Vauge-ish Recap: Interspersed among flashbacks to when the various characters first met pre-episode 1, we have the quietest season premiere in a long time. The hospital is struck with a minor scare regarding the bubonic plague, resulting in Derek and George in quarantine together and Miranda keeping the spirit of the husband of a plague victim alive. Addison has to figure out which of four teens dumped a newborn baby in a trashcan at a dance. Meanwhile, everybody tries to get Izzy to open up about Derek, but she’s catatonic on the floor of the bathroom, still in her prom dress. Meanwhile, Addison has found Meredith’s undies from when the latter boinked Derek in the season 2 finale.
Comments: I have insomnia. I’m not supposed to be able to write a review at 1:30 in the morning. But what I liked about this episode was how quiet it was, especially for a season finale. Miranda’s getting so close to Omar seems to reflect on how close Izzy could get to Derek. George and Derek trapped in quarantine together is a typical story trope that doesn’t go nearly as far as Shonda thinks it does, but Callie’s devotion to George makes it worth it anyway. Great performances overall, particularly from Ellen Pompeo and Sara Ramierez — and Sandra Oh in her final scene with Burke.
Episode Grade: A-.