I Am The Sun and He can Go Suck It

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Into You Like a Train - Derek Chooses Addison

This episode was meant to be the Season 2 premiere; however in the US only nine episodes were shown in Season 1, beginning March 27, 2005. As for Australia, I really can't remember. I did not start watching Grey's Anatomy on a regular basis until near the end of Season 2.

Meredith has to Face the Reality

"Into You Like A Train," opens with Meredith sitting at Joe's bar drinking tequila shots, waiting for Derek; whom she begged to choose her and love her.  As time goes on, and Meredith gets more inebriated, everyone's pagers' start beeping. There has been a massive train accident and multiple casulties are expected.  Let's face it, Meredith is in denial. It was so obvious to me that Derek would choose Addison, especially when he debated over signing the divorce papers. This episode was about facing up to the reality of Derek, which means Derek will not just walk away from his marriage, he needs to explore the possibility of fixing things before throwing away his eleven year marriage.

Meredith narrates: "In general, people can be categorized in one of two ways. Those who love surprises and those who don't. I don't. I've never met a surgeon that enjoys a surprise, because as surgeons, we like to be in the know. We have to be in the know, because when we aren't, people die and lawsuits happen. Okay, I think I'm rambling. My point, actually, and I do have one, has nothing to do with surprises or death or lawsuits, or even surgeons. My point is that whoever said 'What you don't know can’t hurt you,' was a complete and total moron. Because for most people I know, not knowing is the worst feeling in the world." [sees passengers impaled on metal pole] "Okay, fine. Maybe the second worst."

Please Love Me

Meredith feeling drunk and pathetic

Derek does show up and Joe informs him that he's late. Meredith is long gone; having been paged earlier. She is forced to stand aside and watch her colleagues work as she is rather drunk; and at one point suggests to Bailey that perhaps she should go home.

Have You Seen A Severed Leg?

Christina spends the entire night running around searching for a missing leg; at once stage trying to enlist Burkes help. Alex eventually finds the leg; and steals the surgery that Christina was hoping to assist on once she had found the leg. Izzie finds herself working for Addison; and Addison is impressed by Izzie's aptitude for her specialty. She tells Izzie this and then asks her how important it is for Izzie to hate her. Izzie is silent, she does not know what to say. Addison then tells her she is sticking around for a while.

A Burktina Battle

Burke tells Christina he can't be her boyfriend when they're on duty.

Tom and Bonnie; the passengers Meredith saw earlier impaled by a pole. The surgeon's gather around to discuss how best to handle the case. Hours pass and Meredith begins to sober up; Bailey orders a blood alcohol test; which Meredith passes and is allowed to help with Tom and Bonnie's case. When the xrays are studied, it is revealed that one of them will die; if they remove the pole from either of them. 

After much debating; Burke and Shepherd decide that Tom's injuries are less serious; than Bonnie's so it would be best to remove Bonnie from the pole and give Tom the best chance possible. The symbolism of having to choose which patient to save and Derek making a choice between Meredith and Addison was very well executed and extremely heart wrenching, I went through a few tissues watching these scenes.

The Sole Survivor

Tom and Bonnie

You Can't Just Abandon Her


Meredith asks if she can scrub in and whilst in the scrub room with Derek, she realises that he has chosen to try and save his marriage to Addison. In the OR after removing the pole from Bonnie; and trying to do whatever they can to save her, it is clear that she has no hope. Meredith become very upset and starts yelling "What about her? We can't just leave her! We can't just abandon her!" She also realises at that moment that she too has been abandoned by the man she loves. Bailey tells Meredith to leave her, that there was nothing any of us could do.

Pleading for an Answer

Meredith realises Derek has chosen his marriage - Picture courtesy of TVFanatic.com

Derek's night ends with a heart-wrenching conversation with Bonnie's fiance (Danny), he tells Danny that if love were enough, Bonnie would be with him now; and at the same time realises that those words reasonate with his feelings towards Meredith. He is in love with her, but love is not enough to walk away from his responsibility as a husband, no matter how much that hurts and confuses him. His marriage must be the priority.

A Tough Day

Derek loses it in the elevator

MEREDITH: [narrating] "As surgeons, there are so many things we have to know. We have to know we have what it takes. We have to know how to take care of our patients... and each other. Eventually, we have to figure out how to take care of ourselves. As surgeons we have to be in the know, but as human beings, sometimes it's better to stay in the dark. In the dark there may be fear, but there's also hope."

In conclusion, Meredith is completely unaware of how painful and difficult Derek's decision was; hence his tears in front of Bailey in the elevator. In time it becomes clear to Meredith just why her McDreamy made the choice to stay with Addison.

Best Quote: Cristina (to Burke): "So I can sleep with someone else when we're on duty?"

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