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‘Grey's Anatomy’ docs rally around Izzie

Bad news to bear: Cristina, freshly informed of Izzie’s condition, worked hard to line Izzie up with a superstar oncologist. But after Cristina called in all her chits to get the appointment, Izzie wouldn’t even go. Ultimately, Cristina figured out what was needed and told Alex and Bailey everything. And later, when she told Izzie what she’d done, and added that Meredith and George were bein
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Bad news to bear: Cristina, freshly informed of Izzie’s condition, worked hard to line Izzie up with a superstar oncologist. But after Cristina called in all her chits to get the appointment, Izzie wouldn’t even go. Ultimately, Cristina figured out what was needed and told Alex and Bailey everything. And later, when she told Izzie what she’d done, and added that Meredith and George were being filled in as well, Izzie hesitated and then thanked her. “Grey’s” is far better at friendships than romances, and when the friends finally had the chance to rally, the whole story finally paid off with a few tears.

About face: The week’s big surgery involved a face transplant for a young man named Dave whose face had defied reconstruction after an accident years earlier. His unfortunate appearance (which resembled late-stage Harvey Dent in “The Dark Knight”) had earned him the nickname “Blowhole,” but he had a fairly positive attitude as he waited for McSteamy, assisted by Lexie, to do his surgery. In the absence of family, Dave had planned for some friends he knew only online to come meet him after his surgery, but when they showed up beforehand, he threw them out, afraid to have them see his horrific face.

Little Grey areas: Lexie took the lead in talking Dave through a reconciliation with his friends — which, as McSteamy explained, was critical to the surgery, since the ethics board wouldn’t allow the surgery on someone without people to offer post-op support. Ultimately, Dave’s friends returned and offered him both pre-and post-operative love, and when the transplant looked to have been a success, the increasingly besotted McSteamy planted a big smooch on Lexie right in front of the gossipy interns.

Grumpy old man: Derek continued to sulk in his trailer. Bailey sent Callie out, thinking she might be able to bring him around. But when Callie got there, Derek’s plaintive questions about how she lives with her own mistakes only got Callie thinking that all this drinking and wallowing sounded pretty good. Next, Bailey sent Owen “McArmy” Hunt to round up Callie and Derek, but Hunt has his own sins to confess, so you can imagine how that turned out. When the Chief finally went to fetch everyone, Derek read him out for having told Meredith about the ring and thus brought on their apocalyptic fight of last week. The Chief told Derek to stop feeling sorry for himself already, and promised to support him when he was ready to return. Later, when Meredith showed up, told Derek about Izzie’s problems, and left again, Derek finally looked at the scans and seemed ready to reconsider.

Soap opera stuff: Meredith and George realized that three of the interns were apparently involved in some kind of love triangle that was leading to tears and fistfights. Rather hilariously, they both lectured the interns sternly about keeping their personal drama away from the hospital. Perhaps the ultimate example of “Physician, heal thyself.”

Linda Holmes is a writer in Washington, D.C.