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Grey's Anatomy: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Cristina and Meredith hide the truth about their relationships from each other. George is assigned to discharge an elderly patient who refuses to leave; and Alex learns the fate of his career when the results from his medical exams come in.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x14
Production Number: 210
Airdate: Sunday January 22nd, 2006


Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Sep 11, 2006
DE (Pro7) Dec 19, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Feb 07, 2007

  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (5 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Dr. Richard Webber's Assistant)
Recurring
Carole CookCarole Cook
As Mrs. Sophie Larson (Patient: Singing Woman Who Won't Leave)
Donovan LeitchDonovan Leitch
As Rick Freeark (Patient: Severed Fingers)
Nancy LinariNancy Linari
As Sophie's Daughter

Co-Guest Stars
Cathy Lind HayesCathy Lind Hayes
As Nurse Debbie
Recurring
John OJohn O'Brien
As Jeffrey (Blood Work Doctor)
Recurring
Kate AnthonyKate Anthony
As GI Nurse
Recurring
Rigo SanchezRigo Sanchez
As Paramedic
Recurring
Christopher BoyerChristopher Boyer
As Tom Cline (Husband of Patient Naomi Cline)
Jill HoldenJill Holden
As Naomi Cline (Patient: Heart Valve Replacement)
Natalie N. OkamotoNatalie N. Okamoto
As Yumi Miyazaki (Patient: Persistent Hiccups)
Ricardo MolinaRicardo Molina
As ID Resident Amir
Tyshawn BryantTyshawn Bryant
As Friend #1
Yutaka TakeuchiYutaka Takeuchi
As Kamaji (Coach of Patient Yumi Miyazaki)
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: 21.04 Million Viewers

Storyline: We learn that Alex passed his medical board exams.

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



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Adrienne PierceFool's GoldGeorge Talks to Meredith About Dog, Closing Scenes
Carey OttAm I Just OneAlex and Izzie Try to Communicate with Yumi
MetricMonster HospitalBailey's Beeper Goes Off, Ambulance Brings Patient
Mike TarantinoWienermobile GirlCristina, Alex, and George's Hotdog Eating Contest
Saint EtienneA Good ThingOpening Scenes, Meredith and Cristina View Surgery
Sam WinchI Got Some MovesGeorge Talks to Sophie About Nursing Home


Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): As doctors, we're trained to be sceptical, because patients lie to us all the time. The rule is, the patient is lying until proven honest. Lying is bad, and so we're told, constantly. Honesty is the best policy. The truth will set you free. I chopped down the cherry tree, whatever. The fact is, lying is a necessity. We lie to ourselves, because the truth...the truth freakin' hurts.

George: (to Meredith) I'm putting my foot down. Either the dog moves out or I do. Foot. Down. Now. Me or the dog, which is it?
(Meredith stares at the dog)
George: You hesitated. She hesitated!
Izzie: You hesitated?!

Patient's daughter: The nursing home says she never showed up. How exactly is that possible?
Nurse: She wouldn't leave.
Patient's daughter: My mother is old and infirm. You couldn't make her leave?
Nurse: Have you met your mother?

Bailey: (as she leaves in the elevator) I may be 47 months pregnant, I may be on bed rest, I may not be able to see my own feet, but I am Dr. Bailey. I hear everything. I know everything. I'm watching each and every one of you. And I will return.

Cristina: Fine, if you want me to tell Burke I didn't move in I'll tell him.
Meredith: No, don't.
Cristina: What?
Meredith: Don't tell him. At least not right now or tonight. (Cristina sighs in relief) I just mean wait. It can wait. I lied about Derek. We're not just friends. I mean I'm not. He's still McDreamy.
Cristina: I know.

Izzie: You want me to open it?
Alex: Yeah, yeah you know it's just, I can't.
Izzie: I shouldn't-- I mean--
Alex: Look you already think I'm an idiot. It won't be anything shocking.
Izzie (opens his test results): Congratulations. You are not an idiot. Except when you're being an idiot.

Burke: Next time you forge my signature, let me know. Save me a trip.
Meredith: That's it? You're not going to yell and say 'Dammit Grey' and storm out?
Burke (smiles): I will if you want me to.
Meredith: No.
(A little later)
Meredith: Thank you for not chewing me out for forging your signature.
Burke: Thank you. (Meredith looks confused) I know it was probably you who convinced Cristina. She's very strong but she listens to you. If you told her to move in ... (he smiles briefly) Anyway, thank you. (he walks away leaving Meredith looking uncomfortable)
Meredith: No problem.

Patricia (reading a note): 'The surgical floor has become a dumping ground for patients who aren't even surgical. We are overworked and exhausted. This makes for un...'
Richard: The nurses again? Can't you do something about this? You used to be one of them. Don't you speak nurse?
Patricia (stops reading the note): That's why you don't get any respect from the nurses; surgical arrogance.
Richard: I'm not arrogant.
Patricia: You're killing them with that workload. Look at the board!
Richard: What? That's a beautiful board.
Patricia: That's a crowded board. (she hands him the note she's reading) We need more nurses!

Cristina: McDreamy's being McDouchey.

Izzie: You're not moving out, George.
George: Oh yes I am. I gave an ultimatum. Threw down the gauntlet. I drew my line in the sand.
Izzie: Well, un-give, un-throw, un-draw.
George: A man does not give an ultimatum and then back down. Meredith had a choice and she chose the dog.

Meredith (closing voiceover): No matter how hard we try to ignore or deny it, eventually the lies fall away, whether we like it or not. But here's the truth about the truth: It hurts. So we lie.



Episode Goofs
Wrong Line:

When Bailey is getting into the elevator to go home she says she has been pregnant for 47 months instead of weeks.



Cultural References
Episode Title: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

"Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" is part of a lyric from the song "Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac.

Cujo: George says to Meredith "Cujo has to go!"

Cujo is a crazy, rabid dog from the book "Cujo", later made into a movie, by Stephen King.



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
EditorBriana London
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 DecoratorKaren Bruck
Location ManagerCarlyn Couch
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorRevis Meeks
Post Production SupervisorJoy Ramos
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Story EditorStacy McKee
Sound MixerBeau Baker
Executive Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorGail Just
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffKatherine Campbell  |  Courtenay Williams  |  Hector Leal  |  Sonay Washington  |  Michelle Hall
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
 
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