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Grey's Anatomy: These Arms of Mine

A documentary film crew visits the hospital six months after the shooting to document the road to recovery for doctors and patients. The camera lenses follow Derek, Owen, Mark & Callie as they ambitiously perform a rare arm transplant surgery, Meredith helps Cristina put on a brave face for the cameras, and Bailey's patient, Mary, returns for her surgery -- which marks the first time they've all seen of each other since that fateful day

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x6
Airdate: Thursday October 28th, 2010

Director: Stephen Cragg
Writer: Stacy McKee

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 29, 2010
UK (sky LIVING) Feb 09, 2011

  • Currently 7.2/10
7.2/10 (12 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Linda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Mandy Moore
As Mary Portman (Patient: Bailey's Surgical Patient From Shooting)
Ryan Devlin
As Bill Portman (Husband of Patient Mary Portman)
Amanda Foreman
As Nora (Wife of Arm Transplant Patient Zack)
Audrey Wasilewski
As Nicole Waldman (Arm Donor's Wife)
John Lacy (1)
As Zack (Patient: Arm Transplant Recipient)
Paola Andino
As Lily (Patient: Growth On Windpipe)
Vanessa Martinez
As Gretchen Price (Mother of Patient Lily)

Co-Guest Stars
Crystal Kwon
As Nurse
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


This week's show dealt with updates to the hospital's security systems after the shootings several weeks ago and new patients' cases. The show opened with someone filming some of the doctors handling emergency situations such as a young girl needing a trach tube inserted to allow her to continue to breathe; an arm amputee looking forward to two arm transplants and a young married woman going in for a routine colostomy reversal operation...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 10.70 Million Viewers

Voiceover: There is no opening and closing voiceover in this episode.

Trivia: The timeline of this episode occurs 6 months after the shooting.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CalahanAll My LifeDerek, Mark, Owen, and Callie Celebrate at Bar
Joe Jonas And Demi LovatoWouldn't Change a ThingPlaying on Young Patient's Radio as Alex Walks
Justin ChambersWouldn't Change a ThingAlex Singing to a Young Patient in the MRI Suite
Right The StarsYou Know the Way (Acoustic)Alex Showing the New Trachea, Plays Almost to End

Episode Quotes
Cristina: Well, we went through the scariest thing a person can go through and we survived. So now everyday's just a gift. And now we're all blessed. Blessed to be here, blessed to be doing what we do best, which is saving lives. Every day. One life at a time. We're healed so that we can continue healing others.
Cameraman: Is there any one thing you'll take away from this?
Cristina: Being a hero has it's price.

Cristina: Do people treat me differently now, after the shooting? Uh, well, um... I mean, uh yeah, you're here filming me. I mean, people like to say what I did was heroic, but I wasn't. It was just a thing that I had to do. I think people like to have a hero and it makes them feel better to think that they're in the middle of that horror that there's someone special working medical miracles. I don't have super special medical powers. I mean, I did...
Meredith: Cristina is a hero, especially to me. The truth is most surgeons could not have done what she did that day.

Owen: We gave a man arm's today.
Mark: Think of it more like, I gave a man arm's today, the rest of you just helped.
Derek: Another round for everybody but my friend here.
Callie (to Mark): That's a really nice shirt, by the way. Where'd you get that? The special titan's store?
Mark: You saw the way she saved that arm today, you wanna know somethin' funny? She hooked up my TV and I'm still only getting sound out of one speaker. (they all laugh)

Alex: The other thing that's changed for me most since the shooting, now I feel like there's always something we can do. 'Cause I should have died, you know? I was shot point blank. So, uh... there's always something that we can do.

Zack: You're making me nervous. Is there a problem with the arms?
Nora: Oh, god, there's a problem with the arms.
Callie: Well, maybe.
Mark: There's a tattoo on one of the arms of the name Nicole.
Zack: I love the name Nicole.
Nora: Me, too. Love it. Couldn't love it more.
Zack: I say we rename our dog Nicole.
Nora: I'm gonna name myself Nicole.
Zack: If it means that I can still get those arms, Nicole's my new favorite name.

Cristina: Uh, sure going through something like that has brought us closer.
Meredith: Not that we weren't close before, I mean, ask anyone. We're close. (cut to Derek talking to the cameraman)
Derek: Dr. Yang and my wife sometimes have sleepovers in my bed, with me in it.

Mark (to camera crew): Derek and I? We go way back. We grew up together, went to med school together. He's kinda like my better half. Not the better looking half, mind you. So when I heard he got shot... (pauses, looks down) Everyday we give bad news to patients, we tell them their loved ones are hurt or dying, or dead. And for the first time in my life I understood what that felt like.

Episode Goofs

During the arm transplant surgery when Callie is waiting for the arms to "pink up" the same tattoo that reads "Nicole" is seen twice. Therefore, they used the same arm for both shots.

Cultural References
Episode Title: These Arms of Mine

These Arms of Mine is the title of a song originally sung by Otis Redding.

Episode References
Season 6, Episode 24: Patient Mary Portman was supposed to get her surgery by Dr. Bailey six months ago, but it was postponed because of the shooting from 6x24 "Death and All His Friends".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Joan Rater  |  Tony Phelan  |  Rob Corn  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Mark Wilding  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Krista Vernoff
Co-Executive ProducerZoanne Clack  |  Stacy McKee
ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Co-ProducerPeter Nowalk  |  Karin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)  |  Chris Van Dusen  |  William Harper
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorDavid Greenspan (1)
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMimi Melgaard
Key GripMatt Mania
Set DecoratorNicole Cramer
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Art DirectorBrian Harms
Executive Story EditorBrian Tanen
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistThomas R. Burman
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Department Head HairstylistMelanie Smith
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