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Grey's Anatomy: Readiness is All

The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital prepare for a super storm heading towards Seattle. Owen's desire to be a parent gets stronger as he becomes closer to Ethan. One wrong move puts the lives of Meredith and her baby in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Jo looks to Alex for help in a moment of crisis, and one doctor gets the shock of her life.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x23
Airdate: Thursday May 09th, 2013

Director: Tony Phelan
Writer: William Harper

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 15, 2013
AU (Seven) Jun 03, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Jun 18, 2013


Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Charles Michael DavisCharles Michael Davis
As Dr. Jason Myers (Jo's Ex-Boyfriend)
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Hilarie BurtonHilarie Burton
As Dr. Lauren Boswell (Craniofacial Surgeon)
Jason George (2)Jason George (2)
As Dr. Ben Warren (Dr. Miranda Bailey's Husband)
Jennifer BasseyJennifer Bassey
As Nancy Dawson (Grandmother of Ethan Dawson)
Jerrika HintonJerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Intern)
Justin BrueningJustin Bruening
As Paramedic Matthew Taylor (Dr. April Kepner's Boyfriend)
Lisa Gay HamiltonLisa Gay Hamilton
As Dr. Connie Ryan (Obstetrician-Gynecologist)
Michael BuieMichael Buie
As Paul Dawson (Patient: Father of Ethan Dawson)
Tessa FerrerTessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy (Intern)
Tina MajorinoTina Majorino
As Dr. Heather Brooks (Intern)

Co-Guest Stars
Cynthia YoungbloodCynthia Youngblood
As ER Nurse
David HaleyDavid Haley
As Paramedic
Kate MinesKate Mines
As Nurse Gloria
Kyle SilversteinKyle Silverstein
As Ethan Dawson (Son of Patient Paul Dawson)
Nicole CumminsNicole Cummins
As Paramedic Nicole
Payton SilverPayton Silver
As Dr. Knox (Anesthesiologist)
Teresa HuangTeresa Huang
As Nurse Ruth
Andy ForrestAndy Forrest
As Maintenance Worker
Frankie IngrassiaFrankie Ingrassia
As Tyler's Mom
Jeff Howard (1)Jeff Howard (1)
As Tyler's Dad
Mike HolleyMike Holley
As Leon (Patient: Construction Worker Impaled By Bar)
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 Alex tending to Jo's damaged face. She says that she and Jason argued, with him telling her she was a liar and he could no longer trust her. Alex lays her in bed and tells her she's safe and then starts to leave. Jo calls out, wondering what he's going to do. Hunt is preparing for a massive storm that's three days out. He is preparing the facilities and the doctors to be ready for the influx of patients. Alex has pulled Derek aside and tells him he has to help Jason. He's severely beaten and has had a CT scan. Lauren explains to Baby Tyler's parents that the procedure is going to take a couple of days. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.97 Million Viewers

Trivia: Meredith goes into labour at the end of this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Boxer RebellionYou Belong to MeRichard tells Bailey to start operating again.
The ProclaimersI'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)April is proposed to by Matthew.
Sleeping At LastI'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)Arizona cheats on Callie, The storm begins.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) They hit you out of nowhere. When bad things come, they come suddenly, without warning. We rarely get to see the catastrophe coming no matter how well we try to prepare for it.

Arizona: I'm surprised you're letting me do any of the reconstruction.
Lauren: I figure, the more people know how to do this, the safer for kids everywhere. It's kind of my way of controlling the world. And this way, you have something to remember me by.
Arizona: Well, every time I tuck a baby's brain back into his skull, I will think--
Lauren: You are gonna think of me. That's the idea.

Alex: How does Kepner get that? How does that happen? And I get crazy, I get cancer, and now I got a psychopathic maniac. Screw it. I give up. I'm walking away.
Meredith: Alex, what were you gonna do if you got to Peckwell's house first? Were you gonna have coffee and talk it out? I mean, tell me he wouldn't have been worse off had you gotten there first. People change, but they don't change. Maybe Jo's crazy fits your crazy. Don't give up on her just yet. We didn't give up on you.

Cristina: Yeah, well, what about you? I mean, why did you fall? Are you dizzy?
Meredith: I fell because I have the same center of gravity as a Jersey cow.

Richard: Bailey, when the chief of surgery orders you to scrub in on a surgery, you scrub in on that surgery.
Bailey: The last I heard, you're not chief of surgery or my boss.
Richard: But I am part owner of this hospital, which does, in fact, make me your boss. And you're not a file clerk. We have enough file clerks. But we need a surgeons. So either be a surgeon, or get the hell out. 'Cause we don't need you.

Meredith: You had absolutely no right to kick me out of that O.R. today.
Owen: Grey, you weren't necessary--
Meredith: You did it because I'm pregnant and because you were trying to protect me.
Owen: Yes. And?
Meredith: I just want you to know it's completely unacceptable. And thank you.
Owen: (smiles) Noted.

Lauren: This really has been a lot of fun. I'm kinda sorry-
Arizona: Me too. I'm sorry it's over.
Lauren: Alright, well I guess you'll just have to have me back at some point.
Arizona: That would be really great.(pauses for a while) Um, well-(holds her hand out for a hand shake) It was- Thank you. (power goes out and Lauren kisses Arizona, she pulls away) Oh, oh God, I can't.
Lauren: What?
Arizona: I can't. It was a pleasure meeting you.
Lauren: Arizona. You are allowed to lose a little bit of control.(Arizona locks the door to the on-call room and turns around and starts making out with Lauren)

Alex: How does Kepner get that? How does that happen? And I get crazy, I get cancer, and now I got a psychopathic maniac! Screw it, I give up, I'm walking away.
Meredith: Alex, what were you gonna do if you'd got to Peckwell's house first? Were you gonna have coffee and talk it out? I mean, tell me he wouldn't have been worse off if you'd gotten there first. People change but they don't change.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) We do our very best. But sometimes it's just not good enough. We buckle our seat belts. We wear a helmet. We stick to the lighted paths. We try to be safe. We try so hard to protect ourselves, but it doesn't make a damn bit of difference. 'Cause when the bad things come, they come out of nowhere. The bad things come suddenly with no warning. But we forget that sometimes that's how the good things come, too.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Readiness is All

Readiness is All is the title of a song originally sung by Alias Eye.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 22: Jo is staying at Alex's house after she was beaten up by her boyfriend Dr. Jason Myers in 9x22 "Do You Believe in Magic".

Season 9, Episode 19: Ethan Dawson is the son of patient Paul Dawson. Their family has been in the hospital since an accident that occurred in 9x19 "Can't Fight This Feeling".

Season 8, Episode 22: April tells Owen that she is about to take her oral boards again. She failed her oral boards in 8x22 "Let The Bad Times Roll".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)
CastingLinda Lowy  |  John Brace (1)
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMimi Melgaard
Set DecoratorNicole Cramer
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
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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