Izzie's memory problems panic Alex, the team takes care of a John Doe who was hit by a bus, Bailey rethinks her pediatrics fellowship, and the hospital endures losses.



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Izzie's memory problems panic Alex, the team takes care of a John Doe who was hit by a bus, Bailey rethinks her pediatrics fellowship, and the hospital endures losses.

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14 May 2009 (USA)  »

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Dr. Arizona Robbins: Hey, I thought you were in surgery.
Dr. Callie Torres: I'm on my way.
Dr. Arizona Robbins: Have you talked to Bailey about this peds and Tucker thing?
Dr. Callie Torres: No, I talked to Bailey about the army thing and George.
Dr. Arizona Robbins: Are you upset with me?
Dr. Callie Torres: [chuckles] No, I'm awesome.
Dr. Arizona Robbins: Calliope...
Dr. Callie Torres: [interrupts] No, do not - do not "Calliope" me, ok? You said it was awesome. George - sweet, kind George, who can't even kill a fly - is joining the army to go to Iraq. In the middle of a war, and you said "awesome".
Dr. Arizona Robbins: It is awesome.
Dr. Callie Torres: No, it's not awesome. God! Who are you?
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I have one problem with this episode, and it's a big one...
4 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I liked the episode. I really did, and I understand why the other user's have given it high reviews. It certainly deserves it. With that being said, I have a serious problem with the episode. Before today, I had only ever watched Now or Never once, back when it originally aired. This time, of course, I was watching with the pre-knowledge that John Doe is in fact George O'Malley. The issue I have though is this. The last time we see George before he gets hit by the bus it's 4 1/2 minutes into the episode, when he tells Bailey he's joined the army. Exactly 1 minute and 1 second later the ambulance rolls up with John Doe aka George O'Malley inside it. How much time are we to believe has elapsed in this meer 1 minute and 1 second? I know it's only an hour show, so things have to happen off camera, but seriously? Now I must add that prior to George's reveal to Bailey that he's joined the army, he also mentions that he's on his way to scrub in with the chief for a surgery. Comments are made throughout the episode that lead us to believe that this actually happened. That George has been safe and sound in the O.R. the whole time. It's only later, at about 37 minutes in, that we find out that George never scrubbed in. That the chief, instead, after finding out that he joined the army sent him home to be with his mom. Can you say convenient? I can't help but think that this was a ploy by Shonda Rhimes herself in order to make the reveal that John Doe is in fact George O'Malley all the more shocking, and it worked. It clearly worked. I doubt anyone, including myself, ever saw it coming. I was shocked. Yet, when I watch the episode now, knowing who John Doe is, it just doesn't seem like that 1 minute and 1 second is enough time for George to leave the hospital, get hit by a bus, get picked up by the ambulance, and be brought by that ambulance back to the hospital. The only thing that happened in between was a conversation between Meredith and Christina about Meredith and Derek getting married. That was it. Had there been 10, or even just 5 minutes in between it would have been so much more believable. I hate to be one to nitpick, because it really is a good episode. I'm fine with everything other than the amount of time between the last time we see George and when the ambulance rolls up with John Doe. Were it not for that I'd probably rate the episode at a 9 or 10, because the actors, all of them really knocked it out of the park with this one. As it is though, I just feel like Shonda Rhimes pulled a fast one, and didn't think anyone would notice. I noticed, and I didn't like it. I want to give this episode a fair rating, in spite of Shonda's trickery, but I just can't bring myself to rate it any higher than a 6. If you don't believe me, watch it again. I felt like I'd just gotten whiplash it happened so fast. It's still a good episode though.

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