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Grey's Anatomy: Forever Young

The ER is thrown into a state of chaos following a school bus accident. Meanwhile, Bailey treats her high school crush; Derek goes on a date; and Thatcher comes to Seattle Grace in search of Meredith.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x8
Production Number: 408
Airdate: Thursday November 15th, 2007

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Mark Wilding

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Apr 16, 2008
NL (Net 5) Sep 15, 2008
UK (sky LIVING) Nov 06, 2008


Guest Stars
Jeff PerryJeff Perry
As Thatcher Grey (Father of Meredith and Lexie Grey)
Kali RochaKali Rocha
As Dr. Sydney Heron (Surgical Resident, Dating Derek)
Lauren StamileLauren Stamile
As Nurse Rose
Brooke NevinBrooke Nevin
As Tricia Hale (Patient: Facial Laceration From Bus Crash)
D.B. WoodsideD.B. Woodside
As Marcus King (Patient: Chaperone For Teenagers, Friend of Bailey)
Madeline ZimaMadeline Zima
As Marissa (Best Friend of Patient Danny Metcalf)
Stephen SowanStephen Sowan
As Danny Metcalf (Patient: Pencil In Eyeball)

Co-Guest Stars
Amrapali AmbegaokarAmrapali Ambegaokar
As Intern Dani
Joseph WilliamsonJoseph Williamson
As Intern Pierce
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Intern Steve
Molly KidderMolly Kidder
As Intern Megan
Ray FordRay Ford
As Ray the Paramedic
Courtney HopeCourtney Hope
As Ariana (Cheerleader Friend of Patient Tricia Hale)
Julia LingJulia Ling
As Emma (Giggling Teenage Girl)
Laura KenleyLaura Kenley
As Janie (Giggling Teenage Girl)
Meghan LynchMeghan Lynch
As Courtney (Cheerleader Friend of Patient Tricia Hale)
Monica HermanMonica Herman
As Molly (Cheerleader Friend of Patient Tricia Hale)
Rob J. GreenleaRob J. Greenlea
As Paramedic #2
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
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
As Dr. Erica Hahn
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
T.R. KnightT.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 19.61 Million Viewers

Trivia: Chandra Wilson received a standing ovation for her lecture scene with Derek.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ben LeeWhat Would Jay-Z Do?Opening Scenes, Seattle, Bar, Derek on a Date
Cary BrothersThe Last OneLunch, Drama Queen Patient, Eye Injury Patient
Chris GarneauBlack and BlueWebber and Meredith Talk, Bailey and Friend Talk
Rilo KileyBreakin' UpRose Walks Away from Derek, Closing Scenes
Tegan & SaraCall It OffPatient's Friend Apologizes, Izzie Accepts

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) There comes a point in your life, when you’re officially an adult. Suddenly, you’re old enough to vote, drink and engage in other adult activities. Suddenly, people expect you to be responsible, serious, a grown-up. We get taller, we get older. But do we ever really grow up?

Derek: Apparently, I'm not good at meeting needs.
Meredith: And I'm awkward and freaky.

Alex: I don't do secrets. I don't do any of that 15 year old girl, ooh, I'm gonna tell you but don't tell anybody else.
Lexie: We're not just talking about who made out with who at the Halloween dance, okay? This is a private family issue.
Alex: You're dad is a drunk. I had to start cleaning up my dad when I was seven, okay? That's why I turned into the grown up of the family, okay, so you got to wait until you were twenty-four. Good for you.

Sydney: So why the brain? Why biology's crown jewel?
Derek: You mean why did I go into neuro surgery?
Sydney: Come on, share. Share with Sydney.
Derek: It was the head-set with the magnifying glasses that tipped the scale for me.

Hahn: Is it me or there are teeny boppers staring at you?
Sloan: I get that a lot. It started when I was their age, never really went away.
Chief: Is that so?
Sloan: What can I do for you ladies?
Girl #1: Tell him!
Girl #2: No! It's...it's embarrassing.
Sloan: You can tell me.
Girl #1: You look exactly like her dad.
Chief: Swing and miss.

Derek: Hey Rose! Rose!
Rose: You know my name!
Derek: I had to ask around but now I know.
Rose: Oh, good for you. Good night.
Derek: Hang on. I should have recognized you from the O.R. today. We worked together for three hours.
Rose: I've worked on 36 of your surgeries and today was the first time you made eye contact. Like I said, this hospital is no better than high school. Good night, Dr. Shepherd.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) In some ways we grow up; we have families… we get married, divorced… but for the most part we still have the same problems that we did when we were fifteen. No matter how much we grow taller, grow older, we are still forever stumbling… forever wondering, forever… young.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

Both of Danny's eyes should have been covered to keep the eye with the pencil around it from moving. Every motion on his "good" eye would be mirrored on the injured one, causing irreparable damage.

Factual Error:

The list of names that Dr. Bailey cover's with her paper on the bulletin board is actually a list of crew members names.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Forever Young

"Forever Young" is the title of a song by Bob Dylan as well as Alphaville.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 7: Derek is on a date with Sydney Heron. In 4x07 "Physical Attraction...Chemical Reaction" Derek decided he needed to start dating.

Season 4, Episode 7: Izzie and George are avoiding one another after their love life turned out to be awkward in 4x07 "Physical Attraction...Chemical Reaction".

Season 3, Episode 24: Thatcher apologizes to Meredith for what he said to her in 3x24 "Testing 1, 2, 3" before his wife Susan Grey's funeral.

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