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Grey's Anatomy: If Tomorrow Never Comes

The interns are speechless when a woman comes in with a large, record-breaking tumor, but unfortunately for the woman, her outlook isn't good. Derek and Meredith's jobs are at risk now that Bailey knows about their relationship, and Dr. Bailey makes it clear that Derek better not give Meredith special treatment. Meanwhile, Izzie urges George to ask Meredith out, and Cristina and Burke's relationship continues to progress.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 106
Airdate: Sunday May 01st, 2005

Director: Scott Brazil
Writer: Krista Vernoff

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Sep 12, 2005
DE (Pro7) Apr 18, 2006
FR (TF1) Jul 17, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Oct 11, 2006

Guest Stars
Alex Alexander (1)Alex Alexander (1)
As Annie Connors (Patient: Giant Tumour)
Bruce WeitzBruce Weitz
As Mr. Edward Levangie (Patient: Brain Surgery For Parkinson's)
Jane Galloway HeitzJane Galloway Heitz
As Annie's Mother (Mother of Patient Annie Connors)
Lara PhillipsLara Phillips
As Mary Levangie (Daughter of Patient Mr. Levangie)

Co-Guest Stars
Brad PenningtonBrad Pennington
As Radiologist
John OJohn O'Brien
As CT Tech
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Noelle McCutchenNoelle McCutchen
As Cardiac Nurse
Patricia BethunePatricia Bethune
As Older Nurse
Sean PalmerSean Palmer
As Intern
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Anesthesiologist Jeremy
Walter WongWalter Wong
As Echo Tech
Sharmila DevarSharmila Devar
As Female Intern
Yolanda SnowballYolanda Snowball
As Physical Therapist
Yvonne FarrowYvonne Farrow
As Heart Patient's Wife
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: 17.88 million viewers

Trivia: Even though he is credited, James Pickens Jr. (Dr. Richard Webber) does not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Butterfly BoucherNever Leave Your Heart AloneAlex is Too Late, Plays Through Closing Scenes
The Ditty BopsWalk Or RideGeorge Gains Perspective, Interns Having Lunch
Jem GriffithsSave MeOpening Scenes, Sun Rises, Meredith Lying in Bed
PsappChapterDerek Waits for Elevator, Cristina Getting Dressed

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): A couple hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. "Never leave that till tomorrow," he said, "which you can do today." This is the man who discovered electricity. You'd think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes, the fear is just of making a decision. Because, what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo?

Meredith: You're late.
Cristina: So are you.
Meredith: I know, and I can't afford to piss off Bailey any more. Do you think she told anyone?
Cristina: About you and McDreamy?
Meredith: Yeah.
Cristina: No, he's her boss too.
Meredith: If they find out, what can they...? Can they kick me out, or...?
Cristina: No... Not officially. You'll just get edged out, blacklisted, banned from his surgeries, passed over for chief resident. (sighs) It'll be humiliating, but you'll live.
Meredith: I have to end it. I definitely have to end it. I have to end it, right?
Cristina: Meredith, shut up.
Meredith: What? (Meredith and Cristina are rushing upstairs and through hallway) Did you seriously just tell me to shut up?
Cristina: Oh, please. You got a hot doctor who likes to make you open up, and say "ahh." It's the American dream, stop whining about it.
Meredith: No. No good can come from sleeping with your boss.

Meredith: Shepherd's a jackass.
Izzie: Really? I think he's kind of great.
Cristina: He reamed her out in front of Bailey.
Izzie: Why?
Meredith: 'Cause he's a jackass.

Derek: You know they call you the Nazi.
Dr. Bailey: So I've heard.

(to a patient who has just thrown up on Alex)
Izzie: You are so my favorite person today!

Cristina: If I stab this fork into his thigh will I get in trouble?
Meredith: You have to make it look like an accident.

Izzie: Do you want to die before you ask [Meredith] out?
George: I'm not dying!

Izzie: (to Alex) You are hateful! (throws his pager down then jumps up and down on it) Hateful! Hateful, arrogant, lazy...hateful man! Hateful!

Alex: Wanna grab a drink and hear about my secret pain?
Meredith: Does that line ever work?

Annie: (to George) Seriously? You're equating your pathetic love life with my record breaking tumor? Seriously?

Meredith: Dr. Shepherd? I'm sorry I called you a jackass.
Dr. Shepherd: You didn't.
Meredith: I did...twice.

Meredith: I can't go out with you, I'm seeing someone.
Alex: Look, you don't have to lie. If you don't want to go out with me, just say it.
Meredith: Okay - I don't want to go out with you... and I think I might be seeing someone.

Meredith: Dr. Bailey. I didn't know...that he was my boss, when I met him. I didn't know.
Bailey: I don't care.
Meredith: Really? Oh, well, you sort of seemed to not be talking to me, so I ...
Bailey: You see this, what's happening right here? This is the problem with you sleeping with my boss. Not whether or not you know him before, but how it affects my day. And me standing here talking to you about your sex life affects my day. And the longer this little fling goes on, the more favors you get over the others, who are fighting tooth and nail just to make it through this program without any assistance. When those people start finding out what's going on and they don't want to work with you and talk to you or look at you, and they start bitching and moaning at me, the more it affects my day. So, no, Dr. Grey, I don't care what you know, or when you know it. Are we understood?
Meredith: Yes.
Bailey: Good.

Meredith (closing voiceover): He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst, most intractable mistake beats the hell out of never trying.

Episode Goofs

The man who has brain surgery has no sign of being cut open later in the episode. He has no bandage and his head hadn't been shaved.


George an Cristina are in a surgery on a tumour that is going to last eight hours. They are not allowed to move, however, when Alex is talking to another intern you can see George moving around in the OR below.


When the vein bursts during the operation on the tumor, blood splatters on George's mask. His mask is clean in the following shots.


When Derek is scrubbing in for the tumor surgery he ties his mask strings behind his head. When Meredith walks in to talk to him about the brain surgery, the strings are hanging down again.


Izzie's gown changes from yellow to her scrubs and lab coat when she is opening Mr. Harper's sternotomy bedside.


When Alex leaves to get more blood, he grabs a mask and is wearing scrubs. Then, when he is running down the hallway, he is wearing a gown.

Cultural References
Episode Title: If Tomorrow Never Comes

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" is the title of a song by Garth Brooks, Westlife, and Ronan Keating.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 5: Bailey is angry with Meredith after seeing sleep with Derek in a car in her driveway during the party in 1x05 "Shake Your Groove Thing."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerAnn Kindberg  |  Tammy Ann Casper
Production DesignerLaurence Bennett
EditorEdward Ornelas
CastingLinda Lowy  |  John Brace (1)
Unit Production ManagerAnn Kindberg
First Assistant DirectorGwyneth Horder-Payton
Second Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
MusicDanny Lux
Costume DesignerLinda Bass
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Property MasterRyan Blank
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Director of PhotographyAdam Kane
Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorGail Just
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
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