Episode Recap: "Stairway to Heaven"

This week on Grey's Anatomy, Izzie finally realizes why Denny has come for her; Owen asks Cristina for a second chance at a first date and the death row patient at Seattle Grace finally checks out.

Rarely does Grey's break tradition by featuring a narrator other than Meredith, so when Denny's voice kicked things off this week I knew we were in for a bumpy ride! Finally, after weeks of hearing Denny tell Izzie, "I'm here for you," she realizes that his poetic presence in her life has much darker roots. Izzie is sick, but we still don't know what plagues her, and now that the cat is finally out of the bag, it looks like Denny may be gone for good.

Meanwhile, William (Eric Stoltz) needed some serious medical attention after beating his head against the bed rail, but at his request, Meredith covered for him so that he might die now at Seattle Grace instead of at his execution in a few days. So, imagine her shock (or mine, for that matter) when Cristina walked in to William's room and the first words out of his mouth were, "Help me! I don't want to die."

Regardless of William's true reason for changing his mind, he did eventually "smell the lemons," and (again at Willaim's request) Meredith was there to be a familiar face in the crowd on his execution day. The experience was obviously a difficult one for Mer, so it was good to see Derek there waiting to pick her up outside of the prison, despite the ill will he felt toward William. It was also moving to hear Meredith try to explain to Derek her reason for wanting to be there: "I know you don't understand me. I don't understand me. I wanted to show him compassion..."

However, Meredith wasn't the only one caught up in William's spider webs. Bailey also found herself trapped between doing what was right (proceeding with William's life-saving surgery), and doing what she so desperately wanted to do: save Jackson's life by allowing William to die at the hospital and harvest his organs for a transplant. The moment Bailey barged into the OR to tell Derek to stop working on William, I honestly thought she was just having a daydream brought on by her recent lack of sleep, but it actually happened. Of course, in the end, Bailey was reminded by Derek that she took an oath to help people, regardless of their situation and Bailey backed off.

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