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Grey's Anatomy: If Only You Were Lonely

As Adele's condition continues to deteriorate, Richard considers altering their living situation; an explosion at a local coffee shop results in a busy day in the ER for the doctors; Callie takes Meredith under her wing by helping her study for her boards; Lexie joins Arizona and Alex in peds, as they continue to care for intern Morgan's premature son; and when Jackson snaps at a patient, Mark encourages him to find ways to relieve his stress. Meanwhile, Cristina lets her suspicions get the best of her.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x16
Airdate: Thursday February 23rd, 2012

Director: Susan Vaill
Writer: Matt Byrne

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Apr 04, 2012
AU (Seven) Jun 07, 2012


Guest Stars
Amanda FullerAmanda Fuller
As Morgan Peterson (Patient: Intern With Pre-Term Baby)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (Dr. Richard Webber's Wife)
Mitch PileggiMitch Pileggi
As Larry Jennings (Seattle Grace Mercy West Board Member)
Shi Ne NielsonShi Ne Nielson
As Paramedic #2
Summer GlauSummer Glau
As Nurse Emily Kovach
Austin BasisAustin Basis
As Devin (Patient: Shrapnel From Espresso Machine)
Gil McKinneyGil McKinney
As Chris (Boyfriend of Morgan Peterson)
Scout Taylor-ComptonScout Taylor-Compton
As Angie (Patient: Second Degree Burns From Espresso Machine)

Co-Guest Stars
Gordon JamesGordon James
As Nurse
Grace RoweGrace Rowe
As Paramedic #1
Zibby AllenZibby Allen
As Nurse Zibby
Mark Edward SmithMark Edward Smith
As Gary (Nursing Home Employee)
Tammy DahlstromTammy Dahlstrom
As Orderly
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 scene opens with cameras turned to a sleeping Richard, who woke to the sound of a smoke alarm going off. He ran to the kitchen of his house, where a skillet on the stove was flaming. Adele, in her affected state, had somehow forgotten about the skillet and caused the accident, which saw Richard suffer burns on his arm while trying to put it out. “Adele, are you okay honey?” he asked her, but she only looked completely bewildered. Meredith took care of Richard when he came into Seattle Grace after the accident. His faux daughter recommended that he check out Rose Ridge. Her concern ran deep: “Any deeper,” Meredith said to Webber, “and this burn could have retired you from surgery.” Rather reluctantly, Richard took Adele to look at the place. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.06 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BirdyTerrible LoveBailey and Derek do Zola's hair.
FeistCicadas and GullsAlex shows Lexie the preemie board.
MetricHelp I'm AliveEveryone eats lunch, Alex and Lexie argue.
Right The StarsWe Got It AllPlays during the opening scenes.

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): As surgeons we are trained to consult with each other to get opposing views. We even encourage patients to seek second opinions. But why seek a second opinion when you know that you are right? Cause if we are honest with ourselves, surgeons are more like cowboys. We are more likely to go it alone.

Meredith: Non-carcinogenic pulmonary oedema.
Cristina: Aortic pulmonary dissection.
Meredith: Yes! No. Wait, no. That's not right. Well, what I'm saying is that I finally understand the complexities of post-obstructive pulmonary oedema.
Cristina (watching a nurse in the distance): Uh huh.
Meredith: Because I've been up since 4:00 A.M, studying for the boards with Callie. Since 4:00 A.M. I haven't seen my husband or my baby since yesterday. I don't even care, because Callie blew my mind. She blew my mind. My hair is on fire. I mean, literally-- flames shooting out of my head.
Cristina: Mmm. Yeah, that's really-- (sees the nurse walking away) Whatever, you know what? I'm gonna catch up with you later. (starts following the nurse, Mer follows her)
Meredith: I mean, she's that good. I am gonna kill the boards. I am gonna make the boards my bitch.
Cristina: Yeah, boards, bitch, got it.
Meredith: Because I-- (Cristina stops walking when she sees the nurse turn around and Mer runs into her) Ow! What are we doing?
Cristina: Nothing.
Meredith: You look weird. Why do you look so weird?
Cristina: I do not look weird. You were talking about... uh, the boards.
Meredith: I was talking about what a good teacher Callie is, and you weren't listening.
Cristina: No, I-I was listening.
Meredith: What did I say? Cristina?
Cristina: Your hair is fire, Callie is that good, the boards are your bitch. I-I gotta go.
Meredith: The boards are my bitch.

