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Grey's Anatomy: Superstition

The doctors' superstitious sides are brought out after several deaths and strange events take place at Seattle Grace. Derek and Addison talk about a more permanent living situation, Izzie worries about Denny's surgery, and Richard gets reacquainted with an old friend.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x21
Production Number: 217
Airdate: Sunday March 19th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Oct 02, 2006
DE (Pro7) Feb 13, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Mar 28, 2007


Guest Stars
Anjul NigamAnjul Nigam
As Dr. Raj Sen (Resident Psychiatrist)
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette (Patient: Needs Heart Transplant)
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Callie Torres (Orthopedic Surgeon)
Mary Kay PlaceMary Kay Place
As Olive "Ollie" Warner (Patient: Needs Liver Transplant)
Michaela WatkinsMichaela Watkins
As Nikki Ratlin (Patient: Fell From Tree)
Omar MetwallyOmar Metwally
As Jesse Fannon (Patient: Obessessive Compulsive Disorder)

Co-Guest Stars
Brooke BlanchardBrooke Blanchard
As Jill the Paramedic
Chad FiskChad Fisk
As Richard's Anesthesiologist
Kate AnthonyKate Anthony
As Nurse Kate
Kathleen M. DarcyKathleen M. Darcy
As Derek's Anesthesiologist
Keeshan GilesKeeshan Giles
As Intern #2
Kerry CarneyKerry Carney
As Intern #1
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Rob NaritaRob Narita
As Burke's Anesthesiologist
Shenita MooreShenita Moore
As ER Nurse
Wayne LopezWayne Lopez
As Paramedic #2
Alex DownsAlex Downs
As AA Member #2
Annie MorganAnnie Morgan
As Gretchen (Friend of Patient Olive "Ollie" Warner)
Domingo VaraDomingo Vara
As AA Member #3
Pamela ZanePamela Zane
As AA Member #1
Tola ThompsonTola Thompson
As AA Member #4
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: 21.13 Million Viewers; ranked #1 in its timeslot

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anna NalickCatalystWebber Talks to His Sponsor About Ellis
Foy VanceGabriel and the VagabondIzzie Looks at Board, Denny and Others in Surgery
The FrayHow To Save A LifePreparing for Surgery, Seattle, Hospital, Board
GreenskeepersYou Don't Know MeOpening Scenes, Seattle, Hospital, Preparation
Jamie LidellMultiplyGeorge Embarrassed, People Leaving, Closing Scenes
Luke DoucetFreeInterns Having Lunch and Talking

Episode Quotes
(Opening Voiceover)

Meredith: My college campus has a magic statue. It's a long standing tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck. My freshman room mate really believed in the statue's power and insisted on visiting it to rub its nose before every exam. Studying might have been a better idea; she flunked out her sophomore year. The fact is, we all have little superstitious things we do. If it's not believing in magic statues, it's avoiding side walk cracks or always putting our left shoe on first. Knock on wood. Step on a crack, break your mother's back. The last thing we want to do is offend the gods.

Bailey: What's this?
Addison: Hot cocoa. It's a little ritual we had in New York. Four surgeries, four deaths. I figure we can all use a little good juju.
Bailey: And cocoa equals juju how?
Addison: Hey, hey, hey! Don't question the cocoa.

Meredith: I got hot-chocolated. The she-Shepherd hot-chocolated me.

Cristina: You're a pervy little boy, George. And you're not finding the cap.
George: I'll do your dishes for a month.
Cristina: I don't do dishes.
George: I'll do your laundry for...
Cristina: I don't do laundry.
George: Maybe that's why Burke likes having me around so much.
Cristina: Interesting, interesting. Are you having sex with him?
George: No.
Cristina: Then he likes having me around more.

Meredith: I'm getting the feeling that she's a little bit of a stalker.
Bailey: Do we need to call the police?
Meredith: I don't think so. I think she's more of a gentle stalker than a kill-you-with-a-knife stalker.
Bailey: Right. Well, let's hope she lives to gently stalk another day.

Izzie: George says you have Burke's scrub cap.
Cristina: So?
Izzie: Give it to him.
Cristina: No.
Izzie: Give it to him, Christina!
Cristina: What is with you?
Izzie: He needs it to operate.
Cristina: No he doesn't.
Izzie: But it isn't your decision to make. Not when he's going in on Denny. Now are you going to give it to him, or am I going to have to physically take it from you?
Cristina: (laughing) Are you threatening me?
Izzie: I swear to god, Christina. I like you, I really do. But I grew up in a trailer park, and I am not above kicking your pampered little Beverly-Hills ass. And I do mean physically kicking. Your ass.

Izzie: This is over.
Alex: What, you're breaking up with me over a corpse?
Izzie: No, no. I am breaking up with you because on your very best day, that corpse is twice the man you will ever be. You're not good enough for me, Alex. You're not good enough for anyone.

Alex: O'Malley, you're a sad excuse for a man.
George: Excuse me?
Alex: I know you heard me. You're like a whiny little girl.
Meredith: Alex?
Alex: Oh, I know why he's not speaking to you. Because he's not over you. (to George) Man, you got laid. It went badly. A man would move on. But you, you mope around this place like a dog that likes to get kicked. You make me sick. And if it wouldn't get me thrown out of the program, I'd smash your pathethic little face right into that locker.

(Closing Voiceover)

Meredith: Superstition lies in the space between what we can control and what we can't. Find a penny, pick it up; all day long you'll have good luck. No one wants to pass the chance of good luck, but does saying it 33 times really help? Is anyone really listening? And if no one's listening, why do we bother doing those strange things at all? We rely on superstitions because we're smart enough to know we don't have all the answers, and that life works in mysterious ways. Don't dis the juju from wherever it comes.

George: Hey doctor Torres.
Torres: Doctor O'Malley.. you're aware that this is the woman's restroom?
George: Yes mam.
(after Torres has left the room)
Cristina: Dude, you called her "ma'am". She's never going to sleep with you now.

Episode Goofs

In the final scene of the episode, George takes his coat off twice.


When you first see Izzie looking at the OR board after she's been thrown out of Burke's operation, there are some sections of one of the operations rubbed out. When you next see her looking at the OR board (after Alex has bet that "Burke's guy went down"), the row is magically filled up. Meredith and Bailey come along and Meredith rubs out the same sections again.

Factual Error:

Bailey does not put on any gause or cream on the defibrillator paddles when she is trying to revive the lightning patient.

Factual Error:

Derek's patient who died in the OR can be seen moving his eyelids.


Izzie took Denny into surgery with Burke. A scene later, when Izzie and George are talking at the nurses station, you can see Denny being prepared for surgery in the background.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Superstition

"Superstition" is the title of a hit song by Stevie Wonder.

Warner Bentley: Meredith says in the opening voiceover "My college campus has a magic statue. It's a long standing tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck."

This is a reference to a tradition at Dartmouth, where Meredith (and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes) went to college. Students rub the nose of a statue of Warner Bentley for good luck.

Macbeth: Izzie says that saying it is quiet in the OR is like saying Macbeth in the theatre.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 20: Izzie broke things off with Alex in 2x20 "Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
Production DesignerAmy Ancona
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 DesignerMimi Melgaard
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 EditorMichelle Fellner
Post Production SupervisorJoy Ramos
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Story EditorStacy McKee
Executive Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffWinter Zemans  |  Thomas Barg  |  Sascha Ciezata  |  Bethany Ratner  |  Karin Gleason
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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