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Grey's Anatomy: Puttin' on the Ritz

The hospital holds a fund-raising event, which takes on a competitive twist thanks to Jackson. Meanwhile, Bailey treats some demanding patients; Shane and Stephanie attempt to manage a chaotic ER on their own; and Alex exposes his vulnerable side to Jo.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 10x4
Airdate: Thursday October 10th, 2013

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Austin Guzman

Alternate Airdates:

Spain Oct 13, 2013
AU (Seven) Nov 14, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 29, 2014
IE (RTÉ TWO) Feb 11, 2014

Guest Stars
James RemarJames Remar
As Alex's Father (Patient: Junkie Man From ER)
Marguerite MoreauMarguerite Moreau
As Dr. Emma Marling (Maternal Fetal Medicine Surgeon from Seattle Pres.)
Barry BullisonBarry Bullison
As Man with Gray Hair (Donates Money)
David Rees SnellDavid Rees Snell
As Richy Rich (Man Christina Flirts With)
Donielle ArteseDonielle Artese
As Ari Rocchi (Gala Party Planner)
Emil BeheshtiEmil Beheshti
As Man with Plaid Bow Tie (Talks to Callie About Her TED Talk)
Raymond J. BarryRaymond J. Barry
As Gene Seers (Patient: Dying From Cancer)
Tacey AdamsTacey Adams
As Widow Amos (Talks to Callie About Her Husband)

Co-Guest Stars
Cynthia YoungbloodCynthia Youngblood
As ER Nurse
David HaleyDavid Haley
As Paramedic
Nicole CumminsNicole Cummins
As Paramedic Nicole
Anita FinlayAnita Finlay
As Lady Donor
Josh DavisJosh Davis
As Bartender

Chris GrabherChris Grabher
As Circus Performer
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
Camilla LuddingtonCamilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson
Jerrika HintonJerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards
Tessa FerrerTessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy
Gaius CharlesGaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The night of Grey Sloan Memorial’s fundraising gala has finally arrived. While Meredith and Derek are busy getting ready, Avery does his best to assure Hunt that the event will be a tasteful and conservative evening. Cut to a view of the gala room, which resembles something out of a Cirque de Solei show rather than a hospital fundraising event. The party coordinator decided to go with a circus theme made up of clowns, fire-starters, and aerialists as a way to help associate an image of fun with the hospital rather than death...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.79 Million Viewers

Trivia: This is the 200th episode of 'Grey's Anatomy.' To celebrate, every cast and crew member was given a cruise by Shonda Rhimes.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Impirio And CruWhat You WantMeredith, Cristina and Callie talk at the party.
LemaitreStrobes Pt. 2 
Pearl JamFuture DaysFinal scenes of the episode.
Polly ScattergoodFallingCristina and Ross operate.
Polyphonic SpreeHold Yourself UpShane and Christina in the OR.
Queen Of HeartsNeonApril talks to Jackson about the magician.
Skully BoyzPoppin BottlesCristina gets a cheque from the donor.
Smalltown RomeoBoom Ha feat. Shad KAvery and Owen walk into the party.
SpacemanCome Together (feat. Suspence)Callie tells the donor that her wife passed away.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) As anyone who's ever had their tonsils out can tell you, surgery isn't cheap. It takes a lot of money to keep a hospital’s doors open, and when the funds run out, it’s on us to get out there and raise some more. Which means, it’s time to put on make up. It’s time to dress up right. It’s time to get things started on The Muppet Show to-- crap, sorry. I've been watching a lot of children’s shows lately, but you get the idea.

Jackson: Nobody's going home, I'm giving 10% of tonight's take to the department that raises the most money. Spread the word.
Cristina: Wow!
Meredith: Derek is really good at this kind of thing. I should get started before he does!
Callie: I think he already has.
(Derek is juggling)

Derek: What was that?
Meredith: What was what?
Derek: What was sparkly eye thing?
Meredith: I can't help it if my eyes have a natural sparkle!
Derek: You were flirting!
Meredith: I don't know what you're talking about! Go juggle some balls.
Derek: You just brought a knife to a gun fight.

