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Grey's Anatomy: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

Burke and Cristina's differences are shown when a young boy needs a transplant but he refuses to get it. Meanwhile, the interns help Alex prepare for his exams when it's revealed that he failed them. Meredith has to re-instill the Christmas spirit in Izzie and Derek refuses to feel festive.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x12
Production Number: 208
Airdate: Sunday December 11th, 2005

Director: Peter Horton
Writer: Krista Vernoff

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Sep 04, 2006
DE (Pro7) Dec 05, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Jan 24, 2007


Guest Stars
Andrew BilgoreAndrew Bilgore
As Tim Epstein (Patient: Fell Off Roof Stringing Christmas Lights)
C.J. SandersC.J. Sanders
As Justin Davidson (Patient: Heart Transplant)
Helen SlaterHelen Slater
As Nadia Shelton (Patient: Gastric Ulcer)
Jenny OJenny O'Hara
As Mrs. Shelton (Mother of Patient Nadia Shelton)
Kathe MazurKathe Mazur
As Mrs. Epstein (Wife of Patient Tim Epstein)
Michael HyattMichael Hyatt
As Mariann Davidson (Mother of Patient Justin)
Richard JenikRichard Jenik
As Jimmy Shelton (Husband of Patient Nadia Shelton)

Co-Guest Stars
John CapponJohn Cappon
As John the Paramedic
Kathleen M. DarcyKathleen M. Darcy
As Anesthesiologist
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Rik DeskinRik Deskin
As Pedestrian #1
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Dr. Richard Webber's Assistant)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Alan FudgeAlan Fudge
As Ernie Shelton (Father of Patient Nadia Shelton)
Alex StammAlex Stamm
As Josh Shelton (Son of Patient Nadia Shelton)
Sarah McDermottSarah McDermott
As Leah Epstein (Daughter of Patient Tim Epstein)
Savannah McDermottSavannah McDermott
As Jesse Epstein (Daughter of Patient Tim Epstein)
Sean McDermottSean McDermott
As Jake Epstein (Son of Patient Tim Epstein)
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: 15.70 Million Viewers

Trivia: The book that Burke is reading at the end of the episode is "Exploring Judaism".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Catie CurtisLo, How a Rose E'er BloomingCristina Check on Justin, Explains Her Beliefs
Holidays On IceHere Comes Your RideAddison Asks About Christmas Gifts, Derek Deflects
JetBack Door SantaGeorge Talks to a Patient and Her Chaotic Family
The LeeVeesLatke ClanDerek Performs Surgery on His Patient Again
Lou RawlsSanta Claus Is Comin' to TownBurke Brings Cristina to Meet His Patient, Justin
Maria TaylorChristmas After AllDerek and Izzie Talk about a Patient's Demeanor
MascottThis Christmastime (featuring Dave Derby)Burke Talks to Justin About His Latest Surgery
Nat King ColeThe Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)Opening Scenes, Christmas Tree, Meredith's Home
Sixpence None The RicherIt Came Upon a Midnight ClearMeredith Leaving the Hospital, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): It's an urban myth that suicide rates spike during the holidays. Turns out they actually go down. Experts think it's because people are less inclined to off themselves when surrounded by family. Ironically, that same family togetherness is thought to be the reason why depression rates actually do spike at the holidays. (seeing Izzie decorated the living room for Christmas) Yeah, okay. Izzie doesn't count.

Bailey: Do not kick me!
George: Excuse me?
Bailey: Are you kicking me under the table, O'Malley?
George: No!
Bailey: Then clearly I wasn't talking to you! (sighs, to her stomach) You cannot kick me while I'm doing my job. (deep breath) Thank you.

Alex: Why would you wanna help me after what I did?
Izzie: Because, it's what Jesus would freakin' do!

Nurse: Chief, Adelle just called.
Chief: Tell her I'm ---
Nurse: She knows you're not in surgery and she said to tell you, quote: We are going to our niece's school pageant this morning. You have known about it for months. And after what you pulled on Thanksgiving, than she started using a great many word that I don't feel comfortable repeating.
Chief: Look - I have 7 surgeons on vacation.
Nurse: There was something about divorce.

(At the beginning of the episode)
Derek: Hey.
Meredith: Hey! You okay? You seem ...
Derek: Yeah. You know ... holidays.
Meredith: Oh. Yeah. I do know.

(At the end of the episode)
Derek: Hey.
Meredith: Hey.
Derek: You okay?
Meredith: Yeah, yeah. You know, holidays.
Derek: Yeah. I do know.

George: It looks like Santa threw up in here.

Derek: (to Addison) I'm not saying this to hurt you or because I want to leave you, because I don't. Meredith wasn't a fling. She wasn't revenge. I fell in love with her. That doesn't go away because I decided to stay with you.

Christina: I'm a 55 year old man. I'm nauseous and I can't stop throwing up.
Alex: Forget it alright. I didn't ask for anybody's help.
Christina: Look evil spawn, you can nurse your pride, key word being nurse. Or you can pass your test and be a doctor. Up to you.
Alex: (pauses) Any abdominal pain.
Christina: Yes, from my giant fat belly all the way to my back. Oh and I'm drunk. Hiccup. Hiccup.

Cristina: You know I don't believe in Santa either Justin or God. (Justin looks over at her slowly) I believe in medicine. And it's a medical miracle you're alive. With that you heart you had, you should've, you should've died after two weeks after you were born. Except some surgeon figured out a way to give you someone else's heart which is, is so much cooler than Santa. ... So I'm just saying ... I think you should decide to live. ... Live so you can become a doctor and you can find a way to do heart transplants without someone having to die. Or live so you can grow up so you can have kids and you know what raise them not to believe in Santa. And that, that would piss your mom off. (Justin smiles) Just decide to live because in your case dying really isn't the best revenge.

Meredith (closing voiceover): There's an old proverb that says you can't choose your family. You take what the fates hand you. And like them or not, love them or not, understand them or not, you cope. Then there's the school of thought that says the family you're born into is simply a starting point. They feed you, and clothe you, and take care of you until you're ready to go out into the world and find your tribe.

Episode Goofs
Crew or Equipment Visible:

In the scene with Burke asking Cristina about her religious practices, you can see the camerman and lighting man in the reflection of the windows.


In the scene where Derek is looking at the brain scan and Addison walks in, he is rolling his headphones around his iPod then puts it in his pocket. However, when he stands up to walk out, the headphones are around is neck.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" is the title of a popular Christmas song that has been recorded by The Beatles, Randy Brooks, and Elmo & Patsy.

American Psycho: Cristina says "Oh but when Tiny Tim goes all Norman Bates on us I am blaming you."

Norman Bates is the main character of the 2000 film "American Psycho".

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 10: George makes a joke in the OR about Alex killing a patient. Alex caused the death of a patient in 2x10 "Much Too Much" by administering the incorrect dosage of medicine.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
Production DesignerBrandee Dell'aringa
EditorSusan Vaill
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerCarla Corwin
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
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
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 StaffSean P. Galvin  |  Sascha Ciezata  |  Thomas Barg  |  Winter Zemans  |  Bethany Ratner  |  Karin Gleason
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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