Grey’s Anatomy Season 5 Finale Episode Recap: Are Izzie & George Really Dead?
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What will happen on Grey’s Anatomy next season? Are George and Izzie goners? E! Online’s own Marc Malkin has an inside source who says that T.R. Knight is leaving Grey’s Anatomy due to issues with executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Sources tell TVGuide.com, “That story is utterly false. Nothing at all has changed in T.R.’s status.” Rhimes has also gone on record debunking new rumors that an entirely different actor would play George thanks to plastic surgery. However, we all know Shonda toed the lines of truth last season and likes to keep the audience guessing. Source: Kristin on E!Online
Latest Grey’s Rumors Ripped as “Ridiculous,” “False” and “B.S.”
Source: TV Guide Online
Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is nipping in the bud talk that the role of George — who last was seen barely alive after being mauled, mangled and mashed in a bus accident — will be recast with a new actor. ”A hilarious, ridiculous rumor” is how Rhimes, via Twitter, qualified the speculation. Getting someone new to play a surgically made-over George would conveniently pave the way for T.R. Knight to vacate the role and exit the ABC serial, as has been rumored for many, many months. The increasingly dusty buzz has been that Knight’s disenchantment with his Season 5 storylines begat his conspicuously decreased screen time… which, in turn, is said to have disenchanted Knight even further.
Now, E! Online is reporting that Knight just this week negotiated his departure from Grey’s — a neat trick, seeing as he’s still on contract through Season 6, if needed. “That story is utterly false,” one well-placed source tells TVGuide.com. “Nothing at all has changed in T.R.’s status.” A second industry insider deems the aforementioned blog posting as “total B.S.” Rhimes herself recently told EW.com, “There have been lots of rumors about T.R., but T.R.’s never said anything. Take from it what you will.”
ABC entertainment boss Stephen McPherson also has weighed in on the uncertain future of Knight’s character, as well as Katherine Heigl’s ailing Izzie. “They’ve both signed on [for next season],” he told reporters at ABC’s upfront. “I can’t say whether or not they’ll both be there.” Reps for ABC and Knight declined to comment for this story.
In the last few minutes of the Grey’s Anatomy finale, we see both George and Izzie coding in different rooms; their spirits meeting at the famous elevator, but will they both be pronounced dead when the show returns in the fall? That’s all up in the air now and to be determined…..
Grey’s Anatomy finale recap: Did Izzie and George die?
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“Grey’s Anatomy” ended Thursday night with two characters’ lives in jeopardy. Viewers will have to wait until next season to see if Izzie Stevens and George O’Malley are alive.
Izzie, who suffered a brain tumor this season, underwent a risky surgery that threatened to take away her memory. Prior to the surgery, she told new husband Alex Karev she wanted to put a do not resuscitate order in place if anything went wrong. Izzie came out of the surgery and suffered short-term memory problems, which eventually disappeared. As she hugged Karev to celebrate gaining memory, she lost consciousness. Despite the DNR she requested, Karev urged doctors to try to resuscitate her and they did.
George, meanwhile, was inspired early in the two-hour episode to become an Army doctor. Later, friends planned to change his mind with an intervention. In the meantime, they operated on a dramatically wounded John Doe, who was bloody and near death after literally sweeping a woman off her feet to save her from an approaching bus. As Dr. Meredith Gray prepared to operate on the mysterious hero, he drew a “007″ into her palm. With that, she realized with horror that John Doe, tragically, was George.
The two-hour show ended Thursday with the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital scrambling to save both lives. Izzie entered a flashback in which she stepped inside an elevator. The elevator doors opened and she was greeted by George in his Army uniform.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season finale: Izzie survives surgery — or does she?
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Tonight’s two-hour “Grey’s Anatomy” season finale was jam-packed with revelations — about love, healing, fighting cancer, DNR orders, Bailey’s marriage, and the fates of Izzie Stevens and George O’Malley.
Izzie’s surgery: The first hour focused on whether or not Izzie would let Derek remove her brain tumor. It’s an incredibly hard decision, since the tumor’s in a place where her entire personality and functioning lives. A test to gauge how she’d fare with surgery in that part of her brain shows huge problems. Dr. Swinder (Kimberly Elise) argues against surgery; Derek, unsurprisingly, favors it. Swinder’s had good results with drug therapy on another patient, Allison (Liza Weil), that made the tumor disappear. Initially, after careful consideration and a heartfelt and totally over the line talking-to from Meredith, Izzie decides against the surgery. Which forces Alex to abandon his “whatever you want” stance and lay down the law, telling her that not having surgery is not an option; it’s his life too, and he wants her to have it.
