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Grey's Anatomy: Drowning on Dry Land (2)

As the chaos surrounding the ferry boat accident continues, Derek frantically searches for Meredith, and is devastated when he finds her barely clinging to life. Cristina is also devastated when she learns about Meredith's condition. Meanwhile, emotions run high at Seattle Grace as family of the accident victims demand to know the status of their loved ones. In the midst of the trauma, Alex has trouble dealing with the death surrounding him; George searches for a missing 7 year-old boy; and Izzie is forced to take desperate measures to save the life of the man stuck under a car.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x16
Production Number: 316
Airdate: Thursday February 15th, 2007

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Jun 17, 2007
DE (Pro7) Sep 26, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Dec 19, 2007
NL (Net 5) Jul 29, 2009


Special Guest Stars
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette (Izzie's Ex-Fiance, Died From Heart Tranplant)
Kyle ChandlerKyle Chandler
As Dylan Young (Bomb Squad Leader)

Guest Stars
Dean NorrisDean Norris
As Vince (Friend of Patient Rick)
Elizabeth ReaserElizabeth Reaser
As Jane Doe (Patient: Massive Injuries From Accident)
Kali RochaKali Rocha
As Sydney Heron (Surgical Resident)
Kelly WolfKelly Wolf
As Carly Height (Patient: Mother Who Lost Her Boy)
Madison LeisleMadison Leisle
As Lisa the Child
Paul PerriPaul Perri
As Rick's Friend

Co-Guest Stars
Billy MayoBilly Mayo
As Rick (Patient: Stuck Under Car)
Danielle KennedyDanielle Kennedy
As Angry Woman
Mac BrandtMac Brandt
As Paramedic #3
Tim ChiouTim Chiou
As Paramedic #6
Yvans JourdainYvans Jourdain
As Businessman (Pushed Meredith In The Water)
Akeem SmithAkeem Smith
As Young Man
John KoyamaJohn Koyama
As Search and Rescue #2
Jonah BayJonah Bay
As Hopeful Guy (Looking For His Wife)
Marlon JohnMarlon John
As Search and Rescue #3
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: 25.76 Million Viewers

Casting: Special Guest Star Jeffery Dean Morgan (Denny Duquette) previously appeared in the episode "Losing My Religion", the episode in which he passed away. Special Guest Star Kyle Chandler (Dylan Young) previously appeared in "(As We Know It) (2)", the episode in which he was killed in an explosion.

Narration: There is no closing voiceover in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Butterfly BoucherA Bitter Song (1st Time Played in the Episode)Opening Scenes, Water, Flashes, Meredith Flailing
Butterfly BoucherA Bitter Song (2nd Time Played in the Episode)Meredith Coding, Doctors Attempt Resuscitation
Kate HavnevikTimelessIzzie with Trapped Man, Little Girl Watching Water
Patrick Watson (1)The Great EscapeCristina Looks Down, Alex Displays Morgue Pictures

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Like I said, disappearances happen. Pains go phantom. Blood stops running and people...people fade away. There's more I have to say, so much more, but I disappeared.

Alex: I'd notice
Addison: What?
Alex: If you went missing, I'd notice.

Dylan: Hey.
Meredith: Hey. Am I dead?
Denny: Damn right you are.
Meredith: Holy ...

Burke: The Chief is working on her.
Derek: He threw me out.
Burke: What do you need?
Derek: I need you to go in there.

Burke: What is your problem?
Cristina: You know everyone’s back. Everyone’s back except her. And I listen to her. Everyday, about her McLove life, her McDreamy, her McCrap. And the one day, the one day I have a thing she disappears.
Burke: Meredith, this is about Meredith.
Cristina: She doesn’t know yet.
Burke: Meredith?
Cristina: She’s my person.
Burke: Right. And if Meredith doesn’t approve, then what?
Cristina: This, this is not about getting her approval, it's about...
Burke: What?
Cristina: Telling her makes it, makes it ... If I murdered someone she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.
Burke: Okay, now, you’re likening someone here to a corpse. I’m done.
Cristina: She’s my person.

George: Can I see his face?
Callie: I'm in the middle of surgery.
George: I know. Is this boy your patient? I know the picture's half smeared and hard to see but ... Please tell me it's him. Tell me he has been right here, under my nose, open on your table all day, and not drifting along the bottom of the ocean. Please tell me that.
Callie: Hold the photo under the light so I can get a better look. Oh yeah, oh yeah, that's my kid. I could spot those goofy ears anywhere.
George: Really?
Callie: Really.
George: Callie O'Malley. I can't kiss you right now because you're scrubbed in, but tonight, when you get home, I am going to --
Callie: All right, people let's focus. George, I'm working here. I'm working, so, yeah, bye.

Bailey: What do we got?
Paramedic: Jane Doe. She's hypothermic and dropping.
Derek: She's not a Jane Doe. It's Meredith Grey. It's Meredith.
Bailey: Derek! Derek! How long has she been down?
Derek: I don't know. She's alive. She's alive.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When Alex is heading to the morgue and meets George on the stairs, Alex is heading upstairs. However morgues are usually in the basements of hospitals, and a short time later Alex says, "You didn't check down here right?"

Factual Error:

When Meredith is brought to the trauma room, Derek is forced to leave. When he exits, Bailey says "Ok, she has a new 18-gauge in her left A.C. Push 1 of EPI through it". Then we see one of the nurses, pushing something through a line in the right side of Meredith's body. It should be one her left side.


When the interns find out what happened to Meredith, on Cristina's left you can see her watch when she lifts her arms towards her head. In the scene after Izzie's speech, she doesn't have it. Then, when Izzie comes to hug her, the watch is part of her outfit again.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Drowning on Dry Land

"Drowning on Dry Land" is the title of a song by Tab Benoit, Fish Soup, and Blues.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 15: This episode is a direct continuation of 3x15 "Walk On Water."

Season 3, Episode 15: At the end of 3x15 "Walk On Water" Meredith was pushed into the water by a patient.

Season 2, Episode 17: Dylan Young was the Bomb Squad leader from 2x17 "As We Know It (2)". He died at the end of the episode when the bomb exploded in his hands.

Season 2, Episode 27: Denny Duquette was Izzie fiance. He died in 2x27 "Losing My Religion" after complications to do with his 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 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 EditorDavid Greenspan (1)
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Hall
Sound MixerDon Digirolamo  |  Todd Langer
Special EffectsJason Gustafson
Executive Story EditorStacy McKee
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBari Dreiband-Burman  |  Thomas R. Burman
Production AccountantJon Cohoe
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherElizabeth Klaviter
Production StaffCarrie Moretti  |  Justin Cox  |  Courtney Weiden  |  Thomas Barg  |  Angela Trujillo-macias
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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