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"Grey's Anatomy" The Complete Second Season Uncut DVD Review

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Creator: Shonda Rhimes / Repeat Directors: Peter Horton, Adam Davidson, Wendey Stanzler, Mark Tinker, Jeff Melman, Dan Minahan, Rob Corn

Regular Cast: Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang), Katherine Heigl (Isobel "Izzie" Stevens), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), T.R. Knight (George O'Malley), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), James Pickens, Jr. (Richard Webber), Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke), Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd), Kate Walsh (Addison Shepherd)

Recurring Characters: Kate Burton (Dr. Ellis Grey), Chris O’Donnell (Dr. Finn Dandridge), Sarah Utterback (Nurse Olivia Harper), Moe Irvin (Nurse Tyler), Steven W. Bailey (Joe), Cathy Lind Hayes (Nurse Debbie), Loretta Devine (Adele Webber), Sara Ramirez (Dr. Callie Torres), Brooke Blanchard (Jill the Paramedic), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Denny Duquette), Cress Williams (Tucker Jones), Kyle Chandler (Dylan Young), Christina Ricci (Hannah Davies), Jeff Perry (Thatcher Grey), Margaret Welsh (Dorie Russell), Pat Haley (Tom Russell), John Bishop (James Carlson), Jillian Armenante (Mindy Carlson), Tessa Thompson (Camille Travis), Hallee Hirsh (Claire), Tiffany Hines (Natalie)

Notable Guest Stars: Monica Keena (Bonnie Crasnoff), Bruce A. Young (Tom Maynard), Kym Whitley (Yvonne), Joseph Sikora (Shane Herman), Elaine Kagan (Mrs. Griswold), C.J. Sanders (Justin), Reni Santoni (Mr. Griswold), Eric Dane (Dr. Mark Sloan)

Running Time: 1180 Minutes (27 episodes) / Rating: TV-14
1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned / DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
Season 2 Airdates: September 25, 2005 – May 15, 2006
Six single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9s); Suggested Retail Price: $59.99
Six-sided fold-out Digipak with Cardboard Slipcover

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By Jake Lipson / Images by Josh Lunden

Super Bowl Sunday is always a big television event, but this year, the game wasn’t the only thing big about it. When the field was cleared, ABC aired a new episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”. You might remember it. In it, the doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital have to deal with a pretty explosive situation... literally. A patient who likes to reenact World War II accidentally shoots himself with a homemade bomb,
but the staff already has him open on the operating table by the time they find out about it, and the bomb’s potential explosion puts the lives of everyone on the operating floor at risk.

That episode was a defining moment for the series and, I think, will become a defining moment in television history at large. One day today’s younger generation will look back on it with the same kind of nostalgia as their parents remember the “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger on “Dallas” and Lucy’s loveable Vitametavegamin commercial.

Even in the short term, it has certainly done the show a lot of good. “Grey’s” has always been a hit since debuting in March of 2005, but airing such a huge episode right after the Super Bowl instantly shot its popularity to a whole new level. Now, millions more people are in love with Seattle’s hottest doctors, and the show has moved to Thursday nights to do battle with “CSI” this fall. But is it seriously worth all the fuss?

Short answer: Yep. It’s the bomb. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist – but seriously, it is.)

Meredith and Derek in the elevator again... but oh, wait his wife’s there too! Way to rain on their parade. I wonder if she really does like his taste in music.

The show utilizes a winning mix of engaging character drama, hilarious comedy, hot sex and lots of surprises to entertain audiences. I consider it among the very best dramatic stories ever told in any medium, and nothing I can say to critique it will do it any justice. The fine acting ensemble is flawless, the writing is terrific, and the emotion is tremendous. Thankfully, the public responded to its quality, allowing it to thrive from the very beginning in the lucrative post-“Desperate Housewives” timeslot it initially held.

However, due to its mid-season debut and consequently slim episode count, the show had only begun to establish itself in its first run of episodes. ABC decided that it needed to air its season finale on the same night as "Desperate" did, so "Anatomy"'s 13-episode first season became only nine, and the remaining episodes were carried over to open season two, which would consequently become an extra-long sequence of 27 episodes. (The standard number for a single season is 22.) Throughout the course of the sophomore season, the show continued to build momentum, and after the aforementioned Super Bowl outing, began outpacing the housewives in the ratings. Now, it sits alongside that show and “Lost” as a top-tier megahit for ABC.

