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Grey's Anatomy: Suddenly

A severe car crash involving an entire family results in an all-hands-on situation in the ER, as the eldest daughter is left to make the toughest decision of her life. Meanwhile Teddy, still in the dark about Henry's death, calls upon Cristina to help with her patient in the O.R., and Lexie finds herself working alongside Mark's new girlfriend, Julia, during an eye surgery.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x10
Airdate: Thursday January 05th, 2012

Director: Ron Underwood
Writer: Stacy McKee

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Feb 22, 2012
AU (Seven) Apr 26, 2012


Guest Stars
Amber Bela MuseAmber Bela Muse
As Laura Lewis (Patient: Post-Surgery Complications)
Dan ConroyDan Conroy
As Robert Anderson (Patient: Father in Car Accident)
Dylan BrunoDylan Bruno
As Griffith Lewis (Husband of Laura Lewis: Patient with Complications)
Evelyn ReeseEvelyn Reese
As Grandma (Patient: Grandmother in Car Accident)
Holley FainHolley Fain
As Dr. Julia Canner (Girlfriend of Dr. Mark Sloan)
Janora McDuffieJanora McDuffie
As Janet Anderson (Social Worker)
Jason George (2)Jason George (2)
As Dr. Ben Warren (Ex-Boyfriend of Dr. Miranda Bailey)
Justin BensonJustin Benson
As Drew Lewis (Son of Laura Lewis: Patient with Complications)
Scott FoleyScott Foley
As Henry Burton (Husband of Dr. Teddy Altman)
Bridger ZadinaBridger Zadina
As Michael Anderson (Patient: Son in Car Accident)
Saige Ryan CampbellSaige Ryan Campbell
As Abby Anderson (Patient: Daughter in Car Accident, Glass In Eye)
Stella MaeveStella Maeve
As Lily Anderson (Patient: Daughter in Car Accident)

Co-Guest Stars
Denice J. SealyDenice J. Sealy
As Nurse
Jeffrey MullerJeffrey Muller
As Code Team Person
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


Meredith and Karev are in an ambulance, trying to keep a newborn infant alive, when the vehicle's engine sputters and dies on a dark, wet road in the middle of nowhere. The ambulance driver leaves on foot to get help while the two doctors work on the infant. A car, not seeing the ambulance in time, smashes into it, scattering the passengers and driver of an entire family across the road. Meredith and Karev are shaken but not seriously hurt, go to help the family. The grandmother of the family dies at the scene while the father is seriously hurt. A teenage daughter, Lily, emerges from the wreckage unscathed, is asked by Meredith to keep the infant's resuscitation bag going while she attends to the other family members. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 12.12 Million Viewers

Trivia: Some of the sound effects that are used in this episode were used in the season 6 finale of Grey's Anatomy.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Benjamin Francis LeftwichPicturesMeredith Runs to Coding Patient, Julia Exits O.R.
Dum Dum GirlsAlways LookingO.R. Scene: Teddy Tells Cristina How to Stay Awake
Mackintosh BraunThe SameJulia Performing Eye Surgery on Young Patient
Snow PatrolNew YorkBen Joins Bailey at the Table, Closing Scenes
Zola JesusSkinOwen Exits Locker Room, Teddy Enters Morgue

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Victims of a sudden impact are some of the hardest to treat. It's not just the collision that injures them, it's everything after. The centrifugal force keeps them moving, tossing them from vehicles, throwing them through wind shields, slamming their internal organs into the skeleton. Their bodies are injured over and over again. So, there's no way to know how much damage has actually been done... Until they stop.

Bailey: Oh, no this is cruel. Her husband is dead, and she has no idea.
Richard: She's sewing a woman's heart back together.
Bailey: Come on. There's gotta be a better way to handle this.
Richard: There's no good way to handle it, Bailey. This is an impossible decision. So you land on the side of what's best for the patient, the one who's still alive. Teddy will understand.
Owen: You think so? (everyone is silent)

Owen: You paged?
Teddy: Yeah, the patient's got a flail mitral valve. The sutures from the patch caught on the valve when we went off of bypass.
Owen: Uh, what can I do?
Teddy: You can tell me where Cristina is. I've been paging her but she won't answer. Damn it. Why won't this hold?
Owen: Okay, you need a resident? I'll get you a resident.
Teddy: No, not a resident. Yang. This is... (sighs) I need another me, and she is the closest thing. Don't tell her I said that.
Owen: She just got out of surgery. She's exhausted.
Teddy: Alright, well splash some water on her fast and get her in here. She can handle it.

Ben: I heard you lost one of your clinical trial patients today, Dr. Bailey. I'm sorry to hear--
Bailey: It wasn't my trial that killed him. The man suffered from Von-Hippel lindou, that's what killed him.
Ben: Well, I wasn't implying that your trial--
Bailey: Let's focus on the living patients, and not the dead ones. Okay?

Teddy: What is she doing up there?
Cristina: Sorry?
Teddy: Kepner. She's been sitting up there like a gargoyle. I thought there was a big trauma.
Cristina: Oh, yeah. Um, I don't know.
Teddy: Did you get a chance to check on Henry post-op before I pulled you in here?
Cristina: I bet no one wanted her.
Teddy: What?
Cristina: Kepner. Probably because her voice can peel paint off walls. (imitates April) Charge to 200! Clear! (Teddy laughs) I mean, trauma is stressful enough. Who needs that?
Teddy (laughing): You're-- You're horrible.
Cristina (imitates April): Push 100 of lidocaine! (Teddy laughs) Am I wrong? (Teddy keeps laughing) I'm right. I can tell by your eyes.

Teddy: What's up? You okay?
Cristina: When we brought your husband into the O.R., we originally thought that we could go in with a bronco-scope and a laser, however, there was a lot of bleeding, so we had to open him up.
Teddy: Wait. You-- You wait. No. Owen said that--
Cristina: When we opened him up, we saw that his tumour had eroded his pulmonary artery. Dr. Webber and I both used extraordinary measures...
Teddy: No. No.
Cristina: We used extraordinary measures, but his heart could no tolerate the excessive bleeding.
Teddy: No, no.
Cristina: He did not survive the surgery, I'm sorry.
Teddy: You're saying... (voice breaks) You're saying he's dead.
Cristina: Yes.
Teddy: Say it.
Cristina: Teddy...
Teddy: When you inform the family you have to say it so that they know that it's really happening. It's the first thing that you're taught. I never really thought about it... but now I get it, and um... Cristina... I need you... I need you to say it.
Cristina: Henry is dead.
Teddy: Thank you.

Meredith (closing voiceover): You can't prepare for a sudden impact. You can't brace yourself. It just hits you out of nowhere. And suddenly... the life you knew before is over... forever.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Suddenly

Suddenly is the title of a song originally sung by Billy Ocean.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 9: This episode is a direct continuation of 8x09 "Dark Was the Night". Alex and Meredith have been in an accident in the ambulance and Teddy's husband has died in the OR.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Shonda Rhimes
Co-Executive ProducerStacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack  |  Jeannine Renshaw
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper
ProducerPeter Nowalk  |  William Harper  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn  |  Jenna Bans
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorSusan Vaill
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorRon Underwood
WriterStacy McKee
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