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Grey's Anatomy: Put Me In, Coach

Owen stresses teamwork and moves his leadership role over to the baseball field when he signs the doctors up for a baseball league, pitting them against their biggest competition, Seattle Presbyterian; Lexie tries to hide her jealous rage when she sees Mark with a new woman, but her emotions get the better of her; Alex fights to keep Zola at Seattle Grace after it is suggested that she be moved to another hospital due to a conflict of interest with Meredith and Derek; and Richard scolds Meredith and Bailey for their feud.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 8x7
Airdate: Thursday October 27th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 14, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Dec 14, 2011

Guest Stars
Grace RoweGrace Rowe
As Paramedic (Announces Patient: Carl Shatler)
Holley FainHolley Fain
As Dr. Julia Canner (Girlfriend of Dr. Mark Sloan)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Husband of Dr. Teddy Altman)
Drew PowellDrew Powell
As Carl Shatler (Patient: Fell Off Garbage Truck and Was Hit by Car)
Eamon HuntEamon Hunt
As Judge Brentner (Family Services Judge)
Ernie HudsonErnie Hudson
As Dr. Brad McDougall (Seattle Presbyterian Staff: Chief of Surgery)
Holly HymanHolly Hyman
As Court Clerk (Tells Dr. Alex Karev He Needs Family Services)
Jamai FisherJamai Fisher
As Charissa (Patient: Hypothalamic Hamartoma Tumor)
Jeff HolmanJeff Holman
As Mr. Felker (Patient: Angioplasty)
Judith MorelandJudith Moreland
As Mrs. Baer (Mother of Charissa: Hypothalamic Hamartoma Patient)
Peggy DunnePeggy Dunne
As Louise (Family Services Clerk)
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 with Meredith and Cristina lying in the grass staring at clouds. Bailey has blackballed Meredith from everything, but she's still working secretly on the trial stuff. It is soon seen that they're at a softball practice and Sloan is kissing one of the players from Seattle Presbyterian. When the rest of the Seattle Pres shows up, the chief from the other hospital pokes fun at Owen for coaching the apparent ‘Bad News Bears’ of hospital softball leagues, Seattle Grace. Meanwhile, Owen tells April he wants to see her get off the sidelines more. They go into a room where a sanitation worker has been brought after falling off his truck and being run over by a car. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.93 Million Viewers

Trivia: Derek, played by actor Patrick Dempsey, is wearing a Bowdoin College sweatshirt at the game at beginning of episode. Bowdoin is a small college in Maine where Patrick is from.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Big ScaryMix TapeOpening Scenes, Meredith and Cristina Watch Clouds
Pablo SebastianRock BottomTeddy Tells Cristina to Make a List, Smiles, Exits
TennisHigh RoadCristina Laughs as Players Argue, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons can't be lazy, the risks are too great. The second we stop pushing ourselves, something terrible happens. Something we never see coming.

Cristina: Hey. Teddy gave me a marathon angioplasty. Her 'great thing' was a plumbing job.
Meredith: They subpoenaed Zola's medical records.
Cristina: Well, that's good. It's movement. (Mer pulls out her phone) What are you doing?
Meredith: I gotta email Janet and see if she knows anything.
Cristina: We're keeping the faith, right?
Meredith: Yeah. Did I mention I can't crack this islet cell thing either. I've been researching responses all day through insulin challenge. There's just nothing.
Cristina (looking at the monitor): You see that? That right there, oh yeah. That used to be a curly fry. (sighs) And I used to be a surgeon.
Meredith (her phone beeps, reads the message): 'You're right, keep the faith. I will be out of the office all week.' I am picturing her making calls, fighting the good fight to get my kid back, not sitting on a beach somewhere.
Cristina: I know. (Mer goes to leave) Mer.
Meredith: Zola's probably forgotten us by now.

Derek (as Alex tries to hand him the flask): I'm good. (holds it out to Mer) You're fine, too.
Alex: That was a massacre. (Mer laughs)
Meredith: I don't think we did that bad.
Derek: Oh, yeah.
Meredith: Where were you yesterday?
Alex: I was doin' stuff.
Meredith: Why do you look so sad? Don't be sad. (hands him the flask)
Derek: I just got a message from Janet, I guess the judge got in touch with her. He's looking at Zola's files, we're gonna get a court date.
Meredith: We're getting a hearing! We're getting a hearing. (Derek hugs her) We're getting a hearing. (hugs Alex, Alex smiles)

Cristina: I give up. I have no idea what you're trying to do. I'm in trouble if I cut, I'm in trouble if I don't cut. I'm a fifth year who does the work of an intern. What do you want?
Teddy: I want you to make a list.
Cristina (laughs): Where? On a blackboard? 'I will not do any surgeries without a safety helmet.' Hmm.
Teddy: I want you to make a list of every surgery that you have ever dreamed of performing. Shoot for the moon and I will try to get you some. (Cristina stays silent) Because we're done. You've graduated, this is your present.
Cristina: You're messing with me.
Teddy: Okay, you know, at the beginning of this year, you nearly killed Alex Karev in that O.R because you just had to get in there. You had to be the best and you had to be first. But today? Today I saw a different surgeon. Every bit as good, every bit as advanced, but you were willing to work on a team. Today you put the patient before yourself and that is who I wanted to see. So... you're done. Make a list.

Teddy: Why didn't you just start the graft yourself? Why did you wait?
Cristina: Is this a trick question?
Teddy: No, I'm asking.
Cristina: Oh, come on. Now, I'm in trouble for waiting for you? You would've ripped me a new one if I did it myself.
Teddy: Two months ago you would've body checked Kepner in order to get into this guy's chest. And now you just let her do the surgery? And you don't even like Kepner.
April: This is true.
Cristina: Yes, I could've done it myself but she had it.
Teddy (smiling): Exactly.
Cristina: I'm done here.
Callie: Well, then could you girls take it outside? Some of us have a long way to go.

Meredith: I've been looking for you. I need my mother's journals.
Richard: Why? What's up?
Meredith: Well, I need to her original hypothesis if I'm gonna figure out what's going on, then I need to start where she started.
Richard: Ah! I knew once you picked it up you couldn't put it down.
Meredith: Don't gloat. Where are they?

Meredith: (closing voiceover): So we may no always be winners, but we're not lazy, we take chances, we go for broke, we swing for the fences, and sometimes, yeah, we struck out. But sometimes... you get a home run.

Episode Goofs

When Cristina is in surgery with the exploratory tube in the patient, you can see when she pulls it out that it is not actually going into the patient at all but is just beside his head.


During the softball game, McDougall hits a home run while Mark's girlfriend, Julia, is on 1st base. When Lexie comes in to relief pitch for Teddy, Julia is still on 1st base.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Put Me In, Coach

Put Me In, Coach is the title of a song originally sung by John Fogerty.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 6: Lexie is working with Derek on a neuro rotation and as Derek's right hand, she started working with him in 8x06 "Poker Face". This used to be Meredith's job but she had to step down to save their marriage.

Season 8, Episode 2: Henry has to get another surgery because the device that was inserted into him in 8x02 "She's Gone" as part of the diabetes trial is not working correctly.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJoan Rater  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Tony Phelan
Co-Executive ProducerJeannine Renshaw  |  Stacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper
ProducerWilliam Harper  |  Linda Klein  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Peter Nowalk
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorSusan Vaill
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
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