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Episodes 5.16: An Honest Mistake (Crossover episode with Private Practice, which airs at 10 p.m.)

Airdate: February 19, 2009

  • 02/02 - Derek's confidence is shaken like never before as he faces off with Addison over what course is best for their dying pregnant patient; Cristina calls the abilities of a renown surgeon into question after she botches a standard procedure; and Bailey, who has decided to pursue a fellowship in Pediatrics, is appalled by the Chief's less-than-stellar recommendation letter. Source: ABC
  • 01/25 - Meredith learns from [sam, Naomi and Addison] about a hidden talent her fianc
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "An Honest Mistake"

Feb 20, 2009 08:51 AM ET by Erin Lulevitch

On this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek battles it out with two of his colleagues, Cristina gets booted from the OR and the Chief writes a less-than-stellar recommendation for Bailey.

Last week, Addison pleaded with Derek to "be a god" when operating on her brother and work a miracle to save his life. That operation was a success, but did the victory go to Derek's head?

It certainly seemed that way as Derek feverishly continued to perform risky operations on pregnant patient Jen (Jennifer Westfeldt) this week. The first surgery was branded a success when it became clear Jen's proper speech patterns had been restored, but the celebration was cut short when Jen needed to be taken back to the OR for a follow-up procedure. The more Derek did in the second surgery to save Jen, the more he compromised her unborn baby, which resulted in a battle of the scalpels between Addison and Derek. Ultimately, Jen couldn't be saved, but for now it looks like her premature baby will survive.

What I liked least about this scene was the way Addison kept pleading with Meredith to make Derek stop the surgery. I get that this was a power struggle, not only between two doctors, but also on a personal level as Derek is now "Meredith's guy/" But something about all of that melodrama just didn't compute for me.

I will say, though, the fist fight between Derek and Mark this week was interesting to watch. Hopefully, these two won't continue to harbor ill will toward each other in the coming weeks, as they make the best comic duo on the show when they're on good terms with each other.

Now, on to Dr. Campbell (Faye Dunaway), a staple doctor at Seattle Grace who only just surfaced for the first time. Apparently, it's well known around the hospital that Campbell rarely operates on patients anymore and has been branded by some (namely Cristina) as a dinosaur for her outdated surgical methods. This week Cristina spotted a major mistake in Campbell's most recent surgery and she wasn't shy about letting everyone (including the Chief) know about it. Eventually, Cristina found herself in the same OR with Campbell and a battle of the words ensued. Did anyone else envision flashbacks of Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest when Campbell screamed at Cristina to "get out" of her OR? That scene alone was priceless! Unfortunately, now that Campbell has declared that surgery her last, it looks like she won't be back.

On a lighter note this week, Bailey was earnestly seeking out letters of recommendation from just about anyone who was willing to write one. However, her main focus was the Chief, who managed to churn out only a form letter with bland statements suggesting she would be a "fine addition to any program."

In the end, we learned that the Chief was miffed that Bailey was "abandoning" him by choosing pediatrics over the chance to succeed him at Seattle Grace. Of course, this news only infuriated Bailey who then went on to tell the Chief she is not his son and therefore, she should not be expected to follow in his footsteps! Having said that, I'm sure the Chief will take the time to rethink his letter and offer a revised recommendation. And even if he doesn't, Bailey still has the glowing letters from Addison and George in her pocket.

In the "we totally saw this coming" file, the patient Sadie diagnosed with cancer a few weeks back re-entered Seattle Grace with the news that after thousands of dollars spent on further testing, all she really had was a case of anemia! Yep, sounds like Sadie did mislabel those vials of blood after all, which also means Izzie's future has taken an even darker turn. Now that Izzie has the interns working on her case, what will they find?

Other notables for the week include the newfound knowledge that Owen was given an honorable discharge from the army and Arizona likes to call Callie by her full name, Calliope.

What did you think of the episode?

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