Cristina: You're a shark.
Shane: I'm not, I swear.
Cristina: Ross, it's a good thing. All great surgeons are sharks. You see what you want. Do whatever it takes to get it like me. Don't ever apologize. Sharks never apologize.

Meredith: I haven't felt this relaxed in months!
Derek: Me neither!
Meredith: What?
Derek: Reminiscing.
Meredith: About?
Derek: You. Me. An exam room. And your panties pinned to a bulletin board.
Meredith: The prom! Except you didn't have blood on your suit and I wasn't wearing a sweatshirt.
Derek: I think it's sexy.
Meredith: Now you're doing the sparkly eye thing.
Derek: I have no idea what you're talking about. Is it working?

Derek: What are you doing?
Meredith: Repairing a gastric rupture. It's fun.
Derek: You can't just decide to operate.
Meredith: Derek, you are better at charming the donors than I am. I admit it, you can have it.
Derek: We had a deal.
Meredith: You're more than welcome to come and join me. Come and get a little blood on your hands. I'll even let you hold a retractor.
Derek: Alright, I'm gonna change.

Arizona: Do you think Callie's ever going to forgive me?
April: Probably not. She's telling everyone at the gala you're dead.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) Overture, curtains, lights. This is it, the night of nights. No more rehearsing and nursing a part. We know every part by heart. Tonight what heights we’ll hit, on with the show. This is it!

Episode Goofs

When the trapeze artist falls and breaks her leg she is shown pushing herself up off the ground. When the camera switches her head is back on the ground and she isn't pushing herself up.


When Richard shoves Bailey in his hospital room she falls face first with her arms out towards the wall. The camera angle changes and she is falling backwards facing away from the wall.


Alex's facial hair changes twice during the episode. It is scruffy at the beginning in the ER, then he is clean shaven while watching Cristina in surgery and a few minutes later it is scruffy again when Jo takes his blood.


Meredith's hair changes multiple times throughout the episode. At the gala her hair is in an elaborate up-do. After surgery as she is getting changed her hair is brushed and down. While walking in the hallway with Derek her hair is in a messy ponytail. Finally, at the end of the episode, Meredith's hair is back in the up-do.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Puttin' on the Ritz

'Puttin' on the Ritz' is the title of a song originally from the musical 'Puttin' on the Ritz.'

The Muppet Show: Meredith says in her opening voiceover "it’s time to put on make up. It’s time to dress up right. It’s time to get things started on The Muppet Show."

These are lines from the theme song for 'The Muppet Show.'

TED: One of the donors at the part tells Callie he watched her during a TED Talk.

TED Talks are part of an annual conference which invited experts in various fields from around the world to give lectures on their topics.

The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show: In Meredith's closing voiceover she says "Tonight what heights we'll hit. On with the show this is it!"

These are lines from the theme song for 'The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show.'

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 27: Derek makes a reference to the time they slept together at the hospital in 2x27 "Losing My Religion" during the prom.

Season 3, Episode 1: Derek and Meredith talk about the time her underwear were tacked to the bulletin board in 3x01 "Time Has Come Today".

Season 9, Episode 19: The man with the plaid bow tie tells Callie that he watched her TED Conference video. in 9x19 "Can't Fight This Feeling" Callie did a TED talk on the topic of cartilage.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)
Associate ProducerNoah Evslin
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
Key GripJeff Case
Set DecoratorNicole Cramer
Location ManagerGeorge Larson
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Construction CoordinatorCurt Jones
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Production CoordinatorThomas Barg
Re-Recording MixerTodd Langer  |  Karol Urban
Art DirectorBrian Harms
Post Production CoordinatorNicole Rizzo
Special EffectsJason Gustafson
Executive Story EditorGabriel Llanas  |  Austin Guzman
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Production AccountantCathy Chang
Chief Lighting TechnicianRick A. West
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherNancy Kiu
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffDaniel Robinson
Video Playback OperatorRyan Blank
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Department Head HairstylistMelanie Smith
Medical ConsultantAllan Hamilton  |  Karen Lisa Pike
Computer/video SupervisorMatt Bosson
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