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Grey's Anatomy: You Be Illin'

The doctors get sick after flu patients flood the hospital. Meanwhile, Derek must deliver an important speech on brain mapping, despite feeling ill; and a new doctor introduces Alex to a different way of practicing medicine.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 10x18
Airdate: Thursday April 03rd, 2014

Director: Nicole Cummins
Writer: Zoanne Clack

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 07, 2014
AU (Seven) Jun 16, 2014
NZ (2) Sep 01, 2014


Guest Stars
Billy MaloneBilly Malone
As Jon McNeil (Father of Patient Ivy McNeil)
Bresha WebbBresha Webb
As Teresa Morris (Mother of Patient Braden Morris)
Mark Adair-RiosMark Adair-Rios
As David Morris (Father Of Patient Braden Morris)
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Patrick FabianPatrick Fabian
As Dr. Oliver Lebackes (Attending Pediatric Surgeon)
Rebecca FieldRebecca Field
As Sabine McNeil (Mother of Patient Ivy McNeil)
Graham HamiltonGraham Hamilton
As Abraham Treadwell (Brother Of Patient Logan Treadwell)
Jesse Johnson (2)Jesse Johnson (2)
As Logan Treadwell (Patient: Tetanus)

Co-Guest Stars
Armani JacksonArmani Jackson
As Braden Morris (Patient: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency)
Jadin GouldJadin Gould
As Ivy McNeil (Patient: End Stage Heart Failure)
Thomas BarbuscaThomas Barbusca
As Link McNeil (Brother Of Patient Ivy McNeil)
Gordon JamesGordon James
As ER Nurse
Harley GrahamHarley Graham
As Francesca McNeil (Sister Of Patient Ivy McNeil)
Mara HallMara Hall
As Nurse Kathleen
Teresa HuangTeresa Huang
As Nurse Ruth
Enn ReitelEnn Reitel
As Dr. Gerhardt Strauss (European Delegate For Derek's Presentation)
Lovelee CarrollLovelee Carroll
As Janis (Mother Of Infant Heart Patient)
Robert BeuthRobert Beuth
As Mr. Gordor (Dr. Meredith Grey's Patient)
J.B. TadenaJ.B. Tadena
As Nurse Adam
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


A viral infection is running rampant throughout the hospital, resulting in everyone getting sick. A child sneezes on Arizona, which gets passed onto Alex, which leads to Jo, then April, then Avery all coming into contact with it in one way of another. Richard warns all doctors to be cautious...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.28 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BootstrapsI Wanna Dance With SomebodyApril gets home, Meredith shows Derek the video.
The Donnies The AmysTendernessDerek helps Bailey and April with surgery.
George ClintonAtomic DogArizona, Alex and Oliver perform their surgery.
Magic WandsBurning UpArizona and Alex talk, the illness spreads.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) The average person touches their face about eighteen times every waking hour. That leaves you susceptible to infection about one-hundred times a day. Infection has a nasty habit of taking advantage of our everyday behaviours. It spreads by touching doors, desks, elevator buttons, pens, sharing cups, even money. All we can do is try our best to prevent it from spreading, because once it's out there the infection usually wins.

Owen: Hey, what's wrong?
Cristina: A donor heart just showed up for my Cardiomyopathy kid.
Owen: Help me out with why that's bad.
Cristina: It's just bad timing.
Ross: Today is day thirty of recovery for our conduit trial patients, that last day for our report to the NIH.
Owen: Which will inform your Harper-Avery consideration.
Cristina: Hey, you said that. I didn't...but yes. I'd planned on spending all day with the conduit kids to be sure we ended it with the most optimal results.
Owen: Instead you have to save the life of a little girl. That sucks.
Cristina: Oh, I know...oh you're being facetious.
Owen: Yep.

Bailey: Look, there's two kinds of man-sick: the Jackson kind and the Ben Warren kind. Now, when I get home tonight Dr. Ben Warren will call out "Miranda!" from his foetal position on the couch and beg me for saltines and a wet wash cloth for his head. Jackson's "crawl away like a goat" kind is the good one.

Callie: Ohh, you know, I can be fairly turbulent myself. Yeah, I've had my share of things to get angry about. Ortho's saved me a couple of times. I get to work my crap out and someone else is healed in the process and I get paid. It's a win-win-win.
Jo: Right now I feel like I might never get angry again.
Callie: Oh, sweetie. You date Alex Karev. You always have a reason to be angry.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) It's a known fact that doctors make the worst patients. We ignore our symptoms until we're face down on the ground. We like to think we're a different species from our patients, but none of us are invincible. Eventually, we have to face the fact that we're human, and that sometimes even the mightiest of us need help.

Episode Goofs

When Arizona and Alex are walking through the hall and talking about their surgery, Arizona reaches for a door handle and opens it. The door is on the right hand side of the hallway. The camera angle changes as Arizona and Alex walk through the door, but now Arizona is walking around the door instead of through it and the door is closed.

Cultural References
Episode Title: You Be Illin'

'You Be Illin'' is the title of a song originally sung by Run DMC.

Dead Man Walking: When Leah runs off to the bathroom to be sick Stephanie yells to her, "Dead man walking!"

This is a reference to the 1995 film 'Dead Man Walking' starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.

Scrooge McDuck: When Jo is yelling at Alex about paying off his student loans, he says to her, "back off Scrooge McDuck."

Scrooge McDuck is a cartoon character from the children's television series 'DuckTales.'

David Bowie: When Derek comes into the OR in his full contamination suit, Bailey calls him "Major Tom."

Major Tom is a fictional character created by David Bowie for his songs "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes," and "Hallo Spaceboy."

Episode References
Season 9, Episode 23: Jo admits to Callie that she has had physical altercations in her previous relationships. In 9x23 "Readiness is All," Jo beat up her boyfriend Jason after he hit her.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKarin Gleason  |  Austin Guzman  |  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
Script SupervisorLindsay Cohen
Production CoordinatorThomas Barg
Assistant EditorJustin Chinn
Re-Recording MixerTodd Langer  |  Karol Urban
Art DirectorBrian Harms
Executive Story EditorGabriel Llanas
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Production AccountantCathy Chang
Chief Lighting TechnicianRick A. West
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherBarbara Friend
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Special Effects CoordinatorJason Gustafson
Production StaffKevin Brotman  |  Caroline Reston  |  Bradley Maurer  |  Rebecca Wolfe  |  Travis Richard Weaver
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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