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Grey's Anatomy: My Favorite Mistake

George comes face-to-face with his father-in-law, but the circumstances of their meeting are less than perfect. Alex continues to tend to Jane Doe and helps her choose how the world will see her from here on. Meanwhile, the board interviews Chief of Surgery candidates, and everyone is stunned when Sloan emerges as a top candidate. Elsewhere, Izzie wrestles with the events of her drunken night with George.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x19
Production Number: 319
Airdate: Thursday March 22nd, 2007

Director: Tamra Davis
Writer: Chris Van Dusen

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Jul 08, 2007
DE (Pro7) Oct 24, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Jan 09, 2008
NL (Net 5) Jul 30, 2009


Guest Stars
Elisabeth MossElisabeth Moss
As Nina Rogerson (Daughter of Patient Cathy Rogerson)
Elizabeth ReaserElizabeth Reaser
As Jane Doe (Patient: Severe Injuries, Amnesia)
Hector ElizondoHector Elizondo
As Carlos Torres (Dr. Callie Torres' Father)
Roger ReesRoger Rees
As Colin Marlowe (Famous Surgeon, Ex-Boyfriend of Cristina)
Catherine DentCatherine Dent
As Cathy Rogerson (Patient: Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva)
Michael BoatmanMichael Boatman
As Doug Kendry (Patient: Diabetic Foot Injury)

Co-Guest Stars
Judi BartonJudi Barton
As Board Member
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: 22.30 Million Viewers

Casting: Guest stars Roger Rees (Dr. Marlow) and Elisabeth Moss (Nina Rogerson) previously worked together on the NBC drama, The West Wing.

Trivia: The book that Burke is reading at the end of the episode is called "Dreaming of Bird."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Adam MerrinStill AlrightBar Scene, Drink Spills, George Has Flashbacks
Alamo Race TrackBlack Cat John BrownBailey Exits, Interns Having Lunch and Talking
Let’s Go SailingAll I Want from You is LoveSurgery Montage, Patient’s Daughter with Dollhouse
Let’s Go SailingSidewaysAlex Talks to Ava About Addison, Closing Scenes
MirahLa Familia (Guy Sigsworth Remix)Opening Scenes, Izzie Wakes, Remembers Last Night

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Surgeons always have a plan. Where to cut, where to clamp, where to stitch. But, even with the best plans complications can arise, things can go wrong. And suddenly you're caught with your pants down.

George: Izzie.
Izzie: George.
George: What the hell happened last night? Did I at least call Callie before I passed out?

George: I was drunk, I'm sure I didn't mean whatever I said or did.
Izzie: Yes George, you meant it. You meant it many times.

Addison: So, God wants you to be an adulterer?
Izzie: Well, God got a virgin pregnant by magic. He’s not playing by the rules.

Cristina: Nobody, meaning me, needs to hear George's rendition of "Sexyback" at 3 in the morning.

Meredith: I let Mark use the memory of my mother to win points with the Chief. You were right.
Derek: I'm sorry.
Meredith: Your know what's weird?
Derek: What's weird?
Meredith: It's exactly what she would have wanted.
Derek: Dead mommy's proud?
Meredith: Dead mommy's proud.

Alex: Lets meet the contenders. Lets see. This is, this is Maggie. Married a high school sweetheart and has two kids. Loves being a mum. Coaches her daughters basketball team. And makes an insane banana cream pie. And This is Elizabeth. Graduated from Northwestern. Met her husband at a political rally, where they got arrested and fell in love. She's all angry and fired up, but everyone forgives her because she means well. This one...this one is Eva. She's funny, she's tough and a little neurotic sometimes, but you get used to it. You can tell she's been through a lot in her life, but it only made her stronger you know.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) The thing about plans is they don't take into account the unexpected. So when we're thrown a curve ball, whether it's in the O.R. or in life, we have to improvise. Of course, some of us are better at it than others. Some of us just have to move on to plan B, and make the best of it. And sometimes what we want is exactly what we need. But sometimes, sometimes what we need is a new plan.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

Right after the ferry boat accident Alex was trying to find the identity of Jane Doe and he said that she had very distinctive brown eyes, but in the scene where Alex helps her choose her new face, her eyes look blue.


When George is having lunch with Callie and her father and he remembers having sex with Izzie, he is wearing regular clothing. When he walks up to Izzie in the hospital right after, he is scrubs.

Cultural References
Episode Title: My Favorite Mistake

"My Favorite Mistake" is the title of a song performed by Sheryl Crow.

Justin Timberlake: Cristina says "Nobody, meaning me, needs to hear George's rendition of "Sexyback" at 3 in the morning."

"SexyBack" is the title of a hit song by Justin Timberlake.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 18: Izzie and George slept together at the end of 3x18 "Scars and Souvenirs" after getting drunk.

Season 3, Episode 15: Jane Doe was a victim of the ferry boat accident that occurred in 3x15 "Walk On Water (1)".

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 DirectorDaniella Eisman
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerMimi Melgaard
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Key GripMatt Mania
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Location ManagerGeorge Larson
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Construction CoordinatorCurt Jones
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorDavid Greenspan (1)
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Hall
Sound MixerTodd Langer  |  Don Digirolamo
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
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffSonay Washington  |  Courtney Weiden  |  Justin Cox  |  Carrie Moretti  |  Angela Trujillo-macias  |  Thomas Barg
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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