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Grey's Anatomy: Superfreak

When Derek receives an unexpected and unwelcome visit from his estranged sister, Amelia, issues between the siblings -- both past and present -- come to the surface; the Chief tries to help Alex when he notices that he's refusing to use the elevators after his near-fatal shooting; and Meredith and Derek continue their efforts to ease Cristina back into surgery after her post-traumatic stress

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x3
Airdate: Thursday October 07th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 08, 2010
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 19, 2011

  • Currently 7.4/10
7.4/10 (18 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Caterina Scorsone
As Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Derek Shepherd's Sister)
James Tupper
As Dr. Andrew Perkins (Trauma Counsellor)
Art Chudabala
As Jerry Adams (Patient: HPV Virus)
Dana Davis
As Gretchen (Patient: Chest Pains and Condom In Lung)
Jolene Kim
As Tess Adams (Wife of Patient Jerry Adams)
Omar Gooding
As Danny (Fiancee of Patient Gretchen)

Co-Guest Stars
Arlene Santana
As Nurse
Sean Carrigan
As Todd (Patient: Brain Tumor)
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
Sarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Kim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The show opened with Amelia (Amy), Derek's estranged sister, appearing to Derek at the hospital. Derek was not happy to see her and asked her what she was doing there. She jokingly asked him was he not glad to see her? He angrily said he was not and asked her what she wanted. She said that she was a neurosurgeon now and was seeking work at the hospital. He told her to leave and she said she wanted to stay. When she was five, their mother and father had been confronted by a burglar who ended up shooting the mother to death over some jewelry, but Amy did not have much memory of the event. Amy asked Derek why he never seemed to want to talk about it and he changed the subject. Amy said that they would have to talk about it sometime and it might as well be now; he adamantly refused and left...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.75 Million Viewers

Trivia: A body double was used for the final scene with Arizona and Callie kissing because Jessica Capshaw was very pregnant at the time.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ash KoleySheep in Wolves' ClothingCallie Says They're Monsters, Surgery on Patient
Cary BrothersBelongTeddy Leaning Against Andrew, Closing Scenes
Greg LaswellGoodbyeDerek Talking to Cristina, Webber Helps Alex
LissieWorried AboutOpening Scenes, Seattle, Cristina Wakes Meredith

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Most surgeons grew up as freaks. While other kids played outside, we hold up in our rooms memorizing our periodic table, hovering for hours over our junior microscopes, dissecting our first frogs. Imagine how surprised and relieved we were when we grew up and found out there were others out there, just as freaky as we were. Same microscopes, same dead frogs, same inexplicable urge to take human begins apart.

Cristina: You're not on-call tonight?
Owen: Nope, home all night. How was your day?
Cristina (sighs): I think I could be happy being a plumber. (Callie and Arizona come in, making out, and giggling, Callie takes off Arizona's shirt and throws it, it hits Owen. Owen and Cristina stare at them in shock) We have to get our own place.

Richard: Karev.
Alex: Yes, sir?
Richard: You layed in a pool of your own blood in that elevator and almost died. That's why you're taking the stairs. Now, some day you're gonna have a critical patient and you won't be able to run up the stairs. So, now you and I are gonna take that elevator right now, together and you're gonna stay on it 'til you're not scared. You're just bored.

Derek: I wouldn't have picked you, to be a part of my life. Professional, sure. If you didn't think my field was so uninteresting. But, personally, we wouldn't have picked each other. But, now, we're family and that means that I worry about you. (Cristina continues to play solitare, ignore him, he smacks the table) You're flaming out and as someone who cares about you, it's not okay. As someone who's seen a lot of residents come and go but very, very few with your potential, it is not okay.
Cristina: I can barely remember it. The whole procedure... I took a bullet out of your chest and all I can remember are... bits a pieces. And bits and pieces I do remember, come back at very inconvient times. So, um, end of story.

Owen: Hey, my wife is sleeping in your bed.
Derek: Yes, she is. With Meredith, she's sleeping with Meredith. I'm on the other side of the bed.
Owen: I'm sorry, don't you find that a little strange?
Derek: Mmhmm. Did you see E.T?
Owen: The movie? Yeah, years ago. Why?
Derek: Remember Elliot? He and E.T have this weird and disturbing bond. If he got sick, E.T got sick, if E.T got drunk, Elliot got drunk. That's kinda like Cristina and Meredith. Meanwhile, you and I are like the government guys in the white hazmat suits, you know, we're trying to steer 'em in the right direction, but in the end, we just don't understand.
Owen: You're okay with that?
Derek: I fish. I'm building a house. I recently taken up golf, it helps. I'm lookin' out for her.
Owen: Thank you.

Amelia: Did it hurt?
Derek: Getting shot? Oh, you're amazing.
Amelia: Did you feel the bullet or did you just feel pain?
Derek: I feel pain now because you won't stop talking.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Nobody chooses to be a freak. Most people don't even realize they're a freak until it's way too late to change it. No matter how much of a freak we end up being, chances are there's still someone out there for you. unless they've already moved on, because when it comes to love even freaks cant wait forever.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Superfreak

Superfreak is the title of a song originally sung by Rick James.

Frankenstein: The patient with HPV says "So basically I am going to go from looking like a tree to looking like Frankenstein".

E.T.: Derek compares the relationship between Cristina and Meredith to that between E.T. and Elliot.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 2: In the beginning of the episode the attending's are discussing the event where Cristina hid under a table in the O.R. This happened in the previous episode 7x02 "Shock to the System".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Krista Vernoff
Co-Executive 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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