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Grey’s anatomy season 05 episode 12:” Sympathy for the Devil”

Bailey watches Jackson sleep as Arizona arrives. Bailey says Jackson’s BP is a little down, so they might get him bumped up on the transplant list. Arizona can’t believe she paged her 911 at 2:30 in the morning for that. Chatting all night about UNOS won’t get Jackson his organs sooner, so she suggests Bailey get some sleep. Bailey says Jackson is running out of time. Arizona says they always are and welcomes her to peds.

Derek angrily walks into William’s room. His latest images show his brain contusions are expanding, so he has to operate. William asks if it could kill him. Derek says yes if they don’t treat it. William says they’re going to execute him in 5 days anyway, so he’ll take his chance with the brain thing. He can refuse the surgery and die on Derek’s watch.


Lexie and Mark are up in the attic, where Lexie is staying. The others are up and busy, so Mark can’t sneak out of the house. Lexie explains they’re cleaning since Derek’s mother is coming to visit. That woman practically raised him, so she can’t find out he’s with Lexie, the forbidden fruit.

The others are in the living room. Alex thinks Meredith will tank in the first five minutes. Sadie trusts she’ll do well. George tells Meredith that Carolyn will love her. Meredith, clamping a bottle of tequila, says mothers don’t love her. Mothers love happy and bubbly people like Izzie. Izzie concurs. Denny says his mother would’ve liked Izzie. Izzie has stashed all the tequila and condoms. The place smells musty, though, so it doesn’t feel homey, but Izzie can’t fix a feeling. Alex then says Rebecca peed on the couch cushion. Izzie starts to remove it. Behind their becks, Mark sneaks out the front door.

Out on the front porch, he bumps into Derek. He quickly asks Derek if he wants to get a drink, but Derek says it’s 4 in the morning. Mark then says he probably should have called first and that he heard his mother’s coming. Good times. He walks off.

At the hospital, Izzie is counseling Meredith on how to seem likable and approachable. Meredith’s forced smile doesn’t exactly say that. Izzie asks if she’s sure she’s gonna wear her hair loose like that.

Outside William’s room, Cristina sees Meredith’s high ponytail, but doesn’t say anything about it. Derek arrives and comments on it. Meredith explains it’s for his mother.

Derek tells William his brain is swelling rapidly, so he strongly suggests William takes the surgery. William says this place is better to die than the maximum-security prison. He’s in good company. Derek tells Cristina and Meredith to monitor William’s ICP. When he’s finally unconscious, which will happen, they’ll take him to surgery, as two doctors’ consent is enough then. William turns to Meredith, who ignores his pleas. The doctors leave the room, and Derek says he won’t let William cheat the system.

In the ER, Chuck tells Callie he has an infection. His brother Gary explains that he had surgery in Hong Kong. Chuck says he had his legs lengthened as he was 5’3″, and insecure about his height. Callie is aware of the controversial procedure and takes a look at the legs, which look really bad. Chuck says he was promised two extra inches.

Melinda, Jackson’s mother, asks if they’ve heard from UNOS. They haven’t. Sadie, without thinking, says finding a match shouldn’t be a problem, but Bailey corrects her. Jackson has had transfusions, so there may be extra antibodies, which make it harder to find a match. Richard assures Melinda they’re going to do anything to help Jackson. Bailey turns to Sadie and tells her she doesn’t trust her. She has to stay out of Bailey’s way and if she has anything to say, she’ll raise her hand and wait to be called on. Sadie thinks she’s kidding, but Bailey is not.

William notices Meredith’s particularly upset at him for killing the women. He asks if she’d feel better if she knew he was beaten as a child, every day. She asks if that’s true. He says whatever helps her sleep at night. They arrive at the elevator, where Bailey’s also waiting with Jackson. He notices the cuffs and asks William what he did. William replies traffic violation, and asks Jackson why he’s here. Jackson says he needs a new liver and intestine. William asks if he wants his.

