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Grey's Anatomy: Support System

A devastated Cristina presses Owen to confess the intimate details of his affair; Mark takes his new authority very seriously when he steps in as chief for the day and butts heads with Richard over a patient's liver transplant; and Callie deems Meredith ready for the boards, while the rest of the residents continue to stress about the exam. Meanwhile, Callie, Arizona and Bailey plan a much needed ladies night for Teddy.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x19
Airdate: Thursday April 12th, 2012

Director: Allison Liddi

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Apr 25, 2012
AU (Seven) Jul 05, 2012


Guest Stars
Jason George (2)Jason George (2)
As Dr. Ben Warren (Anesthesiologist and Bailey's Boyrfriend)
Alexis CarraAlexis Carra
As The Other Woman (The Woman Owen Cheated On Cristina With)
Rene AuberjonoisRene Auberjonois
As Neil Sheridan (Patient: Multi-Organ Transplant)

Co-Guest Stars
Shi Ne NielsonShi Ne Nielson
As Paramedic
Burl MoseleyBurl Moseley
As Jason Cooper (Patient: Advanced Juvenile Arthritis)
Cloie Wyatt TaylorCloie Wyatt Taylor
As Annie Cooper (Wife of Patient Jason Cooper)
Maura SodenMaura Soden
As Librarian
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 a montage of Owen and Cristina's relationship. We next see Owen and a woman drinking at the bar. He's about to leave and she tries to talk him into another. We next see that Owen is actually recounting the story to Cristina, who wants details. He doesn't understand how it's helping, but says he wants to "fix this." He doesn't want to "torture" her with the details of him having sex with another woman. She insists on knowing every detail. Callie is grilling Meredith with more scenarios for her boards. Callie thinks Meredith is ready. Meredith is making out with Derek during what's normally her griping time with Cristina. He wants to know what's wrong, and Meredith says nothing is wrong. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.85 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CalahanTonyaOwen at the bar with 'the other woman'.
DaughterYouthOwen leaves the apartment.
FunAll AlrightMeredith calls Cristina, Meredith's study group.
JBMWinter GhostsOwen tells Cristina about the night he cheated.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Every little kid knows the words to the song: "The foot bone's connected to the leg bone. The leg bone's connected to the knee bone." In med school you learn, it's a little more complicated than that. The song's not wrong. Everything is connected. The foot bone's connected to the leg bone. The leg bone's connected to the knee bone. And if you take one piece out... the rest just falls apart.

Meredith: (in her house, talking to Alex, April and Jackson) So do you know why I brought you all here this morning? To help you. Because even though we all take the boards alone, if we work together, we can all pass. If you're not at the hospital, you're here. You sleep here, you eat here. There are no distractions, no breaks. This is the Grey method, and it starts now.

Meredith: Owen's there.
Cristina: Yeah, Owen is here. He's sick too.
Meredith: Oh, I bet he is.

Other Woman: Kiss me.
Hunt: I'm drunk, I'm drunk.
Other Woman: So kiss me anyway.
Hunt: I'm married.
Other Woman: Kiss me anyway.
Hunt: You're drunk.
Other Woman: So, kiss me anyway.

Hunt: So I'll come back and get the rest of my stuff another time. OK. Bye. ...I'll always be in love with you. You're the love of my life. I'll never love another woman.
Cristina: You don't even remember her name.
Hunt: You take care of yourself.

Derek: Oh... Okay. Don't get me wrong. I love this... Oh I like that too! But... this is your drinking coffee in the tunnels with Cristina time. This is your Yang time... What's going on?
Meredith: Nothing's wrong. Want me to stop?
Derek: I didn't say you should stop.

Derek: You've gotta fix this thing with Cristina and Hunt. Don't tell me nothing's wrong. Yang has never missed a day of work because she's been sick. Ever! And Sloan as Chief... it's driving me crazy.
Meredith: I can't fix it.
Derek: C'mon!
Meredith: I can't fix this. He cheated on her.
Derek: What? When?
Meredith: I don't know, I don't know the whole story.
Derek: She didn't tell you?
Meredith: He told me.
Derek: Hunt told you?
Meredith: He told me but he didn't really know he was telling me. But that's how I know.
Derek: Does Cristina know you know?
Meredith: She knows. I mean, she doesn't know but... she knows. I know she knows.
Derek: So you wanna talk to her about it?
Meredith: I can't talk about it with her because then we would be talking about it.
Derek: Don't you wanna talk about it?
Meredith: Yes, but not like that.
Derek: I hope they figure it out.
Meredith: Because you can't stand Sloan as your boss?

Meredith: (closing voiceover) The human body is made up of systems that keep it alive. There's the one that keeps you breathing and the one that keeps you standing. The one that makes you hungry and the one that makes you happy. They're all connected. Take a piece out... and everything else falls apart. And it's only when our support systems look like they might fail us... that we realize how much we've depended on them all along.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Support System

Support System is the title of a song originally sung by Liz Phair.

Charlie Brown: The patient needing a multi-organ transplant says "It is like Lucy with the football, except it is my life." He is referring to Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown at the last moment.

Dirty Dancing: Teddy brings the film 'Dirty Dancing' over for girls night.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 17: Cristina is angry at Owen after finding out he cheated on her in 8x17 "One Step Too Far".

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