Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peek: Mark's Alive! Plus, Anxious Arizona Presses Callie for a 'Plan'

The good news: Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan is alive and relatively well in this Thursday’s episode of ABC’s Greys Anatomy.

The bad news: The hour is a flashback to the aftermath of last season’s epic plane crash, which means that despite our collective wishes, the events of last week’s season premiere still stand.

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In the first clip below, a recuperating Mark advises Avery that “all that matters is people” and urges him to be honest about his feelings. (As Mark himself has realized after Lexie’s tragic death, “If you love someone, tell them.”) The proud dad then requests a visit with his daughter Sofia. Sob.

In the second vid, Callie calms an injured Arizona  — who hysterically begs “Please don’t give up on me!” — by promising she won’t allow anyone to amputate her leg. And we all know how that plays out…

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32 Comments
  1. slizabeth says:

    I hope seeing Mark alive won’t weaken the blow of his death from last week… How do you have two emotional death scenes? (unless you’re Rory on Doctor Who…)

    • slizabeth says:

      That being said, this is Shonda we’re talking about… She’ll never run out of ways to break our hearts (in the furtherance of her amazing stories, of course)!

    • Beena says:

      Rory’s at like 5 million emotional death scenes. Shoot he had like 3 in one episode recently! Love Arizona, but I hope she doesn’t spend too many episodes blaming Callie for her leg.

  2. Lynn says:

    ok it’s not fair that we see Mark alive and well and dictating a very wonderfull scene about life and love …..only to take that away from us!!!!!! sure it’s good for the ratings but truly unfair to the spectator……..

    • Tom says:

      Not really. It actually makes his death and the episode *that* much more intense. It’s called dramatic irony and it’s a useful tool. I’m actually not a fan of going back to see what happened, I think they could have achieved the same goal without the second episode of going back because I’m all about moving forward when it comes to TV series. Going back seems a little pointless.

  3. So what the hell happened to McSteamy? He seems totally fine in this clip. He must have had a massive heart attack or something.

  4. hello says:

    Anti-climatic indeed

  5. meem says:

    They stole the whole “don’t let them take my leg” scene from HOUSE. Boooooring.

  6. Scout says:

    Oh, for crissakes. Let’s move on already. I kind of liked the idea of not knowing…

  7. andrew says:

    my whole issue is that arizona is a military brat, this whole boo hoo about a leg seems very out of character. the leg doesn’t end her career, its not like dereks hand

    • Ethan says:

      By your logic, it would be ok for a soccer player to lose an arm because he doesn’t use his arm to kick the ball anyway. I mean, come on, it’s your LEG, which you use everyday. Of course she’s emotional.

      • Freddie says:

        No, the anger is out of character. Arizona has always been portrayed as the good man in a storm- logical in the face of chaos. Loss of a leg doesn’t end her career- it doesn’t even impede her ability to walk. It’s traumatic, of course, and I would expect her to be sad, depressed even, after its loss, but the anger she seems to feel at Callie for the amputation doesn’t fit with how she’s been written up to this point. A person who survives a plane crash, having lost her soldier brother in the war, would put a higher premium on living at any cost and not place this unholy stigma on amputation. Especially considering that most of the people on that plane died.

        • JKR says:

          She’s lashing out at Callie because we tend to be hardest on those we love. She’s fighting a losing battle and hoping to keep her leg, and untimately, she’s also afraid of being “damaged” goods and losing Callie. Irrational as it might be, it’s a very human reaction. Plus, I’m sure that eventually she’ll come out of it.

        • Len says:

          Common sense dictates that regardless of how someone is, situations and circumstances can completely change how one deals with things. If you are unaware of that possibility then you are extremely ignorant.

