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Grey's Anatomy: The Becoming

The nurses' outcry over McSteamy's frequent trysts leads the hospital to enact a new "date and tell" policy. Meanwhile, news about Burke's career force Cristina to cope with her feelings about the past; Meredith and Derek take in a veteran soldier to participate in their clinical trial; and Callie finds comfort in Sloane when she needs it the most.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 414
Airdate: Thursday May 08th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Oct 27, 2008
FI (Nelonen) Nov 19, 2008
UK (sky LIVING) Dec 18, 2008


Guest Stars
Amy MadiganAmy Madigan
As Dr. Katharine Wyatt (Meredith's Psychiatrist)
Lauren StamileLauren Stamile
As Nurse Rose (Dr. Derek Shepherd's Girlfriend)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (Dr. Richard Webber's Wife)
Benjamin CiaramelloBenjamin Ciaramello
As Darren Covington (Patient: Brain Tumour, Clinical Trial)
David GiuntoliDavid Giuntoli
As Todd Vernon (Boyfriend of Patient Darren Covington)
John M. JacksonJohn M. Jackson
As Kevin Covington (Father of Patient Darren Convington)
Zilah MendozaZilah Mendoza
As Kyra Marhsall (Patient: Heart Transplant)

Co-Guest Stars
Candice AfiaCandice Afia
As Intern Laura
Joseph WilliamsonJoseph Williamson
As Intern Pierce
Maria Elena MaglarisMaria Elena Maglaris
As Nurse Maria
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Andre WareAndre Ware
As Dr. Evett (Veteran Doctor of Patient Darren Covington)
Bruce KatzmanBruce Katzman
As Wayne Sheehan (Human Resources Representative)
Jade T. ReyesJade T. Reyes
As Zoe Marshall
Joe CamarenoJoe Camareno
As Lucas Marshall (Husband of Patient Kyra Marshall)
Therese Noell HoweTherese Noell Howe
As Jessie Marshall (Daughter of Patient Kyra Marshall)
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: 16.03 Million Viewers

Trivia: DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell), the policy mentioned by the gay solider, was repealed on September 20, 2011.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Beth OrtonCarmella (Four Tet Remix)Opening Scenes, Seattle, Webber Exits Elevator
Frightened RabbitGood Arms vs. Bad ArmsWebber Checks Out Adele, Plays Almost to End
Jay CliffordKnow When to Walk AwayAdele Exits, Webber Confused, Hahn's Instructions
Sandra OhLike A Virgin (with Chyler Leigh)Cristina Begins Singing in Morgue, Lexie Joins
Sandra OhLike a VirginCristina is Still Singing, Meredith Enters Morgue
The SubmarinesBrightest HourHahn Exits, Seattle, Derek Talks to Patient's Dad
Taken By TreesOnly YesterdayWebber Talks to George, Meredith Watches Patient
Vampire WeekendMansard RoofGeorge Hands Out Sex Questionnaires at Lunch

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) There's this person. In my head. She is brilliant. Capable. She can do chest tubes and craniotomy's. She can run a code without freaking out. She's a really good surgeon. Maybe even a great surgeon. She's me. Only so much better. And I'm afraid I'll never become this person in my head because something keeps getting in my way.

Mark: The most refined, professional, and ladylike doctor in this hospital came to my defence tonight. The best that she could come up with was "He's a whore." I'm a whore.
Derek: I slept with her and the whole time I was thinking of Meredith. Who's the whore?

Miranda: Just wanted to drop off the form myself, answer any questions you might have.
Richard: There are interns on this form
Miranda: Mmhm...I require the energy of youth. Dr. Shepherd was a moment of weakness for both of us.
Richard: Dr. Sloan?
Miranda: Oh, that was many moments. On call rooms. It was very hot.
Adele: Mmhm, McSteamy.
Richard: Alright, Dr. Bailey, I get the joke.
Miranda: See, this is a joke to you. I am a single woman. I've been a single woman for some time now, but the very idea that I could have a sexual encounter, a consensual sexual encounter is a joke to you!
Richard: Dr. Bailey I --
Miranda: So much so that you would single me out of this entire hospital as the one person who couldn't interest a person of the opposite sex...it's...it's...just --
Adele: It's harassment.
Richard: Adele!
Miranda: Just shame on you sir! Just shame on you!

Erica: So are we on for tonight or what?
Callie: Um, I told you I had a thing.
Erica: I don't ah ... make friends easily. I'm awkward and am bad at small talk and generally don't like people I don't know. But I made friends with you and now you have this thing and that thing is Sloan.
Callie: Are you mad that I'm sleeping with Mark Sloan?
Erica: I'm not mad that your sleeping with Sloan. I'm mad that you didn't tell me that your sleeping with Sloan. I'm mad at you. Because instead of telling me and admitting that your one of those girls who goes all pouffy when she gets a boyfriend, you disappear with your thing. I don't make friends easily.

Izzie: Dr. Bailey, if I can't get a hold of my patient, is it okay to give her test results to her friend?
Bailey: No!
Izzie: What if her friend is a really good friend of mine, and he's changing his whole life for her because he thinks she's pregnant and she's not?
Bailey: Stevens, you wanna win yourself a Harper Avery, you need to master basics of privacy.

Erica: It's because I don't have a penis, isn't it?
Callie: Um...
I publish more, I do double the research. I deserve this more than Burke. It's a big men's club, and it's not fair.
Callie: Huh. I didn't even realize you were being considered.
Erica: I wasn't going to mention it until I won. Then I was going to be all nonchalant like awards don't matter to me. It was going to be very impressive and humble. Now Burke's gone and ruined my whole act.

Meredith: Stop singing. You're going to win your own Harper Avery award. Burke wouldn't have a career if it hadn't been for you. You saved him when he had his tremor. The Harper Avery board may not know it but he does. I'm in therapy. Because he's with Rose. I'm way more screwed up than you are.
Cristina: Thank you. That makes me feel a little better.
Meredith: You're welcome.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) It was a good day. Maybe even a great day. I was a good doctor, even when it was hard, I was the me in my head. There was a moment when I thought I can't do this, I can't do this alone. I close my eyes and imagine myself doing it, and I did, I blocked out the fear, and I did it.

Episode Goofs
Crew/Equipment Visible:

When Dr. Webber posts the article about Preston Burke's Harper Avery award, it shows that the writer of the article is Tony Phelan. Tony Phelan is actually the co-executive producer and writer for this episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Becoming

"The Becoming" is the title of a song by Nine Inch Nails.

Knocked Up: Alex says to Izzie "She's pregnant, she's knocked up."

This is a nod to Katherine Heigl's role in the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up.

Madonna: While in the morgue Cristina starts to sing the song 'Like A Virgin' by Madonna.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Alex compares the heart surgery to Snow White sleeping to the patient's daughter.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a Disney film from 1937.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 25: Dr. Webber is concerned that Cristina will have a problem with the announcement about Burke's award. In 3x25 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" Cristina and Burke were supposed to be married, but they broke up and he left the hospital.

Season 2, Episode 25: Meredith mentions that Cristina is the reason Burke won the award because she helped him with his tremor. Burke was show in 2x25 "17 Seconds" and Cristina helped him through his surgeries for most of season 3.

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