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Will Izzie and George live or die?

We’ve got roughly four months to ponder that question. For now, it’s just a relief we still care.

To call “Grey’s” fifth season rough would be an understatement. Dead Denny sex, too many half-baked guest star arcs, the unceremonious firing of Brooke Smith, a flurry of headlines surrounding unhappy cast members — this year had it all. It also had a rather frustrating finale in some ways, which I’ll get to in a moment. But thankfully there was enough emotional heft packed into last night’s two hours to justify tuning in again in Season 6.

We knew Izzie’s battle with cancer would dominate the episode. The newlywed debated whether to undergo another brain surgery, ultimately did, and then struggled, heartbreakingly, with short-term memory loss. Just when it seemed she was out of the woods, Iz went limp in Alex’s arms. Naturally, Alex freaked, said to hell with the DNR she had signed and tried desperately to resuscitate her. Meanwhile, Izzie appeared onscreen in her pink Season 2 ball gown and boarded what appeared to be an elevator to the afterlife.

More rewarding was who awaited her when the elevator doors opened: Best buddy George. There had been rumors that the doc — who joined the Army to be a trauma surgeon last night — might find himself in a life-threatening situation. But the way he wound up there was, at least for me, a stunner. In the final hour, Seattle Grace’s finest had been trying to save a John Doe who’d heroically pushed a woman out of the path of a speeding bus only to get mangled in her place. George had been MIA for a while, but, then again, he was MIA for most of the season, so that didn’t seem particularly odd. So when, minutes before the episode ended, the Chief revealed that he’d given George the day off to go hang with his mom before departing for Iraq, and the realization of who John Doe really was began to dawn, my heart leapt out of my chest.

That juicy twist warranted cliffhanger status, whereas I wish Izzie’s fate had been determined, one way or the other, by the final cut to black. After following the Izzie cancer story for much of the season — and especially after enduring all those maddening Denny hallucinations — I can’t help but feel we deserved that much.

The Meredith-Derek ‘wedding’ also felt like a cop-out. In a tender scene early on, the couple decided to finally get hitched in a low-key ceremony at City Hall. Rocked by Izzie’s battle, a reminder that life is all too short, Mer told Der, “I don’t wanna spend another day not being married to you.” And yet, she will. Because, in the end, there was no trip to City Hall, or even a trip to the hospital chapel. Rather, the two decided to write some vows on a Post-it, sign it and consider themselves wed. As Meredith herself used to so often say: Seriously?!

But back to the stuff that did work. Like a pre-injury George helping a pre-surgery Izzie find the strength to continue fighting her disease by reminding her she’s a “doer.” A frustrated and frightened Alex telling Izzie he married her because they both figured she’d be dead in a week. Meredith, at last healed and whole, telling Christina she loves her and wrapping her up in a warm hug. Christina struggling to tell Owen she loves him and planting a big ol’ wet kiss on him, smack in the middle of the hospital. Mark realizing, after Lexie turned down his offer to move in together, that the age difference between them may be too big an obstacle to overcome and deciding to move on (and move in to a new house) alone. And Bailey — oh, Bailey. She opted to leave both her troubled marriage and the peds fellowship program, and then broke down sobbing in front of the Chief. “Grey’s” may have its ups and downs, but Chandra Wilson is consistently remarkable. Seattle Grace is lucky to have her, and so are we. 

Your turn. What did you make of the finale?

–Shawna Malcom

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The wedding was a cop out I'm so pissed off

Omg!! This episode was definately a tear jerker!! I knew from rumors that "Izzy and George" both wanted off the show, so I wasn't surprised that Izzy coded but the part with George being John Doe really surprised me! I had to grab the kleenex when he wrote 007 in Merideth's hand and she realized who he was!! "OH GOD", I believe was her exact words!! And the woman he saved by the bus refusing to leave his bedside was also tear jerky...She may be in the next season and begin to date Alex...?
I think however that the way it ended with Izzy seeing George after the "passing" was the writers way to letting the viewers sense that both of them will be forever together in the "Hereafter World" and end their characters roles forever.
But in case Katherine Heigle decides to stay on the show, they can make her come back and be totally pissed off at everyone for ignoring her DNR and making her leave George alone in the abyss...sounds good to me!!
I love this show, already have purchased all the previous seasons and will be purchasing this season as soon as it get out. I CANT WAIT TO WATCH THE SEASON PREMIER!!!!

What does the 007 mean with George there are about 6 of my friends that watched it did not get it.

Janet: In the 1st episode of the series, George was selected, by Burke to do an appendectomy. All the other interns watched from the gallery and made bets about how bad he would screw up. George did mess up doing something that could threaten the life of the patient and Burke had to step in. When Cristina saw this, she called him "007" and Alex said, "Licensed to kill." It was his nickname, at least by Alex for a good bit of the 1st season.

Kathy Phillips:

007 is a reference to either season one or season two. There were a lot of people that died that were on his watch, so they started calling him 007 (License to Kill). RIght when she said the words "Double O-7, what does that mean" I went thought, ohmygod, its George, and started crying. >.<

I have to agree with the above poster, Bailey's breakdown was some amazing acting. I have to admit that I cried the most in that scene...it felt real, not a forced emotional moment.

