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Grey's Anatomy: Name of the Game

Derek performs brain surgery on Andrew, a young spelling bee champion who suffered a serious head injury. George, who begins to overstay is welcome at Burke's, has trouble not speaking up when one of his patients constantly lies about her health to her daughter. Bailey begins to worry that the interns will no longer see her as "the Nazi" now that she has a child. Meanwhile, Addison treats a patient with pregnancy issues; Alex gets a lesson in manners; and secrets are revealed about Meredith's father.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x22
Production Number: 218
Airdate: Sunday April 02nd, 2006

Director: Seith Mann
Writer: Blythe Robe

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Oct 09, 2006
DE (Pro7) Feb 20, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Apr 04, 2007


Special Guest Stars
Chris OChris O'Donnell
As Finn Dandridge (Doc's Veterinarian)

Guest Stars
Jeff PerryJeff Perry
As Thatcher Grey (Father of Dr. Meredith Grey)
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette (Patient: Needs Heart Transplant)
Mandy SiegfriedMandy Siegfried
As Molly Thompson (Patient: Baby With A Congenital Hernia)
Mare WinninghamMare Winningham
As Susan Grey (Wife of Thatcher Grey)
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Callie Torres (Orthopedic Surgeon and George's Girlfriend)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Emilee WallaceEmilee Wallace
As Amelia Carver (Daughter of Patient Beatrice Carver)
Harrison KnightHarrison Knight
As Andrew Willis (Patient: Awake Brain Surgery)
Jusak Yang BernhardJusak Yang Bernhard
As Seminar Teacher
Laurie MetcalfLaurie Metcalf
As Beatrice Carver (Patient: Dying From Cancer)

Co-Guest Stars
Obie SimsObie Sims
As Neuro Fellow
Soledad St. HilaireSoledad St. Hilaire
As Lola (Receptionist at Veterinary Clinic)
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: 22.38 million viewers

Casting: This is the first appearance of Chris O'Donnell (Dr. Finn Dandridge).

Trivia: Guest stars Jeff Perry (Thatcher Grey) and Laurie Metcalf (Beatrice Carver) were once married in real life, but have subsequently divorced.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anna NalickWreck Of The DayMeredith Excuses Herself, Thatcher Examines Board
Dressy BessyGirl, You Shout!Opening Scenes, TV in Bar, Meredith Knitting
Gnarls BarkleyCrazyAlex Leaves, Interns Eating Lunch, Webber Joins
Joshua RadinThe Fear You Won't FallCristina Smirks, George and Callie, Closing Scenes
The SunshineC'mon YeahAngry Meredith Breaks Cast, Callie Defends George

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): A good basketball game can have us all on the edge of our seats. Games are all about the glory, pain and the play by play. And then there are the more solitary games. The games we play all by ourselves. The social games, the mind games. We use them to pass the time to make life more interesting... to distract us from what's really going on. There are those of us who love to play games, any games. And there are those of us who love to play a little too much.

Izzie: (to Meredith, about Callie) Oh my God ... George is her McDreamy.

Lola: You’re getting the hang of it.
Meredith: Not really.
Lola: You give up men?
Meredith: No … yes. You know, I don’t need to actually see the vet, I just really wanna sit with Doc. I just wanna spend time with my dog.
(Finn enters the room)
Finn: Hi. I’m Finn Dandridge you must be Meredith, Doc’s other owner. We finally meet. Hello.
(Meredith looks down and starts knitting faster)

George: I can’t escape her.
Izzie: What?
George: All I wanna do is forget her, all I wanna do is just escape her. And you know, I can’t.
Izzie: You wanna escape Callie? (breathes a sigh of relief) Thank god ‘cause she is like a total freak and I’m starting to get really worried about you. (Izzie stops laughing after seeing George’s face) Sorry. Who? Oh, Meredith again.

Derek: Ah, Doctor Bailey, do you have an extra intern?
Bailey: I'm available.
Derek: No, no, no, no. I said "intern".
Bailey: Shepherd, look at the board.
Derek (looking at the board): Okay, what am I looking at?
Bailey: My name isn't up there. It wasn't up there yesterday and won't be tomorrow.
Derek: What'd you do piss off the Chief?
Bailey: Yeah I pissed off the Chief. I went and had a baby, I gave birth, I created a human life. I'm a surgeon, we don't do that. He's mommy tracking me.
Derek: He's just going easy on you.
Bailey: No, I change diapers, I-- I clean up spit up. I sing the ABC's. I am covered in mommy. But that does not mean I will be mommy tracked.
Derek: You're freaking out.
Bailey: I just need a surgery, I need a surgery now. So for today I am your intern. (Derek shakes his head) I have not begun to freak out.
Derek: Alright, come on.

Lola: You're getting the hang of it.
Meredith: Not really.
Lola: You give up men?
Meredith: No…yes. You know, I don't need to actually see the vet, I just really wanna sit with Doc. I just wanna spend time with my dog.
Finn (comes down the stairs): Hi. I'm Finn Dandridge you must be Dr. Grey, Doc's other owner. We finally meet. Hello. (Meredith starts knitting faster)

Meredith: I need some bones to break.
Callie: What?
Meredith: Some bones to break, something to smash, can you help me with that, please?
Callie: Um... you can clean up this cast crap if you want. (Meredith starts smashing it up, pounding it while Izzie and Callie stare) Is she freaking out?
Izzie: No, uh-uh. She's fine. (Meredith starts hitting the cast harder) She's great. So, George, he's really, really your type, huh?
Callie: You don't see him. Either of you, you don't see him. He's just George to you. He's just O'Malley, he's your roommate. (Meredith continues to smash)
Izzie: You don't have to get all up---
Callie: He makes my world stop. George O'Malley is sweet and kind and smart and strong. And he makes my world stop so you shut up about him. (Meredith stops smashing) Don't forget to clean it up, when you're done smashing. (Callie leaves)
Izzie: Holy crap, George is her McDreamy.

Richard: Nice work today, Yang. Hopefully your fellow interns will be as adept on this scope as you.
Cristina: Thank you, sir. But, um... you weren't looking. You actually had your eyes closed so how- I was watching you and you didn't even need the ... you didn't even need the screen to help you guide the needle holder.
Richard (smiles): Old school, Yang. Muscle memory. You wanna win? Always go back to the basics.

Meredith (closing voiceover): Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose, or draw, the game is on. So go ahead... argue with the ref, change the rules, cheat a little, take a break and tend to your wounds. But play. Play. Play hard, play fast... play loose and free. Play as if there's no tomorrow. Okay, so it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game... right?

Episode Goofs
Crew or Equipment Visible:

Near the end of the episode when Dr. Richard Webber comes out of the elevator to meet Dr. Yang, you can see one of the crew members standing on the left operating the door mechanism.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Name of the Game

"Name of the Game" is the title of a song recorded by several artists including ABBA, Cheap Trick, and Badfinger.

In the Heat of the Night: Richard says "They call me Doctor Webber!"

This is a play on the famous line, "They call me Mister Tibbs!" from the 1967 movie In the Heat of the Night. It stars Sidney Poitier.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 21: Callie and George have started dating after he called her, and Izzie and Denny are dating, since 2x21 "Superstition".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
Production DesignerAmy Ancona
EditorSusan Vaill
CastingLinda Lowy  |  John Brace (1)
Unit Production ManagerCarla Corwin
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMimi Melgaard
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Location ManagerCarlyn Couch
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
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 SupervisorTom Houchins
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffAaron Teeters  |  Katherine Campbell  |  Sonay Washington  |  Michelle Hall  |  Angela Trujillo-macias
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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