Derek’s on the phone with the driver who was supposed to pick up his mother at the airport, but she’s arrived by bus. She happened to be on a cruise that landed in Seattle, and she was planning to check out the Space Needle. He can’t come as he has back-to-back surgeries. She knows the drill, having given birth to 5 doctors, so she can wait and maybe meet his colleagues. She then sees Mark, who greets her, pretends to get paged, and walks off. Derek then sees Meredith and introduces her to his mother. She says Derek’s been hiding her like a dog hiding a bone, so she can’t wait to find out everything about her.

Alex and Izzie agree Meredith doesn’t look too well. Alex says meeting the family always sucks; he’d never do that to Izzie. He walks off as Denny says he wouldn’t either. Cristina joins Izzie and asks who the lady touching Meredith is. Izzie says it’s Derek’s mother. Cristina thinks Mer looks weird. Owen comes over, and asks Cristina to do some of his post-ops and to go on a date. She didn’t want him to play hot-and-cold, so he’ll pick her up at 8. He walks off and Izzie says that was weird, too. Cristina walks off, and Denny says another perk of dating a dead guy is no awkward dates.

Jackson wonders why he can’t have the man’s organs. Bailey says they have rules to follow, and the man’s offer was definitely against the rules. Outside the room, Melinda is on the phone with the insurance people again. Jackson wants Bailey to tell her something good today as she needs good news.

William says he has a body full of good organs. Meredith says he might not even be a match, and they’d have to cross-match his blood with Jackson’s. William wants to save a life before he goes, so he wants to get tested. Meredith can’t believe he really expects her to believe this. He says whatever helps her sleep at night.

Chuck’s infection made its way deep into his bones, so they have to remove the rods, and go in to clear out dead tissue. Chuck can’t believe he’s losing his two inches, but Mark says he’s lucky if he gets to keep his legs at all. Chuck is done with all the tall men around him. Everybody literally looks down at him. He’s gone on two dates with two women with no success, and he believes it’s because no one wants to date the short guy. He wanted the two inches so badly because then his height is not embarrassing.

Bailey wants to do a TIPS procedure on Jackson, but Arizona says it would be like a band-aid on a bullet wound. She wants to wait for UNOS and trust the process. Bailey’s tired of waiting and Arizona is the only one who’s comfortable waiting. Arizona’s now officially done with Bailey telling her how to do her job. They argue as Alex comes in to inform them they got organs.

Arizona and Alex are on a plane to retrieve Jackson’s organs. Arizona doesn’t like flying as she feels closer to death here than in an OR. She says she met Izzie and asks if he thinks she’s the one. He doesn’t know. Arizona says they’re at that age where you get married. Alex says he doesn’t make plans. He’ll get over it if there’s no future.

Izzie thinks Cristina and Owen fit together well. She cares because you only get to do a first date once, and it should be special. Cristina knows how to go on dates. George wonders why Meredith’s eating pot roast. Cristina says it’s a show lunch for the mother. The ponytail’s gonna blow.

Carolyn asks Meredith about her parents. Meredith says they’re dead. Derek explains her mother died. Meredith dodges the question about her father by saying she has to go check on her serial killer patient. She leaves. Derek knows what his mother’s thinking and says family’s not Meredith’s favorite topic. Carolyn thinks it must be awful for Derek to treat a murderer. Derek says his father died a long time ago, so he’s fine.

Lexie sits down with Mark, as the new rule is that they lunch together if they sleep together. However, a bunch of other interns join them. Steve comes over, enthusiastic about tater tots. Mark says he has to go.

He walks up to Carolyn, who knows he’s been avoiding her. She still recognizes Mark’s guilty face. He says he’s sleeping with her. Carolyn can’t believe he did it again. Mark clarifies he’s sleeping with Meredith’s sister, not Meredith herself. He points her towards Lexie.

Bailey is in Jackson’s room, prepping him for the surgery. Melinda can’t believe they’re finally getting out of the hospital. It’ll be nice not to see Bailey’s face every day.

At the other hospital, Arizona and Alex see the kid whose organs they’re supposed to remove.

