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Grey's Anatomy: 17 Seconds

Finn continues to work with Doc and is able to give his owners, Meredith and Derek, and update on his condition. George is assigned to work with Derek, while Meredith is assigned to work with Callie. Denny still is without a heart donor, leaving Izzie and Burke to continue the hunt for a potential donor. Meanwhile, a 12-week pregnant woman dies in the O.R., and her parents' decision to try to keep the baby alive creates a rift between Addison and Derek.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x25
Production Number: 221
Airdate: Sunday May 14th, 2006

Director: Dan Minahan
Writer: Mark Wilding

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Oct 10, 2006
DE (Pro7) Mar 13, 2007


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

Guest Stars
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
As Dr. Erica Hahn (Seattle Presbyterian Cardiothoracic Surgeon)
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette (Patient: Needs Heart Transplant)
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Dr. Richard Webber's Assistant)
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Callie Torres (Orthopedic Surgeon and George's Girlfriend)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Jesse HeadJesse Head
As Will (Patient: Gun Shot Wound, Likes Kendra)
Ken MarinoKen Marino
As Brad Ackles (Patient: Manager of Restaurant)
Michael ArdenMichael Arden
As Neal Hannigan (Patient: Gun Shot Wound, Fiance of Deborah)
Michael MilhoanMichael Milhoan
As Doug Thomas (Father of Patient Kendra Thomas)
Sydney Tamiia PoitierSydney Tamiia Poitier
As Deborah Fleiss (Patient: Gun Shot Wound, Fiance of Neal)

Co-Guest Stars
David PaluckDavid Paluck
As Surgeon #2
Jeremy RabbJeremy Rabb
As ER Resident
Kate MinesKate Mines
As Burke's Nurse
Kathleen M. DarcyKathleen M. Darcy
As Derek's Anesthesiologist
Keith Sellon-WrightKeith Sellon-Wright
As Surgeon #1
Patti TippoPatti Tippo
As Cindy Thomas (Mother of Patient Kendra Thomas)
Toby MeuliToby Meuli
As Chaz (Patient: Gun Shot Wound)

Jennifer NyholmJennifer Nyholm
As Kendra Thomas (Patient: Gun Shot Wound To Head)
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: 22.1 Million Viewers

Trivia: Burke went to John Hopkins University for Denny's heart.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Snow PatrolSomewhere A Clock Is TickingAddison Finishes Talking to Webber, Closing Scenes
Yeah Yeah YeahsGold LionOpening Scenes, Bar, Playing Darts, Interns Talk

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) In life we are taught that there are seven deadly sins. We all know the big ones: gluttony, pride, lust. But the thing you don't hear much about is anger. Maybe it's because we think anger is not that dangerous, that you can control it. My point is, maybe we don't give anger enough credit. Maybe it can be a lot more dangerous than we think. After all when it comes to destructive behaviour, it did make the top seven.

Callie: Why are you defending Meredith?
George: What?
Callie: I get Izzie. I mean I don’t, but if you want to defend Izzie that’s fine. I don’t get how you can defend Meredith.
George: Hey. We’re interns. We started out together. Meredith, Izzie, Cristina and me we started out together.
Callie: George, that woman hurt you as badly as anyone can be hurt. You were devastated when I met you.
George: They’re family. Izzie, Meredith and Cristina, they’re my family. I can hate Meredith and I can be angry at her but I’m always gonna defend her.
Callie: So you don’t have to forgive Meredith but I do?
George: If you want a chance to be part of the family, yeah.

Addison: I know what you're going to say Richard, but if you knew the day that I had --
Webber: Everybody in this hospital has those days Addison, and no one makes a scene in front of their peers. Get it together. Addison.
Addison: I can't compete. He's not having an affair. He's not trying to hurt me. He's just... The only people who don't know that Derek loves Meredith are Derek and Meredith. How do I compete with that?

Addison: What they're doing is not about love, Derek! Well, it's like you.
Derek: Excuse me.
Addison: Yeah, how you pretend to love me, but really you're just using me to fill this need you have to be a good guy.
Derek: Now's not the time to talk about this. We'll talk about this later.
Addison: Oh what, you walk away, that's all I get?
Derek: Just calm down, please.
Addison: What, what, you're not going to yell at me, call me names, or, I don't know, ignore me in an elevator?
Derek: What do you want from me, Addison?
Addison: I want you to care. I sleep with your best friend, and you walk away. He comes out here from New York and rubs it in your face, and still you get a good night's sleep. What do I have to do? Oh, I know. Maybe what I should do is go out on a date with the vet because that seems to be something that sends you into a blind rage. Oh but wait, that won't work either because I'm not Meredith Grey!

Will: God. If I could say something to that guy and not get fired --
Bailey: He can’t fire me. Uh, Mr. Evans. Brad. I'm happy for you that you’re not feeling much pain from your very minor injuries but there are a great many people in this hospital who are in a great amount of pain. See they have bullets in their bones, in their chests, and in their brains. Bullets from a gun that was aiming for you and although they can’t say it because you’re the boss of them but most of them at this moment not that they’ll live, not that the pain will subside they’re praying to God at this moment for you to shut the heck up.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) So what makes anger different from the six other deadly sins? It's pretty simple really, you give into a sin like envy or pride and you only hurt yourself. Try lust or coveting and you'll only hurt yourself and one or two others. But anger? Anger is the worst. The mother of all sins. Not only can anger drive you over the edge, when it does you can take an awful lot of people with you.

Episode Goofs

When Alex and Burke are trying to save the heart donor you can see the face if the patient. He blinks several times during the surgery.

Cultural References
Episode Title: 17 Seconds

"Seventeen Seconds" is the title of a song by The Cure.

The Postal Service: When Izzie calls Burke about Denny's heart, you can see a poster in the background for the band The Postal Service.

The Postal Service song "Such Great Heights" was used to promote the first season of Grey's Anatomy.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 24: Derek and Meredith are not talking to one another after they got in a fight in 2x24 "Damage Case".

Season 2, Episode 12: Cristina asks Burke if she can go with him to get the heart from Mercy West. She tells him that she has gone before to retrieve a heart in the past with Dr. Bailey. Cristina went to get a heart with Dr. Bailey in 2x12 "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
Production DesignerAmy Ancona
EditorEdward Ornelas
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
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 EditorDavid Greenspan (1)
Post Production SupervisorJoy Ramos
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Story EditorStacy McKee
Executive Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffSonay Washington  |  Angela Trujillo-macias  |  Katherine Campbell  |  Michelle Hall  |  Aaron Teeters
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
Film LabA Fotokem Company
Telecine & Electronic AssemblyLevel 3 Post
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