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Grey's Anatomy: Sanctuary

The hospital is hit with an unprecedented crisis; Meredith and Cristina's surgical skills are put to the test.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 6x23
Airdate: Thursday May 20th, 2010

Director: Stephen Cragg
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Oct 11, 2010

Guest Stars
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery (Attending From Mercy West)
Mandy MooreMandy Moore
As Mary Portman (Patient: Woman With Colostomy Bag)
Michael OMichael O'Neill
As Gary Clark (Man With The Gun)
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)
Ryan DevlinRyan Devlin
As Bill Portman (Husband of Patient Mary Portman)
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner (Attending From Mercy West)
Tom IrwinTom Irwin
As Officer Hancock

Co-Guest Stars
Adam ShapiroAdam Shapiro
As Pete (Patient: Gun Shot Wound)
Arlene SantanaArlene Santana
As Nurse
China AndersonChina Anderson
As Ruby Campbell (Patient: Appendicitis)
Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua
As Intern Graciella
Jason Graham (1)Jason Graham (1)
As Ken Campbell (Father of Patient Ruby Campbell)
Kelsey ScottKelsey Scott
As Karen Campbell (Mother of Patient Ruby Campbell)
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Intern Steve
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Angelina HongAngelina Hong
As Sobbing Woman
Ingrid WaltersIngrid Walters
As Nurse Vivian
Jeanette BroxJeanette Brox
As Shelley (Wife of Patient Pete)
Sara GillerSara Giller
As Waitress
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: 13.93 Million Viewers

Trivia: Shonda Rhimes originally wrote in the script that Bailey got shot, but she took it out because it made her feel bad.

Social Media: Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) tweeted that this was her favorite episode of season 6 to shoot.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Katie HerzigHolding Us Back (1st Time Played in the Episode)Opening Scenes, Seattle, Derek Standing in Walkway
Katie HerzigHolding Us Back (2nd Time Played in the Episode)Derek Turns to April, Then Gunman, Closing Scenes
Patrick ParkHow the Heart Grows WickedCristina is Done, April Slips in a Puddle of Blood

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): For most people, a hospital is a scary place. A hostile place. A place where bad things happen. Most people would prefer church, or school, or home, but I grew up here. While my mom was on rounds, I learned to read in the OR gallery. I played in the morgue. I colored with crayons on old ER charts. A hospital was my church, my school, my home. A hospital was my safe place, my sanctuary. I love it here. Correction, loved it here.

Cristina: That's the guy from the elevator.
Meredith: What do you mean? What?
Cristina: It's the guy from the elevator. He asked me for directions, how to get to the Chief's office.
Meredith: I- I don't...
Cristina: Meredith, the guy with the gun is looking for Derek.

Cristina: You okay?
Meredith: I've been hurling every day this week, around... (looks at her watch) yep, right on schedule.
Cristina: Okay, we gotta get outta here, 'cause I'm not staying in here after you stink up this place with your vomit.

Callie: When are you gonna forgive me for not being a good enough lesbian for you?
Arizona: When you do something to convince me that you're falling in love with me and not being in love. When you do something to convince me that I'm different than George O'Malley, Erica Hahn, Mark Sloan, the girl at the coffee cart... I mean, you have a huge heart, and I love that about you. But I don't trust you. Why would I? (they get interrupted again)

Derek: Police are almost here. I'm gonna leave. Are you gonna be okay here by yourself?
April: You're leaving... You just said that nobody leaves, nobody moves, nobody breathes...
Derek: Nobody but me. I'm the chief. This is my hospital.

Owen: Cristina.
Cristina: You pursued me. I didn't. I gave you an out, and you pursued me. You said... Do you love her? Or do you love me? (Owen is silent) I'm done. We're done.

Mary: That's the fifth time that you checked your pager.
Bailey: Oh, it's uh... habit.
Mary: Dr. B., my husband's late. He's never late. And you're hanging out with me. You don't really strike me as the hanging out type. What's going on?
Bailey: Okay, there is a... situation. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but hospital procedure dictates that we're on...
Charles (walks in): He's on the floor.
Bailey: Who?
Charles: The shooter.
Bailey: There's a shooter in the hospital?
Mary: Oh, my God.

Meredith (closing voiceover): I played in the morgue. I colored with crayons on old ER charts. A hospital was my church, my school, my home. A hospital was my safe place, my sanctuary. I love it here. Correction, loved it here.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

Dr. April Kepner should have been able to see that Derek was being held at gunpoint in his office as it has glass walls.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Sanctuary

Sanctuary is the title of a song originally sung by Iron Maiden.

Episode References
Season 6, Episode 20: Gary Clark is the man who was suing the hospital for the death of his wife. He has been seen in multiple episodes throughout season 6, but was last seen in 6x20 "Hook Line and Sinner".

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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