Meredith: My mother used to have trouble with the stove, too, and then she started getting lost driving and then she started leaving the house in the middle of the night.
Richard: Adele's fine. And we're-- we're managing.
Meredith: Rose Ridge is top notch-- Great doctors, great facility.
Richard: Yeah, I know, I know. We're just not there yet.
Meredith: Any deeper and this burn could've retired you from surgery.
Richard: Yeah, I'll-- I'll look into it.
Meredith: You're just trying to shut me up.
Richard: Yeah, how am I doing?
Meredith: I don't have pull many places, but I'm kind of a big deal there. So if you need me to make a call for you, I can.

Richard: What do you think, Adele?
Adele: It's nice. But it's too small for us. You're a doctor. You said that you could afford a house. We certainly couldn't possibly start a family here. Richard... Where would the nursery go?
Richard: You're right, honey. It's too small. I said I'd get you a house. Let's go.

Teddy: I got it.
Callie: Got what?
Teddy: The grant. Four million to grow hearts from stem cells.
Callie: You got it? (they hug)
Teddy: I'm gonna grow hearts. Can you believe it?
Callie: Oh, my God, Teddy, that's amazing.
Teddy: I- I must've not done as bad as I thought this morning unless-- Or I charmed them with my fumbling desperation. I- I have no idea. I don't care. I got it.

Alex: I have to listen to his chest.
Morgan: Okay.
Alex (to the baby): Hey, Ali, how you doin'?
Morgan: Why do you call him that?
Alex: It's for the preemie babies without names or the ones with weak names, like, uh, Felix or Claude. You know, we like to give 'em fighters' names like, Boris, or Butch, or... Molly, you know, to help 'em weather the storm.
Morgan: I like that. We'll take what we can get.

Derek: Do you have a problem?
Nurse: Excuse me?
Bailey: Oh, no.
Derek: I mean, it's 2012. You want to be shocked by the sight of a white man with a black baby... you're about three decades too late.
Bailey: I'm sorry. Don't listen to him. (drags him away) Wh- What is wrong with--
Derek: She's unbelievable.
Bailey: She was not staring at you because Daddy's white and his daughter is black. She was staring at you two because Daddy has nice hair, maybe perfect hair, but for whatever reason, his daughter's hair is 31 flavours of wrong. It's hard on the eyes. Look, you are white, but your daughter is black. Do your baby's hair!

Lexie: I can't wait to get back to neuro. At least with lost causes, you know where you stand, and the patients can tell you when they have had enough. I don't know how Morgan can bear it. I.. I don't know how any of you can.
Alex: Come here. (showing her pictures of preemies) Jolene Joramo, one pound, four ounces at birth. She's 12 years old now. She's a goalie. Uh... Benji Gellerman, one pound, two ounces at birth. He's 9 years old, plays the trumpet. This one, Hannah Slavin? I worked on her myself. She looked like a hamster when she came out. Her dad just called, said she took her first steps. Some of them survive.

(Derek and Bailey are doing Zola's hair)
Derek: Hey, Meredith. Did you know Zola has a kitchen?
Meredith: Yes, Derek. I know all about Zola's kitchen.

Meredith (closing voiceover): You can seek the advice of others, surround yourself with trusted advisers, but in the end, the decision is always yours and yours alone. And when it's time to act and you are all alone with your back against the wall, the only voice that matters is the one in your head, the one telling you what you already probably knew. The one that's almost always right.

Episode Goofs

When Richard Webber is in bed he is wearing pajamas. When the smoke alarm goes off he jumps out of bed and runs to the kitchen. Once in the kitchen he is fully dressed in slacks and a dress shirt.

Cultural References
Episode Title: If Only You Were Lonely

If Only You Were Lonely is the title of a song originally sung by The Replacements.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 15: Morgan had her baby in an emergency c-section in 8x15 "Have You Seen Me Lately".

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