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Grey's Anatomy: Now or Never (2)

George gives Bailey news that shocks the entire hospital as everyone awaits for Izzie to recover from surgery. Meanwhile, Bailey is accepted into the pediatric fellowship program; and Seattle Grace comes together to help save a traffic accident victim.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x24
Production Number: 524
Airdate: Thursday May 14th, 2009
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Jul 02, 2009
NL (Net 5) Nov 16, 2009

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (34 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Jessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins (Pediatric Surgeon)
Kimberly Elise
As Dr. Swender (Surgical Oncologist on Izzie's Case)
Shannon Lucio
As Amanda (Patient: Almost Hit By A Bus)

Co-Guest Stars
Brooke Blanchard
As Paramedic #2
John Cappon
As Paramedic #1
Main Cast
Ellen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
T.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 17.12 Million Viewers

Trivia: The actor that played John Doe was T.R. Knight.

Casting: This is the last episode featuring T.R. Knight as George O'Malley.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Greg LaswellOff I GoIzzie Coding, Alex Calls for Help, Closing Scenes
Hollywood, Mon AmourFlashdance...What a Feeling (featuring Yael Naim)Meredith and Derek Talking About Getting Married
Ingrid MichaelsonAll LoveOpening Scenes, Seattle, Sleeping in Izzie's Room
Missy HigginsThe BattleCallie Upset at Arizona, Surgery on Heroic Patient

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Doctors spend a lot of time focused on the future, planning it, working toward it. But at some point you start to realize your life is happening now. Not after med school, not after residency, right now. This is it. It's here. Blink and you'll miss it.

Meredith (to 'John Doe'): Hey there, I know this must be scary. But, if it's any consolation you're a hardcore hero. You saved that woman's life. (John Doe grabs Mer's hand and tries to write something) Is he trying to write something? (tries to give him a pen) Can you hold this? (he's too weak. Mer grabs his hand) Okay, you'll be stronger tomorrow.
Owen: Call OR 1, tell them to get ready for him.
Meredith: Okay.

Cristina: (to Owen) I can't breathe without you.

Meredith: It's important to take the time to tell the people you love you love them while they can still hear you.

(about George)
Derek: I think he's going to surprise us all.
Mark: I think he's going to come back in a body bag.

Meredith: Amanda, you can't be out here.
Amanda: Would you want to be all alone at a time like this? We had thirty seconds of interaction before he saved my life, and I wasn't even nice. I was standing on a corner when this ordinary-looking guy stands next to me and smiles, and I'm so busy scoping for someone hotter that I don't even give him a second look. The next thing I know, he throws me out of the way of a bus I'm about to walk in front of and almost gets himself killed! He literally he swept me off my feet. That is my prince in that bed

Bailey: Uh, not a good time.
Arizona: You know what? You walk away from me again, I swear I will grab you by the hair and pull hard. I grew up with the name Arizona. I learned how to play dirty on the playground! ... I stuck my neck out for you, you were my pick.
Bailey: And I appreciate that, but it's a big decision.
Arizona: It's not, frankly. It's the brass ring. It's the most exclusive, the most competitive and we're as good as it gets. Nobody lands this thing and says no.
Bailey: My husband informed me that if I accept the peds fellowship, if I sign on for another 2 years of training, and the hours and the work load that come with it when I could be a general surgery attending, and make it home for dinner. He will divorce me. It's a big decision!

Alex: Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up...
Izzie: I have a headache.
Alex: You're up... You're up and you're talking. You talked right? Talk!
Izzie: Ow, I said I have a headache.
Alex: Page Shepherd.
Izzie: Ow.
Alex: Sorry.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

In the final scene George is seen in an Army uniform of an Army Medic, he as a doctor should be wearing an Officer's uniform not that of an enlisted man.


When Mark is showing Lexie houses hung on the x-ray viewer there is a prop sheet accidentally hung above that says "Test. 1. Name a rap artist. 2. Name an artist in your kids".

Cultural References
Episode Title: Now or Never

"Now or Never" is the title of a song by Three Days Grace.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 1: When Alex finds out George joined the army he says "What? 007? He can't join the army!" This is a reference to the nickname that George got in 1x01 "A Hard Day's Night".

Season 5, Episode 1: Alex says he is reminded of "The woman who couldn't remember her husband". He is referring to patient Betty Kenner from 5x01 "Dream A Little Dream Of Me".

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