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Grey's Anatomy: Freedom (1)

In the two-part season finale, Meredith and Derek take another shot at the clinical trial while the others race to free a boy from a hardening block of cement. Meanwhile, Izzie helps Alex care for Rebecca and Lexie learns a secret about George's intern status.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x16
Production Number: 416
Airdate: Thursday May 22nd, 2008

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Jun 15, 2008
NL (Net 5) Nov 10, 2008
FI (Nelonen) Dec 03, 2008
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 08, 2009

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (32 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Amy Madigan
As Dr. Katharine Wyatt (Meredith's Psychiatrist)
Elizabeth Reaser
As Rebecca Pope/Ava (Former Patient of Alex's, Had Amnesia)
James Immekus
As Andrew Langston (Patient: Stuck In Cement)
John Cothran, Jr.
As Ken Monroe (Father of Patient Beth Monroe)
Jurnee Smollett
As Beth Monroe (Patient: Clinical Trial, Girlfriend of Jeremy West)
Kathryn Meisle
As Liz Monroe (Mother of Patient Beth Monroe)
Lauren Stamile
As Nurse Rose (Dr. Derek Shepherd's Girlfriend)
Marshall Allman
As Jeremy West (Patient: Clinical Trial, Boyfriend of Patient Beth)

Co-Guest Stars
Christian Alexander
As Will (Bully of Patient Andrew Langston)
Jana Kramer
As Lola (Bully of Patient Andrew Langston)
Jerry Zatarain
As David (Bully of Patient Andrew Langston)
Joy Osmanski
As Intern Lucy
Molly Kidder
As Intern Megan
Stephen Bishop (1)
As Firefighter
Sterling Knight
As Kip (Bully of Patient Andrew Langston)
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
Brooke Smith
As Dr. Erica Hahn
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
T.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 18.09 Million Viewers

Timeline: This episode aired with "Freedom (2)" as a two-hour finale special.

Episode Title: Shonda Rhimes originally wanted to call this episode Prisoners of the Rock.

Narration: There is no closing voiceover for this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ColdplayDeath and All His FriendsOpening Scenes, Champagne / Dead Patients Montage
DuffyMercyBailey Searching, Callie and Mark Have Sex
Ingrid MichaelsonGiving UpPatient Dies, Alex Drops His Phone, Closing Scenes
Priscilla AhnDreamAva in Shower, Space Needle, Patients Kissing
The Rosewood ThievesHeavy EyesWebber Talks to Meredith, She Talks to Therapist

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) My mother used to say that, for a surgeon, a day without death is a rare gift. Every day, we face death. Every day, we lose life. And every day, we're hoping for a stay of execution.

Izzie: About Rebecca.
Meredith: Me and my world-class neurosurgeon are going to use a brilliant cutting edge technique to save a life, so I don't have time for crazy. Work it out.
Izzie: Ooh a trauma!

Rose: You intimidate me a little. I mean you're not an intimidating person, but the legend of Meredith and Derek -- it's intimidating.
Meredith: There's no legend.
Rose: He's selling his land because of you. There's a legend.

Mark: I tried to change. Turn over a new leaf. But the leaf isn't turning!
Chief: You aren't ready to change. And that's okay.

Dr. Wyatt: What do you remember about it?
Meredith: Um, we were at home.
Dr. Wyatt: You were there?
Meredith: Yes, I was there.
Dr. Wyatt: It's okay to talk about it.
Meredith: Dr. Wyatt, my mother took a scalpel and sliced her wrists in front of me. And I sat on the kitchen floor in a pool of her blood waiting until she passed out so I could call 911. It's not okay to talk about it.
Dr. Wyatt: Why did you wait until she passed out?
Meredith: She asked me not to before she slit her wrists. So, I knew I'd get in trouble if i tried to save her life.
Dr. Wyatt: But you did save her life.
Meredith: She didn't want it saved.
Dr. Wyatt: You must be very angry at her.
Meredith: No, not at her.
Dr. Wyatt: Who are you angry at?

Derek: I have never in my life gotten a patient laid, much less two patients.
Meredith: It's really sweet.
Derek: We're pimps. Yentas.
Meredith: They're so in love. It's all new and fresh and exciting.
Derek: I've never been a fan of new. I like to know the person, their bodies, what makes them moan.

Izzie: Where were you last night?
Meredith: I had to stay with Cristina last night. She needed me.
Izzie: Oh, that's so nice. But Rebecca's at the house. I needed you.
George: Apparently she's crazy.
Meredith: Now, George, we've had this discussion and we've decided that it's not appropriate to for you to call Izzie crazy. She's spirited.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Freedom

"Freedom" is the title of a song originally sung by George Michael.

Star Wars: Bailey talks about Star Wars with her patient.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back: Cristina says "I'm getting my groove back. I'm getting jiggy with it. I'm getting down with the...get down. Meredith gave me the sparkle pager."

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a film from 1998.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 13: The bottle of champagne in the fridge at the beginning of the episode was put there by Derek in 4x13 "Piece of My Heart" at the start of the clinical trial.

Season 4, Episode 12: Meredith has been in therapy with Dr. Wyatt since 4x12 "Where The Wild Things Are".

Season 4, Episode 12: Meredith gives Cristina the sparkle pager that she won in 4x12 "Where The Wild Things Are" during the residents surgical contest.

Season 3, Episode 15: When Derek says he is giving up his land Sloan says that the land, and ferry boats, are what Derek is all about. Derek says "Ferry boats crash." He is referring to the ferry boat crash in 3x15 "Walk On Water (1)".

Warning: Grey's Anatomy season 4 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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