Login or register  
<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

Grey's Anatomy: The Other Side of This Life (2)

In the conclusion to part 1, Addison visits Los Angeles and continues to reconnect with her old medical school friends. In Seattle, Meredith gets closer to her step mother. Cristina deals with the pressures of her pending marriage, and reluctantly plans the wedding with her mother and future mother-in-law. Meanwhile, Derek operates on Ava.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x23
Production Number: 323
Airdate: Thursday May 03rd, 2007
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Jul 29, 2007
DE (Pro7) Nov 14, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Feb 06, 2008
NL (Net 5) Aug 03, 2009

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (14 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Amy Brenneman
As Dr. Violet Turner (Psychiatrist for Oceanside Wellness Group)
Chris Lowell
As William 'Dell' Parker (Receptionist at Oceanside Wellness Group)
Merrin Dungey
As Dr. Naomi Bennett (Infertility Specialist, Addison's Best Friend)
Paul Adelstein
As Dr. Cooper Freedman (Pediatrician at Oceanside Wellness Group)
Taye Diggs
As Dr. Sam Bennett (Founding Partner of Oceanside Wellness Group)
Tim Daly
As Dr. Pete Wilder (Alternative Medicine Specialist)

Guest Stars
Becky Wahlstrom
As Lisa (Patient: Pregnant Surrogate Mother)
Bellamy Young
As Kathy (Patient: Knee Injury, Sexual Problems With Husband)
Cameron Watson
As Rick (Potential Father of Lisa's Baby)
David Anders
As Jim (Potential Father of Lisa's Baby, Husband of Carol)
Diahann Carroll
As Jane Burke (Mother of Dr. Preston Burke)
Elizabeth Reaser
As Jane Doe/Ava (Patient: Severe Injuries, Amnesia)
Garrison Hershberger
As Doug (Potential Father of Lisa's Baby, Husband of Carol)
Jeff Perry
As Thatcher Grey (Father of Dr. Meredith Grey)
Mare Winningham
As Susan Grey (Wife of Meredith's Father, Thatcher Grey)
Raphael Sbarge
As Paul (Husband of Patient Kathy)
Shavon Kirksey
As Maya Bennett (Daughter of Naomi and Sam Bennett)
Stephanie Niznik
As Carol (Potential Mother of Lisa's Baby)
Tsai Chin
As Helen Rubenstein (Dr. Cristina Yang's Mother)

Co-Guest Stars
Garon Grigsby
As Keith (Husband of Patient Lisa)
Jane Clark
As Nurse
Mary Joy
As Elevator Voice
Robin Hines
As Cute Girl
Trista Delamere
As SGH Clinic Nurse
William B. Jackson
As Old Man
Main Cast
Ellen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Kate Walsh
As Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd
T.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Isaiah Washington
As Dr. Preston Burke
Katherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 21.23 Million Viewers

Crossover: This episode, along with "The Other Side of This Life (1)", will serve as a two-hour spin off pilot for Private Practice, a series that will focus on Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd.

Spoilers: In this episode, Susan Grey dies.

Narration: There is no opening voiceover or this episode.

Trivia: When Jane Doe/Ava is in surgery, she says "Alex, ich brauche die nächste Karte. Das ist noch das Haus." This means "Alex, I need the next card. This is still the house."

Music: When Addison is apologizing in the elevator the song playing is "Your Song" by Kate Walsh. Kate Walsh is also the name of the actress who plays Addison.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
A.B. O’NeillCaliforniaViolet, Naomi, and Addison Watch Del Wax His Board
Bloc PartySRXTMeredith Tells Thatcher Susan Died, Closing Scenes
Candi StatonYou Don’t Have Far to GoPete Kisses Addison on the Stairs, Then Pete Exits
Kate Walsh (3)Your SongCristina Asks Callie Question, Couple Given News
Lay LowMojo LoveDoctors with New Mom, Watch Baby, Elevator Scene
PsappLeaving in CoffinsPete Tries to Prove to Addison He is Not a "Quack"
Robert Randolph & The Family BandAin’t Nothing Wrong with ThatNaomi and Del Lean Toward Each Other Over Her Desk
Tim MyersMomma's BoyDerek Operating on Ava, Addison Delivering a Baby

Episode Quotes
Addison: What are you doing?
Pete: I'm going to kiss you. I'm going to kiss you with tongue. I'm going to kiss you so you feel it. Okay?
Addison: Okay.

