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Grey's Anatomy: Dream a Little Dream of Me (1)

As Meredith and Derek begin to find that their "happily ever after" is anything but easy, Cristina develops a crush on a military doctor who brings in a trauma patient. Meanwhile, the Chief and his staff cope with the news that Seattle Grace is no longer considered a top-tier teaching hospital.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 501
Airdate: Thursday September 25th, 2008

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Net 5) Nov 24, 2008
FI (Nelonen) Dec 17, 2008
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 22, 2009
AR (Canal 9) Feb 02, 2009


Guest Stars
Bernadette PetersBernadette Peters
As Sarabeth Breyers (Patient: Car Crash Victim, Wife of Michael Breyers)
Cliff DeYoungCliff DeYoung
As Phil Loomis (Patient: Car Crash Victim, Husband of Anna Loomis)
Kathy BakerKathy Baker
As Anna Loomis (Patient: Car Crash Victim, Wife of Phil Loomis)
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt (Military Doctor, Pulls Icicle Out of Christina)
Lauren StamileLauren Stamile
As Rose (Nurse Rose)
Mariette HartleyMariette Hartley
As Betty Kenner (Patient: Car Crash with Amnesia)

Co-Guest Stars
Amrapali AmbegaokarAmrapali Ambegaokar
As Intern Dani
John GetzJohn Getz
As Michael Breyers (Patient: Car Crash Victim, Unable to Speak)
Joy OsmanskiJoy Osmanski
As Intern Lucy
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Intern Steve
Molly KidderMolly Kidder
As Intern Megan
Terrance Christopher Jones (1)Terrance Christopher Jones (1)
As Paramedic
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: 18.29 Million Viewers

Timeline: This episode aired with "Dream a Little Dream of Me (2)" as a two-hour premiere event.

Trivia: This episode's title originated from the song Dream a Little Dream of Me, originally sung by The Mamas & The Papas.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
BeckYouthlessOwen Staples His Leg, Callie Asks Owen for Consult
Emiliana TorriniJungle DrumMeredith Won't Shut Up, Cristina Finally Speaks Up
Jade McNelisWinsThe Patients in Surgery Begin Coding
Other LivesBlack TablesOpening Scenes, Meredith in the House of Candles

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) We all remember the bed time stories of our childhood. The shoe fit Cinderella, the frog was turned into a prince, sleeping beauty was awakened with a kiss. Once upon a time and then they lived happily ever after. Fairy tales. The stuff of dreams. the problem is, fairy tales don't come true. It's the other stories. The ones that start in dark and stormy nights and end in the unspeakable. The nightmares always seem to become the reality.

Bailey: I have a dream, Yang, that one day a trauma, will come through these doors. I have a dream.
Cristina: I share that dream.

Meredith: What happened!?
Cristina: A bus in front of him hit a telephone pole. He tried to swerve and miss it, but ...
Meredith: How bad is it?
Richard: Meredith --
Cristina: Meredith, you're gonna have to be strong.

Richard: We're sloppy, just like everybody else. We've been resting on our laurels. You have all been failing. Failing to take initiative. Failing to ask tough questions. Failing to practice your skills. Failing to give opportunity to practice skills. And I let it happen. So you have not failed. We have failed. Well, it stops, and it stops now.

Mark: Crap, his vocal cords are damaged beyond repair.
Lexie: Is there anything that we can do?
George: He probably won't talk again.
Mark: I think that question was for me.
George: Sorry.
Mark: You think just 'cause you get to take your intern test again, that makes you big man on campus? Doesn't change the fact you failed the first time.
Lexie: Dr. Sloan.
Mark: I'm sorry, Grey. Was there something you wanted to say to anyone here?
Lexie: No, there wasn't.
Mark: Coward.
Lexie: Shut up.
George: Lexie!

Derek: Busy OR today.
Rose: But that's kind of you're thing, right? Juggling more than one person at the same time.

Izzie: How are you doing?
Alex: You keep asking me that, and I keep telling you, I'm fine.
Izzie: I know, it's just sometimes I still think that Denny's gonna be right around the corner, and he's been dead a long time now. It just takes a while to get used to.
Alex: Rebecca didn't die. It's not like that for me. I'm good. But thank you for asking.

Richard: Twelve. Twelve, O'Malley!
George: It's so upsetting. Sir--
Richard: This is not a number twelve teaching hospital.
George: No, it's a great--
Richard: I do not run the number twelve surgical program in the country.
George: Sir--
Richard: Out with it, O'Malley.
George: We've been downgraded from a level one trauma centre to a level two? What does that even mean? You don't need to ex-explain. It's-- It's just details. I can go.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) Once upon a time. Happily ever after. The stories we tell are the stuff of dreams. Fairy tales don’t come true. Reality is much stormier. Much murkier. Much scarier. Reality. It’s so much more interesting than living happily ever after.

Episode Goofs
Continuity: In the scene where Bailey, Meredith, Izzie, Alex and Christina are waiting outside for the ambulance the blanket around Izzie's shoulders is folded and unfolded between scenes.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Dream a Little Dream of Me

"Dream a Little Dream of Me" is the title of a song by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Bailey says "I have a dream, Yang, that one day a trauma, will come through these doors. I have a dream."

Bailey's line is a take Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 17: Meredith and Derek got back together at the end of 4x17 "Freedom (2)" after she built him a house of candles on his land.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Allan Heinberg  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Krista Vernoff
ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Linda Klein
Series DirectorRob Corn
WriterShonda Rhimes
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