But then Allison codes and goes south in surgery, leaving her on life support — a heartbreaking turn of events that leaves even hard-core Swinder reeling. Izzie, who’s having hallucinations about discussing her situation on a beach with Denny, finally finds solace with George, whoassures her she already knows what to do. She finally agrees to the surgery, but makes it clear she does not want to end up on a ventilator. She’ll do the surgery, but she’s signing a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order. Which makes Alex crazy — until she explains that now she understands why Denny signed a DNR. If it comes down to it, she says, let me go.
Hour two opens with Izzie finally waking up from surgery, and thankfully being able to communicate, see, hear, and speak. She’s Izzie. But for the time being, at least, she has no short-term memory — her mind resets every five minutes. Mortified and determined to rescue her future, Alex works with her over and over to exercise her memory, first barking questions and then posting notes all over her room — which was charming in “50 First Dates” but staggeringly sad and anxious here. She knows something’s up and urges him to get it off his chest — and boy does he unload. You made me promise you wouldn’t live like this, he says. So now what do I do? Smother you with a pillow? Give you an overdose of morphine? Leave you?
Naturally, Izzie’s upset — it’s never good to hear from your husband that being married to you is awful. Later she relays the story to Cristina — and she can actually remember it on her own. Alex rushes back, thrilled that she’s improving, and she goes limp in his arms. Alex insists that they save her despite the DNR — and ultimately the Chief agrees, saying screw the DNR. How that one would make it past hospital counsel, I’ll never know. Izzie flatlines, and while we can hear them working on her, we see her go into the elevator with her prom dress on. The doors close. They open again, and the voices get louder — did they bring her back?
George’s decision: George works a case with Hunt and Callie — Charlie, a young Army Lieutenant who served in Iraq (Zach Gilford), wants them to amputate his lower leg, which seems healthy but is causing him incredible pain that doesn’t respond to any kind of treatment. His commanding officer sent him to Hunt at Seattle Grace, knowing that Hunt would understand Charlie’s feelings about not fitting into civilian life and the need to go back to war. But to do that, Charlie needs to rid himself of this pain and get a prosthetic leg. Callie’s horrified at the thought of cutting off a healthy limb, but Hunt sympathizes — and eventually George does too.
But it’s more than that. George really seems to have found his calling in trauma surgery, and in a switcheroo that’s designed to make us think it’s Hunt going back to Iraq (Hunt tells Cristina he needs to go back because his work there isn’t finished), George enlists to be a trauma surgeon in the Army. His relatively short trauma experience, combined with the fact that he’s just a second-year resident, seems suspect to me, but OK. Everyone spends a large part of the second hour panicked and plotting an intervention to talk George out of enlisting. Except for Arizona, who thinks he’s brave and awesome for signing up — which totally appalls Callie. Turns out that Arizona’s brother died in Iraq, so she supports anyone willing to go there and help.
George is supposed to be spending his last day at SGH in surgery, and they really could’ve used his help with a horrible trauma that comes in — a John Doe pushed a woman out of the way of an oncoming bus, was hit and dragged for half a mile. He’s just broken into pieces with massive injuries, and the woman who he saved becomes convinced he’s her prince charming. Barely hanging on before his second surgery, John Doe signs a message on Meredith’s hand: 007. John Doe is George O’Malley. And when Izzie’s elevator doors open, he’s standing there in his uniform — on the other side. RIP, Dr. O’Malley. And great work, T.R. Knight.
Derek and Meredith: There’s work friction, of course — particularly over Meredith’s role in Izzie’s surgery decision. But after they watch Izzie and Alex on the way to Izzie’s surgery, they decide to get married at city hall, because Meredith says she doesn’t want to spend another day not married to Derek. As a newlywed myself, I definitely understand the impulse — both to take that plunge and avoid the wedding.
Just as they’re leaving for city hall, Meredith gets a page. Derek concedes that today might not be the best day to do this, but Meredith points out that every day is like this. There’s never going to be time to get married and have their lives unless they make time. And so, on a Post-It note from Cristina’s “something old, something new” offering, they have a very sweet conversation about what they want to promise each other… wait, is that a slowed-down cover of FLASHDANCE playing in the background? Good grief. My brain just cleaved in two, and I can’t decide: is that horrifying or awesome?
