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Grey's Anatomy: Losing My Religion

After Richard learns who Derek is operating on, he tries to pump Addison for information. Callie and George have a talk about their relationship and George's true feelings. Meanwhile, Meredith and Derek get together to talk about Doc, and later realize that their feelings for each other may not entirely be gone despite Finn being in Meredith's life and Addison being in Derek's.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x27
Production Number: 223
Airdate: Monday May 15th, 2006

Director: Mark Tinker
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Oct 10, 2006
DE (Pro7) Mar 27, 2007

Guest Stars
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
As Dr. Erica Hahn (Seattle Presbyterian Cardiothoracic Surgeon)
Charles DuckworthCharles Duckworth
As Brian (Boyfriend of Patient Camille Travis)
Chris OChris O'Donnell
As Finn Dandridge (Doc's Veterinarian and Meredith's Boyfriend)
Hallee HirshHallee Hirsh
As Claire (Friend of Patient Camille Travis)
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette (Patient: Heart Transplant and Izzie's Fiance)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (Dr. Richard Webber's Wife)
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Callie Torres (Orthopedic Surgeon and George's Girlfriend)
Sarah UtterbackSarah Utterback
As Nurse Olivia Harper
Tessa ThompsonTessa Thompson
As Camille Travis (Patient: Ovarian Cancer, Dr. Webber's Niece)
Tiffany HinesTiffany Hines
As Natalie (Friend of Patient Camille Travis)

Co-Guest Stars
Ariel FelixAriel Felix
As Anesthesiologist
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
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: 22.5 Million Viewers

Storyline: We learn that Dr. Izzie Stevens decided to leave the intership program at the hospital.

Episode Date: This episode aired on Monday instead of the series' usual Sunday night timeslot.

Timeline: This episode was aired as a two-part finale special with "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response".

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

Ranking: This episode was voted #22 on the Futon Critic's 50 Best Episodes of 2006 article.

Narration: This episode marks the first to not feature an opening or closing voiceover.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amos LeeColorsDerek and Addison, Webber Asks His Niece to Dance
Dressy BessySide 2Prom, People Making Small Talk, Meredith Arrives
Kate HavnevikGraceMeredith and Derek Kissing, Izzie Going to Denny
Masha QrellaDestination VerticalGeorge and Callie Kiss, Meredith and Derek's Look
Pete DrogeUnder the WavesMeredith and Finn Talk, Derek Asks Addison to Prom
Snow PatrolChasing CarsIzzie with Denny, Alex Carries Her, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Denny: No no no, we’re taking turns. I've decided. It’s polite and it keeps me from yelling. When it’s your turn again, you can talk. For 5 years, I've had to live by the choices of my doctors. The guys that cut me open decided my life; there wasn't one choice that was mine. And now, I have this heart that beats and works. I get to be like everybody else. I get to make my own decisions, have my own life, do whatever the damn hell I choose. Now here’s the good part, so you listen close. What I choose, is you. You’re who I want to wake up with, and go to bed with, and do everything in between with. I get a choice now. I get to choose. I choose you Izzie Stevens. Ok, it’s your turn again.

Izzie: I cut the LVAD wire.
Meredith: Actually, I cut the LVAD wire.
George: No, I did it. I'm the one who cut the wire.
Cristina: Fine, I cut the LVAD wire.
Alex: I didn't do anything, I'm totally innocent.

Alex: The problem is the colors and-and the balloons and the under the sea. No, it’s Titanic. Hey, let’s go with Tears In Heaven. No, that’s too morbid. It should be pink, it should be red, it should be a freakin' rainbow.

Alex: I went to college on a wrestling scholarship. I played baseball, some basketball. But we'll go with football.
Webber: What the hell does football have to do with who cut the LVAD wires?
Alex: Let's say you were drafted to a team that wasn't your first pick. You know, you don't like the players. You hate the way they play the game. You even think the quarterback is full of crap. The quarterback's a pain in the ass you don't owe a damned thing to. But, it's your team. You don't quit. You don't talk to the press. You don't bitch to the coach. You just, you just go out there every Sunday and you make the blocks and you take the hits and you, you play to win. You show up and you suit up and you play, because it's your freaking team.

