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Grey's Anatomy: No Man's Land

While George begins to feel that he's loosing his masculinity due to Izzie and Meredith treating him like a sister, Izzie's newest patient may lose his masculinity to prostate cancer. Cristina assigns herself to a sick woman, who she believes will need surgery, but ends up learning more from the woman then standing in on a surgery would ever give her. Meredith faces the reality of her mother's Alzheimer's when Derek treats a patient with nails in his brain. Meanwhile, Alex tapes up pictures of Izzie's racy spread all over the locker room.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 104
Airdate: Sunday April 17th, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Aug 29, 2005
DE (Pro7) Apr 04, 2006
FR (TF1) Jul 10, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Sep 27, 2006

Guest Stars
Anna Maria HorsfordAnna Maria Horsford
As Nurse Elizabeth Fallon (Patient: Whipple Surgery, Former Hospital Nurse)
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Ellis Grey (Mother of Dr. Meredith Grey)
F.J. RioF.J. Rio
As Jorge Cruz (Patient: Seven Nails In His Head)
Taylor NicholsTaylor Nichols
As Rick Humphrey (Patient: Prostate Cancer)
Valerie CruzValerie Cruz
As Zona Cruz (Wife of Patient Jorge Cruz)

Co-Guest Stars
Helen McCardle (1)Helen McCardle (1)
As ER Doc
Jack MerrillJack Merrill
As Radiology Tech #2
John OJohn O'Brien
As Radiology Tech #1
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Chris HendrieChris Hendrie
As Dr. Harry Victor (Attending Urologist)
Tom ChoiTom Choi
As Flouroscope Tech

Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
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: 19.6 million viewers

Trivia: When Izzie had to take off her clothes in the scene in the locker room, Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie, insisted that if she had to undress, than the crew should have to also. The director, producer, and director of photography all stripped down for the scene.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Eames EraCould Be AnythingOpening Scenes, Meredith Writing a Check
Get Set GoBreak Your HeartSpace Needle, Izzie Scolding George in the Shower
Rosie ThomasLet Myself FallMeredith Leaves Liz, Shows Ellis Old Pictures
SiaSundayMeredith Goes to Talk to Patient's Wife, Liz Dying
Tegan & SaraWhere Does The Good GoBailey Backs Izzie, Plays Through Closing Scenes
Vaughan PennTruthIzzie Confronts Alex, Patient Talks Breakfast

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Intimacy is a four syllable word for, 'Here is my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger and enjoy.' It's both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with, and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to the three R's... relatives, romance, and roommates. There are some things you can't escape. And other things you just don't want to know.

Derek: I thought I might buy your breakfast before your rounds.
Meredith: I've already eaten.
Derek: What'd you have?
Meredith: None of your business.
Derek: You a cereal person? Straight out of the box? Or all fruit and fiber-y? (laughs) Pancakes? Do you like pancakes?
Meredith: Fine, leftover grilled cheese. Curiosity satisfied?
Derek: That's sad. It's pathetic. A good day starts with a good breakfast.
Meredith: Look, I'm not being seen with you in this hospital. Learn it, live it. It's unprofessional.
Derek: I'm just an attending getting to know one of his interns.
Meredith: He slept with the intern.
Derek: Barely knew her.
Meredith: And it should stay that way.
Derek: You want me to be professional? I'll be professional.
Meredith: That's what I want.
Derek: Then that's what you get.
Meredith: You're gonna be late for your chordotomy.
Derek: Nice talking to you, Dr. Grey.

Alex: Morning, Dr. Model.
Izzie: Dr. Evil Spawn.
Alex: Ooooh, nice tat. Do they airbrush that out for the catalogs?
Izzie: I don't know. What do they do for the 666 on your skull?

George: I don't think you understand. Me - gonads! You - ovaries!
Izzie: Oh, that reminds me. We are out of tampons.

Alex: (about patient with nails in his head) BWA HA HA! It's Hellraiser!

Izzie: (to Alex in the locker room) You wanna see it? You really wanna see it? Fine! Let's look at that tattoo up close and personal, shall we? (rips off her shirt) What are these? Oh my God! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around? And what have we got back here? Lets see if I remember my anatomy (takes off her pants)Gluts, right? Let's study them, shall we? Gather around and check out the booty that put Izzie Stevens through med school. You wanna call me Dr. Model? That's fine. Just remember that while you're still sitting on 200 grand of student loans, I'm out of debt.

Cristina: (to Izzie) You are eight feet tall. Your boobs are perfect. Your hair is down to there. If I was you I would just walk around naked all the time. I wouldn't have a job, I wouldn't have any skills, I wouldn't even know how to read. I would just be...naked.
Izzie: It's makeup. It's retouching.
Cristina: You get that we hate you, right?

Bailey: (to Izzie) Of course, now you know every time he gets a rise, he'll be thinking of you.

Izzie: You said, 'I am not your sister'. Do you feel like I was emasculating you?
George: No. I'm too masculine to be emasculated.
Izzie: I'm sorry.
George: Guess you put Dr. Model to rest.
Izzie: Guess I did.

Meredith (closing voiceover): I wish there were a rulebook for intimacy. Some kind of guide to tell you when you've crossed the line. It would be nice if you could see it coming, and I don't know how you fit it on a map. You take it where you can get it, and keep it as long as you can. And as for rules, maybe there are none. Maybe the rules of intimacy are something you have to define for yourself.

Episode Goofs

While Izzie is talking to her patient, her bangs are on the right side of her head. When the shot returns to her, her bangs are on the left side of her head.

Factual Error:

Dr. Burke, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is performing the Whipple on Liz Fallon. A general surgeon should be performing this surgery as it does not involve organs such as the heart and lungs.


When Cristina is talking to Nurse Fallon, you can see that the heart monitor in the corner is actually a computer and it crashes a few times.

Cultural References
Episode Title: No Man's Land

"No Man's Land" is the title of a song that has been sung by U2, Souls of Mischef, Winger, John Michael Montgomery, Billy Joel, and Alice Cooper.

Hellraiser: Alex compares the patient with the nails in his head to a character from this film Hellraiser.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 2: Meredith, Izzie and George are arguing over buying tampons and groceries. Meredith allowed George and Izzie to move in with her in 1x02 "The First Cut Is the Deepest".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Ann Kindberg
Production DesignerLaurence Bennett
EditorBriana London
CastingLinda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerAnn Kindberg
MusicDanny Lux
Costume DesignerLinda Bass
Property MasterRyan Blank
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Director of PhotographyAdam Kane
Story EditorZoanne Clack
Second Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
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