Not every set of vows contains the word “smelly,” and this allows them to declare themselves married. The pressure is off — the moment has been seized, love has been expressed, and amazingly, they’re the healthiest people in the place.
Bailey’s career: The Chief and Arizona are going head-to-head in a battle over Bailey (Arizona’s speech to the chief about fighting him and winning made me fall in love with her a little bit. And I cry when I get angry at authority figures too.), and the Chief plays dirty by wooing her with a whiz-bang surgery robot that is admittedly cool and finds Bailey making lightsaber noises. Her heart seems to be increasingly in peds, though — Arizona’s speech about seeing the joy must’ve broken through — and she gets the prestigious pediatric surgery fellowship.
But Bailey’s husband tells her that if she takes the fellowship, he’ll divorce her. When she asks the Chief if there’s still space in general surgery for her, he assumes she’s chosen her marriage over work. But nope — she’s leaving Tucker, because marriages shouldn’t come down to ultimatims. Right on, Bailey — be true to yourself. But she’s not sure she can handle the dissolution of her marriage and a new specialty all at once. Brilliant performance by Chandra Wilson, as always.
Cristina and Owen: Owen’s making progress in therapy, but he gets the notion into his head that he needs to go back to Iraq to finish his work. Cristina’s having none of it — patients still die, she says, and pushes him to deal with his life here. Namely, that he should tell his mother he’s home. With Cristina in tow, he goes to see his mom, and finally he can sleep — and without nightmares. He asks Cristina to make a go of it with him, and after watching Meredith, she finally believes that people can change, and that therapy can help. In a couple of very touching scenes in the boiler room and hallway, she takes a massive leap of faith and tells him she loves him. That is awesome.
Sloan and Little Grey: The gist: Mark asks Lexie to move in with him, a notion she completely blows off. Maybe in 10 years, she says. So in an effort to move on, he starts shopping for houses. It’s much-needed comic relief, and much less annoying than it sounds. And yes, he is a better woman than Lexie.
Exclusive: ‘Grey’s’ boss on finale’s Izzie-George shocker, Mer-Der ‘wedding,’ and more!
Source: The Ausiello Files
Maybe you just watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. And maybe you’re freaking out. Oh, who am I kidding, you are freaking out. Well, good news: Mike Ausiello got off the phone with series creator Shonda Rhimes and obtained exclusive intel on last night’s jaw-dropping climax. Will Izzie and
John Doe George survive? Was that really Meredith and Derek’s wedding we witnessed? Is Jessica Capshaw here to stay? Yep. Rhimes answered all those questions and even found time to address the “ghost sex” controversy, Katherine Heigl’s Emmy chances, TR Knight’s alleged unhappiness, and more.
Rumors have been swirling all year that Katherine and TR wanted off the show. The season ends with both their characters’ lives hanging in the balance. Purely coincidental?
SHONDA RHIMES: I don’t think there are any coincidences. I think Katherine’s stated publicly that she’s happy to stay. I think that there have been lots of rumors about TR, but TR’s never said anything. Take from it what you will.
This kind of cliffhanger almost seems tailor-made to capitalize on some of those headlines and generate buzz.
RHIMES: You have to remember, I have two shows. It’s not as if I spend a lot of time reading the press. We talk about stuff in the writers’ room that other people have read, but, mostly, we were really moving on character. Every year at the beginning of the season I pitch what the end of the season is going to be. And I literally sat down and pitched the last 10 minutes of this season at the beginning of the season, so we were headed towards the place that we knew we were going to go.
Do you know which one of them lives and which one of them dies?
RHIMES: Yes. And I don’t know that you should be saying “which one of them lives and which one of them dies.” I know what happens to the characters.
Have you shared this information with Katherine and TR?
RHIMES: [Silence] I don’t want to answer that. I don’t want to talk about my private conversations with the actors.
Katherine said in a recent interview that she was as much in the dark about Izzie’s fate as anyone. Do you keep this stuff close to the vest in order to prevent leaks?
RHIMES: There was a joke for a while there that if I got hit by a bus [no one would] know how to end the season. I do feel like a secret’s not a secret if anybody knows about it. It was really about trying to keep the storyline as secret as possible, because I wanted the last moment of the season to be a real surprise.
Did TR ask to be released from his contract?
