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Grey's Anatomy: Not Responsible

Meredith must choose between her fertility treatments and her eyesight when she begins having trouble seeing, Mark makes it clear to Callie and Arizona that he takes his role as father-to-be very seriously, and April discovers there's more to Dr. Stark than first appears.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x16
Airdate: Thursday February 24th, 2011

Director: Debbie Allen
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Apr 11, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 20, 2011

  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (8 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Loretta Devine
As Adele Webber (The Chief's Wife)
Peter MacNicol
As Dr. Robert Stark (Pediatric Surgeon)
Rachael Taylor
As Dr. Lucy Fields (OB/GYN Attending)
Laura Brekenridge
As Julia (Girlfriend of Patient Ricky)
Michael Beach
As Mr. Baker (Husband of Patient Allison Baker)
Nancy Travis
As Allison Baker (Patient: Alzeihmer's Trial)
Patrick Mapel
As Ricky (Patient: Lung Transplant For Cystic Fibrosis)

Co-Guest Stars
Sage Ryan
As Kyle Baker (Son of Patient Allison Baker)
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


The episode begins with Derek and Meredith going over plans for their house. She tells Alex her eyes are drying out because of her fertility drugs. Alex suggests she talk to "that hot OB." Speaking of the hot OB, she's giving Callie an ultrasound when she suggests an amino, and Sloan is against it despite Arizona wanting it. Meanwhile, Meredith is dealing with a trial patient, asking a lot of questions. Her young son, who's playing a handheld video game, chimes in on occasion with answers to Meredith's questions that his mom can't remember. Meanwhile, Teddy is preparing a lung transplant patient for surgery. His girlfriend has shown up rather suddenly. The chief is upset with Hunt for calling him away from filling out a 357-page application for a research grant. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.13 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Agnes ObelRiversideLexie Gives Patient News, Bailey and Webber Talk
ceoCome with MeAdele Glares, Lunch Scene, Mark and Arizona Argue
Elizabeth And The CatapultJulian, DarlingOpening Scenes, Breakfast in Meredith’s House
Rich McCulleyForget it All AgainAvery Grins, Lexie Smiles, Owen and Cristina Argue
Sage RyanI Walk the LinePatient’s Son Sings to Calm Her
The SubmarinesPlansApril Exits, Lexie Giggles, Plays Almost to End

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Everyone figures doctors are the most responsible people they know. They hold lives in their hands. They're not flakes. They don't lose track of important details or make stunningly bad judgment calls. 'Cause that would be bad, right?

Lexie: I had a feeling I'd find you here. The lungs are in, so far, so good.
Julia: Are you gonna tell her I'm here?
Lexie: Dr. Altman? No. No, I'm pretty sure that you're gonna leave. Here's the thing, you're killing him, you're taking a gun and killing him, and there's nothing romantic about a joint suicide. It's cruel, to you, to him, to your parents, and to the family that just buried someone. Those lungs are gorgeous. You can't do this. It always feels like there's just one person in this world to love, and then you find somebody else and it just seems crazy that you were over worried in the first place.
Julia: Just tell him he has to find someone, I- I just don't want him to be alone.

Adele: You know, this whole thing is ridiculous.
Richard: This is twice, honey. I mean, your wrist...
Adele: It's those shoes! They're supposed to tone your dairy-aire but I cannot feel the ground when I walk. I am going to through them away. If someone would just get me a couple of band-aids, I can be on my way.
Richard: You're not going anywhere.
Adele: If you make a big fuss about this...
Mark: Mrs. Webber, I'm about to put a needle in your face, I'd be extremely grateful if you'd stop moving.

Arizona: The miscarriage rate is low. And even lower with widely talented OBs, and we have widely talented OBs.
Mark: It's a risk no matter who does it.
Callie: Okay, you know what, I'm trying to eat, which is more important than it's ever been now because I'm an incubator. Okay, I know what each of you thinks, I'm weighing the options, okay? I will decide.
Mark: You'll decide?
Callie: Yes, I'm the tie breaker. And anyhow, I have the bigger vote because as we've discussed, I vote on behalf of the baby and on behalf of the...
Mark: ... vagina.
Callie: Yeah.
Mark: Yeah, right. That's not gonna cut it, okay? We're co-parenting us, all of us. This isn't a joke. It's not some cute arrangement where you humor me and use me for babysitting when you want to see a movie. This is my child. We're doing this together. You don't get a bigger vote. I'm a parent! (leaves)
Callie: Ooh, Daddy's mad.

Cristina: I am so grateful that you're not trying to knock me up.
Owen: You're welcome.
Cristina: The three musketeers are all freaked out about having an amnio and Meredith is getting shot up everyday with fertility drugs. It is a nightmare, the whole thing and for all for what? Just to sign up for two years of sleep deprivation and feces? I'm so happy we're never going to have to deal with that.

Bailey: Everything's clear.
Richard: Good. She's just got two left feet.
Bailey: Could be, I didn't check for that. Sir, something's clearly wrong.
Richard: Dr. Bailey, when you're rolling down the far side of the hill, things fall apart.
Bailey: Okay, look, if it were me and my wife was suddenly accident prone, and losing track of details, I wouldn't ask the general surgeon who's only been an attending for a year to check her out. I'd ask the neuro guy, the very fancy, extremely good, neurosurgeon who happens to be studying neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, who happens to be a close friend. I mean, that's who I'd ask, but that's just me.

Meredith (closing voiceover): We are responsible with our patients. The problem is we blow it all out at work. In our own lives, we can't think things through. We don't make the sound choice. We did that all day at the hospital. When it comes to ourselves, we've got nothing left. And is it worth it-being responsible? Because if take your vitamins and pay your taxes and never cut the line, the universe still gives you people to love and then lets them slip through your fingers like water, and what've you got? Vitamins and nothing.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When Alex is examining Meredith's eyes he uses a slit-lamp bio-microscope. Alex never turns the lamp on and without it on he would not be able to see anything.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Not Responsible

Not Responsible is the title of a song originally sung by Deep Purple.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 15: Adele is back in the hospital for injuries. She was in the hospital for a wrist fracture in 7x15 "Golden Hour", where Meredith began to suspect that she was in early stage Alzheimer's.

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