I predict that in the opening scene, Izzie will still be standing in the elevator and George is going to tell Izzie something like its not her time, etc...and the elevator is going to close with her reaching out to George, sobbing. But then again, I have a flair for the dramatic. :)

007 was the nickname George in Season 1 when he was the first intern to assist on a surgery where a guy was having his appendix removed. George made an error and almost killed the guy, so he got the nickname 007, meaning licensed to kill

007 was George's nickname since season one because he almost killed his first patient in surgery. 007 = "license to kill"

Ok 007 is what everyone called George after he froze up in his first surgery as an intern with Burke in the first season. During the entire season finale I wondered why they kept mentioning that over and over again especially since they hadn't called him that since like season 4. But then I got my answer when he wrote it on Meridith's hand. The writers did it for all of the people who aren't too familiar with the show/not HUGE fans and probably wouldn't have remembered otherwise. I couldn't believe that was George, it was probably the biggest shocker since Denny died. And then when Izzie appeared in her dress (that always makes me want to cry) and then when the elevator doors open....I expect to see Denny standing on the otherside....but NOPE I see George in his uniform! Oh my gosh....I could have cried but I would have embarrassed myself in front of everyone haha

I was so disappointed with the George ending. I saw it coming after not seeing George around for a minute. Is there anyone out there that use to watch ER before GA came on? ER had a co-worker that threw himself in front of the subway, and had to be brought into the ER. No one knew who he was until they tried to page the dude and his beeper went off. I was looking for more originality.

Congrats to the writers. I was expecting a bad outcome for Izzy, but George! I am absolutly stunned, so stunned I could not get to sleep. It's going to take a while for me to get over this one. Well done.

The season finale was a big disappointment in all regards (with the exception of George).

Bailey's giddiness when the Chief tried to bribe her back into general surgery? And the playing around with the machine, making lightsaber noises? - Please. That was completely out-of-character.

Alex and Izzie. Well, I didn't buy them getting back together in the first place, so the wedding seemed just ridiculous to me. Their newly found love this season seemed unnatural and forced. Which is why their scenes in the finale episodes didn't do anything for me on an emotional level.

Owen and Cristina were a tidbit too cheesy in these eppies as well, although I generally love them, together or apart. Great characters, excellent actors, touching storyline.

Callie and Arizona. Well... Jessica Capshaw really isn't a particularly good actress, and being surrounded by wonderful actors (especially Sara Ramirez with whom she shared many scenes) makes that even more obvious. While their storyline is somewhat cute, it doesn't evoke any emotions, as it lacks the depth and spark that Callie and Erica had.

Speaking of which, the one thing that bugged me most was that - after six months - we still haven't learnt *anything* about Erica's whereabouts. That was the worst write-off (if you can even call it that) I've ever seen. And the way Ms. Rhimes (the series' creator) keeps acting as if the character never existed, denies the undeniable chemistry Callica had as well as the wonderful addition Brooke Smith was to the cast and show? Just one year ago, she was so full of praise for both, the character and the actress, as well as her chemistry with Sara Ramirez. She promised their romance wouldn't be treated any different than those of the other couples on the show. And now look what happened. She didn't even had the decency to wrap Dr. Hahn's story in a respectful and believable manner. I was waiting until the very last minute of this season for at least a mention that would bring closure to the matter. But, once again, I was let down.

It was a really bad season, and I have decided to look upon the season finale as if it actually had been the series finale ... because one thing is for sure: I am not tuning back in in September. I've never liked soap operas, and that's just what Grey's has turned into recently. Plus, I don't support producers/writers who don't stand by their characters, their stories or their (former) actors.

the post it wedding was stupid
join the campaign to fight the idiocy!
we're fighting for a mer/der wedding


hope shonda enjoys OUR post its!

So I agree with most of you that this episode was way too contrived Yes, Izzie and George may both die (I guess it's more up to the actors' decisions than the storyline in the end, and we've already had too many "back from the dead" twists in this show (Meredith, Derek etc etc) and certainly way too many ghosts to really draw this out any more.
What's perhaps more interesting is the periphery of the show - I think in season 6 Bailey and the Chief will get together, the chief will retire as chief but stay on as general surgeon, allowing him to spend time looking after Bailey's child (making up for also "neglecting" meredith) and for Bailey to take up the peds fellowship. I think dr Hahn will come back, as the new chief, and fight Arizona for Callie, and win. Dr Hahn did indeed have far better chemistry with Callie.
As for Meredith and Derek, hard to see what more these two can do in the show now their relationship is sorted, maybe a baby? Then Yang and her man will also get sorted - it seems like Grey's anatomy will grow up and stabilise, but of course we need some new drama, so the new characters brought in to replace Izzie and George will have a chance to mess things up a bit... Mark Sloane, what's going to happen with him? He wants to get it right so badly, but litltle Grey isn't ready...
By the way, on a completely different point, I'm not 100% but I think in the UK there would have been no way the soldier would have gotten his healthy leg cut off, he would have been referred for his psychological issues, maybe he would even have been sectioned if he'd threatened to harm himself. Anyway, I was sure that Callie would have refused to do it - really don't get the point/purpose of this part of the story... it would have been more convincing to have George "inspired" by this guy/the army experience in a more positive way. Now it almost seems George's "heroic action" was more infused with disregard for his own life (having lost a sense of the value of his own life outside of being able to help others) - a bit like Meredith and the guy with the bomb in his chest.


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