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Grey's Anatomy: Transplant Wasteland

The discord and chaos created by the hospital's new management team causes one physician to question his future at Seattle Grace. Meanwhile, the doctors and the interns must juggle several transplant surgeries at once, each coming with its own set of obstacles.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x17
Airdate: Thursday March 14th, 2013

Director: Chandra Wilson
Writer: Zoanne Clack

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Mar 14, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 03, 2013
AU (Seven) May 06, 2013


Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Charles Michael DavisCharles Michael Davis
As Dr. Jason Myers / "Chest Peckwell" (Boyfriend of Dr. Jo Wilson)
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
As Dr. Catherine Avery (Mother of Dr. Jackson Avery)
Jerrika HintonJerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Intern)
Teresa HuangTeresa Huang
As Nurse (Helps Owen Fill in the O.R. Scheduling Board)
Tessa FerrerTessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy (Intern)
Tina MajorinoTina Majorino
As Dr. Heather Brooks (Intern)
Barbara KerfordBarbara Kerford
As Transplant Surgeon
Dave FlorekDave Florek
As Herman Crum (Patient: Heart Failure, Enemy of Shultz)
David NaughtonDavid Naughton
As Nick Parker (Father of Brad Parker: End-Stage ALS Patient)
Jordan WrightJordan Wright
As Theo (Patient: Kidney Dialysis, Boyfriend of Jaelyn)
Logan FaheyLogan Fahey
As Brad Parker (Patient: End-Stage ALS)
Matt FerrucciMatt Ferrucci
As Closing Surgeon
Suzanne FordSuzanne Ford
As Hazel Parker (Mother of Brad Parker: End-Stage ALS Patient)
Terrell Clayton (1)Terrell Clayton (1)
As Mr. Donovan (Father of Patient Jaelyn Donovan)
Tiffany BooneTiffany Boone
As Jaelyn Donovan (Patient: Kidney Dialysis, Girlfriend of Theo)
Tom BowerTom Bower
As Mr. Schultz (Patient: Heart and Lung Recipient, Enemy of Crum)

Co-Guest Stars
Dawn GreenidgeDawn Greenidge
As Mrs. Donovan (Mother of Patient Jaelyn Donovan)
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 Arizona and the others upset that Jackson has a bigger say than they do in hospital matters. Webber argues with Catherine about it, but she says she has made a good decision. Jackson shows up late to their meeting. Cristina suggests waiting for Hunt to join the conversation. Jackson says the foundation thinks new leadership would help morale, so Hunt will be let go. None of the doctors are happy to hear this. Jackson takes the position that they should be grateful the foundation saved the hospital. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.20 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cold War KidsMiracle MileRichard and Catherine Avery talk about Jackson.
Left Hand SmokeSugar on SundayAlex disrupts Jo and Jason's date to apologize.
Little ChildrenDistant ShoutsCristina and Derek talk about forgiving Owen.
Rose CousinsGo FirstBradley dies, Surgeons harvest Bradley's organs.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) To a critically ill patient, an organ transplant means a new start, a second chance. But the body is designed to fight off any outside invader, even one that's trying to save it. Because a transplant doesn't guarantee that it's an easier life. There's a threat that the body will reject the organ outright.

Cristina: You know, I don't care who's giving you your marching orders, this thing with Owen is not happening.
Jackson: Say what you want, but without the Harper Avery Foundation, none of us are here.
Meredith: And we appreciate that. But no one expected them to come in and start dictating policy.
Jackson: Yeah, well, no one asked you to sue the hospital into bankruptcy either.
Meredith: For the plane crash that killed Lexie?

April: Hey, have you guys seen Chief Hunt? I would like to know why he signed a death warrant on one of my patients.
Bailey: Well, good luck. He's gone. He quit.
April: He... what? Hunt?
Bailey: Ask boss man over here.
Jackson: There was a disagreement about policy.
April: Yeah, well, then change the stupid policy.
Bailey: Unh-unh, not before he changes my stupid policy first.

Meredith: You want me to apologize, Alex? I'm sorry. I'm sorry we bought the hospital. I'm sorry you have to think of us as your bosses now. But we didn't do it for just us. We did it for everyone, for you, for Wilson, who, by the way, fought so hard for you today, I thought she might cut someone to get you that kidney. So drop the attitude before nobody wants to work with you any more.

Jackson: We are building a new hospital. And that was your vision, not mine. My priority is to make sure your vision comes true. And while it is important that we become a leading centre for research and innovation, we have to remember something, we are now officially a hospital run by doctors. That should mean something. It is our responsibility to be the best doctors we can possibly be so that those who come after us can strive to be their best.

Meredith: So you'll have to pick up Zola. Did you sort out the OR board?
Derek: I started, but I have a surgery. I have Torres looking into it right now. Why are you on a plane?
Meredith: Because Alex wants his kid's kidney mobilised before perfusion and he's being a giant baby about it.
Derek: Alright. Call me when you get back.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) The transplant process is very scary. A patient goes from worrying about getting an organ to worrying if the organ will be rejected. The anxiety continues until they can finally open their eyes after surgery and see that their gift has been accepted.

Episode Goofs

When Derek get's out of his car to talk to Owen he closes the door of his Porsche Cayenne. In the next shot, the driver's door is open in the background.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Transplant Wasteland

Transplant Wasteland is the title of a song originally sung by Arcana.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 16: The doctors bought the hospital with the help of Dr. Catherine Avery and the Harper Avery Foundation at the end of 9x16 "This Is Why We Fight".

Season 9, Episode 15: When Derek and Owen argue, Owen says that it is all Derek's fault. He says "I thanked you, and then an hour later you walked out." He is referring to the incident in 9x15 "Hard Bargain" when Derek and the rest of the plane crash victims quit the hospital.

Season 9, Episode 1: Derek tells Owen that he is angry at the world, and angry at Mark. He means that he is angry at Mark Sloan, his best friend, for dying during 9x01 "Going, Going, Gone".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMimi Melgaard
Set DecoratorNicole Cramer
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Story EditorAustin Guzman
Art DirectorBrian Harms
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Department Head HairstylistMelanie Smith
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