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Grey's Anatomy: The First Cut Is the Deepest

The surgical staff tries to stay positive when a young woman, despite brain surgery, is clinging to life after a brutal attempted rape. Meanwhile, Meredith risks her spot in the intern program when she crosses the line in order to save a newborn suffering from a undiagnosed heart condition. The other interns learn that in order to be a good surgeon and doctor, much more than medial knowledge is needed.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Sunday April 03rd, 2005

Director: Peter Horton
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Aug 15, 2005
UK (sky LIVING) Sep 05, 2005
DE (Pro7) Mar 21, 2006
FR (TF1) Jul 03, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Sep 13, 2006

Guest Stars
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Ellis Grey (Mother of Dr. Meredith Grey)

Co-Guest Stars
Andre PanossianAndre Panossian
As Code Team Leader
Helen McCardle (1)Helen McCardle (1)
As ER Doctor (Announces Patient: Allison)
Kerri HiguchiKerri Higuchi
As Pediatrics Intern (Improperly Diagnoses Infant)
Kerry CarneyKerry Carney
As Intern #1 (Tries to Convince Meredith to Let Her Move In)
Kristy MundenKristy Munden
As Trauma Nurse
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Chief Richard Webber's Assistant)
Walter WongWalter Wong
As Tech
Alex ThayerAlex Thayer
As Allison (Patient: Assault Victim with Multiple Injuries)
Alice LoAlice Lo
As Qing Lu (Patient: Needs Stitches, Can't Speak English)
Chip KeyesChip Keyes
As Big Man
Cindy DrummondCindy Drummond
As Wife of Louis Cardon: Multinucleate Cell Angiohistiocytoma Patient (Hugs Cristina After Diagnosis is Explained)
Debra HoltDebra Holt
As Big Man's Wife
Dennis GubbinsDennis Gubbins
As Dr. Paul Gay (Neonatal Attending)
Elise RobertsonElise Robertson
As Ms. Johnson (Mother of Infant With Pulmanory Atresia)
Gary KrausGary Kraus
As Louis Cardon (Patient: Multinucleate Cell Angiohistiocytoma)
Jeff MarlowJeff Marlow
As Drunk Man
Joan McCreaJoan McCrea
As Mother-in-Law of Louis Cardon: Multinucleate Cell Angiohistiocytoma Patient (Stands Next to Louis with Her Hand on His Pillow)
Kylie DragnaKylie Dragna
As Ellen Parkins
Laurie BurkeLaurie Burke
As Mother of Newborn
Linda NileLinda Nile
As Sister-in-Law of Louis Cardon: Multinucleate Cell Angiohistiocytoma Patient (Hugs Louis After Diagnosis is Explained)
Nate ReeseNate Reese
As Father of Patient #1
Patricia Harris-SmithPatricia Harris-Smith
As Patient's Wife
Scarlett LamScarlett Lam
As Ahn (Patient: Laceration On Forehead, Daughter Of Qing)
Shannon BurwellShannon Burwell
As Crying Patient
Sonia JacksonSonia Jackson
As Patient #1
Stacey HinnenStacey Hinnen
As Mr. Johnson (Father of Infant With Pulmanory Atresia)
Stephen BlackehartStephen Blackehart
As Vic (Patient: Rapist Who Assaulted Allison)
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
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: 17.71 million viewers

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Trivia: This is the introduction of "McDreamy" (Derek's Nickname)

Title Sequence: This is the first episode to show a title sequence.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The CardigansLive and LearnBurke Walks Away from Meredith After Scolding Her
The Ditty BopsSister KateChristina and Alex Part After the "Who's Slow" Bit
Get Set GoWaitIzzie Watches the Woman and Girl Leave
KeaneSomewhere Only We KnowMeredith Leaves to Scrub In, Derek Talks to Rapist
Tegan & SaraYou Wouldn't Like MeMeredith Comes in to Post the Ad for Roommates

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): It's all about lines. The finish line at the end of residency, waiting in line for a chance at the operating table, and then there's the most important line, the line separating you from the people you work with. It doesn't help to get too familiar to make friends. You need boundaries, between you and the rest of the world. Other people are far too messy. It's all about lines. Drawing lines in the sand and praying like hell no one crosses them.

