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Grey's Anatomy: Perfect Little Accident

When famous surgeon Dr. Harper Avery is rushed to Seattle Grace-Mercy West, the staff is surprised to discover that one of their own is related to this legend, and his unorthodox request for his surgery causes tensions t between Derek and Richard. Meanwhile Callie and Arizona try to help Teddy and Sloan move on from their pasts and find greener pastures.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x16
Airdate: Thursday March 04th, 2010

Director: Bill D'Elia
Writer: Peter Nowalk

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 13, 2010
NL (Net 5) May 17, 2010

Guest Stars
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)
Robert Baker (1)Robert Baker (1)
As Dr. Charles Percy (Attending From Mercy West)
Annie FitzgeraldAnnie Fitzgerald
As Kathy Nelson (Daughter of Patient Mrs. Nelson)
Blake BashoffBlake Bashoff
As Elliott Meyer (Patient: Lung Tranplant)
Chelcie RossChelcie Ross
As Dr. Harper Avery (Patient: Grandfather of Dr. Jackson Avery)
Courtney FordCourtney Ford
As Jill Meyer (Sister of Patient Elliot Meyer)
Tess HarperTess Harper
As Mrs. Nelson (Patient: Almost Deaf Woman Getting Knee Surgery)

Co-Guest Stars
Christine JohnstonChristine Johnston
As Paramedic
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: 11.83 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ali HarterYou Can Keep 'EmDerek Tells Webber That Harper's Surgery is On Him
Ali HarterUntitled No. 3Avery Thinks About What Meredith Said, Lexie Brags
Charlotte GainsbourgTrick PonyOpening Scenes, Montage of Lexie Naked in Bed
James Vincent McMorrowFrom the WoodsPatient and Sister Discuss Lung Transplant Option
Mike DoughtyDianeAvery Introduces Friends to Harper, Closing Scenes
QuadronSlippinBringing Patient in After the Fall, Lawyer Arrives
Sweet SerenadesDie YoungPatient Talks to Daughter About Taking Care of Her

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons are detail-oriented. We like statistics and checklists and operating procedures. Our patients live because we enjoy following the steps but as much as we love to always rely on the numbers, the plan we also know that some of the greatest medical discoveries have happened by accident. Mold: Penicilin. Poisonous tree bark: a cure for Malaria, a little blue pill for high blood pressure, impotence be damned. It's hard for us to accept that it's not always the hard work or attention to detail that will get us the answers we are looking for. Sometimes we just have to sit back, relax and wait for happy accident.

Cristina: You know, I'm in love with Teddy. I love her.
Meredith: You're like Lexie with the inappropriate feelings for inappropriate people.
Cristina: What can I say? My heart lives in my scalpel.

Meredith (to Jackson): I get it. The famous grandfather. The legacy he's trying to force on you. You didn't ask for any of it. Trust me, I get it. You're putting up walls and avoiding him and you don't want to introduce him to your friends. It was the same with my mother. But if she were here right now, in a room upstairs, I would wanna go see her and make things right with her. And I definitely would want to go learn from her. And you still can.

Lexie: You paged? Oh, my God, are you doing an ex vivo lung repair?
Cristina: My daredevil turned out to be a match.
Lexie: You stole his lungs?
Cristina: No, I did not steal them. The transplant team rejected them and they were gonna send them to medical waste so I just redirected them to medical research. Now, does Lexipedia wanna be bad-ass and help on this thing or not?
Lexie: Oh, God. Yeah!

Cristina: You're a doctor?
Harper Avery: Apparently a much better one than you. Dr. Harper Avery. And your name, doctor?
Cristina: Harper Avery?
Harper Avery: Uh, no, that's my name.
Cristina: As in the Harper Avery award?
Harper Avery: Bingo.

Meredith (closing voiceover): No matter how many plans we make or steps we follow, we never know how our day is going to end up. We'd prefer to know, of course, what curveballs will be thrown our way. It's the accidents that always turn out to be the most interesting parts of our day, the people we never expected to show up, a turn of events we never would have chose for ourselves. All of a sudden you find yourself somewhere you never expected to be and its nice, or it takes some getting used to. Still, maybe you'll find yourself appreciating it somewhere down the line. So you go to sleep each night thinking about tomorrow, going over your plans, preparing for them, and hoping that whatever accidents come your way will be happy ones.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Perfect Little Accident

"Perfect Little Accident" is the title of a song sung by Saturday Morning Soundtrack.

Episode References
Season 6, Episode 11: Mark is continually mad at Alex in this episode because Lexie and Alex slept with one another in 6x11 "Blink".

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 ProducerZoanne Clack  |  Stacy McKee
ProducerJeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein  |  Tammy Ann Casper
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorEdward Ornelas
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
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