We have asked ourselves the full gamut of questions concerning Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) having sex with her long dead finance Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) on Grey’s Anatomy: What is this? Are they joking? Why are we watching this? Seriously, are they joking? However the one question we can’t seem to wrap our head around is fairly simple: How is creator Shonda Rhimes getting away with all this?! Millions of people watch Grey’s every week; it’s a hit, not some cultish endeavor! Yet the story arc is so absurd and unbelievable that we can’t even believe it was allowed to happen in the first place.
That being said, whatever information we can get about this shark jumping, né shark exploding, turn of events is something we covet. Thankfully, Michael Ausiello over at Entertainment Weekly finally got to the bottom of everything. If you’re averse to spoilers, we suggest you stop reading now. However if you’re like us… well, you probably just don’t care. It’s not like we’re spoiling Lost or anything. Onward!
OK, still here? Great! According to what Mr. Ausiello calls "multiple sources", Izzie has what amounts to a brain aneurysm that "flares up" and causes her to interact with (and have lots of sex with) her dead fiancé. Sure, that sounds reasonable. Hey, remember when Ms. Rhimes said that the appearance of Denny was definitely not the result of a brain tumor? Whoops! Just kidding! To her credit, we guess Ms. Rhimes was being honest. But that kind of parsing is like Plaxico Burress saying it was okay for him to carry a gun in Manhattan because he had an expired gun license in Florida. Not surprisingly, ABC executives are apparently getting antsy with the whole "sleeping with a dead guy" plot and want the brain aneurysm reveal to happen sooner rather than later.
Ms. Rhimes supposedly didn’t write this bananas storyline to hasten the exit of Ms. Heigl, but we don’t believe that for a second. She can protest all she wants, but we’re sticking to the idea that Izzie will die before the end of February Sweeps. (Ms. Heigl has to have time to plug The Ugly Truth after all!) As our friend said over IM yesterday, "just KILL her already". Here’s hoping…