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Grey's Anatomy: It's the End of the World (1)

All morning, Meredith felt like she was in for a bad day. Her fears are realized when a medical case threatens the lives of everyone at Seattle Grace, causing officials to put the hospital on a "code black".

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 212
Airdate: Sunday February 05th, 2006
Special Airtime: 10:15 pm

Director: Peter Horton
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Sep 18, 2006
DE (Pro7) Jan 09, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Feb 21, 2007


Special Guest Stars
Christina RicciChristina Ricci
As Hannah Davies (Paramedic With Her Hand On The Bomb)

Guest Stars
Cress WilliamsCress Williams
As Tucker Bailey (Dr. Miranda Bailey's Husband)
Jillian ArmenanteJillian Armenante
As Mindy Carlson (Wife of Patient James Carlson)
Kyle ChandlerKyle Chandler
As Dylan Young (Bomb Squad Leader)
Sarah UtterbackSarah Utterback
As Nurse Olivia Harper
Larry ClarkeLarry Clarke
As Paul (Best Friend of Patient James Carlson)

Co-Guest Stars
Cathy Lind HayesCathy Lind Hayes
As Nurse Debbie
John BishopJohn Bishop
As James Carlson (Patient: Unexploded Bomb In Abdomen)
Kathleen M. DarcyKathleen M. Darcy
As Anesthesiologist
Marty LodgeMarty Lodge
As Dr. Milton (Anesthesiologist)
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Jamal ThomasJamal Thomas
As Larry the Paramedic
O. Austen ReyO. Austen Rey
As Bomb Squad #1
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: 37.88 Million Viewers

Broadcast: This episode was broadcasted right after the Super Bowl.

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

Awards and Nominations: In conjunction with "(As We Know It)", this episode was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series.

DVD: This episode is presented in an 'uncut and extended' version on the second season DVD.

Ranking: This episode was voted #32 on the Futon Critic's 50 Best Episodes of 2006 article.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Chris Martin (1)In The Sun (featuring Michael Stripe)Meredith and Cristina Go to Hannah, Closing Scenes
K.T. TunstallMiniature DisastersO.R., Meredith is Talking to the Paramedic, Hannah
MonotypesDead StreetsGeorge's Dream of Izzie, Meredith, and Cristina
Ursula 1000Kaboom!Izzie Goes to Find Alex, Propositions Him for Sex

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): It's a look patients get in their eyes, there is a scent the smell of death, some kind of sixth sense, when the great beyond is headed for you, you feel it coming. What's the one thing you've always dreamed of doing before you die?

Meredith: Okay. The man I love has a wife, and then he chooses her over me. And that wife takes my dog. Okay, she didn't take the dog, I gave it to her, but I didn't mean to give it to her, I meant to give it to him. But that does not change the fact that she's got my McDreamy. And my McDog. She's got my McLife. And what have I got?

Meredith: I have a feeling.
Derek: I get those.
Meredith: Yeah?
Derek: Yeah.
Meredith: And?
Derek: If you wait long enough, it passes.
Meredith: Promise?
Derek: I promise.
(Meredith walks away, and Addison walks in)
Addison: Hey ... what'ya doing?
Derek: Waiting for it to pass ...

Izzie: We're watchers. We have to become more proactive, George. We have to become doers.
George: Fight for what we want.
Izzie: We have to do.
George: Yeah.
(George looks confused at Izzie as she's standing up)
George: Oh, you mean, starting right now. Okay.

Dylan Young: You close him up, you do whatever you have to do. The Chief of Surgery has authorized me to tell you that you can not stay here.
Derek: The Chief of Surgery doesn't scare me. Dr. Bailey scares me. I'm not going to be the one to let her husband die. (..) Now get out of my OR.

(The bomb squad guy is trying to get in the O.R. that Cristina is in and she's blocking the door)
Meredith (to the bomb squad): Oh no, she will hurt him.
Cristina: What is going on?
Meredith: Bomb in a body cavity.
Cristina: Man, all I got is Bailey's husband's open brain.
Meredith: What procedure?
Cristina: Craniotomy with Shepherd.
Meredith: Shepherd's got Bailey's husband on the table?
Dylan: Excuse me.
Meredith Bailey's having a baby!
Dylan: Excuse me! Stop talking! (Cristina makes a face)

Alex: Can you imagine? What she stick her hand in there for anyway?
Meredith: She was trying to save his life.
Alex: And now she might die because of it. (Burke opens the door)
Meredith: What do we do now?
Burke: I go back in and wait for the bomb squad. You leave. You all leave. (most of them leave. A few stay, including Meredith)
Alex: Mer, you comin'? (Meredith gives him a look) Okay, it's your funeral.
Meredith: You need a surgical team.
Burke: All I need is Dr. Milton to keep him under. The rest I can do by myself. (Meredith doesn't move) Fine. But you wait by the elevator. I don't want anybody in here that doesn't need to be in this O.R. When the bomb squad arrives we'll take it from there. Until then Milton and I are doing this alone. Now, go.

Meredith: How are you doing over there?
Hannah: My hand is getting numb and I gotta tell ya, this whole insides are all bloody and squishy thing is so not good for my gag reflex. But I'm good. Is this okay? Me being in here like this.
Meredith: Once Dr. Burke scrubs in. He'll have you remove your hand and then you can go. And we'll fix Mr. Carlson.
Hannah: Good. Cause I know how much medicine I know and it's just enough to never be allowed in an O.R. It's my second week. As a paramedic. I got out of school about a month ago.
Meredith: I haven't been doing this that long either.
Hannah: Oh. Talk about on the job training huh?

Episode Goofs
Casting Change:

In episode 5 'Bring the Pain' Bailey's husband is played by Bashir Salahuddin but in this episode (and forward) Cress Williams plays her husband, Tucker Jones.


When Bailey's water breaks you can hear a splashing noise as it hits the ground and George's shows. A moment later when she is being helped into a wheel chair her jeans are completely dry.


After Meredith puts her hand on the bomb, and everyone stands up, Burke is standing straight up. When it goes to a shot from up above, it shows Burke as kneeling down.


When Mrs Carlson is with the Chief in his office the Chief asks Alex to get her some coffee. However, at this time Alex should be busy with Izzie in the on-call room. We can tell this because before the coffee call, Alex and Izzie are in the on-call room, and it is not until after the coffee part that Alex and Izzie come back fixing up their clothes and hair.


When Alex runs out to warn Burke as he is running through the hall there is nothing on his head but when he gets in he is wearing a scrub cap.

Cultural References
Episode Title: It's the End of the World (As We Know It)

"It's the End of the World (As We Know It)" is a song by R.E.M.

Rosemary's Baby: Bailey says to the interns "They're telling me I've got Rosemary's babies."

This is an allusion to the 1968 Roman Polanski film starring Mia Farrow, Rosemary's Baby, where she is impregnated by Satan.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 9: In 1x09 "Who's Zoomin' Who?" when George was getting a shot of penicillin he say he always imagined himself half naked with three women. He dreams this at the beginning of this episode and sees it at the end when Cristina and Izzie help shower Meredith.

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 DecoratorKaren Bruck
Location ManagerCarlyn Couch
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorJoe Mitacek
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 StaffMichelle Hall  |  Sonay Washington  |  Courtenay Williams  |  Katherine Campbell
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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