Meredith’s checking up on William. He notices the ponytail, too. He’s really circling the drain. Meredith informs him they found other organs for the kid. He asks if she knew they let him choose between hanging or lethal injection. He asks which one she’d choose, medically. She says with hanging, your spinal cord gets severed. You don’t die for several minutes. With the injection, you get put to sleep first, and then your breathing and heart get stopped. He asks if he was a match for Jackson. She says he was.

Carolyn walks up to Lexie, and asks her if she’s a good girl. Confused, Lexie says yes. Carolyn asks her about her sexual partners and criminal record. Lexie uncomfortably says 6 or 7, and a speeding ticket. Carolyn asks how fast she was going. Lexie answers about 10mph over the speed limit. Carolyn says that’s bad. Lexie agrees. Carolyn then abruptly asks where the gift shop is. Lexie tells her, still puzzled over this odd exchange.

Callie says this is why she doesn’t do this procedure: you have to live with broken bones for months for a few extra inches. Mark says he’d be willing to go through a bit of pain and agony for a little bit of pleasure. Callie asks why he doesn’t just stop what he’s doing. He replies it doesn’t feel bad when he’s doing it. It’s great. Maybe Callie would feel the same. Callie says she used to walk tall around here. Then came George and he took off an inch. Erica shaved off a few more. That humiliation makes you shorter. She’s scared of another personal failure because that would cut her off at the knees.

On their way back to Seattle, Arizona brings up Valentine’s Day. She suggests jewelry. Incredulous, Alex asks what’s wrong with her. They removed organs from a dead kid, and she doesn’t care, as she keeps talking rainbows and relationships. Arizona gets they just pulled the plug on the kid. She knows about the tiny coffins. She dreams about them, so she’ll keep talking rainbows and crap and make plans for tomorrow because that’s what you do. You make plans. You face forward, and turn your back on the coffins.

Derek and Owen talk about William. He wants to control his fate by dying here. Derek introduces Owen to his mother, who returned from the gift shop with bears for Derek’s nieces. She says she was a navy nurse for 25 years, and asks where Major Hunt was stationed. In Iraq, in the thick of it. She thinks he must have stories, but he says none worth telling.

Cristina tells Owen she’s finished his post-ops. He thanks her. They’re quiet for a minute, and Cristina suddenly asks him what his best surgery was, one of Izzie’s suggested “first date questions”. But then she calls it stupid and walks off.

In the OR, Arizona allows Bailey to remove the clamp from the vena cava, the final step. Sadie frantically raises her hand, and draws Bailey’s attention. She says there’s a spot on the duodenum, which means there’s a serious problem with the new organs.

William’s ICP is critical, so they have to get him to the OR. He says no. He’s not scared of dying. He just doesn’t want to do it strapped to a table. He asks Meredith to let him go. Cristina and Derek come in and prep him for transport. Derek signs the form and angrily asks Meredith to sign, too, but she can’t. Cristina signs in her place. Derek says Cristina’s scrubbing in.

Bailey says this can’t be happening. She’s trying to find the source of the clots. Richard says she has to take the organs out, as they’re dead. He’ll die if they keep them in, or take them out. Arizona suggests a portacaval shunt. It’ll keep the circulation going and bypass the liver. It’s temporary, but it’s all they’ve got. This means they only have 24 hours to find Jackson new organs.

Derek removes part of the skull, so the swelling can resolve. They’ll put it into his abdomen so the circulation there can keep the bone marrow alive. Cristina thanks him for letting her scrub in. He says they’re finally seeing eye to eye on something.

Sadie asks Bailey if they’re ever gonna find out why it clotted off. She says the pieces sometimes just break. Sadie says she’s like that. Her life is in pieces. She just keep breaking. She’s not trying to piss Bailey off by being here. She’s just trying to keep herself together, piece by piece.

Cristina ends up in the residents lounge with Meredith. She tells her the ponytail looks ridiculous. She leaves and Meredith takes out the ponytail.

Carolyn tells Mark that Lexie is a lovely girl. Mark says she’s off-limits. Carolyn says the problem is him: he’s always had very low expectations for himself. It’s time to raise them. He says she’s 24. Carolyn says has the maturity of a horny 15-year-old, so he needs young.

