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Grey's Anatomy: Shiny Happy People

An elderly patient admitted into the E.R. for a heart condition sees a familiar face, a long lost love who happens to be in the E.R. as well for a fractured arm, and the staff find themselves caught up in their love story. Meanwhile, Karev treats a troubled teenage patient whose parents brought her in for schizophrenia, and Meredith can't help but tell Cristina about her suspicions of Owen

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x22
Airdate: Thursday May 13th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Jun 24, 2010
NL (Net 5) Oct 04, 2010

Guest Stars
Jason George (2)Jason George (2)
As Dr. Ben Warren (Anesthesiologist)
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery (Attending From Mercy West)
Nora ZehetnerNora Zehetner
As Dr. Reed Adamson (Attending From Mercy West)
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner (Attending From Mercy West)
Alan MandellAlan Mandell
As Henry Stamm (Patient: Broke Ribs and Heart Surgery)
Amy FarringtonAmy Farrington
As Mary May (Mother of Patient Hayley May)
Austin HighsmithAustin Highsmith
As Amber Courier (Patient: Burn Patient)
Demi LovatoDemi Lovato
As Hayley May (Patient: Diagnosed Paranoid Schizophrenic)
Emily BerglEmily Bergl
As Trisha (Friend of Patient Amber Courier)
Jonathan GoldsteinJonathan Goldstein
As Ken May (Father of Patient Hayley May)
Marion RossMarion Ross
As Betty Donahue (Patient: Broken Bones in Arm)

Co-Guest Stars
Denice J. SealyDenice J. Sealy
As Pretty Nurse
Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua
As Intern Graciella
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Intern Steve
Regi DavisRegi Davis
As Dr. Kevin Fisher (Psychiatric Doctor)
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
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Episode Notes
Ratings: 11.05 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Andrew BelleOpen Your EyesBailey Explains No Time for Games, Closing Scenes
GoldfrappShiny and WarmAwkward Moment in Surgery, Lunch Scene
KeaneMy ShadowElderly Patient Apologizes, Burn Patient's Surgery
Kerry LeathamDo You Fancy MeOpening Scenes, Seattle, Derek's Party
Richard WaltersAmerican StitchesFriend Comforts Burn Patient, Patient Tells Story

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): It's a common belief that positive thinking leads to a happier healthier life. As children we are told to smile, be cheerful, and put on a happy face. As adults we are told to look on the bright side, to make lemonade, and see glasses as half full. Sometimes reality can get in the way of our ability to act the happy part though. Your health can fail, boyfriends can cheat, friends can disappoint. It's in these moments, when you just want to get real, drop the act, and be your true scared unhappy self.

Cristina: Well, I'm not moving in with Owen.
Meredith (holds up the blueprint): See this? Right here? That's your room. You have a room in the new house.
Cristina: My own room?
Meredith: Yeah.
Cristina: Thank you.

Mark: Lex... I'm still in love with you. I tried not be, but it didn't work. And Sloan's gone, there is no baby, and I don't want to sleep around. I want another chance. I'm in love with you.
Lexie: Karev... He's... Mark, I-I have a boyfriend.
Mark: I know. All I'm saying is that you could have a husband.

Meredith (to Owen): Cristina loves you, and I want to but I can't. Because I want to punch you in the face right now. I know you tried to have Teddy fired and I believe it's because you love her. And if you care about Cristina, at all, you will tell her. If you're actually the good guy she thinks you are, you will tell her. And if you don't, then I'll know and you'll know that you are not that guy.

Alex: I need Lexopedia to diagnois my patient.
Meredith: She's not a book you can flip though.
Lexie: I kinda am. Go

Lexie: Are we a couple?
Alex: What?
Lexie: I need to know what we are. Because people ask, and I don't know what to say. I'm over Mark. And I- I don't know if you're over Izzie, but I am over Mark Sloan. For real. And I-- I know that we said that this wasn't gonna be a thing, but I like you. The point is, I wanna know what we are. What this is.
Alex (kisses her): We're a thing. Yeah, we're together, we're... we're a thing. Whatever.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Ask most people what they want out of life and the answer is simple, to be happy. Maybe it's this expectation though of wanting to be happy that just keeps us from ever getting there. Maybe the more we try to will ourselves to states of bliss, the more confused we get - to the point where we don't recognize ourselves. Instead we just keep smiling - trying to be the happy people we wish we were. Until it eventually hits us, it's been there all along. Not in our dreams or our hopes but in the known, the comfortable, the familiar.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Shiny Happy People

Shiny Happy People is the title of a song originally sung by R.E.M.

Episode References
Season 6, Episode 21: Callie and Arizona are avoiding one another in this episode because they broke up over having a baby in the previous episode, 6x21, "How Insensitive".

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)
EditorJoe Mitacek
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
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