The DVD set has gotten bigger too. Since Season 1 was only nine episodes long, ABC was able to fit it, with a modest but rewarding amount of extras, on a two-disc set list-priced at $29.99, comparable to the studio’s new movie releases. Season 2’s count of 27 episodes results in a more extensive six-disc $59.99 SRP box set on par with the prior and concurrent releases of “Housewives” and “Lost.”

Alex and Izzie…oh, no, I’m sorry.  Alex and "a farmer." Burke and Christina... Burketina!

Fortunately, the ratings and the DVD disc count aren’t the only things that went up for the series’ sophomore year. Within the confines of the show itself, ever-brilliant series creator Shonda Rhimes and company have built on the already outstanding first season to bring the dramatic story to an entirely new level.

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Note: Due to the serialized nature of the show, it sometimes becomes impossible to discuss the content of an episode without revealing spoilers about certain episodes that came before it. Every effort has been made to keep essential surprises under wraps while still providing a through summary of the episodes; however, proceed through this section at your own risk. While all of the episodes are perfect and it’s very hard to pick favorites, that’s what I’ve done with the ten starred episodes below.

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1. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Originally aired September 25, 2005)
While Meredith is in the bar across the street from the hospital reeling from the shock of Derek’s marriage, Joe the bartender (Steven W. Bailey) collapses on the floor. It turns out that he needs a rare, surprising and expensive operation, one that could cost him the bar.
Meanwhile, Dr. Webber appoints a surgeon as interim chief (and George as his "sponge") while he recovers from his brain surgery. Also, Meredith is in for more surprises while working with Dr. McDreamy’s wife, Addison (Kate Walsh) to treat a pregnant woman.

2. Enough is Enough (No More Tears) (Originally aired October 2, 2005)
Because the initial episodes of Season 2 were originally meant to end Season 1, the writers felt that they needed a bit of tweaking in order to fit into their new position as a beginning. By far the most drastic thing that this entailed was writing this episode, which was produced later on to flesh out the story. Meredith and Christina try to deal with their boy problems; Burke continues to experience what it’s like being chief of surgery; Richard’s wife Adele (Loretta Devine) arrives to take him home to recover; and we see deeper into Alex when he deals with the son of an alcoholic wife-beater whose biggest cheerleader is his wife. Elsewhere, a patient with an obstructed bowel insists he didn’t ingest drugs and may actually be telling the truth.

3. Make Me Lose Control (Originally aired October 9, 2005)
Things hit a little too close to home for Meredith when her legendary mother, Ellis Grey, is admitted to Seattle Grace for surgery. The hospital staff finally finds out that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and George makes another disturbing discovery while he tries to treat her. Christina’s secret is also made dangerously public, and she soon requires Addison’s treatment. Meanwhile, Derek treats a young girl who has no control over her secrets; she can’t stop blushing.

4. Deny, Deny, Deny (Originally aired October 16, 2005)
While she recovers from her surgery, Christina demonstrates that while she is a good doctor, she’s a lousy patient, and a visit from her mother only makes things worse. Meanwhile, Meredith’s delusional mother thinks she’s the doctor and causes problems for the hospital staff, particularly George. While assisting Bailey with a longtime cystic fibrosis patient, Addison has divorce papers prepared; they only await Derek’s signature.

5. Bring the Pain (Originally aired October 23, 2005)
In what was to be the finale for Grey’s 13-episode debut season, lightning strikes and knocks out the hospital’s power. This requires Alex and George to perform heart surgery on their own under extremely difficult conditions, and Alex’s at-odds relationship with Izzie doesn’t help. Meanwhile, Christina’s patient loses access to the porn videos he uses as pain medication, and Ellis relives her affair with Richard. Also, a deeply religious man won’t let his daughter have a life-saving operation. While working with him on the case, Meredith makes a final plea for Derek’s love and tells him he must choose between her and Addison.

Undergoing heart surgery in an elevator might really make you appreciate that elevator music.  Or not. Christina wakes up a patient to tell him to "just decide to live."  After all, since she’s in his room she’ll probably get blamed if he dies in the scene.

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6. Into You Like a Train; (Originally aired October 30, 2005)
While waiting at Joe’s bar for Derek’s choice, Meredith is forced to return to the hospital because of a massive train wreck that brings a host of patients into the ER. They include two strangers wrapped together on a metal pole, a pregnant burn victim and her also-pregnant best friend, and a man with a severed leg.

