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Grey's Anatomy: Walking on a Dream

The Seattle Grace doctors are on edge when a new medical professional enters the hospital; Arizona struggles with the emotional and physical pain of a phantom limb; and while battling pregnancy hormones, an overly-emotional Meredith is confronted with her worst fear.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 9x12
Airdate: Thursday January 24th, 2013

Director: Rob Hardy
Writer: Tia Napolitano

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Feb 27, 2013
AU (Seven) Apr 22, 2013

Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Constance ZimmerConstance Zimmer
As Dr. Alana Cahill (Physician Advisor/Efficiency Consultant)
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Jerrika HintonJerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Intern)
Justin BrueningJustin Bruening
As Paramedic Matthew Taylor (Paramedic Interested In Dating Dr. April Kepner)
Laura HeislerLaura Heisler
As Carla (Sister of Jimmy: Acoustic Neuroma Patient)
Navi RawatNavi Rawat
As Heidi (Partner of Brie: Pregnant Patient in Liver Failure)
Wes RamseyWes Ramsey
As Jimmy (Patient: Acoustic Neuroma)

Co-Guest Stars
Ameenah KaplanAmeenah Kaplan
As Makena (African Pediatrics Program)
Kate MinesKate Mines
As Nurse Gloria
Elizabeth AnweisElizabeth Anweis
As Brie (Patient: Pregnant Woman in Liver Faiure)
Kirk BovillKirk Bovill
As Brian Turner (Patient: Fell Off Ladder)
Leah MorganLeah Morgan
As Nyah (Patient: Young Girl from Africa)
Michael AlbalaMichael Albala
As Harvest Surgeon (Warns Intern Not to Make the Same Mistake as Shane)
Vito ViscusoVito Viscuso
As Pilot (Organ Transplant Flight)

Naomi CoaiNaomi Coai
As Surgical 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
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins and Arizona is out for a run. Arizona gets to the hospital and her leg shatters to pieces and she falls over. Then she wakes up from her nightmare. At the hospital, Hunt calls a quick staff gathering to explain that because the hospital is facing a financial crisis, there will be a "physician advisor" who will be helping make decisions that will cut some costs. Meredith is checking her pregnant patient, who is experiencing pain, but it isn't labor and the baby appears to be fine. Shane has test results for the patient, but he ordered the wrong tests. He leaves to order the right test. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.01 Million Viewers

Trivia: This is the last time Dr. Arizona Robbins is seen with two legs, even though it is only in a dream.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Future of ForestrySomeoneBailey Takes Call From Meredith, Derek in Surgery
Lord HuronTime to RunOpening Scenes, Seattle, Arizona Jogging
Matt HiresForeverMeeting, Derek Taken Aback, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Patients who undergo an amputation often feel sensation where the missing limb was, as if it's still there. The syndrome is called phantom limb. It's as if the body can't accept that a terrible trauma has occurred. The mind is trying to make the body complete again. Patients who experience phantom limb report many different sensations. But by far, the most common is pain.

Cristina: African babies are a godsend.
Meredith: You don't have to tell me.
Cristina: Oh, not Zola. Not the cute ones. The sick ones. They're exotically diseased, beautiful little train wrecks. I just found a case of E.M.F., and I get to do an endocardial stripping of the left ventricle. Do you know how many other people have done that?
Meredith: No.
Cristina: Me neither. (cheery) It's unheard of.

Matthew: Ah, sorry to interrupt.
April: Do you need something?
Matthew: Kinda. I've been watching you for two days. You don't seem to slow down. I thought you might need a break. Maybe grab a cup of coffee? Probably shouldn't have started with the whole "watching you" thing, huh? Now you think I'm some sort of creeper. I'm not. Unless you're inclined to have coffee with creepers, in which case, I totally creep, like, all the time.

Alana Cahill: Well, I'll see you in the OR tomorrow.
Derek: Typically, you need to be invited.
Alana Cahill: If things were running typically, I wouldn't be here, now would I?

Derek: (To Alana) This is ridiculous. You can't close the E.R. You went to med school. You have to ask yourself--
Bailey: Do you have a better idea? Because the way I see it, this woman is trying to keep the hospital from closing, in-in which case there'd be no patients, we'd have no jobs, and some of us don't have a few million to fall back on. So unless you have a better idea, why don't you just sit there and listen to what she has to say?

Alana Cahill: Look, I know these cuts are going to be painful, but understand that I am trying to keep your hospital doors open.
Derek: This is ridiculous. You can't close the ER. You went to med school, you have to ask yourself...
Bailey: Do you have a better idea? Because, the way I see it, this woman is trying to keep the hospital from closing, in which case there'd be no patients, we'd have no jobs, and... Some of don't have a few million to fall back on, so, unless you have a better idea, why don't you just sit there and listen to what she has to say?

Meredith: Hey, can I get a minute? It's urgent.
Derek: Yeah.
(in the on-call room)
Derek: This was urgent?
Meredith: Yeah, this is stupid, pregnancy hormones make me wanna have sex all the time! Urgently!
Derek: Umm, I like the stupid hormones!
Meredith: Oh no! Oh, I have a consult!
Derek: What?!
Meredith: I have a consult.
Derek: Are you crying?
Meredith: No. Yes. I cry every time I get mad.
Derek: Are you mad?
Meredith: Yes I'm mad! Because I can't have sex, because I have a stupid consult!

Meredith: Bailey had no business calling you out like that!
Derek: She's nervous. Everybody is nervous. Everybody should be nervous.
Meredith: It's not our fault! Is it?
Derek: It feels like it is.
Meredith: Hey, congratulations!
Derek: For what?
Meredith: Your acoustic neuroma. You got your hand back. You're you again! We can be happy about that… I flew on a plane today.
Derek: You did?
Meredith: I did.
Derek: Congratulations.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) The body can be stubborn when it comes to accepting change. The mind holds out hope that the body can be whole again. And the mind will always fight for hope, tooth and nail, until it finds a way of understanding this new reality and accepts that what is gone is gone forever.

Episode Goofs

Dr. Arizona Robbins' hair changes back and forth from being in an elaborate braid to into a ponytail.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Walking on a Dream

Walking on a Dream is the title of a song originally sung by Empire of the Sun.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 11: The victims of the plane crash each won a $15 million dollar settlement in 9x11 "The End is the Beginning is the End" which is threatening to close the hospital.

Season 7, Episode 19: Nyah is a patient flown in from Africa. She is part of the program which Alex began in season 7, with patients flying in to the hospital in 7x19 "It's A Long Way Back".

Season 8, Episode 24: The last time Meredith was on a plane was in 8x24 "Flight" when the plane crashed.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Shonda Rhimes
Co-Executive ProducerStacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack  |  Jeannine Renshaw
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  William Harper  |  Peter Nowalk
ProducerJeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Consulting ProducerDan Bucatinsky  |  Debora Cahn
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorDavid Greenspan (1)
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorRob Hardy
WriterTia Napolitano
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