Pete: You look good. You look beautiful. Sam told me I had to stay away from you because your Naomi’s friend.
Addison: Stop it.
Pete: What?
Addison: You're flirting.
Pete: What’s wrong with flirting?
Addison: What’s wrong with it? What’s wrong? What’s wrong is that I don’t have time for it. I am out of time. I missed my chance. And now I have 2 eggs left, I might as well have no eggs left. I am eggless. Naomi says she’s dried up? I’m the one who's dried up. I’m all barren and dried up. And I’m clearly wasting my time on men. I mean I might as well take up a hobbies. Like needlepoint or collecting those ceramic dolls because that’s what dried up women do – they do needlepoint. They don’t waste there time flirting with men who clearly just want to get laid. They don’t waste their time telling overly personal information about there eggs to total strangers. Oh my God! I'm sorry.

Violet: What’s the matter, Cooper?
Cooper: I don’t go to hookers, I don’t go to strip clubs. I meet women on the internet, who want to meet me. So I like them a little younger and a little dirtier. Is that wrong?
Cooper: It's wrong?
Naomi: You need to meet a grown up. You need to date someone your own age.
Violet: Someone without a porny internet name and perhaps no criminal past.
Naomi: A nice girl.
Violet: A reliable girl.
Naomi: Someone who you can have a relationship with.
Violet: You’re a respected doctor.
Naomi: Go out in the real world. Meet a woman your own age and go out.
Violet: Be a man.

Mark: Go ahead. I would love to have an excuse to lay you out.
Alex: I didn't do anything.
Mark: Whatever you didn't do sent Addison running through the hills.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) At some point, maybe we accept that the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves the reality is better. We convince ourselves that it's better to never dream at all. But the strongest of us, the most determined of us, we hold onto the dream. Or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We awake to find ourselves against all odds, feeling hopeful. And if we're lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life, the true dream, is being able to dream at all.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Other Side of This Life

"The Other Side of This Life" is the title of a song by several artists including Jefferson Airplane and Peter, Paul and Mary.

Judy Blume: Addison says in the elevator "Are you there elevator God? It's me, Addison."

Addison's line is a take on the 1970 Judy Blume novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

The Crucible: Pete says "Unless you need to tell someone you saw Goody Johnson with the devil."

Pete is referencing The Crucible, a play about the Salem Witch Trials.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 22: Addison went to L.A. to see her friend, and fertility specialist, Naomi in 3x22 "The Other Side of This Life (1)".

Season 3, Episode 18: George and Izzie 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)".

Season 3, Episode 22: Susan Grey was admitted to the hospital in 3x22 "The Other Side of This Life (1)" for persistent hiccups.

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 DirectorVincent G. Gonzales  |  Shawn 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
Assistant EditorRevis Meeks
Post Production CoordinatorMichelle Hall
Sound MixerTodd Langer  |  Don Digirolamo
Special EffectsJason Gustafson
Executive Story EditorStacy McKee
Costume SupervisorTom Houchins
Production AccountantJon Cohoe
Chief Lighting TechnicianPeyton Skelton
Sound SupervisorTom Davis (1)
ResearcherElizabeth Klaviter
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)  |  Sergio Lopez-Rivera
Production StaffCarrie Moretti  |  Thomas Barg  |  Justin Cox  |  Courtney Weiden  |  Angela Trujillo-macias
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Film LabA Fotokem Company
Media Talent CoordinatorKarin Gleason
Warning: Grey's Anatomy season 3 episode 23 guide may contain spoilers
Recent news

'Loose Women' Launch Domestic Violence Campaign #YouAreNotAlone - Jamelia Tells Her Story

‘Loose Women’ launched its domestic violence campaign today to help..

Why One 'The Big Bang Theory' Star Hates 'Frozen'

A recent article, which can be read here, explains why one 'The Big Bang..

Colin Salmon Announced As Narrator for New BBC Two Natural History Series, 'Wonders of the Monsoon'

Colin Salmon (‘Prime Suspect’ and ‘24: Live another Day’) will..