Webber: I know your type. You're a surgical junkie.
Cristina: Yes, sir.
Webber: I'm just saying, its not going to be easy for you to be away from the OR that long.
Cristina: No, sir.
Webber: And if you want to get back to the OR, you're gonna tell me what I need to know aren't you.
Cristina: You're right, its not easy for me to be away from the OR. And its not easy for me to sit in front of you, or any other authority figure for that matter, and not be able to give you the exact answer that you want to hear. I'm the one with the answers. I've always been the one with the answers. But right now sir, I don't have any.
Webber: Dr. Yang.
Cristina: How do you keep your edge sir? Because I've watched you and you've been doing this a long time and you're clean, you're focused, you are the job, nothing gets to you. And the thing is sir, I was like that, until I got here. Until I actually started doing this job and now everything is---is fuzzy and...
Webber: That’s beside the point.
Cristina: No see sir, this is the point. Because I can't tell you, I can't tell you what happened in that room. And before I could have, no guilt, no loyalties, no problem. Before, before I wouldn't have even been in that room. I wouldn't have gotten involved. I would have never frozen in surgery. And I would have told him what I thought he should do. I had an edge, sir. I had an edge and I've lost it, and I need it. I need it back. So, if you could just tell me, how you keep yours and how not to be affected, I know I could be a great surgeon. So if you could just give me the answers, I would really appreciate it.

Izzie: I'm a pretty girl.
Webber: What?
Izzie: I'm not being arrogant, its just, its just kind of a fact. For a long time I made a career from my looks, so I get it, I'm a pretty girl. And not in a "from a certain angle" way, in an obvious way. It’s the blonde thing and the big boobs thing, big boobs are a key to obvious pretty if you know what I'm saying.
Webber: Dr. Stevens.
Izzie: Its how men see me. I'm not a smart girl or an interesting girl, I'm a pretty girl. The blonde and the boobs it confuses guys into thinking that I'm someone else. And I'm used to it. And I'm used to them walking away when they realize...but then Denny goes and asks me to marry him.
Webber: Is that why you cut the wires?
Izzie: He doesn't make me feel like I'm a pretty girl. He makes me feel like---like me. I think he might know me. And so, if I did cut the LVAD wire, and I'm not saying that I did, but if I did, then no, I don't feel guilty. And I know that I should. And I would if it were anybody else’s. But I can't feel anything but happy.

George: Aren't you gonna say anything or ... I'm not gonna break ... I'm starting to get a little freaked out, but I'm not gonna break. Its not because I don't care, because I do care what you think about me, I do. Care. I just can't tell you want you wanna hear. Which seems to be a theme in my life right now. Just because you can't say something doesn't mean you don't want to, you can want to very much. You can be with a person and be happy with them and not love them. And you can love somebody and not want to be with them. You don't need to love someone to want them. Now that's frustrating, when what your brain tells you you want and what you actually want don't match up. Its exhausting. And, well, its complicated. But that's life. And life... sucks.

Webber: I've known you for a long time. And I know your mother and father. And I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you did not cut those LVAT wires. Meredith, I need you to tell me who did it.
Meredith: I've been going over this and over this in my mind trying to piece this together. It was you, you're the reason my parents broke up. And it wasn't just an affair, she really loved you. It wasn't just this cheap thing where she didn’t tell you she was married. It wasn't all a lie. She left her husband for you. But you stayed with your wife, because it was the right thing to do. Maybe safe, but she was the right person for you to be with. Lets face it, my mother, nothing wrong with being safe, being with the good guy because he’s good and we are talking about forever here. You've never regretted your decision. You've never looked back... Right?

Episode Goofs

When Cristina is talking to Dr. Webber about getting back her edge you can see she is only wearing one earring.


You can see Denny's chest rising and falling when Izzie is laying with him at the end of the episode.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Losing My Religion

The episode title comes from the 1991 R.E.M. song of the same name.

Spartacus: The scene where all the interns tell the chief that they cut the LVAD wire is based on the "I am Spartacus" scene from the 1960 film Spartacus.

Star Wars: Addison says that the prom at the hospital reminds her of her prom, where she spent the evening with Skippy Gold talking about Star Wars.

Star Wars is a George Lucas film from 1977.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 8: Derek is dancing in public at the prom. In 1x08 "Save Me" he told Meredith that he never dances in public.

Season 2, Episode 26: The interns are helping to plan the prom for Camille Travis. Camille is the Chief's niece, who came into the hospital when her ovarian cancer returned in 2x26 "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response".

Season 2, Episode 26: Denny asked Izzie to marry him in 2x26 "Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response" before his heart surgery.

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)  |  Joe Mitacek
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 StaffAnna Ford  |  Bethany Ratner  |  Sascha Ciezata  |  Winter Zemans  |  Karin Gleason  |  Courtney Weiden
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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