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Grey's Anatomy: Remember the Time

In this flashback episode, return to the site of the plane crash and watch as each doctor tries to cope with the heartache and injuries caused by the crash. Meanwhile, back at Seattle Grace, everyone struggles to find a bit of normalcy amidst the chaos.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x2
Airdate: Thursday October 04th, 2012

Director: Tony Phelan
Writer: William Harper

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Oct 09, 2012
UK (sky LIVING) Nov 14, 2012


Guest Stars
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Holley FainHolley Fain
As Dr. Julia Canner (Ex-Girlfriend of Dr. Mark Sloan)
Tina MajorinoTina Majorino
As Dr. Heather Brooks (Intern)
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Dr. Ramsey (Neurosurgeon)
Craig SusserCraig Susser
As Dr. Hurst (Cristina's Doctor)
Elizabeth TobiasElizabeth Tobias
As Boise Chief
Jim Turner (2)Jim Turner (2)
As Dr. Schacter (Derek's Hand Surgeon)

Co-Guest Stars
Martin YuMartin Yu
As Anesthesiologist
Ayanna BerkshireAyanna Berkshire
As Surgeon #1
Brandon SlagleBrandon Slagle
As Boise Radiologist
Cory BlevinsCory Blevins
As Surgeon #2
Lonnie ColonLonnie Colon
As Surgeon #4
Louie AlegriaLouie Alegria
As Surgeon #3
Pat DestroPat Destro
As Boise Nurse
Patrick QuinlanPatrick Quinlan
As Flight 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
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins at the scene of the plane crash. Meredith is at a hospital being treated for her injuries. She's panicking, having flashbacks of the crash and saying she has to get on a plane, and having to see her sister. Webber and Bailey show up, and Zola gets a chance to see her mom. Meredith finds Cristina, who is in another hospital room. They're afraid to fly again, but they have to get home. Meredith asked Bailey to sedate them for the flight and they'll never know it happened. Some time after the crash, Derek's hand is injured but he still wants Meredith to go to Harvard. In another moment in time, Cristina is frozen, lying in her bed. She's silent. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 10.84 Million Viewers

Casting: This is the last episode in which Eric Dane (Dr. Mark Sloan) appears.

Trivia: This is a flashback episode which shows the events which occur between the season 8 finale and the season 9 premiere.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
KodalineAll I WantWebber Helps Mark with Living Will, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) I had this memory game when I was a kid. A bunch of cards, face down, in rows. Each card has a picture. You turn one over, look at it, then turn it back over. Then you have to try and remember where it's matching card was. Sometimes you have no idea, and other times it shows us exactly what we need to see. The cards seem completely out of order and random, but you keep turning them over. And the more cards you see, you get a sense of how everything fits together.

Bailey: All I can think is, we're gonna crash on some tropical island and get attacked by a polar bear.
Richard: No... I don't know what you mean.
Bailey: You should watch more TV.

Cristina: And Mark... Mark just kept dying. It was so annoying. I kept trying to help him, but he just kept trying to die on me.

Callie: (referring to Mark) I'm so scared the second I leave this hospital I'm gonna get a phone call that he's dead.
Derek: That's not gonna happen tonight.
Callie: Promise?
Derek: (nods) If he starts going south, I'll tell him to cut it off. He idolizes me, he'll do whatever I say.
Callie: Thank you.

Alex: I feel like crap. It should have been me on that plane, if I could trade places with you, I would-
Arizona: -I would let you. I had that thought a lot too. And I didn't like myself for it, but I did. I kept thinking about my wife and baby and how you had no wife and no baby. You had no one. I only went on that plane because I was pissed at you

Avery: (to Mark) Sometimes when you talk, I feel like a male prostitute.

Meredith: I don't even know how you can think of leaving!
Derek: Because it's Harvard! Meredith, you don't turn an offer from Harvard.
Meredith: You have two, maybe three surgeries left on your hand.
Derek: You know what, maybe they have doctors there. Maybe one can help me.
Meredith: With Mark and condition he's in, and Cristina?
Derek: I'm not saying we leave tomorrow, they're just looking for a time frame.
Meredith: I'm sorry Derek, I know you really wanna go, but I can't even think about it!
Derek: This is not about me, this is about you! You're at the beginning of you career.
Meredith: It's you they want!
Derek: I don't know, I'm not the same man they hired.
Meredith: Don't say that.
Derek: 80 percent, Meredith.
Meredith: Don't say that! We stay here, we work here. We move into that beautiful house that you've built us! That was our plan.
Derek: That was before you got a job in Boston.
Meredith: And that was before our plane crashed!

Doctor: Derek, it's the nerve damage that I'll concern myself with. And it looks like a pretty easy fix. That will get your prehensile strength back, that will get you this back.
Derek: Which will get me back into the OR.
Doctor: That's the hope.
Callie: Well that's the point, isn't it?
Doctor: Of course. But your hand was badly damaged. And I think conservatively, I can get you back to 80% function.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) This is a place where horrible things happen. You were right to go. You're probably escaping disaster. Look at me. I practically grew up here, and you're right, it's hurt me in ways I'll probably never get over. I have a lot of memories of people. People I've lost forever. But I have a lot of other memories too. This is the place where I fell in love. The place where I found my family. This is where I learned to be a doctor. Where I learned how to take responsibility for someone else's life. And it's the place where I met you. So I figure this place has given me as much as it's taken away from me. I've lived here as much as I've survived here. It just depends on how I look at it. I'm gonna choose to look at it that way, and remember you that way. Hope you're good. Bye.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Remember the Time

Remember the Time is the title of a song originally sung by Michael Jackson.

Lost: While on the plane with Dr. Webber, Dr. Bailey says that all she can think about is how they're going to crash land on a tropical island and get attacked by a polar bear, an obvious reference to the TV show Lost.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: When Cristina refuses to speak, Meredith tells her "You're gonna go slack-jawed and Cuckoo's Nest."

Bambi: Cristina tells Meredith that she is "fleeing like Bambi from a forest fire."

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 1: The events of the episode happen before those in 9x01 "Going, Going, Gone".

Season 8, Episode 24: This episode chronicles the events that happen directly after the plane crash in 8x24 "Flight".

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