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by Janine Hiddlestoneon Grey's Anatomy
“Is this the strangest thing that’s ever happened in your OR?” Meredith Grey asks Preston Burke as she tries not to move the hand she has inserted inside a patient’s chest to stop him from bleeding and, more importantly, exploding. “I’d have to say that it is,” Burke confirms. “Good,” Meredith replies, “because I’m very competitive.” Burke nods with approval: “All the best surgeons are” (“[As We Know It],” 2-17). While she is trying to lighten a very tense moment, she is nevertheless pleased to be the “most” something, even if it is the strangest or most dramatic moment in the OR. Here lies the central tenet of Grey’s Anatomy: Competition is everything. Being a surgical intern is a life based on competition: getting through medical school, obtaining the internship, surviving it in order to become a surgeon (preferably, an eminent one).
Hospital dramas have been a mainstay on television since … read more»
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by Nick Mamatason Fringe
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