DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Thursday -

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

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