Everything comes to a head today at Seattle Grace when George’s dad takes a turn for the worse and he has to make the most difficult decision of his life.
Alex and Addison act all floopy toward each other after their near-miss kiss. Addison has a lot on her mind. She tells Callie that she had an abortion after getting pregnant with Mark’s baby. The due date would have been right about now. That’s why Mark’s been so out of sorts lately. Addison tells him he would have been a terrible father. We felt that was a tad harsh. But after talking with Callie, Mark agrees. So, what do we know?
Heather, the girl with the curved spine, receives an anonymous $300,000 donation for her surgery. And by anonymous, we know it’s Izzie. Bailey knows, too. She worries that Izzie’s becoming emotionally involved in a case. Again! Izzie tells Bailey that she learned her lesson with Denny, but she’s not going to turn off her emotional side. And she’s not going to apologize for it either. Way to go, Izzie!
While observing Heather’s surgery, George and Meredith get 911 pages. George’s dad is in trouble. Callie sees George sprinting out of the gallery. She asks Derek if she can be excused from the rare surgery she initiated. She just wants to be with George. You think this is the right call? We sure do.
They need to put a new tube down Mr. O’Malley’s throat so he can breathe. With the swelling from the surgery, it won’t be easy. Bailey is visibly anxious about performing the procedure. She pulls it together and successfully inserts the new tube. Bailey is emotionally drained though. She tells the Chief, “I named my son after this man’s son. I need a minute.” As do we.
Meredith doesn’t know what to say to her dad. She thinks they have nothing in common. Her friends beg to differ. She stops by to see dear old dad while he’s visiting baby Laura. She asks for his version of the past, since she’s only ever heard her mother’s side. Mer then wants to know if he snores. He does. If nothing else, they have that in common. Thatcher says wax earplugs help. So Meredith buys a set for Derek.
In front of Cristina, Burke tells Derek that he hasn’t had any tremors all week. It’s Burke’s way of “saying uncle” to Cristina. Addison and Alex manage to push their awkwardness aside when they meet up at Joe’s. Remember that missed kiss from before? Well, they don’t miss this time. We can’t wait to see where this goes!
In the waiting room, George’s mom compares notes with Heather’s mom over the risky surgeries performed on their loved ones. A half-listening George quickly realizes his dad’s cancer must have spread. He loses it on Bailey and the Chief. Even though his dad requested the surgery, they knew better. Everyone in the hospital corridor watches helplessly as George staggers about in anguish. We felt pretty helpless ourselves.
George spends some alone time with his dad. His gentle touch as he shaves his dad’s beard parallels the tenderness of the entire scene. George speaks of a time when he didn’t tell the truth as a kid. His dad believed him because his son never lied. It’s never too late to apologize, so George does just that. He says, “Dad, if you have any more fight in you…if you could fight this thing just…just a little harder, that would be good. That’d be good right now.” George gives his dad a soft kiss on the forehead. We may be biased, but we truly believe television doesn’t get much better than this.
With Mr. O’Malley on life support, the family turns to George for guidance. George says, “He’s not dad like this.” It’s time to let him go. Afterward, George’s friends silently line the corridor as he walks out of the hospital. Only Cristina chases after him. She says, “There’s a club. The dead dad’s club. And you can’t be in it until you’re in it.” Cristina is already a member and she’s sorry George has joined the club. George says, “I don’t know how to exist in a world where my dad doesn’t.” Cristina replies, “Yeah, that never really changes.”
Like we said, television doesn’t get much better than this.