Login or register
<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

Grey's Anatomy: Something's Gotta Give

Top security measures go into place as a team of doctors, led by the Chief, try to save the life of a major policitcal figure from the Middle East. Meanwhile Cristina decides to finally decorate her new place and throw a housewarming party, and Alex shows up late from a weekend getaway to his first day of rounds with the new Pediatrics Attending, Dr. Phil Stark.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x8
Airdate: Thursday November 11th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Dec 13, 2010
UK (sky LIVING) Feb 23, 2011

Guest Stars
Peter MacNicolPeter MacNicol
As Dr. Phil Stark (New Pediatric Attending)
Allan LouisAllan Louis
As Ronald Lace (State Department Representative)
Omid AbtahiOmid Abtahi
As Aasif (Personal Assistant to High Security Patient)

Co-Guest Stars
Rachel AndersenRachel Andersen
As Peds Nurse
Teresa HuangTeresa Huang
As VIP Nurse
Anthony BatarseAnthony Batarse
As Emir's Aide 1
Bob RumnockBob Rumnock
As ND Doctor
Bridget SiennaBridget Sienna
As Mrs. Cortez (Patient: Pancreatic Fistula)
Dalila Ali RajahDalila Ali Rajah
As Leanne (Mother of Infant Patient)
Maz SiamMaz Siam
As Emir's Chief of Staff
Michael BrouilletMichael Brouillet
As Secret Service Agent
Michael MedicoMichael Medico
As Martin (Father of Infant Patient)
Mike KerseyMike Kersey
As Sales Clerk
Miles ElliotMiles Elliot
As Boy (Patient: Shoots Karev With Ping Pong Balls)
Philip ShahbazPhilip Shahbaz
As Arab Translator
Sabin RichSabin Rich
As Hairstylist
Terrell LeeTerrell Lee
As Diplomatic Security Guard
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
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


The show opened with Doctor Grey giving a patient review presentation to full fledged doctors and residents alike...

Read the full recap
Episode Notes
Ratings: 11.13 Million Viewers

Casting: Sarah Capshaw does not appear in this episode even though she is credited in the opening title sequence.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Azure RayShouldn't Have LovedAvery Begins Operating, Teddy and Derek Operating
EelsGone ManOpening Scenes, Cristina Surrounded by Boxes
Fran HealySing Me to Sleep (featuring Neko Case)Webber and Bailey Talking, Closing Scenes
K'naanDreamerStark Exits, Alex Exits, Lunch Scene
Mackintosh BraunCould it BeAgent Exits, Firehouse, Party Scene
MetricDead DiscoApril Exits, Firehouse, Callie Startles Cristina

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): The human body is a highly pressurized system. The blood pressure measures the force of blood pulsating through the arteries. It's important to keep this pressure regulated. Low or inadequate pressure can cause weakness or failure. It's when the pressure gets too high that problems really occur. If the pressure continues to increase, a closer examination is called for. Because it's the best indicator that something is going terribly wrong.

Meredith: You smell like you're sweating booze, where have you been?
Jackson: I want the weekend you had.
Alex: Well, what happens in Vegas, you know? Hey, who's Stark? I'm supposed to be on Stark's service today.
April: Oh, me, too. He's the new peds attending. Since Robbins left.
Alex: Crap. I can't handle a bunch of sick kids today, I can't do it.

Stark: So, you must be Dr. Karev. You missed my rounds today.
Alex: Uh, sorry. I had car trouble.
Stark: Ah, well, there's a classic. So, what you're here just kinda yell at my patients and...
Alex: I'm sorry. Look, uh, Dr. Stark, I'm feeling very sick today so I think that since you know, you have Kepner...
Stark: Well, let's see here. No fever, you don't seem to be vomiting, you retaining control of your bowels?
April: Ew.
Alex: Yes.
Stark: Well, since hangovers are not contagious I'd say you're working.

Meredith: The last thing that Cristina wants is to talk to me. We just have to give her some space.
Owen: We don't have time to give her space. She'll be locked out of this program, and I do not believe that is what she wants. I mean, you think that's what she wants? (Mer is silent) I'm asking you, Grey.

Cristina: We are awesome. I can't believe we did all of this.
Callie: Uh, I did all of this. You opened one bottle of wine. Could you find where the napkins are please? (Derek walks in) Damnit. Not ready!
Derek: Hi.
Cristina: Hey, if you're here for the party, you're like way too early.
Derek: I'm not here for the party.
Cristina: Are you here to tell me to come back?
Derek: No. But a bunch of other people are coming to do that.
Cristina: Oh, God.

Jackson: You think it was hard for Yang? To quit? To just walk away?
Lexie: Oh, don't be stupid, you're not quitting. Besides, you might have just gotten yourself fired, or arrested. Probably both.
Jackson: Yeah, well, April is the only friend I have left here, so.
Lexie: Don't be stupid.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Every pressurized system needs a relief valve. There has to be a way to reduce the stress, the tension, before it becomes too much to bare. There has to be a way to find relief because if the pressure doesn't find a way out, it will make one. It will explode. It's the pressure we put on ourselves that's the hardest to bare. The pressure to be better then we already are. The pressure to be better than we think we can be. It never ever lets up. It just builds and builds and builds.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Something's Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give is the title of a song originally sung by Sammy Davis Jr.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 7: At the beginning of the episode at the patient presentation everyone is discussing why Cristina left the program. She quit at the end of 7x07 "That's Me Trying".

Season 7, Episode 7: Callie spends the day with Cristina trying to get her to go back to the hospital. Cristina quit the program at the end of 7x07 "That's Me Trying".

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)
EditorJoe Mitacek
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 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
Missing Information
Click here to add Episode Goofs
Click here to add Analysis