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Grey's Anatomy: Owner of a Lonely Heart

Cristina finds little sympathy for an inmate who purposely endangers her health to get out of serving her term in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, the interns are put in charge of watching the newborn quintuplets, each with varying health concerns; Izzie's frustrations with Alex's shortcomings hit their end; and Derek teaches Izzie an important, yet painful lesson.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 207
Airdate: Sunday December 04th, 2005

Director: Dan Minahan
Writer: Mark Wilding

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Aug 28, 2006
DE (Pro7) Nov 28, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Jan 17, 2007


Guest Stars
Curtis ArmstrongCurtis Armstrong
As Mr. Martin (Patient: Tumour On Pituitary Gland)
Margaret WelshMargaret Welsh
As Dorie Russell (Patient: Mother of Quintuplets)
Pat Healy (1)Pat Healy (1)
As Tom Russell (Husband of Patient Dorie Russell)
Sarah UtterbackSarah Utterback
As Nurse Olivia Harper
Rosanna ArquetteRosanna Arquette
As Constance Ferguson (Patient: Prisoner Who Swallowed Razor Blade)
Timothy BottomsTimothy Bottoms
As Carl Murphy (Patient: Leeches For Skin Melanoma)

Co-Guest Stars
Brooke BlanchardBrooke Blanchard
As Jill the Paramedic
Patricia BethunePatricia Bethune
As Nurse Ginger
Amie DoneganAmie Donegan
As NICU Nurse #2
Elaine KaoElaine Kao
As NICU Nurse
Monica GarciaMonica Garcia
As Peds Nurse
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
Kate WalshKate Walsh
As Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd
T.R. KnightT.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Isaiah WashingtonIsaiah Washington
As Dr. Preston Burke
Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 20.58 Million Viewers

Trivia: This episode was originally entitled "Little Creatures".

Awards: This episode was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup For A Series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Emiliana TorriniSunny RoadIzzie Tends to the Baby, Derek and Meredith Talk
Gemma HayesTwo StepPatient Has Odd Request, George and Olivia Talk
James BluntTears and RainDerek Leaves, Izzie Watches Baby, Meredith's Sorry
Jim NoirI Me You I'm YourOpening Scenes, Seattle, Hospital, Babies in NICU
MoonbabiesWar On SoundMeredith Takes Izzie's Hand, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Four hundred years ago, another English guy had an opinion on being alone. John Donne. He thought we were never alone. Of course it it was fancier when he said it. No man is an island entire onto himself. Boil down that island talk and he just means that all anyone needs is someone to step in and let us know we're not alone. And who's to say that someone can't have four legs. Someone to play with, or run around with, or just hang out.

Constance: Dont worry, I only killed 3 people and none of them were doctors.

Meredith: So, you're giving up your trailer.
Derek: I am not giving up my trailer.
Meredith: So you are still you?
Derek: I'm still me.

Olivia: I'm sorry, I still get a little squeamish around leeches.
George: Really? That is not what I have heard.

Karl: But sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, they just can't love you back in the same way. Believe me, son. Living with a woman who can't love you back...way lonelier than being alone.

George: By the way, uh...Sorry you had to see that little scene earlier.
Karl: Oh, you mean talking with the girl who isn't your girlfriend about the girl who you'd like to be your girlfriend?

Addison: It wasn't your fault.
Izzie: You put me in charge. I fell asleep. I killed that baby.
Addison: No, you didn't. She was going to die anyway. She had a restricted atrial septum and virtually no aorta. As soon as Dr. Burke opened up her chest we knew she didn't have a chance.
Izzie (shakes her head, upset): I don't get it. You order me to stay the night to take care of her. I worked my ass off doing CPR, pumping her full of every drug on the planet and, and ... I mean god, do you have any idea how scared I was? It was all for nothing?!
Addison: Hardly. If the situation ever comes up again I know you'll be able to handle the pressure.
Izzie: You lied to me!
Addison: You have to learn distances Stevens. You'll be a better doctor for it.
Izzie (disbelievingly): A better, a better doctor? (she shakes her head, angry at Addison and walks away. Addison looks unhappy and sighs)

Meredith: Hey, Iz.
Izzie: Okay, really? You think I'm talking to you?
Meredith: Well, I just wanted to say I'm sorry.
Izzie: What are you sorry for? (Meredith is silent) When Derek broke up with you I never once said you're better off without him. It's not supportive, it's condescending. I was there. All I ever am is there for you guys and the one time I need you ... Just go away Meredith.

Olivia: You had no right to speak to me that way in front of a patient.
George: Yeah, well you hurt my friend.
Olivia: I had no idea Alex was seeing Izzie. That's not what you're upset about.
George: You have no idea why I'm upset. Besides you know what I don't understand is why Alex? (he turns to face her) And why again?
Olivia: People get lonely, George.

George: I have the best quint. Lucy, she just smiled at me.
Izzie: She's nine hours old, George.
George: I'm saying there are 5 babies here and clearly mine is the best one.
Meredith: Charlotte's smart. She's got wrinkles on her forehead, very serious.
Izzie: Okay, A. This is not a competition and B. my quint kicks your quints' asses. Emily is strong, she won't let go of my finger.
Cristina: Ah, hey! Julie has her organs on the outside of her body and she's still alive thank you.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Four hundred years ago, another well-known English guy had an opinion on being alone. John Donne. He thought we were never alone. Of course it it was fancier when he said it. "No man is an island entire unto himself." Boil down that island talk, and he just meant that all anyone needs is someone to step in and let us know we're not alone. And who's to say that someone can't have four legs. Someone to play with, or run around with, or just hang out.

Episode Goofs

When baby Charlotte stops breathing Addison lifts her slightly by the head as she tries to get a better angle for her hands, and it is very obvious that it's a doll.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Owner of a Lonely Heart

"Owner of a Lonely Heart" is the title of a song by the band Yes.

The Beatles: In the opening voiceover Meredith says "Forty years ago The Beatles asked the world a simple question. They wanted to know where all the lonely people came from."

This is an allusion to the song Eleanor Rigby from The Beatles 1966 album "Revolver."

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 10: Mr. Martin is the patient that Alex administered the improper dosage of drugs to in 2x10 "Much Too Much".

Season 2, Episode 10: Dorie gave birth to her Quints in 2x10 "Much Too Much".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
Production DesignerBrandee Dell'aringa
EditorEdward Ornelas
CastingLinda Lowy  |  John Brace (1)
Unit Production ManagerCarla Corwin
First Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerLinda Bass
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Set DecoratorLinda Sutton-Doll
Location ManagerCarlyn Couch
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorJoe Mitacek
Post Production SupervisorJoy Ramos
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Story EditorStacy McKee
Executive Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorGail Just
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffEric Buchman  |  Elizabeth Klaviter  |  Darren Preston Lane  |  Blythe Robe  |  Chris Van Dusen
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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