RHIMES: I absolutely am not going to talk about any private conversations I had with the actors. I feel like that invades their privacy.
Why haven’t we seen very much of George this season? I understand that there are ebbs and flows on ensemble dramas but…
RHIMES: There are ebbs and flows. Every character this season has had a lot of ebbs and flows. And every season is shaped differently. With George, I really wanted you to not notice that he wasn’t there for most of this episode. I don’t think anybody noticed because of the way we laid it out this season. He’s an incredibly talented actor. And, actually, he was really lovely and elegant about lying there in all that very painful makeup and prosthetics for much of the episode with no words. That moment where he grabs Meredith’s hand is one of the most affecting moments of the episode, and it was without words.
There was criticism that the Denny hallucinations went on too long without an explanation. Looking back, do you regret not revealing Izzie’s diagnosis sooner?
RHIMES: Do I regret it? No. As writers, we had a lot of fun figuring out how we were going to tell that story. I don’t regret anything we’ve done. Every season is a learning process for me. This is my first television show. Granted, I’ve done five seasons now, but it’s still my first television show. As we head into season 6 everything is still a learning experience for me. It’s been a great, crazy experiment that has happened fairly publicly, but, for me, it’s been my learning process.
There was a period there where the show was being relentless mocked, especially where the “ghost sex” was concerned. Did you ever take it personally?
RHIMES: You’re the first person to tell me that, because I, of course, don’t read a lot of press. One thing we’ve gotten used to is being in the public eye and we learned to let everything roll off our backs. We knew where we were going; we had a road map. The rest of the audience didn’t know where we were going. We all thought it was really surprising that anybody thought there was a ghost on our show. We’re a medical show. We thought it was surprising that anybody would look at it and go, “Gee, that’s a ghost.” So that was surprising to us. But, other than that, we took it with a grain of salt.
Did the network stick by you during the initial backlash?
RHIMES: Yes. [ABC president] Steve [McPherson] and I sat down and talked about what we were going to do before we did it, and figured out how many episodes and everything. I’m in constant contact [with him].
Will Katherine be putting her name back in the Emmy race this season?
RHIMES: You know, I don’t know. I think she did beautiful work. I think she always does beautiful work.
Did Meredith and Derek really get married last night?
RHIMES: Their wedding was a Post-it note. We had a big series of discussions about it in the writers’ room. I felt very strongly — very very strongly — that the last thing Meredith Grey would do is put on a wedding dress and walk down an aisle. It just felt wrong to me, Meredith being Meredith. And the Post-it wedding will have big reverberations next season.
Will we still get an official wedding at some point?
RHIMES: I think they feel it is an official wedding.
Meredith and Derek fans felt a little cheated by the 100th episode because they were led to believe one thing and they got another.
RHIMES: Yeah, I saw a lot of people felt like, “Oh my god, they promised it was going to be a Meredith and Derek wedding.” I never said it was Meredith and Derek’s wedding, I said it was their wedding day.
Have you figured out how you’re going to work around Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave next season?
RHIMES: We’re actually still talking about that. The writers have disbanded for the season and we’re going to come back together at the beginning of June, so we’re still talking about what we’re going to do and what that’s going to mean. Her maternity leave doesn’t actually come into play until later this season. We will have shot a number of episodes by that point. [And] Ellen is extraordinarily optimistic about what she’s going to be able to do. She’s such a trouper and I’m really am grateful to her for it. We’ll take it as it comes.
Will Jessica Capshaw be promoted to a series regular next season?
RHIMES: I can’t say because we have not renewed anybody’s contract for next season yet.
Are you happy with Jessica Capshaw?
RHIMES: I love Jessica Capshaw. And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.
Last question: Looking back at this season, what are you most proud of, and what’s the one thing you would have done differently?
RHIMES: There are a lot of things I’m proud of this season. I feel like the cast was clicking on all cylinders. I love the addition of Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw. Those were additions that really worked for us. For me, I feel like this was the season where I found my joy in the show again. You do all these episodes of television and there are ebbs and flows and, for me, I feel like I really came back to the show in a way that had a lot more energy.
And what would you have done differently?
RHIMES: That would mean I have to admit that we made some mistakes, and I’m not going to do that. [Laughs]
Come on, you’re human.
RHIMES: We tried some stuff that didn’t work this season. I wish that we had been able to find Callie a love interest that sparkled sooner, but we found it in the end, so I feel good about that.