9:04PM - Argh. After seeing this clip, I'm dying to know if the patient who just died on the table is George . . . or if George is actually still out in the world but about to die off-camera in some other way. How much of a kick in the gut would it be (for the audience and the characters) to think George had died, then think he was okay, then find out they'd lost him anyway?
9:11PM - Loved that moment of quiet comfort between Owen and Cristina in the chaos and pain. Also love the callback to the theme of "my person" in this new context between Arizona and the mom and the mom referring to her son (calling back a "my person" thing between Cristina and Meredith in an earlier season).
9:14PM - MITCH PILEGGI! In a suit! In the hallway with Patrick Dempsey! TOO MUCH HOTNESS FOR ONE TELEVISION SCREEN TO TAKE. Sorry. I just shouted, didn't I?
9:19PM - "George would give everything."
9:20PM - I know this is a universal given, but I love Miranda Bailey. If I ever have to be hospitalized, she's the only one from Seattle Grace that I want to have as my doctor. And on another note, I'm so happy they finally let Mer and Der grow up last year. That Mer will say to Derek that she just needs him to be there for her right now and not talk instead of flouncing off in a huff, getting drunk and sleeping with a random guy from the bar across the street.
9:24PM - "I bought you some time, but you need to plan." In all my shouty-ness, I forgot that Mitch Pileggi was at Seattle Grace for a reason.
9:30PM - Oh, Cristina. Repress and deny doesn't work for long. Especially when you've just lost your fellow member of the Dead Dad's Club. Although I can see why she'd be tempted with Kevin McKidd around.
9:32PM - Good job by the director of photography and the cameraman for shooting around Ellen Pompeo and Chryler Leigh's pregnancies without making it ridiculously obvious that that's what they're doing. RIP George O'Malley. *sigh*
9:46PM - This show does grief like no other show does grief. Between people's reactions to George's death and Denny Duquette's death and Ellis Grey's death, they've delved into just about every emotional reaction you can go through and put it right there on the screen to see. It hurts to see Bailey's fire gone and that dead look in her eyes (no pun intended).
9:49PM - Wow. I hope Arizona didn't need her head . . . seeing as the Chief just handed it to her.
9:54PM - Did Derek just unceremoniously kick the newlywed cancer patient out of the house and into his trailer? I would so have problems with that.
9:55PM - Oh no. This scene is not going to end well for Owen, is it? George's mother is going to kill him.
9:56PM - I thought George's mother was going to realize that Owen gave George the idea to join the army and was going to lose it on him. The accident survivor brings up another thought-provoking question that's so often debated though -- can medicine go far? At what point does the quality of life drop so low that it's more of a curse to keep a person alive than it is to let them go? Talk about a weighty issue.
10:04PM - *sniff* Don't want Callie to go to Mercy West. Am coveting that black dress she's wearing though. Holy cow. Did anyone else just have a heart attack when they saw that car coming at the Chief's car? No one else is allowed to die in this ep, dangit!
10:10PM - Oh, the irony of the Chief having to go to Mercy West after his accident.
10:13PM - Cristina is so the last person to try to work through PTSD issues with Owen. Hmmm . . . this season is going to be interesting if we're going to get much more of a peek at what goes on at Seattle Grace's rival, Mercy West.
10:20PM - Pop Wench Joia and I used to joke that, on Star Trek: Voyager, you could tell the state of the ship by the state of Capt. Janeway's hair. If the 'do was dishevelled, then the ship was damaged and in trouble. Bailey serves as the same kind of barometer for Seattle Grace. If Bailey isn't happy or at least okay, then the hospital is in trouble and someone needs to figure out what the problem is!
10:22PM - It's fun seeing McDreamy and McSteamy bantering like the old friends they are, but I just can't quite seem to buy that they'd be able to go back to being best friends after Mark slept with Addison. Friends, eventually, but best friends? I don't know . . . trust is kinda important.
10:31PM - Hello McSteamy in the shower!
10:34PM - "Girls talk. You might want to consider that the next time you criticize my Post It." Burn Karev! And go be nice to Izzie already. You knew she and George had a connection before you married her.
10:41PM - And that little speech, folks, is why he's McDreamy.
10:44PM - I wonder how Katherine Heigl felt giving this speech about George being gone when she is such good friends with T.R. Knight. I always like Izzie a little bit better when the edge from her (literal) trailer park upbringing comes out like it did just now when she was confronting the woman George saved.
10:50PM - Kevin McKidd just gets better and better on this show. Owen's not always my favorite character, but McKidd makes him so multidimensional and dark and good-hearted that you can't help but root for him.
10:52PM - Loving the voiceovers from each of the characters as the show draws to a close. Love getting the little peeks into each of their heads and where they all are now. And I'm glad that someone (Derek, in this case) saw that Bailey needed someone and listened to her. Just listened to her.
10:57PM - I seem to vaguely remember hearing a spoiler about the hospital merger but evidently I wasn't paying much attention to it because I totally forgot that until the Chief said the words. It'll be very interesting to see where Derek's character goes this year, especially since he'll probably have to carry more of the storyline due to Ellen Pompeo's maternity leave (congrats to her and her husband on the birth of their baby girl, by the way) and Katherine Heigl's five-week-leave from from filming.
So Pop Wenches readers, what did you think of the Grey's Anatomy season premiere?