||Rating:Â 7,7/10 (128,944 votes)
Stars:Â Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson,Â James Pickens Jr,Â Patrick Dempsey
Runtime: 60 min
Genre:Â Drama, Romance
Released:Â MarchÂ 27,Â 2005
|Pilot:Â After a round of steamy (sadly, off-screen) fireside love-making, most guys would roll over and fall asleep. Not Dr. Derek Shepherd. Heâ€™s too busy figuring out a way to remove Izzieâ€™s tumor. Wasnâ€™t that supposed to be inoperable? Again, not for Dr. Derek Shepherd. Dr. Swender isnâ€™t sold on Derekâ€™s plan to operate. The surgery is risky and the IL2 treatment Izzie is getting has kept another â€œmiracleâ€ patient tumor-free for two years. Izzie is also worried about the speech and memory side effects of surgery. The debate begins. Surgery or radiation? Yeah, we donâ€™t know what they should do either. They do some tests to see how Izzie’s memory might be affected by the surgery. During the testing, she’s unable to speak, or even nod, when Meredith asks her to tell her who Alex is. Needless to say, the test doesnâ€™t do much to convince Izzie or Dr. Swender. Even Meredith is switching sides. Alex, on the other hand, asks Derek, â€œWhat if it was Meredith? » Derek tells him, « I would ask her to have the surgery. » George, Owen and Callie treat a soldier back from Iraq. Their patient is suffering from some phantom pain in his leg. The soldier wants to have it amputated. This way he can get a prosthetic, start rehab and hopefully get back to the front. Callie wants nothing to do with it, but George is intrigued by the soldierâ€™s dedication. Owen is, of course, supportive as well. Against her better judgment, Callie performs the amputation. Alex can’t believe Izzie has decided against the surgery. « It’s not just your life at stake anymore, » he shouts. Derek is furious with Cristina for talking Izzie out of the surgery, until Meredith tells him she’s the one who talked to Izzie. Meredith tells Derek how her mother wasn’t her mother anymore once she got Alzheimer’s. Derek insists it’s not the same thing. Izzie’s condition is treatable. He orders Meredith, as his resident, to talk Izzie into the surgery.