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Grey's Anatomy Catch Me up



Airdate: November 23, 2006

Recap of Events:

(Narrated by Cristina): The episode opens with Cristina running down the ER hallway with blood on her scrubs, having internal dialogue that wrestles with the burden of keeping Burke's secret about the tremors in his hand. Even though as doctors they're required to keep people's secrets, she's questioning if there are some secrets that should not be kept. . .

Cut to Meredith and Derek in bed, doing the crossword and trying very hard not to have sex. Cristina stops by after jogging to Meredith's house to try and get advice, but couldn't quite tell her secret. She runs into George on the way out, and realizes that George knows about Preston--who is scheduled to operate on George's dad that day.

The tension between Preston and Cristina is growing; the stress of trying to keep the secret, but also having to arrange so they're always paired together in surgery so she can cover for him. He emphasizes that he's fine, he was in surgery for 14 hours with no tremors, but still Cristina was by his side the whole time.

Beepers go off, and everyone rushes to take on patients from a car crash at Pike Place Market, caused by an elderly man, Mr. Dickerson, who plowed into a crowd of people. Patient "Janel" arrives with glass all over her body, and a shard piercing her heart. She's also 10 weeks pregnant. This will take the collective skills of Mark Sloane (plastic surgery), Addison (OBGYN), and Burke to patch her up.

Dr. Torres and George continue to not communicate, despite her best efforts. He maliciously throws her night with McSteamy back in her face. George's parents tell him that they're sticking with Dr. Burke, and George yells at Izzy for influencing the change of their minds. George told his parents that the last time Izzy interacted with patients, someone died. Izzy storms out of the room. Callie runs into him in the hallway and tries to apologize for Sloane, but George won't listen since he's still upset about his father's surgery.

The chief announces to Burke that he's recommending to the board that Burke should become chief of surgery after he retires, and Dr. Hahn will replace Burke as chief of cardiothoracic surgery. Cristina tries to convince Burke to keep his secret safe until he becomes chief, then no one will have to know. Preston doesn't want to be chief under those circumstances; it's something he's worked for his entire life and it would be tainted. They fight and end up not talking--but interestingly, he still asks her to scrub in on the heart surgery later that day.

Burke pulls off an amazing double surgery; while waiting for the heart to come off bypass he jumps over to another OR to help Derek Shepherd and Dr. Hahn operate on the driver responsible for the crash. In the process, Meredith learns Burke's secret and realizes that Burke can't operate without Cristina. Of course, he proceeds to do wonders with both patients, proving that maybe he is okay, after all. He puts Cristina in her place, and sends her out of the OR--and she heads straight to the chief to finally get it all out in the open.

The betrayal is complete. Burke closes the door--literally--on their relationship.

At the end of the episode, Izzy comes home from the hospital. George is sitting on the couch, eating. He sees Izzy and apoligizes. Izzy sits next to him and takes the spaghetti he is eating. Meredith and Derek are in their bed, talking to each other. They argue because Meredith had already known that something was wrong with Burke. Meredith fought back by saying that Derek cleared him. Derek faced Meredith. They both came closer to each other. They kiss and have sex.

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