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Grey's Anatomy: New History

Owen recruits a new cardiothoracic surgeon, Iraqi War vet Dr. Teddy Altman, but Cristina is quick to judge her abilities in the O.R. Meanwhile, Izzie returns to Seattle Grace with her former high school teacher who is suffering from dementia; and the Chief begins to feel the strain of his new responsibilities post-merger.

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x9
Airdate: Thursday November 12th, 2009

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Allan Heinberg

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Mar 18, 2010
NL (Net 5) Mar 29, 2010

Guest Stars
James DuMontJames DuMont
As Sheldon Morris (Patient: Turns Yellow After Surgery)
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery (Attending From Mercy West)
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman (Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Friend of Owen's)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (The Chief's Wife)
Nora ZehetnerNora Zehetner
As Dr. Reed Adamson (Attending From Mercy West)
Robert Baker (1)Robert Baker (1)
As Dr. Charles Percy (Attending From Mercy West)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (The Bartender at Emerald City Bar)
Heather CorwinHeather Corwin
As Casey's Mom (Mother of Patient Casey)
Joel GreyJoel Grey
As Dr. Singer (Patient: Izzie's High School Science Teacher)
Mason CookMason Cook
As Casey (Patient: Young Boy With Cardiac Asthma)
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
Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 14.87 Million Viewers

Trivia: Izzie lives in the middle-sized town of Chehalis, Washington which is exactly halfway between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Civil WarsPoison & WineCristina Kisses Owen, They Talk, Closing Scenes
The GossipVertical RhythmDerek Exits, Lunch Scene, Everyone Gossiping
Greg LaswellIn Spite of MeBailey Surprised, Izzie Talks to Her Teacher
Joy WilliamsSunny DayOpening Scenes, Seattle, Hospital, Meredith Waits
Stars of Track and FieldEnd of All TimeTeddy Talks Cristina Through Mistake in Surgery

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Doctors live in a world of constant progress and forward motion. Stand still for a second, and you'll be left behind. But as hard as we try to move forward, the past always comes back to bite us in the ass. And as history shows us again and again, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

Bailey: Chief!
Richard (waking up): What've we got?
Bailey: An emergency chole, a new cardio attending and your wife is here to see you.
Richard: What?
Bailey: You in trouble. Drink your latte.

Christina: Thank you for my present. And I'll try to get over birds on the scrub cap.
Owen: Teddy's best friend, she was this bird person she loved birds. And um... She died in the second tower. And that's why Teddy gave up her attending position at Columbia and she joined the Army. I told you she'd surprise you.
Cristina: Thank you.

Meredith: How'd you find me here?
Derek: The nurses love me. They're my spies. And they're pissed that you're desterilizing their equipment.
Meredith: What else was I supposed to do? I haven't been able to get on a surgery all day. Before I left there were 5 people to compete with, now there 25.

Cristina: Why are you defending her? She went to state school.
Alex: So did I.
Cristina: Well, she's skinny and blonde.
Alex: So's Mer.
Cristina: Well, she's annoying.
Alex: So are you.

Cristina: Teddy Altman. I ... I've never heard of you.
Teddy: Cristina Yang. I've never heard of you either. So I guess that makes us even.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) Sometimes the past is something you just can't let go of. And sometimes the past is something we'll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past ... that changes everything we know about the present.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When Izzie shows up at the hospital with her high school teacher, Meredith asks her is she is pregnant. Izzie had her eggs frozen before her cancer treatment and therefore cannot have childern, Meredith should know this.

Cultural References
Episode Title: New History

"New History" is the title of a song by Verbow.

Private Benjamin: Christina refers to Dr. Altman as "Private Benjamin". Private Benjamin is a 1980 Goldie Hawn film about a high society woman who joins the Army on a whim.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 15: Izzie's high school teacher, who is confused and thinks she is still 16, mentions that she is pregnant. In 2x15 "Break On Through" we found out that Izzie had a baby and gave it up for adoption as a teenager.

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
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