7. Something to Talk About (Originally aired November 6, 2005)
Derek and Addison see a marriage counselor while Meredith becomes the subject of hospital gossip. But she’s not the only thing they’re talking about, as the staff treats a pregnant man. Elsewhere, George deals with a bossy heart patient and sympathizes with her husband; Alex tries to convince a reluctant 18-year-old to make her own choice about a risky surgery, rather than her accepting the one her parents made; and Burke and Christina debate telling Chief Webber that they are a couple. This episode marks the addition of Kate Walsh (Addison) as a series regular after guest star credits for the previous seven.

8. Let It Be (Originally aired November 13, 2005)
Two of Derek and Addison’s longtime friends from New York show up at Seattle Grace seeking a radical procedure; Christina and Burke go out on a date; George doesn’t understand why a man who fell five stories isn’t happy that he survived; and Webber pressures Bailey about her fellowship choice.

9. Thanks For the Memories (Originally aired November 20, 2005)
Thanksgiving has arrived and with it, George’s embarrassing family, who drag him turkey-hunting; Izzie plans a big dinner at Meredith’s house but can’t cook; Meredith and Derek treat a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years...but wakes up. Also, a temporary new face at the hospital spends all day looking for “The Nazi” to assist him in surgery. This episode contains a few special callbacks to the pilot which longtime fans will enjoy and appreciate.

10. Much Too Much (Originally aired November 27, 2005)
This episode opens with Meredith and Derek in bed...with other people. Later, Meredith is horrified when her one-night stand arrives at the hospital with an intimate problem. Meanwhile, Alex is having a different kind of intimacy issue with Izzie, but it’s not his only problem. Burke gives Christina a key to his apartment, and a woman having quintuplets checks into the hospital for Addison’s care during her high-risk pregnancy.

Denny Duquette... sick, feeble, and single. George the nurse!

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11. Owner of a Lonely Heart (Originally aired December 4, 2005)
The quintuplets, born prematurely with serious health problems, keep all the doctors on their toes and help Addison teach Izzie a painful lesson in doctoring.
Meanwhile, a woman in solitary confinement risks her life for a “vacation” to the hospital, but finds little sympathy from Christina when she gets there, and Alex deals with the fallout of his multiple mistakes. The series has always been noteworthy for its musical selections, but this episode contains one of the most memorable songs used to date: “War on Sound” by the Moonbabies, which is available on Volume 2 soundtrack released the same day as this DVD.

12. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (Originally aired December 11, 2005)
Christmas has come to Seattle Grace, but Derek isn’t in a festive mood, and he’s not the only one. The treatment of a young boy who needs a heart transplant but doesn’t want it (guest star C.J. Sanders, who played the young Ray Charles in Ray) causes a rift between Christina and Burke. Also, despite Izzie’s angry objections, the interns try to help Alex study for the medical board exam, which he failed and has to retake the next day.

13. Begin the Begin (Originally aired January 15, 2006)
Seattle Grace rings in the new year with a mandatory work limit that agitates Christina, who bonds with Bailey as they retrieve a heart. The heart is going to transplant patient Denny Duquette (guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who shares chemistry with Izzie and helps her get over Alex. Elsewhere, Derek visits Ellis at the nursing home, George treats a patient who must make a difficult choice, and Alex identifies with an annoyed author.

14. Tell Me Sweet Little Lies (Originally aired January 22, 2006)
Meredith and Christina lie to each other about the status of their relationships with Derek and Burke, respectively; George gives Meredith an ultimatum about her dog and has a hard time discharging an elderly patient who won’t leave the hospital; the nurses’ frustration peaks; and Alex gets the results of his board exam.

15. Break on Through (Originally aired January 29, 2006)
Seattle Grace’s nurses go on strike, which causes problems within the hospital. Meanwhile, the interns are unnerved by Bailey’s quirky temporary replacement, who “heals with love” and causes a problem for Christina and Burke. Also, Meredith makes a mistake treating an elderly patient whose friends notice it, and Izzie bonds with a pregnant teenager.

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Page 1: Show Discussion, Discs 1-3
Page 2: Discs 4-5, Video/Audio, Bonus Features, Menus & Packaging, and Closing Thoughts

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