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Grey's Anatomy: Idle Hands

As the hospital continues to make positive changes under the new management, the doctors begin to realize that owning a hospital comes with its own set of problems and responsibilities. Meanwhile, Meredith worries about the well being of her unborn baby, Callie and Arizona try to get the spark back in their relationship, and Alex gives Jo's new boyfriend a run for his money.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 9x18
Airdate: Thursday March 21st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Mar 21, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 10, 2013
AU (Seven) May 13, 2013

Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Charles Michael DavisCharles Michael Davis
As Dr. Jason Myers (Obstetrics And Gynecology Resident And Jo's Date)
Dominic HoffmanDominic Hoffman
As Dr. Jeff Russell (Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Tessa FerrerTessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy (Intern)
Tina MajorinoTina Majorino
As Dr. Heather Brooks (Intern)
Annette OAnnette O'Toole
As Madeleine Skurski (Patient: Acute Abdominal Pain From Cancer)
Todd StashwickTodd Stashwick
As Mr. Kramer (Father of Patient Suzy: ATV Accident)

Co-Guest Stars
John CapponJohn Cappon
As Paramedic
John OJohn O'Brien
As Lab Tech
Herbie JacksonHerbie Jackson
As Adam (Student of Patient Madeleine Skurski)
Jean VillepiqueJean Villepique
As ER Nurse
Mackenzie AladjemMackenzie Aladjem
As Emma (Student of Patient Madeleine Skurski)
Tanner BuchananTanner Buchanan
As Lucas (Student of Patient Madeleine Skurski)
Xander TaylorXander Taylor
As Pablo Walker (Patient: Plays Pranks With Alex)
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 the ER on the verge of reopening. Hunt is excited about a new, fast, X-ray machine that will save a lot of time. Arizona is trying on a new prosthetic that is equipped with heels. Derek is talking to the growing baby in Meredith's belly. The hospital's new name and logo are on display. Meredith is obsessing about the possible deformities her kid could have, but Cristina is focused on a story in a medical journal. Alex is with Pablo, a 12-year-old boy, who's getting ready for chemo. Pablo sees Jo and immediately has a crush on her. He finds out Myers and Jo are seeing each other and isn’t happy about it. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.39 Million Viewers

Trivia: The hospital is now called Sloan Grey Memorial Hospital.

Casting: This is Jessica Capshaw's (Dr. Arizona Robbins) 100th episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Helio SequenceOpen LetterDerek and Shane operate on their patient.
HousesBig LightShane talks to Suzy's father.
Laura WelshHollow DrumCallie takes off Arizona's prosthetic.
NeuloreShadow of a ManArizona and Callie get romantic.
QuadronHey LoveDerek and Meredith are talking about their baby.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Work keeps our minds active. It keeps us out of trouble. When we're not working, our hands are idle, and the devil will find work for idle hands to do. And when you have an idle mind, well, that's the devil's playground, too.

Meredith: (about her baby) Her eyesight is developing this week. Unless it's not. Unless she's blind.
Derek: She's not blind. Or he's not. Or if he or she is blind, that's fine. Blind is fine.
Meredith: What do we call it, it?
Derek: One of us can say he, one of us can say she, and we're covered.
Meredith: Well, no, because then it's gonna be born thinking one of us is always wrong. Well, maybe it can't hear anyway. Maybe it's deaf.
Derek: Deaf is fine. Helen Keller went to Harvard, Meredith.
Meredith: Okay, well, what if it's not fine? What if it's absorbed a twin body? Two heads, extra arms--
Derek: Stop.
Meredith: I'm just saying, if anyone's gonna have a baby with two heads and three arms and eleven toes, it's gonna be me.
Derek: Would you just go to sleep? Please. Slee

Meredith: Ugh. Stop kicking in there. I mean, what are you, choking on your cord or something? Cristina, please talk to it. He or she.
Cristina: Who?
Meredith: The baby.
Cristina: No.
Meredith: The sound of my voice only makes it kick harder. For some reason, Derek can calm it down. Maybe you can, too.
Cristina: You know, I'll talk to it when I see it. When she gets her first period. I'll take that off your plate. Or if it has a penis, I'll tell him not to think with it.

Derek: How's the baby, still kicking?
Meredith: Quiet now. Probably dead.
Derek: Oh, Meredith, stop.
Meredith: Well, I'm just kidding. Mostly.
Derek: Really, I need you to stop.
Meredith: Bad things happen, and it just makes me feel better to be prepared when they do.
Derek: But you don't know how things are gonna turn out.
Meredith: Right. Exactly what I'm saying.

Miranda: Avery's too young, I said. He's too inexperienced, I said, he has no business running this hospital.
Jackson: Where are you going with this?
Miranda: I was wrong, is where I'm going. You all made a smart decision today. I'm not gonna disappoint you. Thank you! (walks away happily)

Meredith: (closing voiceover) At first, idleness can seem like a welcome distraction the troublemaking and the fun. Everyone needs some idle time to focus on something other than work. Even if it means focusing on something that's a little bit scary. Stepping back from work is the only way to get perspective. And it's only after we have everything in perspective that we remember where our hands truly belong.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Idle Hands

Idle Hands is the title of a song originally sung by Stone Sour.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 13: The ER is open again after having been closed down in 9x13 "Bad Blood".

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