S4 E02 Love/Addiction

10/04/07 | TV-14 | CC

An apartment explosion, a missing meth baby, an obsessed sibling, a little S&M (it’s not what you think) and one slightly scary mama make for a highly-addictive day at Seattle Grace.

Remember when Mer-Der broke up about eight seconds before they decided to sleep together? It’s all good because now they simply label their liaisons S&M, or “sex and mockery.” It’s the best breakup ever!

But breaking up is hard to do. Just ask George and Cristina. George, who finally declared his love for Izzie, now has to spill that tidbit to his wife. Cristina tries to cope by trading wedding gifts for favors from her coworkers. Makes sense. Wouldn’t you give up an espresso maker for a chance to scrub in with McSteamy?

The team springs into action to treat victims of an apartment explosion. A baby’s mom is in pretty bad shape while the amped-up dad can’t understand why his boy won’t stop crying. Others victims include a young guy with internal bleeding and an elderly neighbor who considers the family his own.

While everyone tends to the traumas, Cristina avoids the traumatic—a visit with her near-miss mother-in-law. Meredith is the first to come across Mama Burke in the lobby. No punches are pulled when Mrs. B asks if Meredith’s “it’s over…so over” dig at Derek during the wedding was her being inappropriate or just selfish. Yeah, Diahann Carroll’s uncompromising delivery made us squirm just like Meredith.

George’s plans to confront Callie are put on hold by Izzie. Callie is her boss and could make her life miserable, so George reluctantly agrees to wait. He then runs into Mrs. Burke who lectures he shouldn’t stay in a marriage out of obligation. So, what should George do? We’re stumped.

Callie butts heads with Bailey who wants residents in the clinic. Callie later orders Alex to call the cops when the crying baby’s blood reveals traces of crystal meth. Apparently, mom and dad were running a drug lab out of the apartment which triggered the explosion. Alex loses his cool telling the dad his son is sick from meth exposure he can “love his family from jail.” Not the right thing to say to a drug dealer dad. He decks Alex and flees with the baby.

When the Chief gets wind of the baby situation he reams Callie during an operation. Izzie offers some support by saying she thinks she’s a good chief resident. Callie responds by saying, “Get out of my OR, Stevens. Now!”

When his patient unexpectedly codes, George must fly solo to revive him. Callie tells him the guy is a meth user and asks why Meredith wasn’t there to help. Turns out Bailey defied her orders and sent Mer to the clinic. Callie’s world continues to crumble. During her desperate search for the baby she admits to Mark that she thinks George is having an affair.

While in the clinic, Meredith shoots down Lexie’s attempts at a little sisterly bonding. She tells Lexie, “You’re not a girl I ever wanted to have to know.” Did you see the look on Lexie’s face? Meredith’s words were like a punch in the gut.

Derek finds the dealer-dad hiding with his baby in a bathroom. The baby has had a stroke. As Derek operates, Bailey and Alex observe. Alex begs Bailey to let him have it regarding his bad judgment. Bailey obliges. Callie, on the other hand, pleadingly asks George not say what he has to say. Like us, Callie knows it’s not good news.

Cristina finally meets up with Mama Burke. Surprisingly, Mrs. B offers condolences. She’s sorry Cristina lost the man she loved but she’s even sorrier she lost her teacher. She reminds Cristina that even though Burke is never coming back, she’s a “strong woman.” We knew that.

By the way, Derek also had an eye-opening conversation with Mrs. Burke which made him, and us, think he may be battling his own addiction. Her name is Meredith. He asks Mark to tell Meredith he can’t meet her after work but, at the end of the day, he can’t stay away. Meredith's closing voiceover rings true. “No matter how badly a thing is hurting us, sometimes letting it go hurts even worse.”

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