        • apdubs says:

          What’s out of character for Arizona is losing the leg to begin with. Additionally, it’s a lot easier to be a good man in a storm when the harm is befalling someone else; it’s different when it happens directly to you. There is nothing that Arizona has had to deal with thus far that has rendered her prepared to brace for this kind of trauma. Plus, Jessica Capshaw has been saying in interviews since the episode airs that Arizona isn’t going to wallow forever, that we will see her in the process of working this through with Callie and the other members of the SGH family. Keeping these facts in mind, and that her orthopedic surgeon wife likely played a role in the decision to cut the leg off, her initial [albeit sustained] anger at her wife and depression is not only “in character” given the loss of her leg and the circumstances surrounding that loss, but completely understandable. Frankly, I think it would be out of character for Arizona to not act this way.

    • Helen says:

      Are you serious??? “Boo hoo”??She’s losing her leg and she knows it. She’d go through an amputation for God’s sake! Derek still has a functioning hand with some minor issues.

      Not being able to operate and not having a leg is two completely different situations in two completely different levels of severity.

      • Trista says:

        I think the point is that Arizona is equating losing her leg with losing her ability to function. We know that Arizona doesn’t like change and in fact can get really dramatic over anything that upsets her apple cart. I think her reaction is true to the character we have come to know.

    • Alichat says:

      I agree with you Andrew. Arizona gets a prosthetic and can still walk and be a doctor. Derek may never perform surgery again if he can’t get the feeling back in his hand. So, surgical career over. I can understand her freaking out in this scene. They were apparently out there for a week, Lexie’s dead, Mark almost died, and there’s no telling what else happened out there. So, I can see her freaking about her leg. But last week was over 30 days later, and it appears she’s just been lying in her bed having a pity party. At some point she needs to consider her daughter, who just lost her dad. She needs to consider her wife. She can be angry about her leg. She can be angry at Callie for letting them take her leg, and she can be angry with herself for being on that plane. But the 30+ pity party needs to end.

      • Helen says:

        There isn’t a timeline on how long a person is entitled to grief over some traumatic experience.
        People can get over it in days while others might take years.
        And the whole Callie/Arizona relationship always has been about Callie so I think Arizona deserves all the time she needs to recover without having to think about Callie or Sofia who due her age will barely understand that she lost her dad.

      • Leigh says:

        The loss of one’s limb is never something casual. As a soldier returning from the war. By all rights they should know it’s a possibility but that doesn’t make it any easier when it actual comes to fruition. I’d FREAK.

  8. Ethan says:

    I think it’s kind of pointless to have this episode be the second one instead of the premiere. Mark’s speech to Avery was about Lexie, who already died so HIS death doesn’t really affect the message here.

    • Trista says:

      I think the point to all of this is that no one really knows what happened after the finale. It was important for us to see the outcome, but it is also important to realize that they were all forced to accept the inevitable out there in the woods. They didn’t know if they would be saved and they all came out of the crash with some tragic consequence that will now move them forward. Had we seen the rest of the crash episode first – then have them propel us to thirty days later it would have felt like they were lessening the horror of what they went through.

  9. Eileen says:

    Gray’s Anatomy has gotten stale. And with the killing off of Mark’s character, not to mention the newbie doctors that are so lackluster in personalities, this show has left me cold. Mark was the best eye candy on the show. And please, enough about Meredith – she is just not entertaining any more. The show is blase. Won’t even watch tonight.

    • kavyn says:

      I personally think the newbie doctors are a ton of fun. Not to mention we only saw like 5 minutes total of them, so maybe give it some time?

  10. Forwarddad says:

    @Eileen. He hard to watch tonight when the show doesn’t air until Thursday?

  11. Rose says:

    I was wondering about the timeline. Mark had been in a coma for 30 days but it hadn’t been only 30 days since they all were rescued. Alex commented that he “should have left for Hopkins 3 months ago”. Derek had been “cleared for surgery weeks ago”. That involves months of physical therapy, not just the healing of the surgical incisions.

    In this flashback episode, we get to see Mark talking (probably not walking) and alive and then watch him deteriorate and fall into a coma? Gotta have more tissues handy. I used, like, 6 last week, 1 in the first 8 minutes alone. Dab, dab, dab, and when the tissue is saturated, blow the nose and repeat with another tissue. My grandma, who was watching something else, kept coming into the room to laugh at me.