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Grey's Anatomy: Perfect Storm

Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital enters crisis mode as the storm rages, resources become scarce and patients flood in by the busload. Meanwhile, one of the doctors fights for their life.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x24
Airdate: Thursday May 16th, 2013

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Stacy McKee

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 22, 2013
AU (Seven) Jun 03, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Jun 18, 2013

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (3 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson (Intern)
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross (Intern)
Hilarie BurtonHilarie Burton
As Dr. Lauren Boswell (Craniofacial Surgeon)
Jason Winston GeorgeJason Winston George
As Dr. Ben Warren (Dr. Miranda Bailey's Husband)
Jerrika HintonJerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Intern)
Justin BrueningJustin Bruening
As Paramedic Matthew Taylor (Dr. April Kepner's Fiance)
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)
Angela LinAngela Lin
As Barbara Yu (Patient: Stuck In Bus)
Blue DeckertBlue Deckert
As Frank (Hospital Worker Trying To Fix Generator)

Co-Guest Stars
Casey CornCasey Corn
As OB Nurse
Curtis WalkerCurtis Walker
As Medivac Guy
Kyle SilversteinKyle Silverstein
As Ethan Dawson (Son of Patient Paul Dawson)
Catia OjedaCatia Ojeda
As Allie (Mother of Infant Patient)
Christine WeatherupChristine Weatherup
As Crystal (Mother of Infant Patient)
Craig BlairCraig Blair
As Tim (Father of Infant Patient)
Ella Jay BascoElla Jay Basco
As Evie Yu (Daughter of Patient Barbara Yu)
Jason E. KelleyJason E. Kelley
As Chuck (Father of Infant Patient)
Jeris Lee PoindexterJeris Lee Poindexter
As Mr. Strickland (Father of Patient Jimmy Strickland)
Ludwig ManukianLudwig Manukian
As Bus Driver
Nicole J. ButlerNicole J. Butler
As Jess (Mother of Infant Patient)
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 a perfect storm raging over Seattle. Derek and Cristina are running around with concerned looks on their faces. Five hours earlier; Hunt explains to Ethan that he and his dad are being moved to a safer hospital. They're on the rooftop helipad and Ethan and his dad are heading out to the waiting helicopter. Cristina gets a page. Meredith is in labor. Cristina finds her going through contractions. Bailey gets a chance to operate on a man who was cleaning his gutters during hurricane-force winds, but Bailey can't bring herself to start. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.99 Million Viewers

Trivia: The official Twitter hashtag for this episode was #TheStormIsComing.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ingrid MichaelsonWithout YouBailey stars operating on Meredith.
John LegendAll Of MeAlex and Jo kiss, Cristina breaks up with Owen.
Sara Jackson-HolmanFreight TrainArizona and Callie fight, Richard is on the ground

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) I had this badass professor in med school. She seemed invincible. Then one day, she needed her gallbladder out. And the surgery killed her. Her platelets stopped clotting. She bled out on the table. Everything that could've gone wrong, did go wrong. Surgeons have a name for it. We call it a perfect storm. Funny. Never thought it would happen to me.

Cristina: Figures you'd go into labor in the middle of a super storm. Okay, we need to go over your birth plan. We never talked details.
Meredith: Hang on.
Cristina: I can't bully people unless I know what to bully them about.

Arizona: No one thought about spare batteries. And pretty soon, all those machines are gonna die out there, and then all those babies are gonna die, and all because I didn't think ahead to stockpile batteries. And also, I cheated on my wife with that woman out there, and I'm a horrible person. I'm horrible.
Alex: Hey. I'm in love with that intern out there, but I won't tell her. And I keep saying to myself I won't tell her because everyone I love turns out to be crazy or mean or cancer-y or-or leaves. But the thing all those women have in common is me. They were all fine before they met me. I'm... damaged goods or something. So you're not the worst person in this closet.
Arizona: There are no batteries in here.

Cristina: (during the Meredith's surgery) Hey, Meredith Grey has survived a bomb, a drowning, a gunman, and a plane crash, and she's still here. She's gonna die when she's, like, 90, old and warm in her bed. She is not gonna die today. Today's she gonna be fine.
Derek: I hope so.
Cristina: She has to be. She's our person.

April: I want you, Jackson. I want you.
Jackson: April--
April: I haven't been fair to you, I know, and I've-I've really hurt you.
Jackson: And you're getting married.
April: When that bus exploded, and I thought you were gone, I--
Jackson: You're getting married.
April: Unless you can give me a reason not to?

Callie: (about her affair) How could you do this?
Arizona: I don't know-I don't know, except I did.
Callie: After all that's happened this year, everything we've been through, everything we've survived the bankruptcy, Mark, the plane--
Arizona: Oh, you weren't on the plane, Callie! You weren't in the woods, and you did not hear Meredith crying for Lexie and Mark moaning in pain or hearing me scream in pain. You weren't there, and you keep acting like you were, but you weren't, and it wasn't your experience!
Callie: I lost Mark. You almost died. You--
Arizona: I lost Mark. You almost died. You weren't on the freaking plane! You want it? The street cred? The badge of honor? The warrior wounds? Then great. Stick out your leg, and I will go grab a bone saw, and let's even the score!
Callie: It always comes back to the leg.
Arizona: I trusted you, more than anything, more than anyone... in my life. And you decided to cut it off.
Callie: To save your life!
Arizona: You didn't lose anything! I did! I did.
Callie: Apparently, I lost you.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) There's an end to every storm. Once all the trees have been uprooted, once all the houses have been ripped apart. The wind will hush. The clouds will part. The rain will stop. The sky will clear in an instant. And only then in those quiet moments after the storm do we learn who was strong enough to survive it?

Cultural References
Episode Title: Perfect Storm

Perfect Storm is the title of a song originally sung by Evidence.

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 20: This is Dr. Miranda Bailey's first time in the OR since 9x20 "She's Killing Me".

Season 9, Episode 23: Meredith started going into labour and Arizona cheated in Callie at the end of 9x23 "Readiness is All".

Season 9, Episode 20: When Cristina does not want to operate in the dark Richard tells her "Didn't we just teach the Syrian's how to do this?". In 9x20 "She's Killing Me" the doctors taught some Syrian doctors how to operate with minimal supplies in extreme situations.

Season 9, Episode 20: When Cristina does not want to operate in the dark Richard tells her "Didn't we just teach the Syrian's how to do this?". In 9x20 "She's Killing Me" the doctors taught some Syrian doctors how to operate with minimal supplies in extreme situations.

Season 9, Episode 20: When Cristina does not want to operate in the dark Richard tells her "Didn't we just teach the Syrian's how to do this?". In 9x20 "She's Killing Me" the doctors taught some Syrian doctors how to operate with minimal supplies in extreme situations.

Cristina says to Derek: "Hey, Meredith Grey has survived a bomb, a drowning, a gunman, and a plane crash, and she's still here."

Meredith survived an exploding bomb in the OR in 2x17 "As We Know It", a drowning in 3x16 "Drowning On Dry Land", a gunman in 6x24 "Death and All His Friends" and a plane crash in 8x24 "Flight".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
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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