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Grey's Anatomy: Dark Was the Night

Teddy puts her husband’s life in the hands of her peers when Henry is sent to the OR for surgery and she’s called away on another case; Meredith and Derek receive the long-awaited news about Zola; Callie and Jackson come under fire when their patient experiences post-surgery complications; and Meredith and Alex are involved in a life-threatening situation when they travel to a neighboring hospital to tend to a sick newborn.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x9
Airdate: Thursday November 10th, 2011

Director: Allison Liddi
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 28, 2011
UK (sky LIVING) Dec 28, 2011
AU (Seven) Apr 19, 2012


Guest Stars
Amber Bela MuseAmber Bela Muse
As Laura Lewis (Patient: Spinal Fusion)
Dylan BrunoDylan Bruno
As Griffith Lewis (Husband of Laura Lewis: Spinal Fusion Patient)
Justin BensonJustin Benson
As Drew Lewis (Son of Laura Lewis: Spinal Fusion Patient)
Nicole CumminsNicole Cummins
As Paramedic Nicole (Announces Patient: 10-Year-Old Male, Bitten by Dog)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Husband of Dr. Teddy Altman)
Frank MaharajhFrank Maharajh
As Paramedic (Ambulance Driver)
Scott KlaceScott Klace
As Dr. Jordan Wagner

Co-Guest Stars
Carissa KostaCarissa Kosta
As O.R. Nurse
Dan ConroyDan Conroy
As Robert
Evelyn ReeseEvelyn Reese
As Grandma
Gordon JamesGordon James
As ER Nurse
Catheryn J. BrockettCatheryn J. Brockett
As Bentley Nurse
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 show opens with Teddy's husband, Henry, sitting up in a hospital bed coughing up blood in gouts. Doctors are milling about him, taking tests, monitoring his vital signs, a very anxious Teddy at his side. She is talking to Doctor Webber about CT scans to which Webber agrees, also suggesting that Teddy go along with Henry to encourage and stabilize him emotionally. Henry apologizes to her a little later for being ill again and repeats his good intention to attend medical school when he is able to. Teddy encourages him to do just that but also asks him to be real and understand that he may possibly have a tumor once more. Henry has had serious tumor concerns in the past that almost killed him and Teddy wants him to know that it may have recurred again. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 11.29 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AdalineSay Goodbye (I Won't Even)Owen and Webber Argue Over Secret, Closing Scenes
Charlie Winston (1)She Went QuietlyPatient Dies in O.R., Cristina Calls Time of Death
Left Hand SmokeThat’s Rock ‘N RollBar Scene: Meredith, Cristina, and Alex Talking

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover): I had a terrible day. We say it all the time; a fight with a boss, a stomach flu, traffic. That's what we describe as terrible when nothing terrible is happening.

Cristina: What did Janet say? ... Meredith?
Meredith: We're not getting her back.
Cristina: Wh-What do you mean? What exactly did she say?
Meredith: That we're not getting her back.
Cristina: She said that?
Meredith: She said that the court cancelled our hearing date, and when they do that, it means either one or two things. Either they look at our file and they love us and they're giving her to us, in which case they call Janet and they tell her that. Or... that they hate us and they're giving her to another family. And she didn't get the 'I love us' call.
Cristina: Well, maybe they didn't get around to it.
Meredith: She said that we should move on. That's what she said. You wanna know her exact words, were-- 'I think it's time that you and Derek start thinking about moving on.'
Cristina: Oh my, God. (softly) How could they do this? You can cry.
Meredith: I don't want to cry.
Cristina: I know.
Meredith: I'm never gonna see her again. (Cristina hugs her) Okay, stop. I don't want to cry.

Cristina: Meredith is in the E.R.
Derek: Look at this. Scalpels from the 1860s. I want to get 'em for Meredith.
Cristina: She needs to talk to you.
Derek: Oh, can you distract her? It's on eBay and I got 25 minutes left on the auction.
Cristina: Derek, Janet called. (Derek looks at Cristina, and then runs out of the room)

Alex: It's probably a mistake. You know, courts, they screw up all the time. You call 'em in the morning and--
Meredith: It's over, Alex. It's been over for awhile. Everyone knew it. No one wants to say it.
Alex: So-- So get a surrogate or whatever. You can't just write off having a family like that. Get Yang to carry a kid for 'ya, she gets knocked up with a drop of a hat--
Meredith: If you don't shut up in the next three seconds, I'm gonna shove you out the back of the rig.

Mark: She doesn't want any kids at all?
Derek: Zola was her baby. She doesn't want another baby.
Mark: Ah, she'll come around. She's upset, give her some time.
Derek: I don't know.
Mark: Look, it it doesn't work out you can always share Sofia. There's three of us parenting her already. Kind of work. No one is getting to exhausted, you're not on every night. We can work in the rotation.
Derek: She's a baby, she is not a time share in Cabo.
Mark: You're close minded. That's your problem.

Teddy: Oh, hello, again. How's he doing?
Owen: Uh, he's fine, woozy. Uh, vitals are good.
Teddy: Did they run a post-op C.T?
Owen: Uh, not yet.
Teddy: But Cristina felt that she got good margins?
Owen: Oh, yes.
Teddy: Did she figure it out? Who she was operating on?
Owen (laughs): No.
Teddy: See? I told you. Sometimes her lack of interest in a patient as a human being can come in handy. Did you talk to Henry about med school?
Owen: No.
Teddy (laughs): You're a coward. You know, if you think that you're off the hook, you're wrong. I mean, this could ruin the next five to ten years of my life. You do understand that right? I mean, helping him study for his MCATs, quizzing him on anatomy? I couldn't go through that again. I'll put a bullet through my head.

Cristina: That was pathetic.
Alex: Shut up.
Meredith (laughing): She told you to go screw yourself, we could hear it all the way over here.
Alex: It's not 'cause she wasn't into me.
Cristina: Oh, does 'go screw yourself' have some secret meaning that we're not aware of?
Alex: I kind of already knew her... I just didn't remember.
Meredith (smirks): You slept with her before and forgot about it and then tried to pick her up all over again?
Cristina: You're not even drinking.
Meredith: I have a history of Alzheimer's my family. What's your excuse?
Alex: It's O'Malley's fault. I mean, talkin' about dead people, it throws me off my game, that's all.

Meredith (closing voiceover): These are the things we beg for: a root canal, an I.R.S. audit, coffee spilled on our clothes. When the really terrible things happen, we start begging the god we don't believe in to bring back the little horrors, and take away this. It seems quaint now, doesn't it? The flood in the kitchen, the poison oak, the fight that leaves you shaking with rage. Would it've helped if we could see what else was coming? Would we've known that those were the best moments of our lives?

Cultural References
Episode Title: Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night is the title of a song originally sung by Blind Willie Johnson.

Episode References
When Meredith says in the closing voiceover "The flood in the kitchen, the poison oak..." these are all events that have occurred previously in the series.

Season 2, Episode 19: In 2x19 "What Have I Done To Deserve This" Addison Montgomery Shepherd gets poison oak.

Season 5, Episode 3: Bailey tells Dr. Webber about a flood that happened in her kitchen in 5x03 "Here Comes The Flood".

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Shonda Rhimes
Co-Executive ProducerJeannine Renshaw  |  Stacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper
ProducerWilliam Harper  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein  |  Peter Nowalk
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn  |  Jenna Bans
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorJoe Mitacek
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorAllison Liddi
WriterDebora Cahn
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