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Grey's Anatomy: Golden Hour

Meredith, looking to prove she is Chief Resident material, learns that anything and everything can happen in an hour's time when she steps up to run the ER for a night; meanwhile, Bailey sneaks off with Eli and gets into a little mischief, and everyone is surprised when the Chief's wife, Adele, shows up as one of the ER patients.C

Source: ABC


Episode Info


Episode number: 7x15
Airdate: Thursday February 17th, 2011

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Stacy McKee

Alternate Airdates:

BR (Sony TV) Mar 14, 2011
NL (Net 5) Apr 04, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 13, 2011

  • Currently 7.4/10
7.4/10 (11 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ariel Felix
As C.T. Booth Tech
Recurring
Billy Wood
As Code Nurse
Recurring
Daniel Sunjata
As Nurse Eli
Recurring
Linda Klein
As Scrub Nurse Linda
Recurring
Loretta Devine
As Adele Webber (Patient: The Chief's Wife)
Recurring
Moe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler
Recurring
Payton Silver
As Dr. Knox (Anesthesiologist)
Recurring
Rachael Taylor
As Dr. Lucy Fields (OB/GYN Attending)
Recurring
Scott Foley
As Henry Burton (Patient: Married Teddy For Insurance)
Recurring
Cade Owens
As Nathan Englander (Patient: Young Boy With Broken Femur)
Dondre T. Whitfield
As Oliver Richter (Patient: Heart Surgery)
Elizabeth Bogush
As Gia (Girlfriend of Patient Mitch Turner)
Jacy King
As Whitney Englander (Mother of Patient Nathan Englander)
Jason Gray-Stanford
As Josh Englander (Father of Patient Nathan Englander)
Jeffrey Doornbos
As Mitch Turner (Patient: Had A Stroke)
John Henry Canavan
As Stewart Tyler (Patient: Knife In His Head)
Josh Randall
As William (Dr. Teddy Altman's Date)
Nick Armstrong
As David (Friend of Patient Stewart Tyler)
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
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang

Recap

The episode begins and Cristina is shown eating potato chips after having done four surgeries, refusing to help Meredith, who volunteered to run the ER. Cristina starts to tell Meredith about an unexpected thing Callie wanted. She's asked Cristina to be her baby's godmother. Meredith tells her she should have said no to that. Cristina doesn't answer. Later, Meredith visits a patient who is supposed to be taking his 9-year-old son to a basketball game for his birthday. He's had chest pains, which Meredith says she can't take lightly. She promises to try to make it as quick as possible to run some tests. Meredith shows Cristina the EKG, which she agrees looks normal. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 10.24 Million Viewers

Casting: Three Scrubs alumni appear in this episode of Grey's Anatomy, Elizabeth Bogush, Scott Foley, and Josh Randall.

Trivia: The late Dr. R Adams Cowley said: "There is a golden hour between life and death. If you are critically injured you have less than 60 minutes to survive. You might not die right then; it may be three days or two weeks later -- but something has happened in your body that is irreparable." It is believed that this concept may have come from French military World War I data.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Back Ted N-tedLose ControlPatient Tells His Guest to Leave, Closing Scenes
Miss LiBourgeois Shangri-LaDerek Leads Meredith to Their "1 Minute Date"
PhoenixLove Like a SunsetMeredith and Teddy Rushing a Patient into Surgery


Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): How much can you actually accomplish in an hour? Run an errand maybe, sit in traffic, get an oil change. When you think about it an hour isn't very long. Sixty minutes. Thirty-six hundred seconds. That's it. In medicine, though, an hour is often everything. We call it the golden hour. That magical window of time that can determine whether a patient lives or dies.

Meredith: Well, are you gonna help me at all or are you just gonna sit there and eat potato chips?
Cristina: I performed four back-to-back fem-pop bypasses today this is the first chair I've seen since 7am. And this is the first food I've had since yesterday. I choose potato chips.

Cristina: What're you doing here? I thought you had the night off.
Alex: Yeah, I do. I'm not here. What's medical records extension?
Meredith: Looks like you're here to me, which is good 'cause we're swamped. (holding charts) Take your pick: Impact bowel, suspicious rash or really smelly guy.
Alex: Forget it. I only came in because medical records called and said I have to sign all my unsigned charts or they would suspend my privileges.
Cristina: You're getting suspended? Dibs on his solo spleenectomy tomorrow.

Bailey: I understand what you are suggesting. I know that it is done by many medical professionals in this hospital but I am not a medical professional who would ever consider...
Eli: Well, maybe you should consider it.
Bailey: Oh, lord. Do not test me.
Eli: Maybe you should consider the potential benefits, all the intensely exciting, toe-curling potential.

Cristina: Okay, Stewart, let's focus. What's 14 + 4?
Stu: 18.
Cristina: 27 - 13?
Stu (thinking): Uh, 15?
Cristina: No. 172 - 60? (David raises his hand in the background)
Stu: I have no idea. But it's not because of the knife. It's just because I'm so drunk.
David: No, actually it's just 'cause he's dumb.
Stu: Thanks, David. Really?!
Cristina: Unbelievable. His mental status is completely intact if you don't account for his math skills. It's like the knife did no damage at all.
David: So, why don't you just pull the thing out? 'Cause we got a game to get to.

Alex: We got through those charts fast. Floor seats here I come.
Lucy: So, I just helped you get through three dozen charts in a fraction of the time it would've taken you to do on your own. Basically ensuring you get to your floor seats on time. How long do I have to wait until you ask me to go to the game with you?
Alex: Oh, I mean, I was supposed to take Avery, but screw him. Sure, you wanna go?
Lucy: No, I'm on-call tonight, actually. I just wanted to see if I could get you to ask me out.

Henry (to Teddy): So before he gets off the phone and since I now I have to go pee in a cup. I just have to say this. I basically spent the past hour on a date with William myself, and I don't know how much you know about the guy, but this is what I know. Um, he wears driving gloves, yeah. And he doesn't live with his mother, but until recently he lived above her house. And he used the word "shan't", and he wasn't being funny. And he has yet to tell a story about himself in which he is not the hero. And as your husband, I think we can do better.

Lexie: I can't believe he walked in with a knife in his head and is walking out an hour later to go to a ball game.
Jackson: Speaking of which. (holds out tickets) Any chance you wanna go to the game too? Apparently Karev didn't want his floor seats. So are you interested?
Lexie: Actually, yes. Yes, I am.

Meredith (closing voiceover): An hour, one hour, can change everything forever. An hour can save your life. An hour can change your life. Sometimes an hour is a gift we give ourselves. For some, an hour can mean almost nothing. For others, an hour makes all the difference in the world. But in the end, it's still just an hour. One of many. Many more to come. Sixty minutes. Thirty-six hundred seconds. That's it. Then it starts all over again. And who knows what the next hour might hold.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Golden Hour

Golden Hour is the title of a song originally sung by Midlake.



Episode References
Season 7, Episode 14: Meredith and Cristina are arguing over whether or not Cristina should be the godmother of Callie and Mark's baby. Callie asked Cristina to be the godmother of her baby in 7x14 "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"



Warning: Grey's Anatomy season 7 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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