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Grey's Anatomy: Let the Bad Times Roll

The residents agonize over their oral boards, reliving every answer they gave during their exams; Arizona's close childhood friend comes to Seattle Grace for medical help; the doctors work on a patient who is missing one third of his skull; and Julia asks Mark to start a family with her. Meanwhile Catherine tells Richard that one of his residents has failed.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 8x22
Airdate: Thursday May 03rd, 2012

Director: Kevin McKidd
Writer: Matt Byrne

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 16, 2012
AU (Seven) Jul 26, 2012

Guest Stars
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
As Dr. Catherine Avery (Jackson Avery's Mother)
Holley FainHolley Fain
As Dr. Julia Canner (Dr. Mark Sloan's Girlfriend)
Jordan BelfiJordan Belfi
As Nick (Patient: Friend of Arizona's With Bone Cancer)
William DanielsWilliam Daniels
As Cristina's examiner
Cynthia WatrosCynthia Watros
As Mrs. Connor (Wife of Patient Charlie Connor)
David DeLuiseDavid DeLuise
As Charlie Connor (Patient: Cranioplasty)
Jane DalyJane Daly
As Meredith's Examiner
Jill RemezJill Remez
As April's Examiner
Ron BottittaRon Bottitta
As Alex's Examiner
Tom EverettTom Everett
As Jackson's Examiner

Co-Guest Stars
Cathy TomlinCathy Tomlin
As Alex's Other Examiner
David PevsnerDavid Pevsner
As Jackson's Other Examiner
Jim LauJim Lau
As Meredith's Other Examiner
Rachel AndersonRachel Anderson
As Nurse Carol
Susan OritzSusan Oritz
As Cristina's Other Examiner
Thai DouglasThai Douglas
As April's Other Examiner
Levi FreemanLevi Freeman
As Entitled Incompetent #2
Phillipe D. PrestonPhillipe D. Preston
As Entitled Incompetent #1
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 the Meredith and gang depressed and sitting outside the hotel, discussing how bad their tests went. They are also wondering if Alex made it. Meanwhile, Jackson’s mother tells Richard, that she has just found out that one of his doctors hasn’t passed the test. She doesn’t know though, who it is, she then says “if it’s Jackson, he will blame me forever”. Flash back to six hours earlier. The doctors are being tested in various rooms, by their respective examiners. They are given various scenarios by the examiners, which the doctors then are given time to explain, how they would deal with. Meredith is feeling nauseous while at her test, but pulling on somehow. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.24 Million Viewers

Trivia: William Daniels casting as Christina Yang's examiner is likely a nod to his role of Dr. Mark Craig, a cardiothorasic surgeon on St. Elsewhere; this is also Dr. Yang's speciality.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alex SilvermanSky BlueThe second session of the oral boards begins.
Congorock And Alle BeanassiSiriusThe residents begin their oral boards.
Milo GreeneDon't You Give Up On MeLexie tells Mark she loves him.
The Naked And FamousBellsThe final round of oral boards.
White ArrowsCity Boy (KKS Remix)Jackson and April in the bathroom.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Carpe diem. How annoying is carpe diem? How are you supposed to plan a life? A career? A family? If you're always "carpe"-ing the "diem"? If we all seized every moment of every day, there wouldn't be doctors. Who'd sit through med school? We'd all be too busy living in the now, whatever that means.

Arizona: What the hell were you thinking?
Nick: Dude...
Arizona: You're an idiot. You should have called me. I mean, w-why didn't you call me?! I'm a doctor what do you think I do all day long?! Instead you go to some quack in Tibet? I mean, you should have freaking called me!
Nick: Naturopathy works too, Flagstaff.
Arizona: Woah! It's not Flagstaff! And it's not Phoenix and it's not Tempe it is Arizona Robbins, M.D. do you know what that means?
Nick: How do you spell it?
Arizona: It's not funny Nick! Nothing is funny you're dying! And you know what hell it was when Tim died because you were there, and-and you and I barely made it through that so to do nothing for six years and then come when it's too late I-I-
Nick: Why do you think I didn't come to you sooner? Honestly after Tim died, I could...You think I don't know how this must feel for you?
Arizona: You're an idiot! I couldn't have helped him! But I could have helped you! (storms out)

Derek: Meredith?
Meredith: I lied to you.
Derek: About what?
Meredith: I'm not okay. I might be dying, I think our daughter tried to kill me with her flu for being a bad mother.
Derek: Why didn't you tell me before?
Meredith: I'm failing, Derek. And I don't think I can go back in there. I just can't. I mean... will you still love me if I fail?
Derek: Do you want me to yell at you or tell you to come home?
Meredith: I want you to tell me what to do.
Derek: The test is a mirror.
Meredith: What are you talking about?
Derek: The test... it's a mirror.
Meredith: Reflecting my sickly incompetence? (pause) Are you saying I won't like myself if I give up now? That I won't be able to look myself in a mirror if I quit?
Derek: Whatever you decide, I will still love you.
Meredith: No you won't. Nobody loves a quitter.
Derek: Good luck Meredith.

Examiner: You seem awfully sure of yourself
Cristina: I'm sorry. Is that a question?
Examiner: You feel threaten?
Cristina: Oh. Have we move into psychology?
Examiner: I find your hostility curious
Cristina: I'm curious as to why you think me hostile

Cristina: My guy's a freaking fossil. The last time he was in an OR, it was lit by candles.

Lexie: Oh, hey!
Mark: Hey.
Lexie: Thanks, for today, for letting me...
Mark: You did a good job in there.
Lexie: Thanks!
Mark: You okay?
Lexie: I love you! Oh, oh my God, that just came flying out of my face! (mumbles) I love you! I just... Oh, did it again. I... I love you. I do, I just, I love you and I have been trying not to say it, I've been trying so hard to just mash it down, ignore it and not say it! Jackson is a great guy. He is. He's gorgeous and he's younger and he doesn't have any grand kids or babies with his lesbian BFF's and he's an Avery and he liked me, you know. He really liked me! But it was never gonna work out, because I, I love you. I am so in love with you. You're in me! It's like you're a disease, it's like I'm infected by Mark Sloan and I can't think about anything or anybody, and I can't sleep, I can't breathe, I can't eat. And I love you, I just love you all the time, it's... every minute of every day. And I... I love you. God, that feels good to just say that! I feel so much better! I love you! Mark...
Julia: Hey, Lexie! (to Mark) I thought you said the lobby? You ready?

Meredith: (closing voiceover) I'll admit the Romans had a point. You gotta to live life. And living means that every morning when you wake up you have to chose between seizing what life offers in the moment and forging ahead, no matter the weather or closing the curtains and shutting out the day.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Let The Bad Times Roll

Let The Bad Times Roll is the title of a song originally sun by The Vandals.

M*A*S*H: Cristina mentions the television show M*A*S*H during her oral boards.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 21: Meredith caught the stomach flu from Zola at the beginning of 8x21 "Moment of Truth".

Season 8, Episode 21: The residents are beginning their oral boards. They arrived for the boards in 8x21 "Moment of Truth".

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