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Grey's Anatomy: Don't Stand So Close to Me

Burke and Cristina's relationship continues to be strained in the aftermath of Cristina revealing Burke's limitations due to the shooting. Meredith's half-sister, Molly Thompson, is admitted to Seattle Grace forcing Meredith to once again confront her emotions towards her father and sister. Meanwhile, Derek and Mark are forced to work together when two conjoined brothers come to the hospital to be separated.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x10
Production Number: 310
Airdate: Thursday November 30th, 2006

Director: Seith Mann
Writer: Carolina Paiz

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) May 06, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Oct 31, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 24, 2009


Guest Stars
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
As Dr. Erica Hahn (Cardiothoracic Surgeon)
Debra MonkDebra Monk
As Louise O'Malley (Mother of George O'Malley)
George DzundzaGeorge Dzundza
As Harold O'Malley (Father of George O'Malley)
Greg Pitts (1)Greg Pitts (1)
As Jerry O'Malley (Brother of George O'Malley)
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Ellis Grey (Mother of Dr. Meredith Grey)
Mandy SiegfriedMandy Siegfried
As Molly Thompson (Daughter of Thatcher and Susan Grey)
Mare WinninghamMare Winningham
As Susan Grey (Wife of Meredith's Father, Thatcher Grey)
Tim GriffinTim Griffin
As Ronny O'Malley (Brother of George O'Malley)
Jason SklarJason Sklar
As Jake Weitzman (Patient: Conjoined Twin)
Jennifer AspenJennifer Aspen
As Elaina (Girlfriend of Patient Jake Weitzman)
Randy SklarRandy Sklar
As Pete Weitzman (Patient: Conjoined Twin)

Co-Guest Stars
Jack AxelrodJack Axelrod
As Really Old Guy
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
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
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: 24.01 Million Viewers

Narration: This episode only features the closing voiceover and no opening voiceover.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anya MarinaSociopathCristina Eating Lunch, Other Interns Join
John LegendShow MeTwins in Surgery, Meredith Talks to Susan
Son VoltWorld Waits For YouSurgery on Twins is Finished, Plays Almost to End

Episode Quotes
Ellis: He's with her. He's with that woman.
Meredith: I don't think he is. Not any more.
Ellis: He is. I mean, why would he do that? He loves me! I mean, why would he go back to her? I gave up everything for him!
Meredith: Mom. Mom, look at me. This happened a very long time ago, this is not happening now.
Ellis: It's because I have a daughter, isn't it? He always said he didn't want kids. I should have never had a kid.

Mr. O'Malley: If things go wrong, the life insurance papers are in the second drawer in my night stand, and my magazines are in the garage with the truck mags.
George: Your magazines?
Mr. O'Malley: Get them outta there so your Ma doesn't see them.
George: Your magazines?!

Dr. Hahn: You remind me of myself when I was an intern.
Cristina: I do?
Dr. Hahn: Focused, intense, cold, and I don't mean that as a bad thing, cold is good. The dating, the friends and the family -- if you ask me, it's all overrated.

Chief Webber: Miranda, you raise them. You raise them like ... like children. And some of them make mistakes. And some of them disappoint you. Some of them ... do you know what kind of strength it must have taken Yang to come to me? To report on an attending? On her boyfriend? You could see how much she's grown. You raise them, like children. And some of them turn out exactly like you, Dr. Bailey.

Chief Webber: Up until now, I have not yelled. I have not yelled because you were a guy in trouble and I was supporting you. But now, I am yelling! I am yelling very loudly! I want to retire Burke! I want my wife back, and I passed the torch to you. I passed the torch to you and you blew it out!
Burke: I know I let you down.
Chief Webber: Burke, I’m tired. I’m tired of you men acting like boys. You let me down. And if you don’t let Derek fix that hand, you’ll let yourself down.

Derek: If only every love triangle could be fixed with a scalpel.
Mark: You would've come after me with a 10 blade a long time ago.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) At the end of the day when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all pretend to keep our distance is usually a load of bull, so we pick and choose who we want to remain close to and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stay close by no matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping and sometimes close can be too close, but sometimes that invasion of personal space can be exactly what you need.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Don't Stand So Close to Me

Don't Stand So Close to Me is the title of a song originally sung by The Police.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 9: Cristina told Chief Webber about Burke's hand tremor at the end of 3x09 "From a Whisper to a Scream".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerZoanne Clack
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
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 EditorJoe Mitacek
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Hall
Sound MixerTodd Langer  |  Don Digirolamo
Special EffectsJason Gustafson
Executive Story EditorStacy McKee
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherElizabeth Klaviter
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffMeg Marinis  |  Eric Buchman  |  Chris Van Dusen  |  Sonay Washington  |  Darren Preston Lane  |  Courtney Flynn  |  Jim Campolongo
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
Film LabA Fotokem Company
Media Talent CoordinatorKarin Gleason
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