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Grey's Anatomy: Begin the Begin

As the new year unfolds, Izzie vows to let Alex's affair go, and it comes easier when she hits it off with Denny Duquette, a heart transplant patient. George treats Bex, a teen hermaphrodite, with a tumor and Alex treats a man who ate his novel after not being pleased with the results. Meanwhile, Derek talks with Meredith's mom, Addison expresses her disgust with Derek's living arrangements, and the residents, especially Cristina, have a hard time dealing with the new work limit.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x13
Production Number: 209
Airdate: Sunday January 15th, 2006

Director: Jessica Yu
Writer: Kip Koenig

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Sep 04, 2006
DE (Pro7) Dec 12, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Jan 31, 2007


Guest Stars
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette (Patient: Heart Transplant)
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Ellis Grey (Mother of Dr. Meredith Grey)
Becca GardnerBecca Gardner
As Bex Singleton (Patient: Hermaphrodite)
John ProskyJohn Prosky
As Mr. Singleton (Father of Patient Bex Singleton)
Lauren TomLauren Tom
As Audrey Pascowitz (Wife of Patient Malar Pascowitz)
Shannon CochranShannon Cochran
As Mrs. Singleton (Mother of Patient Bex Singleton)
Stephen SpinellaStephen Spinella
As Malar Pascowitz (Patient: Ate His Novel)

Co-Guest Stars
Joyce GuyJoyce Guy
As Administrator (Staff Member At Retirement Home)
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Rob NaritaRob Narita
As Anesthesiologist
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
Opening Sequence: This episode (finally!) featured the full 30-second theme song again, as opposed to the shortened 5-seconds version the past few weeks.

Casting: This is the first appearance of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Denny Duquette).

Ratings: 18.97 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The 88Hide Another MistakeOpening Scenes, Izzie and George Hiding from Dog
Cary BrothersRideIzzie Leaves Denny's Room, Bex's Parents Talk
Kraak And SmaakOne of These DaysElevator Scene, Meredith Tells Derek She Got a Dog
Slow RunnerBreak Your Momma's BackBex Asks for Scissors, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Fresh starts thanks to the calendar they happen every year --just set your watch to January, our reward for surviving the holiday season is a new year. Bringing on the great tradition of new years resolutions, put your past behind you and start over. It's hard to resist the chance of a new beginning, a chance to put the problems of last year to bed.

George: We need to talk about the dog.
Izzie: That's not a dog. It's a hyena escaped from the zoo, and dressed in dog clothing.

Richard: Cranky nurses don't do us any good.
Izzie: (to Alex) Oh, well, maybe you can cheer them up.

George: ... well, then, why?
Bex: I'm as flat as a board. I took like five of those pills a day.
George: (looks confused)
Bex: Boobs, dude!

Derek: (to Addison) There is a land called Passive Agressiva, and you are their queen.

George: In high school I was secretary and treasurer of the Dungeons & Dragons club.
Bex: Oh man..

Meredith: I've moved on. So don't give me that look.
Derek: What look?
Meredith: That look. Our look. I'm over you.
Derek: I'm over you too.
Meredith: You are?
Derek: No.
Meredith: Well, I am... Over you.
Derek: I'm over you too.
Meredith: You just said-- shut up.

George: Your lab work...showed...have you been taking birth control pills?
Bex: If you tell my mom and dad they'll-
George: I won't! I won't--I just need to know...why? Do you have a boyfriend?
Bex: Like anyone would want to have sex with me--
George: Well...then...why?
Bex: I'm as flat as a board. I took like five of those pills a day and nothing's different. Boobs, dude.
George: You...were trying to make your breasts grow.
Bex: I wanted to be normal for once in my life.

Cristina: I wasn't gonna have it. The baby. And you don't get to be mad about that. We barely knew each other. I was an intern, and there was no way that I could have even...
Burke: I'm not mad.
Cristina: You're not?
Burke: No. I just wanted to know. I want to know things.

Bailey: I hope seeing you here means that they finally found you a heart.
Denny: No offence doctor but I'm not a big fan of hospitals. It takes something pretty special to get me in here.
Bailey (to Izzie): What do we know about Mr Duquette?
Denny: Capricorn, single, loves to travel and cook.
Bailey: Denny be quiet. Let her show off.

George: Hey, aren't you supposed to be having free time?
Meredith: Oh, I did 5 loads of laundry. Cut my split ends, studied, cleaned out the fridge. Free time sucks.
George: When would have been the best time to hear about your boyfriend's wife?
Meredith (gives him a look): Okay, are you mad at me or something?
George: No! No. Sorry. It's just I have this patient and I get that there's a right and a wrong time to hear big news but wouldn't you rather no sooner than later? I mean just so you could move forward one way or the other. It's a fresh start, right?

Meredith (closing voiceover): Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It's not on the calendar, it's not a birthday, it's not a new year, it's an event --big or small, something that changes us, ideally it gives us hope, a new way of living and looking at the world, letting go of old habits, old memories. What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning, but it's also important to remember amid all the crap are a few things really worth holding on to.

Episode Goofs

At first Bex is drawing with her right sleeve rolled up, but in the next shot it's down.

Crew or Equipment Visible:

When George talks to Bex about his years at school, you can see a little microphone taped on her shoulder.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Begin the Begin

"Begin the Begin" is a reference to the song "Begin the Beguine" from the movie De-Lovely, sung by Sheryl Crow.

Or with a little broader prospective, it's a reference to the song "Begin the Beguine" written by Cole Porter (the subject of De-Lovely) and performed famously both Ella Fitzgerald and by Artie Shaw

Begin the Begin is also a song by R.E.M from the album Life's Rich Pageant.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 11: Izzie and George want to get rid of the dog that they got in 2x11 "Owner of A Lonely Heart".

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 DirectorAnnette Sutera
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerLinda Bass
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
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 StaffChris Van Dusen  |  Genny Hutchison  |  Eric Buchman  |  Elizabeth Klaviter  |  Darren Preston Lane  |  Blythe Robe
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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