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Grey's Anatomy: I Saw What I Saw

When a burn victim unexpectedly dies during a chaotic time in the emergency room, the Chief, with the help of board member Jennings, interview each of the residents in order to find who was to blame in the incident, leading each of the doctors to defend their actions of the day to save their jobs.


Episode Info


Episode number: 6x6
Airdate: Thursday October 22nd, 2009

Director: Allison Liddi
Writer: William Harper

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Feb 25, 2010
NL (Net 5) Mar 08, 2010

  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Arlene SantanaArlene Santana
As Nurse
Recurring
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery (Attending From Mercy West)
Recurring
Mitch PileggiMitch Pileggi
As Larry Jennings (Seattle Grace Board Member)
Recurring
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Recurring
Nora ZehetnerNora Zehetner
As Dr. Reed Adamson (Attending From Mercy West)
Recurring
Robert Baker (1)Robert Baker (1)
As Dr. Charles Percy (Attending From Mercy West)
Recurring
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner (Attending From Mercy West)
Recurring
Andrew Miller (1)Andrew Miller (1)
As Danny Becker (Son of Patient Cathy Becker)
Bill FagerbakkeBill Fagerbakke
As Roy Mackinaw (Patient: Burn Victim With Axe In Chest)
Erinn HayesErinn Hayes
As Cathy Becker (Patient: Burn Victim Who Dies)
Jakob MillerJakob Miller
As Danny Becker (Son of Patient Cathy Becker)
John BradfordJohn Bradford
As Danny's Dad (Husband of Patient Cathy Becker)
Mark DaughertyMark Daugherty
As Evan (Patient: 2nd and 3rd Degree Burns)
Ron RoggéRon Roggé
As Fire Captain (Patient: Multiple Trauma's)
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Episode Notes
Ratings: 15.40 Million Viewers

Casting: This is the first episode that Katherine Heigl(Izzie Stevens) does not appear in, despite still being in the opening title sequence.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
All ThievesWe Will Be DustFlashback: Cristina's Pager, She Leaves Meredith
Faded Paper FiguresPolaroid SolutionFlashback: Alex Asks Nurse Not to Stick Him
Jack SavorettiSongs from Different TimesFlashback: Alex Gets Off Phone, Rushes to Patient
Matt HiresOut of the DarkDerek Holds Webber Accountable, Closing Scenes
MetricBlindnessOpening Scenes, Seattle, Meredith Has IV Removed


Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) In order to get a good diagnosis, doctors have to constantly change their perspective. We start by getting the patients point of view, though they don't often have a clue what's going on. So we look at the patient from every possible angle. We rule things out. We uncover new information trying to get to what's actually wrong. We're asking for second opinions hoping we'll see something others might have missed. For the patient, a fresh perspective can mean the difference between living and dying. For the doctor, it can mean your picking a fight with everyone who got there before you.

Charles: So April missed the airway, huh? That's so stupid.
Lexie: Airway first.
Jackson: It's like med school 101, right?
Alex: It's pretty basic.
Reed: It was one second! She got distracted for one second and she made a mistake.
Charles: That we all nearly got fired for.
Jackson: Nose dive's got a point.
Charles: Thank you. ... What?!
Alex: We nearly got fired for trying to fix what she screwed up in the first place.
Cristina: Yeah, 'cause that's our job. (to Lexie) What you didn't make any mistakes today? (to Alex) You've been distracted for the entire week. (to Jackson) And who knows what you screwed up. But our patients didn't die and that's why we didn't get caught. It could've happened to any o

Bailey (about Charles): He fainted.
Richard: He fainted?
Bailey: He fainted.
Jennings: From what?
Bailey: He better have a brain tumor or somethin' 'cause that's just unacceptable.

Meredith: Are the Mercy West people that bad?
Cristina: They're everywhere and there are more of them than us, and they're kicking our asses. God, I miss Izzie. We need more 'uses', so get back here.
Meredith: I have to be discharged first. You want to forge Bailey's signature?
Cristina: No, that'll get me fired. Ooh, ask one of the new ones to do it. Get them fired.

Derek: (to Webber) Maybe it's not one doctor. Maybe it's too many doctors who don't know each other and who don't trust each other. When I got to that room, it was chaos, because that's the system now, chaos. That has been the system that has been in place since this merger was put in place. Your system. I'm saying you should look again at who's responsible.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) When we're heading towards an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. Sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears but sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem. Make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you were after, the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions.



Cultural References
Episode Title: I Saw What I Saw

"I Saw What I Saw" is the title of a song by Sara Groves.



Episode References
Season 6, Episode 5: In episode 6x05 "Invasion" Meredith mentions that the Mercy West Residents would get their blue scrubs in a week. They residents have blue scrubs in this episode.

Season 6, Episode 4: Meredith is discharged from the hospital in this episode. She gave a piece of her liver to her father, Thatcher grey, in 6x04 "Tainted Obligation".



Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Allan Heinberg  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Krista Vernoff
Co-Executive ProducerJenna Bans  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater
Supervising ProducerStacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack
ProducerLinda Klein  |  Tammy Ann Casper  |  Jeff Rafner
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorDavid Greenspan (1)
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
 
Warning: Grey's Anatomy season 6 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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