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Grey's Anatomy: That's Me Trying

The residents are pushed to their limits when Owen puts them through a rigorous trauma certification drill; meanwhile, Cristina is also tested when left alone to monitor a very ill lung transplant patient

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x7
Airdate: Thursday November 04th, 2010

Director: Tony Phelan
Writer: Austin Guzman

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Dec 06, 2010
UK (sky LIVING) Feb 16, 2011

Guest Stars
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Mandy MooreMandy Moore
As Mary Portman (Patient: Bailey's Autopsy Patient)
Ron PerkinsRon Perkins
As Roy Henley (Patient: Lung Transplant)
Ryan DevlinRyan Devlin
As Bill Portman (Husband of Patient Mary Portman)
Amber Benson (1)Amber Benson (1)
As Corrine Henley (Patient Roy Henley's Daughter)
Melinda Page HamiltonMelinda Page Hamilton
As Dr. Jennifer Stanley (Head of Pathology)
Wynn EverettWynn Everett
As Christy Cornell (Patient: Glutio Implant)

Co-Guest Stars
Alixandree AntoineAlixandree Antoine
As CCU Nurse
Arlene SantanaArlene Santana
As Nurse
Leith M. BurkeLeith M. Burke
As Dr. McQueen (Cardiac Surgeon)
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Resident Steve
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
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
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


Doctors Torres and Robbins were packing their luggage prior to leaving for Malawi, Africa where Robbins would begin her work for sick children there. Torres made a comment that her partner couldn't possibly use all those kitchen appliances and to give some of them away. Robbins left the kitchen in a huff and resumed her packing elsewhere, leaving Torres looking puzzled. She looked at room mate Mark, asking him what he thought was going on with Robbins; he didn't know...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 11.92 Million Viewers

Trivia: Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) tweeted that this was her favorite episode of season 7 to film.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dark Dark DarkDaydreamingAirport, Callie and Arizona Argue, Closing Scenes
K'naanBang Bang (featuring Adam Levine)April and Alex Load "Patients" in the Ambulance
Nikka CostaChing Ching ChingOpening Scenes, Seattle, Callie and Arizona Pack
SiaNever Gonna Leave MeAutopsy Scene, Pathologist's "Reservations" Call

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Question: When was the last time a complete stranger took off her clothes in front of you, pointed to a big purple splash on her back and asked, "What the hell is this thing?" If you're a normal person the answer is hopefully never; if you're a doctor the answer is probably about five years ago. People expect doctors to have all the answers. The truth is we love to think we have all the answers, too. Basically, doctors are know-it-alls until something comes along that reminds us that we're not.

Derek: I had the worst day today. I've been working on the grant proposal and I just couldn't do it. Then I realized... It was you. It's a clinical trial for Alzheimer's that's serious work and I couldn't think of anything but you. I know you wanna be a part of the trial but I can't have you anywhere near it.
Meredith: Cristina blames me. ... She hates me.

Lexie: Were you just checking out my ass?
Mark: Not the first time. Won't be the last.
Lexie: No. (Mark smiles, Lexie walks away and smiles)

Owen: You don't get to just walk away when I'm teaching.
Jackson: Two of my friends died during the shooting, so thanks. I don't need lessons on how unfair tramua is.
Owen (shoves him into a room): I lost dozens of friends in the field. Dozens. And I have never, never used them as an excuse to quit. You're a doctor, Avery. And that doesn't stop because you're up against a wall. You need to figure out how to be a doctor no matter what you're dealing with and no matter what tools you don't have. That is the lesson you need to learn. You don't get to quit! So, if I need you to drag you outside by the throat, you are going to finish!

Derek: Look, Miranda, I know that this has been a very personal loss for you, but you need to let it go.
Bailey: I have to go and tell Mary's husband that I don't know why his wife died. That I can't answer the one question he has to ask. And I can't answer that question because medicine... because science is failing me. That I take personally. That I can't accept. And don't you dare stand there and talk to me about lettin' things go. I'm not the one who can't stop thinking about the possiblity of his wife getting Alzheimer's long enough to write a damn essay.

April: According to his card, this guy's got a blow right pupil, and othandoxipidal dislocation, a open book pelvis, uh, a large gaping abominal would, jeez... a sucking chest wound and seven broken ribs. This guy's all messed up.
Meredith: Or he's dead.
April: Ah, right, yes.

Alex: Look, will you tell her she won or she's never gonna stop.
Owen: It's not a contest.
April: Karev, call the OR and make sure there's a room availible.
Alex: Will do.
Owen: Alright, alright. Fine. Blue team wins.
April: Blue team wins?
Owen: Yeah, yeah. You win. He's gonna live for 40 more years and have 15 grandkids, you happy?
April: We won! Yay! (jumps into Alex's arms) Yay!

Meredith (closing voiceover): We are all looking for answers. In medicine, in life, in everything. Sometimes the answers we're looking for have been hiding just below the surface. Other times, we find answers when we didn't even realize we were asking a question. Sometimes, the answers can catch us completely by surprise. And sometimes, even when we find the answer we've been looking for, we're still left with a whole hell of a lot of questions.

Cultural References
Episode Title: That's Me Trying

That's Me Trying is the title of a song originally sung by William Shatner.

Apocalypse Now: Avery says to April and Alex: "Take a knee? ... He's going to scalp them. We're in Apocolyse Now and we're gonna get scalped."

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 6: Patient Roy Henley is the patient which Cristina fought for to get a lung transplant in 7x06 "These Arms of Mine".

Season 6, Episode 24: Mary Portman is the patient that Bailey was supposed to operate on in 6x24 "Death and All His Friends".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Krista Vernoff
Co-Executive ProducerZoanne Clack  |  Stacy McKee
ProducerJeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein  |  Tammy Ann Casper
Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  William Harper  |  Peter Nowalk  |  Lisa Taylor (1)  |  Chris Van Dusen
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorSusan Vaill
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
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 ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas 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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