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Grey's Anatomy: Didn't We Almost Have It All

A big day arrives for all -- Cristina and Burke's wedding and the interns receive their exam results. Meanwhile, Chief Webber's replacement is named and George and Callie make a decision about their relationship.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x25
Production Number: 325
Airdate: Thursday May 17th, 2007
Special Runtime: 75 Minutes

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Aug 12, 2007
DE (Pro7) Nov 28, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Feb 20, 2008
NL (Net 5) Aug 04, 2009

Guest Stars
Aasha DavisAasha Davis
As Rina (Potential Birth Mother for Walter and Joe)
Brian TeeBrian Tee
As Andy (Patient: Frostbite and Broken Ribs)
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Lexie Grey (Daughter of Thatcher and Susan Grey)
Derek PhillipsDerek Phillips
As Dale (Patient: Severe Frostbite)
Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
As Jane Burke (Mother of Dr. Preston Burke)
Elizabeth ReaserElizabeth Reaser
As Jane Doe/Ava (Patient: Severe Injuries, Amnesia)
Jack YangJack Yang
As Walter (Boyfriend of Joe The Bartender)
Kevin RankinKevin Rankin
As Jack Vaughan (Patient: Ice Pick In Head)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (Wife of Dr. Richard Webber)
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Dr. Richard Webber's Assistant)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Tsai ChinTsai Chin
As Helen Rubenstein (Dr. Cristina Yang's Mother)
Jason LondonJason London
As Jeff Pope (Husband of Patient Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca Pope)

Co-Guest Stars
Candice AfiaCandice Afia
As Intern #2
Joseph WilliamsonJoseph Williamson
As Intern #4
Ajay VidureAjay Vidure
As Intern #1
Artie OArtie O'Daly
As Intern #3
Traber BurnsTraber Burns
As Andy's Lawyer
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: 22.57 Million Viewers

Casting: This episode marks Kate Walsh's (Dr. Addison Montgomery) last appearance as a series regular. From this episode on, she stars in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice.

This is Isaiah Washington's last appearance on the show as Dr. Preston Burke.

Narration: The opening voiceover for this episode is done by Richard Webber instead of Meredith Grey.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CoburnCloserBurke Exits O.R., Cristina in O.R., Izzie’s Secret
Grace PotterFalling or FlyingAva’s Husband Arrives, Cristina Can’t Sleep
The HereafterEulogyCristina Emerges, Alex and Addison Talk in Church
Ingrid MichaelsonKeep BreathingMeredith Walks Down the Aisle, Closing Scenes
The Jealous GirlfriendsRoboxullaShower, Callie Writing Cristina’s Vows on Her Hand
The Mary OnettesExplosionsCristina Ready, Burke Leaves Alter to Check on Her
Pachelbel (Original Composer)CannonPlayed in Church Before Wedding is Set to Begin
Ray LaMontagneHold You in My ArmsBurke Practicing His Vows While Operating
Ray LaMontagneWithin YouLocker Room Scene, Leaving for Wedding

Episode Quotes
Richard: (opening voiceover) Being chief is about responsibility. Every single surgical patient in a hospital is your patient. Whether you're the one who cut them open or not. The scalpel stopped with these. You need to be able to look at her family. And to tell them your team did everything they could to save someone's job. The husband, the wife, you get caught her. Taking care about the people's families. And responsibility, it makes you ... you take care of the people's families. And you sacrifice your own.

Cristina: Did you pass?
Meredith: You bet your married booty, I did.

Mark: I was an excellent best man.
Derek: In the worst case scenario, I sleep with your wife in ten years.

Cristina: He's gone.
Meredith: I don't think he's gone. Uh, his stuff is still here.
Cristina: No. His trumpet isn't here. His entire Eugene Foote collection, vinyl's and CDs. His grandmother's picture was by the bed. His lucky scrub cap was hanging on the door. He's gone. I'm...I'm free. Damn it. Damn it, damn it! Oh God, get this off me! Take this off, take this off! I can't...Help me, help me, help me!

Burke: You okay?
Derek: Fine. You need anything? Mint? A getaway car?
Burke: If it's the chief thing, don't worry about it. You deserve it.
Derek: Richard didn't pick me to be chief.
Burke: We all assumed. Well, who did he pick?
Derek: I don't know, wasn't me.
Burke: Uh, you really don't look so good.
Derek: Meredith and I, we may not make it. I think I want it more than she does. Today's your day. It's all about you today.
Burke: You really are a good best man.
Derek: I try.

Cristina: I'm ready. I'm fine. Meredith talked me down. Really, I'm fine. Go, go, go. I'll be right behind you.
Burke: I'm sorry.
Cristina: Oh. No, I can do this. You know, I had a momentary freak out, but now I'm fine. I can do this.
Burke: But you don't want to do this. I'm up there waiting for you to come down that aisle, and I know you don't want to come. I know you don't want to come but that you'll come anyway because you love me. And if I loved you – if I loved you, not the woman that I'm trying to make you be, not the woman that I'm hoping you'll become – but you. If I did, I wouldn’t be up there waiting for you. I'd be letting you go.
Cristina: I am wearing the dress. I'm ready. And, and maybe I didn't want to before. But I want to now. I really think I want this.
Burke: I really wish you didn’t think. I wish that you knew.

Addison: I need this job Richard. I need it more than the others.
Richard: Addison --
Addison: No, I need a reason to stay here. I need a reason to get up every morning. I need to get up and not care if it's raining or that I'm thirty nine and alone.
Richard: If you need a job to get a new life, you either need a new job or a new life.

Lexie: Hey.
George: Hi.
Lexie: We're the new interns.
George: Yeah.
Lexie: Well, you look seasoned and wise. Got any advice?
George: No. Learn how to do an appendectomy start to finish before your first day.
Lexie: You're leaving?
George: Yeah.
Lexie: Better offer?
George: Just, uh, you know, life.
Lexie: Yeah. Anyways, good luck with life, doctor --
George: My name is George.
Lexie: I'm Lexie. Lexie Grey.

Burke: Christina, I could promise to hold you, and to cherish you. I could promise to be there, in sickness and in health. I could say 'til death do us part. But I won't. Those vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope. I do not stand here on my wedding day optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic. I am not hopeful. I am sure. I am steady. I'm a heart man. Take 'em apart, put 'em back together, hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this, I am sure. You are my partner. My lover. My very best friend. My heart. My heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this. I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands, I promise you, me.
Addison: I think I speak for every woman here when I say dump her. Dump Yang and marry me.

Meredith: It's over. You can all go home. It's over. So freakin' over.

Episode Goofs

Last episode, Adele said she was 51. In this episode, Addison is talking about Adele and says that pregnancy at age 52 is risky.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Didn't We Almost Have It All?

"Didn't We Almost Have It All?" is the title of a Whitney Houston song.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 24: This episode is a continuation of 3x24 "Testing 1-2-3". Walter and Joe's surrogate mother is at the hospital for her pregnancy, and Dr. Webber's wife is pregnant as well.

Season 3, Episode 24: The search and rescue team have found the last climber. The other climbers were found and brought to the hospital in 3x24 "Testing 1-2-3" with severe frostbite and injuries.

Season 2, Episode 27: Richard Webber is talking one on one with members of his staff in his office. This is very similar to the interviews he conducted with the interns in 2x27 "Losing MY Religion" after the death of Denny Duquette.

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 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 StaffJackie Younce  |  Scott Brown  |  Toussaint Banks  |  Courtenay Williams
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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