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Grey's Anatomy: Can’t Fight Biology

Things are hostile on all fronts when a visit to the obstetrician results in some disturbing news for Meredith and Derek, and Lexie loses it when she notices Meredith and April getting closer. Meanwhile a car crash brings in multiple traumas and Jackson tries using his physical attributes to get ahead in the operating room, while Cristina's self-doubt carries outside of the hospital and into her house hunting with Owen

Source: ABC


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x4
Airdate: Thursday October 14th, 2010

Director: Edward Ornelas
Writer: Peter Nowalk

Alternate Airdates:

Taiwan Feb 28, 1988
NL (Net 5) Nov 15, 2010
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 26, 2011

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (13 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Linda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Recurring
Christian Clemenson
As Ivan Fink (Patient: Ate Worms For Asthma Experiment)
Diane Farr
As Lila Davis (Patient: Huntington's Disease)
Frances Conroy
As Eleanor (Patient: Drove Car Into Laundromat)
Jackie Houston
As Realtor
Jennifer Say Gan
As Dr. Keating (Meredith and Derek's Fertility Doctor)
Jon Curry
As Fred Fisher (Father of Patient Jake Fisher)
Kate Martin
As Vickie Fisher (Mother of Patient Jake Fisher)
Nathan Halliday
As Jake Fisher (Patient: Dancer With Bone Cancer)

Uncredited
Stacey Miller
As Kimmy (Woman Eleanor's Husband Left Her For)
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

Recap

The show opened with the large house some of the doctors and nurses rented together looking very crowded, especially the big bathroom and kitchen. Owen decided to show Christina, his wife, a fixer-upper house that he had found. It was basically falling apart upstairs, plaster and lath hanging from the ceiling and walls, windows broken out and pigeons flying around inside. Christina looked very dubious, but didn't want to hurt Owen's feelings. She said she would like to give it some thought before making a final decision. They went to the hospital with both voicing doubts in their minds...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.11 Million Viewers

Trivia: The exterior of the firehouse apartment that Cristina and Hunt are shown by the Realtor is actually Fire Station 23 at 225 E. 5th Street in Los Angeles, California.




Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CorreatownFurtherApril Looks Terrified of Lexie, Closing Scenes
Jenna AndrewsTumblin' DownMeredith Sets Down Medicine Bottle, Patient Smiles
Joshua RadinYou Got What I NeedCancer Patient Devastated, Then Dances for Doctors
Matthew Perryman JonesUntil the Last Falling StarTeddy Talking to Avery in Locker Room
V.V. BrownRefresh MeLunch Scene, Girls Talking About Meredith's Uterus
Walking SleepDon't Be FooledOpening Scenes, Meredith's Roommates in Bathroom


Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Biology determines much of the way we live. From the moment we're born we know how to breathe and eat. As we grow older new instincts kick in. We become territorial. We learn to compete. We seek shelter. Most important of all, we reproduce. Sometimes biology can turn on us though. Yeah, biology sucks sometimes.

Cristina: Welcome home. It's ours. We bought it. Well, I bought it, but it's for the both of us.
Owen: I don't know what to say.
Cristina: Our house has a firepole in it. What else is there to say?
Owen: You said this morning...
Cristina: I don't care where we live, I really don't. But you do. You love this place and I love you.

Alex: Post-ops are stable and I've ordered morning labs.
Arizona: Hmm. Thanks.
Alex: You know, Sloan risked his life to save mine, even when I was sleeping with his girl. That's not a guy without a soul. Maybe he's an ass who stares at boobs, but whatever. And your boobs? You have nice boobs, and maybe they're lesbian boobs and you don't like men staring at them... But men don't discrimate when it comes to jugs. You have hot boobs, and I stare at them, too.

Teddy: I'd throw a party. Invite everyone to an amazing beach, all expenses paid. I mean, I'd have to make out my credit cards in order to pay for it, but what do I care? I wouldn't be around long enough to pay it off.
Meredith: I'd do what Leila did. I'd quit, sell the house, and bum around the globe.
Teddy: How'd Derek feel about that?
Meredith: Ah, he could come if he wanted.

April: Um, hey, how would you feel if I started a chore wheel at the house? The boys are so messy and I did one with Reed at our old apartment and you'd be surprised how well it works.
Lexie: Are you moving in, like permenatly?
April: Um, why? Do you think that that's not okay? Should I talk to Meredith about that?
Lexie: Oh, that's up to you. But I wouldn't bring up the chore wheel. Meredith would hate that.

Cristina (about their patient who ate worms for an experiment): You know he's crazy, right?
Bailey: Well, crazy is relative, Yang. In fact, some people might say that missing rounds this morning when I'm in charge, is crazy behavior, too. But, here I am, trusting you to take care of my patient. Maybe I'm crazy. What do you think? Am I crazy to trust you to take care of my patient?
Cristina: No. But I haven't been swallowing worms.

Meredith: I drank a lot of tequila in college. After.
Derek: Well, it's been a while since I've done my OB rotations but I don't recall tequila getting in the way of conception. It's the opposite, actually.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Biology says that we are who we are from birth. That are DNA is set in stone. Unchangeable. Our DNA doesn't account for all of us though, we're human. Life changes us. We develop new traits. Become less territorial. We start competing. We learn from our mistakes. We face our greatest fears. For better or worse, we find ways to become more than our biology. The risk of course is that we can change too much to the point where we don't recognize ourselves. Finding our way back can be difficult. There's no compass, no map. We just have to close our eyes, take a step, and hope to God we get there.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Can't Fight Biology

Can't Fight Biology is the title of a song originally sung by Drop Dead Gorgeous.



Episode References
Season 6, Episode 24: Meredith went to see a fertility specialist at the beginning of the episode because she had a miscarriage in 6x24 "Death and All His Friends".



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
ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorSusan Vaill
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
 
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