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Grey's Anatomy: Take It Back

The news Alex hears about his dad leaves him fuming. Bailey finds out why Ben returned to Seatlle. Meredith doesn't know how to feel when Derek breaks a promise. Arizona and Callie make a decision that will affect their relationship.

Episode Info

Episode number: 10x13
Airdate: Thursday February 27th, 2014

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Austin Guzman

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Feb 27, 2014
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 02, 2014
DK (Kanal 4) Apr 14, 2014
AU (Seven) May 19, 2014

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
James Remar
As James Evans (Dr. Alex Karev's Father)
Jason Winston George
As Dr. Ben Warren (Dr. Miranda Bailey's Husband)
Alex Desert
As Miles Green (Presidential Representative)
Brian Howe
As Robert Fischer (Patient: Man Who Looks Like A Cat, Broken Arm)
Susan Chuang
As Naomi Evans (James Evans' Wife)

Co-Guest Stars
Chris Grabher
As Paramedic #1
Michael Anthony Rogers
As Paramedic #2
Nicole Cummins
As Paramedic Nicole
Bob Gebert
As Mario (Arizona And Callie's Notary)
Kennedy Barry
As Little Girl (Patient: Injured In Car Accident)
Maria McCann
As Renee (Real Estate Agent)
Meghan Maureen McDonough
As Rita Belmont (Presidential Representative)
Tatum Langton
As Penny (Patient: Injured In Car Accident)
Main Cast
Ellen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Sarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Camilla Luddington
As Dr. Jo Wilson
Jerrika Hinton
As Dr. Stephanie Edwards
Tessa Ferrer
As Dr. Leah Murphy
Gaius Charles
As Dr. Shane Ross
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


April and Avery run out of the wedding together, holding hands. They get in the car and April suddenly looks worried. But she kisses him and tells him to drive off...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.42 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Josh RecordBonesAlex and Jo sit at the bedside, End of episode.
Sleeping At LastTotal Eclipse of the HeartApril and Jackson run out of the wedding.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Every day a surgeon makes decisions that could go one of two ways. Either very good, or very, very, very bad. The problem is, the epically great decisions and the epically bad ones look exactly the same when you're making them.

Cristina: The weeping sisters have gone through every tissue in the building.
Meredith: Did you get the mother to calm down at least?
Cristina: I tried. But how was I supposed to pretend that what just happened wasn't the coolest thing I've ever seen? I've always been on the fence about the Kepner, but now I'm not just a friend. I'm a fan.
(Meredith leaves the room angrily)
Cristina: Was that about me?
Derek: No, it's me. The President called me and now I have to go back on a promise I made her.
Cristina: Oh good, better you than me.

Bailey: You had pizza for lunch, didn't you?
Ben: No.
Bailey: You don't have to gossip with me, Ben Warren, but you better not start lying to me.
Ben: It was a burger.
Bailey: Ha! The plot thickens.

Callie: I know you're excited. You've been smiling since we found the house, and I have missed that smile so much. But three weeks ago, you were convinced we weren't going to last. I'm worried that you're thinking about how good it feels now and not thinking about the fact that I come with the house.
Arizona: You know why I smile when I think about that house?
Callie: Hmm?
Arizona: I look at that house and I don't see a hospital bed in our bedroom, and I don't see a shower that you had to drag me into because I wouldn't do it on my own. I see a tire swing, and a tree house. We may wake up in a year and realize it was a huge mistake. But if it works...oh my god. Just thinking about it makes me smile so hard my face hurts.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) Looking back, it is easy to see when a mistake is being made. To regret a choice that seemed like a decent idea at the time. But if we used our best judgement, and listened to our hearts, we're more likely to see that we chose wisely and avoid the deepest, most painful regret of them all: the regret that comes from letting something amazing pass you by.

Episode Goofs

When Leah is talking to Ben in the staff room and trying to get him to gossip, she is tying her right shoe. She puts her foot down and reaches into her cubicle when Bailey enters the room. The camera angle changes, and Leah has her foot propped up again, tying the same shoe.


When Bailey is in the staff room talking to Ben about his lunch, Leah's white lab coat switches from being spread across her lap to bunched up on one leg multiple times between shots.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Take It Back

'Take It Back' is the title of a song originally sung by Pink Floyd.

John F. Kennedy: When Ben and Bailey are arguing over him quitting surgery, he sarcastically asks Bailey if everything was his fault, including killing JFK.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States.

Episode References
Season 10, Episode 12: Jackson stood up during April's wedding in 10x12 "Get Up, Stand Up" and told her that he was in love with her.

Season 10, Episode 12: Shane performed a surgery on Alex's dad without permission in 10x12 "Get Up, Stand Up" and almost killed him.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  Lisa Taylor (1)
Associate ProducerNoah Evslin
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
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
Script SupervisorLindsay Cohen
Production CoordinatorThomas Barg
Assistant EditorStacy Katzman
Re-Recording MixerTodd Langer  |  Karol Urban
Art DirectorBrian Harms
Post Production CoordinatorNicole Rizzo
Executive Story EditorAustin Guzman  |  Gabriel Llanas
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Production AccountantGordon Loi
Chief Lighting TechnicianRick A. West
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherNancy Kiu
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Special Effects CoordinatorJason Gustafson
Production StaffAkua Murphy  |  Daniel Robinson  |  Erin Cancino  |  Abby Chambers  |  Lense Gebre-mariam
Video Playback OperatorRyan Blank
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Department Head HairstylistMelanie Smith
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike  |  Allan Hamilton
Computer/video SupervisorMatt Bosson
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