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Grey's Anatomy: Break on Through

When the nurses at Seattle Grace go on strike, the doctors are forced to work without them. While most of the doctors cross the picket line, George refuses to cross due to his union roots. With Bailey on maternity leave, the interns meet their temporary resident, Dr. Sydney Heron, who is the exact opposite of Dr. Bailey, which Cristina has a hard time adjusting to. Meanwhile, secrets from Izzie's past are revealed as she treats a young, pregnant teen; and Meredith makes a mistake in treating an elderly patient.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x15
Production Number: 211
Airdate: Sunday January 29th, 2006

Director: David Paymer
Writer: Zoanne Clack

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Sep 11, 2006
DE (Pro7) Jan 02, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Feb 14, 2007


Guest Stars
Kali RochaKali Rocha
As Dr. Sydney Heron (The Interns New Attendant)
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Ellis Grey (Mother of Dr. Meredith Grey)
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Dr. Richard Webber's Assistant)
Sarah UtterbackSarah Utterback
As Nurse Olivia Harper
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Betty GarrettBetty Garrett
As Eleanor (Friend of Patient Grace Bickham)
June LockhartJune Lockhart
As Agnes (Friend of Patient Grace Bickham)
Kenneth MitchellKenneth Mitchell
As Wade Solomon (Husband of Patient Claire Solomon)
Leisha HaileyLeisha Hailey
As Claire Solomon (Patient: Necrotizing Fasciitis)
Monica CalhounMonica Calhoun
As Shyan's Mother
Rae AllenRae Allen
As Ruth (Friend of Patient Grace Bickham)
Regine NehyRegine Nehy
As Shyan (Patient: Young Pregnant Girl)

Co-Guest Stars
Cathy Lind HayesCathy Lind Hayes
As Nurse Debbie
Jeremy RabbJeremy Rabb
As ER Resident
Kate AnthonyKate Anthony
As GI Nurse
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Zibby AllenZibby Allen
As Temp Nurse
Amy Cale PetersonAmy Cale Peterson
As Nurse Home Staffer
Donna HardyDonna Hardy
As Grace Bickham (Patient: Intubated Elderly Lady)
Pamela RoylancePamela Roylance
As Alice Bickham (Daughter of Patient Grace Bickham)
Teddi SiddallTeddi Siddall
As Anne (Girlfriend of Alice Bickham)
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
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: 18.44 Million Viewers

Storyline: We find out Izzie had a baby at a very young age, but gave her up for adoption.

Opening Credits: This episode did not feature the opening credits sequence.

Casting: Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This is the first episode in which one of the main cast members does not appear.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AqueductThe Suggestion BoxOpening Scenes, Hospital, Picket Line, Chanting
Kate EarlSomeone To LoveIzzie Talks to the Teenage Patient About Adoption
Kendall PayneScratchWaiting for Patient to Die, Another Giving Birth
Landon PiggSailed OnLife Support Removed, Cristina Talks to Burke
Leeroy StaggerJust In CasePatricia Walks Away from Webber, Closing Scenes
VassyWanna FlyBar Scene, Cristina Gets into a Fight with a Nurse

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): In general, lines are there for a reason: for security, for clarity. If you choose to cross the line, you pretty much do so at your own risk. So why is it, that the bigger the line, the greater the temptation to cross it?

Meredith (opening voiceover): In general, lines are there for a reason: for security, for clarity. If you choose to cross the line, you pretty much do so at your own risk. So why is it, that the bigger the line, the greater the temptation to cross it?

George: Can't.. ca.. can't cross the picket line. I can't.
Izzie: I don't like it either George, but what choice do we have? You took an oath to heal. You're a healer.
George: Dad's a truck driver. Mom's a teacher. If the evening news shows me crossing the picket line, they'll out live me just to pee on my grave.

Sydney: Anyone care to probe the wound?
Cristina and Alex: (at the same time) I do.
Alex: I'd really like to try your method of healing with love.
Sydney: I like the way you think, Alex. You do the honours.
(Cristina shakes her head)

Izzie: This my daughter. In the picture she's 6 but she's 11 now. She lived in Santa Barbara but they moved. I don't know where. But I know her name is Hannah and she likes pigs.
Cheyenne (chuckles): Pigs?
Izzie (smiles): Yep, she collects them. Like figurines or stuffed animals, you know. I think it's because her mom probably read her 'Charlotte's Web'.
Cheyenne: I thought you were her mom.
Izzie (teary eyed): I'm her mother but I'm not her mom. ... Look um I know that where we come from this kind of thing doesn't get talked about but I wanted you to know that there's more than one way to be a good mother. I wanted, I wanted better for her than I could do at sixteen.
Cheyenne (teary eyed): I love my baby.
Izzie: Of course you do. But you're reading her Shakespeare. When you're working twelve hours at the diner, like our moms, you won't be coming home and reading her Shakespeare.

