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Grey's Anatomy: Sleeping Monster

After several of Bailey's patients die, she becomes the focus of a CDC investigation. Cristina teases Alex about his feelings for Jo. Owen continues to take care of Ethan while his parents remain in the hospital.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x21
Airdate: Thursday April 25th, 2013

Director: Bobby Roth
Writer: Bronwyn Garrity

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 01, 2013
AU (Seven) May 27, 2013


Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Charles Michael DavisCharles Michael Davis
As Dr. Jason Myers (Boyfriend of Dr. Jo Wilson)
Enid GrahamEnid Graham
As Rachel Dawson (Patient: Car Accident, Wife of Paul Dawson)
Jennifer BasseyJennifer Bassey
As Nancy Dawson (Grandmother of Ethan Dawson)
Justin BrueningJustin Bruening
As Paramedic Matthew Taylor (Dr. April Kepner's Boyfriend)
Kyle SilversteinKyle Silverstein
As Ethan Dawson (Son of Paul and Rachel Dawson)
Michael BuieMichael Buie
As Paul Dawson (Patient: Coma, Husband of Rachel Dawson)
Sarah LillySarah Lilly
As Joyce Basche (Patient: Death From Post-Operative Infection)
Tessa FerrerTessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy (Intern)
Tom CostelloTom Costello
As Seth Lepik (Patient: Post-Operative Infection)
Abbie CobbAbbie Cobb
As Francis "Frankie" Keller (Patient: Lost Fingers In Tug-of-War)
Andy ManningAndy Manning
As Tony Keller (Patient: Lost Finger In Tug-of-War)
Anthony MontgomeryAnthony Montgomery
As Chris Ward (Husband of Amelie Ward: Pregnant Patient)
Anton NarinskiyAnton Narinskiy
As Gunnar (Friend of Tony Keller)
Elisabeth NooneElisabeth Noone
As Bess Lepik (Mother of Patient Seth Lepik)
Idara VictorIdara Victor
As Amelie Ward (Patient: Pregnant)
Katy KurtzmanKaty Kurtzman
As Deedee Keller (Patient: Lost Fingesr In Tug-of-War)
Michael G. HagertyMichael G. Hagerty
As Al Keller (Relative Of The Keller's)
Robin DeMarcoRobin DeMarco
As Jane Keller (Patient: Lost Fingers In Tug-of-War)
Sam FullerSam Fuller
As Cash Keller (Patient: Lost Finger In Tug-of-War)
Steven M. GagnonSteven M. Gagnon
As Mr. Lepik (Father of Patient Seth Lepik)
Thom BarryThom Barry
As CDC Investigator (Interviews Bailey About Her Operations)
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 Bailey prepares to defend herself and evidence is collected for the investigation in the wake of some of her patients getting post-op infections. She's being questioned. The surgeon/owners debate how to handle the PR around Bailey's situation. The CDC is there doing their work, annoying some of the doctors. Hunt's new little buddy is excited to see his grandmother at the hospital. The boy's mother is progressing but can't leave just yet. His father Paul is still in a coma Ethan. Leah leaves after talking with the CDC, ignoring Bailey as she leaves, saying only that she is not supposed to talk to her about this. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.24 Million Viewers

Narration: The opening and closing voiceovers are done by Dr. Miranda Bailey instead of by Dr. Meredith Grey.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anderson EastSay AnythingMeredith and Derek talk about the baby.
Aretha FranklinThinkBailey goes over Joyce's surgery.
Jake BuggBrokenThe surgeons operate, Rachel dies.
KeaneSea FogRichard and Leah operate on Seth.
Zola JesusAvalancheBailey washes her hands, CDC arrives.

Episode Quotes
Bailey: (opening voiceover) Infections are like sleeping monsters. You can't see them. You can't feel them. But you must do everything in your power to contain them. Because when the monsters wake up they're out of control.

Jo: Promise me you'll be nice.
Alex: These guys are trying to take down Bailey. They don't deserve nice.
Jo: No, not to the C.D.C. to Jason.
Alex: I'm nice to Jason.
Jo: Two minutes ago, you said, "Hey, I have a surgery today with your d-bag boyfriend."
Alex: Yeah, but I said it with a smile. (Jo stares at him) Fine. I won't call the guy a d-bag. At least not to his face, anyway.
Jo: I'm moving in with him. So what do you think?
Alex: I think it's great.
Jo: Really?
Alex: No. I think the guy is a douche bag who you've known for about two minutes, and that makes you an idiot for moving in with him.

Alex: Hey, Myers set up for the C-section in the cath lab. We need to run through the steps of the procedure.
Cristina: Look at you. "Myers." You say it like he isn't nailing your girlfriend.
Alex: She's not my girlfriend.
Cristina: Whatever. You love her.
Alex: She's my friend.
Cristina: You sound stupid when you say that.
Alex: She's moving in with the guy. What am I supposed to do?
Cristina: Beat him up.
Alex: No. I'm gonna try to be nice to him and get along so I don't lose my friend.
Cristina: Or you could punch him and take back your girl.

Cristina: I'll be there in the room when fetus arrives.
Meredith: You will?
Cristina: Yeah. You're gonna want me there.
Meredith: Okay.
Cristina: You're gonna poop on the table, though. And I'm gonna have to see it, and then I can never unsee it.
Meredith: You know what's worse than you seeing me poop on the table?
Cristina: What?
Meredith: Me knowing you've seen me poop on the table.
Cristina: So you'll suffer more than me.
Meredith: Yes!
Cristina: Oh, okay. That makes me feel better.

Derek: What are you doing?
Meredith: Checking Bailey's post-ops.
Derek: I thought Richard was taking care of Bailey's patients.
Meredith: Just the infected guy, I took the rest.
Derek: You're pregnant, why take the risk?
Meredith: Because I'm looking out for Bailey.
Derek: And I'm trying to look out for you.
Meredith: This is why I need Cristina in the room.
Derek: What room?
Meredith: The delivery room.
Derek: Wait, what?

Bailey: (closing voiceover) All that time you spent convincing yourself the sleeping monster wasn't real it was gathering strength. The infection was spreading. The monster's awake now. And there's nothing you can do about it.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Sleeping Monster

Sleeping Monster is the title of a song originally sung by Mastodon.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 20: The CDC is at the hospital to investigate the cause of post-operative infection that is affecting patients of Dr. Bailey's. The patients began showing up at the hospital in 9x20 "She's Killing Me".

Season 8, Episode 21: April yells at Jackson for "taking her virginity", which ultimately caused her to fail her boards. April and Jackson started sleeping together in 8x21 "Moment of Truth" while they were in San Francisco taking their oral boards.

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