DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
ALL those Grey’s Anatomy fourthyears have ever wanted is to cut into a brain/ lungs/heart — to musical accompaniment — and now they’re doing it.
The chief has a milliondollar budget surplus, he explains, and now the fourthyears get to put on navy blue scrubs — more flattering to more skin tones than the lighter-blue scrubs, and more forgiving if they get a geyser of arterial blood spurt out across them, too — and slice open an organ inside an actual breathing, though possibly not for long, person.
As he tells the surgeons, ‘‘ Pray, people, we want God in the building today’’. And then each surgeon is required to make a presentation to the chief outlining why they need the $1 million. It sounds like a lot of money, if you’re you and me and we won it in the Lotto. But if we convert it into hospital currency, $1 million equals about $4.25.
They all think they’ve got the edge one way or another. Dr McPretty because he’s not sleeping with any of the nurses or residents or anyone right now, therefore, apparently, he’s an untapped source of raw power. Arizona because nobody can say no to ‘‘ tiny
Observing: Patrick Dempsey