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Grey's Anatomy: Start Me Up

Arizona seeks Mark's advice as she tries to reconcile with Callie, who has big news of her own; Teddy must make a key decision for Henry during his surgery; and on the same day the residents receive a new crop of interns, the Chief announces he is looking for a new Chief Resident.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x12
Airdate: Thursday January 13th, 2011

Director: Mark Jackson
Writer: Natalie Krinsky

Alternate Airdates:

BR (Sony TV) Feb 14, 2011
NL (Net 5) Mar 14, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Mar 23, 2011

Guest Stars
Daniel SunjataDaniel Sunjata
As Nurse Eli (Dr. Bailey's Love Interest)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Patient: Married Teddy For Insurance)
Adam BuschAdam Busch
As Fred Wilson (First Year Med Student With Dr. Yang)
Amanda LeightonAmanda Leighton
As Sarah Cassidy (Patient: Born Without Cheek Bones)
Amber StevensAmber Stevens
As Laurel Henson (First Year Med Student With Dr. Karev)
Amy RosoffAmy Rosoff
As Kira Donnelly (First Year Med Student With Dr. Grey)
Kevin ChristyKevin Christy
As Brady Sullivan (Patient: Trampled By Horses During Wedding)
Tommy SniderTommy Snider
As Edward Taylor (First Year Med Student With Dr. Avery)
Wilson CruzWilson Cruz
As Kyle (Fiancee of Patient Brady Sullivan)

Co-Guest Stars
Grace RoweGrace Rowe
As Paramedic Grace
Mark CharranMark Charran
As Hudson Powell (First Year Med Student With Dr. Kepner)
Mark FiteMark Fite
As Jared Cassidy (Father of Patient Sarah Cassidy)
Tracy MaddoxTracy Maddox
As Sophia Cassidy (Mother of Patient Sarah Cassidy)
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


Torres was readying herself for work at the hospital when a male friend knocked on her door and informed her that he was helping Arizona Robbins move her belongings into Torres' apartment. Torres, with a displeased expression on her face, stepped out into the hallway only to find Robbins surrounded by boxes and bags, sporting a happy smile. Robbins said that she was there to move in and to work things out with her former lover. Torres snapped back that she did not want to see Robbins and to get her crap out of her apartment immediately. Torres stated that Robbins was not trustworthy, was emotionally unstable and she wanted nothing to do with Robbins, so just get out! Torres turned on her heel, slamming the door in Robbins' face...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.15 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cee Lo GreenCry BabyOpening Scenes, Seattle, Meredith and Derek Wait
Eux AutresUnder RaysBailey Flustered, Webber Looks Around, Lunch Scene
Jack SavorettiHarder Than EasyHenry Explains Why Teddy is His Emergency Contact
The NationalEnglandAlex Gloats and Exits Locker Room, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): People are really romantic about the beginnings of things. Fresh start, clean slate, a world of possibility. But no matter what new adventure you're embarking on, you're still you. You bring you into every new beginning in your life. So how different can it possibly be?

Meredith (after the pregnancy test is negative): Well, I am going to get ready for work.
Derek: Next time.
Meredith: It's not gonna work, baby doesn't wanna set up shop in a hostile uterus.
Derek: No, it's gonna happen, we'll just have to... keep doing it until we get it right, right?
Meredith: Right.

Cristina: Try again. It could be a false negative. It could be too early. What is it? Day ten?
Meredith: Yeah.
Cristina: Yeah, totally early. Pee on a bunch of different sticks. Don't let the one stick win.
Meredith: Well, it's a scienctific test, I hardly think I can bend it to my will.
Cristina: I'm doing three surgeries today. Did four yesterday. I'm unstoppable and you got defeated by a piece of plastic covered in urine. Buck up.

Cristina: First year med students. Too dumb to find the toilet. (Mer laughs)
Richard: Good morning. Behind me stand the interns and residents of tomorrow. Today you will show them what it's like to a surgeon. When you go into surgery, they go into surgery. When they have a question, you will answer.
Cristina (whispers): It's like court ordered community service.
Meredith (whispers): I'd rather be picking up trash off the side of the highway.

Owen: Dr. Torres.
Callie (aggravated): What?!
Owen: Nothing.
Callie: Well, you said my name.
Owen: Just as a good morning type thing.
Callie: Where's the stupid meat wagon?
Jackson (walks up to them): Morning, Dr. Hunt. Dr. T...
Owen: Don't.

Cristina: Sorry about that, sir.
Richard: Oh, that's fine. That's exactly why I like seeing first year med students here once a year. It reminds me where I started. ... Humility. That's another good quality for a chief resident. Wouldn't you say, Dr. Bailey?
Bailey: It was always one of my best qualities.
Richard: Also, it's funny when they fall down.

Teddy: I'm sorry, I really am.
Henry: You're also angry. That I put you as my emergency contact.
Teddy: This was supposed to be about paperwork. Life and death decisions, it wasn't part of our deal.
Henry: I'm forty-two years old. I lost my mom and dad four and five years ago, respectively. And my sister lives in Prague, which is a longer story than you want to hear. And when I talk to her, I tend to air on the side of 'how are the kids? And everything here's great' because she's broke and because my health thing is... It's exhausting. I used to have a best friend but he married and woman who made sure I knew that my health thing was exhausting. Because I kept maxing out my insurance policies, I had to switch jobs about nine times, in the past five years. So I've always been the new guy in the cubical by the bathroom who takes a lot of sick days. That's not a guy people make friends of. It's not my intention to make you feel sorry for me. It's my intention to apologize and to explain that in the city, you're the closest thing that I have to a friend. That's why I put you down as my emergency contact. Not because of the fake marriage, but because I consider you a friend.

Meredith (closing voiceover): It's all anybody wants, right? Clean slate. A new beginning. Like that's gonna be any easier. Ask the guy pushing the boulder up the hill. Nothing's easy about starting over. Nothing at all.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When Richard, Bailey, Cristina and the med student are looking at the MRI scans the med student points and asks if what they see is the tumor. Cristina tells him it is the gallbladder. The gallbladder is not even located in the part of the body that the image is showing.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Start Me Up

Start Me Up is the title of a song originally sung by The Rolling Stones.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 11: Arizona is trying to move back into Callie's apartment. Arizona returned from Africa in 7x11 "Disarm", because she missed Callie too much after breaking up.

Season 7, Episode 11: Teddy married patient Henry Burton in 7x11 "Disarm" so that he could go on her insurance and get a life-saving operation he couldn't afford.

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-ProducerWilliam Harper  |  Chris Van Dusen  |  Karin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)  |  Peter Nowalk
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 ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Visual Effects SupervisorScott Ramsey
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Department Head HairstylistMelanie Smith
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