alarmingly high ponytail" and a forced smile that won't quit, even when Meredith and Carolyn's lunch time talk takes a morbid turn.

Mer does her best for most of this episode to be the person that she thinks Carolyn would want her son to date, but in the end, she confesses to Mrs. Shepherd that she's much more dark and twisty than she appears. Based on Carolyn's response to this confession (and the horrific look on Izzie's face who happened to be nearby at the time), it seemed as though Mer had just permanently written herself out of the Shepherd family photo album. So, who would have guessed that Carolyn would later give Derek her engagement ring to give to Meredith? Not I, but Carolyn seemed to get that Meredith is the yin to his yang.

Speaking of Yang, Owen finally got up the courage this week to ask Cristina out, much to her surprise. However, his noble effort to stop playing "hot and cold" with her was short-lived when the time of their date arrived and he showed up late and stinkin' drunk. Cristina did her best to put him in his place by ordering him to go clean up, but she didn't mean for him to shower fully clothed in her bathroom, which is exactly what he did. In those few minutes we managed to learn that Owen hasn't been on a date in nearly five years and that his most memorable surgery had a dark and disturbing ending. Still, these two ended up in a shower lip-lock. One can only imagine how long they stayed in there fully clothed (my guess is not long).

Meanwhile, William (Eric Stoltz) continues to cause friction among the docs at Seattle Grace with his decision to refuse the surgery that will allow him to live long enough to face his execution, which just happens to be in five days. In response, Derek refuses to let William take the easy way out by dying in the hospital and pledges to give him the brain surgery he needs, even if it means waiting until the very last minute.

While it's not clear what William's true intentions were, the inmate decides to offer his liver and intestines to Jackson (the ailing child in need of a transplant). However, that would mean William would have to die at the hospital in order to make good on that offer. So was the inmate more interested in avoiding a painful execution than in truly saving someone else life? It's hard to say, but when the organs Jackson does manage to get end up failing him, William's offer becomes even more lucrative when they find out he's a match for the young boy. For better or worse, next week will bring an end to this arc.

On a lighter note, Callie and Mark worked on a man who wanted to be two inches taller so badly that he opted to go overseas to have a risky leg lengthening procedure that went terribly wrong. Luckily, Callie was able to save the man's legs, but to his horror he ended up losing another quarter inch of height as a result!

Other highlights this week included, Alex telling Izzie he wants to take a road trip to Iowa, so he can introduce her to his mom; all of the high school angst between Lexie and Mark and hearing Mark tell Callie, "You fought. You loved. You lost. Walk tall, Torres."

Until next week, here are a few questions to ponder and discuss: Will William be granted his last dying wish (to donate his liver and intestines to Jackson)? Will Cristina and Owen end up sleeping together on their first date? Will Derek propose to Meredith next week?

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In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek's mom comes to town and meets Meredith for the first time, Owen finally asks Cristina out on a date and the death row patient at Seattle Grace offers to help save a life by sacrificing his own.

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