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Grey’s Anatomy

A Change Is Gonna Come
Season 4 Episode 1
These clueless interns had better get the first three seasons on DVD!

Hello, McDreamy! Hello, zombie patient! Hello, new intern Lexi Grey, purty and scattered as your stepsister Meredith! And finally, welcome back, Grey’s Anatomy watchers! As of last night, the fourth season was upon us, bursting forth with newly minted residents, bizarre emergency room happenings, and lots and lots of baggage from last season.

Meredith and McDreamy haven’t talked since the Cristina/Burke wedding debacle, but when they finally do, Lexi busts in, wide-eyed and babbling. “You’re the girl from the bar,” McDreamy says, dreamily. “I’m the girl from the bar,” corrects Meredith, spinning on her heel and walking away. And then they split up! And then they immediately retire to the break room! Is this how McDreamy (Addison having moved to L.A.), is bringing the drama? Telling Cristina that Burke resigned didn’t cut it, either; she blinked twice and walked away.

Speaking of drama, how about some outlandish ER procedural action? Bailey has a field day on new Chief Resident Callie’s ass when the ambulance arrives with a DOA guy who hit a deer. Cranky Cristina calls time of death but — surprise! — guy takes a breath. Meanwhile, another, very hungry, patient from that accident is popping cotton balls, binder clips, and surgical instruments like they’re cheese doodles.

Izzie — already deemed cuckoo by her new interns — decides to play vet to the poor deer. George — not content with making babies, much to Callie’s chagrin — of course delivers one during surgery. With no Meredith around to pat him on the back and rub his tummy, he bitches about being an intern again to Lexi a.k.a. pseudo-Meredith, who tells him to shut up. “You are kind of awesome,” he says, and scampers off to deliver what we’re gonna call a Grey’s classic: Channeling McDreamy, George rings doorbell. Izzie’s eating peanut butter out of a jar. She, channeling Meredith, opens the door. “I love you, too,” he says. Roll credits. —Melody Carmichael

Welcome Back, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Watchers!