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Grey's Anatomy: I Will Survive

Personal and work pressures are adding up and have Meredith visibly on edge, Owen conducts formal interviews for the Chief Resident position, Cristina grows increasingly defiant, Alex and Lucy's undefined relationship gets tested, and Jackson suddenly backs out of the Webber's diabetes trial.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x21
Airdate: Thursday May 12th, 2011

Director: Tom Verica
Writer: Zoanne Clack

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) May 16, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) May 25, 2011


Guest Stars
Denice J. SealyDenice J. Sealy
As Bronchoscopy Nurse
James TupperJames Tupper
As Dr. Andrew Perkins (Trauma Counsellor)
Janora McDuffieJanora McDuffie
As Social Worker
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Scrub Nurse Linda
Rachael TaylorRachael Taylor
As Dr. Lucy Fields (OB/GYN Attending)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Patient: Married Teddy For Insurance)
Anehita OkojieAnehita Okojie
As Abena (Patient: Sister if Kebo With Sickle Cell Anemia)
Anthony KeyvanAnthony Keyvan
As Miguel Aranda (Son of Patient Raul Arronda)
Ochuwa OghieOchuwa Oghie
As Lebo (Patient: Sister of Abena With Sickle Cell Anemia)
Toni TorresToni Torres
As Annette Aranda (Wife of Patient Raul Arronda)
Wilmer CalderonWilmer Calderon
As Raul Aranda (Patient: Tree Growing In Lung)
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


The episode begins and Cristina begins the night by denying Hunt sex in order to save him from having a conflict of interest in choosing a chief resident. Final interviews are happening. She wants him to see her as a capable candidate and not his hot, naked wife. Meanwhile, Alex is giving Meredith the cold shoulder. She asks if he's going to tell Hunt about her clinical trial. He's annoyed that she didn't even wish him luck and walks away. Meanwhile, Lexie is trying to pump Avery up for his interview. Fields tells Alex she got a job offer at Baylor. He thinks she should take it. Meanwhile, Meredith shows up to the hospital nervous for their interview with a social worker. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.63 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CalahanI’ve Got a FeelingSeattle, Bar Scene, Alex Joins Cristina, They Talk
ElbowThe Night Will Always WinMeredith Nods, Cristina's Chief Resident Interview
Peter Bjorn And JohnSecond ChanceOpening Scenes, Seattle, Cristina Withholding Sex
Sharon Van EttenLove MoreOwen Addresses Avery’s Motivations, Closing Scenes
Tim MyersEntwinedDerek is Candid with Meredith, Lexie Talks to Mark
Yael NaimCome HomeLucy Storms Off, Alex Lost, Cristina Gives Advice

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): We've all heard the saying. It's one of those things you learn in seventh grade science class. Adapt or die. Adapting isn't easy though. You have to fight your competition and off their attacks. And sometimes, you have to kill. You do what you need to do to survive.

Owen: I don't understand.
Cristina: It's two words. No... sex.
Owen: I'm sure there should be more words.
Cristina: Look if you're going to choose chief resident, you have to be impartial.
Owen: Come on this? Now?
Cristina: Sex with me, however hot and excellent, could cloud your judgment.
Owen: It's blackmail is what it is.
Cristina: No it is not. Final interviews are today. And coincidentally I'm on your service.
Owen: Coincidentally.
Cristina: Well, since Teddy is shutting me out of cardio where I can show my stuff. I'm gonna show it to you. So, today you're not gonna see me as your naked and desirable wife but as a focused, organized, efficient, and deserving canidate. Who's getting in the shower.
Owen: I'll come with you.
Cristina: No. No. No clouding. Owen this hurts me more than it hurts you.
Owen: No it doesn't.
Cristina: I know.

Meredith: Sorry I'm late. I was cramming.
Derek: What, for Hunt? You got that in the bag.
Meredith: No. No, I'm more worried about the interview with the social worker. (Derek laughs) Don't laugh at me, Derek. Nothing in my life has prepared me for this. My mother was about as nurturing as a steak knife. I don't know anything about making lunches or Halloween costumes.
Derek: Good moms make Halloween costumes. Well, you can sew.
Meredith: I sew skin.

Callie (hearing a baby crying): Oh, God. Every time I hear a baby cry it makes me think of Sofia. They all sound like her. (baby cries again) Wait. That really sounds like her. (turns to see Mark holding Sofia) What? What are you doing here?
Mark: It's bring your daughter to work day.
Callie: No, it's not.
Mark: Well, I bathed her, changed her, I fed her, I napped her. (Callie takes Sofia from him) We read a book, played with that little hanging, jingling thing... and it was still only 11:30. I needed some adult contact.
Callie (smiling at Sofia): Please take this baby away from me. I'm serious. Take her, Mark. Oh my, God. (in baby voice) This baby's crack. Crack baby.
Mark: You shouldn't call her that.
Owen: Torres, you're in luck. Motorcycle crash. Twenty minutes out.
Callie: Yes! Okay. (to Sofia) Oh, I love you. But mommy's gotta go to work. Take her, Mark.
Mark: Give me the baby.
Callie: Physically lift her from my arms.

Lexie: Can I ask you a question?
Cristina: Bring it.
Lexie: What is it about guy's with babies that makes women go crazy? I mean, it's like when you're at the park and you see a guy with a puppy. Now, normally, you wouldn't even notice the guy, but then he's laughing, and the puppy's crawling all over him, and he's tickling the puppy's little puppy belly, and you're thinking, I wouldn't mind spending the rest of my life with that guy. What is that?
Cristina: Oh, everybody's looking at the baby, no one's looking at Mark. Except you.

Arizona: So, you gonna do it? Africa?
Alex: Honestly, I'm not sure. It's a big decision to make in a day.
Arizona: Are you in love with Lucy Fields?
Alex: Lucy and I, it's... new. Why?
Arizona: Because I don't want the person I recommend to pull a me and go running back to the girl they left behind. So, just... make sure you know what you're doing. Or else you'll have me to answer to.

Owen: Dropping out of the Chief's trial is a bonehead move, Avery.
Jackson: Sir--
Owen: Such a bonehead move, that I started thinking, maybe the Chief's trial is flawed, so I looked into it myself. The methodology is flawless. In fact, it's the kind of stuff that wins awards, big awards, like the Harper Avery. You dropped out of the Chief's trial because you knew that if your name was on it, it would ruin the Chief's chances. I respect that you don't want to succeed on your name. But don't you ever let it hold you back.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Adapt or die. As many times as we've heard it, the lesson doesn't get easier. The problem is we're human. We want more than just to survive. We want love. We want success. We want to be the best that we can be. So, we fight like hell to get those things. Anything else feels like death.

Cultural References
Episode Title: I Will Survive

I Will Survive is the title of a song originally sung by Gloria Gaynor.

Episode References
Season 7, Episode 19: The baby, Zola, that Derek and Meredith want to adopt is receiving surgery after being flown to the U.S. from Africa by Alex in 7x19 "It's A Long Way Back".

Season 7, Episode 19: Alex is angry with Meredith for tampering with the Alzheimer's trail. She switched the drugs from placebo to the active agent for Adele's surgery in 7x19 "It's A Long Way Back".

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