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Grey's Anatomy: Beautiful Doom

In this Meredith & Cristina-centric episode, the two friends continue to cope with life after the plane crash and their ever-growing responsibilities at their respective hospitals. As Meredith juggles taking care of Zola with a case that hits close to home, Cristina assists Dr. Thomas on a challenging heart surgery.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x5
Airdate: Thursday November 08th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Nov 13, 2012
UK (sky LIVING) Dec 05, 2012

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Camilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Gaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Jerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Intern)
Leanna Tallmeister
As Woman at Accident (Helps Lift Car Off Melissa)
Steven Culp
As Dr. Parker (Minnesota Hospital Staff)
Tina Majorino
As Dr. Heather Brooks (Intern)
William Daniels
As Dr. Craig Thomas (Minnesota Hospital Staff)
Elly Jaresko
As Melissa (Patient: Hit by Car While Riding Her Bike, Trapped)
Gatsby Coram
As Truck Driver (Encourages Everyone to Help Lift Car Off Melissa)
J. Rene Pena
As Female Driver (Accidently Hit Melissa with Her Car)
Kelly Keaton
As Neighbor (Greets Cristina as They Pass in the Hallway)
Lizzy Davis
As Barista (Initially Refuses to Help Move Car Off Melissa)
Matthew Carey
As Will (Doomsday Prepper Husband of Katy: Heart Patient)
Zoe Perry
As Katy (Doomsday Prepper Patient: Congenital Heart Defect)

Co-Guest Stars
Dan D'Amicol
As Good Samaritan
Wendy Haines
As Nurse
Main Cast
Ellen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Patrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Sarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins with Meredith trying to potty train Zola. Meredith leaves for work and Zola cries. Back in Minnesota, Cristina gets a ride from Dr. Thomas, who picks her up in his old sedan. At the hospital, they meet the patient and tell her about it and the process they're going to use. It turns out the patient and her boyfriend, are "Doomsday Preppers," ready for the apocalypse. Dr. Thomas and Cristina try to compose themselves. Meredith chats with Cristina on her way into work and she sees a car accident. Meredith stops to see if anyone needs help. She finds a young woman named Melissa trapped under a car after being hit by it while riding her bike. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.26 Million Viewers

Narration: The closing voiceover is done by Dr. Craig Thomas instead of Dr. Meredith Grey.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Conner YoungbloodAustraliaThomas Exits, Seattle, Meredith and Cristina Talk
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great LakesPassengerOpening Scenes, Seattle, Meredith Potty Training
On An OnGhostsO.R. Scene: Meredith Asks What Happens Next
O+SFlowers Turn to FireCristina Operating on Patient, Others Help Thomas
Wake OwlGoldOwen Holds Zola, Talks to Meredith, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Sometimes, things are simply out of your control. You can't change them. You can't bend them to your will. It doesn't matter if you're already 45 minutes late, if your hair isn't brushed, and you haven't fixed breakfast and your hemorrhaging brain spills by the second while you sit here dying. Dying inside

Bailey: Dr. Grey, do you know why men think they can run the world and women can't? Because of crying babies.
Meredith: I was hoping no one would hear it.
Bailey: Er.. we can ALL hear it. I can hear it. Dr. Ross out there can hear it. Only difference is the crying doesn't affect him, but you and I, are genetically predisposed to respond to crying babies. It's pulling your focus.
Meredith: It's gonna be fine. I'm almost done.
Bailey: Okay this is about world domination. If we are going to take over, we need to have our babies crying somewhere other than the ICU.

Dr. Thomas: Biggest aneurysm I have ever seen.
Cristina: Considering how old you are, that is sayin' somethin'.

Cristina: Oh, stop being a bitter working mother.
Meredith: I am, I have pee on my shoe.
Cristina: You're a doctor! Can't you call it urine?
Meredith: Because 'urine on my shoe' is more appealing?

Cristina: You need a bug out bag.
Meredith: What's that?
Cristina: Like a diaper bag for adults. I'm making mine right now.
Meredith: Well, what do you have so far?
Cristina: Tequila.
Meredith: Well, that's a good start.
Cristina: What else?
Meredith: Well, the sign of a well-packed diaper bag is backups in case you run out.
Cristina: So more Tequila?

Meredith: Can't you just give your sex friend more sex so he doesn't fire your old man friend?
Cristina: I'm not a prostitute!

Dr. Parker: *kisses Cristina's shoulder*
Dr. Parker: Do you like being the big spoon or the little spoon?
Dr. Cristina Yang(Mental Response): I am not a spoon. I'm a knife and I’m gonna stab you in the eyeball.
Dr. Cristina Yang (Verbal Response): You know, I think I'm gonna try and get some sleep.

Dr. Craig Thomas: *hands Cristina a small bakery box*
Dr. Craig Thomas: Don't get crumbs on the upholstery.
Dr. Cristina Yang: *opens the box*
Dr. Cristina Yang: Aww, you brought me a Danish?
Dr. Craig Thomas: Don’t get emotional. Just eat it.

Dr. Thomas: (closing voiceover) Breathe, Dr. Yang. Don't be crass. You're skulking. Women of your generation are graceless. It's an affront to nature. Mediocre surgeons will see you and feel themselves wilting in your shadow. Do not shrink to console them. Do not look for friends here. You won't find them. None of these people have the capacity to understand you. They never will. If you're lucky, one day when you're old and shrivelled like me, you will find a young doctor with little regard for anything but their craft. And you'll train them like I trained you. Until then, read a good book. You have greatness in you, Yang. Don't disappoint.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Beautiful Doom

Beautiful Doom is the title of a song originally sung by Insane Clown Posse.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 4: Dr. Cristina Yang is continuing to sleep with her boss, their relationship began in 9x04 "I Saw Her Standing There".

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater
Co-Executive ProducerZoanne Clack  |  Stacy McKee  |  Toni Graphia  |  Jeannine Renshaw
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  William Harper  |  Peter Nowalk
ProducerJeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Consulting ProducerDan Bucatinsky  |  Debora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorJoe Mitacek
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorStephen Cragg
WriterJeannine Renshaw
Warning: Grey's Anatomy season 9 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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