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

Grey's Anatomy: This Is How We Do It

Richard is desperate for Derek and Meredith to accept Adele into their Alzheimer's trial, but will Adele stand in her own way? Meanwhile Mark and Arizona have conflicting ideas of the kind of baby shower Callie wants, Teddy is freaked out when Henry has another health complication -- leaving them both a little exposed -- and the competitiveness amongst the residents for the Chief Resident position is amplified when Richard receives the green light for his diabetes clinical trial.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x17
Airdate: Thursday March 24th, 2011

Director: Edward Ornelas
Writer: Peter Nowalk

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Apr 18, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 27, 2011


Guest Stars
Daniel SunjataDaniel Sunjata
As Nurse Eli
Denice J. SealyDenice J. Sealy
As E.R. Nurse
Gordon JamesGordon James
As Desk Nurse
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (The Chief's Wife)
Payton SilverPayton Silver
As Dr. Knox (Anesthesiologist)
Peter MacNicolPeter MacNicol
As Dr. Robert Stark (Pediatric Surgeon)
Rachael TaylorRachael Taylor
As Dr. Lucy Fields (OB/GYN Attending)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Patient: Married Teddy For Insurance)
Colleen McDermottColleen McDermott
As Clara Greene (Patient: Diabetes and Tumor Resection)
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Sonya Amin (Patient: Alzheimer's Trial Surgery)
Pej VahdatPej Vahdat
As Tarik Amin (Husband of Patient Sonya)
Rick PetersRick Peters
As Sean Greene (Husband of Patient Clara Greene)
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
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


April walks in on Lexie and Jackson getting physical in the laundry
room. She asks if there's anywhere they don't do it before walking out.
Lexie says they should go upstairs, and he says yes, but they pick up
where they left off...

Read the full recap
Episode Notes
Ratings: 10.28 Million Viewers

Trivia: The soundtrack for this episode includes two songs from Adele's album "Rumor Has It". Adele also happens to be the name of the Chief's wife, who was admitted to the hospital for Derek's Alzheimer's Clinical Trial in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AdeleRumour Has ItOpening Scenes, Lexie Doing Laundry, Avery Joins
AdeleSomeone Like YouEli Leans in and Kisses Bailey, Closing Scenes
EulogiesOut of Style, Out of TouchCallie’s Baby Shower
Lia IcesLittle MarriageStark Exits, Derek Talks to Adele About Her Score
Sea WolfMiddle Distance RunnerBailey Exits, Webber Thinks, Teddy Talks to Henry

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover): Renegades, rule-breakers, gangsters with scalpels, this is the way we like to think of ourselves. It makes us feel bad-ass, sexy. Problem is, it's not exactly true. At heart, we're rule-followers, sheep. We don't break protocol. We follow it to a tee. Because if you don't follow protocol, our patients die and we're no longer bad ass, we're just bad.

Bailey: Why's there a trailer in my parking spot?
Alex: Is one of these yours? My bad.
Bailey: You're living here? In a trailer? In the parking lot?
Alex: Well, I'm in the race for chief resident. I get the surgeries first, I'm here when the chief arrives.
Bailey: Just get the thing outta my spot. Here. (throws her keys at him) And move my car.

Bailey: What's that all about?
Teddy: Chief's in the bathroom.
Bailey: With an audience?
Owen: His trial funding came through this morning and they all want in on it.
Teddy: Door's opening! (they all rush to the door and start talking to Richard at once)
Richard: Quiet! I haven't made my decision yet. Get away. (walks off)
Bailey: Stalking a man while he's in the restroom.
Jackson: I'd clean the restroom if he'd let me on this trial.
Cristina: I'd live in it.
Bailey: You are surgeons. If you wanna impress the Chief, impress him surgically.

Alex: You're gonna screw your way to the top, I'm impressed.
April: I am not screwing Stark.
Alex (mocking her): 'I am not screwing Stark.'
April: We're not even dating.
Alex (mocking her): 'We're not even dating.'
April: I'm serious, we're not. Maybe, I thought we were at first but it's not like that now. We're just... hanging out. We're friends.
Alex: Yeah, naked friends.

Lucy: I know they're not paying you well, but this seems a little extreme.
Alex: I just moved into my own place. I don't have time to shop. Pass me those cookies. (puts the cookies into his pocket) All these people here and you came and talked to me. You like me.
Lucy: No, I'm talking to you because I want something to eat and you're in the way.
Alex: Admit it, you find me charming.
Lucy: Are those pigs in the blanket?
Alex: And hot. Dirty hot.
Lucy: It was nice talking to you, Dr. Karev.

Callie: So, there is one more gift left to open. (holds out an envelope to Arizona)
Arizona: Oh, I... I didn't get you anything.
Callie: You got me a shower. Open it. (Arizona does so) It's a B&B a few hours away. We leave in the morning.
Arizona: But, I have patients, you have patients.
Callie: I'm extending an olive branch here. Because I know how annoying I must be to you right now. But since I was four and I got that doll that crap its pants for Christmas, I wanted a kid because, other than cracking bones, this baby's my dream. And I get to be insanely out of my mind happy for my dream, but I'm not discounting your need to vomit over my insanity. (they laugh) So, just let me take you to a stupid B&B for the weekend to thank you. (they hug & kiss)

Meredith: (closing voiceover): It's every doctor's dilemma. Do you play it safe and follow protocol? Or take a risk and invent a new one? There can be reward in risk. There can also be fallout. Still you need to book the system every once in a while. Bet big. And when you get the results you want, there's no better feeling in the world, but when you don't.

Cultural References
Episode Title: This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It is the title of a song originally sung by Montell Jordan.

From Here to Eternity: April Kepner is shown watching this 1953 film on television.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 16: Adele Webber is being entered into Derek's clinical trial for Alzheimer's after the Chief told Derek his wife has been having problems at the end of 7x16 "Not Responsible".

Season 5, Episode 24: Adele asks Derek and Meredith when they are going to get married for real, saying that she knows they got married "on a post-it". Derek and Meredith wrote their vows and got married through a post-it note in 5x24 "Now or Never".

Missing Information
Click here to add Episode Goofs
Click here to add Analysis