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Grey's Anatomy: It’s A Long Way Back

Everyone pulls together to help Callie and baby Sofia on their painstaking journeys to recovery in hopes of allowing mother and baby to finally meet; the sudden death of a clinical trial patient has Derek proceeding with more caution while Meredith makes a calculated and risky move; Alex treats a cranky old rich woman dying of cancer and gets an idea for a grandiose endeavor that is sure to get him the Chief Resident spot; and Teddy is pleasantly surprised by the return of a familiar face.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x19
Airdate: Thursday April 28th, 2011

Director: Steve Robin
Writer: William Harper

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) May 02, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) May 11, 2011

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (5 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
James Tupper
As Dr. Andrew Perkins (Trauma Counsellor)
Linda Klein
As Scrub Nurse Linda
Loretta Devine
As Adele Webber (The Chief's Wife)
Peter MacNicol
As Dr. Robert Stark (Pediatric Surgeon)
Scott Foley
As Henry Burton (Patient: Married Teddy For Insurance)
T'Shawn Barett, Jr.
As Jon (Callie's Rehabilitation Physical Therapist)
Anne Leyden
As Pharmicist
Doris Roberts
As Gladys Poulter (Patient: Lung Cancer)
Maurice Whitfield
As Police Officer
Newell Alexander
As Ed Beckert (Patient: Dies During Alzheimer's Trial Surgery)

Payton Silver
As Dr. Knox (Anesthesiologist)
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
Kim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres; one week old. One pound, one ounce. Yang,
Robbins and Bailey are working with Callie on her hand. She was working
on straightening her fingers. Mark comes in with a baby report and shows
Sofia to Robbin on his cell (video) while he gives her the good report.
Callie really wants to be with her daughter, but as long as she has
infection in her body, she cannot get near her. Miranda is sympathetic,
but stern. She leaves, and asks Yang to reiterate, so she does. Callie
raises an almost fist. "Are you giving me the finger?" "Yes, I am."
"Good job."..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 10.67 Million Viewers

Casting: Callie, Mark and Arizona's baby is named Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres.

Trivia: This episode spans the length of three months.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amy StroupLove You Strongly"12 Weeks, 5 lbs, 8 oz", Sofia Still in NICU
Joe Brooks (2)These Broken Hands of MineAlex Tells Owen His 'Chief Resident Worthy' Plan
Little RedSlow MotionOpening Scenes, Sofia in NICU, Callie in Recovery
The NationalVanderlyle Crybaby GeeksTeddy Kisses Andrew in the Car, Closing Scenes
Now, NowNeighborsStark Compassionate, Extends Invitation to Arizona

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): After a trauma, your body is at its most vulnerable. Response time is critical. So you're suddenly surrounded by people, doctors, nurses, specialists, technicians; surgery is a team sport. Everyone pushing for the finish line. Putting you back together again. But surgery is a trauma in and of itself, and once it's over, the real healing begins. It's called recovery. Recovery is not a team sport. It's a solitary distance run. It's long. It's exhausting. And it's lonely as hell.

Callie: So, today, I can see her today?
Bailey: I'm sorry...
Callie (whines): No.
Bailey: But until you can be mobilized and your infections are completely gone, you cannot see her and she cannot leave the NICU. (Callie pouts and turns away from Bailey) Now, you know I would if I could. You know that, right? (Callie just ignores her, and keeps looking away) Yang, tell her I would. (leaves)
Cristina: She would. If she could. (Callie holds up her hand, but still can't extend her fingers) Are you giving me the finger?
Callie: Yes, I am.
Cristina: Good job.

April (to Stark): Oh, I smoothed out some bumps in the NICU surgery protocol if you wanna... (turns to hand him the paper, and Stark is already walking away) ... Stop acting like a child.
Meredith: You crushed his heart, April. And none of us thought he had one, that's impressive.

April: She opened her eyes. Sofia, she looked right at me, I saw her sweet little eyes, they-- they're beautiful. They look just like yours. Oh, my God, I should've taken pictures. (Callie starts to cry) Why didn't I do that? Oh, no, oh God, no, I'm so sorry.
Cristina: April, go get the pictures! Callie... Callie... (Callie tries to sit up) No, Callie, don't. Stop it. You're ripping your sutures.
Callie (sobbing): I am missing her.
Cristina: I know. I know, honey, I know.
Callie: She could die, and I'll never-- I could miss her whole life!

Owen: Karev, what's your plan for Chief resident?
Alex: My plan?
Owen: Mm. Besides, bad mouthing patients. All your colleagues are showing some leadship potential. Grey and Avery they're on clinical trials, Kepner's overhauling the surgical checklist, they have a plan. I was just wondering if you...
Alex: African kids.
Owen: Sorry?
Alex: Yeah, I'm gonna bring over about a dozen kids from Africa and uh... get them surgeries, badly needed surgeries.
Owen: Hm. Sounds pretty ambitious.
Alex: I'm an ambitious guy.
Owen: Also sounds like you just pulled that out of your butt.
Alex: Oh, no, sir. It's a plan... That I've uh... been planning.
Owen: Okay, well, good. Let me know if I can help. (walks off)
Lexie (overhearing): Right out of your butt.
Alex: Shut up.

Stark (After Alex talks to him about bringing kids over from Africa): How are you going to pay for all of this?
Alex: Well, that's why I'm talking to you. You're the chief of peds surgery. I mean, they're incredible surgeries, on kids.
Stark: Oh, oh, okay. So, it's coming out of my budget?
Alex: Well, I'm saying if I do all the logistical crap it's a project the hospital should fund, right? I mean, it's-- it's worth...
Stark: Nothing. That's what it's worth. Oh, no. I'm sorry.
Alex: Right. I should've known what you'd say.
Stark: No, no. You don't get to do that. You don't get to ask me to fund a plan this half-assed, then paint as someone who wants to deny healthcare to third-world kids. I mean, come on. There are other people who could do this sorta thing but you're not one of 'em.

Henry (on the phone): Wait, he made you pay for parking, too? (opens the door, and Teddy is there) Smooth. (hangs up)
Teddy: Yeah, and that was all before dinner. You gotta try this pasta, it's ridiculous.
Henry: I'm in.
Teddy: Did I tell you that his hair was longer than mine?
Henry: No. (laughs) No.
Teddy: Y'know, it's funny, I don't know why his online photo didn't feature his very, very long pony-tail.
Henry (laughs): I like this guy.

Cristina: I can't believe she's leaving.
Owen: Yeah, she's cute, isn't she?
Cristina: No, Callie. She was my last cardio patient. Does Teddy even talk about me?
Owen: It's a cute baby, right?
Cristina: It's small features and over-sized eyes trigger a hormonal response in humans, it's autonomic. It's what keeps us from eating them.

Meredith (closing voiceover): The length of your recovery is determined by the extent of your injuries. And it's not always successful. No matter how hard we work at it. Some wounds might never fully heal. You might have to adjust to a whole new way of living. Things may have changed too radically to ever go back to what they were. You might not even recognize yourself. It's like you haven't recovered anything at all. You're a whole new person with a whole new life.

Cultural References
Episode Title: It's A Long Way Back

It's A Long Way Back is the title of a song originally sung by Romanes.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 17: Callie is in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in 7x17 "This Is How We Do It".

Season 7, Episode 18: Callie, Arizona and Mark's baby was born via emergency c-section in 7x18 "Song Beneath the Song".

Season 4, Episode 13: Bailey says "Cars are not safe for children. Okay, neither are bookcases or..." She is referring to 4x13 "Piece of My Heart" in which her son, Tuck, had a bookcase fall on him.

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