Whether it was ‘fat Monica’ on FRIENDS, the primary election campaign on THE WEST WING or discovering how a rag-tag group of strangers enlisted on SERENITY (FIREFLY), nothing puts a smile on my face faster then a flashback episode. There’s something magical that occurs when our favourite shows travel back in time and gives viewers a glimpse of a character’s life before the show started.
Take last night’s third season premiere of GREY’S ANATOMY. For two years we’ve laughed and cried with these character. So to see glimpse of their lives before they started their surgical internship was all the more interesting. Watching poor naive Izzie, hapless George and overbearing Cristina interact at the surgical mixer was so fascinating, because we know where their lives are now and how much has changed. Seeing the McDreamy/Addison break-up was all the more heart-breaking because we’ve learned to love [and possibly forgive?] Addision. And finally, seeing the first meeting between Meredith and McDreamy, so cool. Who knew that a simple meeting would have such a profound affect on both of their lives.
Of course what more viewers tuned into see was whether or not Izzie would be able to recover from Denny’s death. Like a love, no doubt it will take time, but after spending an episode locked in the bathroom, Izzie finally ended the episode by getting up and saying ‘She’s Ready’. Good to know, because viewers are no doubt ready to see Izzie smile again, and more importantly, for an entire season of episodes as good as last nights.