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Grey's Anatomy: This Is Why We Fight

As word of Seattle Grace's financial trouble spreads, Catherine encourages Jackson to move to Boston, and the interns fear they might lose their jobs. Meanwhile, the doctors meet with a potential investor in a last-ditch effort to save the hospital, and Alex impresses Jo while caring for a patient.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 9x16
Airdate: Thursday February 21st, 2013

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Writer: Austin Guzman

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Mar 27, 2013
AU (Seven) May 06, 2013

Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Constance ZimmerConstance Zimmer
As Dr. Alana Cahill (Physician Advisor/Efficiency Consultant)
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
As Catherine Avery (Mother of Dr. Jackson Avery)
Eddie JemisonEddie Jemison
As Stan Grossberg (Financial Advisor to Dr. Derek Shepherd)
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Jerrika HintonJerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Intern)
Roma MaffiaRoma Maffia
As Roberta Thompson (Seattle Grace Mercy West Board Member)
Tessa FerrerTessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy (Intern)
Tina MajorinoTina Majorino
As Dr. Heather Brooks (Intern)
Erica GilesErica Giles
As Receptionist (Crest Capital)
Hart BochnerHart Bochner
As Julian Crest (Crest Capital)

Co-Guest Stars
Kate MinesKate Mines
As Nurse Gloria
Anzu LawsonAnzu Lawson
As Executive Three
Bryan ChestersBryan Chesters
As John Brinn (Father of Patient Bobby Brinn)
Daniel Kash (2)Daniel Kash (2)
As Executive Two
Faith AlhadeffFaith Alhadeff
As Shelly Keyser (Patient: Artificial Artery For Kidney Dialysis)
John AdrianJohn Adrian
As Executive One
Karla DroegeKarla Droege
As Lisa Brinn (Mother of Patient Bobby Brinn)
Madeleine HamerMadeleine Hamer
As Assistant
Steve KehelaSteve Kehela
As Andy Carmichael (Patient: Adhesions From Surgeries)
William JenningsWilliam Jennings
As Bobby Brinn (Patient: Named His Tumor Phil)
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 with Cristina worried about Hunt not understanding the secrecy behind them trying to buy the hospital. Leah reports to Hunt that the O.R.s are overbooked. More nurses aren't showing. Leah is trying to get surgeries pushed, including Jo's tumor surgery on a little boy...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.75 Million Viewers

Trivia: Intern Heather Brooks' hair has changed into a short bob.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
EstheroNever Gonna Let You GoOpening Scenes, Seattle, Alex's House

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) There is a procedure to treat epilepsy that involves surgically severing the connection between the left and right brain. The goal is to block signals that cause seizures. The problem is, this also cuts off the brain's ability to communicate with itself. The left side has no idea what the right side is up to. The patient may experience problems with coordination, memory, speech. It's a drastic solution that's only considered when all other options have failed, because once a surgeon makes that cut, there's no going back.

April: You shouldn't spread that kind of rumour.
Shane: It's not a rumour. I heard it from Brooks. She heard it from--
April: That is a textbook rumour!

Stephanie: We're all about to lose our jobs, and all I can think about is the fact that I'm gonna have to stop sleeping with him. I'm so gross.
Leah: Come on. The sex can't be that good.
Stephanie: Look at him. I'm gonna go talk to him.
Leah: Every step you take is a giant leap backward for womankind. There goes the right to vote. Roe v. Wade.
Stephanie: Cut it out!

Alex: You're gonna be fine. There are other programs.
Jo: Not like this one. Not with a teacher like you who shows me cool tumor-in-a-bag surgeries and thinks it's fun to talk to little kids about guts and stuff. You know, I, uh, I barely saw you this week, and it sucked. I'll find another job. Whatever. I, uh, but I don't want to never see you again.

Jackson: Wait, you woke up me at the crack of dawn to tell me you're coming to Seattle to be my boss? That doesn't---
Catherine: Oh, no, no, sweetheart. You misunderstood. The foundation is electing you as our representative. We're the majority shareholder. That means you are in charge.
Jackson: (stunned) Wait. What?
Catherine: Now give your mama a kiss, Jackson. She just bought you a hospital.

Leah: Is he dying today sick or can't play soccer but still hanging on sick?

Brooks: I don't understand, this morning you called this place a sinking ship
Bailey: That's different, i never thought it would actually sink. you keep your mouth shut, you hear me?
Brooks: (to all the interns) They are stripping us for parts like a busted-ass truck.
Leah: We are supposed to believe that just because you got a kicky little haircut?
Brooks: And also because it's true!
Ross: I'm gonna be sick. And I have a surgery. I'm gonna be sick in my final surgery. This is not how I wanted to go out.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) There's a reason surgeons are willing to roll the dice on a risky, go-for-broke, point-of-no-return surgery with potentially devastating consequences. Sometimes, it works.

Episode Goofs

Derek Shepherd tells Mr. Crest that Dr. Richard Webber has been the chief of surgery for 12 years. The number of years that Dr. Webber was chief has fluctuated almost every time it is mentioned, but 11 years seems to be the most common and accepted amount of time.

Cultural References
Episode Title: This Is Why We Fight

This Is Why We Fight is the title of a song originally sung by The Decemberists.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 15: The plane crash survivors quit their job at the hospital in 9x15 "Hard Bargain" to stall the sale of Seattle Grace Mercy West to Pegasus for as long as possible.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Shonda Rhimes
Co-Executive ProducerStacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack  |  Jeannine Renshaw
Supervising ProducerWilliam Harper  |  Peter Nowalk  |  Tammy Ann Casper
ProducerJeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn  |  Dan Bucatinsky
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorSusan Vaill
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorJeannot Szwarc
WriterAustin Guzman
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