Callie tells Chuck they shaved off a quarter inch. Chuck can’t believe he’s now under 5’3″. Gary has now had enough. He never tried out for varsity basketball because it would make Chuck feel too bad for feeling short. He can’t talk about a bad day to his brother, because maybe he had a bad day as well, and he’s short on top it. He couldn’t get depressed over Lori leaving him, because Chuck didn’t have a girlfriend and he was short. And by the way, the reason Chuck can’t get a girlfriend is not because he’s short, it’s because that’s all he cares or talks about. No one cares how short he is, except himself. Chuck realizes he’s an ass. Gary says yeah, and he’s short. They then laugh.

Owen tells Carolyn goodnight. She asks how he’s been sleeping since he got back. When she can’t sleep, she uses valerian root. He curtly says he sleeps just fine and walks off.

Derek is checking up on William. William wonders why they couldn’t just let him die. He thinks maybe Derek deep down knows he’s not better than William. He also decides who lives or dies, but they call it medicine for him. Derek says nobody gets to choose, and certainly not the women William slaughtered. He will make sure William doesn’t die in the hospital, because he won’t allow him to get off that easy. He’s nothing like William.

Carolyn finds Meredith, but she was looking for Derek. Meredith says she seems nice and it seems Carolyn wants to like her, so it’s only fair she should know that the Meredith from today was fake. Mothers don’t like her. She’s dark and cloudy. She feels bad for serial killers. Carolyn says it was nice to meet her, and leaves. She walks past Izzie, who shakes her head at Meredith.

Izzie’s in an on-call room with Denny. She wants to meet Denny’s mother, and go on a date with him without her looking like a crazy person talking to herself. She wants him alive. She’s breaking up with him.

Callie asks Mark if he wants to get a drink, but he has plans. The elevator doors open and Lexie’s waiting for him. Mark tells Callie that all she can do is walk tall. She loved, she fought, and she lost. He tells her to walk tall.

Owen shows up at Cristina’s place. He’s really late, but he didn’t want her to think he stood her up. She asks if he’s drunk. He hasn’t been on a date for 5 years, so he took a drink to take the edge off. He knows this is not what she deserves, but he’ll make it up to her. Cristina says he needs to shower. He walks into her bathroom, but she didn’t mean here.

Derek and his mother are sitting on a bench outside the hospital. She gives him a ring that his father wanted him to have, for the right girl. He wonders how she can know Meredith’s the right girl. She knows enough. She knows it’s easier to have compassion for a good person than a serial killer. She knows how angry he still is about his father. He admits he’s angry and asks if she isn’t. She says she still can’t sleep on his late father’s side of the bed, but she’s not angry anymore. She says Derek sees things in black and white, and Meredith doesn’t. He needs her. She’s the one.

Owen calls out for Cristina from the shower. He’s in there, fully dressed. He thought of his best surgery, and tells her about it. It was a body full of holes and there was bleeding everywhere, so he lied on top of the guy to stop the bleeding for two hours. The guy didn’t bleed out. He made it home and he sent a letter to Owen to thank him, but then he shot himself. Cristina takes off her shoes, and gets into the shower with Owen. She takes off his tie, and caresses his face.

Alex tells Izzie they have a few vacation days coming up and suggests they take a road trip to Iowa. He thinks his mother would like to meet her. She kisses him and leaves to get a bottle of tequila from the laundry room. While Alex is waiting for her to come back, Denny sits down with Alex and says they gotta talk.

Bailey leaves Jackson’s room. Meredith’s outside. She just heard. She asks what happens now. Bailey says they wait for a miracle.

Meredith walks into William’s room and tells him about the piece of his skull that got removed. His brain is virtually exposed. If that area somehow got damaged, it would cause intracranial bleeding, which would result in brain death. So, she stresses he needs to be careful not to damage it. She asks him if he understands what she’s saying to him. He does. He asks if she’s doing this for the kid or for him. She says whatever helps him sleep at night. She leaves the room. He removes his pillow and starts banging his head on the frame of the bed.

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