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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Give Peace a Chance"
Oct 29, 2009 06:59 PM ET by Adam Bryant Watch Episode
In this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek treats Isaac, a hospital lab tech with an inoperable tumor wrapped around his spine. The mounting tension between Derek and the Chief reaches fever pitch when Derek moves forward with a risky procedure to remove Isaac's tumor despite the Chief's orders to the contrary. Meanwhile, Alex continues to struggle with his rocky relationship with Izzie, and Cristina gets a reminder from Lexie about what it is to be a "hardcore" surgeon. And because it seems to be a theme of Grey's this season, somebody gets the ax before the hour ends. Who is it, and will it stick? Let's find out!
It's no secret that the writing staff of Grey's has had to make some serious adjustments for their stars' personal lives (pregnancies, movie roles, etc.). While last week's Rashomon-style episode was interesting, I much prefer this episode's approach of shifting the focus to other characters. Derek was a great choice to start the trend. (Bailey- and Arizona-centric episodes are in the weeks ahead.) Let's start with Alex's story before diving into the Derek drama.
Because Izzie bailed on him, Alex has resigned himself to caring less about the current state of his marriage. (Guess he grew tired of all those phone calls from last week.) When Yang reminds Alex that Izzie has an appointment for her continuing cancer treatment, he blows off the idea of even making sure that she will be there. Even though he acts tough (and even though he continues to fight with Dr. Adamson when she tells him he's a douche), it's clear that Alex is worried about Izzie.
On the day of her appointment, Alex can't stop looking at his watch, but he insists to Reed that he won't go check to see if Izzie showed up because she doesn't want to see him. Reed tells Alex that Izzie would want him to be there, and even if Izzie made the choice to leave him behind, he is making a choice to accept their separation. Alex decides to go, but when Reed goes to find him later, he heartbreakingly tells her that Izzie never showed. Concern comes pouring out of him, as he can't fathom that Izzie wouldn't receive the very treatments that have saved her life. Though it was nice to see Reed show some concern in the moment, I don't like the possible-love-interest vibe written all over this arc.
When lab tech Isaac deliver some scans to Derek, Dr. Shepherd is blown away by the massive tumor wrapped around the patient's spine. Isaac reveals that the scans are his own, and that he took the job at Seattle Grace to meet the best neurosurgeon in the country (yeah, right). Isaac says he knows Derek is the right man because he was inspired by the scans, not defeated like all his previous doctors. Derek insists that he can't operate, but Isaac tells him to think it over.
Obviously, Derek decides to proceed, over the objections of the Chief. Since the Chief has implemented a new computerized scheduling system that makes breaking the rules tougher for Derek, he schedules fake craniotomies for a whole day and picks a team of residents to scrub in with him. First, a skills test is held in which the residents have to draw a dot on the nose of the picture of George Washington on a dollar bill