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Greys Anatomy - S05E23

Romance . Drama

In the first part of the two hour season finale, Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace.

Episode Title: Here's to Future Days
Airs: 2009-05-14 at 21:00
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The kind of TV product that's so instantly recognizable you feel like you've already dreamed it from premiere to finale. It might as well be over before it really starts.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The script by Shonda Rhimes, nimbly directed by Peter Horton (once an actor on "thirtysomething"), is nothing but a casserole made of equal parts ham and corn.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    It could use a trip to the O.R. to remove some formulaic stories, and a visit to the clinic for an injection of originality. [27 March 2005, p.H03]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Will need defibrillator paddles applied to its thorax, stat, if it hopes to survive the season.

    Slate Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Ultimately, there's nothing new about the bones of Grey's Anatomy. Somebody needs to reinvent the hospital drama, stat.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    So far Grey's Anatomy is groping for a balance between over-the-top nuttiness and heartstring plucking drama; it lands awkwardly in the dram-edy category. If it would stop trying to be droll and ironic (this is no "Scrubs"), it just might make the cut. [27 March 2005, p.F01]

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    There are bright spots here, including Pompeo's skillful performance and the surprisingly touching relationship between Meredith and her mother, a renowned surgeon. But to be worthy of study, Grey's Anatomy needs more of a brain.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Nobody's apt to forget "ER" because of this, but the mix of a youthful cast, crisp dialogue, romance, the Darwinian workplace struggle to survive, and life-or-death situations combine to make the show appealing and watchable in spite of its familiarity.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    While hardly an exceptional series, Grey is a competent one. Still, if it hopes to run, it will need to make adjustments such as dumping Christina's already tired habit of seeing patients merely as her ticket to exotic procedures.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The best thing about Grey's Anatomy is the way it homes in on what it feels like to be at a new job, with new pressures, competitive new colleagues, demanding bosses and one life-and-death situation after another. [25 March 2005, p.107]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The series presents the medical cases in credible style by stressing the patients' humanity and by refusing to shy from grim prognoses.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    In this age of "Desperate Housewives" and "The O.C.," it is refreshing to see a television show whose heroines aspire to meaningful work as well as meaningless sex.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    It's promising material, even if you rarely get to experience it without the sudden intrusion of a Counting Crows-like dirge or the strange sensation that Sarah Jessica Parker is wondering, in voice-over, whether she has what it takes to be a brain surgeon. [25 March 2005, p.E29]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    If Grey's Anatomy falls short of being the next "ER," it's because it's too slickly produced. It comes with the kind of heart-tugging music and exquisitely lighted contemplative moments you might expect to see on, say, "The O.C." But the writing and acting, if not the staging, helped pull me through surgery. [26 March 2005, p.E3]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Like Hugh Laurie's irascible "House" title character, star Ellen Pompeo's newly minted Dr. Grey conveys such substance that you simply can't stop watching. [25 March 2005, p.B33]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    A familiar premise with fresh faces and equal doses of humor and pathos might be the right prescription for fans of the genre. [27 March 2005, p.039]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    The storytelling and dialogue are amusing, mildly touching and unpredictable...And Grey's Anatomy wins points for its cast, starting with Pompeo, who artfully combines brains, ambition, sexy good looks and glimpses of innocence. [25 March 2005, p.Zone3]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chuck Ulie

    Grey's wants to offer something for everyone, it seems, and does an admirable job not only of mixing drama, comedy and romance, but also of mixing in issues of today's complicated world of science. [24 Mar 2005, p.47]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Adam Buckman

    That rare TV show that comes to the air fully formed, as if everyone involved has been working together forever, instead of just a few weeks.

    New York Post Full Review