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Mark flies Addison to Seattle so that she can help perform a difficult procedure on his pregnant daughter. Meanwhile, Owen begins to question Teddy's motives when she has Cristina be the lead on a complex surgery; and Derek becomes suspicious when the Chief has Meredith assist on a high-profile operation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x11
Airdate: Thursday January 14th, 2010

Director: Randall Zisk
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Apr 08, 2010
NL (Net 5) Apr 12, 2010

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (24 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Kate Walsh
As Dr. Addison Montgomery (Neonatal Surgeon Visiting from Private Practice)

Guest Stars
Kim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman (Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Friend of Owen's)
Leven Rambin
As Sloan Riley (Mark Sloan's Daughter)
Nora Zehetner
As Dr. Reed Adamson (Attending From Mercy West)
Robert Baker (1)
As Dr. Charles Percy (Attending From Mercy West)
Cynthia Stevenson
As Ruthie Carlin (Patient: Cardiac Surgery for Mechanical Valve)
Sinqua Walls
As Tom Kates (Patient: Quarterback With Head Trauma)

Co-Guest Stars
James DuMont
As Sheldon Morris (Patient: Turned Yellow After Surgery)
Kerri Higuchi
As Dr. Elizabeth Chen (OB/GYN Resident)
Mark Saul
As Intern Steve
Amol Shah
As Dr. Rob Stanton (Radiologist Derek Tries To Set Up Bailey With)
Giselle Jones
As Jessie Kates (Wife of Patient Tom Kates)
Jarrod Crawford
As Dr. Oslow (Doctor Working For Patient Tom Kates Football Team)
Stephon Fuller
As Gregor (Man Behind The Desk Where They Keep The Valves)
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
Jessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.78 Million Viewers

Casting: Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This episode was a crossover episode with Private Practice. The events surrounding Mark's daughter's baby was continued in the Private Practice episode "Another Second Chance."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Clint MichiganHawthorne to HennepinAlex and Reed Interrupted, Seattle, Mark and Lexie
CorreatownPlayOpening Scenes, Webber Teaching Meredith
Florence And The MachineCosmic LoveMeredith Looks at Derek, Closing Scenes
Jack SavorettiBreaking NewsCristina Makes Choice, Callie and Derek Have Idea

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): We assume the really serious changes in our life happen slowly, over time. But it's not true. The big stuff happens in an instant. Becoming an adult. Becoming a parent. Becoming a doctor. One minute, you're not, and the next... you are. Ask any doctor, and they can point to the one moment they become a physician. It usually isn't med school graduation day. Whatever it is... nobody forgets it. Sometimes you don't even know anything's changed. You think you're still you and your life is still your life... but you wake up one day and you look around and you don't reognize anything. Not anything at all.

Bailey: You wanna show me the scan?
Tom: Uh, how about we look at it over lunch?
Bailey: I'm in the middle of a divorce. People call me the Nazi, and it's not because of my ice blue eyes. I spend 12 hours a day carving people up, and I like it. I have a child and I have no room for casual anything. I'm angry all the time. And deeply confused because a lot of people in my life have let me down recently, one of them was me. It's devastating, but not completely because it turns out I like sleeping crosswise in the bed and not having to shave my legs. My three year old used to be potty trained, and now he isn't because his father no longer lives with us and his world no longer makes sense, and the only thing he thinks he can control is his bladder. So he urinates, in a lot of places you wish he wouldn't urinate. ... You want lunch or you want to show me the scan?

Sloan: Well, which one of you did he sleep with?
Arizona: Oh, not me.
Addison: You told her?
Mark: She's my kid. We were bonding.
Addison: That is not how you bond with children!
Mark: I'm still getting the hang of it.

Owen: How is it going?
Alex: Yang's killing her patient, and Altman's reading "The Atlantic Monthly."

Mark: Don't make me choose between you and her.
Lexie: Why? 'Cause you'll choose her?
Mark: Yeah. I'll choose her.
Lexie: I think our relationship just ended.

Meredith (closing voiceover): You never forget the moment that you become a doctor. A switch flips. Suddenly, you're not playing dress-up anymore. You own the white coat. What you may not notice is the moment that being a doctor... changes you.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Blink

"Blink" is the title of a song by several artists, including John Dahlback, Plumb, and Blue Scholars.

Episode References
Season 6, Episode 10: We learn in 6x10 "Holidaze" that Mark Sloan has a daughter, Sloan Riley.

Season 5, Episode 15: The last time Addison Montgomery was at Seattle Grace it was to bring her brother to see Derek for brain surgery in 5x15 "Before and After".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Allan Heinberg  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Krista Vernoff
Co-Executive ProducerTony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Jenna Bans
Supervising ProducerStacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack
ProducerJeff Rafner  |  Tammy Ann Casper  |  Linda Klein
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorSusan Vaill
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Warning: Grey's Anatomy season 6 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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