(George is annoying Cristina.)
Cristina: Bambi, don't say another word until after the hunter shoots your mother.
George: I don't like you.

Derek (working on a rape victim in the OR): What is she, 5"2? 100 pounds? She's still alive after what this guy did to her?
Burke: See how shredded her hands are? She tried to fight back.
Derek: Tried to? The rape kit came back negative. She kicked his ass!
Burke: Well, then, we have a warrior among us!

Burke: Shepherd, you should know that Richard promised Chief to both of us. (Derek just smiles slightly. Burke slightly huffs) But you knew that already?
Derek: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Burke: You're not the enemy. You're just the competition.

Cristina: Why do I have to be the one that gets hugged?
Alex: Because I don't do that. Besides you're the ovarian sister here.
Cristina: Did you just call me an ovarian sis... (Alex nods and walks off) ... an ovarian sis? Since when does a possession of ovaries become an insult?
George: Meredith is carrying a penis around in a jar.
Cristina: Oh from the rape surgery? (Cristina peeks inside the cooler)
Meredith: Yeah. And it's not a jar, it's a cooler.
Cristina: Talk about taking a bite out of crime.

George: Do you know what the code team does? Saves lives. I shock a heart and someone lives to see another day. That's upbeat. It's, ah, glass half full.
Cristina: Bambi, don't say another word until after the hunter shoots your mother.
George: I don't like you.
Cristina: I have a BA from Smith, a pHD from Berkeley and a MD from Stanford and I'm delivering lab results. It'll take me all day to get through these.

Cristina: What are you doing down here?
Meredith: Just sitting here with my penis. What about you?
Cristina: Hiding from Alex.
Meredith: I kissed Derek.
Cristina: You kissed Derek?
Meredith: In the elevator.
Cristina: Oh, you kissed him in the elevator?
Meredith: I was having a bad day. I am having a bad day.
Cristina: So what you do on your bad days, make out with Dr. McDreamy?
Meredith: Well, you know that and carrying around a penis just makes everything seem so shiny and happy.

Peds Intern: Are you? ... I mean being an intern do you feel...
Meredith: ...terrified? One hundred percent of the time.
Peds Intern: Good. It's not just me.

Burke: Why?
Richard: You really wanna know?
Burke: I want to know why you stopped thinking of me as your number one. (pause) Richard I do more in this hospital than any other surgeon...
Richard (interrupts): You do only exactly as much as is necessary. You never take an extra step. You never give an extra minute. You're comfortable and arrogant. And it doesn't impress me. You wanna be Chief. Earn it.

Meredith (closing voiceover): At some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines...or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to take a chance...the view from the other side...is spectacular.

Izzie: I wouldn't have called you but I couldn't get a hold of a translator. Can you just ask her what's wrong?
Cristina: No.
Izzie: Why not?
Cristina: Because I grew up in Beverly Hills. The only Chinese I know is from a Mr Chow's menu. Besides, I'm Korean.

Episode Goofs

At the end when Derek and Meredith are standing by the elevator, Derek closes his cellphone, and the next shot it's open, and he closes it again then puts it in his pocket.


While talking to Derek, Meredith's hair is in a ponytail. However, when she leaves the building with the others, her hair is down.


While George is talking to Cristina in the locker room, after brushing his teeth, the toothpaste on his cheek disappears.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The First Cut is the Deepest

The First Cut is the Deepest is the title of a song originally sung by Cat Stevens.

Popular Culture:

Bambi: Cristina says to George, "Bambi, don't say another word until after the hunter shoots your mother."

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 1: Meredith Grey is trying to avoid Dr. Derek Shepherd. She slept with him in 1x01 "A Hard Day's Night" before finding out he was her boss.

Season 1, Episode 1: Alex Karev is the intern from 1x01 "A Hard Day's Night" who called Meredith a nurse while in the ER.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  James D. Parriott
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Horton
Supervising ProducerKrista Vernoff
ProducerRob Corn  |  Mimi Schmir  |  Harry Werksman  |  Gabrielle Stanton
Consulting ProducerKip Koenig  |  Ann Lewis Hamilton
Series DirectorPeter Horton
WriterShonda Rhimes
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