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Grey's Anatomy: Time After Time

When Izzie has to face her past, she turns to George for support and comfort. As Alex continues to work with Jane Doe, the two become more attached to each other. Meanwhile, Meredith and Derek begin to question their status while Cristina strives to repair her relationship with Burke despite her past history with Dr. Marlow that continues to damage their engagement.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x20
Production Number: 320
Airdate: Thursday April 19th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Jul 15, 2007
DE (Pro7) Oct 31, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Jan 16, 2008
NL (Net 5) Jul 31, 2009


Guest Stars
Elizabeth ReaserElizabeth Reaser
As Jane Doe/Ava (Patient: Severe Injuries, Amnesia)
Mare WinninghamMare Winningham
As Susan Grey (Wife of Meredith's Father, Thatcher Grey)
Roger ReesRoger Rees
As Dr. Colin Marlowe (Famous Surgeon, Ex-Boyfriend of Cristina)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Brent JenningsBrent Jennings
As Charles Redford (Patient: "Piggyback" Heart Surgery)
Dee Wallace StoneDee Wallace Stone
As Joan Waring (Think Jane Doe Is Her Daughter)
Suzanne CryerSuzanne Cryer
As Caroline Klein (Mother of Patient Hannah Klein)
Tim HopperTim Hopper
As Dustin Klein (Father of Patient Hannah Klein)

Co-Guest Stars
Kate AnthonyKate Anthony
As Nurse Kate
Zibby AllenZibby Allen
As Nurse Zibby
Craig TsuyumineCraig Tsuyumine
As TV Reporter
Liv HutchingsLiv Hutchings
As Hannah (Patient: Daughter of Izzie Stevens, Lieukemia)
Marc VannMarc Vann
As Hematologist
Melissa FitzgeraldMelissa Fitzgerald
As Social Worker
Nichelle HinesNichelle Hines
As Young Woman
Randy ThompsonRandy Thompson
As Frank Waring (Think Jane Doe Is His Daughter)
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: 21.12 Million Viewers

Episode Title: This episode was previously titled "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amy WinehouseYou Know I'm No GoodOpening Scenes, Burke and Cristina Operating
Lullaby BaxterFontana FontaineGeorge Pushes Izzie's Wheelchair, Watches Hannah
Maria TaylorClean GetawayGeorge Helps Izzie Dress, Izzie Reveals a Secret
Maria TaylorA Good Start (1st Time Played in the Episode)Ava Upset, Song Pauses While Meredith Answers Door
Maria TaylorA Good Start (2nd Time Played in the Episode)Meredith Talks to Susan, Bar Scene, Closing Scenes
Nouvelle VagueDancing with MyselfDerek Turns, Lunch Scene, George Asks About Izzie
The Whitest Boy AliveBurningMarlow Exits, Cristina Tells Meredith About Marlow

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) A patient’s history is as important as their symptoms. It’s what helps us decide if heartburn’s a heart attack, if a headache’s a tumor. Sometimes patients will try to rewrite their own history. They’ll claim they don’t smoke, or forget to mention certain drugs. Which, in surgery, can be the kiss of death. We can ignore it all we want, but eventually it always comes back to haunt us.

Meredith: This all you?
Susan: I just picked up some things to restock your fridge.
Meredith: Well, you bought groceries last week.
Derek: Yeah you have to do it every week, if you want more.

Burke: What was that?
Cristina: You’re gonna have to put up with me being nice and sweet for a little while.
Burke: That’ll be a nice change of pace.
Cristina: Shut up.
Burke: That’s more like it.

Bailey: When you see her, you’ll know what to do. It must be nice to know she has parents like this, that fight for her, think about what she wants, trying to make her happy, like you would. Doesn't mean you don’t want that girl to want you.

Izzie: Hannah. An eleven year old girl. That’s the private matter. She’s mine. Don’t. Don’t look at me. My mother wanted me to keep her, but I knew, even at 16 I knew, that baby deserved better than life at Taylor’s Trailer Park. And now she’s here, and she may be dying and she doesn't want to meet me. I didn't think I really cared when she said no. How ‘bout that? I can say Hail Mary’s until...until I turn into Mary but I still miss you. Not the sex. It wasn't tragic, George. But I’ll live without it. I won’t make it if you can’t be my friend. If we can’t --
George: What you did today...you should be proud. I’ll get orderly to take you downstairs, but I have to go. Understand?

Derek: You warned me she could become a problem.
Bailey: Who, Meredith?
Derek: You know when you love somebody, you think you can handle it all?
Bailey: You’ve done alright, both of you.
Derek: I came out here to be chief. And Meredith complicates that.
Bailey: Huh. Well if this turns into an “either or”, you pick the person you love, end of story. Look, all of this means nothing if you’re alone.

Meredith: So it’s weird, right? That Susan keeps stopping by like this? I mean, we just became friends or semi-related or whatever you call your estranged father’s wife.
Alex: You may be confused since you were basically raised by wolves, but this is what mothers do. They stop by, they stock your fridge. Dude, you think she might do our laundry?
Meredith: Hey, get your own fake mom.

Marlowe: Nothing like a quick ventricular reconstruction to jumpstart your morning, eh?
Cristina: Okay, you’ve officially become creepy. Creepy and stalking.

Mark: She pressed 5 and got off at 3. She’d rather walk up two flights of stairs than flirt with you. Hell, she’d rather climb up the outside of the building.
Webber: I wasn’t flirting.
Mark: You’re telling me!

Meredith (closing voiceover): Some people believe that without history, our lives amount to nothing. At some point we all have to choose: do we fall back on what we know, or do we step forward to something new? It's hard not to be haunted by our past. Our history is what shapes us... what guides us. Our history resurfaces time after time after time. So we have to remember sometimes the most important history is the history we're making today.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Time After Time

"Time After Time" is the title of a song by Cyndi Lauper.

Episode Working Title: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

"Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" is the title of a song by several artists including Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, and Barry Manilow.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 15: Izzie's daughter, whom she gave up for adoption, is in the hospital. We discovered that Izzie had a daughter in 2x15 "Break On Through" when she told a young pregnant patient about it.

Season 3, Episode 19: Patient Jane Doe/Ava had her facial reconstruction surgery in 3x19 "My Favorite Mistake".

Season 2, Episode 19: George compares sleeping with Izzie to sleeping with Meredith. George slept with Meredith in 2x19 "What Have I Done To Deserve This" after she broke up with Derek.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerZoanne Clack
Associate ProducerLisa Taylor (1)
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerJeff Rafner
First Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
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
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Construction CoordinatorCurt Jones
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Assistant EditorRevis Meeks
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
Production AccountantJon Cohoe
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherElizabeth Klaviter
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffCourtenay Williams  |  Jackie Younce  |  Scott Brown  |  Toussaint Banks
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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