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Grey's Anatomy: Sometimes a Fantasy

Finn and Derek continue to try to outdo one another in order to win Meredith's heart. Derek woos Meredith with once in a lifetime surgeries while Finn tries his hand at a romantic hospital date, all making it more difficult for Meredith to make a decision. With Burke's hand continuing to tremor, Cristina does her best to help him deal with his injury. As George and Callie's relationship continues to grow, Izzie attempts to visit the hospital for the first time since Denny's death. Meanwhile, Alex tends to a patient with numerous injuries.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x3
Production Number: 303
Airdate: Thursday October 05th, 2006

Director: Adam Arkin
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Mar 18, 2007
DE (Pro7) Apr 17, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Sep 12, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 20, 2009


Guest Stars
Chris OChris O'Donnell
As Finn Dandridge (Doc's Veterinarian and Meredith's Date)
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan (Plastic Surgeon, Derek's Ex-Best Friend)
Abigail BreslinAbigail Breslin
As Megan Culver (Patient: Can't Feel Pain)
Gabriel CasseusGabriel Casseus
As Taylor Tressel (Patient: Corpus Callosotomy)
Jack ConleyJack Conley
As Jasper Hovey (Patient: Ankle Replacement)

Co-Guest Stars
Linda Eve MillerLinda Eve Miller
As ER Nurse
Daniel TatarDaniel Tatar
As Hotel Clerk #1
Julie GranataJulie Granata
As Hotel Clerk #2
Kevin WillKevin Will
As Len Gantry (Foster Father of Patient Megan Culver)
Lanai ChapmanLanai Chapman
As Lianne Tressel (Wife of Patient Taylor Tressel)
Stephanie ErbStephanie Erb
As Mrs. Gantry (Foster Mother of Patient Megan Culver)
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: 22.80 Million Viewers

Casting: When Alex and George are talking about super heroes, they mention Robin from Batman and Robin. Chris O'Donnell (Dr. Finn) played Robin in "Batman Forever".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The BamboosStep it UpGeorge Speechless, Interns Watch Meredith's Date
Joe PurdyCan't Get It Right TodayMeredith Leaves Both Guys Outside, Closing Scenes
Lily AllenTake What You TakeAlex Doing the Ice Water Test with the Little Girl
OutkastIdlewild BlueOpening Scenes, Meredith's Fantasy, Meredith Wakes
The PipettesDirty MindCristina Leaves Izzie, Addison and Mark Talk
The PoemsBallad of a Bitter EndGeorge Goes to Check on Izzie, Brain Surgery

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons usually fantasize about wild and improbable surgeries. Someone collapses in a restaurant, slice them open with a butter knife, replace a valve with a hollowed-out stick of carrot. But every now and then, another kind of fantasy slips in. Most of our fantasies dissolve when we wake up, banished to the back of our mind. But sometimes we're sure, if we try hard enough, we can live the dream.

Burke: Coming or going?
Izzie: I don’t know.
Burke: Me either.

Cristina: You had a dream about the both of them. Threesome? Nice. Just when I think you’re boring, you rise.
Meredith: I’m dating. And, it comes with snacks.

Meredith: Enough, this is not dating. I want moonlight, and flowers, and candy, and people trying to feel me up. Nobody is trying to feel me up. Nobody is even looking at me. I'm an intern. Do you the two of you have any idea how much effort it takes to do all this. I'm waxed, I'm plucked and I have a clean top on; and the two of you are looking at each other. No, my fantasy is not two men looking at each other. No talking until one of you figures out how to put on a date. I want heat. I want romance. Damnit I want to feel like a freaking lady.

Addison: Weren’t you just on 3?
Meredith: I was. We lost a patient, a little girl and I was just --
Addison: Look, why don’t you pick a floor and stay on it, and I’ll pick a floor and stay on that. Because I really need a moment or two without you. Your face shows up in my head, your panties show up in my husband’s pocket. Really, you’re everywhere, and I need a moment or two without you.
Meredith: I get that.
Addison: Thanks.

Addison: You missed your plane.
Mark: Grounded on account of bad weather.
Addison: It’s a cloudless sky, that happens, like, twice a year in Seattle.
Mark: Yeah, but there’s a typhoon in New York.

Alex: We need to run a CT on this kid’s abdomen. This superhero stuff’s way outta hand.
Bailey: So what if she thinks she’s a superhero? I believed in Santa Claus ‘til I was 11.
Alex: Really? Did Santa ever hit you in the gut with a baseball bat?

Meredith (closing voiceover): The fantasy is simple. Pleasure is good, and twice as much pleasure is better. That pain is bad, and no pain is better. But the reality is different. The reality is that pain is there to tell us something, and there's only so much pleasure we can take without getting a stomach ache. And maybe that's okay. Maybe some fantasies are only supposed to live in our dreams.

Episode Goofs

When Cristina brings chickens for Preston to practice suturing, one of them is suddenly removed from its packaging while she grabs a knife to cut it in half with.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Sometimes A Fantasy

"Sometimes A Fantasy" is the title of a song by Billy Joel.

The Green Lantern: Alex says "But take away Green Lantern’s ring, guy’s still a superhero, right?"

Green Lantern is a DC comic book hero who possesses a "power ring" that gives Green Lantern control over the physical world. Green Lantern was featured in the Justic League Unlimited animated series.

The Bell Jar: Cristina says "Uh, she's dating everyone with a pulse and I'm trying to get Burke out of the bell jar."

This is a reference to the 1963 novel "The Bell Jar", written by Sylvia Plath.

Comic Book References: George says "Well, superheroes look like anyone, like you or me. Maybe they're not someone that people necessarily notice as extraordinary. Maybe in their daily life they get walked on. But then, there's a moment they get hit by a cosmic ray or bitten by a radioactive spider, and then suddenly something that has been inside them all this times comes raging out."

George is alluding to the origin stories of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, respectively. The Fantastic Four were hit by cosmic rays during an experimental space flight in Fantastic Four #1 (1961). Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962).

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 25: Dr. Bailey is trying to talk Dr. Webber into allowing Izzie to come back into the program after she cut the LVAD wire of Denny Duquette in 2x25 "17 Seconds".

Season 3, Episode 2: Dr. Bailey convinced Izzie to try and come back to the hospital at the end of 3x02 "I Am a Tree".

Season 2, Episode 22: Izzie is wearing the sweater that she made for Denny Duquette in 2x22 "Name of the Game".

Other Episode Crew

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
Construction CoordinatorCurt Jones
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorRevis Meeks
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 StaffScott Brown  |  Toussaint Banks  |  Courtenay Williams  |  Jackie Younce
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Media Talent CoordinatorKarin Gleason
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