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Grey's Anatomy: I Am a Tree

While Burke continues to recuperate in the hospital, his parents arrive at Seattle Grace to visit and end up meeting Cristina in embarrassing circumstances. The interns, as well as Bailey, lobby for Izzie to be re-admitted to the intern program. Meanwhile, Addison opts to take a day off from the hospital and spends the day at Joe's where she runs into both Izzie and a surprise visitor from her and Derek's past. Elsewhere at the hospital, a patient lives what she believes to be her last day to the fullest.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x2
Production Number: 302
Airdate: Thursday September 28th, 2006

Director: Jeff Melman
Writer: Krista Vernoff

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Mar 11, 2007
DE (Pro7) Apr 10, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Sep 05, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 20, 2009


Guest Stars
Chris OChris O'Donnell
As Finn Dandridge (Doc's Veterinarian and Meredith's Boyfriend)
Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
As Jane Burke (Mother of Dr. Preston Burke)
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan (Ex-Best Friend of Derek Shepherd)
Richard RoundtreeRichard Roundtree
As Donald Burke (Father of Dr. Preston Burke)
Roxanne HartRoxanne Hart
As Dana Seabury (Patient: Lung Cancer)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Elizabeth SampsonElizabeth Sampson
As Ruth O'Leary (Sister of Patient Benjamin O'Leary)
Javier GrajedaJavier Grajeda
As Jeffrey Hernandez (Father of Patient Harley Hernandez)
Peter PaigePeter Paige
As Benjamin O'Leary (Patient: Brain Tumour Pressing On Temporal Lobe)

Co-Guest Stars
Brooke BlanchardBrooke Blanchard
As Jill the Paramedic
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Zibby AllenZibby Allen
As Cute Nurse
Brandon MelgarBrandon Melgar
As Harley Hernandez (Patient: Impaled By Tree)
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
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
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: 16.4 million viewers, #1 in its timeslot

Trivia: This episode was accidentally aired in Canada on CTV on on September 21 in place of "Time Has Come Today".

Casting: Diahann Carroll and Richard Roundtree, who play Dr. Preston Burke's parents, are both breast cancer survivors and advocates.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bitter:SweetThe Mating GameAlex is Propositioned, Callie Dancing in Her Under
The ChaletsTheme from The ChaletsBar Scene, Addison is Drunk and Talking to Bailey
Jesus JacksonRunning on SunshineMeredith Tells Derek and Finn She Wants to Date
Mat KearneyCrashing DownBrain Tumor Patient Apologizes Before His Surgery
MolokoThe Time Is NowOpening Scenes, Meredith and Derek in the Elevator
Snow PatrolOpen Your EyesAlex Leaves, Cristina Visits Burke, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): At any given moment the brain has 14 billion neurons firing at a speed of 450 miles per hour. We don't have control over most of them: when we get a chill, goose bumps, when we get excited, adrenaline. The body naturally follows its impulses, which I think is part of what makes it so hard for us to control ours. Of course, sometimes we have impulses we would rather not control, that we later wish we had.

Addison: I need the day off.
Richard: A day off? For what?
Addison: For drinking. I am feeling the need to do some drinking. Actually, I’m feeling the need to do some crying, but my tear ducts seem to be too proud, so I am going to do some drinking instead.
Richard: What, no laboring moms today?
Addison: No … because I think God knows that I need to do some drinking today.
Richard: Do you want to talk about it Addy, or do you want to be glib a little bit longer?
Addison: Why are you living in your office?
Richard: Marriage is … hard.
Addison: Well, thank goodness. Mine seems to be just about over.

Cristina: His mother rivals my mother and that's saying something. Both of them, dark and evil.
Meredith: I'm miss dirty stripper Cristina. She was fun -- a lot less angry.
Cristina: Next time she even looks at me sideways, I’m telling her what I think. She wants to call me a racist. Yeah, okay? I’ll call her a sexist. Change my career after I’m married. What is this, 1953? If she comes at me, I’m going there.
Meredith: I think you should. I think we should all just go there. You know, tell the truth, spit it out, go with your gut, follow your instincts.
Cristina: I miss philandering whore, Meredith. She was trashy and much less idyllic.

Callie: The panties?
George: Yeah?
Callie: Not mine. The jealousy?
George: Yeah?
Callie: Insanely hot.

Cristina: I told you to guard the door!
Nurse Tyler: I had a code blue.
Cristina: I had parents walk in.
Nurse Tyler: We saved the guy’s life.
Cristina: Whatever, I want my 20 bucks back.
Nurse Tyler: Sorry, I bought everyone coffee to celebrate saving the guy’s life.

Derek: It’s not an affair. I was gonna tell her, Addison, I was gonna tell her today.
Richard: Give her some space, give her some time.
Derek: No. That’s not it. No. I gotta tell her today. When something’s over, it’s just gotta be over. Meredith she’s ... she’s not an affair.

Finn: You bowing out?
Derek: No, you?
Finn: I don’t think so.

Bailey: O’Malley, Yang, prep your patients for surgery. Karev pit, Grey charts. All four of you do not make me regret setting you loose in this hospital. O’Malley, what do I mean by that?
George: You mean check with you before we cut any wires or steal any hearts.

Meredith: It's not Tyler's fault you're a dirty dirty stripper.

Meredith (closing voiceover): The body is a slave to its impulses. But the thing that makes us human is what we can control. After the storm, after the rush, after the heat of the moment has passed, we can cool off and clean up the messes we made. We can try to let go of what was. Then again...

Episode Goofs

While George is trying to talk Dana out of leaving the hospital, she opens her bags and starts putting her things into it. In the next scene, she opens the empty bag again and once again starts packing.

Factual Error:

Mrs. Burke says Dr. Preston Burke went to Tulane, however, in other episodes Burke has claimed to have attended John Hopkins.

Cultural References
Episode Title: I Am A Tree

I Am A Tree is the title of a song originally sung by Doug Gillard.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 1: Meredith has started dating both Finn and Derek after they both told her they wanted to date in 3x01 "Time Has Come Today".

Season 3, Episode 1: Addison is taking the day off from work after she found some underwear in Derek's suit pocket in 3x01 "Time Has Come Today".

Season 2, Episode 27: Denny Duquette died in 3x27 "Losing My Religion" after having a heart transplant.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerZoanne Clack
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMimi Melgaard
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Key GripMatt Mania
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Location ManagerGeorge Larson
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorJoe Mitacek
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Hall
Special EffectsJason Gustafson
Executive Story EditorStacy McKee
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
ResearcherElizabeth Klaviter
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffCourtney Flynn  |  Jim Campolongo  |  Eric Buchman  |  Darren Preston Lane  |  Sonay Washington  |  Chris Van Dusen  |  Meg Marinis
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Media Talent CoordinatorKarin Gleason
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