Cristina: She called me unkind and lacking in compassion. In front of my boyfriend. I am not unkind.
Meredith: I think I have to kill a woman tomorrow. I have to take out the tube that is keeping her alive.
Cristina: Izzie.
Joe: This is the part where you say what is wrong with you.
Meredith: I have to kill a woman tomorrow.
Cristina: And that's a problem why? I mean if it's what she wants, it's what she wants. And that is not unkind or lacking in compassion. I'm a very compassionate person.

Meredith: We get to pick?
Cristina: Oh me. I'll-- I'm in on it.
Alex: I'll help. (they both leave quickly)
Meredith: I have patients that I need to check on. (she leaves quickly too)
Sydney: So it looks like it's just you and me, Izzie Mcgee!
Izzie (forces a laugh): It's-- It's ah, it's Stevens. Izzie Stevens.
Sydney: Oh no, I knew. I was just rhyming. (awkward pause)
Izzie: Oh right. Rhyming. That's -- That's neat.

Cheyenne: If I give up my baby, do I still get to name her?
Izzie: You can name her for yourself.
Cheyenne: Did you name yours?
Izzie: Yeah. (pauses) Sarah.
Cheyenne: (smiles) That's a pretty name.
Izzie: Yeah.

Cristina: She's with Alex. I can't do this in front of Alex.
Burke: Well, you can and you will.
Cristina: Uh, excuse me, why aren't you apologizing?
Burke: I'm, I'm an attending. I don't apologize to residents. You on the other hand are an intern.
Cristina (walks up to Sydney): Sydney I just wanted to ... (she glances briefly at Alex who looks very smug and straining to hear what she has to say) ah Just wanted to ah to ... (very quietly) apologize for you know overstepping, I'm sorry.
Sydney: Now that's the compassion I was looking for. Apology accepted. Okay, you wanna hug it out? (she holds out her arms)
Cristina: Oh.
Alex: Go. Go hug.

Meredith (closing voiceover): We can't help ourselves. We see a line, we want to cross it. Maybe it's the thrill of trading the familiar for the unfamiliar. A sort of personal dare. Only problem is, once you've crossed it's almost impossible to go back. But if you do manage to make it back across that line you find safety in numbers.

Episode Goofs

When Derek is in the closet with Meredith, he gives her a bag to breathe into. The bag has an orange sticker on one side. In one shot, you see the sticker on her right, and in the next shot it disappears. Then it reappears on the her left side.

Factual Error:

Izzie reveals that her home town is Chehalis, Washington. She pronounces it "Cheh-hay-less" and it is actually pronounced "Sheh-hay-less".

In the final scene Meredith and Izzy get in bed with George and eventually shut his light off. The room went completely black, which was wrong. George was playing on a PSP which should have kept him lit.

In the final scene Meredith and Izzy get in bed with George and eventually shut his light off. The room went completely black, which was wrong. George was playing on a PSP which should have kept him lit.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Break on Through

"Break on Through" is the title of a song by The Doors.

The Horse Whisperer Meredith says to Richard Webber "You're like the old-lady whisperer. They really cheer up when you come around."

"The old lady whisperer" is a reference to the term and novel The Horse Whisperer.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 14: The interns have a new resident after Bailey went on bed rest for her pregnancy in 2x14 "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies".

Season 2, Episode 14: Meredith, Izzie and George gave Doc to Addison and Derek at the end of 2x14 "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies".

Season 2, Episode 14: The nurses at Seattle Grace have gone on strike after giving notice in 2x14 "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies".

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 DirectorChris Hayden
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
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorMichelle Fellner
Post Production SupervisorJoy Ramos
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Story EditorStacy McKee
Sound MixerBeau Baker
Executive Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorGail Just
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffBethany Ratner  |  Sean P. Galvin  |  Sascha Ciezata  |  Thomas Barg  |  Winter Zemans  |  Karin Gleason
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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